How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live.
I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.
What can you tell me about the ascension process to help others understand what is happening?
First of all, we will enlighten those who are needing answers on the importance of every day matters.
Clean eating, wearing natural fiber clothing, eliminating chemicals from your daily activities, will lighten your load for these things cause imbalance and undue stress as they are not compatible with the body’s natural functioning.
( There may be a period of adjustment here, and could take some time.)
Preparing the body through physical activity (exercise), drinking plenty of pure water, fresh air, taking deep breaths, and spending more time in the natural world with the sun shining on them.
Eliminating clutter and accumulated things from your lives.
Walking in a state of gratitude. Blessing your food and water in order to raise the vibration before taking…
1.THE GREAT LAW – As you sow, so shall you reap. This is also known as the Law of Cause and Effect. Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us. If what we want is happiness, peace, friendship, love…Then we should BE happy, peaceful, loving, a friend. Negative energy sent out to others will come back to you 10 fold
2.THE LAW OF CREATION – Life doesn’t just HAPPEN, it requires our participation. We are one with the Universe both inside and out. Whatever surrounds us gives us clues to our inner state. BE and DO yourself what you want to have in your life.
3.THE LAW OF HUMILITY – What you refuse to accept, will continue for you. If what we see is an enemy, or someone with a character trait that we find to be negative, then we ourselves are not focused on a higher…
Filtered water ( too much chlorine in the water can spoil the yeast)
Gallon container or quart jars (glass)
muslin squares ( I make mine from dishtowels that I purchase at Ikea)
Black Organic tea bags
Organic raw cane sugar ( non gmo)
Ginger tea bags ( optional)
Scoby ( symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) ( optional but helpful for faster brewing.
If you have a friend who makes Kombucha, ask for a piece of their “scoby” or “mother”.)
One cup of live Kombucha with the mother. You can find it at the health food store or your local grocer. This will help create your new scoby if you have one or not.
Boil one to two gallons of filtered water.
Add 8 Organic tea bags and let steep until a rich brown color.
Add 1-2 cups of sugar and stir until dissolved. ( 2 is better)
Let cool to room temperature.
Remove tea bags
Add one cup of kombucha ( this can be your starter if you don’t have a scoby. Brewing time may take longer.)
Add your scoby.
Pour into large jar or crock.
Cover top with muslin and secure with rubber band.
Let sit in a place where it will not be disturbed for a week or more.
After one week, taste for doneness.
It should be bubbly, and have a tart but sweet taste.
When it achieves desired taste, decant into smaller bottles with lids and refrigerate.
Cleans the liver
Creates beneficial bacteria in the gut.
helps reduce alcohol cravings
Aids in weight loss.
Good to use for a detox.
Has more beneficial bacteria than store bought.
Improves bowel health
Since I keep Kombucha on hand as a daily tonic I use a water crock with a spigot for easy decanting into bottles.
It helps to save glass drink bottles with reuseable lids for easy decanting. I save store-bought kombucha bottles with the wide mouth.
Let scoby grow and thicken for more effective brewing. ( I rinse my scoby and rinse out the crock between brewing sessions).
The yeast culture feeds on the sugar, so it’s okay for diabetics. ( consult your doctor) Once it is finished brewing ( about one week), there should be very little sugar content.
The yeast culture ( scoby) will form a new seal each time you make a new batch. Don’t worry if the one that you put in initially floats to the bottom. It is there to support the new scoby that will form and may eventually float to the top.
The scoby is not pretty, but you should think of it as your friend. It is setting up the beneficial bacteria for your gut that will work to heal you from the inside out.
Oily, flavored teas will interfere with the fermenting process.
Many people have been able to stop a soda addiction by replacing their soda with home-brewed kombucha.
If the kombucha turns into a vinegar ( this will happen is it sits longer than one week) you can use it on your salad!
Please leave a comment with any questions. I would love to get your feedback.
All of the opinions expressed in this article are my own and do not attempt to advise or treat any illness. Please consult your doctor. Mahalo!
An easy dish to make during the holidays for company or even to take a slice for work lunch, this recipe is one that I’ve made many times for friends and family, and is what I would add to the “comfort-food” variety.
You can vary the cheeses and vegetables to your taste.
Upon arriving home, after four months in Hawaii, my mind is flooded with a huge to-do-list…
Start new job
Make new slipcover for chair
Reorganize wardrobe for work
Bring more green into room
Finish painting bedside table
and the list goes on….I really just want to dive in and re-do every room!
But what keeps looming over my head, is the thought of how to keep a mostly “raw food diet” going in accordance with working a full-time job.
My first week, I purchased a stack of ready- made salads from the grocery store but wasn’t happy throwing the plastic containers into the trash everyday. I was glad to have the convenience though.
Work lunch has to be fairly simple, but completely satisfying, as my focus will be upon learning everything I can about the business, going through their four week training program, and adjusting to working a 40 hour work week.
Not too heavy…living food that energizes…Keeps me alert…stays with me to the end of the work shift.
So, today, I’ve inventoried the fridge and all of the cupboards to see what I have.
I’ll be making a three bean salad, a carrot salad ( find my recipe here), and some flax seed crackers ( here).
I’ve been making this easy three bean salad since my kids were little and even now that they’re adults, they still request it.
I love it’s versatility, as it can be eaten alone, on a bed of greens, easily transported to work in a mason jar, and is great to take along on picnics and family gatherings.
Easy 3 Bean Salad Recipe
Combine the following ~
1 can garbanzo beans ( rinsed and drained)
1 can cut green beans ( drained)
1 can black or kidney beans ( rinsed and drained)
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tablespoon dry sweet basil ( rubbed between hands to bring out the flavor)
1/4 cup raw red onion chopped
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar ( with the mother)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
After mixing, let it marinate in the fridge for at least one hour to bring out the flavors and give them a chance to blend.
Shown above on a bed of fresh spinach with raw crinkle cut butternut squash , and your favorite dressing.