Creamy Broccoli Soup made from scratch

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Making your own soups from scratch is easier than you may think.  Not as easy as opening a can, but much more nutritious and you made it yourself!

Ingredients:

1 head broccoli

2 cups water

1/4 sliced red onion

1 garlic clove minced

1/2 cube real butter

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 can evaporated milk ( can also use almond or coconut milks)

2 handfuls grated cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients

Let liquid cook down on simmer to evaporate and thicken to creamy consistency

Blend in Vita mix or blender

Garnish with grated cheese or parsley

Serve

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A great way to eat more “green” .  I hope you like it.  Please let me know in the comments section any thoughts or innovations you may have tried.

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Lion’s Gate Meditation and how to prepare

 

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Mini altar

Cottage Mavens, I was astounded and amazed when I saw that people from 16 countries had read my blog yesterday. (46 countries year- to- date )

At that moment, I was glad that the “translator” was on.

Finally, hitting the 3 year mark, I don’t think I started writing on the blog right away.

And once I did, I started out gingerly, tip-toeing in to the blog world, not sure what I would be writing about.

Things started to shift and evolve within me.

Thinking that I would write about decorating and all things related, my spirituality started showing up in a big way.

There were messages coming through that I needed to share with the world.

When I started to share these things, my heart began to fill up.

Even though I have just over 200 followers, I continue to blog.  I’m not only inspiring myself, but hopefully others. 😉

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pepper grinder used for incense holder

Even if you don’t know what the Lion’s Gate portal is on 8-8-17 (8), the full moon eclipse, the global shift, etc. etc. etc. , you can prepare for this worldwide event by preparing your altar.

The full moon in Aquarius, the friendly sign, will most likely be bringing people together, and with the sun in Leo, there may be large gatherings, parties, and get- togethers done on a larger scale – or you may choose to spend the time with those closest to your heart.

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Elements of an altar

Whichever way it plays out for you, there are several things you can do to prepare.

Create an Altar ~ this can be temporary or permanent.

Here are some suggestions for you to try…

Your altar can be simple or extravagant, it is entirely up to you.

  1. create a central focal point, like in any good design!
  2. You can start with a table, place a cloth on the table if desired.
  3. add pictures of the Christed ones such as Jesus, Paramahansa Yogananda, Babaji, Lord Buddha, Amachi, your own personal guru, your ancestors, or a symbol that denotes peace, love, and world unity.

You can also use a large rock or crystal

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Large Selenite Crystal with Quartz Point on top

Add something from each of the elements, ie. fire, earth, wood, air, water, using natural living things found in your environment.

Fire ~ Candles, Incense, Sage wand

Earth ~ Crystals, rocks, lava, dirt

Water~ a bowl of water, a mirror,

Wood ~ Herbs, Flowers, leaves – here I’m using leaves, Rosemary for longevity, faithfulness, and spiritual strength.  Sage for clarity and guidance.

Air ~ feathers, bird nests

Written affirmations

Look for things close to your home, or take a walk and see what finds you!

The idea is not to go out and buy a bunch of stuff or spend a lot of money on your altar.

Find things from Nature, the elements, or your kitchen!

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As I’m sitting here with this altar, sacred space, with all of it’s beauty, softness, and grace, I feel deep emotion, blessings, and so much love in my heart.

The energy of the herbs, flowers, crystals, send forth their love, fragrance, and gratitude, making our job easier. 

Our job of sending this love and gratitude worldwide.

Why wait until the full moon?

Get the family involved in this vigil, this ceremony.

Spend time meditating near your altar infusing it with your peace.

Then, on the full moon, collect the energy of your altar, rolling your hands over it and collecting it up into a great ball of light.

Give your energy ball a blessing and send it out into the Universe.

Every Sunday, in August there will be worldwide global unity prayer circles.

Keep your altar refreshed.

Create a group of your own .

Keep the Ball rolling!

Feel the peace in your heart and become a “smile millionaire”* giving your smiles away to all you come into contact with. ( smile millionaire first coined by Paramahansa Yogananda)

Eat more super foods and Raw foods to increase your own Life Force energy. You can find my recipes here.

With much love,  Lorna

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How to get unstuck from Emotions that may be holding you back.

