Thursday, July 9, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Guava Goddess, by Cherie Bender
Having found myself in quite a lot of pain from one of my fingers, the fingernail of the index finger on my right hand (not the best place to have a sudden vicious reaction to laundry detergent and dish-washing soap) especially not for an artist on a deadline. I investigated on the internet for a natural homeopathic solution.
As my finger was swelling and all work on my latest art project stopped, I was happy to discover four of my kitchen ingredients to be the perfect healing solution: apple cider vinegar and fresh garlic; then Honey and cinnamon
First, I soaked the poor hurting finger in a solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2 parts lukewarm water for 15 minutes. Letting the vinegar dry naturally, I then broke open a garlic clove, slicing it in half and gently rubbed around the entire nail bed and under.
Within literally minutes, my finger started to be soothed, and stopped viciously throbbing.
I then mixed equal parts honey and cinnamon and applied with a small bandage. I Left this on for a few hours, drawing out any remaining sting and resultant infection.
Happily, my right hand and its index finger are on the road to recovery via ingredients in my kitchen!
I always knew I could survive in the jungle with just a few natural ingredients and a little homeopathic know-how! I'm a Goddess who loves healing with nature. Its always best with the body, Ive found, to treat it with gentleness, and be kind. Throwing a lot of antibiotics at a physical hurt mostly results in the body being thrown out of balance. Then work must be done to bring back the balance. Treating in the natural way causes no harm and is just as effective, while costing very little. A much safer and healthier way to go in all aspects.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
|Pre Valentine's 2015 Thoughts|
I am sharing this story with you, because there are also less unselfish and actually very greedy birds that I feed. Such as the morning doves, who also mate for life. They fight over their territory and only allow certain birds to share in their stash. Sometimes they get so rowdy, they smash into things by accident (no casualties as of yet)
Viva La Difference! We humans can willingly change our behavior through our decisions. It is not ever too late to experience unselfish and unconditional love. It starts with us. I truly believe we can rise above our baser instincts and transcend into freedom.
Valentine's day is the day set aside for love, "a perfect day to go within and glance back with affection and understanding at your real life journey so far...... we'll need courage to retrace our steps. But 'courage is the price that Life extracts for granting peace', the pilot Amelia Earhart reminds us...
Today is the day to just be in the moment, within the perfection of now! The only Now we have.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
An opportunity to view everything in a whole new perspective, tailor made for unlimited success, abundance, and great good health! Here's an illustration I created for an earlier campaign, called "Imagination" Oil on Wood 18"x30" Its our choice how we direct our thoughts. Be as a new born baby and think outside the bubble!
Friday, October 10, 2014
|Magical Gnome Drawing by: Cherie Bender|
As always, try to use only organic ingredients!
This recipe serves four:
5 cups fresh blueberries
4 cups filtered water
1/2 cups turbinado sugar
2 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp. nutmeg, ground
1 cinnamon stick 3"
1/8 tsp. kosher or sea salt
2 cups yogurt, plain or blueberry
4 thinly sliced lemon
In a large saucepan, combine blueberries, water, sugar, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon stick and salt. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick and pour mixture into the blender or food processor, blending until smooth.
Pour into a large decorative bowl, cover, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.
Stir yogurt into soup in a swirl pattern. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint or dill.
Enjoy my grandpa's special blueberry soup when a refreshing light meal is desired. Meanwhile, know you are healing your body and eyes with a delicious refreshment.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
|Healing Chicken Soup iPhoto: by Cherie|
Almost immediately, as the warmth begins to travel throughout your body, you start to relax, and realize tomorrow is another day. For now, be grateful that you are well fed.
My Healing Chicken soup may be made ahead of time and stored in your freezer by the bowl-full. Just take out and unfreeze when the need arises, adding fresh cut mint for sore throats, oregano to help combat infection, and basil for boosting your immune system.
Makes 8 servings
All ingredients are free range and organic
6 cloves garlic, crushed and diced
6 tbl oregano
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh oregano
1/2 cup fresh chives
1/4 cup fresh mint
2 stalks celery, diced
1 cup diced carrots
1 small sweet white onion, diced fine
1 cooked yellow corn, remove corn from husk, makes 1 cup
6 large lemons, juiced with seeds removed
4-6 tbl extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
1 whole free-range organic chicken, cut into quarters by your butcher
2 cups tricolor Fusilli pasta
2 small red tomatoes, diced
1 avocado, as topping
Shredded parmesan cheese, as topping
ground black pepper to taste
Kosher or sea salt to taste
1. In a large stainless steel skillet, saute the garlic and onion on med/high heat in the extra virgin olive oil until golden
2. Add the chicken pieces to the skillet, skin side down. Turn and brown until golden on both sides
3. Add the 6 tablespoons oregano and 1/2 of the squeezed lemons. Now you may also add the white wine. Lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes with the lid on
4. Turn the chicken pieces once more, add the rest of the lemon juice. Return the lid and simmer on low for another 10-20 minutes.
5. In a large pot, fill with salted filtered spring water and bring to a rolling boil
6. Add the tricolor fusilli pasta. Boil until al dente and then carefully add the chicken & ingredients from the large skillet into the large pot
7. Cover and simmer on low, for one hour, adding the fresh chopped oregano, 1/2 of the chives, and the mint, within the last fifteen minutes of cooking. Remove the chicken bones
8. Serve in attractive soup bowls, with chopped avocado, parmesan cheese and chives as toppings.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
|~ Tahitian Rose ~ Pastel Drawing by Cherie Bender|
When I think of roses, I think of Love. But roses also have an extra special meaning for me.
My Maternal grandmother smuggled five fragile porcelain roses and one delicate porcelain candle-holder, hiding them under her clothing, while traveling through Germany. Thankfully, escaping Hitler and the atrocities inflicted on her people. Grandma and Grandpa are my connection to my Jewish family history.
Amazingly, I now have these celebratory roses, virtually intact, decorating my festive table settings! They are a fragile, beautiful, strong remembrance for me of courage, and faith through adversity.
Treasuring these porcelain roses as keepsakes of infinitesimal value, I feel the power and endurance of love each time I set my table.
The pastel drawing above ~ Tahitian Rose ~ was created as the figurehead of my new Magical Cookbook, inspired by these porcelain roses and my garden rose, a Tahitian Rose of majestic loveliness, the scent of which intoxicates and inspires.
Within the synchronicity of reading Don Miguel Ruiz's enlightening book and discovering the chapter "The Magical Kitchen" plus reading lots of amazing cookbooks on my journey, I feel truly blessed with inspirational messages, healthy cooking, and wise counsel.
Food nourishes the body and soul. Faith nourishes the spirit. I'm an artist combining her great loves in my Magical Cookbook: painting, cooking, and aromatherapy recipes for beautifying the body and relaxing the soul.
Faith+delicious food = inspirational Magical Cooking! Recipes for beauty, health and longevity.
This is a fantastic opportunity and so much fun, sharing my favorite recipes and illustrating them with my oil paintings, pastels and drawings.
I'm creating another new drawing called ~Azulene~ a pastel with Swarovski crystals, highlighting the beautiful healing Chamomile flower, and the benefits of a Magical Formula of Azure Blue: an essential oil formed by the German method of distilling the charmingly beautiful Chamomile flower. I will be posting my pastel drawing called ~Azulene ~ and sharing my knowledge of the amazing healing and calming properties of Chamomile.
References: The Mastery Of Love: Don Miguel Ruiz;
Flower Power: Flower remedies for Healing Body and Soul: Anne McIntyre