Creating A Lamb Stew This Morning that will be ready tonight.
Simmering on stove top:
3 Medium Red Potatoes, diced
1/2 Lemongrass frond Chopped into 3 inch pieces
Dash Rosemary Marjoram Herbs from Garden, dried
Distilled Water to Cover in a Medium Saucepan
After 10 Min Add on Small Lamb Chop whole, uncooked
-Simmer for meat, and bone broth into soup
-Add one medium zucchini diced
-Add One Broccoli Head, Cut into small flowerettes
-Add 5 shitaki Medium mushrooms, chopped into pieces
Simmer for 30 min.
Turn off Heat and allow to cool
Remove Lamb Chop and cut pieces of meat off bone to use in soup.
Place meat back into broth
I make this in the morning and save for the evening meal.
When serving I chop fresh parsley, add a dollop of honeycomb and serve as a garnish on the bowl of heated soup with farmer cheese spooned into each bowl.
Great Spring Soup on a Cold Rainy Day
Plan Ahead for Making the Most out of your meals.
Bone Broth is always a great idea. Make your own.
I invite you to try my Skin Care System as it is an organic, simple system that helps us remain youthfully moisturized with smooth beautiful skin. I will write more on some of the other elements of the System. Meanwhile, I hope that you will enjoy this as a base for organic intentional living. All the Scents in the world are so much better on our skin when we are taking good care of it.
The Rhythm of Ages
Kai Siedenburg's book: "Poems of Earth & Spirit" have some great beautiful poems and practices that are simple ways to reconnect with nature. This is one of the great secrets for anti aging. Get out into nature. Reconnect. Book available hand signed at slowcoast.org. Kai leads interractive deep retreats. Connect with her here: http://ournatureconnection.com/programs/group-sessions-programs-classes/ to find out more about her work.
Anti Aging is more than washing our face with organic consciously created products. It includes a deep connection with nature's intelligence. Gentle walks, reflections, and taking time for creative artistic self expression also do each person wonders.
I hope that you will find a way to stretch your days and nights to include these treasures of inhalation, exhalation so that you receive the inspiration that comes from our birthright of being connected with nature.
Green Matcha Beauty Smoothie~
Wake Up with More Energy Ready to Embrace your day. Here is a great Anti Inflammation Recipe for a Smoothie that is a smart alternative to coffee to start your day. Gives you a refined sense of renewal and a vibrant uplift.
20-30 Frozen Blueberries
1 Chopped Banana (Fresh or Frozen)
Flax Seeds (2 small grapefruit spoonfuls)
Matcha (2 small grapefruit spoonfuls)
Coconut Milk Fill to cover the fruit
LPO Beauty Tea Chilled 1/2 cup
Put all ingredients in blender and blend for 2 min.
Pour into a beautiful glass and enjoy slowly.
No Man Is An Island~
When I was growing up my father often shared this beloved poem with my brother George and me. The idea was that we are all connected.
No man is an island, Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.
These ideas apply not only to mankind's relations but also to the spring garden, filled with growing beauty. Native volunteers proliferate along with our herbal bounty of lavendars, rose geraniums and much more. The birds in our garden are so abundant and bring with them seeds as they replant with flyovers. It's been amazing. Loving it.
Excited today to tincture the hyacinth flowers, plant the bulbs into the garden and continue to enjoy the rain. The garden always has a call to some work that can be done to help create beauty. This spring we are adding lavendar officianalis and some irises, hyacinths, lilies of the valley, peonies, roses, honeysuckles, passionflowers and some antique violas. So pretty nestled in and amongst our italian oreganos and marjorams.
Good advice for the garden:
"There are only two days a year in which nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and another tomorrow ..." Dalai Lama.
Here is a link about Water. I have been making an effort to work on getting more distilled water in my life on a daily basis for my well being. I have been enjoying the results. I wanted to share a website that has some good information about water. I learned that in history the word for water *azu or asu* was a synonym for physician. I found that so interesting. Here is the link:
I have been doing gentle infusions in distilled water of citrus fruits and fresh herbs. This week I have been juicing pink grapefruit halves and adding slices of lemongrass together.
It actually was the basis for inspiration for my latest men's cologne just in time for Valentine's Day. More on that in a minute.
