Archive - 2015

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Wild and Creamy Mushroom Soup
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Ever Take An Intermission From Your Life?
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Touch is A Language of Its Own
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I was In Natures’ Dream…
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Letting Go from 7,688 Miles Away…
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A Moment in Time…
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Are You Using It or Losing It?
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Nature Offers Nurture… Are You Accepting Her Gifts?
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LOVING A WOMAN WHO KNOWS HOW TO BE LOVED…
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February 2015 and A Vegetarian Kitchen Kind of Love!
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January’s Favorite Book! 2015 Mindfulness Begins Now!

Wild and Creamy Mushroom Soup

12029825_10206660199456275_815906289348169299_oSo tonight I made this and it was truly delicious!

Here’s how I did it!

  • 1/2 wild rice
  • 4 1/2 cups mushroom broth
  • 1 ounce dried wild northwest mushrooms
  • 2-3 teaspoons butter
  • coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup minced shallots
  • 1 toe garlic
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 large red potato
  • 8 cups sliced white mushrooms, (about 20 ounces)
  • 1 full tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • kosher sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 – 4 ( depends how creamy you want it) tablespoons gluten free all-purpose flour
  • a tiny smidgeon sour cream on top
  • a few left over sage leaves chopped finely to put on top

PREPARATION

  1. Dutch Oven:  Made rice, onion, garlic, shallot confit type situation in 2 teaspoons butter and 1 of coconut oil.  Added a 1/4 cup mushroom broth once liquid began to dry.  Stirring along the way and often.  Slow simmer for about 30-35ish min.
  2. Put NW wild mushrooms in water for reconstituting and then place on paper towels after softened to soak up excess water. Reserve the soaking liquid
  3. Add white mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until they start to brown, 10-15 minutes. Add the Add the wild mushrooms, sage, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften.  Sprinkle flour over mixture and cook, stirring, until the flour is incorporated.  If you’re using Dry Sherry, add it now.  I did not.
  4. Add the wild mushroom reconstituted water and the remaining broth; heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the soup has thickened, 18 to 22 minutes.
  5. Pulse so mushrooms are broken up but not pureed.
  6. Put a small dollop of  sour cream in center or stir in until incorporated. Garnish with sage or chives or homemade croutons!

I use all organic ingredients and highly recommend eating this with a rustic bread and hearty red wine!

Bon Appetito!

xo Julie

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Ever Take An Intermission From Your Life?

My Personal Intermission:   A Melting Pot of Introspect

I like to call where I’m at in life, this deep healing facilitator of sorts and questioning of life, an intermission as I put most of my active engaging life on hold  so I can revert inward and do some clean up on my innerverse.  I do reach out here and there when I need a little human contact so as to not go completely nuts. 

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Every so often, I like to review who I am, specifically happening right now at this juncture in the illusional time constraints allotted.   I like to think of myself as a bird, living in my personal tree, and still being able to see the world around me as is, for what it is, while I tell myself I am safe to watch and observe human nature, the human condition and myself in the equation of all that exists.  

Looking at where I have been, where I am now, where I could be headed, I’ve temporarily docked myself to liking the darker side of my thoughts about the world and have found them comforting and frightening all at the same time, as if I know the outcome already and am just reminding myself of what’s imminent. The other part of me is forever positive and peaceful with my naked feet walking this earth, knowing my spirit guides and ancestors walk with me, behind me and lead the way and moving forward with infinite cheer. There’s been such a duality of self and tearing away of layers and root digging and clutching and letting go and rebirthing and suffocating and release and more rebirthing and discovery and joyful connections and laughing and crying and talking to myself and talking with myself and talking with friends and listening to my little inner guide and talking with mother nature and walking with her supportive fertile ground, while she asks me to move forward with this awareness and extra care and extra love. 

It’s been a busy and productive time with growth spurts of watching life unfold, refold anew and healing.  Sometimes this is observation of the lives around me and other times it’s solely my own existence. What is this healing?  This healing for me is about love.Love of self. Love of others. Love of existence no matter the outerverse conditions.  Loving this soul filled physical experience through whatever i’ve accumulated from the moment I signed up for this journey.  Loving all aspects of myself and letting them just be until I would like them to look differently.  Loving the whole entire road I’ve been on since forever to grow this souls evolution.  To question is this theory of souls evolution bullshit or are all the experiences I’ve had showing me the truth of the why’s?  The truth of the hows? The truth of all the what the fucks that cross my heart and mind.  I’ve allowed myself to be an absolute observer which sometimes brings up feelings of missing out or longing but I just let those feelings  go by and do not feel upset by them.  They are just passing, floating, they are brief and telling and temporary.

