Hi Friends!  It was so fun returning to my show today!  We talked about a lot of big concepts… including the art of Self-Care as a Discipline (not a self-indulgence), Intermittent Fasting, eating a Plant-Based diet, and the concept of symptoms being our body’s way to communicate with us.  Here’s a link to the Self-Care Assessment we talked about.  I found it really helpful, especially because it helped bring awareness to some of the areas I could expand or improve on.  It says,

“Self-care is not an indulgence.  Self-care is a discipline.  It requires tough-mindedness, a deep and personal understanding of your priorities, and a respect for both yourself and the people you choose to spend your life with.”

It’s been a big month for upping our Self-Care game, what with February’s theme being “Management” ~ you can read more about that on ThePowerPath.com.   

My sandwich sourdough loaf turned out so good!!!  I’m thrilled, tickled, delighted.  And, here’s my favorite-ever cookbook from my dear friend Robyn Wright.  It’s gorgeous, she’s the guru, her recipes are amazing.  Thank you Robyn!!!  Buy yours at EverywhereisLocal.com and start making those brownies… seriously. 

For your googling pleasure… check into Emotional Freedom Technique, ie. “Tapping.”  I also mentioned a YouTube resource:  Tapping with Amy

It’s possible that if we’re experiencing symptoms, our body ~ in its infinite wisdom ~ wants to take us on a Self-Care journey…. say Yes!

Rich Vegetable Broth

The secret to a good full-flavored vegetable broth is getting a nice sear on the vegetables.  Saute them in olive oil, resisting the urge to over-stir, allowing the veggies to develop some nice color as they sizzle against the bottom of the pan.  Then, add only then, add your water and simmer very gently for two hours.  Allow to cool, then strain, cool some more, then squeeze in your nut milk bag to get all the final essence out, then transfer to half gallon jars with the help of your canning funnel.  Voila!  Good veggies for broth are:  onions, garlic, celery, carrots, mushroom, ginger, parsley stems, asparagus ends.

What I'm Listening To: Greg Brown

It feels sooooo good to return to old favorites!!  I love the Greg Brown channel all day long, not sick of it – nope!, not in the slightest.  Dream Cafe’ is a favorite.  Such a great story teller, such a soothing voice.    

Greg Brown YouTube channel

Super Easy Snacktrition: Hummus

1 cup chickpeas, 1/3 cup tahini, <1/4 cup olive oil, <1/4 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 cloves garlic, and a half an avocado if you are lucky enough to have one.  Blend, adding more water if you need to to get it to blend.  Remember, you can’t take water out!  And then just adjust the recipe to your taste buds’ delight!  Keep some in the fridge along with cut vegetables at all times, so you’ll never be hangry again!  (I get my tahini and other pricey grocery items on ThriveMarket.com, they arrive at my door and I save 30% overall, love that.)