Earlier this week — on the autumnal equinox I might add (hippie points for me!) — I found myself in the kitchen brewing up some preventative herbal medicine called Fire Cider. Fire Cider is an easy-to-make concoction that’s very effective in warding off colds and flu, clearing sinus congestion, helping digestion, and increasing circulation. And with winter being not far off, now’s the time to make it. It takes 4 weeks to steep.
I made this recipe last year and kind of did it wrong. I let it steep it too long and made it too hot (whoa nelly on the cayenne!), so it was mostly wasted. But the little I choked down did work wonders as preventative medicine, so I wanted to give it another shot. This time I researched a few different sources (including this video by Rosemary Gladstar – she is a wonder!) and came up with my own similar, but slightly less singeing, adaptation. I posted the above snapshot on Facebook and Instagram and several folks were interested in the recipe. So I illustrated it (below).
I recommend just skipping the cayenne if you’re a spicy food wuss. But if you dig hot, go for it. You can even add black peppercorns or habanero chiles to make it hotter if you’d like! I also would recommend steeping it no longer than 4 weeks as it gets pretty inedible. The taste is strong, so maybe start by mixing a tiny bit into your food (splash on veggies, put a dash in soups, etc) to start taking it. Especially if you’re a herbal remedy newbie like me. :)
So print out this recipe, brew up a batch and enjoy the upcoming winter cold-and-flu-free!
Friday I spent the day updating my portfolio. Check out new work here. This weekend, then, called for more relaxing activity like canoeing the White River behind our house… where we spotted a bald eagle!
Every single day Veda sits at her art table and plays (works?). Sometimes it’s pen drawings. Sometimes markers. Sometimes just words on paper. But she’s there making stacks and stacks of art every day. Watching her ritual is incredibly inspiring to me… With more time and space lately, I’ve been feeling brand new ideas stirring in me that seem to tie in all my disparate interests. I didn’t see a connection before. But I feel I’m slowly starting to see a path. So exciting!
My birthday was last weekend, and we celebrated in a small, just-us way. Nothing fancy. Nothing crazy. It was perfect.
I woke up to a lovely card from my kiddo. (Notice all the facial hair for her dad and the hearts on the shoes!)
Then came the card-of-all-cards from Colin, that outlined different activites we could do with the day. LOTS of options!
I chose to start off the day volunteering in the gardens at Veda’s school. We pulled weeds, played and “planted” tires for the kids to climb on. It was raining softly, so we got a little muddy, as you can see. But the weather was perfect for being outside working… not too hot.
I even got to take home the eggs from the school chickens!
The activity I chose for the afternoon was a farm-to-table lunch at Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville, IN. I’d never been and good food sounded like the best thing ever after all that gardening.
Traders Point Creamery is a family-owned organic dairy farm and artisan creamery (so of course we got ice cream!). The grounds around the restaurant are so beautiful with fields of wild-flowers, gardens you can walk through and cows you can moo hello to. I got to walk around all I wanted ogling the plants and getting ideas for my own garden.
Overall, pretty perfect!