A Hand Made Hungarian Native American Thanksgiving Part 1

Thanksgiving is for Blessing. I’ve heard I’m quite liberal with my Gulyas Blessings to everyone, but I would like to explain the origin of Thanksgiving in my own family, based on three tribal lineages, Hungarian and American.¬†OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thanksgiving is every moment. It is not a declared holiday. It is not governmental. It is not for endorsed shopping. Thanksgiving does not belong more to any ethnicity, group or religion, it is part of them all. Bringing it back home to my own family, Thanksgiving and Blessing is for every day of life. Every moment of life. There is no limit to Blessing, ever. There is no wrong time to give a Blessing. We Bless Everybody and Everything, no limit!

One of my Dear Ukrainian Friends tells me Blessings follow me everywhere, and I tell her the same, as I see the same radiating from her. Blessing liberally is a way of life for the Carpathian Basin Peoples and the Native American Peoples.

So, in this time, some people like the holiday, some people dislike the holiday…but to me, there is no such thing as the holiday and something to like or dislike, it is a symbol for love everyday, it is a symbol to be thankful. Thanksgiving itself is a celebration, and whatever name it is called, under whatever flag is waving, under whatever patch of sky, Blessings and the Blessing-way exists for all. Gratitude and thanks, to everyone and all, all Spirits, all Ancestors. EVERYONE.

A Hand Made life is one that I strive for and live, always. Bringing forward the teachings of the Elders, my own Elders, the Traditions that hold us together, hold life together, that grow abundance. Here is a glimpse of our Thanksgiving with some rough recipes, in many parts. ūüôā I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving everyday this Blessed Year!


Turkey Blessing

Blessing our Turkey, giving thanks for the Turkey Life and all lives that touched the Turkey Life. The lovely farmer I usually buy a turkey from was not able to raise one for us this year, but I found another one, just in time! Just a few days before, in a Sacred Butchering, I did let go of the Spirits of many chickens, but someone else let go of this turkey’s life. I trust my agile hands and my warm heart and am very careful with the animals I raise or bring home from someone else, as our family will not eat animals that are not raised gently and of appropriate non-processed food diet.


Bone Broth from our Own Chickens


Old Chickens Who Contributed to Our Feast

Here are a some chickens from last Saturday. I cut the backs and feet to make a 3 day long simmered bone broth with scrap veggie skins for basting, braising, gravies. After cooking the broth, I removed the back meat for other dishes. The rest of the chickens have been stored for eating and cooking with another day. Here is the finished bone broth, ready for cooking. A celebration is one in which there is much love cooked and sewn into the gathering. There is no convenience of food when the love is missing.


Home Made Bread Becomes Stuffing


Save the Celery Heart and Replant! Hearts have lots of Love still in them!


Mushroom Stories, Like with Fish, Enough Mushrooms For All!

Making a beautiful stuffing with cut up dried bread. This year, I added celery to it, careful to save the heart so that I may plant it in a pot and get another Blessing Stalk from her. Nothing is wasted. I cut and added red and an orange bell peppers, and two green peppers, three yellow onions, two lbs of oyster mushrooms, and about a half pound of chanterelle mushrooms. It would have been closer to a whole pound of chanterelles, but I ended up sharing mushroom stories with a gentleman on Tuesday, who touched my heart with his mushroom loving heart, and gave away half of what I had to him in random mushroom love. What I found was, my half pound of chanterelle mushrooms flavored the stuffing as if it were a couple pounds of chanterelle mushrooms. These are blessings, stories of the Blessing Way of Life. The chanterelle flavor grew stronger in the finished stuffing, stronger than 2 lbs for my sweet half pound!


Garden Gifts of Sage


Saving All Scraps For Future Soups!


Grass-Fed Butter, for a Pastured Life!!!


Beautiful, Hand-Made Stuffing!

The garden rained Sage Blessings and Pepper Blessings. Dried Cayenne’s I obtained the weeks before. Paprika Love comes both Spicy Hot and Sweet, so I used both. Seasonings and pastured butter, smells very, very good! I saved the peels and ends of everything for future soups and bouillons. The stuffing is beautiful and ready for the precious bird!


