It’s just too early, in my opinion, for snow. I love the robust colors, flavors and fragrances of Fall. This morning’s snow, as beautiful as it is, takes me from the pleasures of Autumn to the push for Winter preparedness.
So, I’m filling my kitchen with the seasonal fragrance of chicken-vegetable stew. I cleared the freezer of reserved chicken bones, put them in a stock pot with onions and garlic for a yummy and healthy chicken broth.
Then, I sautéed mushrooms and steamed root vegetables to be added to the stock. A cup of left-over white wine added to the mix. All ingredients (except the bones) will simmer in the crock pot. My kitchen smells wonderful already! Yes, this is one of Winter’s comforts.
I encourage you to put away your summer menus and embrace the warming foods of Fall and Winter. Stay warm!
The Wise Woman’s Almanac goes “live” today! What an exciting relief to see this project come full circle.
The hard-copy version, published in 2007, received many positive reviews and complements and fully served its purpose. Now, five years later, The Wise Woman steps into the digital age with the eBook version.
My brain cells have taken quite a journey in this new era of media marketing . . . but are happier, stronger and smarter for staying the course! (Just don’t ask me where I left my car keys!)
I hope you’ll enjoy the new eBook version. Savor the season . . . and please share with a friend. Happy reading!
Visit Amazon Kindle:
Barnes & Noble (“live” later today).
Fall is my favorite season, so it seems fitting that my eBook version of The Wise Woman’s Almanac goes “live” on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles shopping sites this month.
October is filled with events and celebrations. For those of you family history enthusiasts, October is a great time to catch up on family celebrations, photos and mementos.
October is also the month for Hunger Awareness. National Food Bank Week begins the 14th and World Food Day on the 16th. How about making sure a few of your “treats” include donations to a local food bank?
Story telling is fun for all ages and National Story Telling Weekend is October 5-7. Check with your local library for seasonal story telling events. Hey, this would make a fun family event!
Stay tuned for purchase dates for my upcoming eBook: The Wise Woman’s Almanac. I’m looking forward to sharing my story with you.
An Apple (or two or three) a day may do more in keeping the doctor away than you knew. This prized food may seem commonplace next to the more trendy and exotic fruits in the market, but the apple’s numerous nutritional benefits must not be overlooked when planning your seasonal wellness program and menus.
For example, did you know:
Just one medium size apple provides about 95 calories and 4-grams soluble fiber (fiber that dissolves in the water from your food/digestive juices, forming a gel that traps certain food components, making them less available for absorption––such as fats/sugars). This helps lower cholesterol levels.
One medium apple counts as a 1-cup fruit serving of the daily recommended 2-4 servings.
Apples make a smart addition to any weight-loss/management program. They satisfy the “hungries” without adding unnecessary calories.
Apples promote heart health with their high anti-oxidant compounds which reduce inflammation and oxidation of LDL.
Apples protect against Metabolic Syndrome with nutrients that help lower levels of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation) which contributes to increased risk for heart disease and diabetes.
Apples are a rich source of flavonoids, compounds that eliminate carcinogens, inhibit blood clots and protect against inflammation.
It’s apple season in Colorado and several other apple producing states. Pick a few for your autumn menu and Be in Health!
As we savor the days of Late Summer, and near end pickings of summer squash, tomatoes, corn and peppers, I ask you, “How did you grow this summer?”
Summer usually provides a more relaxed, less structured season with time out of school, vacations and travels. However, summer should not be a lazy season. I would love to hear some of the ways you stretched yourselves this summer.
A couple of new “firsts” for me include: Taking a moped excursion from Friday Harbor around the island of San Juan a couple of weeks ago. The scenic views were indescribable! What a fun time. What a thrill to manuver the winding roads along the ocean.
