When seeking beauty, truth – and sadness – are often companions. While it’s a beautifully crisp fall day here, seemingly “normal”, the image of this leaf stirred feelings of deep sadness at the plight of the Earth…our Mother. She suffers, as others seek only to enrich themselves, plundering our home for their own selfish benefit. These bad actors have deliberately misled the public, pretending that the environmental nightmare known as plastic can actually be recycled, distracting people from the fact that the human-caused extinction of many animals continues and that climate change, with its many and devastating impacts, isn’t actually happening…and more. Wake up, people! Question what you’re hearing/reading/being told and seek information from many sources…our collective lives depend on it.
This is a beautiful time of year, and Nature’s artistry is everywhere. Look for it wherever you are – it can be found in places you may not expect. Be sure to look not just at the majestic, but also at the diminutive…because sometimes the most stunning beauty can be found in the tiny. Wishing you a fall full of wonder.
Not just fun, finding awe is good for your wellbeing, too.
I never cease to be amazed at how useful my Instant Pots are…and how easy they’ve made cooking. When I came across a recipe for elderberry syrup made in the IP, I had to try it. I wasn’t disappointed!Continue reading “Wildcrafted: Elderberry Syrup – In The IP!”
You may have discovered, as I have, that, often, the best gifts are surprises…and free. Nature is generous in its gift-giving, and we were recently gifted the experience of witnessing a caterpillar affix itself to our house’s siding, form a chrysalis, and – amazingly – emerge from that chrysalis! What luck to be present to see that newly-hatched butterfly working on unfurling its wings.Continue reading “Haiku: Pre-Flight Check”
Who says delicious, zesty tacos with all the fixings have to be made with meat? These super easy soft tacos are meaty and satisfying, and plant-based!Continue reading “Eat This: Mighty Meatless Tacos”
So you enjoy spicy food, like chili peppers? Me, too. Not only do hot peppers taste great and add a piquant flair to otherwise ordinary dishes, but they have health benefits, too. With poblanos, jalapeños, and habaneros beginning to wilt in the crisper, fermenting them for homemade hot sauce simply makes sense!Continue reading “Ferment This: Fiery Pepper Trio”