purslane and egg salad

26 06 2012

i’m posting on my old blog because I don’t like publishing things on facebook directly.  then they might try to say they own stuff of mine and that’s just not OK.


However, I wanted to share this awesome thing I just made with you. No, I don’t have pictures because I ate it all already. 😛  It was a creamy, purslane and egg salad.  It was delicious!!


I took two eggs and hard boiled them, and meanwhile took about an 1/8th of a large onion and chopped it finely.  Then I took a hand ful of purslane, chopped it up coarsely and a handful of shelling peas (shelled) and threw it all in a bowl.  When the eggs were cooked and cooled I chopped them in and added a dollop (love that word!) of mayo  and salt and pepper to taste.  HOLY DELICIOUS!

Well, I didn’t think I would eat all of it because it was a lot of food. but I did and was it ever yummy.

Hope you enjoy it, if you try it!



We’ve moved!

18 08 2010

HOORAY!  The new site is up!  Please find all new material, more focused content and all the same love over there!

Also, please remember to switch your subscription if you haven’t already.

Thanks so much!


Assorted Saturdays: Complete overhaul in store

14 08 2010

With a bar of handmade, raw chocolate in hand, I gather the strength to announce: the blog is going to receive a full-blown overhaul!

I am going to take down this blog and create a new and improved blog!

You will still have fun insights about food, parenting, life and love.  I will not be moving the whole blog, but will be keeping some of the posts when I move.  Unfortunately, that means that we will lose the comments, but I know we will be able to have great and broader conversations at the new blog.

It also means that if you have subscribed (thank you to all of you!) that you will have to resubscribe at the new blog, which I will ensure will be easy.

I feel like this is the best decision so that I can create the best content for you and create the most success for me, and hopefully some of you too!

Thanks for your patience as I recreate the new blog.  It will be worth it.


The results are in: The new layout of this blog

2 08 2010

Only one person commented about my last post, which I am incredibly grateful for.  So, seeing as how she is the only person with input, I am going to assume that all my readers feel the same way (as no one posted any differently) and create a new layout based on her input. Kudos Rashel!

I am going to try writing everyday, and because I feel like I need more structure I am going to have a different theme everyday, unless I am doing a “series” on something in particular, and then I will throw the structure out the window for the good of the idea at the time.  You’ve been warned. 🙂

So, here’s the layout based on days.  I tried to use alliteration as much as possible, as I find alliteration to be very pleasing and memorable. I hope you all like alliteration.  (In case you don’t know what alliteration is: alliteration is a poetic device in which the author uses the same letter or sounds to start each word in a stanza, like: murmuring moonbeams muffling the moan of more mundane malice.  Something like that….)

Momma Mondays:  insights into mothering, parenting and all things child related, including updates on my family (with more pictures ever)

Tending Tuesdays: tending the garden that is!  (yes, I realize that tending tuesdays might be a bit of a stretch from gardening, but remember: alliteration folks!!!)  This is where I will explore my forray into urban agriculture, update you with pictures and harvest details from my plot and hopefully inspire more people to grow more of their own food.

Writing Wednesdays: exploring writing, sharing work and generally expounding on my ever-evolving writing career.

Thrilling Thursdays:  At least once a week I have a major epiphany (often, it is the same epiphany, only learned a new way).  It is thrilling, this ride of Life, and here is where I share the lessons, enjoyments and general thrills of Life thus far.

Foodie Fridays:  Ever want to know how to ferment your own zucchini relish?  Me too!  Let’s explore traditional foods, preservation methods and recipes together!

Assorted Saturdays:  This is kind of an “anything goes” type of day.  This is whatever assortment of thing that I feel inspired to talk about.  Maybe it will be activism, maybe sex, maybe sleep or maybe even my big toe.  We’ll see when we get there.

Sacred Sundays: what’s spirit got to do with it?  Sundays is where you can find out!  What does spirituality look like to me? How do I explore it? How can we explore together?

That is the line-up/run-down of how this blog is going to be structured from here on to infinity.  Well, maybe not infinity.  Let’s try it for a bit and see if we like it first, shall we?

So, I will see you tomorrow with a garden story, that will have no pictures of my garden, as I am visiting my family right now.  So, stay tuned for a completely interesting and bi-located entry.


Cosmic alignment and commitment to my path

30 07 2010

On June 26th, 2010, while G20 protesters experienced their new government policies, a cardinal grand cross cosmic alignment happened.  On a full moon, with a solar eclipse.  This was a great day for cosmic alignment. I don’t follow astrology too closely, not wanting to allow mercury in retrograde to colour my world every so often, but I do recognize that there are planetary/cosmic alignments that happen.  Whether they cause what astrologers believe or not, I am unsure.  However, I feel that any cosmic alignment is meaningful in some way and like to acknowledge them as such.

After reading so much about the G20, learning that my friends were arrested, imprisoned, abused and generally not happy, I gathered with many other souls on Earth to pray for Life.  I feel that sometimes, the power of prayer is all I have.  There was nothing I could do to change what was happening in Toronto, much like there was nothing I could do to cap the oil volcano in the Gulf of Mexico.  But I can always pray.  I can always use reiki.  I can always send out Love and connect to the Source of All Things.

In meditation and prayer, I sat for an hour, grateful that little A’s daddy had her that night, so I could focus.  I sat an opened to Love and focused all I could.

And, as I was coming out of the prayer, I decided, in this one moment of cosmic alignment, to ask a question (just one): Dear Universe, what am I supposed to be doing for money?

Because, well, a lot of things were not panning out.  The sewing that I figured I would be doing was stopped short one night when Little A, trying to help mama sew, somehow jammed dear Stella’s reverse stitch lever into a place that would allow me to only sew wider than 3 length stitches.  More like basting than sewing, really.  So, no wonderful sewed items until I made some money to pay for repairs on the sewing machine.