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First of all, if you are feeling stuck emotions, depression, a sense of helplessness, it’s important to honor those feelings, spend time with them, feel them through and you may find yourself coming out of the tunnel on the other side with some new insights, refreshed energy levels, and some inspiration of what to do next.

Find out what’s blocking you.  Dive deep into your feelings to see if you can “see” what’s holding you back.  Do you need to let go of something, forgive yourself or someone else, speak your feeling to someone?  Or are you just trying to control something that is not yours to control? Practice Self-Reflection. Step out of yourself, and take a serious look at yourself from an objective point-of-view.  What do you see? 

Sometimes the only thing that will help at the moment is to just take a nap.

Sleep as much as you need to.

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Start a journal ~ If you can write every day before you even get out of bed or while you have your morning coffee, just dump all of your thoughts and feelings onto the pages.

I like to do a ‘stream of consciousness” writing where I write down every thing that I am hearing ( like the fan), feeling in my body, any thoughts that come up , random things that I think about.  This can give you some insight into what it is that’s bothering you.

It’s also a way of getting in touch with your intuition.

After journaling each day, just say a simple prayer ” Heavenly Father, Divine Mother, Friend, Beloved God, Angels and guides, I surrender these feelings and thoughts to you.  show me what I need most today on my journey to self-healing.  guide me by your loving hand to make the right choices for my life.  If I cannot handle my feelings today, send me an angel to lift me out of despair.  Help me to recognize that I am not alone in this life.  show me a way to rise above my sorrow and reach out to others.  I put my trust in you.  Wrap me in your loving arms as I go about my day.  Help me to have a deeper understanding of myself and others so that I can feel your Divine presence in every thing.  Om _ Peace _ Amen.

 

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my sacred space/altar

Create a Sacred Space in your home where you can just be.

Whether it’s a corner of a room or ideally a whole room, decorate it, paint it your favorite color.  add uplifting words and pictures, or things from Nature.

Bring in some soothing music or even music that you enjoyed at your happiest times.

Make this your go-to place of retreat where you can work through your feelings and pour your heart out to God or your chosen source of comfort.

Wear your favorite colors.  What colors are you drawn to? think about this for a minute.  There’s a reason you are drawn to certain colors.  They can help heal you!  Honor the impulse.  buy some new underwear.  Go shopping and try on some clothes that are totally out-of-the-box from you usual.  Your fantasy self.  You may discover that you like some aspects and incorporate them into your wardrobe. 

Try wearing natural gemstone jewelry. 

Visit a crystal shop and discover which ones you are drawn to.  Keep your favorite crystal next to your bed. or on your mini-altar.

Citrine for Joy!

Amethyst for peace.

Rose Quartz for love and connecting to your heart center.

Walk through your home. 

Is there any clutter?

Dead plants?

Images that don’t uplift?

Old tired or broken furniture?

Dust bunnies?

If so, they are depleting your energy every time you pass by them.

If you can’t muster up the energy to do it yourself, then call someone to come and help you.

a cheerful house cleaner could be just what you need.

Sit down and draw a picture of your home.

Or start with one room.

Put your drawing in a chair and sit across from it.

Have a conversation with this room or with your house drawing.

Ask it what it needs.

Write down what ever comes up.

You may be surprised.

Be sure to take action on whatever it tells you.

This is a fun exercise.

I hope you try it.

 

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Herb garden, parsley and sage

 

Try planting a garden.

Working with plants can be very uplifting.

Bring some fresh greenery indoors. Or a big fresh bouquet of flowers!

Plan an herb garden in your kitchen window.

Open the windows and let the fresh air come in.  Bring more light in.

Is there enough lighting in each room?  Add some lamps for ambient lighting.

Clean the windows so the natural light can fill your space.  This will help you “see” what’s blocking you.

 

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Try a clay pot tray for your smudge wand

 

Aromatherapy

Have you smudged yourself lately?

Sage wand – dispels negative energy and clears the air of heavy dross.  It also carries your prayers on the smoke!

Sweet Grass – Brings in the beautiful, positive energies.

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Nag Champa insense is used in temples.  I always burn this after cleaning a room.  It brings a calming influence, and my family loves it!

Palo Santo is my new favorite insense!  It brings in a soft intimate feel to the room, enhances intuition, and opens your mind to see more clearly.

Eucalyptus Room Spray – energizes, clears stagnant energy, freshens, and discourages dust mites.

