Be Still…

Over the past few months, I feel my Soul Family has grown. When I contemplate the true meaning of the phrase “Soul Family“, those individuals, not connected by blood, that have embraced me purely through their love and energy, come to mind. These beautiful souls deliver unconditional support during the most perfect moments in life. I truly believe I have connected with these precious individuals because we are on the same path…the same journey. We ride the same soul train, focusing our energies on a similar mission and purpose in life.img_9955

I am so thankful for my Soul Family and feel their blessings daily. It doesn’t matter how often we communicate, for we have a connection that lives beyond the spoken word. We are One.

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Together, We Are One

Today…Be Still. Connect with your Soul Family emotionally, spiritually or physically. Trust your intuition when you feel the pull to reach out with a helping hand or uplifting words. Love these individuals unconditionally, for the universe conspired your connection for a very special reason.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

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Fetze (Yes, it is a word!)

Fetze – noun – a small piece of lint or fuzz (From The Dictionary of Roda)

Growing up, “fetze” was a common word used by my Grandmother.  She was always fretting over the “fetzes” on the floor…

“We must sweep up those big, bad “fetzes” right away!” 

Keeping her house “Fetze Free” was extremely important for everyone involved.  I still use this term today and even named my first cat Fetze.

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 Since I have had a poem theme running lately, I thought I would share another favorite!!

FETZE

My dog just sniffed a fetze,
and I hope she doesn’t die.
(I guess it’s somewhat better
than it going in her eye.)

You see, she’s always sniffing things
(and eating plenty, too!)
like dirt and rocks and bits of lint
and even her own poo!

A bit of lint is what she sniffed
this time around, you see,
but more than that, some special lint:
the type that’s called “fetze”.

See, it’s the type that sits and waits
for little pups like mine.
I’m worried what will happen next,
and will it turn out fine…?

Maybe it will clog her brain
and make her goofy from the strain,
or pop into her little lung
where capillaries have their fun.

Maybe it will reach her tummy,
(that would not be very yummy!)
What about inside her bones?
Calcium may cure those groans.

But if it gets into her heart
straight for the bloodstream it will start;
then round her body it will go,
around the curves, now please go slow!

A journey through my dog’s inside,
a place that I will never slide.
Trapped inside my little fuzz-
a bad ol’ fetze is what is was.

But wait! I think this isn’t done,
I see a change or two!     
My dog is hacking up a storm;
there’s nothing I can do!

She’s wheezing, making funny sounds,
and doing a little dance.
I’m watching her and wondering:
Could her fur be full of ants?

And here’s the final showdown
as she gives it one last blow,
that fetze shoots right out her nose!
I guess it had to go.

The moral of the story,
(it will fill your dog with glee),
is vacuum up your carpet, please,
and keep it Fetze Free.

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You

Roda

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Basil Pesto

Basil (ocimum basilicum) is one of my all time favorite herbs.  A native to India, basil first arrived to Europe in the 16th century.  Today, it is among the most popular and widely grown culinary herbs. Basil is also known for its many health benefits, such as combating colds/flu and serving as an anti-stress agent.  To top it off, basil is also known to boost memory function!  Oh…I forgot to mention, basil’s flavor is outstanding!

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Freshly cut basil and nasturtium flowers

Basil is a foundation plant in our herb garden.  It is an extremely easy annual to grow.  In fact, for those of you wishing you had room for a garden, you don’t need one for basil.  I grow a few basil plants our kitchen windowsill, all winter long…in Michigan! Each time the leaves are pinched off for use, new ones emerge. This plant will last you for months with a little water, sunshine and love! Find a small pot, some seed starting soil and a few basil seeds and you are ready to go!

One of my favorite uses for basil is creating pesto!  Enjoy this traditional pesto recipe:

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Traditional Basil Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 3 C freshly packed basil
  • 1/3 C pine nuts
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 C parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Food process the basil leaves
  • Add the pine nuts, olive oil, garlic and parmesan
  • Process all of the ingredients together
  • The pesto should be smooth and creamy
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Spoon pesto into small, glass containers.
  • Pesto will last for 5-7 days in the refrigerator
  • Note: If you choose to make numerous batches for freezing, add a thin layer of olive oil to the top of each jar before sealing.  This helps retain moisture during the freezing process. Also, make sure you leave 1/4 inch of headroom for expansion.
  • img_1418I enjoy using pesto with angel hair pasta, baked chicken breast and as a grilled pizza sauce.  Enjoy!

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Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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