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Advent, Advent….


This is the magical time of year I anticipated as a child, and now my children do. Advent :). It is the countdown, 4 Sundays before Christmas Eve, or Solstice. Today we lit our first candle.

Even though I do not come from a religious family, we always celebrated Advent, in our own way. I do with my family. Our wreath is not alive, since we cannot gather our our pine boughs close by. But we have our wonderful little wreath, we add real little treasure to it every years for our celebratons.

“Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt,
erst eins,
dann zwei,
dann drei,
dann vier.
Dann steht das Christkind vor der Tuer.”

I found this wonderful description of Advent, both the Christian and the Pagan way :).
http://www.blogher.com/simple-seasonal-practice-christians-pagans-and-those-between#comment-139779
Find your way to this wonderful tradition, whatever it may be..


Advent, Advent….


This is the magical time of year I anticipated as a child, and now my children do. Advent :). It is the countdown, 4 Sundays before Christmas Eve, or Solstice. Today we lit our first candle.

Even though I do not come from a religious family, we always celebrated Advent, in our own way. I do with my family. Our wreath is not alive, since we cannot gather our our pine boughs close by. But we have our wonderful little wreath, we add real little treasure to it every years for our celebratons.

“Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt,
erst eins,
dann zwei,
dann drei,
dann vier.
Dann steht das Christkind vor der Tuer.”

I found this wonderful description of Advent, both the Christian and the Pagan way :).
http://www.blogher.com/simple-seasonal-practice-christians-pagans-and-those-between#comment-139779
Find your way to this wonderful tradition, whatever it may be..


Cooking with the Spirits – Hello, Papa :)


Certain things I cook are not only tradition, they are linked to certain loved ones in my life. If they have passed over, the process of preparing, cooking, and then enjoying “their” dish brings them rignt into my kitchen, and to our table.

This one is from my Papa. You can buy Rotkraut in a jar in Germany (and now in the states in certain deli stores), but there is nothing like the real thing. This goes well with turkey :).

P.S. We all cook with the Simpler’s Method, or like Amelia Bedelia…a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Adjust to taste.

Rotkraut (Red Cabbage)

1 or 2 heads of red cabbage, cut into “shreds”, not too thin
1 large onion
Bay leaves and whole cloves
1 sour apple
Nutmeg
Sugar, vinegar

I use a large cast iron pot for this recipe :).

Glaze cut up onion in vegetable shortening. Add cabbage, and about 2 cups of water (you can do a half water, half red wine :)..), seasonings. Let cabbage cook down a bit, add quartered apple. Simmer for about 60-90 minutes. Add a little apple cider, sugar, and salt to taste. If you like your Rotkraut thicker, you can mix a little cornstarch with cold water and add it, it makes the sauce thicker.

Voila’!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cooking with the Spirits – Hello, Papa :)


Certain things I cook are not only tradition, they are linked to certain loved ones in my life. If they have passed over, the process of preparing, cooking, and then enjoying “their” dish brings them rignt into my kitchen, and to our table.

This one is from my Papa. You can buy Rotkraut in a jar in Germany (and now in the states in certain deli stores), but there is nothing like the real thing. This goes well with turkey :).

P.S. We all cook with the Simpler’s Method, or like Amelia Bedelia…a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Adjust to taste.

Rotkraut (Red Cabbage)

1 or 2 heads of red cabbage, cut into “shreds”, not too thin
1 large onion
Bay leaves and whole cloves
1 sour apple
Nutmeg
Sugar, vinegar

I use a large cast iron pot for this recipe :).

Glaze cut up onion in vegetable shortening. Add cabbage, and about 2 cups of water (you can do a half water, half red wine :)..), seasonings. Let cabbage cook down a bit, add quartered apple. Simmer for about 60-90 minutes. Add a little apple cider, sugar, and salt to taste. If you like your Rotkraut thicker, you can mix a little cornstarch with cold water and add it, it makes the sauce thicker.

Voila’!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Brewing…..


Lots of healing….We are almost waiting for the herbs to jump up and start singing!


Finished product :)…getting ready to pass out to friends.


Kitchen scene. You would think I am a little “Martha” :)….Too good not to share.

As I am getting rid of things we don’t need, I am beginning to find my Spirit that was smashed beneath some stuff under some pile :). I have spent the last two days mixing teas and making Elderberry Syrup. My house smells divine, though a bit like a distillery :). I am also finding that my youngest child has a knack for the herbs (the nose knows!) like me, whereas my oldest is in charge of the “descriptions and marketing” of new Goddesses :). We have decided it is time that our ranch finds us, so we can live off the land with our animals….. as long as there is an internet connection……..

Brewing…..


Lots of healing….We are almost waiting for the herbs to jump up and start singing!


Finished product :)…getting ready to pass out to friends.


Kitchen scene. You would think I am a little “Martha” :)….Too good not to share.

As I am getting rid of things we don’t need, I am beginning to find my Spirit that was smashed beneath some stuff under some pile :). I have spent the last two days mixing teas and making Elderberry Syrup. My house smells divine, though a bit like a distillery :). I am also finding that my youngest child has a knack for the herbs (the nose knows!) like me, whereas my oldest is in charge of the “descriptions and marketing” of new Goddesses :). We have decided it is time that our ranch finds us, so we can live off the land with our animals….. as long as there is an internet connection……..