Lavender – is a loving, peaceful, and comforting sent.

rose – is very beautiful, romantic, and soft, helps you feel from your heart.

Orange Blossom – uplifting, happy.

( see how I make my own smudge spray here.)

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Spend time in Nature!

 

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Dancing Plumeria trees

This is where I feel most connected to Source.  Spend some time hanging out with trees.  They are known as the “tall ones standing, praying” in the Native American culture.

They will help you on your journey and lift some of your burdens.

Do you have a pet?

Animals are very prescient of what’s going on with us.

They have been some of my greatest healers.

I used to cry to my cat, Monkey.  He would stay with me , purring, comforting me.

I also had the opportunity to care for a boston terrier named Lucy.  She would come into my room every morning and get me out for a walk.  We would hang out at the park and commune with the trees.  I received so much healing during that time.

Hobbies – Do you have a hobby?  Now’s the time to dive right in to that hobby.  It will help you shift your mind to something creative.  Try something new.  And remember all art is perfect! and so are you, just the way you are!

Try this prayer, or wish wall hanging made from old magazines, a tree branch, wooden clothespins,  some bakers twine, and your positive intentions or affirmations!

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You can learn how here.

Try to eat some raw, living food at least once a day – Organic fruits and vegetables.

Drink lots of pure water.

Exercise

Get a massage

Clean your colon.  A lot of trapped emotions could be sitting in your colon, causing mental and emotional pain

Find a professional colon therapist with five or more years of experience, who uses the “closed” method.  Go in for at least three treatments over a three week period.

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Dearest Cottage Mavens,

All of these things will work to help you get in touch with your emotions and start the chi or energy flowing in your life again.

But you must take action.  One day at a time, and with much gentleness as you go about your journey to wellness.

With much love, Cottage Necessities

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Chopped Salad ~

This is not a recipe, but an open plan for you to unleash your own creativity with food that is alive, that is full of cell regenerating, living enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and organic goodness.

 

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chopped salad

Not everyone likes the same vegetables.

By chopping everything into very small pieces, you will be blending your flavors to create your own masterpiece.

It’s important to have color, so be sure to include something in the yellow, orange, or red family, as well as the green, the purple….

You are not limited to vegetables, and can add fruits, nuts, cheese, meat ( cooked), herbs and spices.

Your items can be fresh ( preferred), canned, fermented, dehydrated.

You can start with what you have in your kitchen right now.

So, let’s get started ~

 

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Green leafy beginning

Base ~

 

Start with greens ~ a variety or choose one ~

Spinach

Lettuce

Cabbage

Arugula

Do you have a favorite?

Add some Color ~

Tomatoes, apples, oranges , peppers, zucchini, corn cornichons, purple onions carrots, radishes, celery, cucumbers

Spice it Up ~ Fresh garlic, olives, pickles, sauerkraut, capers, hot peppers

Herbs ~ Fresh basil, mint, dill, sage, thyme

Dairy ~( optional)   goat cheese, grated cheese, parmesan cheese

Sweet ~ raisins, grapes, strawberries, apples, oranges

Nuts and Seeds ~ Hemp seed, chia, sunflower, pumpkin, sliced almonds, peanuts, cashews, pine nuts, walnuts

Oils~ olive oil, flax seed oil

Vinegars ~ apple cider vinegar with the “mother”, wine vinegar, lemon or lime juice ( fresh squeezed, of course)

salt and pepper

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Pick one or two from each category

Try to use homemade dressings, not store bought

A surprise favorite is flax oil and lemon ~ This combination is unbeatable

Chop large items before placing in the bowl

Chop in bowl with a pizza wheel, dough separator, or hand held chopper

Add dressing and toss and serve

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Best if eaten immediately.

Eat as much as you want.

Change it up for variety.  I know you will discover some favorite ingredients on your own.

This will leave you feeling full, satisfied, not stuffed.  It will feel light, and you will be energized from eating living food that goes to work in your blood stream to cleanse and tone all of your vital cells and organs in your body.

This is a great way to eat during a full body detox and cleanse, or just every day.

 

My family loves chopped salad.  I hope yours does too.

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Pan Roasted Vegetables

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There’s nothing that makes your home smell more like “home” than pan roasted vegetables.

