Flax Waffle Recipe

I have recently gone off grains and was missing having my Saturday morning waffle. I came up with this little beauty and have been enjoying them just as much as I would an ordinary grain based waffle.

Flax Waffle

Course Breakfast
Servings 1

Equipment

  • 1 waffle maker

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp monk fruit sweetener
  • 1 egg
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1/2 dash nutmeg
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients and then let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
  • Heat waffle maker.
  • Once your waffle maker is hot spray it with cooking oil spray.
  • Place the mixture inside and cook on medium heat until done.

Notes

Topping:
1/2 cup strawberries
Walden Farms Strawberry Syrup
Keyword keto, Low Calorie, low carb, low oxalate

Our Wild Nature

I’ve been contemplating the reality of Nature lately. The reason is that we recently had three dogs come into our yard and attack our chickens. We live on a road with one other house on it, and they have no dogs. So this was a completely random event. My husband and I had never seen these dogs before. At first, he thought it was a coyote because we often see those on our land. But then the other two dogs took chase as well.

Image by Sergio Vega

I was in the bathroom at the time, so I missed the chaos and the yelling from my husband. However, when I arrived on the scene, I saw feathers scattered all over the yard. My first thought was that all of our chickies had been destroyed. I immediately burst into tears at this thought and bawled for several minutes before pulling myself together.

I had been emotionally prepared for the day when we would lose a chicken to a coyote or a hawk. Ever since I started raising chickens two years ago, we would lose a chickie or two to these two predators. But, I was not ready for this random act of violence from a pack of domesticated dogs. Unfortunately, this is the reality of Nature. Just as it is beautiful, it is also tragic.

For many years Nature has been where I have taken my solace. It is where I go to be nurtured and made whole. Yet Nature is more than the trees and the flowers that I love so much. Nature is also death and destruction.

This experience had me questioning my belief system. I grew up Catholic and was taught there is only one god, and He was up in the sky somewhere judging my every thought and deed. When I entered Alcoholics Anonymous over 30 years ago, I was encouraged to choose a god of my understanding, and I chose Her. So, I immersed myself in the Goddess. I became a Wiccan. The natural world became my church, but only the pretty parts.

I knew the angry, terrible, and destructive part of Her nature existed, but I wouldn’t let it touch me because I did not want to see it. I wanted only the light instead of the dark. I had had enough darkness for one life.

Yet we cannot exist in the light without embracing the darkness. This encounter with the dogs brought this home to me unexpectedly. You could say it was my come to Jesus, or in this case, Goddess moment.

This experience has deepened my understanding of Nature. At first, I was angry that a domesticated animal would ravage our flock in this way. But once I remembered that today’s domestic dog originated from wolves, I remembered. These dogs were doing what came naturally to them. Not because they were bad dogs but because they remembered their wild nature.

I, too, have a wild nature. She lays hidden within the confines of my own domestication. She wants to bust her chains and howl at the moon. Every day those chains weaken. The saddest part of this story is the chains are of my own design. I crafted them very carefully to navigate the world we live in and to feel safe. What is safety anyways, if not an illusion?

I no longer claim to be a Wiccan, as my spirituality is more Universal these days. But Nature is still my solace. So I will honor the dark side of Her and the darkness within myself, for She and I are one. To deny that part of myself would be to deny Her.


Della offers weekly zoom yoga classes, workshops, intuitive readings, and wellness coaching. You can find out more about her services here.

scenic view of mountains during dawn

Divine Nourishment

scenic view of mountains during dawn
Photo by Simon Berger

Are you feeling nourished from the Divine? What does that even mean? 

Nourish

to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.

to cherish, foster, keep alive, etc.

to strengthen, build up, or promote.

dictionary.com

Many of us feel depleted these days as the effects of the last two years and current events continue to take their toll. We seek comfort, and those around us don’t have anything to give. So we look to other means for sustenance.  

Some of us seek nourishment outside ourselves. But unfortunately, drugs, sex, alcohol, shopping, technology, and other addictions take the place of Divine Connection, which separates us more than we were before.  

What if Divine Nourishment were as simple as watching the sunrise or the sun set? Maybe it is a long deep breath into the lungs. Or the laugh of a loved one. I am suggesting that the Divine is all around us all of the time. It’s up to us to pay attention. But, if it is that simple, why don’t we connect all of the time? That is where the true epidemic lies, outside of the present moment. We get caught up in our daily lives and forget that the Divine is within us, right here, right now.

How do we change that? I believe this is where a spiritual practice comes in. Like in meditation, we bring our awareness back to the present moment. For example, while washing the dishes, bring your attention to the feel of the water on your hands. While petting your cat, notice the texture of its fur against your skin. When eating an apple notice the sweetness on the tongue. The present moment is where we experience Divine Nourishment. Bring yourself back again and again. That is where the practice part comes in.

What nourishes you in these challenging times?


Della offers weekly zoom yoga classes, workshops, intuitive readings, and wellness coaching. You can find out more about her services here.

A Prayer for Physical Healing

What if becoming present were as simple as putting awareness in your feet? That is what my Spirit Guide, Grandfather suggests you do to experience both the present moment and to experience Presence. He also leaves us with a prayer for physical healing. If you felt the energy of this transmission please leave me a message in the comment line.

Della offers weekly zoom yoga classes, workshops, intuitive readings, and wellness coaching. You can find out more about her services here.

What if. . .

I’ve been under a lot of stress lately. Who hasn’t been, right? The world seems to be such a scary place to live in nowadays. My anxiety has been over the top, so much so that I’ve felt like crawling out of my skin. Being in fear is not how I want to live my life.

When I get this way, and it’s not often, I have to dig deep into my toolbox to find my equilibrium. Yoga, mediation, exercising, journaling, and walking in nature are my go-to tools.

The most powerful tool I’ve recently employed is changing my perspective. Unfortunately, today’s media, whether news or social, contributes to our daily fears. Rarely do we see the good in humanity reported these days.

“Fear is addictive.”

It is up to us to jump off the fear bus and dive into the deep end of the peace pool. We do this by changing our minds. This is not an easy task as fear can be very addictive. Have you found yourself going back for more and more bad news? I have.

This morning I woke up and realized that I have been buying into the belief that uncertainty means pain, challenge, and death. So I decided to change my mind by pondering the idea that uncertainty can also mean the possibility of positive change. What side of uncertainty do you want to dwell on today?


Della offers weekly zoom yoga classes, workshops, intuitive readings, and wellness coaching. You can find out more about her services here.

Savory Oat Cake

I am not a bowl of oatmeal kinda gal. Yet, I love these nutty, chewy little grains. I make this recipe at least once a week and it goes with everything. My favorite way to eat them is topped with an over-easy egg and a side of bacon.

Savory Oats

Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Quick or Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Chives
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 350° F.
  • Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Heat up a non-stick oven-proof pan and place the ingredients in the heated pan.
  • Cook a few minutes until the edges become cooked.
  • Place the entire oven-proof pan into the oven and cook until done. About 15-20 minutes.
Keyword Easy, Low Calorie, Oats