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On Oct 31 I was privileged to speak at the First Annual Wellness and Spirituality Expo in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico—a benefit to raise funds and awareness toward the fight to stop violence against women and children.
Saludos—greetings—from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where preparations are excitedly underway for Dia de los Muertos—Day of the Dead—in which the many of the local people remember and honor their deceased loved ones.
Though it may sound somber or macabre, it’s not!
The view from my room in the hacienda where I’m staying
Between Oct 31 and Nov 2 it’s a festivo—festive holiday—with eye-popping, colores vivos—vivid colors—everywhere to welcome departed loved ones, believing that their espíritu—spirits—return to earth for a single day each year to spend time with familia—family.
Day of the Dead is celebrado—celebrated—differently all over the world. In Mexico many of the cemetery lápidas—headstones—have elaborate decorations because it’s thought that the spirits stop there first on their way home. The casas—homes—have intricately decorated ofrendas—altars—to welcome departed loved ones.
Stairwell in hacienda – my room’s at the top
It’s believed that the spirits of bebés y niños—babies and children—arrive at midnight on Oct 31 to spend a full day with their families then leave, and the spirits of adultos—adults—arrive the following day.
Bedroom Ceiling in Hacienda by Laurie Buchanan
¿Alguna vez se celebra el día de los muertos Have you ever celebrated Day of the Dead?
At Under Southern Skies, my friend Sandi periodically writes about The Chicken Ladies. As the keeper of several beautiful laying hens, she shares her bounty of fresh eggs with kith and kin, but every now and then ends up with more eggs than she can use in one fell swoop. With that in mind, I recently shared my mom’s Crustless Quiche recipe with her, and thought you might enjoy it as well:
– Bake these in advance and freeze; they thaw out beautifully.
– Fantastic for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.
– Perfect for gatherings: baby showers, bridge, bunco, or pot luck functions.
Crustless Quiche with Spinach
CRUSTLESS QUICHE 1/2 cup flour
10 eggs – beat until lemon colored
10oz. carton of cottage cheese (or a bit more if you can’t find that size)
16 oz. package of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup melted butter
Optional—to make it more of a garden quiche, we often add spinach, green onion, green chilies, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, or garlic. Some people add a bit of bacon, ham, or crab.
Mix all of the ingredients together and pour into two large round glass pie or quiche pans that have been treated with a non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350-degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour — keep checking for “doneness” with a knife during the last 15 minutes. When it comes out clean, they’re done. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving—enjoy!
Trees are high on the list of my favorite living creatures. Each day as I traverse back and forth to HolEssence—on bike, on foot, in car—I pass ginormous trees that have lived in this area for hundreds of years. Many of them are in the front yards of what had been the homes of railroad barons in days gone by.
In August we experienced several storms that blew through, stripping off roofs and leveling most everything in its path. Pictured below is a tree I photographed after the storm. It wasn’t yanked up by its roots, rather, it snapped—like a twig—in the gale force winds.
From the outside, the tree had appeared to be healthy. But I suspect it had been ill, as most trees—like people—have an inherent resilience that allows us to recover from things that push the envelope past the cutting edge, to the bleeding edge.
This week I celebrate Double Nickels — my 55th birthday.
In reaching this milestone it seems reasonable to suggest that I’ve got more time behind me than I do in front of me. In fact, daily I can hear John Wayne’s voice, “Slap some bacon on a biscuit and let’s go, we’re burning daylight!”
And while the package I reside in has changed considerably over the years, I still feel the same on the inside—bright and sassy!