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Gruenkern Suppe


Tomorrow my Mama goes back home after staying with us for 4 weeks :(.

Time always flies when she is here. This time we did nothing but hang out. She babysat for me so that I could spend a FABULOUS weekend with my girl friends, cooked, hung out, watched a zillion episodes of WEEDS with me on the internet, and just discussed my woes of the world with me :).

We also experimented with new grains, and called forth the old ones I grew up with.

Here is a fav, my kids love it too.

Gruenkern Suppe for 4

1.5 cups of spelt
half of an onion
Veggie broth (or chicken or meat, to taste)
Miso (if preferred)

Cube onions and saute’ lightly in olive oil. Add spelt and toast until browned. Fill up with about 4 cups of water (or chicken or meat broth if using). Cook for about an hour, or until spelt “bursts”. Add about 2 tbls dry veggie broth, and about 2 large tbls Miso. Both of these are to taste, add more if you like it. If you like your soup thicker, take a good ladle of the soup and spelt and puree in the mixer. Add that back to your soup.

Now you can add grated carrots, chopped greens, ginger…it is limited only by your imagination and what you have on hand :). Salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy some nourishing tradition :).

Gruenkern Suppe


Tomorrow my Mama goes back home after staying with us for 4 weeks :(.

Time always flies when she is here. This time we did nothing but hang out. She babysat for me so that I could spend a FABULOUS weekend with my girl friends, cooked, hung out, watched a zillion episodes of WEEDS with me on the internet, and just discussed my woes of the world with me :).

We also experimented with new grains, and called forth the old ones I grew up with.

Here is a fav, my kids love it too.

Gruenkern Suppe for 4

1.5 cups of spelt
half of an onion
Veggie broth (or chicken or meat, to taste)
Miso (if preferred)

Cube onions and saute’ lightly in olive oil. Add spelt and toast until browned. Fill up with about 4 cups of water (or chicken or meat broth if using). Cook for about an hour, or until spelt “bursts”. Add about 2 tbls dry veggie broth, and about 2 large tbls Miso. Both of these are to taste, add more if you like it. If you like your soup thicker, take a good ladle of the soup and spelt and puree in the mixer. Add that back to your soup.

Now you can add grated carrots, chopped greens, ginger…it is limited only by your imagination and what you have on hand :). Salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy some nourishing tradition :).

Give it to me…….just because?

Today a post on New Moon Girls fan page really started my gut churning again.

It was the simple question of a mom, if she should give in to her 11 year old daughter asking for a pair of $130 UGGs, even if the mom thought they were over priced. My first response was: Just say NO. Actually: “OH HELL NO!”

I pondered this for a moment, and tried to put myself in this mama’s shoes. She must be a much nicer mama than me, since she was asking, yes? Or no?

It put me back about 12 years, right around the time my little Goddess was born. As soon as she slipped out, the world became a scary place. I was seeing girl exploitation everywhere!

This is precisely why I started “The Goddess in the Groove”. It was my place to speak out against all this insanity against women and girls.

As my little Goddess began to grow and thrive, I threw on my mama armor, ready to kick butt. I began to question why girls had to be cute & giggly, submissive & sweet, and why they were being sexualized through clothes, pageants, the media, etc. Why did little girl clothes look like something a hooker could wear if it was a few sizes bigger? And do you really want some perve staring at your little girl’s butt, trying to focus in on the word “Cutie” written across it?

I am digressing.

Back to now, 2010, where tween girls seem to think shopping in malls, $40 T’s, $100+ jeans & shoes, $100+ cell phones, etc. are there just for the asking.

Mine does not.

I take my kids on adventure trips to the thrift shop. We all dress well. I have taught them that is alot smarter to spend $20 and get a bunch of clothes, than to spend $40 and have one shirt, where you are wearing that company’s brand across your chest, or your ass, for FREE. I have taught them that jeans need to speak French, do my laundry and put it away, pooper scoop, and do my bills before I would pay $90+ for them. I have taught them that we do not only shop at thrift stores because we are smart and our dollar is worth something, but because we recycle everything else, why would be buy new clothes that contribute to bad labor and non eco friendly practices? Not to mention: Why would I want to look like everyone else??