The beauty of water infusions is that we are getting molecular support of the cleansing of the herbs. fruits at the same time that the distilled water is working to clean
Happy Imbolc From Libby
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."
Let's start with this poem. My high school class had this as a motto back in the mid seventies. :) As we open Black History Month I wanted to highlight this poem which has guided my creative life for decades.
Now, on to celebrating Imbolc. Today is a day of receiving and standing in the light of the last few night's full moons, absorbing what creative energies have come and to know that we move forward now into a fresh season between now and spring equinox. In the Taoist calendar this is the first day of spring, with the equinox being the peak of spring. That is actually true for us in California as well, so I celebrate it as such. Our weather lends itself well to the garden beginning now. We had the garden weeded last week, with a robust addition of mulch on the path. Meanwhile the weeds do not stop and show us the unstoppable way of the garden. Gotta Love how these weeds keep us on our toes.
I have been very busy in the perfume studio and with doing a modified cleanse over the past week which has proven so uplifting. Lightening to the core of my being: feeling the vulnerability of peeling off the fog layer of winter, naked to the core, and now emboldened by the new growth and time well spent in the perfume studio. I celebrate today by announcing that I have some new perfumes that will be launching next week at our #SLOWCOAST stores in Davenport and Pescadero for Valentine's Day Time Frame.
EARL GREY PARFUM: SPRING WARMTH
FRAGRANCE FAMILY: CITRUS, TEA, FLORAL
NOTES: BERGAMOT, JONQUIL, BLACK TEA ABSOLUTE
CREATED BLUE MOON, JANUARY 2018
INSPIRED BY SPRING NARCISSUS IN BLOOM IN THE GARDEN AND MY LOVE OF EARL GREY TEA (BERGAMOT). A SPRINGTIME BEAUTIFUL LAYERING PARFUM THAT OPENS UP AND DEEPENS MANY OTHER PARFUMS, GIVING A SERIOUSNESS AND LIBRARIAN BOOK SCENT SWEET INNOCENCE TO ROMANCE.
QUIET SOLITUDE IMBUES THIS SCENT WITH NUANCES OF GARDEN WALKS, LIBRARY, ANCIENT HERBAL BOOKS, & TEA. MEMORIES OF DAY DREAMS DURING MY TEEN YEARS EVOKING BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATIONS, CALLIGRAPHY AND GARDENING, FORAGING.
CLASSICAL & ICONIC IN ITS’ UTTER SIMPLICITY, YET DEEP WITH SCENT SUBTLETIES THAT WAX POETIC INVITING AN INTIMACY OF SOFT FLUTTERY WHISPERS THAT TICKLE YOUR FANCY LEAVING YOUR BELOVED ENCHANTED, AND WANTING MORE.
MIMOSA PARFUM: FRESH SPRING FLORAL
FRAGRANCE FAMILY: FLORAL, AROMATIC
NOTES: MIMOSA, CHAMPACA, BLACK CURRANT BUDS, OLIVE ABSOLUTE, OLEANDER
CREATED BLUE MOON, JANUARY 2018
ESSENCE OF IMBOLC ALONG THE SLOWCOAST. MIMOSA IS IN BLOOM ON ACACIA TREES AND SO FRAGRANT, THE FIRST FLORAL SOFT BREEZES THAT HARKEN TO A NEW SEASON THAT BEGINS NOW.
WHEN YOU ARE IN SANTA CRUZ TRAVELING NORTH ALONG HIGHWAY ONE THERE ARE ACACIA TREES THAT BLOOM THROUGHOUT THE PATCH OF WILDER RANCH WHERE THE PACIFIC OCEAN MEETS THE MEADOW.
CLOSE TO SECRET SURF COVES AND BEACH CAVES WHERE ICONIC SURFERS WOO THE WAVES, THE MIMOSA IS A CAREFREE SIGNAL SCENT THAT BECKONS A SOFT OPEN JOYFUL AND PLAYFUL MOOD.
SPLASH ON THIS SCENT TO FEEL YOUR MOOD LIFT ONTO THE BREEZE. A MOMENTARY PLEASURE OF LAUGHTER, FUN, SWEETNESS THAT BRIGHTENS YOUR DAY.
