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February 2019

Island Time

2019-02-20T19:04:22+00:00February 20th, 2019|

 

A few weeks ago I broke away from TV for an evening and got myself to Vashon Island for the VIMEA Meeting. VIMEA is the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance, and it was wonderful on many levels. It’s not just Vashon folks; people came from all over to hear the lecture and hang. Standing out in the rain at the Grange with people sharing goodies and swapping stories was great, and the lecture by Dr. Ethan Russo was even better. But what really stuck with me was the sweet woman sitting next to me. I had a copy of my cookbook “EveryDayMaryJ” in my bag which she saw. She said, “Oh wow, you have that cookbook too? Isn’t it great?” At which point I wanted to kiss her and hold her close, but instead I was appropriately (extremely) happy. And surprised! Here was someone I didn’t know who bought my book and liked it. The best part? She hauled out a Lemon Bar that she made from my recipe and shared it with me… and it was delicious! Plus I got a nice little buzz. The whole evening was a lovely combination of validation, gratitude, and excitement. So I do want to thank everyone who’s purchased “EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Cannabis”; knowing that the recipes work and people like it makes me basically overjoyed. Yay humans!

January 2019

Pimpin’ My Book

2019-01-10T14:55:28+00:00January 10th, 2019|

So after 9 months of mostly fun and some hard work, Val Russell McKinley and I published our book, “EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Cannabis”. Response has been good and we’re slowly but surely getting the word out. But! Turns out that’s the hard part. It seemed to me that after all our efforts people would just automatically know that it’s a damn fine book, super useful, full of info. But as it turns out, one must push and prod all the time. That’s every day…..So we don’t want to bug you, but know that if you see a lot of posts about “EveryDayMaryJ”, we’re just trying to sell books! I’m already working on some recipes and potions for the next book, but first I need to know you all are cooking with cannabis. So please – for your health, for the planet, and for us…..get “EveryDayMaryJ” and we’ll all be happier. That’s www.everydaymaryj.com – and thank you so, so much.

December 2018

2019!!!!

2018-12-30T17:35:11+00:00December 30th, 2018|

Darlings! To all of you who have come to a cooking class, read this blog, commented on a FB post, and/or purchased my cannabis cookbook “EveryDayMaryJ”, I say THANK YOU!! Thank you for wanting to learn about cannabis, for listening to my lectures, for watching my Hugo J. Treadwell get over his cancer…. again, THANK YOU! I truly hope that 2019 is a year for healing, growth, laughter, and lotsa love. The world is a crazy place right now, but know that by sticking together, helping each other and laughing more, we’ll get through this new year in great shape. I have to say that understanding what cannabis can do for your health will go a long way to making your 2019 smooth. Don’t forget the wonder that is cannabis; when life gets too nuts, a nice Indica will get you right. For a truly fun and fine 2019, stay medicated! With love and wishes for all good things…  Mary

Don’t Be Scared

2018-12-12T17:38:21+00:00December 12th, 2018|

In my teaching cooking with cannabis one thing continues to stand out. Lots of people seem to be afraid of the high. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to folks about the healing properties of cannabis, and their main question is what about the high? Will I jump off a building/go crazy/eat the cat/ drool? Well, of course not, but some full grown intelligent humans remain scared of the pot. I blame prohibition; years of no or wrong information have left confusion in their wake. Now many of these same folks, because doctors are god, will take opioids and all the weird over the counter stuff, in spite of the side effects and a nasty high. I took pain meds for years, and let me tell you, that isn’t about euphoria. I found pills to be depressing and not healing at all, but cannabis – seriously great. And if you get a little goofy, or happy, or horny – isn’t that WAY better than being depressed and sad? So lose the pills and the over the counter stuff; you are an intelligent and brave individual…. try cannabis!!

November 2018

Our Pal CBD

2018-11-27T17:24:09+00:00November 27th, 2018|

There’s an analogy I use in class when we talk about CBD or cannabidiol, that wonderful popular non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. I like to say that it’s like taking a vitamin C pill; good for you and ok, but eating the whole orange is way better. Same with cannabis! Currently there’s a huge interest in CBD, which I think is great for getting people familiar with the healing properties of cannabis. But what kinda bugs me is that folks are missing out on all the other beneficial components of cannabis when they only focus on CBD. Now I know from teaching cooking with cannabis for years that some people are just plain scared of pot. I get it – years of propaganda has put fear in the hearts of many regarding the ‘high’. I’ve had people worried about hallucinations or jumping out of windows….I’ve found the best way to combat fear is with information and hopefully experimentation. There have been wonderful folks in class who had a lot of fear about pot, but with a little reading up and playing around they’re happy stoners now. I guess I’m saying CBD is great and better than nothing, but the whole plant is truly your friend!!

