What does it mean to live In the Spice Rack?


To live In the Spice Rack means that you embrace the things in life that make you happy, and add a dimension of wholeness to your life. Give up feeling guilty for enjoying pleasure in your life. Be happy. Do great work that enriches your life, and the lives around you. Know that you are worthy of being loved and cherished just as you are. Start with yourself. Living a colorful and pleasure filled life isn’t for everyone. Are you daring enough to take the leap?

52 Books in 2019

I’m going to start by making a list of books I already have access to, in paper form or audio book. I’m certain I will go “off list,” too.

(BOLD means finished)

  1. The False Door by Brett King
  2. The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole MS, RDN & Elyse Resch, MS, RDN
  3. White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
  4. Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner
  5. Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine
  6. Bone Music by Christopher Rice
  7. The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz
  8. P.S. from Paris by Marc Levy
  9. Rain Girl by Gabi Kreslehner
  10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  11. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  12. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
  13. How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins
  14. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk
  15. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  16. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
  17. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  18. Educated by Tara Westover
  19. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
  20. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  21. Nonbinary. Memoirs of Gender and Identity

My Goals for 2019

I finally took the plunge and upgraded this site to a business account. I have been waiting FOR YEARS to do this, and I realize there will never be that perfect time, or that magic angel whispering in my ear to do it now. I just have to DO IT! And so I am!

What are some of my personal goals for next year?

  • Read or listen to 52 books.
  • Save up 3 months of living costs in case of emergency.
  • Pay down our 2 car loans.
  • Set up a weekly and monthly newsletter with Tiny Letter.
  • Collect all of my haikus into one concise book to shop around.
  • Launch 1-2 online classes.
  • Record and market one music album and associated video components.
  • Host a monthly crafting experience.
  • Grow my TupperWare and essential oils businesses.
  • Create and maintain an inventory for my online jewelry store.

As you can see, I have more than a few things on my mind! But, I will be breaking them down into bite sized steps, and enjoying the experiences as I go.

Letting go…

Danielle LaPorte inspires me often.


Click on the picture to read her list!

Here’s my list.

  • I give up the feeling that I’m not worthy. It’s done.

  • I give up the doubt and judgment I have towards myself, which keeps me frozen in fear.

  • I give up being dependent on other people.

  • I give up thinking that I am not enough. I am.

  • I give up waiting for other people to value me.

  • I give up feeling lonely when I am great company, and I have a lot of friends who love and care about me.

  • I give up sacrificing my needs for what I think are more noble causes.

  • I give up pushing people away when they get too close.

  • I give up waiting for validation.

  • I give up keeping quiet when I have something to say.

What do you give up? Let me know in the comments!


Cactus Pear

I tried three new-to-me fruits – cactus pear, pepino melon, and pomegranate.

Cactus pear is the fruit of the prickly pear, or Opuntia.  Also known as cactus fig and Indian fig, the plants grow all over the world in the proper climates.   It can be found in South America (mine was grown in Chile), Mexico, and desert climates in the United States.  It is also found in Southern France and Italy, Sicily, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and many other places.

I got my cactus pear at a grocery store (Wegmans!) and all of the prickly parts had been removed.  There are many warnings about touching these fruits without proper gloves, and taking care not to touch the fruit even if the spines have been removed.  They also have something called glochids, which you don’t want to mess with.


Creative Commons from the Wiki page – Stan Shebs

The insides of the fruit are a deep red.  The meaty pulp is heavily speckled with seeds, which are extremely hard.  We removed the meat and then strained the seeds out of it.

The texture of the fruit seed to me to be quite similar to quava or mango – lots of liquid contained within the meat.  It was sweet and enjoyable (except for the prevalence of seeds!).  It also stained my fingers a slight pink from eating a tiny piece.

You know I love my health protein shakes these days!  Mom and I are going to add some fruit puree (minus seeds) to our shakes.

I would also love to try dyeing some fabric with the gorgeous red fruit.

Here are some recipes I’d like to try using cactus pear.

Tuna and Peas with Parmesan Cheese Sauce

tuna cheese peas

1 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons gluten-free corn-free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill GF All Purpose Baking Flour)
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pinch paprika
pasta of choice (I used a gluten-free corn-free spaghetti)
1 can of tuna
frozen peas

First, start the pasta according to directions on the package, using a fairly large pot. The pasta will take the longest to prepare.

Next, start the cheese sauce – melt butter in a medium sized pot on medium-high heat. Add in flour and whisk continuously for about a minute. Keep whisking while adding in the milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, while continuing to whisk. Once at a boil, cook for about 2 minutes. Add in the parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and paprika. Keep whisking! When your sauce is smooth and not lumpy, it is done.

Drain pasta when done, and put it back into the pot. When cheese sauce is ready, add it to the pasta. Also add the tuna and peas at this time. Stir over low to medium heat until peas are hot.

Serve and enjoy!

tuna cheese peas

Love, Cori!

May the Light Shine

The holiday season is in full force for 2015 – pun intended, with the new Star Wars movie coming out soon. As I drove back home last night, I thought about what the season means to me. 

The spirit of the season is the most important part for me. Here in Upstate Western New York, we start entering a long dark few months which are often filled with cold winds and snow. My great grandparents came over to the U. S. by boat from Sweden in the early 20th century. St. Lucia Festival was an important part of my growing up. I looked forward to the day when I would get to be the girl with the crown of candles on her head, and was honored to get the chance twice to be “Lucia.” 

For me, St. Lucia represents the purity and innocence of life, which is recaptured each year when we celebrate. As we sing Silent Night, first in Swedish, then in English, hope and faith in humanity is restored. We can face the trials of our lives for another day. 

Christmas Eve church service ends similarly with Silent Night. Everyone lights their candles, one by one. The heat from the small fires always warms my heart and mind. The energy in the sanctuary is almost palpable as we welcome the boy child of God into our lives. 

I so believe in Magic. Experiencing these two particular celebrations is evidence to me that Magic is real. People come together to enjoy good music and wonderful company. Food for my soul. 

What feeds your soul during the holidays?