SATTVA PARFUM: LEMONGRASS, PINK GRAPEFRUIT OUD
FRAGRANCE FAMILY: CITRUSORIENTAL
NOTES: ST.JOHNSWORT, LEMONGRASS, PINK GRAPEFRUIT, NUTMEG, CINNAMON LEAF, SPRUCE, SANDALWOOD BUTTERSCOTCH, FIRETREE, LINDEN, SPIKENARD, MYRRH, BLONDE TOBACCO, AGAR MUSK, VETIVER, OPPOPANAX, VANILLA, KHUS NIRALI ATTAR
CREATED BLUE MOON JANUARY 2018
SATTVA IS THE SANSKRIT WORD THAT TRANSLATES TO “CREATE” WHICH IS THE MALE DAILY TONIC COLOGNE THAT OPENS WITH A SOFT CITRUS AND CONTINUES WITH A SANDALWOOD OUD MYRRH DRY DOWN.
THIS IS A MEDITATIVE PARFUM TO INSPIRE NEW STARTS, NEW BEAUTY PATH OPENINGS. DESIGNED FOR MEN AND OF COURSE BELOVED BY WOMEN. ROOTED, ELEVATED, DEEP, SOFT & SPIRIT BASED. SPICY AT TIMES, AND FULL OF MUSINGS THAT CAN BE CLAIMED FOR NEW PROJECTS.
THE DRY DOWN IS SMOKY, ELUSIVE AND YET RETAINS THE LINDEN, VETIVER AND FIRETREE .
TEA ROSE PARFUM: HEART DEEPENER
FRAGRANCE FAMILY: FLORAL, ORIENTAL
NOTES: TURKISH ROSE, BULGARIAN ROSE, MORROCAN ROSE, MUKHALLAT ATTAR, GREEN TEA, BEESWAX ABSOLUTE, AMBRETTE (LEATHER)
CREATED BLUE MOON, JANUARY 2018
ROSE MEDLEY OF INNOCENCE, MATURE, SPICY ROSES WHICH REPRESENT ALL THREE PHASES OF WOMANHOOD: MAIDEN, MOTHER, CRONE ARE DEEPENED WITH NUANCES OF LEATHER AND SANDALWOOD ECHOES WITHIN THE ATTAR, GHOSTED ECHOES OF MANY ROSES ALONG A HIGH MOUNTAIN PATH THAT IS CLIMBED DURING THE ATTAINMENT OF SPIRITUAL PURITY. GREEN TEA ADDS A ZEN BALANCE AND THE TONALITY THAT SINGING BOWLS BRING DEEP WITHIN OUR CENTRAL CORE. BEESWAX ABSOLUTE ESSENCE OF A HONEYCOMB THAT IS A KNITTING TOGETHER OF ALL OUR PRAYERS FOR INNER PEACE, PROSPERITY AND LOVE. AN ODE TO A SPIRIT THAT TRULY MATTERS.
CLASSICAL FLORAL AROMATIC PARFUM WITH SIMPLE YEARNINGS. A SPLASH OF WISE FAVOURITE LEATHER SHOES/BOOTS THAT WALK THE PATH, WHICH LEADS US DEEP INTO THE HIGH FLORAL OF ROSES AND THE DEDICATED ROOT OF SANDALWOOD. LET THE CHAKRA OF THE HEART SING OUT~UNIFYING US.
Imbolc Beauty Ritual
Products You'll Need:
Coastal Mint Face & Body Wash
Angel Glow Serum
I have been working nightly with Epsom Salts in the shower as a salt scrub, after a quick all over face and body wash with Coastal Mint. I followed with an Angel Glow Face and Body Serum all over light effleurage massage while still in the shower under the hot water. My skin feels so nourished and happy. I recommend this easy beauty ritual for right now as the winter dry skin needs some love.
I luxuriate daily in room sprays, and have decided to create a section on the site for these so you have access to them as well. They help shift the mood in the home, office or sacred space immediately. I work with them all the time and wanted to share that often I do not use the perfumes as personal scents, but rather as environmental scents that can clear the air and move energy to cleanse a space quickly, silently, so I can refocus my attention.
Watch for some of my favorites that I added to the online store.
Thank you for your support of a woman owned business. I am truly grateful to be practicing this art of well being.
Master Perfumer, Photographer, Painter, Entrepreneur, Designer