Here’s that recipe that I promised. I hope you like them as much as we did!
These cookies are dehydrated in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for several hours.
It can be considered to be in the raw or living food category for maximum nutrition and life force.
I made this recipe based on the traditional recipe for ginger snaps, while using whole foods that can be dehydrated and superfoods that can all be consumed in raw form. ( So, it’s okay to eat the raw cookie dough!)
I hope that you will give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it.
there is a small amount of raw cane sugar used in this recipe which carmelizes during the heating process and adds a nice finishing glaze.
These cookies will aid in your digestion, promote healthy elimination, while leaving a sweet aftertaste of ginger.
When you bring superfoods into your body, your energy changes, and as a result your focus of attention will shift as well…it becomes easier to live in a state of appreciation, ( or gratitude). David Wolfe
I had a dream the other night, half in and out of sleep.
I’ve heard about getting “down loads” from the Universe.
As I was seeing clips of superfoods scroll across my mind, I realized the next morning, that I was getting what I thought must have been a download.
With only a general knowledge of “superfoods”, I started to notice more of them.
I was being urged or guided to eat more of them
…and to find ways to incorporate them into my diet.
I had already discovered the benefits of eating a more raw diet of living, whole foods, such as organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
I had also been weaning myself away from breads, flour, grains, and dairy, and was noticing a difference in my body like ~
less bloating and inflammation
a feeling of inner stability
a brighter outlook
deeper sleep patterns
my skin is getting smoother, silkier
I was also noticing that I no longer had cravings for candy or chips, or anything unnatural like foods with preservatives.
And the best thing, was that my body knew when it had had enough and when to stop.
Rather than eating a whole bag of chips, a few flax crackers would satisfy me.
Ice cream tasted good at first, but then I noticed I felt heavy afterward and it made a pain in my back flair up.
Whereas, yogurt was half the calories ad made me feel calm and nurtured.
I was gently being guided through food to choose the higher vibration foods and my body was responding and I was able to hear what my body was saying to me.
So, I started listening.
The Life Force in the food had started bringing me home.
It may have cost a little more to buy organic fresh foods, but the dividends were paying off by the way that I felt.
I realized that this is what our Creator had intended for us, and how far we had gotten away from our true nourishment, and been seduced by advertising, beautiful packaging, and false labels of promises that weren’t being met, like non-fat, sugar free, natural, and cage free.
Why had I felt depressed after eating a steak, or sensed an ammonia after taste in the store bought eggs or noticed bruises on the chicken legs? Was I picking up on their distress?
I was beginning to think so…..
The big looming question in your mind at this point is probably….
How do I eat this stuff?
Where do I start?
I sincerely hope you will join me on this journey as I create new Superfood recipes to share with you.
Here are some facts about superfoods.
What is so special about a superfood?
Superfoods have over a dozen or more special properties in them like, more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, detoxifiers, and life force.
Think: Foods as medicine ` they increase your body’s immune system from the inside out. It’s like building your cells from the inside, to fight and protect you from illness and disease. *
“Get more nutrition with less eating”, superfoods are both a food and a medicine ~ David Wolfe
Here are a few examples:
deep red goji berries ~ ( moist berries) increase eye health and are considered the “Fountain of Youth“.
cacao ~ chocolate,” the food of the gods “, highest anti-oxidant, magnesium
Maca root ~ fertility, strength, stamina
Honey ~ Bee pollen
Coconuts ~ the tree that supplies all that is needed to live.
Just to name a few…..
Superfoods have the ability to tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one’s body, and are the optimal choice for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing sexuality, and cleansing and alkalizing the body. ~ David Wolfe
Well, who wouldn’t want that????
Consuming superfoods makes it dramatically easier to achieve your ideal weight, diet, and food habits.” ~David Wolfe
This just keeps getting better all the time!!!!
Superfoods will ease you into detoxification and the transition to more healthy foods ~ all without willpower! ~ David Wolfe
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
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. )
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make a vision board. Visualize yourself in your perfect body. Notice how it feels! Carry that feeling with you the entire day!.
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!
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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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.
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.
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. )
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?
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.
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.
It’s time to lift the veil! Feng shui is more than most people may imagine. It’s a matter of life and death.
I woke up earlier than usual this morning. I feel like it’s time to take this clutter clearing business to the next level. I feel like some people may not want to hear this, or even deal with this level.
