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10 Reasons to Cook at Home

Sadhvi

I wrote a post about Clara Cannucciari a few years ago.  She had these wonderful little videos on how to cook simple, good food that she learned from her mother during the Great Depression (not to be confused with the Great Disaster that we are in now).

As you all know I love to cook and hate to go out to eat, since it’s usually expensive for what you get and I can just about always cook something better.  Like Clara.  I wanted to see what was new so I searched and found that her last clip is the one below.

She turned 98 this past August, so she has the right to stop doing anything she wants to, but just the idea that she won’t be around forever and there is an end to everything is a general concept that’s always been hard for me to “get”  Sakshi just told me that we DO go on forever, and that what I just wrote is false.  Hmmmm….

It’s Indian Summer where I live, with the most amazing sunny and blue sky days, with cool nights and foggy mornings.  We’re eating soup for dinner just about every night though, and that is a sure sign of Fall.  Working out in my garden today, I heard the sound of leaves falling from the old Dogwood trees.  It was like music from a wind instrument…  Winter is coming, but not quite yet!

The fear factor for this coming winter is high.  With people saying things like, “It’s gonna be a bad one!”, or, “It’ll be the toughest and coldest one we’ve seen!”.

After finding three Wooly Worms in the garden, with each one having a different number and thickness of stripes (one had no stripes, one had a few, and another had it’s whole body striped) I am going to go the Zen way and just take it like it comes.

So here’s my top 10 Reasons to Cook at Home:

1. You don’t have to worry about parking.

2. You can get seconds without feeling foolish.

3. You can drink better wine with your meal.

4. You don’t have to dress up, or even wear a bra.

5. You don’t have to worry about slimy lettuce.

6. You don’t have to be tempted to have dessert, since if you are like us, we don’t have dessert made for each evening meal, just special occasions.

7. You don’t have to worry about being heard over the din of the restaurant.

8. If you are hungry, you don’t have to wait to eat.

9. When you are finished, you don’t have to wait for the check, and then drive home because you are already home.

And lastly,

10. You don’t have to worry about having overpaid for a meal that you didn’t like.

Sadhvi Sez: The Everlasting Joy of the Poppy

SADHVI

After all the changes in the weather over the last month, I can see signs of spring all over and there is no turning back now – well actually, our last frost date is the middle of May, so I’m thinking there will be some cold yet to come…but, the momentum has started!

We’ve dug up and moved the Firethorn over there, and are planting new roses here, and trimming back the raspberries, and the gooseberries, and the butterfly bushes, and cleaning up the yard, as if we too are waking up from the winter like the plants.

I have some poppy seeds and now is the last chance for me and you to plant them in order for them to bloom this year.

"POPPY'S IN MY GARDEN"

With all the stuff that seems to be going in the wrong direction (i.e. that Monsanto/GMO rider that got signed by President Obama this past Tuesday (that the media has yet to do much reporting on, bless their hearts!) to protect them from being sued EVER if someone gets sick from eating GMO food…y’know, little things like that*), it’s nice to know that by simply bending over and putting some tiny seeds in the ground where there is plenty of sun, covering them with dirt, patting them down and making sure they stay watered, that such a lovely thing will grow and bring us such pure joy, the kind of joy that won’t be affected by the ever increasing stupidity on the planet.

To close, here's a poem that I found from over a hundred years ago
for you to enjoy today:
Happy Spring!

IN A POPPY GARDEN by Charles Francis Saunders (1902)
Upon a summer's day, when the noon-tide air      
Was dreamy with the languor of the heat,
The poppies of my garden stirred to speech.
"Master," they seemed to say, "we bring thee gift
Of sleep, and, in sleep's hand, forgetfullness
Of the world's smallnesses and petty prides,
That, waking, thou mayest have a freer heart
For life's nobilities."   .    .    .    .
Then I awoke. Pray God, the dream come true.

* This came from a friend and I thought it was important 
to add this to my post this week:

Hi Folks,
I am not familiar with the Blue Street Journal, but
found this quote really interesting when I learned about it,
and somewhat easing my rage in the light of what is happening
with our food safety and security.