Now you know I’m all for home cooking pure, organic, unadulterated vegetables, the salt of the earth, and God’s own living creation.

And if you read my blog, and have tried my recipes, you will also know that when it comes to cooking, simplicity is key, especially if you’ve been working all day, and have to muster up enough energy to prepare a meal.

There’s nothing simpler and more satisfying than Pan Roasted Vegetables.

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Preheat oven 375 degrees f.

Line roasting pan with parchment paper

Assorted fresh vegetables

olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

fresh herbs – I used sage here.

Slice, dice, and cut up your vegetables.

Drizzle with Olive oil

bake until brown and glazed

Turn half way through the baking process or after 15 – 20 minutes

Serve as a side dish, as the main course, or cut up and tossed in your favorite greens while still warm.

Delicious

Light

Savory

Soul Food

Seasonal Vegetables work best.

and don’t forget the fresh garlic and onions!

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A dollop of sour cream adds an extra element of flavor.

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Enjoy!  And please sign up so you don’t miss a post.  Thanks for visiting.  Until next time.

 

Chia Pudding in a Mason Jar

When doing a cleanse it’s always a great idea to keep some healthy sweet alternatives at the ready so you don’t fall back on old habits.

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Here are some of my favorites –

I like to have the maple flavored or honey flavored yogurts instead of ice cream.

Unsweetened applesauce

sliced apples with chunky peanut butter

You can make ahead this recipe and get creative with it.  I like to store it in a mason jar because it takes up less room in the fridge.

Chia Seed Pudding in a Mason Jar

2 1/2 cups almond or Coconut milk

3/4 cups chia seeds

2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Blend in a blender or stir all ingredients into a Mason jar and refrigerate overnight.  If you make it directly into the mason jar, you will want to check it to make sure it is stirred  about a half hour after you first make it.

I like to layer it with one of the yogurts mentioned above and some fresh fruit, like mango, shown in the picture.

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For an extra treat, enjoy it outside on the patio or by the poolside.

 

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Most of the above satisfies the “no dairy” protocol during your cleanse or anytime.  Reducing dairy in your diet can reduce inflammation in your joints.

Even though there is some sugar and dairy in the yogurt choices, you cannot beat the healthy probiotics you’ll be getting.

Please share in the comments if you’ve found some healthy alternatives for your sweet tooth.

I’d love to hear from you.  Mahalo

This post does not intend to offer medical advice. Only suggestions for  healthier lifestyle choices based on my own personal experiences.

Suggested Meals for Full Body Detox and Cleanse

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Whether you are wanting to lose weight, improve your chances of fighting off illness, shift to a higher vibration, and just “feel” better, this meal plan can be followed for one week, one month, one year, or a lifetime.  It may just change your life!  Please join me in this beautiful, healthful way of enjoying food.  You may find that cravings that you once had may start to slip away.  And as always, be gentle on yourself.  This in not a diet, but a way of life.

Week One

water 16 oz.

one cup coffee ( no sugar) black or full fat half and half ( why full fat? see below)

 

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low fat half and half ngredients

Low fat has all kinds of extra ingredients.  Would you rather put this in your body? IMG_3926

 

or this?  Check out the ingredients.  As close to pure with out being organic, which would be even better. Full fat also is more satisfying, and without all of the added chemicals and stabilizers, your chance of craving something more will be reduced.

If you haven’t already, start reading your ingredients.  I was shocked to make this discovery.  Weren’t you?

Breakfast – Green Smoothie

1 cup water

1 cup orange juice

1 banana

1 mango or strawberries, blueberries, etc.

1 tbsp. fiber ( psyllium husk- dry blended and kept in an airtight container)

1 scoop green powder

1 tbsp. E-3 Live (optional) or local Bee pollen

( if you need to reduce the sugar, you can leave out the o.j., and if you don’t have green powder, you can add one handful of raw spinach leaves)

Make up your own recipes!

water 16oz.

Lunch – Chopped salad – everything chopped up very small and mixed together . A variety of vegetables and fruits, and eat as much as you want!

For your dressing use the following:

Fresh minced garlic

olive or flax oil

fresh squeezed lemon juice

Add some fresh or dried herbs like sweet basil, one of my favorites.

Best to use fresh, organic, seasonal vegetables.

water 16 oz.

Dinner

Pan Roasted Vegetables tossed in olive oil with salt and pepper

lean meat if desired.