An Amazing and Lovely Bird! Deep Gratitude!!!

Our bird is lovely and ready to go. We prepared more foods, and will continue with a second “A Hand Made Hungarian Native American Thanksgiving Part 2”


(c) 2013, Summer Farkas Tak√°cs-Michaelson, CH

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Travelin’ Pepper Seeds To Blame for All Of Man’s Ills! :)

Chilly, bright weather always makes me think of my past mountain winters, sustained with steaming hot bowls of Chili Verde, kept warming throughout the week on the woodstove. We would roast peppers for days and days after the New Mexico Chili Harvests, for wintertime warmth. I believe, that all of man’s wars on this planet have to do with Pepper seeds wanting to travel.~Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH


(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Saving the Seeds of Abundance….

Sometimes, I am curious what a person sees when they cook!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What did you buy at the store?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Are you saving the seeds of abundance?

What do YOU see?

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

December Azure Delivery, Herbal Workshops, Apprenticeships, Traditional Cooking Classes and Herbal Goodies!

Hello Azure Folks!
A great shout out to Helen S. for the donation of beautiful bay leaves to our group…THANK YOU!!!!
I hope everyone has had the opportunity to enjoy the streaming light on their faces and through windows, that the day has¬†gifted us! Chilly and amazing, cheery and bringing my thoughts and feelings inward to the cook stove, I pondered the changes that the Azure schedule might bring this month. To make room for Azure’s own Thanksgiving, our order cut-off has been bumped earlier, to this next¬†Wednesday, November 27th at 4 PM,¬†with¬†delivery¬†on the following¬†Wednesday, December 4th.¬†Pickups are from 3-6 PM!
~MONTHLY (often weekly) SHARE SHELTER DONATION currently in progress! Donate here on Azure Day or on the doorstep, and I will collect and bring to the Share Orchards Shelter! Or donate to SHARE directly yourself! This month, Erin H. had a marvelous idea to share. She suggested that we each order an extra, quality whole foods item from Azure for the donation pile!!! This is great from another perspective…many of the food items donated to SHARE are often low quality processed foods. This is a way to share healthy abundance! ūüôā So let’s make our own Azure Challenge! To participate, add an extra item on your Azure order for SHARE donation!!!
~CRAZY SALT SPLITS on again! $1.60 a lb for Himalayan!!
~The Group Wreath Order from ZuDun’s Flowers and Gifts was a success! A second order is underway, wreaths are $25 or special order a¬†Christmas wreath!!!¬†I’ll have pictures of the Christmas Wreaths by tonight, please see the attached photo for one of the Garden Wreaths we bought together!
Serendipity Plant Lore’s Workshops and Apprenticeship Listing!¬†If you feel moved to, please share with friends and family…word of mouth IS my main way of getting these offerings to the outer community as I spend my time either out in the field, garden, or working with people. That is ALWAYS where my heart may be found.Thank you for looking!
Serendipity Plant Lore’s December Tea Listing!¬†
These teas and herbs are highly medicinal, and are extras from my own organic garden and wild forages. All ethically harvested, the exceptions to the herbs that I’ve grown or foraged myself are those like Cinnamon, All Spice, and Red, Black and Green, and Olive Tea Leaves. These are ethically obtained from other Herbalists who have the same great care and ethic. These Tea Herb extras help to support the consultation work for those¬†those in need of receiving free services. I thank you for your support, and hope, in return, you are tantalized with amazing Earth Medicine for your own health care and lovely, compost-able gifts! Some NEW offerings too! Limited Quantities. ūüôā
Serendipity Plant Lore¬†has beautiful hand grown, hand sourced, sustainable and ethically¬†wild-crafted¬†herbal teas for $7 a box/sack. Each of the tea offerings has been used by this herbalist for many decades to aid health, enjoyment and vitality, recovery from many health problems. They have ‚Äúlived‚ÄĚ with me for so long, they have become part of me, and I am excited to have these offerings which truly support our family and the work as I continue my ongoing education and offering sliding scale consultations for those in need.Choose from:
~Lovin’ Liver Tea (your liver will be happy!)
~Summer Time Afternoon Tea (relaxing and sweet)
~Great Grandmother Gertrude’s Memory Lovin’ Tea (brain cell oxygenating crew!)
~Green Tonic Tune (tuning cells and soul together!)
~Vanilla Coffee Substitute (nourishing and coffee like)
~Cinnamon Coffee Substitute (nourishing and coffee like)
~Great Gert’s Cold Hand and Foot Tea (circulatory warming tea for the cold)
~Galloping Gertrude’s Tea (relaxing and locally nutritious)
~Flu Flummox Tea (just befuddle your flu bugs in style!)
~Arabian Summer Tea (a tea to remind you of the smells of an Arabian Love Garden, with plants that touch our center, build up the immune system, and sweep away what needs to be swept away.)
~Shepherd‚Äôs Tea! When you want to corral those¬†irksome¬†viral beings and nondescript¬†inflammatory triggers, what you need is a Shepherd to round ‚Äėem up and over the bluff!
~Olive Leaf Tea, an anti-viral, anti-oxidant tea to ward off the minions of Mordor!
~Delicious Radheish Chai!
~Spicy Radheish Chai (inspired by my great friend, Radhe G.)
~Comfrey Leaf
~Elder Flowers
~Pineapple Sage
~Garden Sage
~Rue (only to practitioners)
~Shitake Mushrooms
~Chanterelle Mushrooms
~More offerings, please inquire and I will check the Apothecary.
(c) 2011, 2012, 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH
Gulyas Blessings!
Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”Inline image 2Inline image 1

