Dream State

Prophetic dreams have always been apart off my life. Since as far back as I can remember, I would always have dreams that would seem bizarre or unusual at the time, but then after a couple of days (or in some cases 24 hours). Events would unfold and ultimately make perfect sense. Many claim to even have been visited by love ones in their dream states as well. For the majority of us though our dreams are an extreme source of being able to understand our psyche & subconscious. It’s like going to a shrink (picking your own brain apart) but for free!

The number one thing I tell people, who ask me questions about dreams are to firstly, try to recollect your emotions that you experienced from the dream. That typically seems to serve as the “theme” of the dream and the overall message. Secondly we pick out symbols that stood out in the dream. For example, I have lately been dreaming so much of traveling, being in a foreign-yet familiar city in my dream, stair cases, being up high (so high that it frightens me). You look up the symbols (typically google works just fine-or any dream dictionary) Such as Travel= movement in life/journey in life, Stairs= good omen/moving forward, high up= rise in status/ or consciousness ect. Then lastly you consider any people you may have encountered in your dream ( whether they be known or not) such as a mysterious tall man you might be attached to in the particular dream.

This is my own personal formula I do to picking apart my dreams & not only discovering potential occurrences in my future but discovering more of myself in the here and now. My own fears and success so to speak. Please let me know of any interesting dreams or dream related questions you may have. Namaste!

Beef Stroganoff with Beet Bruschetta

Beef Stroganoff with Beet Bruschetta

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Ingredients

  • 1 Top sirloin steak
  • 1/4 Cup of butter
  • Half a bag of Rigatoni Noodles
  • 1 sliced yellow onion
  • 1/2 T of minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 C of chopped baby Bella mushrooms
  • 1 C of good dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 C of beef broth
  • 1 T of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 T of flour
  • 1/2 C greek yogurt
  • Salt & peper to taste
  • garnish with parsley

Beet Bruschetta

  • sliced & toasted French baguette croistinis
  • honey goat cheese
  • riced beet with a splash of white fig balsamic vinager

Directions

Over medium heat melt 1 T of butter and sear the steak for 3 min on each side and then set aside on a plate to rest. Then sauté onions, garlic & mushrooms in the remaining 3 T of butter for about 4 min until the onions are translucent. sprinkle flour and mix vigorously. Let the mushroom, onion, flour mixture cook for another 2 min, until you cook the flour down a bit. Then add wine & deglaze/ scrape the brown bits of the pan. Stir until well blended and then add the broth & let cook for another min. Cut the steak set aside into bite size and add to the mixture along with the greek yogurt. Salt & pepper to taste, add Worcestershire sauce and then set on low. Cook up your rigatoni pasta & toast your crostini. When toasted, smear the goat cheese on each and top with the riced beet splashed with the fig white finger mixture. Pour steak mushroom sauce over cooked noodles and garnish with parsley.

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Venus Retrograde + New Moon 10/8/18

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Venus goes retrograde October 5th in Scorpio. I myself have my natal Venus in the 8th house, the astrological house ruled by Scorpio. Let me tell you that when it comes to anything Venus related and Scorpio, get ready for a unworldly emotional subconscious dive into the deep dark ocean of the unknown.

It is mysterious, intriguing and ambiguous. Yet believe me when I tell you nothing will rock your core and transform you quite like an Scorpio aspect/transit will. Scorpio is some serious business, known to be the emotional water sign that represents everything dark and extremely sensual. It is a sign to me right up there with Pisces & Cancer that represents the most intuitionaly inclined energy of all the astrological signs. However though where Pisces is the dreamy/spiritual type & Cancer is the nurturing/emotionally intuitive type, Scorpio is the shadowy/underworld type.

So Venus going retrograde in this sign, for pretty much the entire month of October (going Direct 11/16/18) will bring some seriously fated aspects to your love life. First and foremost anyone with even the slightest knowledge of astrology will tell you the #1 rule of Venus retrograde is you do not undergo any extreme beauty regiments like liposuction, Botox, a drastically new hairdo….Hell, I’d even leave those eyebrows alone if I were you…just sayin. Just don’t do it… trust me on this one & with this particular Venus retrograde with a square mars aspect, just wait.

I would also highly be on the look out for ex lovers or opportunities of forbidden affairs to arise. Be extremely careful with the kind of energy you adhere to because as previously stated, the things that occur in this time are very fated and will stick with you for a lifetime. I’m also a big advocate of steering away from proposals of marriage during this time. Those who typically become or announce engagements during a Venus retrograde will have big time problems….. if the relationship even lasts until they get to the altar….. to be frank.

Then we will have our New Moon in Libra 10/8/18, with some awfully caring and empathetic energy enveloping us. So this would be a lovely time to set some sincere and sensitive intentions towards your family matters. Beware though of the intense Pluto square aspect to this new moon. This will add drama due to Pluto, the planet ruled by Scorpio (that deep, dramatic energy yet again). So handle your affairs with a gentle and loving energy. I wish all of you the happiest of Octobers! Namaste!

