This batch brewed 5 weeks. Yum.

Kombucha is a fermented tea that supports and strengthens good bacteria in your body, boosting immune system and improving health. Ready to start your own home brew?

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 gallon of water

8 tea bags green or black. I think I prefer green tea. Don’t use flavored tea.

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of apple cider vinegar (or starter tea)

1 SCOBY – Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast

2 gallon glass jar

1 coffee filter or kitchen towel and rubber band

A lot of love

1 large pot for brewing and a spatula to stir

 

Make sure all hands and dishes are clean and clear of any soap residue. I usually avoid using soap on my kombucha jars and bottles.

Brew the 8 bags of tea in 1/2 gallon of water and add 1 cup of white cane sugar (no substitutes).   Once the sugar is dissolved and the tea is removed from heat, you may pour 1/2 gallon of cold water into the brewing pot.  This is a great way to quicken the cooling process.  Let the tea cool completely before moving on.

The cool sweet tea may now be poured into the glass jar. Then add the 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and the SCOBY.  Don’t forget to infuse lots of love. Cover the jar with a breathable material (coffee filter or towel) and secure with a rubber band.

Attach or stick a label with the date on the jar to remember when the brew began. For best results, allow the kombucha to brew for at least 3.5 weeks and no more than 5 weeks.  Positive intentions, vibrations, and energy will keep the kombucha extra happy and healthy.

Start yours today. Simple does it! Food is medicine.

For more info check out this site anneskombucha.com

 

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Infinite Adaptation

by jenna on March 5, 2015

in Journal,Poetry & Song

Written at McKinney Falls October 2014

Book of trees, speak to me. Show me what I need to see. Tell me what I’m ready to hear. Teach me how to live without fear.

Sunlight take me away. Take me from my pain.  Make it right before I fight again.

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Washing waters cleanse my heart of hate. Return to a clean slate. Transmute the refute… Refugee of me. Let me be free of myself. Murky waters, swamp of my soul, receive the rain to wash away the pain.

Who am I and why do I get confused? I know what I need to. I trust.  I love.  I give and feel so alone. Unmatched. What is it? Why is it… this pattern as my fate. No, I don’t have to take or fake.

I know who I am… Divine Goddess of creation. Divine manifestation of the highest in human form. I must honor my Self. Is that what sends me into my aloneness?  The ease and grace of my own presence. My favorite present.

This is what it feels like to be high.  Lonely in the sky. So I come down to share, to experience with others.  I want to be one with… to integrate, but the humans are so far. So deep yet the shallowest of all. Empty.

How I’ve practiced patience. How I’ve been willing to compromise.  This little disguise. I choose the shrink pill. Swallow it every morning. Am I helping them rise or just choosing to fall?

I have to be me. Bold. Crazy. Weird.

I get to choose this experience. What do I call into my life?  What do I feel restricted by?  What is my excuse?  What stands between me and my highest good?

Poetry rings through me.  Sounds of nature guide me into my Self.  Rattle me with love.   Rushing water, crashing down. Never questions where you flow, you just go and go. Rivers to the ocean whole. Infinite adaptation.

Infinite Adaptation. Constantly reforming, fluidly flowing… until the energy shifts.   When your heat is lost, you begin to slowly stiffen and freeze.  And in that state you are so graceful, even in your solid solitude.

No more running, no more rushing, only expanding from the inside out. The molecules of your makeup wake up to a different configuration. So much power in being as you are.

Keep going Jenna. Keep growing Jenna.  The discomfort, the pain, the dissonance is a great force to help you see the discords and release them.

Embrace this process. Love your teachers who act as clumsy children and challenge your patience. It’s all a test.  Will you choose to pass or fail?  Awareness. Responsibility. Compassion. Love.

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Be me out in the world. Beam me out into the world.

Love beams,

Jenna

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Home Composting 101

by jenna on February 12, 2015

in Conscious Living,Permaculture

You can easily begin your starter compost today!

Ingredients:
Earth – Organic matter
Water
Air
Sun

Organic parts:
3 parts brown matter, high in carbon (leaves / dead plants / grass clippings / pine needles / straw/ mulch)
1 part green matter, compostables are high in nitrogen ( raw food scraps / peels / tea bags / – no dairy or meat)

Container:
All you need is a box frame, at least 2ft  high x  2ft deep x 3 ft wide. If you need a quick and simple start without the use of tools use a cardboard box until you make a proper container. Find an area of the yard to place your compost. A good area for compost is away from the house, fairly flat, exposed to the sun, and does not experience standing water.  Fasten chicken wire around the frame to create at least 4 side walls, bottom optional.

