Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I don't know why I am feelin' the food lately?? Really, summer is just the perfect time to fall in love with food - watermelons, strawberries, vine ripened tomatoes and blueberries...
My son noticed that we had quite a few blueberries just sitting in the frig and suggested we come up with some sort of desert. Now, I will admit - the vegan baker I am not BUT I think I pulled through with this one.
I thought a nice blueberry crisp would do just right with those left over berries so here is the recipe below. I went out and got some vanilla soy ice cream to go along with it. This recipe is easy and quick. You can substitute the sugar with raw brown sugar or agave (although it may not be to "crispy" with the agave). Let me know what you think...
Sistah C's Blueberry Delight
a large container of fresh blueberries (washed and stemmed)
1 cup of vegan pancake mix (dry)
3/4 cup of light brown sugar
1 dash of sea salt
1/3 cup of soft vegan butter (ie. Earth Balance)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 300 or 350 degrees. Take a square glass dish and oil it well with some butter or spray oil. Take your washed berries and place in glass dish. Sprinkle some dry pancake mix on the berries to lightly cover them.
In a bowl mix all your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cinnamon and sea salt). Add the soft vegan butter to the mix and turn it over with your hands. Place the mixture over the berries in the dish - and make as even as possible. Place in oven for 30 minutes until bubbling hot. Allow to cool and serve with some vegan ice cream.
Posted by Camara Meri Rajabari at 2:23 PM
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
My Great Grandparents...
I just got back from a beautiful family reunion this past weekend in Alabama. It was a perfect time for my son and I to get away on a road trip. I can think of nothing more empowering than the knowledge of where you came from - to see the old pictures of familiar faces and realize - I came from these people. The bloodline holds all of the keys to who we are and where we are going.
The picture above is one of my Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather - Jake and Minerva. Pretty handsome couple. They went on to have five children - one being my grandmother - also named Minerva. Minerva was a name that survived three or four generations.
My cousin has done a great job at researching our family tree. I believed she used Ancestory.com and she spoke with elders in the family. We have two elders who are in their nineties that my aunt hopes to interview to get more information on some of the missing pieces.
I have met cousins from as far as California to as close as 15 minutes away. What a beautiful blessing there is in family.
MEDICINE DOLL DRAWING
I just want to thank those who have entered my doll drawing. I still have two more drawings coming up. I have been a little slow on these interviews but they are coming.
Friday, July 11, 2008
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Life has been busy during this B-day month. I have to tell you it has not been uneventful at all! The world continues to unfold and I see things clearer each day which is a very good thing. Mama Ezili Danto is on my mind - the Single Mother with a knife cutting through illusion - protecting what is hers...
Many of my Sistahs have shared with me the challenges they are going through this month and I encourage them (and me, too) to RE-REMEMBER our own power within. To be an advocate for yourself and for the life you want to live. No one is entitled to share your life with you except your children because you brought them into the world...Sometimes as SistahGoddesses we get caught up in the desires and needs of everyone else. It is not selfish to want to take time for yourself - in fact it is needed. It is not crazy to say you want out of a bad marriage, or turn down a "good" job because your soul wants more. In the "end" when you transition from this life it will be YOU and the Great Creator that will go over YOUR life and the meaning it has held for YOU - not for Tom, Dick or Harry. Will the sum total of your life be about other people and what they did or didn't do OR will it be about you living life to its fullest- conscious, open and true?
I have this little paper that I have held onto and it says:
"We believe in the direct revelation of Truth through our intuitive and spiritual nature, and that Anyone may become a revealer of Truth who live in close contact with the indwelling God."
Simply said, You have the power to know your own Truth. You who is in contact with your own Inner Spirit has the right and power to reveal your truth -the only truth for you.
Go forward my Sistahs...
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Bitsy baby watermelon...I have about 3 now...
I think I mentioned a couple of months ago that my son and I started a garden. I just don't think it makes sense to not be able to feed yourself if things got hard - plus I LOVE gardening. I think I have a green thumb although I am not sure where I got it from - secretly - my mother has silk flowers everywhere in her house... Anyway, I asked her in May if my son and I could have a small plot in her backyard and to my surprise she said yes. So, my son and I went to work -turning over soil adding more soil- going to the horse farm for manure - taking out rocks. It took a little time to get it together- even my wise friend came over to help.
My son turning over soil in May...
We planted tomato seedlings and a bell pepper seedling and the rest we planted from seed. Wow, to see those seeds pop with sprouts and then to see those tiny sprouts just take off into a full grown plant! I am in awe of Mama Nature. She is sooo generous and so nurturing.
a tiny, itsy bitsy cucumber growing in my garden...
Today, I had my first salad from my garden! I harvested the leaves of the lettuce and they were so beautiful. I am just coming off of a 10day fast and I just loved the ability to go out back and pick my dinner. It was so liberating. I then went to the farmer's market and got some fixins to add because my garden is in a second cycle of production and I have some things and not others.
lettuce greens from my garden...
my first "garden" salad...
I know but I love this tahini dill dressing I made from scratch...yummy...
I took pictures...I am so proud. When I get my own place I plan to have a huge garden -if not a mini farm. I am a green hippie SistahGoddess!!! For the next few weeks I will be eating raw. Today I made some spicy flax seed crackers that I have in the dehydrator right now. I will use those to eat with my guac or nut pate'. Anyway, food, food, food...it is amazing how much I love natural food after a fast...it just feels right.