4.10.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

It was a wonderful Sunday morning with friends at UUCE annual brunch service.

It’s such a warm and welcoming place for us. And I know my kids are safe, respected and even loved by many there.

I hope whatever you do on Sunday’s (or your day off, whenever that is) that you are able to build community with reverence, joy and equity for yourselves and your family. Also important, have some fun while doing it.

Happy Sunday to you all!

3.26-27.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

Its the end to a wonderful weekend. We had so much fun with our Treetrunk boy and getting to know his gf, such sweet kids.

Today we made Easter baskets, played bananagrams and ate French toast that papa/hubby made.

Indigo drew pictures, read books and played in his imaginary lands.

In no particular order here’s some pics from the weekend:

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“We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes habit.” -Audre Lorde

Keep taking care of each other!

3.6.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

The rain is so loud this morning. It’s telling me stories. It’s telling me to make plans, to live my life, to do the things I love with the people I love.

Spring is coming.

Stems of green and the bright pink and the pinky white and the purples are all coming back to bloom.

Spring is coming!

Our chickens are laying and getting surly. We are planning gardens to serve family meals and potlucks with friends.

Spring is coming.

Prematurely marking camp sights in my head, making lists of bedding, mess kits and where to carve the walking sticks.

Spring is coming…what are your plans?

2.20-21.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

The past weekend was really busy with a lot of celebrating.

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The Eugene Asian Celebration, being with family and friends, tea with amazing people…life is incredible!

Keep taking care of each other, community!

2.14.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

It’s too easy to wish you all Happy Valentine’s Day. So here’s a little education for you: look up Smith vs Oregon.

I grew up around these peoples, our peoples.

I can’t help but tear up as my heart swells and breaks and comes back together again watching this video.

Gratitude*Sunday

Gratitude*Sunday is a wonderful way to be intentional with the blessings life brings you and the ones that you are creating. Thank you Wooly Moss Roots for sharing this tradition with us.

I’m grateful for so many things, here are a few of them:
*Our oldest (Treetrunk) returning from a month long vacation with his bio-dad and step family. I missed him deeply. Now we are trying to get back to some sort of normal before the school year starts up again.

*Good friends returning “home” after being away for almost three years, hurray! I foresee dinners and long conversations shared in the near future.

*Our amazing, thoughtful, generous community. We do so well raising up these incredible little people together.

*Our tiniest (Indigo) is sitting up, mostly on his own, rolling over and EC is going really well. He is so incredible and intelligent. He is reminding us of all that magic and wonder of childhood.

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*I’m regularly meditating and sending positive energy to our middle boy (Oboster) so far away and entering the 7th grade this year. This will be the year of great changes for him.

*I’m grateful for the opportunity to consider full time homeschooling. Yes, we are here once again. As the months draw closer to high school we must think seriously about this. Thanks to Hubby we can actually make it happen if it turns out to be the right thing.

*I’m grateful for simple things like knitting needles and yarn and the skills to create something sweet and special.

We love you family and friends.
-Nico

Under Represented Minority

I am your daughter but you might never know me.
I work through my days just as you do.
I fight for justice and love.
I’m righteously bold while delicate as a flower…A Native Woman.

I am the face of Under Represented Minority.
I’m here now, living my life with my husband and children.
Our prayers are in our daily living.
Every day that I’m in the garden or in our community is a good day.
Every day enjoying the gifts that the Creator and Mother Earth provide us.

My work is in the dirt and in the seeds we sow.
We visit the river and marvel at the birds of prey that fly over head.
We watch them dive talons first into the water.
I wish for one moment to feel that but perhaps I already have.

You wear your ‘Registered Native American Tribal Card’ like a badge.
I wear my berry stains, muddy finger nails, and tired heart, arms and legs as my badge.

My blood, my compassion, and my family’s word is enough for me.

And so as yours is to you, I am the face that my children look up to.
At the end of the day that is all that matters to me.

You are the face of Urban Pride.
I am the face of Under Represented Minority.

**Dedicated to my brothers and sisters who may never hold their Tribal Card:
The governments way of tacking it’s Native America and a tribes way of tracking it’s sons and daughters.

Den Mothers Potluck.

A long time wish of mine has been to have all of the Mothers who raised me in one room for dinner…Oh, that would be the night of my life!

Two of my faves are the ones I fashion much of my current life from.
Silent leaders, care takers, educators, women who’ve raised men (and women). I’ve learned so much from them! Thank you C. and T.!

For the main dish I made a power packed Spanakopita.

Nettles!

I*n a small bowl or dish, do this before prepping the other ingredients so the garlic has time to infuse in the oil (you can do this the day before if you like) :
3-5 cloves Garlic Chopped
2-4 T Olive Oil
*Slice then add to a quart jar (I like doing this a few days before use):
Shiitakes and Shallots (marinate in balsamic vinegar, water, olive oil, and oregano)
*Steam then saute in the garlic infused olive oil:
Nettles (enough to fill a basic sized strainer – they shrink down to about 1/4 of the size)
3-4 large Kale leaves (deveined and cut into strips)
1T Wakame (rehydrate in a small cup, then add to the steamed Nettles and Kale just before sauting)
*In a medium size bowl, mix together:
2 Eggs (whisked)
1 lb.Feta (crumbled – we love Israeli feta! It’s the best in our opinion)
*For basting EVERY sheet of Filo:
1/4 C Butter &1/4 C Olive Oil melted and slightly cooled (tepid).
Make sure to remove from the freezer and place in the fridge the night before:
Whole Wheat Filo (cut in half, immediately put the half that you are not going to use back in the freezer, measure to fit a lasagna pan and cut off the end bits (also add these end bit back to the freezer – they’re great for mini tea cakes filled with jam)).

Preheat oven to 350F.
After the saute process, set up your filo station, with melted butter and olive oil with brush in hand.
Divide filo sheets in half, half for the bottom and half for the top. The half that is not in use should have a damp towel over it to prevent it from drying out.
Layer, layer, layer away!
Then dollop the feta eggy mix over the filo and then the greens and then the browns (mushrooms and shallots).
Layer, layer, layer again. Ending with the top brushed with the butter oil mix.

Cook for 20-30 minutes, until you achieve your desired browning.
Let is stand for at least 10 minutes. You’ll have a puddle of oil at the bottom when you pull it out but the filo will take it back into the layers very quickly…so let it sit.

Cut all the pieces, share, eat, have good conversations (thank you friends!) and laugh as much as you can.

That’s it!
Peace, love, and Greek-like delights!