Centering

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For a few months now, my energy has been pretty ugly. I was going to bed angry, waking up angry and complaining non stop to my boyfriend about the woman I work for. I wont go into the dynamics behind the stress because they aren't important. The important part to this story is that yesterday I decided to take control of the situation. I've made a set decision on how certain things need to be handled and I'm prepared for whatever the outcome might be. No fear, no anxiety, just peace. I also called out of work yesterday with the excuse that I had some important things to take care of - which I did... I needed very much to get centered so I spent the day with my hands in the dirt, working in my garden planting seeds (basil, dill, rosemary, 3 different types of peppers and some mammoth sunflowers). I didn't even mind the ant bites. Loved on my fur babies, laughed with my amazing 13 year old, enjoyed some music and made a delicious shrimp scampi for dinner (which will probably  make me wreak of garlic today at work... All the better to keep the vampires at bay, right?)  :) 

Your Inner Voice...

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That voice that you should listen to but often ignore.

Mine is telling me that I am currently unhappy with certain life choices I've recently made (administrative job with some serious bad energy- blah). It's telling me to pursue my vision of having my own new age shop. I have gifts to offer - the ones that I'm born with, I should offer for free - the ones that I've studied and cultivated - I should offer for a fair price.

It's (starting my own business) going to be a learning process but I'm excited. Never settle until you are content.

Saturday Favorites

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Everyday Centering

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I absolutely love this and I love Jess's site! To check out her blog click here

PS- I like to infuse my morning coffee with a few spices for a added grounding (protection and passion).  1/4 tsp of cayenne to 1 - 11/2 tsp of cinnamon mixed in with the grounds while brewing makes for a delicious cup of coffee that delivers a little extra push to get  you through the day. 

New Moon In Leo

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 A New Moon and a windy night, sweep the cobwebs out of sight.

Gah! I forgot to acknowledge our new moon on the 14th... I hope everyone sent out into the universe their intentions for positive manifestations. New ventures, new beginnings, love, romance, good health and lucrative work / new jobs. I'm thinking with this being a new moon in Leo that it's a great time to *think about and plan* your new wardrobe, new hairstyle, new look... HOWEVER with Venus being in retrograde I would wait until the new moon on September 13 (when Venus will be direct) to act on this and put everything in regards to your appearance (and love life) in motion. 

Venus retrograde is notorious for botched beauty procedures and looking back on new relationships started at the beginning of the retrograde and asking yourself "what was I thinking?!"

Btw, it was a windy (and rainy) night on the 14th so today I plan on deep cleaning the house with a tea tree mixture (for purification) followed by a little sage smudging (never hurts, right?)

Happy Sunday! 

Saturday Favorites

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(I really love that bedroom!)

Friday

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Photo's taken in St. Augustine, Florida. If you've never been, you really need to go for a visit. It's a very old, very beautiful little town that is inhabited by the living as well as those that have passed. If you read energy then you will quickly pick up on all of the secrets and stories that go untold. I recommend going around the holidays, it's especially beautiful at Christmas time when the entire city is adorned in lights. 

Anyway, today will be spent with my youngest shopping, sipping on overpriced coffee and getting much needed pedicures... AKA the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon. 


Noted: Howl Often

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Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication ~ Leonardo da Vinci


Just like the wolves, we travel in packs. Said pack could be as small as 1 (lone wolf) or, like mine, as big as 8 and growing (fully equipped with fights for dominance and undying love and loyalty). 

Interesting how that works. 

As "humans" we think we are so evolved but in truth - not so much. I think the animals (mammals, insects, etc) are way ahead of us in regards to universal law and instinctively knowing what's really important. We are much more primitive than we realize. 

(I also think, as witches, we understand this... hopefully this gives us a little heads up over the rest)

Monday

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My favorite day of the week (you will read this here often).  

I'm thankful for the quiet weekend that was spent cooking and gardening, the grounding was much needed. 

I'm grateful for my current creative streak and for the week ahead that is filled with work, lucrative earnings, learning new skills, friends, family, good health, love, protection, white light and positive abundance. Let's work together, universe and keep all of this good stuff coming. 



BREWING: Homemade Stock

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With the colder months fast approaching, as well as the start of a new school year (and the dreaded flu season), my thoughts have been on preventive maintenance and strengthening our immune systems. We (pretty much my entire family) all have a lot of new and exciting things in the works - the last thing any of us need is to get sick. Enter the perfect excuse to make a big batch of healthy, delicious homemade chicken stock. Which is currently simmering on my stovetop, making our home smell oh so comforting on this lazy Sunday... 

This recipe will make about 5 quarts, freeze and use when needed. Or, share some with your hardworking best friends. :)

4 lbs chicken carcasses (I like to throw smoked pork or turkey bones in for added flavor and to bring to weight)
1 large onion quartered
4 large carrots cleaned and cut in half
4 celery stalks cleaned and cut in half
1 leek, white part only, cut in half down the middle (mine was a little larger so I quartered it)
10 sprigs fresh thyme
10 sprigs fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
2-3 whole garlic cloves peeled
10-12 whole peppercorns
1-2 teaspoons kosher salt
**1 jalapeno, split lengthwise and seeded 
2 gallons cold water
**I like to substitute 1-2 cups dry white wine in place of some of the water 

Place chicken, vegetables, and herbs and spices in 12-quart stockpot. ***Set opened steamer basket directly on ingredients in pot and pour over water. Cook on high heat until you begin to see bubbles break through the surface of the liquid. Turn heat down to medium low so that stock maintains low, gentle simmer. Skim the scum from the stock with a spoon or fine mesh strainer every 10 to 15 minutes for the first hour of cooking and twice each hour for the next 2 hours. Add hot water as needed to keep bones and vegetables submerged. Simmer uncovered for 6 to 8 hours.

Strain stock through a fine mesh strainer into another large stockpot or heatproof container discarding the solids. Cool immediately in large cooler of ice or a sink full of ice water to below 40 degrees. Place in refrigerator overnight. Remove solidified fat from surface of liquid and store in container with lid in refrigerator for 2 to 3 days or in freezer for up to 3 months. Prior to use, bring to boil for 2 minutes. Use as a base for soups and sauces.

Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown
(with a few of my own additions)

***Optional

For Alton Browns video on how to make this click: HERE

To read about the health benefits of bone broth click: HERE



 

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