Sunday, April 13, 2014

Changing

"The best preparation for tomorrow 
is to be at your passionate best today"



I feel like things are changing for me -
both inside and out

The outside ones are easy to see, especially at Lily's
(thanks to Renee and her crew)

new, (old) newell posts and
the runner of my dreams (Field of Flowers, Dash and Albert) :


A new paint job;


No more pink bathroom!; 


I plant seeds and where there seems to be nothing-


Suddenly there is really something


It is the inside changes that are hard to describe

They seem to happen quietly over time
 until you notice them
like you notice your seedlings needing a new pot

My wonderment of life, today.
 and my desire to be present for each
delicious moment

I so hope you are enjoying your moments
Things can change so fast

And here is something else that has changed for me -

I can make a pan of these delicious raw brownies
that Barrett gave me the recipe for
and not eat them all in one day!

If you know me, that is a true feat.
But I don't want to be that person anymore.
I like being able to make a better choice.

Thank you Barrett for sharing this recipe

I would like to add that I froze them solid by mistake
and they become something else entirely - a bit orgasmic if you will  :0)

Enjoy!
Kyra

AN EVEN BETTER RAW BROWNIE

Base
2 cups walnuts or pecans
13 ounces pitted baking dates
1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
1/8 tsp orange zest (I left this out)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
1/2 cup raw cocoa powder

Frosting
3 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup raw cocoa powder
1/2 cup raw agave nectar
 (I used a brown rice syrup with a touch of maple syrup)

In a food processor mix the nuts, salt and zest (if using)
process until finely chopped
add the dates one at a time
then add the avocado and vanilla, until smooth
Pat down into an 8" square baking pan.

Puree all frosting ingredients in the food processor
 and spread on base.
 Cover and freeze at least 3 hours.
Cut into small squares and serve cold.








Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tea


I have these incredible 'aha' moments about the simplest things.
Like tea for example.

Recently I realized I could make my own!


I know, it 's a little silly, but it just never dawned on me that I didn't have
to drink what someone else put in a little sachet.

I found this cool metal tea, whatever and fill it up with
whatever, let it steep for 10 minutes and love drinking it!

I finally have that daily tea ritual I've always imagined having -
but never liked any tea enough to make it a ritual.


I've been doing loose Rooibos and adding dried rose hips
all winter for the vitamin c boost in the rose hips
and then I add licorice root or cinnamon and clove or orange peel
or whatever I feel like each morning.  

Almond milk, honey, ooh my.

Soon we'll have fresh leaves to play with too.

I've also been adding a dropper of Burdock tincture and Nettle tincture
from Avena Botanicals for a little 'getting ready
for spring' booster

I feel great.  And I'm so excited for Spring.

Adventure on dearest ones.
I hope you are very well.

Kyra

P.S. check out this recipe for Chickpea Blondies.
They are delicious. 

 I use cocoa nibs in mine instead of chocolate chips to avoid
the extra sugar.  But I've made them for teenagers with peanut butter
and chocolate chips and they loved them. 

A friend who I shared the recipe with says add the egg, it makes them even better.
Enjoy!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Woven

My parents were both first generation Americans in families
fighting their way up (and out) of Brooklyn, NY 

-That is my mom in my grandmother's arms 
and my dear Aunt Ethel standing in front of my grandfather-


I never knew what "upper middle class" even meant until
I went home for Easter with my college roommate 

I remember a beautiful old house in a suburb of Chicago,
My first glasses of champagne and aged red wine,
 classical music playing during dinner,
my first experience sleeping on cotton sheets, 
talk of semesters in Europe, leather interior in the car,
Lanz flannel nightgowns, Italian tile on the kitchen floor
antique chairs around the table...

What amazes me now, is how woven all of my
experiences are into who I am and how I live today

The best part being that the weaving doesn't end.  I get to keep changing
and growing and having more experiences

Like my very recent indulgent purchase of fine linen sheets


I needed a dust ruffle for our new bed frame
 A google search led me to Linoto, and to Jason, 
who explained their linen and its qualities. 
(incredibly sustainable by the way)

And yes,
 instead of a cruise to somewhere exotic,
 I splurged
 on two sets of linen sheets and a dust ruffle


They came today. 
It is all so beautiful I could weep.

I had bought a set from Restoration Hardware a few years ago and
it makes them look like burlap.

