My Green Cauldron

white bean, sage and garlic soup

White Bean, Sage, and Garlic Soup

It doesn’t take long to make this flavorful soup. Ready in about 30 minutes, it is a flavorful meal in a bowl. For something different try chopped walnut or hazelnut instead of cheese.

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp minced fresh sage leaves

4 large garlic cloves

4 cups chicken/vegetable broth

1 bay leaf

2 cups white beans lightly crushed

½ tsp salt and pepper, or to taste

1 large egg, lightly beaten

Toasted bread for serving

¼ cup parmesan cheese for serving

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, bring oil to a ripple and stir in sage, garlic and bay leaf. Cook mixture until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Increase heat to medium high and add broth, beans, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 15 minutes.

Remove bay leaf. Remove pan from heat and whisk egg into soup.

Ladle soup in to bowls, sprinkle with cheese, serve with toast. Serve immediately

Serves 4

Garden Sage

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I’ve been working with sage lately, there is so much in the garden! It’s been a good year. I have been drying it for the kitchen and for mini sage smudge sticks. I just love the smell of them! You probably know sage from it’s use in recipes, especially meats like chicken, turkey, and pork. That’s because it is a great digestive aid and a carminative (relives the gases). Well there is so much more to sage than that!! Oh my goodness! Because there is so much sage in my garden I decided to investigate other uses for it. There are many…. I think sage may be one of the top ten herbs it’s so amazing!

As I was reading one of my many books around here on herbs I learned a lot more about this plant. You are familiar with sage as it grows, right? No? well it’s part of the mint family and very aromatic, there’s no mistaking it’s aroma. It’s a perennial, which means it comes back year after year without reseeding. It can grow 2-3 feet tall and has gray/green colored leaves. The leaves are amazing, take a close look at them, they are bumpy, very textured, a little fuzzy. It is the leaves that hold the medicinal and magical powers. The flowers are small and bluish, with purple and white stripes.  Mine grows right in the middle of my garden, next to the nettle. Plenty of sun and water.

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You are familiar with sage as a culinary herb, most kitchens around here have it. Great with turkey and in stuffing, pork roasts and baked chicken. There is so much more than that too! As a tea, sage is DEE-ish!! Really, try it! It helps clear brain fog, improves memory and the ability to concentrate. Also, if your nose starts dripping and your throat is acting up…. ugh! a cold…. well, sage tea to the rescue. Sage has an affinity for the nose, throat, and respiratory system! Works wonders when you feel the first tinges of a cold. I love using teas as support for when I’m starting to feel icky.

Menopause, I only mention it because it is coming up before too long for me, I’m no spring chicken here. But sage is a menopausal woman’s friend. Asa cool tea it helps with night sweats and headaches, supports the regulation of hormones and improves circulation (do you feel cold and damp? Sage tea may be what you need).

I mean the list goes on abut the usefulness of sage, that herb in your cabinet, from helping with weaning to helping restore the color to your gray hair. BUT there is even more because sage is amazing!!

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Sage is a very important herb spiritually to many cultures and has been used for centuries in ceremonies and magic. I know you have seen the movies where a Native American is fan smoke out of a shell or other sacred vessel and walking around chanting. This is a ceremonial use, the clearing and protection. Sage is also being used to raise the vibration of a person/home/space. It helps you open to higher states of consciousness and spirit communication. It reminds us to remember our roots, and to keep our foundations strong, it also helps open our third eye. Sage encourages wisdom, and connection to intuition. I don’t think it is coincidence that sage refers to an herb, but also means a mystic or wise person! Sage gives clarity of mind, encourages wisdom and intuition, opens your third eye and helps you state grounded, protected and vibrating at a higher level! Seriously!! It is an herbal powerhouse! There is so much more I could write about, but the boys are rolling out of bed and tumbling down the stairs.

Here is a wonderful recipe for sage tea

1 tbsp. sage

Juice of one lemon

Honey to taste

I quart of water

Place first 3 ingredients in a container

Pour boiling water over them. Cover and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and serve (hot or cooled), with a wedge of lemon.

I did mention that sage was good on relieves the gases…that make a great companion for beans too!

Here is a great recipe for you to try them in.

Country white bean, sage and garlic soup.


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Unleash Your Light, Brighten the World!