16oz. water at the end of your meal

Dessert – Sweeet tooth alternatives  in a future post

Glass of wine if desired ( but not every day)

Repeat for 7 days

For a snack try some freshly juiced carrot with a nub of fresh ginger.

Schedule a massage and a colonic for this week.

Do some gentle exercise like walking stretching, yoga or swimming every day. (As you detox, you will find that your body wants to move more).

Try detoxing from TV for one week.

Listen to music and spend some quiet time in Nature.

Take a nap if you feel like it.

Write down any changes in your appetite, body, mood, or sleeping habits.

If you are having trouble sleeping you might want to try one of these.

Drink 1 teaspoon of Celtic Sea salt dissolved in water before bed for a deep sleep

Try some ice water with some Tart Cherry Concentrate and a little Agave nectar to sweeten it.  The melatonin in the cherry will give you a deep slumber.

Golden Milk recipe:

Prepare organic Turmeric paste by cooking the powder ( 1 jar) in filtered water until it forms a paste.  Add 1/2 tsp. black pepper as it is cooking.  Store in fridge.

Mix 1 teaspoon of Turmeric paste into a cup of coconut milk or almond milk and add cinnamon or nutmeg to taste.

Drink before bedtime and you’ll sleep like a baby.

Here are some before and after photos of me to give you some proof of what I am saying.

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I know!  I couldn’t believe it was me either!  This picture was a big wake up call for me.  Taken about 2 years ago.

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This is what I look like today.  Still a work in progress, but I feel soooo much better.  A change in lifestyle is what it took.

Things I’ve noticed so far:

My mind is heightened and alert

My vision is clear

I feel great

I’m waking up earlier requiring less sleep., but still sleeping through the night.

My waistline is restructuring itself.

I’m not having cravings or strong hunger urges.

I feel happier and keep getting rushes of kundalini energy and tingling in my head, like my body is waking up and t he cells are regenerating themselves.

Update:  This week I started doing 200 sit ups and 100 arm curls with a 10 lb. weight. Focusing on the waistline, and hoping the sit ups will firm my chin area.  Still swimming almost every day.

 

 

 

 

Mango Jam and Growing Trees (recipes)

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This would be my first attempt at making jam, something I’ve always wanted to try.

My grandma did a lot of canning when I was growing up.

She even had grand- dad build her a “dumb-waiter” that she could use to lift all of her canning down to the basement from the kitchen.

I’m not sure why the thought intimidated me though.  I guess it just looked so complicated to me as a child.

It’s been three days since I had scheduled myself to do this, ( why was I procrastinating?) so today just had to be the day.

This is my Brown-Sugar Mango Jam recipe.  ( I can never leave well enough alone and just make something the “normal” way, so I have added some interesting flavors to this very light and delicious jam recipe!  I hope you will try it. )

Brown Sugar Mango Jam

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Ingredients:

8-10 ripe mangos – chopped and peeled

juice of 1-2 lemons

1/2 cup of Grade A maple syrup

1/2 cup light brown sugar – not packed

1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

Mix ingredients in a big pot and bring to a rolling boil.

( optional – leave 2 seeds in during cooking process to enhance the flavor. )

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Reduce heat to simmer for approximately 1 – 2 hours

Stirring occasionally.  don’t let it stick.  Break up big chunks.

Remove seeds with your spoon and discard

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To check your jam for done-ness:

Put a plate in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Drop a bit of jam onto the cold plate ( this is called a “strike”) and put back in the freezer for 2 minutes.

If its thick and wrinkly, when you take it out, it’s ready to decant into the jars.

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Pour the hot jam mixture into hot jars leaving 1/4″ of space on top.  Place seal and lid ring screwed on loosely.

Put filled jars back into hot water making sure they are covered in water.

Boil for 10 minutes.

Take jars out of water to cool and allow seal to “pop” in place.

Congratulate yourself for a job well done!

Cottage Mavens,

There’s something soulful about taking the time to make your own jam.  Hard to describe, but I felt something inside me shift, as I went through this process of preparation, cooking, and canning this beautiful fruit. Perhaps, I was connecting to Grandma’s spirit, or a long ago memory.  All I know is that doing some of these things, that could be considered a “Cottage Necessity” is all about getting in touch with a part of ourselves that we don’t see every day.  I hope you will try it and let me know how you did.

