MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH FIDDLEHEADS

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I’ve wanted to get my hands on fiddleheads since my enamoration with wild food first began. If you are among those who don’t know about this delectable little spring treat, please allow me to enlighten you 😉

A fiddlehead is the furled frond of the young ostrich fern. They appear in the spring and are harvested as a vegetable. As always, it is important to ethically harvest this tasty little gift from Mama Earth, as you don’t want to affect the population of the species.

If you do not know the ‘rules’ for wild-harvesting do check them out before you head out to gather wild food. One of the most important guidelines to follow with fiddleheads is to be certain that you don’t collect all the fronds from a single plant. This will result in death of the plant. And that is a pretty crappy trade-off for the gift that this generous little green ally brings to your plate 😦

Where I am living in northern Maine these delicious little morsels are wild-harvested and then sold by the roadside and in local markets. And as much as I love ‘collecting grub’ from the wild, I haven’t had much time lately so that works out perfectly for me! I get fresh-picked fiddleheads. And foragers get a little cash in their pocket. Win! Win!

The batch that inspired this post was picked up at a self-serve roadside stand. I saw them on my way up north and passed them by because I didn’t really have room in my schedule for meal preparation at all, and uncovering how to cook fiddleheads felt burdensome.

But hose fiddleheads stayed in my head through the whole trip. Lucky for me, the stand was still there on my way home. So I grabbed a bag full of fiddleheads and went back home to figure out just what I was going to do with them.

I discovered that you have to cook them down before you can eat them. I’ve learned that this is the case with many wild foods. If fiddleheads are eaten raw one can get quite the case of indigestion from them.

So I put them on the stove in a pot of water, heated it up to boiling, and then let it simmer for 10 minutes.

After that I took the easy way out because it was late and I was hungry, LOL!

I sautéed them in butter, garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper. When they were done I squeezed just a tiny bit of lemon juice on them, gave them a toss, and voila … deliciousness was mine.

They are crazy tasty! Like really crazy tasty!

They taste very much like asparagus to me. Like really very much like asparagus. And I’m a big fan of asparagus ❤

My son and I enjoyed them that evening, but you’re not supposed to eat too many at a time until you are sure your stomach doesn’t react the them (another common wild food rule). So, we had plenty left over. And when I woke up in the morning I couldn’t wait to get another crack at them.

So, the first fiddlehead omelet ever was made in my kitchen that morning. Fiddleheads, tomatoes, grilled onions, and swiss cheese = heaven ❤ Just sayin’.

I have another bunch of these little babies in the fridge right now and I’m looking at breading and deep frying them. I’ve had a few locals tell me that I won’t be disappointed if I prepare them that way. I think they’re right. I just can’t decide if I want to serve them with a butter garlic parmesan sauce or a bit of siracha mayo?

But a decision will have to be made. Unless, of course, I choose both 😉

Have you ever had fiddleheads? And if so, how were they prepared?

Did you like them? Would you eat them again? We loved them! And will likely eat them often from now on ❤

Share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear what you have to say 😉

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MAKE ROSE SCENTED OIL ENERGETICALLY DESIGNED TO HEAL THE HEART

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I am a woman who has seen more than her share of heartache. I don’t say that to gain condolences from you. I say it as a matter of fact. It is not something that I spend much time reflecting on. That would be counter-productive in so many ways. It just is. Fact.

I also have a marked history of heart disease in my family line. So my heart is one of the things I try to take good care of in my life. I’m not great at it. I wish I were. But I do try to be mindful of her when making decisions that affect her.

In addition to the more well known practices geared toward heart health, like; a healthy diet, exercise, and maintaining low stress levels, I firmly believe in implementing herb and crystal energetics into my routine.

I brought rose into my routine quite a few years ago, when I was gifted a rose essence from an acquaintance I met while living in northern CA. I faithfully took that essence every day. And I experienced a noticeable transformation from its use.

That little bottle has been gone for some time now. And while I have used the lovely rose as an herbal aid since then, I haven’t employed her in my life on a daily basis. But I am feeling as though spending some time with her would be good for me. And I intend to make myself a batch of rose essence this summer when this amazing plant is blessing us with her gorgeous blooms. But, until then I want to be able to access her properties whenever I feel the need for them.

So, I put together a few heart friendly herbal roll-ons to have on hand. And I thought that it would be nice to share the process of making these sweetly scented little herbal remedies with all of you ❤

The ingredients I used are as follows …

ROSE PETALS (DRIED): Medicinally the rose is used to fight depression and improve the overall function of the heart. Energetically it is used to heal heartache, promote feelings of connection, and soothe disappointment. The rose essence I spoke of earlier in this post was designed to assist one in taking steps toward reaching their deepest desires which, of course, reside in the heart.