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Hi Everyone! I have an exciting opportunity to check out this amazing group that I am part of. I share tips on eco-conscious/green living. The ladies that are part of the group are amazing and share so much wonderful information from reiki, to yoga, to branding! This is some serious BANG for your buck (the first 60 days FREE!)
I’m part of this amazing collective of WOMEN EMPOWERING WOMEN in Grand Rapids. In honor of #SmallBusinessSaturday, you can check it out for 60 days for FREE! You also get a coaching session with registration, complimentary workshops and so many more benefits for only $22 per month after your trial. You can cancel at any time. This circle is working to empower EVERY woman in the Grand Rapids area to become all that she is meant to be. 10% of their proceeds annually go toward supporting the start-up and mentorship of a woman within the collective who wants to start a heart-centered business. Feel free to message me with questions 

Unleash Your Light! and make the world a brighter the place!



9 Ways to Be Green and Grateful this Holiday

Give Thanks

Less than a week before Thanksgiving! time for family and friends, food and fun. Let’s admit that it is hard to be green when in the middle of the planning the menu, getting the house ready and greeting guests. How can you bring a little ‘green’ into your celebration? We want to give thanks AND we want to be aware of the environment and keep our green groove going.

Here are some tips to help Be Green & Grateful this holiday:

  1. Skip the disposable!  No need to add more to the waste! If you are low on plates for all the folks you can ask them to bring their own settings. This works especially well if you are doing a buffet/potluck style dinner. It can be an awesome way to not buy disposable and still have enough dishware for everyone. The first time I had experienced bring your own settings when i was young and we would go to the potlucks at the campground we frequented. Everyone had to bring a dish to pass and their own tableware. It worked great! Not much waste and no need to buy extra sittings. If you want a more formal dinner table with everything matching, I’d check out the second hand stores and Goodwill. Many have complete dinnerware sets for less than you can purchase disposable. After the holiday is over, if you don’t need the set, donate it back to Goodwill!
  2. What to do with the leftovers?? Want to send them home with your guests? No need to use all those Ziploc just ask them to bring their own containers.
  3. Turn down the thermostat!! Just 2-3 degrees can make a huge difference and your guests will never notice.
  4. Are you driving to your family’s for Thanksgiving? One way to make it greener is to see if you can car pool. Hitch a ride with Aunt Hildy or see if cousin Greg will ride with you. it is a great way to green your travel.
  5. Decorate your table with the beauty of nature. Acorns, stones, leaves, pine needles, pumpkins (from the garden of course) and gourds. It is a fun activity for kids (weather permitting) to hunt for natural treasures to adorn the table. I use a couple of clear vases and a simple platter to hold all the finds.
  6. Keep that turkey carcass!! and all the tidbits of the turkey. it makes an amazing and healthy broth.
  7. Don’t sit in front of the TV, get out in nature! After dinner is the perfect time to go for a walk, or spend some quality time with your family in the fresh air.
  8. Buy local. From beverages (beer, wine and cider), to the turkey (I ordered a pastured turkey from a local farm), to the pie (pumpkins and apples from local growers are on sale now!) buying locally helps the community and your green goals.
  9. Remember to skip black friday and shop local saturday!! Area artisans are a great resource for fun and unique gifts for everyone in the family.

Give Thanks, Be Green, and Share your favorite green tip for the holidays !

October Give-Away

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There is nothing like a warm cup of tea on a cool autumn day.  And there is nothing like My Green Cauldron tea blends to help you unwind from a hard day. With 3 blends available Wise Woman, Sunny Afternoon, and Breathe Deep, you will have plenty of options for a great cup of tea.

This October I am giving away TEA. Here is a chance to get all three of my tea blends! Included in the package is a one ounce bag of each of the three blends, plus a tea cup and honey. Perfect for those times when you need a quiet moment.

To enter the give-away:

The contest ends on Oct 31 at midnight and the winner (chosen at random from eligible entries) will be announced the first week in November.

Every one can enter, only one will win!



Grief and Grieving

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Let Go

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Release is one of my practices. Learning how to let go, surrender.

What are you releasing today?

practice the pause

practice the pause

my favorite prayer is thank you!


“Wherever you are, be there totally.”- Eckhart Tolle