Friends, Community & Musings

  • Summer Mornings, Simple Pleasures

    Another simple summer pleasure is what I have termed “Basil Toast” or “Dill Toast.” Along with a cup of tea, it is a perfect way to start my day. What is Basil Toast or Dill Toast you ask? Well, let me tell you.
  • Infrastructures to Support Your Choice to Feel Good about Yourself

    "I choose to feel good about myself each day. Every morning I remind myself that I can make the choice to feel good. This is a new habit for me to cultivate." Another delicious piece of wisdom by Ms. Hay. With choice comes the necessity for us to put in place the infrastructures in our lives to keep the cultivation going.
  • The Art of Easy Cheesemaking: Curds and Whey

    The start of cheesemaking for the New Year. With history of cheesemaking in our household for both families, it seems to be the only thing to do on a cold January day! ⁠

    I received a lot of questions and IMs about the cheesemaking process I shared recently. . .so I wanted to give a quick overview of "how" for those interesting in trying this at home.⁠

    Ingredients: Whole milk or half & half (approximately a quart) + apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)⁠

    Tools: Pan, wooden spoon, cheese cloth, thermometer and cheese cloth
  • When do you pack up Christmas decorations?

    Another sign that we are in the heart of January. . .time to organize and put away the holiday decorations. And a Sunday morning in January is the perfect time to put Christmas away and get your it ready for next year.⁠
  • Developing the Art of Appreciation

    With swirling uncertainty surrounding us these days, I am thankful for an understanding of the need to develop appreciation. We know that gratitude, the ability to appreciate, is fundamental to any spiritual journey and a foundation of becoming a member of the conscious community. People who consistently practice gratitude have more positive emotions, feel more connected to others, sleep better, have the ability to better express compassion and kindness, and according to studies have stronger immune systems.