"The GOP slipped in the "Monsanto Protection Act" into H.R. 933. 
A bill designed to avoid a government shut down. 
It also covered the Violence Against Women Act, SNAP, etc.

If Obama hadn't signed it the government would have shut down,
the Violence Against Women Act would have been
dead (again), there would be no SNAP assistance to
poor families, and more. 
For those reasons this was a "must pass" bill. 

If you're blaming Obama, you're doing what the
GOP wants you to do. 
They are the ones that did the deed..."

--
When the power of Love overcomes the love of Power
the world will know Peace.
~Jimi Hendrix
"WHITE POPPY AND SALLY CHICKEN"


Sadhvi Sez: Becoming Born Again

This past week it rained and rained and rained.  I don’t remember a rain like that, for so long, nonstop, day and night, except for the monsoons in India.  The rain filled up 3 of my wheelbarrows!  My husband dug a circular ditch around the house so that the water could have a place to go instead of in our basement.  I looked out to see a running stream encircling us – we now live on an island!   It turns out that our dog, a border collie, has been “herding the house” for the last 10 years (we don’t have sheep), so the digging of the ditch wasn’t as hard as it could have been, except that it was raining constantly the entire time that it took him to do the job.

Later that night we went to see the movie, “Life of Pi”.  The scenes with the incredible storms at sea made me realize how much I hate rain.  The movie itself is a must see, especially if you’ve been to India.  The scenes of Pondicherry are so beautiful that I whispered to him that I wanted to start packing to go live there.  Later he told me that he had been there in the late 70’s.  Thirty plus years ago there were so many people there, that he knew it was just someone’s story of that Indian town; in real life it is not looking like the south of France.

The morning that they said the rains would be over, I got up early so that I could see the sun rise again and the blue sky that I had missed for the last 5 days.  When I saw the first morning light, I truly felt born-again; my spirit lifted, and I knew that everything was going to be all right.

Other than THE WEATHER, I have been trying to cut down on the amount of time I spend in cyber-world because it’s been getting out of hand.  Coincidentally, Rob Brezsny, the astrologer whose great horoscopes I’ve been reading ever since I can remember, said that doing this might not be a bad idea:

“A San Francisco writer named Maneesh Sethi decided he was wasting too much time on the Internet.  His productivity was suffering, so he hired a woman to sit next to him as he worked and yell at him or slap his face every time his attention wandered off in the direction of Facebook or a funny video.  It worked.  He go a lot more done.  While I would like to see you try some inventive approaches to pumping up your own efficiency, I don’t necessarily endorse Sethi’s rather gimmicky technique.  Start brainstorming about some interesting yet practical new ways to enhance your self-discipline, please.

Yes Rob, I will.

And lastly, check out:: Marshall ‘Soulful’ Jones before you go click somewhere else:

Sadhvi Sez: Feeling the Spirit in this Wonderland

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Attention!!! It’s one of those days where everyone is going to be sitting up straighter and maybe even acting a bit more kind and more aware of how they treat each other because today could be the last day of the world. Exciting, isn’t it?

I’m baking an easy and simple cookie recipe today called “Chocolate Crinkles” that I’ve made for years. It’s online everywhere, with slight variations. The one I use is from Betty Crocker, and the only thing I do differently is to add some ground almonds and maybe a bit more vanilla. If you click here, you will have it.

 

What else? I’ve made 24 jars of “Marroni Creme”, which is really “Chestnut Jam” (chestnuts, sugar, and vanilla – yum!). I love to make it because no one makes it anymore.

Marroni Creme

I used to buy it when I lived in Switzerland, because it was available in the grocery stores there.
I think you can get it online, but if you’re married to a chestnut roaster, you probably just want to make it yourself, because it really is simple to make.

My husband has a few regular folks that ask for it at his chestnut roasting stand, and they are usually older people from Europe who remember, or  the children of those older people who know that it makes them happy.

And lastly, here’s a video that I took from the Dicken’s Festival at the Biltmore Village a few weeks ago. It’s one where my favorite girl singer’s are performing “Walking in the Winter Wonderland”. Enjoy!

I guess this is my last post IF the world ends. If so, tt’s been a wonderful life, and I’ve had a good time.

If it is still spinning after today, well, until next time.

Enjoy!