Blog Tales

Haiku My Heart ~ Dress Material

 Columbine bursting into bloom next to my labyrinth

Columbine bursting into bloom next to my labyrinth

dress material
for the faeries who may dance
in my labyrinth

IMG_1327.jpg

*****
For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

*****
I completed day #108 of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day for 108 days in-a-row this new year
on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
I will continue to look for
wild beauty in unexpected places
everywhere I go!

 Day #108. The heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth with a "peace starts here" medallion from Eve Hogan.

Day #108. The heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth with a "peace starts here" medallion from Eve Hogan.

One Hundred and Eight Days of Walking

IMG_1309.jpg

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018
I completed my goal of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day since January 1, 2018

IMG_1306.jpg

There were a few days of travel,
or remembering when it was too late to go out
and I used a finger-labyrinth
to keep me focused on my goal.

IMG_1323.jpg

It was a profound
period of time and brought
a level of attention to my day
that helped me to see the world from a little
a different vantage point each and every step of the way.

IMG_1308.jpg

Haiku My Heart ~ Tea

IMG_1225.jpg

a sip of friendship
nestled in with treats to share
spring rain gently falls

*****
Day #103 of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day for 108 days in-a-row this new year...
Finding wild beauty in unexpected places.


*****
For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

IMG_1165.jpg
IMG_1167.jpg

Paul's Favorite Berry Cobbler (gluten-free)
by Lea Goode-Harris (adapted from a recipe by Detoxinista)
Serves 4 to 6 people

Ingredients:
Please use organic!

Berry Filling:

  • 2 lbs of roughly chopped mixed berries
  • 2 tbls pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 burst of laughter

Cobbler topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw pecan halves (substitute gluten-free granola for some of this measurment)*
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbls pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbls of ghee or butter (or coconut oil)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 summer fun memory

*The last time I made this, I ran out of pecans. So, I added Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain (gluten-free) granola to make up the difference. I will do this on purpose every time I make it. The granola added more flavor and texture to the crumble.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

  2. Place a medium-size pot over medium-high heat. Add the mixed berries, maple syrup, vanilla and your burst of laughter. Stir often until the juices come to a boil. Simmer until the berry mixture thickens and the berries have broken down and are easily broken apart. 10 to 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the pot to sit while you make the crumble.

  3. To make the cobbler topping, place the pecans (and granola if using) and shredded coconut in the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an S blade. Process until a crumbly texture is formed, then add in the maple syrup, coconut oil, and salt. Process again, until a sticky and crumbly mixture is formed.

  4. Transfer this mixture to a 9 x 9-inch square baking dish (or make tarts) and cover with the crumble mixture evenly.

  5. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden. Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream and fresh berries on top. I used Three Twins Dad's Cardamon. The combination of these flavors is amazing! Thank you Lynnette Coster Scolari for this discovery!

  6. Enjoy!

I have also made this into the tarts that are shown in today's photos.

  1. At step #4 place a large tsp of the cobbler topping mixture into a silicon tartlet pan.
  2. Press in with your fingers.
  3. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes, being careful not to burn the edges.
  4. When done, let the dough cool slightly and use your fingers to make an indentation to hold the berry mixture.
  5. Place a spoonful of the berry mixture into the little cup area. You can place a small pinch of cobbler mixture on the top.
  6. Bake for an additional 8 minutes.
  7. Serve with tea and other delights.

This version makes 15 little tartlets and enough left over to make a 5 X 7-inch traditional cobbler.

IMG_1222.jpg
IMG_1224.jpg
IMG_1226.jpg

My Rooster

leagoodeharrisrooster.jpg

Imagine my surprise to discover on this April 1st
that my ceramic rooster had laid
a batch of naturally dyed Easter eggs!

So... when you are given such a gift,
you make something delicious from these colored packages
to share at your Easter meal, or Passover celebration,
or just for the delight of Spring or any season!

leagoodeharrisplatter.jpg

This recipe is created by estimating amounts.
I hope that these ingredients are enough of a spring-board
for you to make your own delicious deviled eggs!

Lemony Deviled Eggs
by Lea Goode-Harris
Makes approximately 24 half eggs, filled

Ingredients:
Please use organic!

  • 18 pasture raised and farmed eggs
  • enough mayonnaise to reach the consistency you want (1/3 to 1/2 cup. I use my homemade mayo)
  • 1 squirt of Dijon mustard (approx. 1+ tablespoon)
  • zest of a Myer Lemon
  • juice of half a Myer Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of salt, to taste
  • 1 holiday memory

Directions

  1. Hard boil your eggs (I always put in at least two more eggs because I always seem to tear at least one cooked egg white). To do so, fill a medium to large pot halfway with water. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat. Place the eggs gently into the boiling water (I prick one end before submerging into water. I find that this makes the peeling easier). Cover and let them cook for 12 minutes. Prepare an ice bath for the eggs by filling a large pot with ice cubes and water. Once the eggs are done cooking, immediately place the eggs in the bath. Let them cool down for five to 10 minutes.

