Mushroom Walks

June 30, 2011 § 2 Comments



We have finally gotten some rain in the woods and that means mushrooms! We’ve been taking lots of mushroom walks in the last few days and here are some of our favorites. 


Chanterelles, YUM!


Oren picked up these onion skins and played with her ‘mushrooms’ for a while. 🙂

Last year we picked buckets and buckets of chanterelles and we’ve been missing them this season with no rain. As they slowly start to emerge that means it’s time to pull out and revamp last years favorite recipe of homemade sweet potato and chanterelle pizza. This years challenge is to make it gluten free. 
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Solstice

June 21, 2011 § Leave a comment




On this solstice, the day where light and dark are equal, the day that welcomes summer, the point where the light of our days start to become shorter, Oren spent the morning on her swing gazing at the sun. 

I’ve been feeling such gratitude for all things in my life and on this solstice I want to give thanks for some of my favorite things that summer brings.

Luscious raspberries ready for us!


This is what the raspberries look like after we come through. 🙂

Our morning harvest of raspberries, blackberries, and the beginnings of our blueberries.

Oh, the flowers! 

A freshly picked bunch filled with zinnias, echinacea, st. john’s wort, and butterfly bush.


A friend of ours found this little babe on the side of the road with his mama that was hit by a car. Our friend has taken him home and is giving him lots of love. It’s so amazing to be in this babe’s presence. He’s pure sweetness and love.


Today, I welcome the sun, summer, abundance and I’m filled with gratitude for all aspects of my life. 
Happy Solstice!




Walking Onion

June 5, 2011 § Leave a comment




In the many seasons and turns around the sun, I’ve had numerous gardens and plant friends grace my presence, each one unique and captivating in their own right. I’ve fallen in love with so many kinds of plants. Out of all of the medicine, flowers and food that are at different stages in their life cycle in our garden this year, the one that I’m constantly drawn to is the Walking Onion. It’s considered a perennial, which according to my dictionary means lasting for an apparently infinite time, or enduring…That’s a pretty great gift to be granted. 

 This is their second summer in our ground. As they grow, they emerge from their transparent wombs and put on quite a show as they dance and sculpt their way to a new version of themselves.  

 They very quickly multiply and grow from the picture above to the one below. 


Those once new flowers form their own little bulbs and eventually get so heavy they have to lay themselves down on the ground.


They find their new place to rest, dig their roots, and start the cycle all over again.


It’s amazing to witness this plant’s growth and reproduction happen above ground and in such an expressive way. 

I love the reminder that each new onion is always from the same source and their lineage is long. I love that the onions and greens we can cook with travel around and have relationships with different plants in our garden. I like to think of these onions as having a deep understanding that they’ll be here for a while and they’re taking the time to get to know the other plants that share their home. 

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