EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS✌🏼️🌿✨ three things I like to include into EVERY single day are: rainbow filled nourish bowls, moving my body and mindfulness (usually while stretching because that’s what I’ve found works best for me). These 3 things truly make such a difference in making every day that little bit better🙏🏼 Do you have things you like to do every single day?
Here’s just another example of a typical one of those mix'n match rainbow nourish bowls of all things good😌 featuring leftover spicy chickpea chilli (recipe from my Ebook💛), baked potato + sweet potato, fresh greens, cucumber + purple cabbage👅👅 Wishing you all a beautiful Tuesday filled with lots of nourishment and self lovin'💫
BUDDHA BOWLIN’ EVERYDAY🍴👅🍃 what are you having for dinner?
These bowls may look fancy, but to be honest they couldn’t get any easier. Just leftovers from last night’s dinner or a thing else in my fridge that needs using up😉
You save yourself so much time by cooking extra big batches at once to add to meals later on🙌🏼
In my bowl: Baked sweet potato, spicy red lentil Dahl (recipe from my Ebook), roasted Brussel sprouts + broccoli, purple cabbage + greens💜✨
This is also my entry to the wonderful #BuddhaBowlParty hosted by @fitness_bianca and @healthyeating_jo 😘
The day before yesterday, we had quite a scare. Benjamin was exploring and ripped his toenail on something sharp, I believe the metal part of a file folder holder that I had sitting on a shelf near the ground. The next thing I knew, there was bright red blood all over… we’ve had broken blood feathers and small amounts of blood in the past, but never like this. It was all my fault for not watching him carefully and making sure the area he was playing at was bird-proofed.
I was so scared and literally quite useless for a little while, but luckily, after we put some pressure on the wound and drowned the injured area with starch to slow the flow, the bleeding from his toe gradually stopped. Benjamin was very brave, and with the help of some green cabbage leaves nearby to keep him calm, he didn’t even complain and only rested a while before starting on preening his feathers and feet clean. This is a photo of Benjamin all tired out after the whole ordeal (the bit of blood on his head feathers is from when he scratched his head with a bloody foot; I cleaned it off for him with some water on my fingers afterward):
Benjamin is already doing much better and mostly back to his normal self today. What a strong and brave bird he is.
I thought about whether I should share this experience since it was stressful and scary for us… but I wanted to show this as an example of what taking care of a bird really entails (not just all cute photos and videos), and to urge all of you with birds (or any animals really) in your family - PLEASE be careful and keep an eye on your feathered friend when he or she is out and about playing.
You never know what little, innocent-looking household items may end up causing injury to your bird when you least expect it. They don’t know what might hurt them, so WE, who chose to take them into our homes, are completely responsible for their safety. I took my eye off Benjamin for just a few seconds, and he ended up getting hurt - it could have been much worse.
And he doesn’t even blame me. He asked me for head scritches that same evening.
In case your bird does get injured one day in the future (you never know), please do some research into what you can do in order to be prepared. Have some emergency items such as styptic powder or corn starch on hand to help stop bleeding, and be well acquainted with your bird’s behavior so that you know what would best help her or him calm down in a stressful situation (greens in Benjamin’s case), since struggling or flapping about may worsen the injury. Find out where your nearest bird vet is (look for one who specializes in and has extensive experience with birds) and find out if they accept emergency cases, in advance.
Thank you for reading, and please be the best friend and guardian possible to your animal family members!
what are good recipes for samhain? i'm thinking of hosting a feast for my friends that night, and i'd also like to practice whatever dishes i want to make. any suggestions?
Tasty savory fall foods make up the bulk of my Samhain cooking, and a lot of it includes apples, potatoes, pumpkins, and wine. I’m planning two simple suppers this year, one for the living and one for the dead.
The Dead Supper is always the same - local apples, salt, and wine. The apples and salt sit on small plates with cups of wine in the center of the table. Small candles are lit at sundown and the supper lasts until the candles have burned down. During that time, spirits are welcome to visit my home and partake of the meal, provided they leave when the candles are out and do no harm to any in the staying or the going.
For the living, I’m planning a nice supper of stuffed roast chicken, apple-potato dressing, colcannon, salad, and cranberry-pumpkin cake. The chicken is rubbed with butter and a blend of garlic, onion, paprika, salt and pepper, then stuffed with cornbread stuffing and diced apples, with half an apple capping the opening. Set the bird in a roasting pan on a bed of cubed tart apples and red russet potatoes, and cooked in the oven as you’d cook any roasting fowl - 350F, 20min per pound. The apples and potatoes break down during the cooking and become a nice sweet-and-savory dressing for the chicken.
Colcannon is an Irish dressing made with mashed potatoes and cabbage, or kale or seaweed, depending on where you’re from. The version of the recipe that I use also calls for crumbled bacon. I use more red russet potatoes to make the mash, adding butter and sour cream to make it smooth. Chopped boiled green cabbage is then added at about a 2:1 ratio (2 parts potato, 1 part cabbage). Bacon is added to taste and everything is mixed together into a gorgeous mess of savory goodness. Some folks also season with chopped chives when serving.
The cranberry-pumpkin cake comes out of a box, largely because otherwise I’m hopeless at baking. It’s actually a mix for pumpkin bread, but if you add a can of pureed pumpkin to the mix, it turns into a heavy moist cake. I throw in a good cup of dried cranberries for extra sweetness and bake the whole thing in a buttered bundt pan. The finished cake is topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and powdered sugar. You can add chopped walnuts to the cake as well, but I tend to leave them out in case of allergies.
The salad is nothing special. It’s just greens in a bowl with some dressing, because my northern ancestors would have a fit if I served a holiday meal without a vegetable. I may swap out the salad for corn, I haven’t decided yet.