Apple Butter

Apple Butter

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Ingredients

  • 2 Pound Bag of Gala Apples- cored, peeled, and roughly chopped
  • 2 T of organic apple cider vineager
  • 1/2 C of water
  • 1/2 organic sugar
  • 1/2 organic light brown sugar
  • 1 T of cinnamon
  • 1/2 T of nutmeg
  • fresh squeezed juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 T of good vanilla extract

Directions

Most people prefer to cook their apple butters in the slow cooker, and this is indeed a lovely way to cook up the yummy fall delight, that is Apple Butter. Zero arguments from me there, however I prefer to whip mine up in my trusty dutch oven pot & it cuts the cooking time down dramatically. Add your peeled/cored/chopped up apples into the pot and add your water, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice. Get that combination cooking on Medium heat and to a low simmer. Then give it a good stir (your going to want to keep checking and giving it numerous good stirs in the course of the couple of hours you are cooking it). Then add your sugars, spices, and vanilla- give another stir & place the top of the pot on, reduce your heat to low and let cook for about 2 1/2 hours. Like I previously mentioned continue to check on and stir sporadically through out this time. After that, I take the top of the pot off, turn off the stove top & let cool down for about 30 min. Then I add the mixture to my blender & puree the mixture until it is complete in all its trademark velvety smooth deliciousness. This recipe makes about 1 large mason jars worth of apple butter, but you could easily double up the recipe & freeze some to last you through the entire season. Enjoy!

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Burning it down

My most recent MOPS meeting had a residual theme of burning it down. I know… I know… that seems a tad extreme, but when you fully grasp the concept of what it means you will applaud it just as I did. The concept of burning it down pertains to burning down whatever it is that is holding you back… or keeping you in hiding from living your authentic passion or fire. For me (like so many others) this would include burning down my insecurities. Those pesky and desperate feelings of that one is never enough or doing enough.

The time has come to burn down those insecurities, or feelings of doubt, or maybe even the feeling that you need to impress people? How are these toxic feelings even truly serving you?

Fire gives way to life as much as destruction. We were not built to be creatures of fear but yet creatures of faith. In that faith is where we will find our fire. In those times to where we collectively feel like why were we picked for this task…. or that we are just not good enough for the task. It is vital to remember that there is no such thing as coincidence in this world & God choose every one of us for a particular reason & season. So burn it down….burn down the insecurities, the false opinions, the negative energy convincing you that you are somehow not enough. Burn those feelings down to give birth to the you that lives authentically & soars.

Apple Gin Moscow Mule

Apple Gin Moscow Mule

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Ingredients

  • 1 jigger of Good Gin
  • Sparking Cider
  • Dash of fresh ginger
  • Apple slice for garnish

Directions

While you are mixing your cocktail up, it is vital to get some ice in your Moscow mule to be able to set to the side & let chill. Mix all ingredients up in a cocktail shaker. Make sure to have a towel wrapped around your cocktail shaker & do not shake to vigirously (perhaps, just a swirl really) in the shaker. For since the sparkling cider is fizzy, you could end up making yourself one heck of a mess. Pour into the chilled mule & garnish with an apple slice.

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MOPS

I recently joined a group, MOPS International. This beautiful network of women encourages and equips mothers of young children to realize their potential not only as mothers, women and leaders in their community, but in their relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with their local church as well. This network of women is about uniting in our motherhood and everyday struggles to support, discover and to inspire each other in every way possible. Finding our Fire is the theme of this year. Have you ever given much thought to what your fire is? Where your passions lie? Especially as mothers, we are so consumed with living and serving our families that we often forget to remember who we are and what we stand for as individual women. We forget our fire.

Meeting with these women and listening to these wise speakers a couple of things that struck out at me were; Firstly, Truly enjoying your littles. We all have heard the “enjoy it while you can, bc it goes by in a blink of an eye”. Not only have we heard this but we all understand it (to an extend), yet the reality is it’s a very difficult concept to apply in everyday life at times. Especially when our babies are so small. We are all so so tired and most often than not in survival robot mode. It’s about making sure everyone is fed, clothed, on a decent sleeping schedule that we forget ourselves and who we are. Raising children is so hard that we don’t realize what pure joy & a treat it truly is to have these pint size little comedians in our every day-to-day life. Have your children ever told a joke or did something that made you laugh or giggle so much that you realized that this very moment of joy would not only linger in your soul forever, but would utterly transform you. That is what enjoying your children is all about. Listing to them playing their make-believe games when they don’t realize you are watching, or seeing them dance with so much enthusiasm. There is so much wisdom to be learned from the little ones about enjoying the innocence and joys in life, join them in letting yourself enjoy the beautiful world around us. Join them in their perception of the world.

Secondly, a profound change in perception will in fact transform you. Think about it… when your children are a mess and you respond in miserable way, they too will feel that energy. Then in return they will give yet an even worse reaction. Thus a vicious cycle of toxic and miserable energy emerges between you and your child. Leaving you feeling more than likely guilty and like a crappy momma at the end of the day. Now I’m not suggesting not disciplining your child, children need structure to thrive in personal opinion. I’m just also a believer in they need a positive environment as well for success for both them and for your piece of mind as the amazing momma you are.

Lastly, Yes the cliché of the old ‘one day the things driving you crazy today, you will surly miss tomorrow’…. Today you perhaps would give anything to get them to stop talking for two seconds, but yet when they are a couple of years older its important to remember how much you will give for them to include and talk with you again just like when they were little. You truly are living the special moments of your life, do not let them pass you by unnoticed.

Seeing people through Gods eyes, not your own. That’s what is so important to keep in mind. You never ever know what a person is going through. Even someone you may classify as a bubbly air head or a cold and distant bitch, is still a human being worthy of love and understanding. You have no clue if they go home at the end of the day feeling not good enough. That’s what MOPS stands for….. supporting and propping your fellow mom up… let them know you see them! and they are not only enough, they are hitting it out of the damn park!

If you are a mom or know a mom, please check out/direct them to the MOPS organization here MOPS. Especially in this day and age where there are so many mom’s out there who are struggling daily, who are lonely, starved for adult conversation, get zero to little sleep, and especially those suffering from even trickier obstacles such as depression and anxiety. We need to come together, we need to love & support one another, we need to talk to one another.