March 9, 2016

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” -J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)


Winter Vegetable Stew

If you need a little something to get your inner cook juices boiling, here is a quote:

“Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors-it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” -Wolfgang Puck

Cooking during winter time is divine! We don’t care about putting on a few extra pounds because we can fit into our oversized pea coats. Never trust a skinny cook! It is the cozy and warm food that feeds our soul, and keeps us content to be indoors during the cold months of the year. Hot soups and stews are what I call soul satisfiers. This is one of my favorites!

First, prepare your kitchen with the winter goodies. A couple of my favorite basics are parsnips, carrots, celery, onions, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. These are all ingredients that make a winter stew chunky and delicious.

Take four to five cans of chicken broth (or vegetable broth for you veggie heads 🙂 ) and pour into a large pot. Peel all of your winter veggies (5-6 carrots, 5-6 parsnips, 5-6 celery ribs, 2 potatoes, 1 sweet potato, and 1/2 large onion, and then chop them up into chunks. Sprinkle in a teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste. Put all the chopped veggies in the pot and cook on medium for 1 hour. Once veggies are soft, soup is finished and all can enjoy!

Cornbread muffins make a tasty side dish! Serve with melted butter in a dainty bowl and honey in a honey pot. I recommend Le Creuset’s adorable yellow honey pot that even has a little bee on it!

Bon Appétit!


July 21, 2013

“La vie c’est comme la bicyclette: quand on arrête de pédaler on tombe.”

-Albert Einstein

 

 


Daydream

Blind, I traversed the streets

Begging at night, like a starving dog

Scraps of rancid meat

Always hungry

*****

Jacaranda trees are in full bloom

You pick one for me

I save the petite flower, delicate and easily crushed, it survives

A breeze, a walk, a wet jean pocket

Two dragonflies dance together across the sky

Nuzzle me in the sunshine

*****

I can see


July 9, 2013

“Not all those who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

 

 


July 2, 2013

“The sun, the bright sun, that brings back, not light alone, but new life, and hope, and freshness to man–burst upon the crowded city in clear and radiant glory.  Through costly-coloured glass and paper-mended window, through cathedral dome and rotten crevice, it shed its equal ray.”  -Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

 


June 26, 2013

“Peace is a conscious choice.” -John Denver


Rush

For Just One Second

Side by side
We lay in ancient tombs
The world still forming shape
Ultraviolet undaes
Weight
Stratosphere seduction

Through: aurora, bolide, catena, nebula
We fly
Soaring through the rot and dust we rise
Fire eyes and frothy lips
We kiss a moonbeam kiss
and slow dance on Saturn’s rings
Oh Jovian planet-exquisite
I summersault, you flip
to
Birds and glowing butterflies
Cliffs that curl over our heads like frozen waves
We die, we die, we dance, we die

Vast oceanus sprawling wide
just for one second
we dive, die, dive
and orbit the universe inhaling each others light
Mons, planum
like spirits on a quest for plage,
we move through you.

We feel you.

Alpha Centauri leaves a lasting glow in our eyes.

We settle in our ancient tombs
Pulsing rapture
A white feather
Rotting teeth
Sleep on my shoulder


June 23, 2013

“Dwell on the beauty of life.  Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations



May 23, 2013

“I was within and without.  Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”  -F. Scott Fitzgerald

 



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Girl About Town Column in The Sentinel!

Check out my articles at:

http://santabarbarasentinel.com/


May 6, 2013

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” -Lao Tzu


March 23, 2013

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu

Julie’s Feedback:

While in my Kundalini Yoga class at Yoga Soup the other day, my yoga teacher asked the important question, “Is it for your highest good?”  If the answer is no (in regards to anything in your life), you should stop and take a step in a different direction.


March 20, 2013

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

 

 


March 15, 2013

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” -Andy Warhol

 

 



March 5, 2013

“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” -Julia Child, My Life in France

 



February 21 , 2013

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” -Agatha Christie

 

 


February 13, 2013

“Love.  Fall in love and stay in love.  Write only what you love, and love what you write.  The key word is love.  You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.” -Ray Bradbury


February 8, 2013

“The creative adult is the child who has survived.” -Ursula K. Le Guin