I feel like we have times in our lives when we are more participatory than observers and I feel confident that that aspect will reemerge, however, for now, I’m ok in the trenches of hibernation of observation.  I can manage a little darkness, a little depression while weeding out and going through the mud and muck of soul debris and collected other that is no longer useful, a little wondering of the whys and the shedding of self and yet still moving towards self improvement.  In some moments I am very uncomfortable here and in others too comfortable. I won’t live here though.  I most definitely feel it’s a necessary place to sit for a little while.  I’m on my way out, slowly.  I’m not in a rush. I’ve been here for quite sometime, perhaps a year or so. I get to know myself the best in this place and I allow myself to free myself from this space when I am ready.  I like the work.  I like dot connecting.  If souls growth is why we are here, i’d like to get the most meaningful and productive growth I can from this life.   I don’t know what my next moment or life will look like or if there is a next because even with all my spirit-filled experiences, I cannot say they would carry over to the next life or that the next life even exists or the next moment.  I only have this very moment. This literal moment of right now. 

So, this intermission from the outwardly engaged participant, to be the observer for this melting pot of insight and introspect, is all good.  I feel a sense of gratitude to be afforded the awareness and opportunity to reflect with love in my heart, with a little a depression in tow for now, with everything that makes up this amazing school of life and really, what an amazing view.  Maybe you relate, maybe you don’t.  Maybe you’ve already been here and know you’ll be here again or won’t be here again. Perhaps there is no need to be such an observer, for if you want different and introspective behavior outwardly, letting go of what no longer is, and acting how you’d like to be presently really is the best way of just being.  Of course I wouldn’t of arrived here without taking my personal intermission, so for me, it’s a just a part of the ride. 

Be Present. Be Kind. Be love.

xo Julie

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Touch is A Language of Its Own

Touch begins the moment we are entering into this world. No matter where you live, no matter what your culture, your human condition has been wired for the nourishment of touch. I believe it’s part of the physical human experience. From the moment you are born, people are coddling you, swaddling you, changing your clothes, feeding you, snuggling you, passing you from person to person introducing you to touch. Most people crave some form of this very nurturing act, as it is built into our DNA for thriving.Happy Smiling Girl Hugging Her Mother's Leg With Love

This very important early introduction can however swing you either in favor of a healthy relationship with touch or an unhealthy relationship with touch. Your experience can greatly differ and affect your emotional wellbeing and balance, your cognitive and neurological development and/or responses while growing and throughout your life. I’m sure you’ve discovered for yourself on a variety of occasions through a series of lifetime scenarios which touches release the highest oxytocin, serotonin, endorphin and dopamine rushes (the feel goods – sex, hand holding, reiki, massage, a pat on the back, cuddling, dancing with a partner, hugs, etc.) and which touches release the almighty cortisol which indicates fight or flight and stress (the not so feel goods – receiving a shot, being in a physical altercation, hitting your funny bone which is never funny as it sounds, being hit or grabbed, etc.).  I am in favor of the good touches that make me smile from the inside out!

Think about how many times you’ve reached over to touch someone’s arm or leg when in a conversation, just as a point of connection. It’s a natural resource for the language of non-verbal communication. Study after study from Universities like Cornell and Berkeley and other Behavioral Science Departments have proven the wondrous and empowering benefits of touch.

Benefits of Positive Touch Include:                                                                                                                                        

  • Promotes Healing
  • Pain Relief
  • Increased Energy
  • Oxytocin Release (Bonding Time!)
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Lowers Stress Levels
  • Lowers Cortisol Levels
  • Positivity
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Better Communication
  • Vibrationally Lifting

Touch has the power to comfort a crying child, make the heart flutter with excitement of a woman in love, create energy, quell a man filled with sorrow, bring joy to the elderly, relax you, uplift you, save you and bring you back to life.

Touch is so magical to the spirit that people are opening cuddling centers for non-sexual human contact. The sheer power of being held makes us feel safe and comforted and loved when we may not have that otherwise in our lives, delivered to us in a manner that is pressure free where we can just be and be present without judgement or expectation.  What an amazing gift to give and receive. We are surrounded by so much electronic communication that people are starving for real-time touch, real-time connections.