LOL. Maybe I was just a smart mama when I started this, because I knew one day my daughter would be a tween. Peer pressure is strong, and thankfully she is unaffected. And that child will wring a tear out of a dollar, she is stingy. I have found the best remedy for the “Ineeditis” disease is the “Youhaveenoughmoneytopayforityourself”. Instant cure.

🙂

I realize that my kids don’t go to public, or even private school, and even if they ran around like raggamuffins it would be ok in our world. But every world has some kind of peer pressure, and we as parents have to guide our kids. Especially girls.

My goodness, if you let them think the right pants, the right boot, the right size, is what makes them good, well, that stinks. How will they ever find their true strength? How will they make the right decisions, based on their instinct, what they know is right and wrong, if someone else is dictating who they should be? What they should wear? How they should look?

If you can’t say no, tell them to earn the money for the outrageous item themselves. At least they will learn the value of it. Even if you are rich and don’t care about the money, think about the VALUE of a good lesson :).

Give it to me…….just because?

Today a post on New Moon Girls fan page really started my gut churning again.

It was the simple question of a mom, if she should give in to her 11 year old daughter asking for a pair of $130 UGGs, even if the mom thought they were over priced. My first response was: Just say NO. Actually: “OH HELL NO!”

I pondered this for a moment, and tried to put myself in this mama’s shoes. She must be a much nicer mama than me, since she was asking, yes? Or no?

It put me back about 12 years, right around the time my little Goddess was born. As soon as she slipped out, the world became a scary place. I was seeing girl exploitation everywhere!

This is precisely why I started “The Goddess in the Groove”. It was my place to speak out against all this insanity against women and girls.

As my little Goddess began to grow and thrive, I threw on my mama armor, ready to kick butt. I began to question why girls had to be cute & giggly, submissive & sweet, and why they were being sexualized through clothes, pageants, the media, etc. Why did little girl clothes look like something a hooker could wear if it was a few sizes bigger? And do you really want some perve staring at your little girl’s butt, trying to focus in on the word “Cutie” written across it?

I am digressing.

Back to now, 2010, where tween girls seem to think shopping in malls, $40 T’s, $100+ jeans & shoes, $100+ cell phones, etc. are there just for the asking.

Mine does not.

I take my kids on adventure trips to the thrift shop. We all dress well. I have taught them that is alot smarter to spend $20 and get a bunch of clothes, than to spend $40 and have one shirt, where you are wearing that company’s brand across your chest, or your ass, for FREE. I have taught them that jeans need to speak French, do my laundry and put it away, pooper scoop, and do my bills before I would pay $90+ for them. I have taught them that we do not only shop at thrift stores because we are smart and our dollar is worth something, but because we recycle everything else, why would be buy new clothes that contribute to bad labor and non eco friendly practices? Not to mention: Why would I want to look like everyone else??

LOL. Maybe I was just a smart mama when I started this, because I knew one day my daughter would be a tween. Peer pressure is strong, and thankfully she is unaffected. And that child will wring a tear out of a dollar, she is stingy. I have found the best remedy for the “Ineeditis” disease is the “Youhaveenoughmoneytopayforityourself”. Instant cure.

🙂

I realize that my kids don’t go to public, or even private school, and even if they ran around like raggamuffins it would be ok in our world. But every world has some kind of peer pressure, and we as parents have to guide our kids. Especially girls.

My goodness, if you let them think the right pants, the right boot, the right size, is what makes them good, well, that stinks. How will they ever find their true strength? How will they make the right decisions, based on their instinct, what they know is right and wrong, if someone else is dictating who they should be? What they should wear? How they should look?

If you can’t say no, tell them to earn the money for the outrageous item themselves. At least they will learn the value of it. Even if you are rich and don’t care about the money, think about the VALUE of a good lesson :).