Chinese Proverb.

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Accepting Applications for Apprenticeship for 2014!

Serendipity Plant Lore School of Ethnobotanical Studies is now accepting applications for 2014 Planting Love Apprenticeships. Please email lemonlotus@gmail.com if you are interested, and I will send you information…the dates for 2014 are being finalized right now. Interviews will be scheduled for late December and early January. Serendipity Plant Lore’s Programs will start in March 2014!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is a two year program, that may be taken in one year chunks. 2015 will bring changes to the program, of working in an additional year of clinical work.

Planting Love covers the fundamentals of Wild Foraging, Plant Healing, Biological Systems, Botany, and Anatomy, for the Home Herbalist and for the Professional Community Herbalist. This program is geared towards healers learning and having first hand experiences of Plant/Human Relationship, Stewardship, Biology, Wild Foraging and Plant Identification, Ecosystem Awareness, Field Training, Healing Autism and Other Neurological Diseases, Intestinal Health, Emergency Medicine, Immunity, Degenerative Diseases, Spirituality, Working with the Psycho Spiritual Aspects of Plants, Midwifery Herbs and Deathwifery Herbs, Nutrition and the Olde Ways of Unlocking Plant Knowledge handed down through my families own Healing Tradition. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This program is suitable for those who want to be a Home and Family Herbalist, but is geared more widely to those who work as Healers, who want to gain experience and knowledge and first hand lessons in being a greater Community Herbalist, and also to augment other fields of the Health Care Profession. Connecting to our own core path and being, in the Field of Green, we move through life with greater inspiration and the development of the tools of experience to be of true service, for the love of plants and facilitating the healing of ourselves and others. A greater opening of the heart, and of wild experiences, the gateway to working through our hearts and the heart of the earth for greater healing.DSC_0364

This program will FUN from March through November 2014.

Contact: lemonlotus@gmail.com


(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Schedule Change for next Planting Love Herbal Circle!

Serendipity Plant Lore’s Planting Love Herbal Circle Announcement for December.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A bit of a schedule change for our next Planting Love Herbal Circle.ūüôā Instead of Tuesday, December 3rd, we are moving the next group circle to Monday, December 2nd at 6 PM. This group is open to those working in the healing traditions with plants, and the deep work of planting wisdom, individually, and in a group.¬†

The following Planting Love Herbal Circle will be back on the normal schedule of Tuesday, December 17th, 1013, at 6 PM.

