Slow Cooked Chicken Biryani

Ingredients Marinade 3-4″ ginger 6-7 cloves garlic bunch of mint bunch of cilantro 1/2 lime 1/2 onion 1 cup water 3 t cumin 3 t coriander powder 3 t masala powder 1 t turmeric 1 t cardamom 2 t chili powder 1/2 t nutmeg 1 t pepper 2 t sea salt 3 bay leaves 2″ […]

Parenting without power struggles

Couple years ago, I was introduced to Susan Stiffelman’s work via her presentation, “Parenting Conscious Children”.  Then recently, I came across an article she wrote in the Huffington Post, What Is the Best Approach to Discipline. So when her book Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm, and Connected, was […]

Heart Meditation

Once a day, sit quietly and place a hand upon your heart. Send it love, and allow yourself to feel the love your heart has for you. It has been beating for you since before you were born. Your heart is love, and the blood in your veins is joy. Your heart is now lovingly […]

Mieng Kham Salad

There’s a Thai restaurant we loved going to.  This is a re-creation of the flavors of a traditional Thai snack called Mieng Kham.  The ginger, lime, roasted peanuts, roasted coconut, onion, shrimp and fish lemongrass sauce – sweet, salty, crunchy, zesty. Yum. Ingredients 1-2 bunches of collard greens or spinach leaves 1/2 lb of cooked […]

How Children Learn

How Children Learn by John Holt Children have a style of learning that fits their condition, which they use naturally and well until we train them out of them.  We like to say that we send children to school to teach them to think.  What we do, all too often, is to teach them to […]

Sausage, mushroom apple stuffing with sage (Paleo)

Sausage, mushroom apple stuffing with sage Serves 6 1lb Italian sausage, casings removed and chopped 3 celery ribs, chopped 1 onion, chopped 2 large carrots, chopped 8oz crimini mushrooms, sliced 1 pear, chopped 1 apple, chopped 1 T sage, minced 1 cup dried unsweetened cranberries 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 3 […]

Kids Have All The Write Stuff

Inspiring your children to put pencil* to paper by Sharon A. Edwards and Robert W. Maloy *or crayon or felt-tip marker or computer Excerpts. Early marks and scribbles evolve into readable symbols as children express their thoughts through drawings, words, and stories.  Young children write spontaneously and enthusiastically.  When writing is a natural feature of […]

The Desire Map

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte (Link to Sample Chapter) We have the procedures of achievement upside down.  Typically we come up with our to-do lists, our bucket lists, and our strategic plans – all the stuff we want to have, get, accomplish, and experience outside of ourselves.  All of those aspirations are being driven […]

The Circle Maker

The Circle Maker:  Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson “Lord of the universe, I swear before Your great name that I will not move from this circle until You have shown mercy upon Your children.” “Not for such rain have I prayed, but for rain that will fill cisterns, […]

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was

How to discover what you really want and how to get it by Barbara Sher In the early 1980s, two Harvard psychologists completed a study of people who called themselves happy.  And what did happy people have in common?  Money?  Success?  Health?  Love? None of these things.  They had only two things in common:  They […]