Our friends at Sacred Pregnancy have honored our own passage of birthing this new site by including an article by us on 'A Mother's Blessing' in their premier issue. Take a moment to check out the website as well as their Facebook page. Sacred Pregnancy offers the magazine in both a print and online version to fit every lifestyle.
Food, truly one of my most favorite things, is so integral to our lifestyles. When it comes time for what-to-have-for-dinner or celebrating, well it's the first thing I sweat over. Whether you are a conscious eater, on a specialty diet, or anything goes, we are all in the same boat. With the cusp of the Autumn Equinox at our feet this is what I have to share.
While it's WAY too hot here in Southern California to even want to turn the stove on, my inner northerner wants falling leaves, crisp mornings and soup. A beautiful Autumn harvest soup, which in my house is called Maddoch's Tawny Scrawny Lion Soup. When my son was 3 and in Nursery at our Waldorf School this is the soup his teacher would make on Soup Day. It was so delicious I just had to have the recipe. We have served it at many a celebration (and lunch/dinner) and I hope it brings warmth to your hearts and tummies.
1 Large Onion, roughly chopped
1 Potato, roughly chopped
1 Sweet Potato, roughly chopped
1 Turnip, roughly chopped
3-5 ribs Celery, chopped
5-8 Carrots, chopped
1 stick of butter or olive oil (keep'n it Vegan for my Sista Paige)
3-4 Rapunzel Vegan bouillon cubes (w/o sea salt)
Saute all veg, in a heavy bottomed pot, in butter or olive oil with salt and pepper until your onion is translucent and a little caramelized (getting golden and brown). Add water, just enough to cover veg, and add bouillon cubes. With lid on, simmer until veg is soft (maybe 10ish minutes) then blend. I have an immersion blender which i just adore, but you could use a food processor or blender, just do it in small batches. Check for seasoning (a little more salt or pepper?) and serve with fresh bread and butter, add a salad, and call it a day!
This is a very versatile recipe. I have used what I have on hand in the past, so it's never the same way twice. Hearty squashes (butternut, acorn), celeriac, more sweet potatoes or potatoes, more carrots, or root veg of any kind really can be added or substituted. Play with it and see what tastes best for your family. This would be a great meal to throw in the crock pot before you left for work in the morning.
I'm inspired, so i'm off to the kitchen to make this for dinner!
Many Blessings on this magical day....Annielaurie
Sacred Passages have been on my mind a lot lately as I work, plot and plan with my friends to turn our passion into a vocation. It seems such a natural fit that our web blog would go live right around the autumnal equinox. This time of the year is the balance point between the longest day and the longest night. It presents a wonderful opportunity to reflect on opposites, like day and night, and how they are really aspects of a whole: To ponder the idea of balance between this light and dark as well as our own part within the whole, our unity with each other and the earth.
Take time to connect with this energy of unity that autumn brings. Breathe in, center yourself and find balance through the rhythm of your breath; as air gives life and is a source of connection among all living beings. And remember that as autumn approaches, it is also a time to reflect on what has been brought to fruition in your life. Ask yourself: What are you reaping now based upon the past year’s actions?
Soon it will be time to look within, as earth’s energy is getting ready to shift and prepare for rest and regeneration. Recognize this coming shift and put thought into what you have harvested this year, give thanks and consider thoughtfully if there are any habits or actions that are preventing you from cultivating and transforming your life in the way you most desire.
Connect these thoughts to your breath-
- With your out breath, release what you no longer need and wish to let go of, surrender to the idea of change in the coming year.
- When you breathe in, visualize that which you want to grow and flourish in the coming months, this acts as inner preparation that will continue during nature’s period of rest.
As you focus on your breath this season, think of the tiny acorn with all of its potential that grows into a giant oak and know this small action of intentional breathing and reflection can manifest tremendous transformation while increasing your ability to harmonize with the unity and balance that autumn brings.
Tnah Louise and Paige threw me the most beautiful Mother Blessing. They brought together and made a circle of sisters, trust and love.. We opened our hearts and
shared openly our fears and burned them away to start refreshed and anew..
There was a beautiful salt bowl ceremony, we passed it around and everyone placed a special oil or dried flowers into the bowl.
My sisters massaged their love and well wishes to me and the baby into the salt. We were each given some of the salts to take home and bathe with them on the next full moon. That was so amazing to know all of my ladies were in there baths at the same time on the full moon soaking in our special salts. They also did a foot bath
with the salts and massaged my feet with it.
Everyone gathered around and massaged me on all limbs.. I've never felt so much love and attention in my life.. You could really feel the positive and loving energy being given to me and my baby.. It was truly a magical day!
After having this Blessingway I finely felt ready for my baby to come into this world~