Green, Green, Green…………

It just happens that I have an abundance of Borage in my yard, and all this green is fabulous for your health. In honor of the beginning of spring, here is one of my favorite recipes. You can use any green herb this way….Borage grows like a weed once established. It has a wonderful, fresh cucumberlike taste, and the flowers can be eaten off the plant :). You can even candy them, but my kids just eat them like that, or we use them as garnish.

I use the Simpler’s Method (a little of this, a little of that) for cooking, so tweak and adjust as necessary :).

You will need:
Big bushel of Borage leaves, garlic, onions, olive oil, yoghurt, veggie or chicken stock.

Chop the onions (1 large) and garlic (2 cloves) and saute’ until translucent. Fill up with a little bit of vegetable or chicken stock. Wash and chop the borage leaves. Add to hot stock and simmer just a few minutes until the leaves are soft.

Pour the mixture into the blender and WHIRL until the matter is a thick puree :). Put back in pot and add some stock. Remove from heat, add yoghurt and mix in until smooth, adding salt & pepper (and nutmeg, if you like it) to taste.

Serve, adding a dollup of sour cream makes it even YUMMIER!

Enjoy!

Green, Green, Green…………

It just happens that I have an abundance of Borage in my yard, and all this green is fabulous for your health. In honor of the beginning of spring, here is one of my favorite recipes. You can use any green herb this way….Borage grows like a weed once established. It has a wonderful, fresh cucumberlike taste, and the flowers can be eaten off the plant :). You can even candy them, but my kids just eat them like that, or we use them as garnish.

I use the Simpler’s Method (a little of this, a little of that) for cooking, so tweak and adjust as necessary :).

You will need:
Big bushel of Borage leaves, garlic, onions, olive oil, yoghurt, veggie or chicken stock.

Chop the onions (1 large) and garlic (2 cloves) and saute’ until translucent. Fill up with a little bit of vegetable or chicken stock. Wash and chop the borage leaves. Add to hot stock and simmer just a few minutes until the leaves are soft.

Pour the mixture into the blender and WHIRL until the matter is a thick puree :). Put back in pot and add some stock. Remove from heat, add yoghurt and mix in until smooth, adding salt & pepper (and nutmeg, if you like it) to taste.

Serve, adding a dollup of sour cream makes it even YUMMIER!

Enjoy!

It’s official…we are now Little Leaguers.


Yesterday was our first practice.

I have been avoiding organized sports all these years, and this time the family wore me down. Our youngest spawn wants to play baseball, follow in his grand-daddys footsteps.

In my two visits to the field, I have already experienced:

1. Little boys between 8-12 having a “potty mouth” that will make even an OLD, seasoned potty mouth like mine drop open (you can read details on facebook).
2. Grown women verbally fighting. I walked away before they began swinging fists.
3. Kids bitching at their parents, and parents thinking it’s cute.
4. Me, freezing my ass off because I obviously do not know the appropriate baseball field attire. Tomorrow, I am wearing gear.
5. My son needs a cup….lol.
6. Everyone should go pee before we leave the house, since the bathrooms at the field are always locked up.
7. I am either going to have to undergo a complete personality makeover to get through this, or bubble up.

My baby is having a blast, and once he figures out where to run to and how to hit that little ball, we are gonna’ kick some butt!!

🙂

It’s official…we are now Little Leaguers.


Yesterday was our first practice.

I have been avoiding organized sports all these years, and this time the family wore me down. Our youngest spawn wants to play baseball, follow in his grand-daddys footsteps.

In my two visits to the field, I have already experienced:

1. Little boys between 8-12 having a “potty mouth” that will make even an OLD, seasoned potty mouth like mine drop open (you can read details on facebook).
2. Grown women verbally fighting. I walked away before they began swinging fists.
3. Kids bitching at their parents, and parents thinking it’s cute.
4. Me, freezing my ass off because I obviously do not know the appropriate baseball field attire. Tomorrow, I am wearing gear.
5. My son needs a cup….lol.
6. Everyone should go pee before we leave the house, since the bathrooms at the field are always locked up.
7. I am either going to have to undergo a complete personality makeover to get through this, or bubble up.

My baby is having a blast, and once he figures out where to run to and how to hit that little ball, we are gonna’ kick some butt!!

🙂