Another quick and easy option is to reuse a couple of shipping pallets. Cut each pallet in half and fasten the corners to create the box frame. Then fasten some chicken wire to the inner walls to contain the compost.

Your compost box can be created in numerous way, as long as it is breathable (has large openings for air to move through) and a sufficient size to process the household compostables.  3 parts brown matter, 1 part compostables.

Compost Go:
Now that you have your container, you can get the compost started. Keep a bag of leaves and yard clippings beside your container. Store your food scraps in a closed container on your counter top throughout the day (no meat or dairy).  Empty the container into the compost pile once a day or once every two days depending on size of household. More food scraps = more frequent trips to the compost. Start the compost pile with a thick layer of brown matter, then begin to lasagne layer the green matter and brown matter maintaining proper ratio.

Maintenance:
Minimal maintenance is needed to keep a healthy home compost pile.
1. Let it breathe. Turn your compost at least once every three days.
2. Keep it alive. Make sure the compost has water. A healthy pile will naturally retain moisture, but in hot and arid climates water will need to be sprinkled once every three days. You can turn and water the pile at the same time.

 

Do I need a starter for compost organisms?

Some suggest starting the compost with living soil or manure. However, I have never used a starter and had no trouble bringing to life an ecosystem simply from leaves and raw food scraps.

Why should I start my own home compost?

Life gives unto life. You are allowing the natural cycle of life to continue by putting organic matter back into the earth. Your compost becomes an ecosystem* of itself that transforms what we generally consider “waste” into rich soil and natural fertilizer.  A home compost also helps keep the indoor trash fresh. A healthy diet incorporating fresh fruits and veggies results in a stinky trash when you add organics. Instead of throwing scraps in the trash, feed next seasons home garden with this seasons “waste”.

*an ecosystem like the Earth, must include all elements to sustain. Earth is the organic material, the substance. Water gives moisture. Air lets it breathe. Heat from the sun (fire) supports the decomposition of organic materials.  These 4 elements support the life of a host of micro organisms sustained by the composting ecosystem.

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Symbiosis of Mitosis Magic

by jenna on November 6, 2014

in Inspiration,Poetry & Song

Mitosis Magic #eyesis

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Sweetest Thangs at 30

5 August 2014

1) Living with my sister. Me and my sis (Jessica) were always together in our younger years. I lived age 2-7yrs twice to be beside my sister (5 yrs younger) watching Barney and Bananas in Pajamas.  We did eeeverything together and had lots of fun.  My buddy and me.  And then I reached puberty…  terrible [...]

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Pam Bok Waterfall

22 July 2014

Thailand June 2014 .    I went to Pam Bok Waterfall in my final hour with the scooter I rented for 2 days from Chiang Mai.  It was my only full day in Pai. I had been to Mo Paeng Waterfall and enjoyed climbing the slippery rock. Then I stopped through the Strawberry Pai Love cafe [...]

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In Passing

25 April 2014

My Poetriography – Summer 2013 The broken hurts. He cries and tries to bring alive the love he never knew. Would he recognize it when it came or would he shun it just the same. We all need love to live. We all have love to give.  Why do we put boxes of toxic blame [...]

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Con fuze

9 March 2014

I know him He knows me He sees Ego disagrees Human mind play Attempt control Fall down Surrender Smile Love

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Euphoria AcroDance with Mateo

14 February 2014

I love acrodancing! (acrobatic – dance) Check out this video of a fun performance at a dance fest in Austin.

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6th St Austin Yoga Time Lapse

7 February 2014

Remember you are powerful. Bring about, in the human mind, the radical revolution. The crisis is the crisis in consciousness. -Jiddu Krishnamurti Just a usual day on the 6th st. strip in Austin, Texas. Yoga por vida… does the body good. 10x Time lapse Sun Salutations.  In other words, this one minute vinyasa was actually [...]

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The Scents of Wellness

5 February 2014

I recently discovered an amazing and local holistic apothecary Well Scent, a company that offers skin friendly essential oils ready to apply and heal you. I was especially excited when I realized that this quality line of essential oils is concocted in my lovely city of Austin, where we proudly buy local. Well Scent’s essential [...]

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To be with Her

3 February 2014

In fertile soil Love grows through my toes and into my bones. Where have I gone again? To be with her. In love. In peace. We share stories of all time. Laughing at the simple knowing gone lost, now to be found. The tree is crowned as my queen to which I kneel each day.

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Your Knowing Unknown

19 January 2014

Turning of age… change of pace… time and space One Victory – Victory over War - You win when We All win Go fly your nest find your test rites of passage shake your ashes clear your stashes of shadowy matters Secrets out, you matter you are matter rather vibration condensed divine form of human expression honor [...]