  2. I then cracked these eggs. leaving the shells on at this point, and soaked them in three different colors: 1- water and turmeric powder 2- water and a half a cup of blueberries 3- water and half a cup of dark red cherries. I wanted to make the whites mottled with color. The turmeric worked, but not the other colors. You might want to skip this step!

  3. Carefully peel the boiled eggs. Gently slice in half, lengthwise—the sharper the knife the better.

  4. Scoop out the yolks and place them in a mixing bowl. I then run each yolk through my hand grater so that there are no lumps. Set the egg whites onto your serving platter.

  5. Add the remaining ingredients, including your 1 holiday memory (this is truly a secret ingredient you don't want to forget!). Mix all together with a fork. Find the desired consistency by adding additional mayo and fill the egg whites with your mixture.

  6. Top each egg with a fresh cut dill (or you can use dried dill)

  7. Enjoy this delicious lemony twist on deviled eggs!

 My attempt, failed, to make pretty mottled whites!

My attempt, failed, to make pretty mottled whites!

 These yolks are almost orange, they are so full of Spring nutrients and new green grass!

These yolks are almost orange, they are so full of Spring nutrients and new green grass!

 Shredded and homemade mayo added

Shredded and homemade mayo added

Haiku My Heart ~ Water

leagoodeharrisfeet.jpg

power of water
from the sky and from this wand
washes all anew


*****
I love gadgets and tools.
The farm girl in me never tires of physical labor
or getting dirty...

leagoodeharrislove.jpg


So despite the unusually heavy Spring storms hitting our North Coast,
I can be found in the patches of sun peeking through,
or even when raining,
doing what seems improbable for a very wet day...
like power-washing the patio, the deck,
the front walk-way,
the fences...

And... here it is, day #82 of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day for 108 days in-a-row this new year...
Finding wild beauty in unexpected places.

*****
  For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

Haiku My Heart ~ The Santa Rosa Labyrinth Turns Twenty-One Years!

 My original drawing before I discovered the heart-space...

My original drawing before I discovered the heart-space...

twenty-one years fly...
like the compass that spun you
from my hands and heart


*****
Yesterday, on March 15, 2018
the Santa Rosa Labyrinth turned twenty-one years.

And so I celebrate
all the twists and turns that have come since then,
the mystery yet to come,
and the joy this path has brought to me
through all the connections
and discoveries along the way...

 Daffodils waiting to burst into bloom in the heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth

Daffodils waiting to burst into bloom in the heart-space of my Santa Rosa Labyrinth

And today is day #75 of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day for 108 days in-a-row this new year...
Finding wild beauty in unexpected places.

*****
  For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

leagoodeharris21.jpg

Haiku My Heart ~ Palms

 Palm Tree - Phoenix, AZ

Palm Tree - Phoenix, AZ

rising to the sky
this tower, a light beacon
sounds around the world


*****
Day #68 of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day for 108 days in-a-row this new year...
Finding wild beauty in unexpected places.

*****
  For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

Haiku My Heart ~ Color

IMG_0772.jpg

we think of the past
only in a marbled white
add back the color


*****
Day #61 of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day for 108 days in-a-row this new year...
Finding wild beauty in unexpected places,
and this time in the pages of a book.

A recent ARTICLE from the online Atlas Obscura shared this new book,
Gods In Color: Polychromy In The Ancient World.
Using modern day technology, archeologists have discovered that the statues of
antiquity were actually painted. They also discuss why we were never taught this,
even though it has been known for hundreds of years that these statues,
and the buildings they lived in,
were vibrant with colors from natural pigments found in nature.

IMG_0779.jpg

What would happen if we were to add color
back into the sad, drab, black and white
areas of our modern life?

*****
  For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

IMG_0774.jpg

Haiku My Heart ~ Promises

 Plum blossoms from my Santa Rosa Plum Trees

Plum blossoms from my Santa Rosa Plum Trees

a promise of spring
encoded in each petal
listen with your heart


*****
Day #54 (I'm half way!) of walking my Santa Rosa Labyrinth
every day for 108 days in-a-row this new year...
Finding wild beauty in unexpected places.

*****
  For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon

Haiku My Heart ~ Last Leaves

leagoodeharrislastleaves.jpg

The last leaves to fall...
are like days in this past year,
gone, not forgottenn...

*****
  This past year challenged me to stay in the moment,
time and time again...

I am glad to let it go and take what I learned
into this new year to come.

If I were to wish for something for myself or for you in these days to come...
it is that we learn about the heart in more gentle ways,
with support from those we love
and even from those we don't yet know...

That we be open to differences,
listen a little bit more,

be curious about everything around us
and within us
and find beauty and wonder in the simplest of places...

*****
  For more Friday haiku my heart
please visit Rebecca and other poets
at recuerda mi corazon