And the massage, well, that was going but some part of me just couldn’t move it forward.  I love massage, but I couldn’t see myself doing it, day in and day out.  Not as well as raising little A.  To put all that healing energy out requires a big healing energy in, and I was just not able to do it, so was feeling drained, tired, frustrated…. But, enjoying it none the less.

So, I wanted to know, how do I make money?  I asked the cosmos, in its grand alignment, to spit out an answer.

And there, at the forefront of my consciousness was: WRITE.

And I laughed.  Because, I’ve known this for awhile, and have just not been doing it.  I wrote a novel, but didn’t edit it.  I wrote a book about reiki and didn’t publish it in print format.  I wrote poetry but didn’t read it.  I wrote an article for the newspaper but didn’t pursue more.

So, now I’m committing to it.  Writing.  I am editing my novel. I am finding a publisher for my books.  I am reading at poetry slams and applying for freelance positions.  I want to write more of this blog, and I feel that it is too broad.  Because I *could* write about anything, I end up writing nothing.  So, I want to know: what do you, my readers, want to read about?

Here is a list of topics that you could read about:

– mothering/my family stuffs

– environmental education/activism

– my writing/poetry

–  my adventures in urban agriculture

– my thoughts on spirituality

– my experience eating traditional foods (there’d be some recipes me thinks)

– my experience with the wonders of nature, including wild crafting, outings etc.

And, anything else you think I might be interested in writing about, that you want to read about.  Don’t say real estate though, cause I’ll tell you in advance: I’m not into it. ;P

Another option is having two blogs, one more general and one more focused.  But that seems a little exciting right now.

I really appreciate all feedback so that I can retain focus and move forward with writing as a form of making money.  Blogging will help with my resume, and also, with my writing skills.  (maybe even other things, if it ever gets big).


Dear Blog

29 04 2010

I will be away from you for about a week, while I move and settle into my new home.

I will stop by if I can.

See you soon!


Dance me through your panic, til I’m gathered safely in

18 04 2010

Last night was one of my favourite events that happens in my city: a two hour ecstatic dance experience called the Groove.

I was blessed, when I first moved here, to find out about it the first month I lived here.  It only happens once a month but is still one of the most important things to me in this city.

The Groove has certain “rules” that you wouldn’t find in another dancing experience.  For example, there is no talking, which means that each person is really encouraged to go into their own journey of dance.  Secondly, there’s no shoes, so it means your feet feel safer running about on the floor.  Lastly, there’s no alcohol or other intoxicants, which makes the space have a really clear energy.

Last night was a very special groove for me.  I went with Chris, which was the first time since little A was born that he and I have left the house at the same time.  I was a little nervous about him being there, thinking that I might not be able to go as deep or be as present with myself as I needed to be.  Fortunately, my fears were unfounded and he was really just in his own journey too.

Ecstatic dance moves as a wave.  It is also called the five rhythms, going through five separate rhythms that correspond with the elements.  So, the dance will start out slower, build up to a crescendo and then slowly come back to a place of stillness.

The places I went to last night were very deep for me.  I started dancing and was just concentrating on opening my heart, shedding any layers of garbage I had collected, energetically around my heart.  It was pleasant and beautiful.  After a little while, a woman who was dancing there seemed to be needing assistance with a massage, so I offered myself.  It was a short experience but her energy was so open I was able to move a lot of energy.  When I finished, she turned around and was crying.

Now, I have been told many times that I have a gift for touch/energy work.  I have often had really intense experiences with people in a healing setting.  As I haven’t been doing this work for a while, I am not as confident as I have been.  So, seeing that I helped someone cry (even though this was a really healing thing for them) sent me into doubt into me starting a massage studio again.  “Am I going to make everyone cry on my table?”  I wondered hilariously.

Luckily, dance is a perfect medium for moving through thoughts like that, and I was able to dance my doubt out, reassure myself and come to a place of trust within myself and the Universe.

The music, thus far, had been pretty positive, uplifting, spiritual type music.  All of a sudden, this comes on:

Saul Williams has a special way of cutting through everything.  This was the perfect thing for the journey.  I felt, all through this song, as I was able to rage around the room that I was ripping away the layers of illusion that were all around me.  I clawed at my body, at the floor, at the air.  My body scratched away everything that was keeping me from seeing myself and the world as it truly is.

After such intense release, my body needed to be in stillness.  I cried, I did some yoga and was ready again to dance.  As I danced, I felt that the face that I was wearing needed to be shed, that I was not wearing my true face.  So I was dancing and trying to take my face off, literally rubbing and pulling at my face.  At this point, the woman I had massaged came up behind me and started into a very loving, slow and intimate contact dance.  She held me and I felt like the Divine Mother was cradling me, letting me know that I am perfect and beautiful as I am.

Eventually, the music stopped, the journey was complete.

I feel so blessed that there is safe space for me to move through all these emotions, thoughts, states of being and come out reborn as a new being.  I give so much thanks to the people present last night and the space that was held for all of our processes, the journeys that we all went on.

Dance is such a powerful medium of spiritual development.  It brings me to places that I don’t go in stillness.  It allows me to so efficiently to move through challenges.  It gives me opportunity to refine and renew my energetic body.  It cleanses my body, mind and spirit in ways that nothing else does.  The music moves me and brings me to states of being that I wouldn’t reach without it. I give thanks for my body that it allows me to move, and express myself through dance.

When we got home, little A had put herself to sleep and had had a great time with our friend who was watching her.  In all, it was a perfect night, a perfect journey and has given me so much clarity to move forward in my life.

(btw, the title of the post is a line from a Leonard Cohen song, Dance me to the End of Love)