Water

BB watercolor

Rain

I am a water sign, Scorpio. I am very watery. Water is strong in my mind lately. I saw a post on FB that talked about the magnificent red woods of Norther California, and how that they were dying from lack of water. This cannot be! Unless some grand New Earth is actually manifest and they moved, and I am going to be there. If you have not been in the presence of these trees, well I don’t think I can express the feeling. Majestic, and ancient, they exist no other place on the planet.

So that leads me to my topic, water. Water so sacred, and divine, water so required, like love. Can we please, please, please!!! As a collective pray, chant, dance, sing, pray, smile……..for gentle, clean, and nourishing rains in needed areas like California. If you drum, drum. I think a drum circle is a great place to implement that intention.

As Thich Nhat Hanh says in The Great Bell Chant, “A beautiful child appears in the heart of a lotus flower. One single drop of this compassionate water Is enough to bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers.”

The Pacific Ocean is in real trouble from the radiation from Japan. This cannot be. We can change this. We can.

Thank you for pure clean water, for gentle cleaning rains, for pristine oceans and seas. Thank you, thank you, thank you~

I see all water crystal clear.

Next….everything else. ❤

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Water, Water Everywhere

wishing_well_2~ Katherine Ace

Wishing Well 2 By Katherine Ace

My friend Barbara of, Me, My Magnificent Self, suggested I give the recipe of my fish tacos, so here you go. I am no food stylist like Johnny, of Feed the Piglet so I will stick with a painting by my muse Katherine Ace. Although my fish tacos are as colorful as they are flavorful. So in the spirit of last weeks water trine.

Music to cook by~

Sindy Sue’s Fish Taco’s

 I use tilapia, but use your fish of choice.

I saute in a skillet with Cajun seasoning and some fresh lemon

(Takes like 4 minutes)

I make some Guacamole (mine is simple)

1 or 2 avocados diced

some salt, lemon juice and salsa

mash together~ done lol

Then I get a couple of white corn tortillas lightly toast or warm them.

I chop the fish up and place it in the center.

Top with guacamole

Top with salsa

Top with some fresh chopped cilantro

Add a couple halved cherry tomatoes

Top with a little mixed baby greens

Viola~

Easy, easy and yummy yummy~

(I can make them in like 20 minutes)

Somewhere a butterfly flaps its wings and Sindy makes fish tacos!

Especially good with my killer margaritas…..

Ole~

Sindy

Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients

3-1/3 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1-1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cloves

2/3 cup cool to cold butter, cut into small cubes

1 (16 oz) can pureed pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

4 eggs, slightly beaten

2-2/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup milk

1 cup golden raisins (much softer than regular raisins), optional

1 cup chopped pecans or other nuts, optional

Glaze, optional

 

Glaze Ingredients

3 oz softened cream cheese, at room temperature

2 tbsp softened butter

2 tbsp milk, or as needed

1/3 to 1/2 cup powdered sugar, depending on how sweet you like your glaze

1/2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

 Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until very smooth. add more milk if needed to get fairly thin drizzling consistency.

Pour over cooled bread or cake. Pass additional glaze at the table.

 Jane Evans Bonacci – The Heritage Cook

Pumpkins Health Benefits

  • It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. The vegetable is one of the food items recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
  • Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.
  • With 7384 mg per 100 g, it is one of the vegetables in the Cucurbitaceae family featuring highest levels of vitamin-A, providing about 246% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help a body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • It is also an excellent source of many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds such as α, ß carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin A inside the body.
  • Zea-xanthin is a natural anti-oxidant which has UV (ultra-violet) rays filtering actions in the macula lutea in retina of the eyes. Thus, it helps protect from “age-related macular disease” (ARMD) in the elderly.
  • The fruit is a good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.
  • It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
  • Pumpkin seeds indeed are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. In addition, the seeds are concentrated sources of protein, minerals and health-benefiting vitamins. For instance, 100 g of pumpkin seeds provide 559 calories, 30 g of protein, 110% RDA of iron, 4987 mg of niacin (31% RDA), selenium (17% of RDA), zinc (71%) etc., but no cholesterol. Further, the seeds are an excellent source of health promoting amino acidtryptophan. Tryptophan is converted to GABA in the brain.

Source

Soaked Almonds

Ayurveda recommends to soak and peel your Almonds before you eat them, to make them more easily digestible & nourishing and to increase the life and vitality contained within them. The skin is said to be hard and heat producing.
Research confirms that soaking decreases the amount of phytic acid and thus makes the goodness of Almonds (protein, fiber, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, and zinc) easier to digest..

How to soak-
~ Place your Almonds (Organic preferred) in a bowl.
~ Pour boiled and cooled water over the Almonds.
~ Cover the bowl
~ Allow to soak overnight.
~ Rinse next morning with fresh water.
~ The skin will be soft & loose. Peel the skin away & enjoy!
Here are some advantages that come from soaking almonds.
Pic. courtesy – spicefoodie.blogspot.com