Japanese Cabbage Salad
6-8 large leaves of Japanese Cabbage
2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 to 1 tsp moscovado sugar
1 Tbsp ginger, finely chopped & crushed for the juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
2-3 Tbsp brown sesame seeds, toasted
3 Tbsp almonds, chopped/slivered or slices, toasted
Salt and Pepper to taste
Shred cabbage into long thin strips and toss with oil and vinegar. Add sugar, juice of the crushed ginger, pressed garlic clove and toss. Add sesame seeds and almonds, salt and pepper and toss again.
I added some leftover leg of lamb pieces (from my local, free range "rancher") and it was delicious!
Japanese cabbage shares many of the health benefits of other cabbages and crucifers, however it is not as thick a leaf. It appears to be more of a cross between lettuce and cabbage, with a slightly tangy flavor.
I had never tried Japanese Cabbage before, but it came in my CSA order last week. This is the order I get every two weeks from a local gardener, my friend the Organic Fanatic. Sometimes I get things that are a bit of a surprise. I was not sure what to do with Japanese Cabbage (in fact, I had to call her to ask what it was), so I googled a few recipes and then created my own.
Not bad. Not bad at all!
Do you envision trying to keep your life in balance as 1) a tightrope walker over a raging river? (You have to really concentrate and move through your day cautiously so you don't crash and get swept away.) 2) a race car driver who is picking up speed and at any minute could spin out of control? 3) the spinning of 6 to 10 plates all of which need constant attention so they don't wobble and fall? Or 4) daily sitting down to set priorities in each of 7 areas so your life moves steadily, and usually peacefully, forward toward your goals.
I don't know about you, but the fourth option sounds great but far from my reality right now. I feel more like I am spinning plates and running from plate to plate distractedly trying to maintain the tempo so no area in my life is neglected or falls apart. Most days I feel stressed and a bit burned out. I can work long hours, but not always in a focused and intentional way. I forget to play, neglect to exercise and don't reach out to friends enough.
At Young Living's conference this past June, we were introduced to the Oola guys who spoke to us about keeping seven areas of our life in balance. It takes thought, planning and awareness to stay focused on what really matters. We all have the same 24 hours a day. We all have to make choices to say "yes" and "no" to big and small opportunities or distractions, so our primary goals and dreams can become a reality.
In this journey through life, there are times when each of us hit some pretty serious bumps in the road. We all experience disappointments, frustrations and loss. Grief is a natural response to these situations.
Of course, some grief is heavier than others. Only this morning, we lost a dear woman who had been battling pancreatic cancer for the past 10 months. She was an amazing woman of courage, faith, generosity and optimism. She was an inspiration to many and she will be sorely missed.
When faced with grief, I think many of us struggle with two questions:
We find ourselves coming face to face with the reality that loss and death are inevitable. "I am guaranteed to lose every earthly thing I have ever possessed...I will lose every single person I have ever loved." One Thousand Gifts (pp.84-85). I don't like the fact that I am not God and I cannot control my own reality. I really have no control, even though I live with the illusion of being in control.
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Pancakes, flapjacks, griddlecakes, a bread by any other name would not taste as sweet. While this might not be Shakespeare's original text, I think we can all agree that pancakes are a unique, fun food.
As a child, I loved Sunday mornings when my dad would be chef and make us pancakes, or when he would be on the rare business trip and we would get to have pancakes for dinner. I remember pancake breakfasts with the girl scouts, pancakes over an open fire, blueberry pancakes at IHOP and Mickey Mouse pancakes made with love.
I seldom eat pancakes now because I am limiting my grains and avoiding most wheat, This past summer, Gary Young and Young Living released an Einkorn pancake mix that is delicious and has many health benefits. I have been enjoying it for an occasional treat.
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Autumn is a gorgeous time of the year and a great time for hiking and driving through the hills of Pennsylvania or other northern states with deciduous trees. I spent some time while on my recent "retreat" walking the Longfellow trail in Cook Forest. It was a trail that takes you to the Forest Cathedral of old white pine and hemlock trees.
For some reason, the sights and smells along the trail brought back lots of memories and emotions from my childhood. As a family, we spent many an autumn day outdoors, in the woods or hiking up a mountain. We loved to camp in secluded spots. The smell of fresh air, pines, moss and damp leaves is nostalgic and renewing for me.
Smells will do that for us. They root us to experiences and memories, sometimes good and sometimes bad. They cause us to remember, but they also cause emotions and feelings to surface and this allows us to look at those feelings objectively and enjoy or release them, to experience gratitude or to heal.
Essential oils can be used in this way, especially for those who can't return to the sights and smells of the past. I have read that triggering the olfactory sense is the quickest way to release hurtful memories and emotions, and counselors are using this to assist their clients. I have personally experienced the release of negative emotions, and the strengthening of positive emotions, while using my Young Living oils. It is an amazing discovery for me.
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Mother of three and mentor to many, I am passionate about sharing natural ways to help the body do what God designed it to do, mend, grow and thrive!