I am overwhelmed with gratefulness.
For the polyester I grew up with, the cotton I moved up to 
and the linen I cannot wait to jump into tonight.


Isn't life grand?

Enjoy!
Kyra



Saturday, March 15, 2014

Crafty

Holy Toledo Batman!

 I find myself so grateful for my crafty side
as the forecast for tomorrow calls for flurries and 20 degrees

As I'm watching friends slowly loose their minds and
frantically booking trips to Florida
I began to look around at what I've been doing during
the "winter that seems to have no end"


I've got Mache ready to go when it warms up and
my eggplant, onions and peppers are getting a good head-start
in the basement under lights

I've sewed a whole new wardrobe (mostly in linen) and still have
 a few more fabrics, with patterns on top, ready to go

I'm crazy over Citronille (Fiddleheads has English versions of many)
 and I think I'm trying to make
everything in the book "Simple Modern Sewing"

This project really tickles me - 
I've been making my own beauty products!

      

It's just like cooking and I have most everything already here.
After reading a lot of "recipes" I used the ones on the
Wellness mama blog site as a base to come up with my own versions

The coolest thing being these Tallow lotion bars - 
Tallow, rendered beef fat, contains tons of vitamins and minerals
and is great for sensitive skin.
In just one week my winter eczema on my shins has completely healed
I have been suffering with this for 20 years!

I've put the recipe at the end of the post and am so grateful
to Colleen at Old Ackley Farm for rendering
the beef fat for me from their beautiful grass fed source



Sewing with friends on Mondays at Lily's. 
Look at this fabulous baby quilt Chris made - double sided!








Yesterday,  I cut these luscious strips of color
 for a new quilt creation of my own
(while listening to House of Cards on my computer)
How decadent is that?!



Oh yeah, have I mentioned that 
I've moved everything around in our house?

And have drank a lot of bottles of wine....


Hope you are well
Especially if your forecast calls for snow tomorrow.

Enjoy!
Kyra

TALLOW LOTION BARS

2.6 ounces beef tallow (from a healthy source)
2.6 ounces shea butter
1 ounce beeswax
1 tsp. calendula oil

Combine all ingredients in a quart size glass jar
Place this jar into a small saucepan of water on the stove.
Turn burner on medium heat and bring to a low simmer.
Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth.

Pour into greased molds of your choice
I used coconut oil to grease my old corn bread muffin tin

Let cool, pop out, wrap as desired and store extras
in the refrigerator/freezer or give to friends!





Monday, March 10, 2014

Enough


I had a thought this morning that was similar to
the Seven Sisters Constellation...

you know  - that cluster of stars that you don't really see
until you stop looking at it.

My thought was wrapped around this wonderful idea
that I seem to be truly embracing about us all being one being

from there I remembered a line in some wise words I read
about celebrating someone else's success because it is your success too

this lead me to thoughts of how grateful I am for my life,
especially in its new form of not working 90 hours a week.

Grateful for the time I take to meditate and be filled
with a knowing that I am on the right path for me
and don't need to live any other way than how I choose.

I'm not missing anything, because I am enough.

Slippery vision, but it feels so good when I see it.

Here's to feeling like enough,
 and being part of one another
Kyra







Friday, March 7, 2014



"It is your beliefs that
keep you
or 
free you"



Enjoy your weekend!
Kyra




Monday, March 3, 2014

Here I am!


Well!  That was interesting.

Just home from Boston to see my favorite Uncle, I ran to
the store to get a few things.

When I came back I noticed my cat had draped his favorite rope toy
over the keys of my computer.
I can only imagine what kind of kneading happened on top of the keys
I closed all the weird windows that he had inadvertently opened
and went on my merry way.

That night I discovered that Google had disabled
my Lily's House account - email, blog, calendar -
with a spamming warning.

6 days later and I am finally reinstated.

I am meeting with a computer person today to discuss how
to back stuff up on another site like Migration so that
I don't lose access to everything like this again.
I'll let you know how it goes.

And just so you know, while I was on forums
trying to get answers, I discovered this happens often and randomly
and some people don't get their account back

So, if you are computer world naive like me, you might want
to talk to someone about what to do to protect yourself.

I hope you have all been well.  I've missed touching base 
and look forward to spending more time soon.

Enjoy your day!
Kyra