Week in Review: 2017.6

It is a picture-perfect winter world outside my window, tonight is a Full Moon, and it’s the weekend where many will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. When February can feel like a throwaway month, I try to focus on the enchantment that it brings.

4a6a0384A view this morning (above), after yesterday’s 5 inches of snow…


Born and raised in upstate New York, I am no stranger to snow days and relish the opportunity to enjoy one. Plus, the colder it is, the more cuddly the copilots are.



Here’s some of what I’ve been eating (still patiently waiting for longer days with better lighting). Lots of food in bowls this time of year!

4a6a0357Vegetable Curry with Tofu Bites. This bowl includes basmati rice, a tomato/coconut vegetable curry I made off the cuff, and these amazing Popcorn Tofu bites, which I baked on a Silpat instead of frying (no oil!).

4a6a0343Winter Beauty Blend. This bowl contains buckwheat groats, a mushroom/collard greens mix, and a dollop of homemade hummus – the best I’ve ever had! Hummus recipe from Vegetable Literacy – a must for any gardener/plant-based enthusiast!

4a6a0349Burrito Bowl. A standard that I make weekly – brown rice, assortment of veg and beans, topped with guacamole, cilantro, and lime juice. And Cholula!

4a6a0365Pasta. This is a cauliflower and tomato alfredo sauce over red lentil penne with mushrooms and collard greens yet again. Topped with parsley. A little soupy, but very satisfying.

4a6a0371Mushroom Powders – lots of them! Pictured: the “king” and “queen” of fungi.

I have been a fan of Four Sigmatic for a little over a year, starting when I worked for The Chalkboard Mag and helped edit this interview with the founder. I was recently gifted with one of their Contribution Boxes for cancer patients (how amazing!) and have been enjoying lots of shroomy goodness. If you know a patient in need of some healing via fungi, hook them up! I mix these powders with hot water, coffee, tea, smoothies, soups…. you name it.

If you’re not familiar with the healing powers of mushrooms, I suggest visiting Four Sigmatic and their new online academy to learn more (it’s free!). Their first course is about an hour’s worth of well produced content chock full of fascinating fungi facts.



Nourish + Flourish Episode #7: Can a Book Really Change Your Life? (spoiler alert: yes)

All About It Episode #16: Get To Know Your Doshas.


Happy Friday everyone!



Betsy Brockett was diagnosed with Mesothelioma at the age of 28, and continues to thrive despite the challenges that cancer has created in her life. Holding a degree in Art & Visual Technology from George Mason University, Betsy expresses herself through writing, photography, painting, pottery, and more. She is most often found cultivating, creating, practicing/teaching yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of life.