Treasured gifts

The stones I have with me today are very special treasures to me. These were all gifts to me from a dear friend who has her own magical shop on etsy. Aside from the properties each stone carries, I always think there is extra magic when the stones were gifted. Chalcopyrite, also known as Peacock…

Fried squash

In the south, we fry stuff. I know that low fat, no gluten, no animal protein is all the rage these days and I applaud those of you making these healthy food choices. I love fried stuff though. I love my deep fryer. In the summer months fried squash is a favorite in our household….

Pickling experiments

A friend of mine asked me the other day if I had ever made pickled okra. I said I hadn’t and he offered me some okra to give it a try. Okra is one of those funny foods. People either love it or hate it. I love it fried or in a gumbo. This week…

Classic recipes make a comeback

I love to try new and different foods, but there’s something about old school classic recipes that are comforting. And every once in a while you may also run into a classic recipe you’ve never made before. Last week I did just that. I was making out my weekly menu and grocery list and found…

In a real pickle

Homemade Grape Leaf Pickles Who doesn’t like a pickle? Ok, well, I’m sure there are some who don’t, but that’s OK, more for us! Summertime is in full swing and my cucumber vines are producing like crazy. I’m pretty excited about it because I love to can pickles. This year I am growing a regular…

Taking time to breathe

This morning I watched a video tutorial on a meditative breathing technique. It made me realize something very sad. I don’t take time in my life to breathe. We have to breathe to live, obviously, but I do find myself in the middle of the workday, stressed about a deadline or other work related thing,…

A soup for summer

Those of you with gardens or access to the local farmers market will soon have your hands on delicious fresh tomatoes and I have just the thing for you to make with them — gazpacho! Gazpacho is a soup made from puréed fresh vegetables and served chilled. I first had gazpacho when I worked at…