Several weeks ago, in the Good Humor River Valley, Sandee Conley hosted her very first drumming circle at the Rainbow’s End Healing Center in Mexico and suffice it to say, that a melodic time was had by all. A drumming circle is just that- a get together of friends or soon to be friends that gather in a safe and nurturing place where everyone is invited to make their own music without judgment.
We start out having no idea about how the drumming will go so we just go with the flow; the drums never disappoint as they draw us in to a beautiful crescendo that doesn’t seem to tire anyone even with all of the energy that’s being expended. Drumming circles are like bridges that connect people and communities together that’s like a rainbow’s signature in the sky after a summer rain.
Let’s get into summer a little more by drumming up the ingredients for a basketful of Lavender Sugar Cookies:
This recipe yields two dozen cookies. Caution: Use only lavender you grew yourself or lavender from the herb section of a health food store. Do not use potpourri.
1 cup butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lavender or 2 tablespoons dried lavender
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Mix eggs into the butter-and –sugar mixture.
Stir in flour and lavender until mixture becomes a soft ball. Cover ball of dough and place in refrigerator 15 minutes. Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Remove dough from refrigerator. On a lightly sugared surface, roll dough approximately 1/4” thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and place on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
Remove from oven and let cool on wire racks.
Enjoy! Make up a bunch for a picnic or for a neighbor who could use some cheering up.
The following every day earthly angels have kindly brought cheer: Two anonymous angels, Dr. Lee Kendall, Larsen’s in Mexico, Brenda Espinoza, Jim and Carrie Rinaldo, Jennifer Kreckel, Dianne Patterson, Coco Gurney, Sue Ellen Richardson, and Lem Cissel.
It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has -- Henry Ward Beecher
We miss your kindness every day, Dot Sanchas! Until then, smile and live in the present.