We can make a basic eau de toilette by combining essential oils with grain alcohol or vodka. Here is a perfume that blends the spicyness of ginger with the earthiness of patchouli and the floral quality of lavender. 2 oz. grain alcohol or vodka (in a glass bottle) 10 drops patchouli oil 10 drops ginger oil 10 drops lavender oil Add all ingredients to a spray bottle. Shake well and wear as an eau de toilette.
We can refresh ourselves in cold or warm weather with foot baths. Here is a recipe that can be used with warm or cold water. Salt is grounding and clears the energy field. Baking soda has anti-fungal properties. In a small tub that is big enough to hold both feet add the following ingredients: 1/2 c coarse sea salt 1/4 c baking soda 1 T honey 2 tsp liquid castille soap 3 drops of peppermint oil Add either warm or cold water. Soak for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy.
Here is a recipe for potato pancakes. These have stumped me over the years many times. However, in the past few months, I have tried a new recipe that has been met with success. Ingredients: 3 yukon gold potatoes 2 eggs 1/3 c half and half 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper dash of nutmeg a few tablespoons of olive oil Directions: Beat the eggs with the half and half. Grate the potatoes and add to the egg mixture. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Mix well. Heat 2 tsp oil in a medium hot skillet. Add about 1/4 cup of the potato mixture to the skillet. Cover with a lid and brown on both sides for 5 minutes each. Makes 6 pancakes.
This syrup is made by slowly cooking one cup or apple juice or cider with various whole and ground spices until the mixture turns to a thick syrup. This takes about 3 hours (a perfect slow cook recipe for a snow day like yesterday). Buy organic oranges with the incentive to cut up the peel into small squares for drying. The recipe has a handful of orange peel for added vitamin C and orange essential oil. Most of the essential of from an orange is found in the peel. The cinnamon and other spices increase warmth and circulation in the body. Enjoy the syrup over ice cream or stir into hot tea. Ingredients: 1 c apple juice or cider 2 T fresh or dried orange peel 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp ginger 1 tsp cinnamon 6 cloves Directions: Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan. Heat over a low flame, uncovered, until the liquid turns to syrup. This may take up to 4 hours. Serve warm or cool. Store any unused portion in the refrigerator in a glass jar.
This is a red lentil dahl I made yesterday afternoon during the snow day. I added 2 types of seaweed for extra iodine. This recipe includes kelp and dulse. If you like, substitute 1 cup of chopped kale for the seaweed. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 c red lentils 3 c water 1 small onion, diced 4"x1" strip of dried kelp cut into 1/4" pieces 2 carrots, cubed 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper dash or two of nutmeg 1 T ketchup 2 smoked chipotle peppers (seeds removed and diced) Garnish a few tablespoons of chopped, dried dulse sunflower seeds Directions Add all ingredients to a soup pot. Heat to boiling. Simmer over low heat for 2 hours. Serve hot with a side of rice.
A super easy recipe for gluten free french toast. Perfect for breakfast or anytime. Any gluten free bread will work. This recipe is made with Whole Foods GF Bakehouse brand Sandwich Bread. Ingredients: 4 slices GF bread 2 eggs 1/4 milk dash of salt a few shakes of cinnamon olive oil for frying garnish: cinnamon flax oil maple syrup orange slices strawberries Directions: Add 1 tsp of oil to a skillet over medium-low heat. Crack open the eggs into a medium sized bowl. Add the milk, salt, and cinnamon. Beat well with a fork or whisk. Place 2 slices of bread in the egg mixture. Make sure both sides of the bread are evenly saturated. Let sit in the egg mixture for a minute while you turn up the heat of the skillet to medium high. Just as the oil begins to smoke slightly add the bread slices to the pan. Cover with a lid. Turn the heat down to medium. Let brown on the first sides for about a 90 seconds. Flip french toast with a spatula. Brown the second sides for about 2 minutes. Serve warm.
Here is a Moon Cycle Calendar for the year 2014. Directions: Draw pink or red circles over the days that you bleed each month. Keep track of your own inner cycle as you relate to our mother THE MOON. Click image for larger printable version. or order a printed version on Etsy Lunar Calendar 2014