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Ash Wed 3/6

Woah! What a time. A lot of seeds that I’ve planted over the past year are taking root and sprouting. If my life had a season.. it would be SPRING! Things are shifting, sprouting and rising up, up, up. It’s overwhelming and beautiful.

For those of you who don’t know- Andrew and I bought our first house! An 1870’s farm on 5 acres in Morgantown, PA. I start my new job working on an organic sustainable agriculture farm April 1st. I’m converting our barn into a place for gathering- yoga, farm-to-table dinner parties and workshops. I’ll be announcing a winter retreat soon too!

What I’m reading:
mini farming     compost

What I’m listening to:
I started making this new playlist for when we’re moving and painting the new house!

Product I’m loving:

My medium friend Thomas is teaching me all about Tarot! This is the deck that I’m using and I love it. He’s going to be putting out an online course soon, (I’m his guinea pig) so stay tuned!

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Word of the week:
Grace. This has definitely been my word of the week before but it’s one of my favorite words- ever. I’m doing the best I can to transition with as much grace, patience, presence and gratitude as possible. How can I move with grace? Breathe with grace? Listen, speak, transition, say good-bye with Grace? To embody grace is my prayer, my daily practice.

Poem of the week :

If I Did Not Pray
I could not move against this wind if I did not pray.
All that is said of me that is untrue would make lame my gait
If I could not free myself from the weight of other’s malice.

I could not even move against all of this light, this light, this light
if I did not pray.
See how things become:  what a change can happen, when we find a way
to keep The Divine close.

-Rabia

in gratitude to the embers and the ashes,
Ash

Ash Wed 2/13

What I’m reading: 

plant spirit
Just cracked this one open..stay tuned!

What I’m listening to:


Product I’m loving:

I was gifted a whole set of Tata Harper face products for christmas and I am really loving them! They are a 100% organic and operate off their farm in Vermont. I look forward to my skin care routine every night.
Shop here: https://www.tataharperskincare.com/

Word of the week:
Community. If there is one things that I know for sure it’s that, WE NEED EACH OTHER. We cannot do life alone. Making deep connections with others, helping someone and asking nothing in return, listening (really listening), making eye contact, offering a hug, sharing your wealth, gathering, supporting, reaching out..being present in the abundance of people around you!
There’s so many of us here, but we’re not really here. How is it possible that so many feel so alone in a world of 7.7 billion people? What would it take to step away from your busyness and call a friend, help a neighbor, meet and support your local farmer- we are only as alone as we make ourselves to be.

Poem of the week :

All day long a little burro labors,
sometimes with heavy loads on her back and sometimes
just with worries
about things that bother only
burros.

And worries, as we know, can be more exhausting
than physical labor.

Once in a while a kind monk comes
to her stable and brings
a pear, but more
than that,
he looks into the burro’s eyes and touches her ears
and for a few seconds the burro is free
and even seems to laugh,
because love does that.

Love frees.

-Love Does That by Meister Eckhart

Loving,
Ash

Ash Wed 1/9/19

 

What I’m reading:

Simon Hill has a really in depth blog on leading a plant based lifestyle. He answers the most common questions and gives really handy tips that I’ve been loving. I feel so good about my diet right now- how it makes me feel mentally and physically, and the impact it has on the environment.

Plant Proof Website

What I’m listening to:

Product I’m loving:

Did you know: Over 2 billions disposable razors are thrown away each year in the US alone? That’s enough to wrap around the Earth, end to end, 6 times!!!

I am soooooo stoked on this razor that I got for christmas. If you’ve read my previous posts you may know that I have been slowly but surely finding alternatives to common household plastic waste. This razor is 100% plastic free and even comes with 10 extra blade replacements. This would be the last razor you ever need to buy. (plus, it is delivered and packaged in 100% recyclable material.) Shop it here.

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Word of the week:
BeautyOpening my eyes and heart enough to see it in all things. Even in cold and quiet south Jersey- it’s everywhere, pulsing through all things. I see it. I feel it. I am it.

Quote of the week :

So Many Gifts
There are so many gifts
Still unopened from your birthday,
There are so many hand-crafted presents
That have been sent to you by God.

The Beloved does not mind repeating,
“Everything I have is also yours.”

Please forgive Hafiz and the Friend
if we break into sweet laughter
When your heart complains of being thirsty
When ages ago
Every cell in your soul
Capsized forever
Into this infinite golden sea.

