Sunday, April 26, 2009

Yummy Quote

"Just as little as seed forces teach the plant how to grow, but rather appear as living beings within it, so our ideas don't teach: they pour themselves, igniting life -giving life- into our being. Everything that makes life seem meaningful to me I owe to the thoughts that have become available to me. I owe to them not only the courage but the insight and the strength that let me hope to make my children into people who are not only industrious and fit for outward life in the usual sense but who will carry inner peace and satisfaction in their souls."

The Spiritual Tasks of the Homemaker
By Manfred Schmidt-Brabant, Carol Brousseau

Quoting Rudolf Steiner, The Portal of Initiation

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Raw Food Classes

A big hello to all the amazing raw foodies that went to Melissa's class!
Isn't she awesome?! I hope you enjoy the cookies! (I'll have that recipe in my upcoming cookbook). For those of you who missed that class, check out for some more rawsome goodness coming up! Speaking of great raw food classes... I will be teaching again soon. I'm finishing up my raw foods cookbook this spring and will have that for sale online hopefully by May/June.
My son and I were talking about raw foods and dealing with being a vegan with well meaning friends who wonder why he doesn't eat meat, and he decided that he would like to teach a kids/teens class with me this summer! I'm SO excited. And so proud of him. He's making some really amazing choices at a young age.

The next class I will be teaching is with a longtime friend, Amy Jones.
on May 2. To sign up for this or any of Amy's classes, visit
I'll have a few copies of my cookbook for sale there as well!

Natural Remedies for Pregnancy & Postpartum

Safe, Effective, Time Tested Strategies
Pregnancy and having a baby....what a magical time in a woman's life! But when you are plagued with discomforts or your baby isn't feeling well, 1 month can feel like 1 year.

This class will address all your questions regarding curbing everything from morning sickness and anemia to recovery strategies to colic and postpartum depression and everything in between. Come learn the tips and tricks of midwives around the world. Herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, nutrition and more will be discussed.

Taught by Julia Holt, mother of 7 and Amy Jones, mother of 5. Both are doulas, childbirth educators, apprenticing herbalists and midwives with a combined total of over 22 years of professional experience and knowledge.

Where & When
Paradigm High School
Sat., May 2
11 AM- 1 PM

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

You Are What You Love

My kids.
My music.
My bedsheets.
My food.
My oils.
My herbs.
Rainy days.
Talking with a friend.
My bird.
My daughter's crazy cat.
A good book.
A hot cup of tea.
A hot bath.
Good lovin'.
A funny movie.
Crazy hair.
My family.
My garden.

What do you love?

Monday, April 6, 2009


Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing;
and establish a house, even a house of prayer,
a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning,
a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;
That your incoming may be in the name of the Lord;
that your outgoings may be in the name of the Lord;
that all your salutations may be in the name of the Lord,
with uplifted hands unto the Most High.

So... every New Year's I pick a word that will shape my focus for the year. It totally works.
Last year I picked "Gratitude", and had many wonderful experiences that taught me the depth of being thankful. There is something about asking for and creating focus on what I want in my life!
This year I chose "Be Prepared". Wow. I believe the minute I picked that, I have been haunted by the dusty shelves in my food storage, the state of my garden, and whether or not I have enough water saved up. Oh! And how are my 72 hour kits?? Do we have an emergency plan in case of a fire? I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed, but have taken the counsel to take it on a little at a time.

Now I have fun picking out just one or two extra items when I grocery shop. I scheme over what meals my family would like to eat in case of an emergency. I have fun dreaming of roughing it with my family... hanging out fresh laundry out in the sun to dry, fresh bread made from freshly ground wheat flour baking in my adobe wood fired oven that I lovingly crafted in my back yard... and then I snap out of my romantic day dreams and am thankful for my washer and dryer, not to mention my computer... and Google... and eMail!! *kisses keyboard*

A funny thing has happened since January 1. I find that not only am I looking at how I can tighten up the ship, I have begun preparing myself spiritually. I gave up some intense pastimes that I thought I couldn't live without, but were taking time out of my family and me time. I have begun reading books again... by the boat-loads!! I love reading and I had forgotten how much I enjoy it.
I suppose what I have learned so far, is preparing is more about a state of mind and heart than it is about how much foodstuff I have tucked under the stairs. Not that that's not important, but that mindset has helped me not freak out that I don't have two years of food storage nestled away right this second. It will happen a little at a time. I'll get there.

For a little food storage fun: