Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
you may see on the shoreline.
These honu can usually be found basking in the sun, or resting on the black sand beaches along the shoreline. The turtles are brown all over, grow to about three feet in length and can weigh up to 400 pounds. Their name, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle (honu), originated from the color of their body fat, which is green from the vegetation they eat from the rocks on the shoreline.
Originally hunted by the Polynesians and other Pacific Islanders, the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are now protected by state and federal laws. They are listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Friday, January 29, 2010
The Balsamic Vinaigrette is Marcella's adaptation from a recipe she learned in cooking school. She has graciously shared it with us.
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 T water (sometimes she doesn't add this)
1/2 t salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 t Dijon mustard
2 T olive oil
1 T finely chopped shallot
1 minced garlic clove
1 t dried herbs: oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary or whatever
Put vinegar and water in small bowl. Whisk in the salt, pepper and mustard. Add the shallots, garlic and herbs and whisk. Add the olive oil and whisk until smooth.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
But the bounty of the Island grown fruits, veggies, meats and cheeses was fabulous.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
horses, adventure, volcanoes, and more. As the days pass, we'll share our journey. In the meantime, there's news, mail, email, phone messages, laundry, jet lag, and general business to catch up with along with memories to file. As with any vacation, there's no place like home. It's good to be home!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Many of the seeds above are called Sea Beans or Drift Seeds- these world travelers hitch rides on the oceans currents and then are often found on the beaches in temperate climates. They often have a large tough outer pod that's either thick or spiny or both to protect them through the journey. The large black bean above is called a Sea Heart. It can be polished in a stone tumbler and engraved.
All these beads came home with me from a trip to the Peruvian Amazon. The locals handcraft these necklaces to trade with the ecotourists. One t-shirt = one necklace. The orange and black seed is the Ormosia and offers protection from the evil eye. The large brown seed in the middle is the Crabwood Sea Bean when rattled together they chase away spirits.
These are some of my other favorite necklaces. The one on the right is commonly thought to be apple seeds but is actually a legume, Leucana glauca. The colorful corn necklace is a reminder of our trip to the Southwest.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Kukui nuts make the most striking Seed Bead Necklaces. The Candlenut tree, Aleurites molluccana grows all throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Allegedly very easy to recognize (we'll verify that!) as it grows to 90 feet in height with a smooth straight trunk for 40 or so feet until it branches out! This nut was of great value to the early Hawaiians for light, navigation, fishing, tanning, dyeing, food, medicine, catching birds, ornamentation and even for the detection of criminals! Can you imagine all that? The nut provides an oil which was used for light, the oil was also used on fish nets to tan them and hinder decay. The nut and the root were used as a dye of fabric and even for tattooing. Poisonous if eaten raw, if you roast the kernels with salt and red pepper it makes a relish that was served with the dry ink bag of squid. Used for skin diseases and also as a purge for infections. To catch criminals, the Kahuna or priests would start a fire. Kernels of a kukui nut would be thrown in the fire while the Kahuna uttered prayers usually asking for the thief to be killed unless he stepped forward. Once the culprit made himself known, as they usually did, then he would be fined heavily.
As the white man came to the Islands the importance of kukui in the economy declined. The oil was used similar to a linseed oil and was gathered in large quantities and exported off the Islands. At one time as much as 10,000 gallons of Kukui oil was exported. What a history this plant/nut has. I wear my jet black kukui nut necklaces with pride and am eager to see this majestic tree on our Hawaiian tour.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
These Three Kings came upon a most beautiful herbal stable..........
The hand carved olive wood figures from the Holy Land stand in a creche decorated with anise 'stars', cinnamon bark on the pillars, whole cloves tucked into crevasses, cardamon and nutmeg seeds, and dried rosemary (for remembrance, of course). The original creche is made of small branches, bark, and bamboo or reed, and moss. It was always natural looking, but I like it so much better with the added herbs. It was easy to glue the herbs on with white glue. The creche fragrances the whole room.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
For a pomander making tutorial using lemons, visit our herbal friend, Tina Sams Essential Herbal blog.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
and we will begin working on that resolution as we prepare for some 'fun in the sun' in celebration of the 50th birthday. . . . Hawaii 5-0 style! In a few short weeks we're off to the Big Island of Hawaii ~ 12 of us, in a rental house ~ If you have any suggestions and/or recommendations of 'must -do's' while on the Big Island, we would appreciate your thoughts! In the meantime, let the fun begin!