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For myself personally, I am a huge fan of Reiki, Massage, Hand Holding, Hugging and all things Sensual as modalities for touch. Touch is timeless and ageless. You can never be too young or too old to benefit from the healthy and healing powers of this absolutely necessary component in life that is ancient, honest and healing.

Happy Touching!

Love Julie, XO

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I was In Natures’ Dream…

As I sat outside today for nearly all my days work, Nature proved once again to be nothing short of pure nectar for my soul. Today I was part of natures’ dream.

I sat amongst the grass and bees and flies and bugs and butterflies that fluttered by and all that came to say hello. The littlest of bees hovered and said Buzzzzzo! As he received my message of gratitude for all his work in the world, and then flew away. The grass welcomed my bare feet and promised it would rise again and that I was to feel the support all the while, tickling my toes. I watched the blades sway from side to side in a carefree fashion like a child running free. My dog rolled in the grass and then sat quietly sniffing the air while feeling the breeze blow through his hair and flapping ears.

I enjoyed the symphony of Aspens waving in the wind brought forth by this powerful and very live planet, relaying music of quietly woven intricacies that change is here, on the surface and at the core. This magnitude of engaging all my senses created my acute awareness of what is not seen with the visible eye, only felt and known. Her magical force, her mood, was my reminder of sanctuary where I was dressed in white, barefoot and had an overwhelming sense of peace from a past life regression I had from many years ago. She used the push of her voice and her breezy ways to instill a gentleness that suited her personality, knowing she could wipe me out if she so desired. She ushered falling leaves, falling blossoms and my hair all in the directions that moved her.

The sunshine accompanied the wind, by kissing my skin with her warmth and a bright glow. She made sure my exoskeleton, the one that keeps my veins, bones, tissues and vital organs protected was receiving her light-baring offer. I drank this stars gift and thanked her for being present. She continued to shine for me and was happy to share her rays with me, my dog and my growing veggies while providing us with natural essentials we need to be healthy. Thank you for the Vitamin D3 I whispered. She shone like the star she is and said you are welcome Julie.

The illusion of this so called life, the feeling of knowing I am on this planet as a visitor of sorts, an observer and of course the participant, is an innerverse joy this afternoon to every fiber of my being. Nature is where my head clears, my heart connects and I remember exactly who I am and a sense of serenity washes over me. This amazing lesson filled visit won’t last forever and then onto another journey I will go, willingly or unwillingly, it shall be… In the meanwhile, I emerge myself into nature and thank her profusely for caring and thanking her for her mercy today.

In Gratitude,

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Julie Tartak

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Letting Go from 7,688 Miles Away…

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Ty and his best friend from 3rd grade. GAP Year Adventures!

As my son gets ready to board one of three flights to go from Koh Tao, Thailand to Bangkok and then from Bangkok to Melbourne and then from Melbourne to New Zealand, one learns to let go even while they are hanging on.

What does that mean exactly?  It means that I still want his flight information while knowing I have no choice but to trust life will carry him from point A to point B.  This is no easy feat for an ex-overworrier and someone who was raised to hold on tightly!

However, I have learned over this last year, that I have no control, no choice and that life is to be lived and loved and enjoyed and that worrying doesn’t actually stop anything from happening or un-happening as he still cracked his head open surfing, got food poisoning and was seriously dehydrated.  He’s survived every night drinking with this best buddy and all their new friends. He has traveled from Australia to Thailand and met great people. He has managed to keep himself fed and sheltered. He became a Certified Scuba Diver.  My son is capable and knows when he needs to reach out for a little help. He has grown into a completely new person that I will get to meet in 3 weeks.

Sigh… Even though the over-worrying has ended, the concerns remain.  As his Mom, as my brothers sister, as an aunt, as all my parents daughter, and to many a friend, I realize that no amount of talking, no amount of questions, no amount of anything  will  ever halt what is to be.  So grateful for my instincts, occasionally peppered with Mamabear WTF’s?, and OMG’s, and OH NO’s, and yet always the energetic connection and my heartfelt love for this kid transcends space and time. He knows. I know. We are connected.

Ahhh, the umbilical cord never really severs, it just stretches 7,688 Miles and beyond!

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Two years ago, the Christmas sillies! Love this kid to the moon and back!