Large Thanks

2018-11-19T18:41:23+00:00November 19th, 2018|

Hasn’t this been a year? I don’t know about you all, but my life has gone through some wonderful, painful, and epic changes. I truly feel that our friend cannabis absolutely helped me through the worst of it; whether emotional angst or weird body stuff, cannabis got me through. And the more I use cannabis and learn about its healing properties the more I understand the importance of this ancient healing plant. I’m absolutely grateful for this, as well as being grateful for you. I don’t want to be trite, but to all of you who have come to a Cooking with Cannabis class, asked me canna questions on FB, or needed input on CBD – thanks! To be able to help even a little, to see someone get off all those pills, to see a puppy calm and healed – that’s all down to the goodness of cannabis, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me help just a little. So very grateful for all of you!!

October 2018

EveryDayMaryJ

2018-10-18T16:21:49+00:00October 18th, 2018|

COOKBOOK SOON!! I find it funny that back in February when we were thinking about the book I was all ‘no sweat, this won’t take but a few weeks’. Talk about live and learn. Turns out writing a whole cookbook about Cannabis and getting the most beautiful pictures and having smart people look at it takes time. But as we’re almost there I want to say a giant heartfelt thanks to my great friend and collaborator Val McKinley. Val has an incredible eye for art and light, and a wonderful calm demeanor which believe me is a great asset. Some of us are a bit hyper (!) and Val energy is great. So stay tuned, as shortly there’ll be a fun cannabis cookbook filled with info, recipes, stories, and pictures of Hugo J. Treadwell. EveryDayMaryJ, A Practical Guide to Cooking with Cannabis, will be here soon. Onward!

Don’t Be Scared of Gettin’ High

2018-10-04T17:18:39+00:00October 4th, 2018|

This morning I had a long conversation with a dear friend facing a cancer diagnosis. She’s been on a ton of medication for a very long time for a variety of physical problems and is fed up with the pills. Her concern about cannabis though was one I hear a lot; i.e. I’m scared/nervous/embarrassed about using pot and getting high. Some folks still believe all the scary propaganda they’ve heard over the years and just don’t know how to take the first step. Luckily about half of the US has medical cannabis now, and if you live in an enlightened place you have access. But if a person still is filled with fear about being high, how to overcome it? Knowledge is huge here, and when people learn that cannabis can’t hurt you like opioids, or when they learn that it’s been medicine for millennia, that helps. But so many folks – who take pills and/or drink – are scared of being high. All I can say is it’s WAY better than being drunk…or in pain….or in a bad mood. Try the cannabis people – it will make you a happier, healthier human!

September 2018

IT’S ALMOST HERE

2018-09-26T19:06:32+00:00September 26th, 2018|

Lord have mercy I feel like I’m about the give birth! Our new cookbook, EveryDayMaryJ will be published really soon. I’m so excited, as this is a distillation of my years teaching cooking with cannabis. There are a lot of good, simple, delicious and stony recipes as well as lots of info and incredible pictures (food porn) by my great friend Valerie McKinley. Way back in February I was all oh, this won’t take long and, an ebook? easy! I figured we’d just gather all my recipes together and call it a book. Ha. Now I know differently – gestation takes time – but I do think it’s a good read and you’ll have fun with it. If you’ve never cooked with cannabis or want to know more about the whole thing, this is the book for you! Please check back here soon or check out my social media pages for updates. Val and I both hope you get happy healing and delicious food from our book, EveryDayMaryJ; check  www.everydaymaryj.com  for updates. More soon!!

August 2018

Ripe Cannabis

2018-08-28T16:08:52+00:00August 28th, 2018|

Can you all feel the tingle in the air? It’s coming, that wonderful yearly turning away and the beginning of the gathering in…..I love Fall, and that spicy feeling that happens right around this time just makes me want to light the fire, even though it’ll be 78 later. What’s also happening of course is the girls – my beautiful cannabis plants – are getting ready . This year I grew several strains, and they all look a bit different. I’m figuring out the new drying system and getting excited to see what they’ll taste like. Honestly though the best thing about growing cannabis is being able to  manage every phase of my medication. I’m also starting to use the big fan leaves like I would parsley; they have a light vegetal taste and look beautiful on the plate. Just getting ready for a fine fall over here, and hopefully a fine giant harvest from my girls!