Support from the Hill
Welcome to our central hub for Highland Hall's resources to support families during this challenging time.
Dear Highland Hall Family,
We understand this is a unique and difficult time for many and know it is presenting some new, interesting, and stressful experiences for us all. In hopes to help inspire, support, and maybe even entertain you and your family, we are going to be sharing support for each other through this Support from the Hill. We will alert you in our Beacon newsletter when there are new posts. We aspire to maintain a slice of the rich and meaningful connections so many of us feel within the Highland Hall community. We are thinking of our community.
We would like to know what you would like to see, what you have to share with others, what you would find helpful, or just what would bring a smile. If someone has a fun home activity, supportive resource, or recipe with a little story about it they would like to share, please email email@example.com.
Warmly, Your Support from the Hill Hosts, Kerry Myers & Ariel Sortun
We know that our in-person time spent on campus, whether it be at drop-off, in a craft circle, or a parent ed workshop, is so valuable. Good news- we can still meet! Highland Hall is happy to report that we have a Zoom account for us to be able to host some parent to parent fun. Email Cara firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like her assistance hosting one through the school. Let's connect!
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The creative process involves
a letting-go of conscious thoughts
and ideas, and such opportunities
for artistic release during the day
help a child surrender into sleep.
~ Kim John Payne
Today's Recipe - Mom's Granola
These times of isolation offer a chance to engage with our children in artistic activities. One day last week I set the paper and watercolor set outside on the table and before I knew it, three of the four of us were outside together painting on a beautiful sunny morning.
Another creative pursuit that my family has enjoyed a lot of recently is cooking. I would like to share my mother’s recipe for delicious granola. We used to make a giant batch of this granola every summer for my extended family to enjoy when we stayed in a little beach cabin together. A bite of this granola with yogurt and berries takes me right back to those magical summers. Apologies if the measurements are not precise! This is one of those recipes that you just add stuff to until it “looks right”. Plus, it doesn’t really matter - it always turns out yummy!
5 Cups Oats
1 Cup chopped almonds
1 Cup chopped cashews or pecans
½ Cup sesame seeds
1 Cup sunflower seeds
1 Cup maple syrup
1 Cup sunflower (or similar) oil
Mix all dry ingredients together then add maple syrup and coat everything well (add more if necessary). Add the oil last. Spread on a baking sheet ½ inch deep and bake until brown at 350. You will need to turn it with a spatula once while cooking. Let it cool on the sheet.
Today's Parents Support
The following podcast was produced by the Anthoposophical Society. It includes lovely and informative conversations between the host Laura Scappaticci and several guests on the topic of courage and fear in our present circumstance.
In hopes that you're able to enjoy the outdoors today, if only for a few minutes, to take in the beauty of the sky (rain or shine), breathe the air, and savor the beauty of a tree, a flower, a distant green hill.
There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.
~ Henry David Thoreau
Thai Coconut Curry Soup
Don't let the ingredients list scare you. This is a very flexible and forgiving recipe. You can use whatever veggies you like, as many or few. The cornerstone is the ginger, curry paste, coconut milk and broth. You can use chicken instead of fish and many ingredients are optional! And, kids can help with chopping veggies while favorite music fills the room. Enjoy!
1 tsp salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a large pot, add oil and cook on medium heat for 1 minute. Add onions and garlic and continue to sauté and stir for 2 minutes.
- Stir in cauliflower, carrots, zucchini and broccoli. Sauté for 3 minutes until slightly tender, stirring a few times. Add bell pepper and lemongrass. Stir. Cook 2 more minutes.
- Add ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Stir in curry paste, coconut milk and vegetable stock. Stir well, until incorporated, about 1 minute.
- Add fish.
- Bring to a boil; reduce heat immediately and simmer about 10 minutes.
- Stir in lime juice. Dish and top with cilantro and avocado, if desired.
Can be served with brown rice or brown rice noodles.
Note, I usually prepare this in my Instant Pot, using it with the Sauté function instead of a large pot. I cook it using the Pressure Cook function for 4 minutes after the fish is added, using the natural steam release.)
Today's Parent Support:
We invite you to listen to Psychologist Susan David in her TED Talk The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage, In the talk she makes the important distinction between saying "I'm noticing I'm feeling X" as opposed to our tendency to speak and think 'I am X." In this time when stressors abound, it can create a cushion of distance between what we are experiencing and who we are at our core. We hope you'll find it helps soften rough edges of these most unusual days.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.Henry David Thoreau ~
Vegan Thumb Print Cookies
I don't know about you all, but when I am home all day and it is raining outside I drink a lot of tea. When I sit down with a cup of tea I often look for a little something to go along with it. Something a little sweet, but not too sweet, and hopefully a little healthy. Well, if you are at all like me, I have just the thing to offer you. These cookies were originally introduced to me by a dear friend and mentor, Hari Grebler, who also happens to be the person who first introduced me to Waldorf Education.
You will need a food processor to make these cookies unless you already have ground almond meal and oat flour... feel free to improvise other flours or nuts or seeds.
1 Cup Ground Almonds
1 Cup Ground Oats
1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Salt
Filling of choice
• Grind almonds until a very course flour (some larger bits are ok)
• Grind oats to course flour
• Mix dry ingredients
• Stir in oil and syrup
• Form into 1-2 in. balls and press thumb into center to form a well
• Place a tsp of jam into well
• Bake at 350 till cookie bottom is golden brown
Today's Parent Support:
We invite you to listen to this episode of On Being featuring two very wise women, the host, Krista Tippet and her guest, author Sylvia Boorstein. Their conversation spans topics from parenting to anxiety and is full of Joy, wisdom, and comfort. Within the episode there is even an eight minute guided Lovingkindness meditation led by Ms. Boorstein. We hope that you find it nourishing.
Today's RecipeOn a chilly evening with a glimmer of sun between rainy days, here's a recipe for Turkey and Vegetable Chili from the website, Bowl of Delicious, to bring some warmth and nourishment. This can be adapted with tofu or extra white beans for vegan eaters and some may want to nix the cocoa powder or corn, depending on palettes and food sensitivities.
Today's Parents SupportFor many of us there will be many days at home, hunkered down with our families and without our normal spaces, rhythms, and routines. As the realities of the changes we find ourselves facing settle in, having something to focus on that's interesting, uplifting, or just entertaining is going to be essential for many of us. Podcasts are a great way to stay connected with the outside world, learn things, and sometimes just enjoy. Today we are sharing Spirit, Purpose, and Energy, a Podcast by JJ Flizanes. She has episodes on many topics including Meditation, Feng Shui, Nutrition, Physical Health, Beekeeping, etc. We hope you are able to listen to ones that speak to you.