Folklorist, Matriarch, Modern Peasant, Culinary Anthropologist, Kitchen Witch, Mystic, Hearth Keeper

An American Expat in Sardinia
As an expat living on the enchanted and ruggedly beautiful Italian island of Sardinia, I am inspired by the days of yore. Sardinia is an ancient land that doesn’t suffer fools, yet as a wife of a Sardinian and mother to two Sardinian Americans, I feel welcomed in this inspiring place, its magic encircling me like a mother’s embrace.  My hope is to build a legacy for my children here, so the song of this island fills their souls keeping them rooted to their past, ready to face the future. If you want to learn more about why we moved to Sardinia, please read my blog post, Why We Moved to Sardinia.

A Folklorist

I am nostalgic. I long for simpler times and quiet joys. As a Sagittarius I am hardwired to seek out truths. I enjoy food, art and cultural traditions. I am deeply drawn to creating ritual and through the art of writing, I am able to share with others long held traditions, different perspectives and practical modern tips for navigating this often chaotic and unsettling world. In this global world, traditions can help everyone to feel that they have a place to come “home” to, even if that place is not a physical location. I have traveled extensively to and lived in Italy, Norway and the Navajo Reservation in Arizona.

A Writer

I am a two time Amazon bestselling author. I also have a decade worth of experiences creating rituals and traditions for my family and myself. In my writing I look for ingenious ways to bring together my favorite fiction and nonfiction genres which are fantasy/mythology, culinary arts, ritual, the magical arts, history and the many uses of herbs. I am passionate about the wild places, where my food comes from and sustainability, as well as the stories, foods, culture and mythology of Europe.

My books Love in Every Bite: The Secret to Cooking Healthy Recipes with Positive Energy and A Guide to Celebrating the 12 Days of Yule are both practical guides but with a little bit of magic thrown in! They both help you bring more ritual, magic and love into your life to help you connect with family, nature and where you are in the present moment.

I am also in the process of writing a historical fantasy story called Dreams of Ydalir . Where Norse Mythology and Mists of Avalon meet, this story  is set in the lowlands of Scotland and the Otherworld. It is a coming of age story and the untold love story of the Gods, Ullr (Wuldor) and Elen of the Ways.

I also offer FREE monthly seasonal guides to my newsletter subscribers. They are designed to help you learn more about traditions, rituals, cuisine, and nature and how to connect with the specific time of year.

A Culinary Anthropologist/Kitchen Witch

I have a degree in Anthropology from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. I studied culinary arts at Sterling College in Craftsbury, VT. I have taught cooking classes to children and adults, and even developed a program for members of WIC (Women, Infants and Children) to make the best use of their food program and was involved in their Farm to Food program.

As a folklorist, I love learning about the past and how it influences us today. I am particularly fascinated with traditional food and the cultures that prepare them. For me, a recipe is not just a list of ingredients, it is a history, the product of the natural riches a certain area of the world has to offer and we can learn much from them and how they are made and who makes them. Recipes are also a bit like spells, and if you use the power of intention when you cook coupled with ingredients that support your goal, you will find you are a kitchen witch too!

I believe that good food is for everyone, not just those who can afford it. Good food is often to be found in the most simple, down to earth ingredients. I have learned this from living in Italy where some of the world’s best cuisine comes from, and it is honest and often humble. Even the most humble ingredients and recipes have a story to tell, and I relish in unlocking their secrets and sharing the delicious results with you. The goal of peasant food is to never go hungry. The recipes I share contain few ingredients, which are easy to come by,  are low cost, and absolutely nutritious.

Learn about the simple Medieval Chickpea Pancake and its exciting history in the middle ages. A tale of a great battle and a magical island.

A Modern Peasant

I am the matriarch of my little clan and fully embrace the sacred duty that comes with running a household full of the people I love. I always longed for a simple life and it is through some personal struggles in the past several years that I have been forced to come to terms with my wish; a process that has made me a stronger person and more in touch with what I value most.

Recently I created a moniker to describe our life, “Modern Peasants”. It is true, no one really wants to be a peasant, but to me the word feels more inspiring than being plain ‘ol poor. It hearkens to days past, a time I often feel I belong to, and allows me to proudly draw on the wisdom and traditions of the women before me to find ways to live with little, yet feel content and provided for by making the most of available resources.

Old Ways for Modern Days or The Modern Peasant Lifestyle

Modern peasants are resilient and resourceful people who have an appreciation for the old ways of our ancestors and a constantly developing skill set that makes the best of limited resources. They know that simple joys like good food and time in nature create the pathway to a fulfilling life with family and friends. They enjoy a slower pace of life and feel the rewards of tenacity and grit.
It is not always easy taking care of a large family (and a beloved dog) with small means and I know that I am not alone in my struggle. It is the romantic in me that longs for times past and is inspired by the ways of our ancestors. For me, as a Modern Peasant I face the sometimes harsh realities of daily life head on with all its limitations and frustrations, yet find ingenious and practical ways to do things, simple solutions to solve modern problems, and to find joy in that. There are riches to be had through simple joys and experiences, like a delicious meal or a day of foraging with the family. I want to share this with others. Life can be full, even if your wallet is not.If you love deep, introspective cultural experiences, connecting with nature and preparing delicious food, then make yourself a warm drink and pull a chair up to my proverbial hearth.I will tell you fantastical stories or talk about practical skills for everyday life, that allow us to tap into the ways of our ancestors who often made much with little.

Street Cred

I have a degree in Anthropology from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. I studied culinary arts at Sterling College in Craftsbury, VT. I have taught cooking classes to children and adults, and even developed a program for members of WIC (Women, Infants and Children) to make the best use of their food program and was involved in their Farm to Food program. I have traveled extensively to and lived in Italy, Norway and the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. I also have a decade worth of experiences creating rituals and traditions for my family and myself. I have written 2 books on the subject of bringing more ritual, magic and love into your life to help you connect with family, nature and where you are in the present moment.

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