HAWTHORN BERRIES (DRIED): Hawthorn comes from the rose plant family. It makes one of the most effective general heart tonics known to herbalism. It seems to read what the heart needs and then quite graciously provides it. This property is seen in the way it reacts to blood pressure. It will raise low blood pressure and lower high blood pressure. I have heard many an herbalist say, “Hawthorn just knows.” I concur.

AND it performs in the very same way on an energetic level. It deciphers what one needs to obtain healing in matters of the heart, and then it provides exactly that.

CLEAR QUARTZ CHIPS: Clear quartz is often used to amplify the properties of the herbs and crystals it is paired with. And while it has many other energetic properties, it is this one that makes it the perfect addition to this ‘brew’.

BULGARIAN ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL: This is the essential oil extracted from the petals of one of the rarest flowers in the world. It is only cultivated and harvested in the Rose Valley of Kazanlak. I am fortunate to have a bottle of it, as it is very pricey. And while it is worth every penny, I would likely not have purchased it at full price. But I came across one hell of a bargain and I simply couldn’t pass it up!

It possesses the same properties as the rose flower itself. Which I’ve described above for dried rose petals. And, almost more importantly, it adds the intoxicating scent of this healing plant to this herbal gem. So that each time you use it you are reminded of whence your ‘medicine’ has come ❤

ALMOND OIL: I really used this oil because it is what I had in the house that had the most transparency. I wanted to showcase the rose petals, hawthorn berries, and clear quartz chips. I think it accomplished that nicely. And I suppose it counts that almond oil is a heart healthy oil. Perhaps, it counts more than I realize 😉

After choosing the ingredients for my roll-ons, putting them together is sort of a no-brainer.

Simply place a few rose petals, clear quartz chips, and hawthorn berries in a roll-on applicator bottle. Add rose essential oil. I used 45 drops. Then top off with almond oil, snap the roll-on ball in place, and secure the lid. It’s that simple 😉

I had the great privilege of gifting one of these to a friend. And another to a new co-worker. An act that is also good for the heart 😉

And that left me with one bottle of heart healthy goodness for myself. It should get me through the early spring as I await the arrival of the first rose flower of the year without a problem! Mission rose scented oil accomplished!

Are you familiar with the healing properties of the rose? If so, fill me in on what you know about this wonderful plant in the comments. And if not, please share whatever thoughts you have about the information I’ve provided on this healing herb in this post. I’d love to hear what you have to say!

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As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed health professional. You are solely responsible for researching herbs to determine how you choose to use them. If you decide to make them a part of your health care plan, I take no responsibility for the results of that decision.

THE SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR MAMA EARTH

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There are a plethora of ways to show Mama Earth how much you love her. We pretty much know most of them well, right?

Conserve water. Cut back on your energy usage. Produce your own energy. Compost food waste. Reduce/eliminate plastic usage. Plant a tree. Use chemical-free cleaning and personal care products. Recycle everything you can. Reuse everything you can. Shop at resale stores. And many, many more.

Still, while I support ALL of the many ways we as humans can show our love and support for this amazing planet that sustains us … it is my opinion that there is one thing which 100% trumps all other practices.

And that is …

BE A LIVING EXAMPLE OF AN EARTH ADVOCATE

Gently, and without any trace of judgement or condemnation, make a living example of yourself as an earth advocate.

I have had the privilege of meeting many Earth Warriors. And while I found that each one of them has at least a tidbit of valuable information to impart to me. I am profoundly aware that some of their ways of delivering their all important message are off-putting, to say it nicely. If I were not already open to this teaching, I would have ignored them completely.

Many years ago while working at a big chain restaurant I met a young woman who was quite passionately leading a remarkably eco-friendly life. She was completely immersed in her lifestyle choice. And very well educated concerning all types of earth friendly practices. She began at the restaurant as a server, and I was happy to glean a wealth of information from her.

However, it was almost painful to watch her relationship with other employees there. There were few (if any at all) who gave a damn about the size of their carbon footprint. And that showed. She had great difficulty tolerating this. AND that also showed! She was condescending toward their wastefulness on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, most times she was just downright mean 😦

Over time the loosely tied bond between her and I flourished ever so little. But enough for me to find an opportunity to talk to her about her attitude. I managed to effectively get her to understand that her behavior was doing the exact opposite of what she so intensely desired to accomplish.

It was her deepest desire to win people over to her way of thinking in the area of becoming earth friendly dwellers. But the way she approached people was so hurtful and offensive that it caused them to turn their face away from the goodness she had to share. They didn’t want any part of ‘her nonsense’.

I explained to her that if she were a bit kinder and shared her information with the hope that they would change their habits, as opposed to the command that they do, she would slowly sway them in the direction she wanted them to go. She listened.

