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I’ve bent thinking about this a lot lately, what did the 8 year old me love?

Dancing, playing with my brothers, hanging out with my friends, playing outside, being with my family, making art, sneaking cookies, laughing, running to the ice-cream truck, hanging upside down, campaigning for a dog, and making myself beautiful with whatever make-up I could find.

What would that little girl think of the grown up me now?

What did you love to do?  Are you still doing it in some way?

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What’s for Dinner?

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I was talking with my sister-in-law about the challenges of getting dinner together during the week.  I can’t even begin to think about what to make for dinner after a long day, but I do great when I spot a recipe I want to make and bookmark it on my computer and in my brain.  Today for lunch I made a recipe that came through my inbox (I love those – it is half the battle) and it was delicious.   It was quick, easy, light & healthy.  I can foresee it being a staple Tuesday dinner.. Plus, it felt nice to take a break from meat & dairy which I had a bit too much of over this weekend.

The Leftovers ^

Serves 4

1/2 pound fresh or dried udon noodles
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium red onion, sliced into half-moons
4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems trimmed, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons ginger, minced
2 tablespoons mirin (optional) * I didn’t use and it was fine
2 cups water
3 tablespoons miso (see tip)
4 cups chopped kale * (I used baby bok choy)
2 teaspoons soy sauce, or to taste * I actually didn’t use any of this                                                                                                    Instead I added some spicy garlic sauce for some added flavor

 

 

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook the udon according to the package directions. When done, drain and rinse with cool water until ready to use.
  • Meanwhile, preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion and mushrooms in the oil for 5 to 7 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender and the onions are softened but still have some crunch. Add the garlic and ginger, and saute for another minute.
  • Add the mirin, water, and miso, and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and add the kale. Toss the mixture around with tongs until the kale has wilted. Add the noodles and use a pasta spoon to stir them into the broth for about 2 minutes.
  • Divide the udon and vegetables among bowls and spoon some broth over each serving.

 Tip: In this recipe, use a strong, dark miso. If you are using a light, mellow miso, you may want to add another tablespoon or so.

Recipe from Vegnomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

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From Paper to Paper

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“In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which shaman call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.” —Carlos Castaneda

In May I dreamed in my journal that we would find a beautiful apartment in NYC and our hunt will be featured in the NY Times.  I claimed it.  And then a few months later…this happened:

Manifestation.

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Call Me Crazy

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I just got my haircut yesterday – was very much needed.  And you know that glorious feeling you have right after you get a fresh cut?  Well it is lingering into my today.  And then I thought, hmm… maybe it is because my hair got SOOO much love from my crazy hair dresser.  Literally.  The whole time while he was cutting my hair he said: I love your hair, you have such gorgeous hair, it is so thick, what an incredible color, it is natural? wow, you are so lucky, is your family’s hair like this?  I love your hair, so nice, or thoughts like this – for the WHOLE time.  I must have said thank you at least 10 times.  My hair NEVER gets love like that from me.  It is never good enough.  I learned something from that crazy man, (even though maybe all he was trying to do was keep a customer) – I’m going to love my hair every strand all day long.

Another, crazy thing I have been doing the past few days is washing my face with oil.  Yes! Can you believe it?  Can you believe I think it has induced a glow?  It has! Castor oil + olive oil + a few drops of eucalyptus (or add in your own essential oil).  Rub it in, put a warm wash cloth over your face for 30 sec, and wipe away.   I am really loving it.  I was inspired by this article, check it out.

So now I will be writing love notes to my hair, and going to my kitchen cabinets for my face wash – crazy what some people do for beauty.  What do you do?

 

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Sage

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Today I burnt sage to clear the space of our apartment.  Out with the old, in with the new. I felt like I was back in 5th grade burning incense at my BFF’s house – it was awesome.  I picked up a bundle of sage at a very cool store downtown on Christopher St.  and the woman showed me a ritual to clear the energy.  I opened all the windows and lit the bundle of sage.   I moved through each room and made circles in all the corners of the apartment and then directed it out the window.  The woman said the corners are where it is believed the lingering energy gets stuck, so by making circles I gathered what was remaining and sent it out on its way.  While thinking: release this stagnant energy so new experiences can flow freely throughout all corners of this home.  It was fun. Kind of quirky.  Something new.

 

So things are coming along.  Furniture is arriving, we are prepping to paint, (well, Aaron is), and only a few boxes remain unpacked.  It is a blessing to create and fill this space mindfully and with love.  Since this place is our base, where we recharge, and regroup – I find it important for it to be as welcoming and orderly as it can be.

 

Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,

A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.

~Robert Montgomery

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