Tuesday, 27 November 2012

What I'm reading right now

Here's a little peak into what I'm reading right now.

All New Square Foot Gardening

Mel Bartholomew’s method of gardening is simple and from what I’ve read about it, it’s pretty effective. He presents his methods in an easy to follow format. His writing occasionally borders on sounding like something from a late night infomercial, but the information he brings offers is something worth sticking around for. If you are interested in growing your own food this is a great way to increase your yield without increasing, and possibly even decreasing, your work load, I would definitely recommend this book.

Crazy Sexy Kitchen

Okay, so you don’t generally read a cookbook, but I had to mention it here. I love Kris Carr and have been following her work for a while now, so when I heard she was coming out with a cook book I was very excited. There may have even been some happy dancing involved. Lucky for me the book lived up to the hype. Kris, along with Chad Sarno and various other contributors have produced a beautiful book filled with mouth-watering, healthy recipes. Another highly recommended book

Life of Pi

I’m not very far into this one yet, but it’s something I have been meaning to read it for years. So far I’m not at all disappointed with it. The writing in absolutely beautiful and the characters drew me in right away.

What's on your nightstand?

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Project 333 Update

I can’t believe we’re half way through this round of project 333. I’m still sticking to it, but I will admit that I kind of cheated on it twice. Granted, once was with a penguin costume on Halloween. I didn’t include it because really, how often does a grown person need to dress as a penguin? Secondly, I’ve also added a sweater and a long sleeve top to my work clothes that I’m not counting.
A few other changes that I have made are swapping out my striped scarf for another tank top, buying a new pair of tights to replace the ones I originally included that had worn out and swapping one of my pairs of jeans for a pair with a better fit.
Other than that I have been sticking to the items that I listed here. It’s been pretty easy, but a part of me wishes that I had packed up the other clothes in my closet like Courtney Carver suggests. I’ll probably be doing that next year once I’m in the tiny house. That way there is only what I’m consistently wearing taking up space in what will be a drastically smaller closet.
How is everyone else’s P333 experience going?

Friday, 2 November 2012

Cooking From the Heart

For a while now I have been fascinated with the idea of rituals for daily life (born of on going efforts to start a meditation practice) and after a few twists and turns this lead me to read a bit about kitchen witchery. The idea of people treating their food as something magical and as an expression of love and healing speaks to something deep down in me.
Most people agree that the kitchen is the center of the house so it makes sense to me that it should become a center of people’s spirituality.
I find that I get so much more out of my time spent in the kitchen when I think this way. When I want to make a ritual of my cooking I light a candle and take a moment to enjoy a few deep breaths. When I come to my cooking this way the entire experience is so much better than when I come to it with a sense of irritation and feeling like I have to get this done or that it is just another chore. When I view cooking as an expression of love I find that the sense of peace that I create there follows me through the day.
So next time you are cooking, take a moment, breathe and invite peace into your home.
Do you have any ways that you ritualize your cooking? How about any other household activities?