October~On Second Thought
As of late I’ve thought a lot about how little I know about so much I thought I knew ~
I’ve had things placed in my path that require a leap of faith, now those who know me well, know I am stuck on truth, details, the why’s and what-for’s. Good, bad, indifferent…that is me. I happen to think it is none of those and all of those.
I read a book last year written by Dr. Rashid A. Buttar (Medical Director of the Center for Advanced Medicine) Without a doubt one of the most enlightening books I’ve yet to read. A passage from the book that is so simple and yet so profound that stayed with me.
“Don’t worry about having all the answers for everything. Just step into the unknown with me and accept the challenge.“
I find it is a passage that has no boundaries and is timeless.
Ok…on to the core of what this newsletter is all about…gardening, healthy food, and herbs. Benefits and responsibilities surrounding all of the same.
Fall/winter gardens will keep producing until the first heavy frost and some things such as greens until a hard freeze.
Other garden spots/raised-beds should be cleaned by this point and either planted with a cover-crop of your choice or mulched and /or covered with row covers, leaves, straw, or anything that does not fill the soil with unwanted seed.
Be careful what you prune after the next week…if you have fresh cuts on shrubs, trees, etc., and you get a nasty frost/freeze, water, ice, etc., can seep into the stems core and cause the whole plant to die.
The Season Of Food…
Very soon the holiday season will be in full swing. It is a natural and good thing to celebrate this most glorious season. Good food, happy families, loving friends, and a giving heart--these are the traits we carry through the season.
We must remember this isn’t so for many, a family member, a neighbor, a stranger….will be hurting and in need. Plan ahead to curb the waste that often comes with this time of year. Spend less and give more…it is after all the real spirit of the reason for the season.
A Healthy and Nutritious Recipe ~
I love all things ‘pumpkin.’
2 Tablespoons real butter
Heat butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. (I use a Wok)
Add onions and cook until golden brown -about 5 minutes
Add garlic and cook 1 minute more
Stir in Curry powder, salt , and pepper
Add pumpkin and potatoes and cook for 5 minutes -stirring often but gently
Pour in broth and raisins, cover -reduce heat to medium
After 15 minutes, add peas-replace cover and continue to cook until pumpkin and potato are tender. (5 to 10 minutes)
Garnish with cilantro to taste. (A little goes a long way )
Diffusing Essential oils in your home will clean and clear the air of unhealthy bacteria/germs.
Don’t have a diffuser? Place a small deep pot on the stove, fill with water - good, filtered/spring water. Bring to boil - reduce heat to less than simmer (never boil E-oils, it will kill the properties that are healing). Allow to filter throughout the house until all the water is steeped away.
Stay hydrated, get good sleep, meditate, and exercise…things that often get ignored or put off during the ‘Holiday Season.’
I go to nature to be soothed and healed,
Although our interactions with nature provide many answers, they evoke the most challenging and searching
question of all--Who am I and what is the meaning of my existence ? The answer to that must come only from within.