Countdown to a new life.

“You have to practically die, and wake back up”.

Not his exact words, but that is what Dr. Wayne Dyer told me the other night at 2:30 am on PBS. I could not sleep, and thankfully was so frustrated that I decided to while my life away by watching TV.

Why would he say this? Well, what I heard was that you have to practically die and wake up “brand spankin’ new” in order to drop all your baggage, your bad habits, your toxic friends, family, and life in general…..unless, of course, you are committed enough to begin following the Tao. Dr. Dyer fascinates me. Check out his “Change your Thoughts, Change your Life”.

I swear I heard him say: “So Heike, the first step is to follow the 80/20 rule. And start in your closet, then tackle the rest of your life.”

“Oh, and Heike? Get going now, ’cause you have a LOT to get rid of before we can continue.”

In case you, as I, did not know the 80/20 rule before Dr. Dyer made it up for me personally:

You use 20% of your ______________(fill in the blank with your favorite. Mine immediate list: shoes, clothes, books, yarn, fabric, beads, shoes) almost every day and every time you need ___________________ (shoes?). The other 80% of your _____________________ sit there unused. Take that 80% and give it away immediately, with love. Then take your favorite item of your 20% of ________________, and give it to someone with love. There, that is ONE of the steps to changing your life.

Wow. This show came after a few other signs were dancing in front of my face, it is time for some radical change. Since then I have shredded 5 million pieces of paper, helped my kids sort through books, cleaned out my fridge (20% edible, LOL), and tomorrow I am finally ready to give my closet a radical shake. (Goodbye, green go-go boots, good bye embroidered vest…and some other loved family members.).

After all, Dr. Dyer told me so.

Countdown to a new life.

“You have to practically die, and wake back up”.

Not his exact words, but that is what Dr. Wayne Dyer told me the other night at 2:30 am on PBS. I could not sleep, and thankfully was so frustrated that I decided to while my life away by watching TV.

Why would he say this? Well, what I heard was that you have to practically die and wake up “brand spankin’ new” in order to drop all your baggage, your bad habits, your toxic friends, family, and life in general…..unless, of course, you are committed enough to begin following the Tao. Dr. Dyer fascinates me. Check out his “Change your Thoughts, Change your Life”.

I swear I heard him say: “So Heike, the first step is to follow the 80/20 rule. And start in your closet, then tackle the rest of your life.”

“Oh, and Heike? Get going now, ’cause you have a LOT to get rid of before we can continue.”

In case you, as I, did not know the 80/20 rule before Dr. Dyer made it up for me personally:

You use 20% of your ______________(fill in the blank with your favorite. Mine immediate list: shoes, clothes, books, yarn, fabric, beads, shoes) almost every day and every time you need ___________________ (shoes?). The other 80% of your _____________________ sit there unused. Take that 80% and give it away immediately, with love. Then take your favorite item of your 20% of ________________, and give it to someone with love. There, that is ONE of the steps to changing your life.

Wow. This show came after a few other signs were dancing in front of my face, it is time for some radical change. Since then I have shredded 5 million pieces of paper, helped my kids sort through books, cleaned out my fridge (20% edible, LOL), and tomorrow I am finally ready to give my closet a radical shake. (Goodbye, green go-go boots, good bye embroidered vest…and some other loved family members.).

After all, Dr. Dyer told me so.

In my next life, I will be a Drifter.

I have decided to be a Drifter in my next life. My family agrees that this would be the preferred lifestyle, so I don’t have to do it alone. My dog does not care, as long as he is with us. We love the road, and discovering new places and people.

There, it is decided.

I have come to this conclusion after our recent road trip, and upon returning and facing the chaos of this house. On the road, we live so simple and happy, what happens when we come “home”? As of tomorrow, I am starting a new Dump the Junk challenge, as I seem to work better under pressure…

Scenes from our new life. Enjoy:


Our Gypsy Wagon :). The Big Blue Van is back in service, and we are loving having her back…


View from my bed in the morning…With the sounds of the crashing waves!


Robinson Crusoe casting? My children in their natural habitat.


And here we are, in MY natural habitat. I can’t think of anything better than being by the Sea when the full moon is above us :).

In my next life, I will be a Drifter.

I have decided to be a Drifter in my next life. My family agrees that this would be the preferred lifestyle, so I don’t have to do it alone. My dog does not care, as long as he is with us. We love the road, and discovering new places and people.

There, it is decided.

I have come to this conclusion after our recent road trip, and upon returning and facing the chaos of this house. On the road, we live so simple and happy, what happens when we come “home”? As of tomorrow, I am starting a new Dump the Junk challenge, as I seem to work better under pressure…

Scenes from our new life. Enjoy:


Our Gypsy Wagon :). The Big Blue Van is back in service, and we are loving having her back…


View from my bed in the morning…With the sounds of the crashing waves!


Robinson Crusoe casting? My children in their natural habitat.


And here we are, in MY natural habitat. I can’t think of anything better than being by the Sea when the full moon is above us :).