We are such creatures of habit and have been schooled by the T.V. for the past 65 years or so.
I remember our first T.V. It had a rounded greenish screen enclosed in a wooden case on legs. It was black and white.
Every Sunday, Dad would pick up a dozen donuts and we would head over to our cousins house, the kids riding in the back of the pick-up, to watch the Walt Disney Hour.
Until 7:30pm, when the show started, all of us cousins, 3 boys, 2 girls, and some of the neighbor kids, would play “Ditch”, where we formed teams and played “Hide and Seek” all up and down the street.
When the television marketers began to see what a valuable tool mass media could be in relationship to selling to a larger audience, and how the use of ads and commercials could influence Society’s buying decisions, a new monster was born.
All of that being said, even though I could go on and on, I really want to focus on the beliefs that have been hypnotically induced by advertisements and the media.
The beliefs in products that are advertised to make our lives better, that are in the long run, making our society sicker by bringing chemicals into our homes that cause all sorts of illness, foods that create tension, apathy, brain fog, and rob our bodies of energy while silently killing us, and causing diseases that are passed on to our future generations.
As people become more aware and stop using products and foods that are laden with chemicals that are robbing us of our ability to use our intuition by desensitizing our minds, our bodies , to our very own senses, our planet will begin to heal. Our quality of life will return.
It’s time to return to our Grandmother’s and Grandfather’s ways. The ways of living simply.
We’ve become frazzled consumers by trying to live up to some ideal, super human, type A lifestyle, where every thing is germ-free, over-saturated with chemicals, and full of uppers and downers just to cope with every day life.
I say, that’s what the “veil” is all about. It’s keeping us distracted from who we truly are.
I’ve seen a lot of people in the last few years whose life has been turned upside down.
Whether it’s the loss of a job, the loss of a loved one, a sudden change in a way of life through catastrophe, or health issues, the Universe is issuing a wake-up call.
And now is the time that we take the universe seriously.
It’s time we listen to the call that comes from the bees that are dying, to the whales and the dolphins who continue their mass beachings due to sonic testing and plastic pollution in our oceans.
This is a cottage necessity for our future generations.
Here are some things that you can do today, this week, to bring more peace and stability into your homes and to help heal our planet.
Go through your pantry and remove all processed foods or anything with chemicals that you cannot pronounce.
Avoid shopping down the processed food isles in the grocery stores.
Discard all toxic cleaning products, hazardous products,” perfumed ” products like heavily perfumed laundry soaps, fabric softeners, anti-bacterial soaps, hand sanitizers, etc.
Think about the products you use every day and the long term investment in you and your family’s health.
Do your deodorants contain aluminum? Does your toothepaste contain Flouride? Is your diet full of sugar? ( these will dull your I.Q. and lead to Alzheimers and cancers).
Aspartame which caused early death and tumors in rats is now in most candies, diet drinks, and anything artificially sweetened.
High fructose corn syrup is genetically modified. So is anything made with wheat, canola, and soy. If it’s designed to kill bugs, it has to be killing our gut bacteria.
Take a before and after picture of your self, and our housemates. The inflammation and the bloating will decrease, as many allergies, headaches, aches and pains, depression, lethargy, just not feeling good will lift away.
The agitation, the nervousness, the aches and pains in your body will start to leave as you return your body to it’s natural state of being .
Your intuition will become more clear, your sense of smell will return, your eye sight may improve, and you’ll experience a state of well-being, which will carry you through every day occurences with more ease and resilience.
Check your prescriptions for side effects, and look for natural alternatives. Are you willing to sacrifice other areas of your well-being by taking these things into your body?
These are things that we cannot see or notice because they happen over a long period of time.
They are the silent killers that are the plagues in today’s society. And they are being marketed to our children every day through the media.
Our homes are our sanctuaries. We have control over what can come in and serve our greater well-being.
This is only a place to start as we educate ourselves, our families, and our friends.
So, start today. This may be the biggest clutter clearing yet!
It’s time to lift the veil and live your Greatest Self!
Affirmation: The divine Design of my life now comes to pass. I now fill the place that I can fill and no one else can fill. I now do the things which I can do and no one else can do. Florence Scovill Shinn
Disclosure: This article is not intended to offer medical advice or diagnose any illness. Please consult your doctor.