Monday, February 22, 2010

Botanical Pottery

Hawthorne Pottery
is an Etsy shop that i came across while searching for Rosemary stuff. Since I am an avid herb lover, sometimes I peruse the Etsy's gigantic library of goods in search of herb-related items. Usually, I gotta say that I'm pretty dissapointed... nonetheless, I was very excited finding Hawthorne Pottery! They have some great stuff.

And, I just bought this beautiful mulberry leaf imprint soap or serving dish!!! I think I'm going to put it on my bedroom dresser for jewelry. Thanks Hawthorne Pottery!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh don't forget the Meteorites!

A few weeks ago I visited The American Museum of Natural History in New York. This is my all time favorite New York City museum. Its been a few years since I've made the hike, I only live down in Brooklyn but its a 50 minute subway ordeal to get there. Well, I rarely venture into Manhattan actually! Only if I have to. But, despite the tunnels and lines and transfers, this museum is so worth it!
For every ones inner child. And if you have any kiddies, they will love this place!
The Hall of Meteorites always gets me excited! How cool is it to see a giant rock of stone and iron that fell from space. The Hall of Minerals is awesome too...
Natural gold nuggets-

Beautiful, giant opals-
Stunning quartz crystals-
There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.
-Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Happy Valentines Day!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Yummy Winter Stew!

I made some awesome comfort food stew tonite. Perfect for a cold winter's day.
It was so good, I didn't event think to take a photo. (But it is a very pretty dish)

To thicken the sauce, I wanted to stay away from wheat or cornstarch.

I'm going to stray a little bit now... I know that I have problems with wheat and corn. I probably have some wheat allergies. I've have read about the blood type diet theory and that totally explains my wheat/corn issues. I'm a type O positive. All type O's (the oldest blood type) have a very hard time processing wheat and corn according to the blood type diet theory. If your interested in this, I highly recommend reading "Eat Right 4 Your Type" by Dr. Peter D'Adamo. Check it out at your local library. It changes the way I think about food. It also incorporates the proper exorcises for each blood type. For type O's a vigorous workout routine is ideal. I have gone for periods following this diet strictly and it was AMAZING! I felt so healthy, had a ton of energy, my head was clear. I was in optimal health. Its been hard staying off of wheat corn, but at least now I am more aware of how my diet effects me and I can make more enlightened choice.

So onto my great stew!

1-2 Lbs Stew beef cut into small chunks. (All natural is best)
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Chicken broth
2 Cups Water
1 Tbs Worcester, Bragg, Tamari or Soy Sauce
4-5 Cloves Garlic diced
1-2 Bay Leaves
1-2 Med Onions, chopped
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Molasses
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp ground Allspice
1 tsp Oregano
3-5 med Carrots chopped
3 med Potatoes chopped
1 Egg Yolk

Brown meat with garlic and onions in oil.
Add water, broth, sauce, bay leaves, salt, molasses, paprika, allspice, and oregano. Simmer 1 1/2 hours covered. Mix occasionally.
Add carrots and potatoes. Simmer 30 minutes covered.
Add egg yolk while whisking quickly. Mix thoroughly.

Serve and Enjoy!

Monday, February 8, 2010

300 Admirers!

That is, 3oo people have chosen Hightower Botanicals as one of there favorite stores!!!
Thanks everyone. XOXOXOXO

Friday, February 5, 2010

I am now a married woman!!!!

Last week I was married to my sweet boyfriend! Now we're official. Wow! We opted for a city hall wedding. It was great. Fast and cheap... might not sound like your typical wedding but those are overrated anyways! For us, this was perfect. And, of course we'll have some informal parties later to celebrate.

We made our own rings. Simple fat bands in rose gold.

Heres to married life.