borscht – dancing to her own beet

by Michelle

I think one of the most difficult times in my life, as a mother ,was the moment that I realized I would not always be the gate-keeper.

It’s bitter-sweet to have raised such independent and capable young women. Their entire childhood was filled with empowering them with the skills of communication and reason.

Unfortunately, those very skills are the tools that have given them the courage to fly… unfortunate for me

When Meaghan relocated to Calgary, a huge concern for me centered around the fear that the she would be seduced by the very fast life style that this economy offers.

I can’t begin to share with you the joy I am experiencing as I watch her travel through the routines of her daily life.

Her gentle way of communicating with Theo, her puppy, friends, anybody she encounters, seems to bring a quieting to a very busy place.

She continues to be concerned about world issues and demonstrates her support or objections through her choices of where she will shop of what products she will buy.

Photographs of her family and of Theo’s family hang every where in their home… there are stacks of cookbooks, novels and home decor magazines in every room. The past times that she has always enjoyed continue to be celebrated.

Her style remains distinctly her own. Relaxed and shiny!

She is moving through this new, fast paced and impersonal environment dancing to her own lovely beat!

Last night, she prepared BORSCHT…beet soup. It was not only beautiful to look at but delish to eat.


6 medium beets, peeled and diced into 1/4 inch

3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 1/4 inch

2 carrots, peeled and diced 1/4 inch

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 large onion, peeled and diced 1/4 inch

1/2 cabbage, outer leaves peeled and sliced thin

4 cups beef broth

4 cups water

1 tablespoon white vinegar

large handful of fresh dill, chopped

1 lb mild Italian sausage meat, cooked and well crumbled

Place all of the ingredients in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low and simmer for 3 hours.

Serve with a big dollop of sour cream…yum!

Thanks for reading.