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Bonus Flax seed cracker recipe ( by the way, the combination of the jam and cracker are amazing!  Salty, Sweet, and Spicy )

Flax Seed Crackers – Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  If you have a convection oven, use that setting.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup filtered water

1 cup of flax seeds

3 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons of ground Psyllium powder ( Hawaiian Power Rinse)

Soak all of the above for at least one hour.  Can be left overnight.

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Add 3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons of sunflower seeds

3 tablespoons of raw hemp seeds

1 1/2 teaspoons celtic sea salt

Mixing all ingredients together with oiled hands. I use olive oil.

Line a cookie sheet or pan with parchment paper.

Spread mixture into pan, pressing down to flatten to a thin layer.

Score lightly with a knife before putting into oven.  I like to make squares

Put in oven for one hour, then flip the whole thing over and cook for one more hour.

I left mine in the oven overnight, because I fell asleep, and it was fine.

If any of your crackers are not crispy when you break them apart, you can put them back into the oven to crisp them up more after breaking them up.

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These are delicious, healthy, and easy to make.  A nice way to add some extra fiber into your diet while doing a cleanse and having something healthy to replace chips.

Try it with the Mango Jam!

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Occasionally I find a seed that has started to sprout, and want to become a tree.  So, I like to try and oblige it and help it succeed.

 

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Mango seed with root started

This mango seed has shown some signs of life.  See the root sticking out?

The easiest way, that I’ve found to get the tree started, is to wrap the seed in a wet paper towel, and put it into a baggy so it can germinate.

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Once it has had some time to let it’s roots get stronger, I plant it into a pot, and keep it watered until it reached at least a foot tall. At that time, it can be put into a larger pot, or planted into the ground.  Just remember to keep it watered.

I have also had a lot of success starting avocado seed this way.  The old toothpick in a jar method has never really worked for me.

How wonderful to be able to support life in this way, plant a tree, and reap a beautiful harvest one day.  It really makes you feel as though you are a part of God’s grand plan.

 

Full Body Cleanse and Detox

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Where do I start?

To begin a proper detox you must first get in touch with your body.

If you’ve been using your body like a dumping ground, putting a lot of the wrong foods into it, like I was, then it may take some time.

I will not tell you to stop doing things, but will guide you to start doing things that honor and respect your body temple.

If you follow the guidelines, you will find that your desire for certain food and drink will disappear of their own accord.

This is not a strict diet, or a regimented plan of action, but if you use your intuition, move at your own pace, and put forth the effort you will see many profound changes start to happen.

You will regain hope that it is possible to live in a healthy body at any age.

I will take you through seven days to get you started.

Please join me on this journey.

Even though I have only laid out seven days for you, I think you’ll find that this is much easier than it may look at the moment, and will bring much joy to your heart if you choose to continue for a lifetime.

 

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photo from Kiki K planner

Doing a full-body detox and cleanse takes a bit of planning.

What I offer here for you is the step-by-step plan that was laid out for me when I first arrived in Hawaii, by my guides, or “the higher ups” as I like to call them.  You can read about that here.

I will be doing this with you and recommend doing one of these every six months for the rest of your life for full-body maintenance.

With all of the advertising influences and other daily distractions, it can be easy to “fall back” to doing things the old way.

As you progress, all of your senses will be heightened and you will experience more joy bubbling up from within .

You will feel lighter and your inner light will shine brighter and you will begin to experience the world from a whole new perspective.

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13 steps to a new body.

  1. Do a mental “scan” of your body.  Get into a quiet place, lying or sitting.  Close your eyes and “scan” your body, getting in touch with any aches or pains.   If you are experiencing any maladies in certain areas, send white healing light to that area and ask your body what it needs.

Depression and fatigue are your body’s way of letting you know it’s running on overload – so are aches and pains.

 

Write down any thoughts or ideas that come to the surface of your mind.  This is how your body communicates with you.   “Flax seed crackers” came up for me, so I’m working on a recipe that I will be sharing with you.

2.  Prepare your shopping list.

Fresh organic fruits and vegetables of your choice

Lean meats, I only use chicken and occasionally wild caught salmon.

Psyllium fiber – you can “dry” blend it for a finer powder.  It’s gentler on the body. I mix it in my smoothies.

