Sweet soya beans- cooking again!

Sweet Soya Beans baking




Today takes me to our monthly gathering of crafty ladies- and sometimes non crafty but simply socializing ladies…and sometimes “lady” is more ironic than accurate for this group…I digress.

soya beans. I have a small amount raining of dried soya beans from a bulk purchase a few years ago- and yes- dried beans are great.

I soaked and cooked up a small batch last week and decided today they would be my contribution to our potluck.

The recipe:

1 cup dry soya beans, soak them and cook them- I used my slow cooker overnight.

1/3 cup molasses

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamom

1/4 tsp coriander ( I ran out- add more if you like)

Melt/mix this in a skillet and add the drained beans.

Chop a small apple and toss it in.

Cook over medium heat and stir until the apple melts into the sauce.


Jarred beans ready to go

When conforming to a dress code is the polite thing to do….



The last time I was “encouraged” to opt into a dress code, it was for a Charity Ping Pong tournament where they asked us to wear “tennis whites”. So I wore this:IMG_1186

Surprisingly, I did not win the costume contest, but since I lost to a couple dressed as Cleopatra and Ceasar who had a lot more skin showing than me, it was ok. And yes, I played Pingpong in this outfit and won almost every game, until I got tired of playing and switched to my left hand for the final game and lost by one point.


And today, I’ll be attending a friend’s baby shower and the dress code is once again white. Now, white is lovely. I design, make and alter wedding dresses. So yeah, I know white.

But I am messy, I have a dog, and I know I get white clothing dirty very quickly, so I don’t invest in it.

But what I did invest in last year was a pile of men’s XXL white t-shirts for a summer sewing course I taught to young girls and I had some left over.  SO this  morning, I made this.

IMG_7750They have also suggested that we accessorize with turquoise, purple and brown.  I’ll pull out some purple sneakers, and a turquoise necklace, and hope that I don’t spill anything chocolate on my dress.

Have an awesome day!

Join me for a 6 week exploration of the spiritual side of bellydance

UPDATE: Sadly, due to low enrolment, these classes will not be running this April.  I may try to offer a summer 1-day workshop, so keep an eye out!


My Awaken your inner Goddess classes are set to being on April 23rd  and running for 6 weeks.

In these classes, I will be venturing away from technique and into the ethereal – playtime- guided movement mediations, relaxation and still exploring how to connect with your body through gentle dance moves.

If you are interested in taking your own personal journey into dance, come play with us!

Here’s my article from last year’s Tone Magazine:

Awaken Your Inner Goddess through Dance

Accurate dance moves matter, the physical form is important, and finding those perfect combinations of dance elements to make a beautiful performance are always extremely relevant to the growth of any dancer.

But what fuels that fire? What drives us, as dancers, to perfect those movements? What helps push us to dance even when we could easily be distracted by 100 other important day-to-day things?

Dancing has been part of human celebration for a very long time. It’s been part of our worship, part of our joy, a way to express our feelings and stories without words, and it’s universal appeal helps bring us together.

The dancer who performs for an audience has a big role in society, whether society realizes it or not.  She {or he} is a bridge connecting the etherial realm to the physical, connecting with powerful energy, transforming it into a physical representation.  Her movements can express the deepest of emotions with a single gesture, a pause, an extension, while allowing those witnessing this journey to travel with her.

The dancer who dances for herself also has a big role in society.  She is journeying to a place where she can explore all of those extremes of emotion we are asked to suppress in our daily lives and interactions.  Through dance, she can release the built up excesses, shaking it all off, being in that moment and then letting it go, come back to her daily life with a renewed sense of self.

Embracing that power and seeing the moments of connecting with something deep inside, that’s fundamental to taking dance to a deeper, stronger level.

To what do we need to be open, so that our dance touches ourselves and others from more than just a technical perspective?

Once upon a time, gods and goddesses personified our passions in a way external to our daily lives, so that we could get on with taking care of our basic needs.  These deities took care of the etherial for us, and were worshipped for it. Each had his or her own realm of responsibility, be it the  creative, hands-on arts, the harvest, the dark places, birth, death, war, tranquility, pretty much everything.

For many people, this still applies today.  And the elements these deities personify are reflections of what can find within ourselves in a sense of divine connection.

And touching that, through dance, to benefit ourselves and our dance, exploring the light and dark, the fear and the joy, what possibilities can emerge from this? There no limit!

Do you have to believe in goddesses to dance?
No, you do need to believe in you, or be willing to start.

Tracey “Halyma” Vibert will explore this with dancers of all levels – beginners through pros. By looking at the many archetypes of female aspects personified in various goddesses worshipped around the world in the 6 week course, Halyma will be helping others bring their joy, their power, fear, anger, sensuality, creativity, all of it, into their dance.

With over the 16 years teaching belly dance, through weekly classes, private classes at women’s events, demos and lessons at cultural events as well as having co-facilitated a “movement mediation” workshop called Dancing With The Elements, Halyma has always been blessed by the participants as much as she hopes to have gifted them. You can find her classes and more online at Halyma.com and bellydancingforfun.com.

Spring classes starting/ started/ getting rolling!

Yes. teaching is part of my world in a big way.

And I love the class time. I hate the promo time.,, well hate is a strong word. I am happy to tell people my classes exist, but it’s always a roller coaster ride the weeks leading up to a new session when I await the results of enrolment!

But here’s the info – and if it suits your life to join in the fun, I look forward to playing with you this spring!