And watching the transformation which took place, not only in her work relationships, but in the people who were even a slight bit open to her teaching was pretty damn remarkable. Indeed ❤

So, fully engage in an eco-friendly lifestyle my Luvs. Immerse yourself so deeply that there is no chance you could ever find yourself in any other state. And then share what that means with every person who is willing to lend an ear.

Share it with a gentle voice and kind words. With an encouraging tone and warm, welcoming expression on your face. Share it with a peaceful passion and burning desire to ignite the flame of passion which burns in you in others.

Share it in these ways, and you will not only reduce your carbon footprint, but you will recruit others to the cause. More often than not!

Have you ever been put-off by someone like the young woman I’ve described? Or maybe you were once like her?

Do you have any input that may be helpful for those who are trying to curb their attitude when sharing such a passionate subject with others?

Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear your thoughts. I really would 😉

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As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

ALLERGIES & HONEY

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Allergies hit me hard this past week! I was pretty much down-for-the-count!

At first, I didn’t quite catch on to what was happening to me. I thought I must be getting the flu. Back on the east coast allergy season hasn’t started yet. This is my first spring here on the west coast – so it really snuck up on me. I was taken completely by surprise 😉

Gosh, it’s only the first week of April!

Once I realized that my suffering was caused by seasonal allergies and not some sort of nasty cold or flu, I started rummaging through my cupboards in search of an herbal remedy.

After all, there is no better place to run when in any sort of distress than to the faithful, fabulous, magical plant kingdom. She is my ally – always eager to relieve my suffering 😉

The thing is – moving from coast to coast in a little car with two people is no easy feat. There just wasn’t enough room to bring along much more than clothes and a few books that I was unable to part with. Leaving my herbal goodies behind was a heart-breaker for me – but it had to be done!

Soooo …

I didn’t find anything on my search that would really help me out.

Luckily, I know that the simplest (and often most effective) way to treat seasonal allergies is with a few doses of local honey. It must be local – we will discuss why soon 😉

Unfortunately, I also know that the one brand of honey, I have been able to find here in my new home, that is labeled with a local address is no longer produced in this area. A little misleading? Yep! Still – true!

I began thinking I was going to have to either settle for something over-the-counter (haha – no way!) or find a fresh new herbal solution. The problem here = Many remedies may take weeks to brew and I was suffering now.

Then one of my co-workers (Thank You Carolyn!) clued me in to the fact that I could pick up honey at the town market which is produced about an hour from my home.

Hmmmm – an hour is still quite a distance. AND the diversity of the eco-systems around here is pretty wild. They change in the blink of an eye, and they do it pretty regularly! So, I felt a little skeptical.

BUT – she said it works for her and I was pretty darn desperate! I dropped the extra cash on a bottle of Loleta Farms Honey.

This stuff is incredibly tasty! If it didn’t help my allergies it would def make my beverages a whole lot better!

The good news …

IT WORKED WONDERS!

I took 2 tablespoons of this magically effective nectar at bedtime, and awoke the next morning feeling 75% better than I had for the past 6 days!

I downed a teaspoon full about every 4 hours throughout the next day and that did the trick. AMAZING!

I FEEL GREAT! I’m making some hot tea with it as I write this, and there is already fresh-squeezed lemonade in the fridge that contains a more than generous portion of this sweet sticky goodness!

Loleta Farms Honey just became a regular part of my diet! It’s just sensible!

Now, many of you are probably still sort of stuck on the question I mentioned earlier …

WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE LOCAL HONEY?

As you likely know, our little bee friends buzz around from flower to flower looking for nectar to make honey. While they are busy going about their work, sticky little pollen spores attach themselves to their little limbs. They then transfer these spores to the pistils of other plants and the handy little process of cross-pollination occurs.

The thing is – not all of the spores are transferred. Some of these little guys remain on the bee and get carried back to the hive.

They find their way into the honey these busy little workers make through the production process.

The end result of this, as far as we honey-eating humans are concerned, is that the consumption of this sweet insect made elixir (honey) vaccinates our body against the allergens that are present in the spores the bees have indirectly made a part of their ‘honey-brew’.

Obviously, these are the allergens we need to be protected from, as they are the allergens we will be exposed to.

Soooooo … Eat local honey 😉

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POSTSCRIPT:

This post was written for a blog I ran while I was in California. I have republished it here in order to share these valuable tidbits of information with all of you. I hope you find it helpful. When I moved back across the country last year I didn’t have much trouble with allergies. Even though I was once again adjusting to a new environment, as I have never lived this far up the east coast before. Possibly, the flora and fauna are similar enough that my body doesn’t find it necessary to object. More likely, it is because I put my hands on local honey just about anywhere I go for an extended period of time now. And I did exactly that when my feet landed here ❤ 😉 ❤