- Elia Kazan
I am hoping to start blogging here again soon. I have a new Iphone which makes pics so much easier. Not to mention that I will have access to a friends fancy camera for blog photos. Stay tuned for more info on yoga, spirituality, healthy food, acupuncture and alternative medicine and some vintage and antique shopping. I am so excited about my move. I need to get some steady work doing acupuncture and then work on the rest. We will see. I hope it goes smoothly!
I am not sad to see 2011 go. It was, very possibly my most difficult year yet. I am having a difficult time saying that 2012 is going to be an amazing year. I had big hopes for 2011. I am only asking for a gentle and kind year. I cannot muster up the strength to talk about what a fabulous year it is going to be. I cannot attain the energy needed to feel overly enthusiastic about it. I am only asking for a little bit of peace and that no animal of mine, friend or family member die this year. I need time to recover as best I can from the deaths of this past year.
I have big changes coming up, a big move, a new business to start and a new life to begin. Please let there be ease and peace.
What are you asking for for 2012?
I had big plans for this new blog. I still do but I have it on hold a bit. This fall has been difficult. That is a vast understatement. For now I have more important things to do then to be in this space. Eventually I will get back here and move it forward. My vision is to have the blog linked to my acupuncture practice. I want to share a little about myself and a lot of information for my patients. For now I am finishing up all my licensing stuff and waiting for it all to get processed. In March I will move the the Atlanta area to start a new practice which I am immensely excited about. But for now I work on healing. Healing from what?
The biggest, saddest news of my entire life is that my younger brother passed away in mid-October. It was sudden and tragic. He struggled with addiction for many years and he did not survive. I won't go into details here but my family has decided to be honest about it. I do not believe that anything good ever happens by keeping things in the dark. People struggle with addictions of all types everyday be it alcohol, food, sex, gambling, prescription drugs, illegal drugs and probably many more that I am not thinking of.
I have pretty strong spiritual beliefs but it is still so difficult that I will never again have a conversation with him. It is so sad that he does not get a chance to beat his addiction and make his dreams come true. It is so awful that I am now, in a sad kind of way, an only child. I am forever changed. It will take time to heal, although I firmly believe that there is a part of me that will never heal from this.
For now I take the time to heal and prepare myself for all that I have to do over the next few months.
I ask all of you to tell those you love that you love them and to forgive a lot faster then you anger. Life is short and you never know what will be the last thing you say to someone. Thank God the last thing I said to Peter was, "love you".
Sometimes a book and a cup of tea are necessary. My tea is kukicha with almond milk and honey. Yum!
Those that know me in person know that I am not exactly a getting my ducks in a row type of person. I am relatively organized and not super flighty but I tend to live life mostly by intuition and not as much by careful planning. Sometimes a little planning is crucial though. Now it means that I am working on doing acupuncture continuing ed so I can renew my national licensure and get re-licensed in Georgia so that I can return to living in the Atlanta area as soon as possible. I lived there 10 years ago and look forward to returning. I am such a western US person at heart but I also quite like the south and there are friends and family I just know I am supposed to be around these days.
These changes mean lots of studying to do long-distance continuing ed, paperwork and getting an acupuncture practice website up and running over the next few months. I try to look at it as exciting but adding this to my work on the cookbook, treating patients and all my own personal yoga and spiritual practices I can feel a little overwhelmed at times.
I just constantly remind myself that sometimes a little hard work and organization can be incredibly healing.
(This is one member of my entourage that is not happy about all this work that I have to do).
Pie crust is definitely the most unhealthy thing that I make. I really need to get to work on a healthier version, not that I even make pie crust all that often. Last night I had peaches but didn't just want to eat peaches. I decided to throw some peaches and blueberries together and make a galatte.
3 cups all purpose flour
1 TBSP cane sugar
1 tsp salt
17 TBSP butter(Earth Balance)/shortening (yep, I know it's a weird measurement)
I first cut up the butter/shortening and put it in the freezer. While that is cooking I mix the dry ingredients in the food processor and pulse to mix. Then I add the butter and mix until it has a pea-like consistency. I then slowly add cold water until the dough becomes one huge ball that thuds in the food processor. Separate it into to balls, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
To assemble the galatte I rolled out the dough and then mixed 4 peaches, a cup of blueberries, a couple tablespoons of sugar (I don't like things very sweet so you may want to add more sugar) and lemon juice together. I then put the fruit mixture in the middle of the crust and then folded up the edges.
Bake at 425 for 10 minutes and then turn oven down to 350 for 20 minutes until lightly brown.
I just returned to NY from 3 weeks in the Atlanta area. While there I cooked for one of my oldest friends and taught her more about healthy eating and cooking. This is a direction I really want to go in with my work. Everyone I cook for really seems to love my food. It is very exciting for me and now has me working on my own cookbook. I am having so much fun. Here is a little sample of what I have been working on.