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Let’s get lug.

14 January 2014

You know I love long hugs! Haha. Yes, long, awkward “is she serious” kinda hugs.  And YES I am serious. Hugs are good for you and they only really count when they are at least six seconds long.  Research studies have proven that a 6 second hug is long enough to release healing feel good [...]

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Change little by little, one by one

14 January 2014

  In order to transcend the old ways, old patterns, reactionary responses that don’t serve, and stories that don’t support our highest path… we must first recognize them.  It is hard to observe oneself, so be open to feedback from friends and family. Remember what boyfriends or girlfriends have complained about, what your Mom complained [...]

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Stone Thrown

13 January 2014

Now here at the journaling class. I asked to sit outside, my greatest inspirations flow here with her. Naked sun scorching skin in January Baby butterfly flutters The water utters a continuous fall Like the words streaming through Sitting in a grand seat fit for a king Walls of stone around my throne Falling out [...]

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1min vlogs Jan 3rd – Jan 13th

13 January 2014

I’ve been doing the 1 min vlog every day this month. I have missed only one day, the 11th. I noticed I’ve gotten a little sloppy with the whole “1min” part of it.  The most recent one is 1:41.  I’m really gonna try to do only 1min max the rest of the month.  It’s difficult [...]

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Lights of Prey

9 January 2014

Lights control the stop and go See green glow flow… Oh yes! >>>> Red flashes bring to halt Oh no! No yellow to warn a fellow lover of lost boys without toys Hit the brakes the first fakes second flakes third takes whatever is left of the shit I just shed like vultures clinging to [...]

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Flow over Fone

2 January 2014

1 min vlog day 2. My relationship with my cell phone seems normal to me, but that’s only relative to my own perception. I do not hold on high the necessity to keep up with text and phone calls. Maybe I’m talking about it, because I’m feeling the need to be more responsive.  I can [...]

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Happy New Year New Vlog

1 January 2014

I’ve started a 1 min vlog… 1 min every day for the month of January.   I want to share more thoughts and insights this way, so this 1 min vlog is a good exercise.  I did some vlogs over a year ago, and most were over 15 mins long. TOO LONG!  So, now I [...]

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Eewy Gluewy

1 January 2014

I’m finally back home in my own kitchen and happy to get back to my healthier home diet. I went to Peru on Nov. 14th and away went my sense of healthy eating.  It’s easy to use the vacation diet excuse, but when I’m vacationing for over a month… it’s not cool.  I returned just [...]

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Is it or is it not what I thought

7 October 2013

How many of us find ourselves in a world completely different than we once imagined it to be.  A young, curious, unassuming mind painted pictures, a dream. Then, the “real world” comes and it’s not so real… or maybe it is.  What is real anyway?  My dream of the real world and your dream of [...]

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Flip the Script

27 September 2013

When someone does/says something I disagree with… I let go of attachment to what is right and what is wrong. In a moment, a reactive or divisive response is transmuted into an expansion of my awareness. I accept the reality of the experience and appreciate the opportunity to receive greater clarity of what I choose [...]

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Mirror Magic

23 September 2013

written at Bull Creek Falls Sept. 17 2013 #doseofnature Magic in the mirror. The looking glass is half full. Multiplicity of divine perfection. Still water reflects her beauty in two. Duplicity, divine simplicity. Water our natural source of continuance, our source of life and magic. The one undone, where here I see two skies blue, two [...]

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Falling Leaves

17 September 2013

Written at Campbell’s Hole, September 10 2013 Oh the peace in me. I lay and fall away under the sky as it grows deeper in blue every moment. The fall has arrived, a changing of tides, changing color of leaves upon trees.. and what about me? Fading out of old and coming into new. Another [...]

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Prison Yoga Video

12 September 2013
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Washington Post

10 September 2013

I wanted to share the 2 of “10 changes since 9/11″ that I appreciated being mentioned in this article from Washington Post. 6. Rise (and fall) of U.S. fervor for military action After the 2001 attacks, the George W. Bush administration moved quickly into Afghanistan in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the fight [...]

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Stay out of Syria – FOX says it all

8 September 2013

The video below is amazing!!! I hope millions of people saw it. I wonder what the general feeling is.. hmm probably worth digging around the news. It looks like an opportunity for Americans to come together with one voice. Catalysts are painful. I feel like I’m in a thriller movie and it’s scary at times [...]

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Today is the Way

6 September 2013

We’ve all had gentleness in our lives that inspires us to be that way, to see that way. But in small doses gets lost in the chaos of He and She and who and why. Dominant. Prominent. Affluent influence teaches us hopeful social goodness, but shows shadows of disbelief leading to grief. Ideas without form, [...]

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