 

Signing out,

Forever a Mama,

Julie

 

 

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A Moment in Time…

header-sunset-riverI stood there listening to the sound of my own voice whaling. It was an observation from a momentary out of body experience. The sounds of pain, sadness and loss were coursing through my being and out my mouth along with the expressing of my heaving surrendered frame.

This was my first moment of allowing myself to melt into a pile of much needed release. My father had died. He was gone from this earth in the physical form. No longer tangible, no sound I could readily hear. There would never be an opportunity to speak with him again via telephone, receive or send a card. There would be no visits. I would never feel his hugs and hear his encouraging words in real-time again.

I would need to make sure the imprinted vision of his face, his lines, his smile, his teeth, his voice, his smell, his hugs, his laugh, his humor, his knowledge, and his words, his creative and expanded thinking would stay etched at the forefront to be called upon when I needed it.

Blessed am I that he’s present in my dreams, my words, my thoughts, nature, funny moments, dot connecting on a spiritual journey, the pictures that hang on my wall, my cells, my DNA and memories. I am grateful to continue reopening my heart, a soft heart, a heart that has not shut down or is numb. I am not jaded by life.  I am more present and clear and compassionate and understanding and forgiving than ever.  This has been a process.

My father died almost 8 years ago and reliving that exact moment described above is still just as potent as the day it took place. It’s a precious memory of knowing I was so very alive.  His departure was a catalyst for some of the biggest and necessary changes in my life.

I have only cried in this surreal dream-like world one other time in my life thus far that was so very difficult to let go and that was when my son was leaving for an overseas GAP year.

So much LOVE to everyone who experiences loss of any kind. May you keep your heart open. Look around you for signs, synchronicity, and allow your support tribe to nourish you while you are in the deepest and darkest parts of the valley.

Cherish and be Cherished.

Julie

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Are You Using It or Losing It?

As we age our brains really step into an accelerated “use it or lose it” functionality. It’s so nourishing to occupy yourself with topics that walk hand in hand with your passion in life and even more satiating when that action leads to the end result of whatever you are intending.

Given the opportunity for mental activity, our brains  produce new neurons throughout our lifetime and aside from lifestyle and toxicity, we get to “use it” vs. “lose it”. Yay! Neurons Illustration

We are constantly exposed to the toxins or habits that contribute to the “lose it” portion, but this is more of a celebration of how great it feels to”use it”!

With that said, there are 7 traditional styles of learning and each uses different areas of the brain. They are:

  • Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
    • At the back of the brain, the occipital and parietal lobes manage spatial orientation.
  • Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
    • The temporal lobes handle aural content. The right temporal lobe is especially important for music.
  • Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
    • The temporal and frontal lobes have two specialized areas in the left hemisphere
  • Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
    • The cerebellum and the motor cortex (at the back of the frontal lobe) handle much of our physical movement.
  • Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
    • The parietal lobes, especially the left side, drive our logical thinking.
  • Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
    • The frontal and temporal lobes handle much of our social activities. The limbic system (not shown apart from the hippocampus) also influences both the social and solitary styles. The limbic system has a lot to do with emotions, moods and aggression.
  • Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
    • The frontal and parietal lobes, and the limbic system, are also active with this style.

hand drawn pixel brain as conceptAs my contribution to my using it portion, before I lose it, I have chosen to engage my brain in the focused act of learning, revisiting and adding to my current knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology to further my education and business. This has truly sparked a ripple of remembering why connecting the dots to information I already knew or was exposed to previously is such a different experience and pleasure more so at this age, although time consuming and thought-provoking.  The benefits of choosing to take on any brainy neuron producing activities can only make you feel good, boost your knowledge, boost your confidence and bring about a general sense of purpose and functionality.  Pretty Awesome!

This is baring its bones of reaffirming just how much I truly enjoy working with people and feel excited over the possibilities that assist them to connect the dots in their lives in a way that makes sense to them while incorporating my understanding and knowledge of Energy Work, Visual Diagnosis, Dream Analysis, Psychology, Holistic Health and Intuitive Practices.

So grateful to have the freedom of choice to stimulate my brain, improve my memory and peak my interest for what is an innate gift and desire in my life.  Clearly this is just a tiny snippet of Neuron life, but interesting nonetheless!

I’ll leave you with this thought by Dr. Merzenich, Professor Emeritus at the University of California:

Use It or Lose It –

“It’s simple in concept. The brain changes physically, functionally, and chemically, as you acquire an ability or as you improve an ability. You know this instinctively. Something must be changing as your brain advances, as it progresses.

