Verse of note:
To the man, namely, who pleases Him He has given the wisdom and shrewdness to enjoy himself; and to him who displeases, He has given the urge to gather and amass—only for handing on to one who is pleasing to God.
Be not overeager to go to the House of God: more acceptable is obedience than the offering of fools, for they know nothing [but] to do wrong.
Verse of note:
Our heritage has passed to aliens, Our homes to strangers.
Verse of note:
Our fathers sinned and are no more; And we must bear their guilt.
For this particular syrup I partially followed the recipe in Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide by Rosemary Gladstar (I did not measure the thyme) and decided to add a squeeze of lime (like I usually do).
In addition to what I’m currently reading, I’m also reading Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide by Rosemary Gladstar (for study). And I just recently made her face cream. I used what I had on hand so mine is a bit different.
What I changed: I used plantain & calendula infused olive oil, mango butter, & carnauba wax instead of calendula oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax.
So far, I am thoroughly enjoying it, and it feels absolutely wonderful going on. You can feel the cooling effect of the aloe vera which I absolutely love and I also love that there’s water in it (it may sound simple and sometimes we forget this but water is THE moisturizer).
So far so good. This might be a staple.
Needed exertion in fresh air and sunshine, nothing like it.
This week my meal plan went a little haywire and things did not go as planned (unfortunately my nights and days have been running longer than they’re supposed to lately, something that I have not been able to remedy as of yet no matter how much I try).
The day went like this, I missed my run yesterday, so I was determined to get it in this morning. It was too cold. Ok, so I will go ahead and do my Pilates. I had something to do at 12 and then I said I would go somewhere with someone after the thing at 12. Meanwhile I’m also preparing for Shabbat and doing laundry in a washing machine that requires the smallest load possible and a prayer before you use it.
I head out to go where I said I would go and state that I can’t be too late because I need to get my run in when we get back (already I knew it was going to be late). I’m out and about enjoying the outing, but don’t get back home until around 5pm. Next up, use the bathroom, go for a run, say a prayer and put in another laundry load, then shower. Then an impromptu dinner.
After my shower I realize that I had also planned to do some prep for dinner tomorrow (geez, gotta make that work too).
Specialty kitchen appliances to the rescue.
Pause that thought.
I have never really bought into the hype of kitchen gadgets making things so much easier and/or quicker, some of them do but that’s not generally why I want them. I wanted a food processor to make dips, sauces, etc., and because a lot of vegan recipes utilize one, using it to chop stuff wasn’t really a selling point for me. (My thought process was “why would I make more dishes for myself?” If I just chop, I only have to wash a knife, if I use the food processor, I have to wash the whole food processor).
This line of thinking also extended to the Instapot. While I enjoy and utilize my Instapot I never bought into the “this makes dinner so much easier and faster.”
But now I kind of see.
I have literally been beating myself up for not using the mini processor to chop up vegetables, especially diced onions. Yes, it means I have to wash the processor but good Lord is it faster and seems to take much less energy.
Today, it really hit home. I knew I had some carrots and half a potato I needed to use up. I knew I had some rice, and I knew I had some zhoug. I chopped up the carrots, the leftover 1/2 potato + 1, and 1/2 an onion. (Roasted onion is always delicious). I threw on some olive oil, some salt & pepper, garlic & red pepper flakes, and threw it in the air fryer. (Love that air fryer). Then I threw 2 cups of rice and 2 1/2 cups of water into the Instapot and hit a button. And left those 2 things alone while I started to whip up a quick tahini sauce (tahini, garlic powder, salt, & water) and do the prep I had originally planned for tomorrow night’s dinner.
Once dinner was done, I grabbed some rice, topped it with veggies, and did a little 3 sauce magic: zhoug, tahini sauce, & chili crisp: delicious.
And the prep for tomorrow is complete.
The Song of Songs 1-4
Verse of note:
A garden locked Is my own, my bride, A fountain locked, A sealed-up spring.