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Twenty Awesome memories…from 2013

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Grow and Reach Spread and Shelter Bathe and Thrive Stretch and Flutter Drink and Color Shade and Delight Feed and Feather Hold and Hide Chill and Redden Age and Dry Release and Fall Catch and Fly Breathe and Soar Rest and Lie Melt and Mold Splinter and Sleep Dive and Journey
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Mushroom Gravy

Mushroom Gravy


This is the best way to make gravy. It contains no flour and requires a lot of time and attention. The pay off is a gravy that is so delicious, it is beyond words.


4 c. turkey drippings (or 4.c chicken or vegetable broth) 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 c. chopped mushrooms, stems removed 1 stick unsalted butter 1 tsp. black pepper 2 c. heavy cream salt to taste


In a large saucepan cook the mushrooms and the garlic with the butter, over medium heat, for five minutes. Add the drippings and pepper, and continue cooking for forty five minutes, stirring often. Reduce the heat to low, add the cream and continue cooking for another fifteen minutes, stirring often. Salt to taste, and serve over meat and potatoes. Enjoy! 

Our Good Start

Our Good Start
I realize that every new parent has vastly different ideas about how to raise healthy children. We have been immensely blessed to have three very healthy kids. While I understand that it has a lot more to do with the universe than it does with any one thing that my husband and I did or did not do while raising our kids, I wanted to share what we did anyways. I feel that we were hugely blessed just to get the opportunity to make the choices that we did with our kids. I know that some of the actions we took and choices that we made would be difficult ones for many people. This is simply our story, and what we did that worked for us.
We chose homebirth right off the bat, and we found a truly gifted midwife to attend our birth. In the state of Indiana this is technically illegal. People who are not registered nurses can be indicted for attending homebirths. Nurses who are caught attending them are promptly stripped of their licenses. It is not, however, illegal for any mot…

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Sit. Breathe. Hear. Stir. Hummm. Slow. Soft. Know. Aloft. Quiet. Air. Something. There. Reach. Touch. More. Much. High. Away. Unsafe. Stay. Wait. Inhale. Feel. Sail. Ride. Be. Release. See.

Easy Crab Cakes

Easy Crab Cakes

These crab cakes do not hang around long in our house. They are a holiday tradition for us. They are delicious with homemade Tartar sauce, or even on their own.


1 lb. canned lump crabmeat ½ c. mayonnaise 6 mini sweet bell peppers, cleaned and diced 3 scallions, cleaned and sliced 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. parsley (fresh or dried) 1 tsp. saracha 1 tsp. salt 2 eggs 1 c. cornmeal, separated ½ c. gluten free flour ½ c. canola oil


Go through the crabmeat very carefully with your fingers to remove any small pieces of shell. The crabmeat will be wet, and will need to drain. I let it drain in a colander for at least an hour, stirring it up with my fingers occasionally, before combining it with the other ingredients.


In a medium sized bowl combine all of the ingredients except the canola oil and ½ c. of the cornmeal. Pour the oil into a medium sized saucepan and set the heat to medium. Place the half-cup of cornmeal in a small bowl. 


Let the oil heat for three minutes, and th…

Twenty Things…that helped make a transformative year.

Twenty Things…that helped make a transformative year.
I am looking back at this past year and I can’t help but notice how many things have changed. It has been an amazing year. I am trying to pick out some of the major points that contributed to turning my world on its side. I am eternally grateful for whatever started the dominoes tumbling.
1.I stopped watching television. I have almost completely stopped. I have no interest anymore. I will turn on the nightly news, if I can remember, but it doesn’t happen often, and I mostly listen to the broadcast from the other room. I can’t say for sure if television stunts the creative mind, but I definitely think that it is a possibility. 2.I changed up my exercise routine. I used to always exercise inside with dance videos. Now I either swim laps outside or speed walk through the neighborhood. Involving nature in my exercise routine has given me a whole new perspective. 3.I forgave. I forgave an old wrong that had been done to me. It was one tha…

Roast Turkey (prepared in brine.)

Roast Turkey (prepared in brine.)


I have been brining my turkeys for years now. As far as I am concerned it is the very best way to go. It ensures that the turkey is defrosted (in the case that it is purchased frozen). It makes the meat extra moist, and provides additional drippings which means more gravy.
1 turkey (this one is thirteen pounds) 2 gallons water 5 stalks celery, rinsed and roughly chopped 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 5 cloves garlic 4 carrots, rinsed and roughly chopped ¼ c. peppercorns ¼ c. olive oil 1 tsp. coriander 2 c. salt 1 stick butter


In a large saucepan, (the size will depend on the size of the turkey), sauté the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic in the olive oil for three minutes. Remove the pan from heat and add the water and spices. Put the turkey in the brine and allow to set, covered, in the refrigerator for forty-eight to thirty-six hours.


Place the turkey in a large roasting pan and cover the outside with one stick of melted butter. Bake the turkey i…

Twenty Ways…that I am like my grandmother.

Twenty Ways…that I am like my grandmother.
It has been a few months now since she has passed, and it still feels so strange. In my family, and I am guessing it is the case in many others as well; alikeness seems to skip a generation. My mother was very much like her grandmother and was heartbroken when she passed away. I am very blessed to have had my grandmother with me well into my thirties. Here are a few of the qualities that she passed onto me.
1.Thriftiness. I don’t like to pay full price for anything. I am always thrilled to find a deal. This can be dangerous. I need to avoid buying things that I don’t really want or need just because they are going at a ridiculous discount. My grandmother had closets full of clothes that she never wore. 2.Skepticism. Much like my grandmother, I am skeptical of everything that I am told. I want to know whom the information is coming from, and in what way it is being used to manipulate me. 3.Green. It was her favorite color and it is mine as well.…