My Aunt Barbara has a goddess garden. Yes, to my 32-year-old self, she is still Aunt Barbara. In fact, she’s known to many of my friends who met her as adults as Aunt Barbara or even Aunt B. She takes her role as Aunt very seriously – cherishing it and reveling in it. When I became an Aunt, I had a great model – no doubt.
And, she has a goddess garden. Tucked away in the corner of their backyard, in the lush greenery afforded by the grey falls, winters, and springs of the Pacific Northwest, is her goddess garden. She’s collected several central goddess figures from many different world religions – starting with Mary. Aunt B loves Mary. She can tell you each and every one of them, but I can only remember Mary at this point. She is non-discriminatory with her goddesses too. She even had Cousin Jimmy (not her cousin, but her husband’s who is also baby boomer age – and still known to her and us as “Cousin Jimmy”) bring back a representative goddess from China. My Uncle John thinks she’s just about done (he has more of a “plan” for the backyard) but then she’ll find another one. With as a big heart as hers, she’ll find room for them all – I’m sure there are many more that could find a home in the greenery. A-hem. Open call for goddesses!
I’d imagine she’s also a fan of the goddess dressing – if not just for the name. I’m, of course, referring to Annie’s Organic salad dressing, Goddess Dressing. The ingredients seem simple enough — I scanned a few recipes online before I left work, and so this evening I decided to have my hand at it.
1/3 cup of tahini
1/4 cup of olive oil
juice of a whole lemon
2 heaping teaspoons of minced garlic
2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1-2 teaspoons of soy sauce
1/2 tsp of salt (to taste!)
1 tsp ++ of honey
1- 2 tablespoons of honey
Whisk all the ingredients together and use on your favorite salad or as a dressing in your sandwich.
And, if you have any suggestions for goddesses for Aunt B, PLEASE add them in the comments below. I’ll be sure to pass them along. It sounds like she’s in need of a goddess from South America.