Indeed,
a lover’s pain is like holdings one’s breath
Too long
In the middle of a vital performance,

In the middle of one of Creation’s favorites
Songs.

Indeed, a lover’s pain is this sleeping,
This sleeping
When God just rolled over and gave you
Such a big good morning kiss!

There are so many gifts, my dear,
Still unopened from your birthday.
O, there are so many hand-crafted presents
That have been sent to your life
From God.

 

 

Post Surf Stack

Christmas came early here in OC! We’ve been graced with some really fun surf this past weekend and it’s left me feeling so grateful to be here in NJ this year. After peeling off my wetsuit with frozen fingers I whipped up this seriously sinful stack of pancakes. They are so simple and so so good. Enjoy!

Ingredients
Blueberry chia compote
1 cup blueberries
1/2 tbs chia seeds
big dollop raw honey

Pancakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
few dashes cinnamon
big pinch salt
1 extra ripe banana
1 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
splash of maple syrup

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  1. Combine all compote ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil (add a splash of water to coat the pan).
  2. Let the blueberry mixture simmer until thick (about 6-8 mins).
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, mash the banana then add in the milk and splash of maple syrup and mix together.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry. Fold it together until just mixed.
  6. Heat a pan over medium heat and add vegan butter or coconut oil to the pan.
  7. Add approx. 1/2 cup portions of the batter to the pan.
  8. Let cook until edges turn golden brown and the middle starts to bubble. Flip and cook another 1-2 minutes.
  9. Serve with vegan butter, maple syrup and blueberry compote on top.

 

Golden Beet Tartar

Ingredients- makes 5 cups
3 lbs golden beets, roasted, peeled and cubed into small cubes
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon shallots, finely minced
1/4 cup capers, minced
2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce (I used Annie’s brand)
1/2 cup pickle, chopped into very small cubes
3 tablespoons veganaise (I used Follow Your Heart-Grapeseed Oil)
1/2 cup packed finely chopped curly kale
1+1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Micro greens to garnish (or use some extra kale)

1. Rinse beets, pat to dry and wrap individually in foil.
2. Roast beets at 350 for 1-2 hours (depending on how big they are) until fork tender. Take out and let them cool completely.
3. With cool beets chop the end off and rub off the skin using your hands (it should just slid right off).
4. Chop the beets into small cubes.
5. Place beets into a large bowl, add all ingredients and toss to combine. Be sure to fold it together with a spatula as not to mush the beets.
6. Garnish with micro greens, chives or small flowers and serve with crackers or toasted baguette.

Ash Wed 12/5

What I’m reading:
I’ve been really enjoying this book by Leo Buscaglia. If you are in a teaching role of any kind (parents included!) you should read this book!

book

What I’m listening to:
I started this playlist at the beginning of the Fall season. I hope you love it as much as I do!


Product I’m loving:
I’m slowly slowly collecting Weck Jars of all different shapes and sizes. They are my favorite way to store grains, nuts, seeds, and spices! I love being able to see everything that I have on hand in this way. If you buy in bulk (like me!) then this is the perfect way to keep things fresh and easily accessible.

weck
Word of the week:
Forgiveness.
anger, anger, anger keeps reminding me to invite in compassion, compassion compassion. Remembering that everyone is doing the best they can. Remembering that I am doing the best that I can. Through this remembrance I am filled with forgiveness.

Quote of the week :

sufi

 

Ash Wednesday 10/17

What I’m reading:

What I’m listening to:
Good mix of tunes I’ve been listening to while I work behind the buddha bar making medicine!

Product I’m loving:
THE CRISP FALL AIR. GO OUTSIDE ❤

Word of the week:
Reciprocity. This word has been ringing through my mind ever since I read Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass. I’m most interested in this word as it relates to our relationship with Earth. The Earth provides us with an abundance of everything that we could ever need but yet we are constantly asking “How can we take more?”. The earth gives and gives but what do we offer back in return? How can we make the exchange a two way street? I think an exchange like this with the earth would lead us to the answer to one of the most essential question as a human, “What is my unique gift?”.

Read this if you want to hear more on reciprocity. OR better yet, read the whole book. It’s the most beautiful book I’ve ever read.

Quote of the week :
Be kind, everything else will take care of itself.