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The Nature Festival in Basel, Switzerland (Natur Festival 2013)

The Nature Festival in Basel, Switzerland (Natur Festival 2013)

We moved to Switzerland last year and it has been a transition. We were living in Bulgaria before moving here and spent almost four years there.  After a time, Bulgaria did feel like a home to us in many ways… and Switzerland is now gradually beginning to feel like home to us. Meeting people and doing the things to help us feel settled has helped in that regard.

The Swiss are very protective of the environment. There is good reason for this, because the country is really beautiful and the Swiss people go to great measures to keep it that way.  Additionally, they have great respect for their natural resources.
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Pickled Peppers (And, Peter Piper Didn’t Pick ‘Em)

Pickled Peppers (And, Peter Piper Didn’t Pick ‘Em)

 

I’m sorry for the drought in posts.  I recently moved to a new country (Switzerland) and the last 2 months were consumed with getting ready to move.  We’ve been here 2 weeks now and things are starting to settle in.  I have a few herbs growing on our balcony already and I started some seedlings.  That may seem crazy to some but to me having things growing helps me to feel grounded and happy.  I love seeing my basil and mint plants growing and it makes me smile to check on my ‘babies’ every day.

I wanted to write about pickled peppers. Being half-Vietnamese, I grew up eating hot, fresh chili peppers.  I never ate roasted pickled peppers, however, until I came to Bulgaria.  Pickling is a strong tradition there and they have wonderful pickled vegetables, peppers included.  I had homemade roasted pickled peppers when staying with a friend in her village home this summer.  She’s Bulgarian and loves spicy food and these are a staple in her fridge.  The peppers were absolutely delicious and SOOOOO spicy!  They were pickled in vinegar and oil with some other ingredients.  So simple and so wonderful.
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Interview With Chef, Casey Angelova

Interview With Chef, Casey Angelova

1.  Casey, you’ve been living in Bulgaria now for how many years? 

5 years, 6 next November.

2.  What brought you here? (I know this but the readers will want to know!)

I have been living in Bulgaria since November 2006.  My husband and I wanted to provide a different life for ourselves and our children that was not available to us in the US.
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Connecting With Annie B. Bond

Connecting With Annie B. Bond

100018There are nice people in this world.  And, I had the pleasure of connecting with one of them – Annie B. Bond.  Annie kindly accepted the invitation to be interviewed on my blog and I was over-the-moon about it.  I’ve read a couple of her books, “Better Basics” and “Home Enlightenment” and they had an impact on how I looked at the world and how I chose to live.  If you don’t know who she is, she is an author, activist, green-living expert and contributor to numerous publications including the Huffington Post.  So, basically, she’s no schlub.

She is someone who was the victim of circumstances that changed her life in devastating ways.  Through necessity, she had to find a way to live in this world as purely as she possibly could because, quite literally, her life depended on it.  And, through her perseverance and relentless pursuit of knowledge, she has offered the world new perspectives.
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Interview With Green Living Expert, Annie B. Bond

Interview With Green Living Expert, Annie B. Bond

cropped-anniebbond2Interview with Annie B. Bond

1. How did you first become interested in green living?

To put my husband through graduate school I waitressed at night and tried to do art during the day. Here came the event that changed my life: There was a gas leak at the restaurant where I worked and it sent 80 people to the hospital. I got what they said was permanent central nervous system damage, although this was 1980 and nobody knew quite what or how to diagnose such a thing. The next thing that happened was that our apartment building was exterminated with a pesticide that is taken off the market because it was so neurotoxic. Given my gas injury, this did me in, at the time. We know now that I had classic organophosphate pesticide poisoning, but back then Read the rest of this entry

Why I Use Non-Toxic Household Cleaners

Why I Use Non-Toxic Household Cleaners

Recently, we were gathered together getting ready for our weekly family night and one little rascal was noticeably absent.  We were waiting for her to come and join us so we could get started but it was really quiet.  I called out several times, yelling her name down the hall.  Nothing.  No little feet toddling back down the hall towards us.  I asked our oldest if she could see her down the hall (our apartment is miniscule so there are only a few places she could go) and she said she couldn’t see her.  By that time, I knew the quiet could only mean there was some serious mischief-making going on.  I got up to check out what was going on.  There in the bathroom in the dark was a little 18 month old ‘cleaning’ the toilet with baking soda all over the place.  She had the baking soda scooper in one hand and the toilet brush in the other and looked up at me with a face that said, “What, mom?  I’m helping!”  I laughed, ran and grabbed the camera and thanked my lucky stars that I made the switch to non-toxic cleaners.
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Resolving To Try New Things…

Resolving To Try New Things…

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I like to eat.  And, sometimes a lot.  Growing up with a Vietnamese mother exposed me to a lot of Asian cuisine, of course, but I’m not shy about trying foods from just about anywhere.   So, in the spirit of trying new things and also in the spirit of resolving to do better (especially after the my interview with health counselor, Davina Sanders!) I tried a few new things this past week.

Davina mentioned that many people eat too much meat.  She says that processed meat, in particular, is something we should avoid.  So, I decided that I would try and add more vegetarian dishes to our fare and see how my family would take to it.  We subscribe (moderately) to the Peter D’Adamo Blood Type Diet.  I read his book and it just made sense to me.  The problem is, however, is that we live in Bulgaria.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Read the rest of this entry

Finding Our Way

Finding Our Way

I have been wondering what should be the topic of my first ‘real’ post and I came to the conclusion that it should be a discussion with none other than the person who was integral in inspiring me to pursue a lifestyle that was more naturally based.  I hesitate even saying ‘naturally based’ because what does that even mean?  Well, for me it meant eliminating things that I found to be harmful to my health and adding things that were beneficial.

In my quest to learn more, I quickly found out that there is a lot. of. information out there.  So much so that it created more confusion for me than clarity.  This was where Davina Sanders steps in.  Davina is someone that I had the pleasure of meeting when I was living in the United States in Maine.  Read the rest of this entry

Welcome To The Natural Singer!

Welcome To The Natural Singer!

Just Me :)

Hello World!  I want to first start of by saying that this blog is a labor of love because this is something that I have been wanting to share for some time.  I have been singing professionally and teaching for the past 18 years and I have learned some things along the way that have helped me to cope with the stresses of singing and demands that are required.  I want to share them with you!

I believe in a holistic and natural approach to wellness.  However, this did not come ‘naturally’ to me, ironically.  My quest for more natural approaches to wellness was borne out of a frustration that I was doing what medical doctors were telling me to do but I still had the same problems crop up again and again. Read the rest of this entry