Our Planting Love Herbal Circle is cancelled for Tuesday, December 31st. 

Please email me @ lemonlotus@gmail.com to register, and details and location will be provided.

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Pantry Pickles Cold and Flu Workshop at Neighbor’s Market!

Serendipity Plant Lore’s

Pantry Pickles Cold and Flu Workshop, Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at

Neighbor’s Market!

Come and learn some old-fashioned and time proven methods for strengthening your beautiful body against viral villains by shopping in your cupboard and making your own villain stoppers! If you do succumb to a group of viral villains, learn to shorten your illness, make the bad villains good friends in an effort to strengthen the bodacious immune system! Together, we will get our hands messy with folklore, put together pantry pickles; listen to stories about emerging from immune suppression and planting the seeds of nurtured health. We will make strong and strange potions that are effective supporters of our unique lives. Learn the difference between innate and acquired immunity and how to stave off secondary infections. Learn to treat yourself to your own body wisdom and body cures!

This class is messy and is potluck; please bring a dish to share, your own mug, fork, spoon, plate and napkin. Be prepared to smell interesting smells, taste interesting tastes, and enjoy stories while we craft ourselves into wholeness and wellness!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Workshop Date: Saturday, December 7th, 2013

When: 1:00-3:30′ish PM

Where: Neighbor’s Market

Cost:¬†Pre-registration is necessary. $40.00, or Friendship Deal…register with a friend and each receive $5 off the workshop cost!

Supplies to Bring: Dish to share, Mug, Fork, Spoon, Plate and Napkin, Pen and Paper

Register with Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH@ lemonlotus@gmail.com

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Workshop Announcement, Hungarian Gluten-Free Toltott Paprika!

Come spend A Hungarian Sunday Afternoon Together cooking in the Traditional Style, Hungarian Stuffed Peppers (Toltott Paprika). We we love and coax out of the peppers a combination of sublime flavors, with simple, whole food ingredients, and love. With Peasant Perfection, we will make all the side dishes from scratch, with tidbits of history. This meal will be gluten-free, but if you wish to cook with wheat ingredients, you will leave the workshop with the skills to cook both ways! This meal is a soul lifting meal, and a great example of scratch cooking ecstasies! We will sit down together and share a meal after the cooking.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

To attend this class, preregistration is necessary. Please send an email for registration to lemonlotus@gmail.com. Register and pre-pay with a Friend, and you each receive a $5 discount!

Date: Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Time: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Cost: $40 or $35 Friendship Deal

Location: Details provided with registration.

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Praying for the Philippines, Let’s Step Up Help!!!

*UPDATE* Here is a better link to donate to the International Red Cross, thanks to my friend Hillary J. for finding it!

Summer, I ended up donating through this page: http://www.icrc.org/eng/donations/
I couldn’t find an actual link directly to donate for Haiyan relief but I trust they’ll use the money wisely.


| What’s new | Contacts By supporting the ICRC, you’re doing much more than making a donation.


Please, everyone I know, everyone who reads this blog, and all my friends and community…so many of us have been praying and meditating, in all our individual ways from the heart for the Philippines. I want to ask everyone I know to step up some financial help (and many of you already have). My friend belsbror has told me the best place to donate that is actually on the ground and doing work is the Red Cross. Please, even if you have only $5, do it! Our whole world suffers when so many are suffering.Angel Sightings! 010

From belsbror: >>>Please send your donations to the International Red Cross. They have a national chapter who was one of the first to assist the survivors.<<<

To read his blog, where he shares his views on what is happening, as well as his wonderful writings, perspectives, and pictures, log onto:


International Red Cross:


>>>People who want to donate to the American Red Cross to support the response for this typhoon can go to redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS.<<<Angel Sightings! 004

(c) 2013, Summer L. Farkas Takacs-Michaelson, CH

Eljen Erdely! Viva Transylvania!

A Beautiful Blessing of Sugallo today! Enjoy every Blessing!


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