Sometimes Hunter Gathering opportunities come along when you least expect them.
For awhile, it seemed like it might be summer in Nashville forever. Luckily, the weather has finally started to cooperate and fall is here!
Beans, beans the musical fruit, the more you eat the more you, ha ha well, you know. Let's talk about beans. They're a healthy option that packs a punch of protein and if you ask me, completely underrated.
I have a confession... I don't know how to cook... not even a little. I have a slow cooker, but I only ever used it to make chai tea. Which was amazing BTW! However, it's time for me to grow up and act like a normal adult! For some reason I think that making Stew and Chili is the way to prove to my self that I am an adult now. I will also be making Mac and Cheese and DIY iced coffee, because no one is perfect. So here it is, I present to you an easy intro to cooking with a slow cooker, and four easy-peasy recipes.
Did summer even happen? I’m not being existential here, but I’ve noticed that adulthood doesn’t have a lot of memorable benchmarkers when it comes to time. I’m not in school, and seasons aren’t defined by what I’m doing and when. I do the same thing in the winter as I do in the summer. Months and years blur together, and soon another decade is up. There’s end-of-the-DECADE music lists rolling out right now. 2010 was 10 years ago? Sounds fake, but OK.
By Kathleen Cook, editor of the Arizona Authors Association
With the Roman invasion, Christianity became intertwined with Celtic religion. In the early Middle Ages, the Christian holiday 'All Saints Day,' which they had always celebrated during the summer months to pay homage to all their fallen Saints and Martyrs, was dedicated as an official holiday by Pope Boniface I. The date of this observance was changed by Pope Gregory III, who moved their Catholic holiday from May 13 to November 1. The traditional religious Celtic night of Samhain, October 31, or 'All Hallows Eve,' began to be called 'Halloween', and now came the night before the Catholic 'All Saints Day'. By the following century, the Church dedicated November 2 as 'All Souls Day', a day to remember ALL dead. Copying the Celtics, (not the Mexicans, because as far as we know, they hadn't met yet! Read on…) 'All Souls Day' was celebrated with music, parades, dressing in costume, wine, food, and bonfires. They even began to prepare and distribute 'Soul Cakes', with encouragement by the church, probably as a way to replace the Celtic way of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. But also during the festivities, the poor would beg for food, money, and ale. Children started to take up the practice, which was called 'going a-souling.'
I love Halloween. When else can adults have a legit excuse to play dress up and indulge in candy and face painting without people thinking we're crazy. It allows us to have fun with our children and enjoy the beautiful colors of the changing season. It also gives us the excuse to watch more scary movies (not that I need one).