Spirit To Sole Connection

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Rites of spring

Re-Joyce, re- awakening, re-light my gardening addiction! My soul always celebrates the new signs of spring, it is as if my spirit is starting to re- bloom.

One of my favorite signs of life – re-blooming is the sweet wild viola.

viola and leaves

I adore these sweet little flowers and they are always my first “ritual” of the season. I harvest a big handful of the flowers,as I harvest the flowers I thank Mother Earth, the Fae, and the ancestors for all their blessings. I place  the viola blossoms in a clear glass jar and I fill the jar with the end of last years honey harvest. This jar sits out in the yard, upon some rocks and baths under the full moon light. This is the first of my scared blessed honey’s, to make for the season.

viola honey

Happy Friday and Happy Spring, on Tuesday is the Pink Full Moon– harvest your viola’s!

 


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Cranberry, Hawthorn and Orange Relish

It is time to pull out the festive foods and celebrate. This yummy relish is also heart smart!

2 c.s fresh cranberries

1 large seeded Orange chopped

1/2 c. sugar

1/4 c. Orange Liquor or Frozen concentrate orange juice

1/4 c plumped hawthorn berries ( 1/4 c. hot water add dried hawthorn berries and let sit for 1/2 hour to plump up)

 

Place all ingredients in a food processor and chop (do not puree). Place the mix into a bowl and chill for 3-6 hours.cranberry-heart

 

 


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Seasonal Flavors of Tea Change

The winter wind has finally started to blow in New Jersey. My taste for tea’s have changed from a nice citrusy iced tea to now a spicy warm chai. The spices in the chai tea warm up the chi in the body and seem to keep the immune system in good health.

8 cardamom seeds

8 cloves

4 black pepper corns

1 inch fresh ginger root

2 cups Coconut milk

4 tea bags of black tea(Darjeeling) or Green Tea

Honey or sugar to taste

Directions

  1. Place the cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a heavy skillet.
  2. Place the crushed spices in a medium saucepan, along with the cinnamon sticks, ginger,coconut milk, and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain into cups. Sweeten to taste. 

    chai-tea-cup               Happy Thanks Giving

 

 

 


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Welcome to the 11th month

Good morning to the month of “Giving Thanks”, a time to give rejoice in our gratitude. I am spending this week in gratitude for all the life lessons learned and gained in 2016.

I made a list of 10 lessons I learned this year, each one has brought me to a new reality, new accomplishments and new perspective of the world around me, each lesson was a gift, even during the difficult lessons.

 

Spend time  “Giving Thanks”

 

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A cup of tea with reflection

It is All- Hallows Eve a time to remember those that have gone before us. This morning I sat and opened my heart & third eye energies , I asked to spend a few seconds of time with my grandmother’s. Giving this intention to the Universe.

As I began washing the dishes from last nights late snack, Clara Muetz(my paternal grandmother) came to me. I felt her hug, I saw her eyes of sparklie brown, in my minds eye- this lead to a view of many family gatherings. At first I could smell strong coffee, wafflin by my nose and my scenses filled with the scent of her apple strudel baking. I felt her presents and I thanked her for her gifts.

Two hours later I went to the grocery store and ran into my grandmother Frances McLaughlin’s( my maternal grandmother) neighbor, by now Mrs Harris is a very old lady, she was being helped by someone and I didn’t want to disturb them. As I walked along the grocery store isle, I heard someone whistling a song from my 1940 “Sweetheart. Sweetheart”, I knew my grandmother  was sending me a message. Quick of wit, humor, creative, with eyes bluer then the sky above. Thank you, I am in total gratitude for my ancestors whom foraged the path before me!

Tonight take some time to “Cherish were you came from”, let your ancestors know how important they are to you in this time called “human Life”.

Picture of my grandfather William McLaughlin!william-mclaughlingrandpop