Halyma’s Belly dance and Bellywood classes

Spring 2015 Class schedule

Sandy Hill

Sandy Hill Community Centre. 250 Somerset East
Register online at Ottawa.ca or call 613-564-1062

April 1 to June 3, 2015 – 10 weeks $65 per course

Belly Dancing Level 1 
6-7 p.m. – Bar code: 954624

Belly Dancing Level 2/3
7–8 pm -Bar code: 954643

Tuesday Advanced Private group classes with Halyma

Tuesdays at the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues

April 14 to June 2, 2015 [ 8 Weeks]

$80 plus HST for 1 hour/ week

$140 plus HST for 2 hours/week

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Advanced  Belly Dance – see below

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Adventures in Bellywood- see below

Previous dance experience expected.

Email halyma@bellydancingforfun.com to register.

Advanced Belly dance

These classes will be designed to work with dancers who have experience, and will be open to being pushed to help generate their own class content, explore their own strengths and creativity. Things will get crazy and fun.

Note:Less experienced students will be fine if they already have a good basic technique.

One guideline would be Halyma’s Lessons on DVD to understand the minimum expectations for the Creative Intermediate Bellydance class. They are available online and will be available in person the first night for registered students at a discounted rate.

Adventures in Bellywood 

Bollywood and Bellydance come together with fun and funky moves. While lower impact than a full on Bollywood class, don’t let that fool you. Your brain and body will learn to work together to create beautiful patterns and shapes in dance. We’ll explore a variety of dance moves from both schools, and put them together to both classic Bollywood movie music as well as modern fusion music. Some dance experience is good so that you have some body awareness.

” I heard a rumour that you teach sewing too…” Yes, details for those classes are here.

Spring 2015 classes – please note: the timing will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. 

Register by calling 613-244-4470 to get the barcode or online at Ottawa.ca in the Spring courses information.Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Street, Ottawa, ON

Sewing Level 1 and 2 – $50
May 2-May 9
Sewing Level 3 – $50
May 23-May 30
ReBlog of Another Contentedly childless woman’s post…

ReBlog of Another Contentedly childless woman’s post…


This pretty much sums it up, my difference is once the kids hit 13, I want to experiment with them! And I am fortunate to have siblings with offspring so there have been a few teens and beyond to test theories upon !

You’ll have to read her entire post – which is long – so ya know, only if you have the time/ care :-)

Originally posted on Longreads Blog:

Sabine Heinlein | Longreads | April 2015 | 16 minutes (3,886 words)

One time, when I was in my early twenties, I shared a hospital room with a mother of many. I had a skin infection that wouldn’t respond to oral medication, and the 50-something-year-old woman had severe, inexplicable hives. Our main topic of conversation revolved around neither of our ailments. It was about my not wanting to have children. She was insistent, which seemed ironic considering her hives flared up whenever her family visited her on Sundays. I eventually compromised with the woman. Okay, I said, I will put off my decision until I reach my thirties. “You are starry-eyed,” she huffed. “You young women want it all. But you can’t have it all!” Maybe, I thought, some of us don’t want it all.

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Celebration of a fabulous guy – WTL

Hubby’s Birthday fell on a weekend this year so we took one day for us and one day with friends. Here’s the card I created for him:

The birthday card I made him...

The birthday card I made him…

And here’s the Black Forest Dump Cake:


Click on the photo to take you to the recipe post – Rachelcooks.com

And here’s the cake on a plate with the freshly whipped cream:

IMG_7597 - Version 2Really, this post is about the cake.  Dump cake – who knew?!?  

There were a few small variations I chose to do to Rachel’s recipe – go directly to her site for the fudge sauce recipe and replace the regular sugar with brown sugar.:


yield: 12 SERVINGS 20 if you are frugal

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 1 HOUR

total time: 1 HOUR, 10 MINUTES

This black forest dump cake recipe is full of cherries and chocolate — just like it should be. But it is unbelievably easy to make.


  • two 21 ounce cans of cherry pie filling < I instead used 1 can plus 1 bag of defrosted frozen cherries – worked great! >
  • one 16.5 ounce box Devil’s Food Cake Mix, unprepared
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 and 1/2 sticks), melted < I instead sliced it thinly and placed it evenly across the top of the dry cake mix>
  • one 12.8 ounce jar of prepared hot fudge, warmed slightly according to directions on jar < I followed her recipe and make it from scratch – super easy! >


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spread both cans of cherry pie filling evenly into the bottom of a 9×13 cake pan.
  3. Top the cherry pie filling with the Devil’s Food Cake Mix (unprepared). Smooth it out slightly to make sure it is even.
  4. Drizzle melted butter on top of cake mix. Pour hot fudge over as evenly as possible.
  5. Bake for 1 hour and serve warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

Baking and cleaning and being all domestic!

As 2015 is bringing me to examine how I do thing and what changes I need to makeimage to improve my daily existence, it also is helping me spiral around to previous paths that added benefit to my world.

I love food, baking, cooking and I tend to use recipes as a base for a concept and go from there.

As I am trying to set aside more time for the things I love that are not work related, I really enjoyed taking time yesterday after seeing clients to do some baking.

The ginger apple upside down cake recipe I followed pretty closely, ( Here is the link: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/11/gingerbread-apple-upside-down-cake/ or you can find it in the posts here: Facebook.com/bellywood ) skipping the honey, used whole wheat flower and yogurt with water instead of buttermilk.

The eggs- pretty simple but I mixed the yokes with mustard, a bit of apple balsamic vinegar and lime oil instead of mayo.

And the Oatmeal butterscotch chocolate chip squares were a total creative journey.

2 cups of oats

1/4 cup margarine

1/2 cup brown sugar

¼ cup molasses

1tsp vanilla

2 eggs

about ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Mix it all up really well and bake for about 25 minutes at 325.

Hoping the ladies enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them!

The cleaning in the title refers to some clothing swap items leaving home today too – yay!