Green powder – for smoothies.

Plain Greek yogurt – full fat ( non-fat dairy usually has added chemicals and sugar)  full fats are more satisfying and will reduce hunger cravings.

For sweet tooth craving – Plain unsweetened apple sauce, Honey or Maple flavored yogurt.

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3.  Set up a journal to track yourself.  Now’s a good time to set your intention.  Write out your affirmations.  ( I used some extra pages in my planner to set it up.  If you have a planner, this is what I recommend. )

4.  Weigh in and take your measurements.

5. Before you begin, get in touch with your body.

Get a full body massage.

Go swimming – my fave!  Take a slow walk in Nature.  Walk barefoot on some grass or dirt, and soak in some sunlight.   Do some stretches out doors if possible.

Tune into your beautiful body and thank it for knowing how to take care of you.

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6.  Now’s a good time to assess your beauty routine.

Look for body products and shampoos that don’t have a lot of cancer causing chemicals in them.  What you put “on” your body goes into your blood stream.

I recommend

Dr. Bronner’s castile soap

Shikai hair products

Virgin coconut oil for moisturizer

Boom Cosmetics for the face and body

Get a natural bristle brush for a dry brush massage.

Stop the use of synthetic perfumes.

Now’s a good time to try some essential oils –

You can make our own blends by adding a few drops to rubbing alcohol or vodka.

I also love the orange blossom and rose petal waters from the Mediterranean market.  They are distillations of the blossoms and make a nice base to your essential oils.  ( never use an essential oil directly on the body as it could cause a reaction. )

7.  Consider doing your laundry with Borax and Arm and Hammer washing soda – you can add some castile soap to this for sudsing action ( grate it first)

8.  Eliminate all polyester clothing and bedding from your life.

Polyester has been found through energy testing to lower the auric field.

Switch to natural cottons, linens, and wool and let your aura shine at it’s brightest.

9.  Eliminate all hand sanitizers, harsh cleaning chemicals, and artificial room deodorizers from your home.

10.  Reduce your use of prescription drugs by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Your body is a natural healer – but too much toxicity in the body prevents it from doing it’s work.

11.  On the second or third day after starting a detox – go in for a colon hydro therapy session or give yourself a few enemas to help your elimination processes evacuate the toxins that your body will be releasing.

If you have had a lifestyle of fast foods, a lot of meat, or processed foods, it would be a good idea to set up a series of regular visits to a colon hydro-therapist.

There could be a build up of plaque along your intestinal walls that’s preventing proper absorption of nutrients and keeping toxins from poor eating habits and prescription drugs in your system.

You will also experience more youthful vitality by keeping your colon clean.

Even coffee can create a tar-like substance in the colon.

12.  Probiotics – naturally fermented kombucha sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt should be taken daily.

It’s so easy to make your own – visit Cultured Food Life to learn more about this.

13.  Find ways to get more exercise and move that body.

Play some music and dance like nobody’s watching

Put on your favorite tunes and walk

I like Leslie Sansone’s walking videos when it’s too hot or cold to go outside.

I always park at the farthest spot when shopping and running errands

Whether you do better in group exercise or on your own, I find yoga to be one of the best and most gentle of ways to really get in touch with my body.

There are classes you can sign up for online for pennies a day.  Daily Om, and anytime yoga for example.

And you just may find it easier to incorporate a meditation practice into your lifestyle which  is essential to living your best life.

Always, always have music that uplifts you, and  helps your spirit soar.

No more criticizing your body wishing you had this or that.

It’s time to love your body, be thankful for the miracle that it is, hold your head high, keep your posture straight, shoulders back ( you can align your posture by standing against a wall), stepping out with grace and ease.  Step into your light body.

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Make a vision board.  Visualize yourself in your perfect body.  Notice how it feels!  Carry that feeling with you the entire day!.

 

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Make your vision board on one of your planner pages.

Make your vision board on one of your planner pages.  Keep it simple.

You are a gift to the Universe, and by showing up as your best self every day, you will see what a gift you are to yourself.

Go at your own pace, Be gentle on yourself.

Drink 6 – 8 glasses of pure water each day.

Namaste ( the goddess in me bows to the goddess in you)

Sources of inspiration – check them out!

