STINGING NETTLES || URTICA DIOICA

I’m sitting watching the snow fall outside my window and dreaming about stinging nettles; scientific name Urtica dioica. I haven’t been able to find any reliable information about whether or not this springtime herb grows wild in my region. To be honest, at this point I haven’t looked very hard. I’ve just brushed the surface with a quick google search. But, regardless of whether they grow here or not, I know I can cultivate them in this climate. WIN FOR ME!

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PORK RIBS WITH PEAR RAISIN CHUTNEY || CALL IN GOOD FORTUNE WITH YOUR NEW YEAR’S DAY MEAL

Some believe that the first meal of the new year influences what they see manifest in their life over the year to come. Both of my grandmother’s were among these people. In my mother’s house it is still a practice. And while I have not been as faithful to the tradition as the matriarchs in my family, I do observe it more often than not.

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I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU HEAR

People rarely listen with the intent to hear. They contemplate their own response to what is being said to them as it is being said. FACT.

The end result of this phenomena is that, when they do respond, they very often say something that isn’t really pertinent to the conversation at hand. Something that likely distorts the meaning of what has just been said to them.

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HANDMADE HERBAL INFUSED CULINARY SALTS || THE PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT

Whether you want to treat yourself, someone you love, the host/hostess of a party you are attending, workmates, or someone in the service industry whom you have grown to appreciate, herbal infused salts are a fantastic way do it!

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GINGER || ZINGIBER OFFICINALE

“Ginger is truly an herbal emissary in the broadest sense. Perhaps no other herb,  except garlic, crosses all barriers, cultural, historical, and geographic – food versus medicine, Western versus Oriental, scientific versus folk tradition. Ginger is a universal herb in all respects.” ~ Steven Foster

Once you’ve discovered the extensive and powerful healing attributes of ginger, you wonder how you ever survived without her.

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