Actually what it is doing is changing the local wiring, changing the details of how it’s connected. It’s also changing itself in other ways, physically, functionally, and those changes account for that improvement, or account for the acquisition of an ability.

You don’t realize it but as you acquire an ability – let’s say, the ability to read – you actually create a system in the brain that does not exist, or that’s not in place, in the non-reader. It [the ability] actually evolves in the brain.”

Use or Lose it! YOU choose how, when, what, where and be open to why the opportunities appear because the likelihood that they showed in the first place was a gift! Pay attention!

Cheers to Celebration of the Brain and New Neurons!

Julie

 

Sources: http://www.learning-styles-online.com/overview/
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/09/brain-plasticity.aspx
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Nature Offers Nurture… Are You Accepting Her Gifts?

Nature is by far thee best medicine I personally have found! There really is no substitute for speaking your souls desires to the earth, to the water, to the air, to the wind, to the ether and to the field of pure energetics.   trees shevlin 2015 trees shevlin natural wood 2 2015

If you sit quietly in nature and allow yourself to become a part of your scenery, absolute magic and sense of it all come together. Everything outside of that moment is not so important.  Life’s petty little irritations, life’s seemingly rapid pace slows to a rhythmic breath of order.   Put your ear to earth. Become the earth. The earth is beating.  Let your feet feel the soil and toes play with each microscopic grain.  Welcome the sound of birds singing and communicating so naturally in their oxygenated playground amongst the trees.  Allow the breeze to move right through you and bring the scent of remembering.  Feel your heart open and be embraced with a warm smile from your spirit.  Welcome the negative ions from a waterfall to induce positive feelings in your 4 bodies. Mother Nature is truly a spiritual and clearing gift available to all.

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All of the shapes, colors, forms hold a fluidity and flow and serenity and become formless, they become an integrated piece of what you are, energy. It’s one of the most amazingly beautiful and graceful and powerful treasures we can be transcended by, like Love. It’s perceived differently by many and yet the consensus seems to always be the same.  Simple consciousness, beauty and awakening visions bring peace and invoke a meditative effect allowing us to feel happier, calmer and more heart-full in our daily lives.

May you journey into the “inner-verse” so you may be reminded you are the “uni-verse” after all…

Love Julie, XO

 

 

 

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LOVING A WOMAN WHO KNOWS HOW TO BE LOVED…

I keep seeing these articles that talk about loving a girl, a woman, who doesn’t know how to be loved.  Right away a feeling of “savior” mentality washes over.  Well FUCK THAT!

What if you loved a woman who DOES know how to be loved?  What if she knows how to love you? What if you changed you’re whole entire pattern of choice by choosing the one who scares the shit out of you because they would stay? Because they will receive your love? What if, What if you were appreciated not on your savior skills but for who you genuinely are?

First off, women who know how to love, and be loved, are out there! Knowing how to receive love is so important because when you receive your partners love, you are telling them, I trust you. I trust us.

A woman who knows how to love and be loved, knows the importance of communication and that sometimes communication mishaps happen. It’s not something to freak out over, it’s something to allow you the opportunity to hear one another the way the other needs to be heard in addition to getting to know your partners sensitivities so you may work together instead of against one another. Communication mishaps teach you about yourself.

A women who knows how to love and to be loved understands that there are peaks and valleys and relationships grow in spurts and sometimes slowly and no matter this will require nurturing.  This doesn’t mean she is perfect or will always say the right thing, or that she won’t have her moments, or feel sad, blah, blah, blah.  What this means is that she believes in you and she knows your heart and adores you and there’s no one else she’d rather spend her time with at the end of her day.

A woman who knows how to love and be loved, will speak clearly on her behalf. She won’t speak belittling to you and she will do her best to use tenderness and direct words to let you know what she needs. She will fight for the two of you. She views she, as a we.  She will appreciate when you forgive her and read between the lines from time to time and that only makes her love you more.

A woman who knows how to love and be loved will want to love you how you need to be loved.  She will learn if she doesn’t quite have it down. She will hear you and do her best to give you exactly what you need. This can be very scary for some men because that means all the old bullshit habits of defending yourself, of being heard, being right, being validated and appreciated just may be fulfilled. This tends to create a feeling of resistance because it’s too good to be true and perhaps they’ve been conditioned to be in fight mode vs. delight mode. Sometimes this can feel boring at first, but the truth is, this is the person that will stick by you in the fox hole.