Secondly, as a woman who does not particularly like to shop, I boldly joined about 45 other shoppers for The Thrift Talk Diva’s 1st Annual Thrift Crawl, hosted by Barb Tobias. www.ThriftTalkDiva.com We boarded a tour bus, headed to Barb’s beautiful mountain home for a delightful brunch and shopping. Then we headed to the Mile High Flea Market (a first for me) for more shopping, then finished at the ARC store for crazy-fun contests and more thrifty shopping. Sharlene Douthit of Financially Fit Females and I blazed the shopping trail at Mile High Flea Market. www.FinanciallyFitFemales.com
I would love to hear about your summer. What did you do for the first time? How did you stretch and grow? Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Connie and Sharlene Douthit: Thrifty Shoppers!
I’ve discovered that authoring a book is much like tending a garden. The gardener prepares the land, carefully selects seeds or seedlings, then plants them in the soil. Each day the gardener checks for new growth. The process continues much the same each day: watering, weeding, waiting. After many days of germinating, sprouting, budding and ripening the day of vine-ripened-produce arrives. No other flavor compares with freshly grown and harvested foods.
Writers follow a similar script: choosing their topic; selecting specific words, phrases, quotations; beginning the first draft followed by numerous edits. Once a completed manuscript gets to the editor’s desk, the writer waits (and waits), much like their gardening counterpart. When the editor’s task is complete, the publisher steps in to take the written work to the next step. And more waiting. At last the completed work is ready for the public.
Gardeners and authors not only share the gift of patience . . . they share the same crazy passion to do it again! Gardeners dream of “next year’s garden” while writers usually have notes for their next book scribbled somewhere. My garden suffered much neglect this year because I was reworking my hard copy book The Wise Woman’s Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to Your Physical-Emotional-Spiritual Health into eBook format. Just a few revisions took much time, but finally, the finished product, the ripened-fruit is ready to pick! I’m expecting a late summer book launch date. Please stay tuned and tell your friends! This is a summer “must-read.”
It’s the season for Colorado Garden parties . . . and I’m excited for my first event next week. Please join me:
Tuesday, June 19th from 6:30-8:00pm for a Summer Wellness Garden Gathering
I will be sharing nutritional tips on how to help your heart and digestive system stay cool and function smoothly in the hot days of summer. You’ll be excited to learn that you can maintain high energy levels even when the sun sizzles!
Light seasonal refreshments will be served and recipes provided. I look forward to sharing some summer fun with you!
Please RSVP by June 16 so we can savor the flavors of the season! Connie@wellnessforallseasons.com
My bucket runneth over! I have so many things I want to do, places I want to visit and people I want to meet, that my bucket list is quite long. How about yours? There’s no way I can wait until “someday” to begin, so each day I make an intentional effort to accomplish something on my list.
My love of gardens has me longing to see the gardens of the world. So, no matter how small and seemingly insignificant they may be, I visit gardens. My largest and most famous to date is the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
My most endearing garden belongs to my mom and dad on my childhood farm in Texas. It’s always a stroll down memory lane even though I’m as old as some of the trees!
My most recent garden visit was to @The High Line, a public park built on historic freight rail lines above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. A delightful walk in a very well preserved and maintained garden/park. A relaxing retreat in the midst of the noisy New York crowds.
Every minute of every day is precious . . . spend a few of them at a slower pace . . .a more leisurely rhythm. That’s the best health tip I have at this moment.
Did April actually happen? Where was I? My parents used to comment that the older they got, the faster time seemed to pass. Well, I’ve become my parents!
My days are full and mostly fun, but I must remember to stop and smell the roses, or lilacs or iris––whatever is blooming in the season. I rejoiced as my older daughter gave birth to her second daughter on March 20––our little spring baby. And granddaughter #1 is an explosion of excitement and curiosity at two-and-a-half-year-old . What a joy, this grand-mothering season.
Each day reminds me the value of total, exceptional, whole health. The days do pass quickly and I want to be present and involved in each one. I did not miss April . . . I just did not write about it. I was enjoying the moment(s). I hope you too, are taking care of your health and well-being so that you do not miss any moments.
I’m off to NYC to visit my younger daughter. We expect to share many memory making moments––maybe I’ll write about them. Stay healthy. That’s life’s greatest gift. Oh, and stop and smell a few flowers along the way.