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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Prepare jars and lids by immersing in water to boil.+++++++++++++++===================

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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page from kikki k planner

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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For the Love of a Mango, and how to cut one the French way

It only seems appropriate that I would write a poem about mangos.

Every day, I go out, for a “mango Check” to see if any have dropped from the trees.  They are all too high too reach this far in the season, even with a tall mango picker.

I have to get them before the birds do.

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There are many native birds here that love mangoes as much as I do, I’m afraid.

My grandson and I have agreed to leave some out for the birds to clean up.

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For the Love of Mangos                                 by Lorna Erickson

mangos, mangos falling from the trees

Swaying, swaying in the tropical breeze

Honey flavored juices

calling out to meet

Communing with the elements

savoring the sweet

Singing a story of ancient lullabies

Sharing a meal with fine feathered friends

Enough to go around

shading and protecting

Mangos, mangos a Heavenly delight!

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I was in the Virgin Island of Tortola, when I first learned the French way to cut a mango.

I was visiting my ex-boyfriend there.

It’s a long story, and kind of a sad tale, but also very romantic.

He cut the mango for me the way that I will show you.  He called it the “French cut” and we ate the single squares of mango right from the skin, juices running all down our chins.

It was lovely!

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How to French Cut a Mango

  1. First you will want to find the dimple.  Every mango has one. IMG_3967
  2. Turning the dimple to the side and facing the widest part of the mango you will center your knife at the top, and slice straight down. ( this avoids cutting into the seed)
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    dimple is on the side

    Each half will be all flesh, no seed.  Make criss cross cuts forming small squares., cutting all the way through and stopping before you cut through the skin. IMG_3969

  3. After cuts are made, you can flip the skin to push the squares outward.  IMG_3976
  4. You can eat it right from the skin at this point, or slice off the squares into a bowl.
  5. The middle is all that remains with the seed intact.  You can trim off the skin, and eat or cut around the seed.  IMG_3977
  6. I usually hold it over the sink as it is really juicy. IMG_3979
  7. You can eat it alone, in a smoothie, or with your favorite fruits and yogurts.  Salsas, chutneys, and jams are another option.

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    Banana, Mango, Blueberries, Maple yogurt and Cinnamon
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    Fresh Mango

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  9. Last Years Mango and Banana Harvest