A woman who knows how to love and be loved is whole without you, but loves her life and herself with you. She wants to make the nest cozy for the two of you, not just for her. She knows you add something magical and deeply meaningful to her life and would never undervalue your amazing gifts as they are a part of her soul.

A woman who knows how to be loved and to love, knows that when shit gets a little thick, she’s not going to threaten leaving, she not going to bolt at the first signs of clashing and she knows the value of working through a relationship when there is love, deep down to the core everlasting, love. She will forgive, not hold grudges and move forward so you may do the same.  So don’t be nervous by a little feist and fire from the belly for that is what keeps things real, passionate and strong like the root of a tree spiraling down into the earth to be seeded.

A woman who knows how to love and be loved will be strong for her and strong for you when life gets tough or you are down. She will support you, encourage you, be real with you and never withhold her love because she knows that is part of the steady foundation for building continuous trust between the two of you. She will never allow you to feel like you’re standing alone. She may let you figure you out things for yourself, but you will never be abandoned because it’s too much for her.

A woman who knows how to love and be loved, receives who you are, and lets’ you be that person, because she believes in the two of you and believes in you. She knows how she feels being loved by you and that this doesn’t always come easy for you but that you are her rock, you are her support, you are her sounding board, you are her strength as well, you are her fun, you are her passion, you are a part of each other. It just is…  She is a warrior of love, she is a defender, she is a gatherer, she is a pillar of strength, she holds the womb of comfort and sacredness just for you.  She is love and will be loved.  She will go down into the depths of muddy painful waters with you and rise to the top holding your hand.

So really, fuck these titled articles of how to love a girl who doesn’t know how to be loved. I know how to be loved and I know how to love. It’s time we stop labeling men and women like they are broken. We are healing, healers, feeling, feelers and require patience. We are not broken.  We just are…  Let’s love our men. Let’s love our women. Let’s love one another because it’s the most potent and magical feeling there is. 

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February 2015 and A Vegetarian Kitchen Kind of Love!

Love shows up in all different ways, so if you’re like me you love cooking and playing with recipes and sometimes following them exactly!  Some recipes turn out divine and others ,well, not so much. Ha!  That’s OK I’ve accepted that I may not be the worlds best chef. No biggie! However, the recipes in this cookbook The Vegetarian Kitchen, by Melissa Bushby, have been really delicious and have taught me a few things, like making crusts, infusing a few flavors I didn’t think would taste good together and yet they did, and there is just a great variety for the palette.

I’ve been vegan, vegetarian, not vegan, not vegetarian, back to vegetarian off and on over the last 4 years and now I just eat as my body requests.  There is about 95% no animal meats in my diet, but cheeeeeese is good in small quantities! This saves me a lot of hassle of being forced by some silly rule I made up myself as to how I am going to eat and what I’d be committed to.  So, if you eat meat, add meat.  If you don’t, don’t.  If you eat cheese, add cheese. If you don’t eat cheese, use something like Daiya Cheese, which is very tasty too in these recipes!

Anyways, some of my favorite recipes include Tomato & Onions (it has a great caper topping), Mung Bean Soup, Roasted Onions, Sweet Potato & Courgette (Zucchini) Fritters, Tarts, Pastas, Homemade Hot Chocolate, Homemade Lemonade, and there are even recipes for Limoncello, Ginger Beer and Sangria.   Don’t forget, cook once, eat twice or thrice!  This book, yes the one below, has been a true find!

Bon Appetit!
Love Julie
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January’s Favorite Book! 2015 Mindfulness Begins Now!

January’s favorite is here! This book is a must read for 2015! Peace Is Every Step, The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh.

This book speaks the language of simplistic awareness and allows for several opportunities to practice mindfulness in everyday life and situations.

Thich Nhat Hanh is 89 years old and has some serious wisdom that he has gained throughout his life.  He was born in Vietnam and left when he was a teenager to become a Zen Monk.  His life is filled with meaningful accomplishments and has been so very generous with his teachings through his (over 75) books, talks and founded the Van Hanh Buddhist University as well as teaching at Columbia University.  These are only a few of the places he has impacted his followers and the people who wish to become more mindful in their lives.

The foreward of this book is by his Holiness the Dalai Lama and right away you feel inspired and calm and ready to bring awareness to the forefront of your life.  This book is a huge recommend!

Love Julie

 

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