Daily Om

Donna Schwenk – Cultured food life\Yoga anytime

Rosemary Gladstar – homemade creams

Donna Eden – Energy Body exercises

Leslie Sansone – Walk away the pounds

The above information does not attempt to offer any medical advise.  All of the opinions expressed are my own from my own personal experiences.  I am not working with any affiliate programs for any one mentioned.

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Following bread crumbs…How did Hansel and Gretel survive?

By practicing the 27 days of Feng Shui challenge here, and 30 days of Gratitude here at the beginning of the year, I think of the story about Hansel and Gretel leaving bread crumbs along their trail in the forest so they could find their way home upon returning.

The Forest

We’ve made the clearing by eliminating all of those things that no longer spark joy.

Hansel and Gretel were left in the forest because their parents couldn’t afford to feed them.  They expected them to become lost.

The forest is your home.  By clearing your clutter you will see your way more clearly.

The bread crumbs

We’ve laid a path of gratitude and love, taking time to appreciate the people, circumstances, and  blessing that are present in our lives.

Hansel and Gretel dropped bread crumbs along the path, thinking this would lead them back home.  Little did they know, that the critters in the forest were hungry and would eat all of the bread crumbs. (The bread crumbs symbolize insincere prayers that are not heart felt. )

The ginger bread house

There may be distractions along the way. ( When Hansel and Gretel saw the house made of ginger bread, their hunger got the best of them, and all they could think of was devouring that house!)

Habits, moods, circumstances can draw us in and cause us to lose our focus.

The Witch

We’ve faced head-on some of the less than pleasant things in our lives and hopefully pushed pass them.

Or maybe they found a way to move on.

It seems that everyone is hungry in this story, even the witch!  She was planning to eat the children for dinner!

Perhaps, their hunger was a Spiritual Hunger, that could only be satisfied by a Connection to Spirit.  ( Everything else can wait, but your search for God cannot wait. Once the connection to your God Source is established, all of your needs are satisfied. )

The Oven

You may have escaped from “the oven” of uncertainty and witnessed a miracle, or been given more clarity.  ( The oven is the Fire of Spirit directing your life and burning up the dross of a matter based existence. )

After the children pushed the witch into the oven, they were free.

Now, it’s time to turn and face the path home and hope the birds haven’t made a meal of your bread crumbs.

Practicing gratitude should be an everyday occurrence by now.

Gratitude promotes prosperity and healing in our lives.

Even if the birds have devoured some of your carefully laid bread crumbs, you can look for other signs to find your way home.

The signs that the Universe brings are sometimes subtle and easy to overlook, to miss all together, or to discount their validity.

And you may not get reminders if you ignore them.

Have you ever regretted not doing something when the signs  were all around you?

I have.

What kinds of signs can you expect?

You could receive a hunch or an idea.

You might see something that reminds you of someone.

Nature often sends signs.

You could get a strong feeling that every thing’s going to be okay.  That could be an Angel whispering in your ear.

You could feel a strong urge to take an action.

You could see a message on a license plate while driving.

Whatever it is, take notice, jot it down in a journal or a notebook, or take action.

Start collecting those bread crumbs or signs that you see along your path.

This is how the Universe guides us.

When we are doing “inner work” there’s a time for sewing the seeds and reaping the harvest.

It takes time.

Sometimes years.

It’s important to do the work of decluttering, training our minds to expect the best, pushing through adversity, and practicing patience through trust and faith.

Watch for the signs and be ready to act when an opportunity presents itself.

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  1. Stay in tip-top form, by staying physically active – exercise and nutrition
  2. Update your wardrobe so you look your best.  Update your home’s “wardrobe” so it lifts your spirit.
  3. Keep mentally sound through meditation, getting plenty of sleep, learning all you can.
  4. Emotionally fit by practicing gratitude, forgiveness, and always focusing on the positive.  No more complaining.
  5. Spiritually Alert – through inner stillness, meditation and prayer, spending time in Nature.
  6. Keep a journal of the signs and symbols that come your way.

Now you are ready for the next great offer that comes your way.

Hansel and Gretel found their way home after discovering the Witch’s treasure.  They returned home to help their parents with their newly found prosperity.

Do you have an idea what the Witch’s treasure might have been?

Please leave your comments below.  I hope you enjoyed this post.  While I was writing it, I actually surprised my self with some of the things that came forward.

I wish you all the best.

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