Magical Cooking

Watermelon- A Summer Delight for Body and Spirit-

This week I got a watermelon, a beautiful one grown on Walchli Farms in Oregon and was so excited because they always have the best melons, dreaming of red watermelon flesh dripping with sweet juice. Well, gravity ushered in other plans as she often does...the watermelon rolled off the counter and landed hard on the hard, ceramic floor, it’s beautiful juice leaking all over the floor, the flesh mushy and crumbly.  So, in the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, my boys grabbed hold of their inner chefs and inner magic makers and began exploring the watermelon, scooping it with a spoon and making smoothies and watermelon juice, freezing some for later. 

Watermelon is not just a fun and refreshing summer delight, it is a medicinal food. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that watermelon helps our muscles recover after exercise- both in terms of muscle soreness and the recovery of our heart rate. It also boosts your antioxidant levels, protecting our cells from damage, and helps reduce blood pressure. 

So, after a day of playing hard, enjoying a slice of an iconic summer delight is good for the body and spirit, helping you recover and enhancing your sense of pleasure and delight. 

Our smoothie recipe- amounts are approximate 

Watermelon chunks- 2 cups

½ cup frozen strawberries

½ cup of yogurt (optional)

¼ cup of orange juice - more or less depending on how juicy your watermelon is

A Couple mint leaves

Blend up in the blender and enjoy. This is also delicious poured into reusable silicon smoothie or popsicle molds and frozen. 


Exploring our inner boundaries{Winter}

Exploring our inner boundaries{Winter}

Hello and Welcome Dear Friends,

Take a breath, settle in and join me for a few moments…

Early morning has become my favorite time of day this summer, watching and hearing the birds become active, the first visit from the hummingbird and the energetic bounces of the twin fawns that live in our lower field both a gift and delight. I watch the steam rise from the pond and the canal as the sun rises and begins to shine and warm the Earth. The moon has also been a companion on these mornings, growing smaller each day, retreating into the darkness.

Inner Fall with Our Allies

Inner Fall with Our Allies

In the waning light of the moon, we reconcile and integrate that which was stirred up by the Full Moon, giving name to what is seeking fulfillment, looking at the memories, traumas and emotions that flared up to be seen, their messages received. 


Lunar Wisdom: The Energies and Dynamics of Oak

Lunar Wisdom: The Energies and Dynamics of Oak

Closing my eyes, I settle into the safety of my own energy field, heart breathing and connecting with the energy of the Sacred Oak Tree. When I look with my magical eye at the Oak in spring, I am filled with this rising sense of anticipation; movement up and out. Rhythmically, like waves pulsing up from the roots and into the trunk, the next wave reaching higher than the last. The tide coming in. The buds at the tips of the branches beginning to swell. Not rushing, but moving forward even so.

Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen Noodles

Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen Noodles

When I add all the ingredients into the instant pot, referencing the recipe, adding this and that, placing the lid on the pot, I am a modern day kitchen witch, filling her cauldron, setting the magic to brew.