Fish Pie with Puff Pastry

Fish Pie with Puff Pastry

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Ingredients

  • 1 sweet onion
  • 2 T of butter
  • 3 T of flour
  • 2 filets of skinless & boneless cod
  • 2 C milk
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 t Coleman’s English mustard
  • dill & parsley
  • 1 C shredded cheddar
  • 1 C of peas & carrots
  • puff pastry

Directions

Melt Butter in a dutch pan, add chopped sweet onion- cook for a couple of minutes until translucent. Sprinkle in 1 T of flour at a time, then whisk into the butter-let the flour cook for about a 30 seconds, each sprinkle. Then add cod to the pan, sear each side for about 1 minute. Next add the milk, salt & pepper, english mustard, dill & parsley. Slowy whisk in cheddar until all combined, and then the peas & carrots at the very end. Top with puff pastry on top- cut some slits to vent and sprinkle some additional cheese & cook at 400 for about 30 minutes until the puff pastry has poofed up and is golden brown.

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What Yoga Means to Me

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Yoga is currently an extremely popular exercise fad. Yoga for me, and many others however means so much more than some trendy exercise activity to look cool. In fact, in full disclosure, I rarely look half as glamorous as the talented insta yogi’s. The thing is, that Yoga is not meant to be something you do to make you appear better than others. It’s not about being more “hip” and “sophisticated” than others, and it certainly should be seen as so much more than a trendy fad.

Yoga is about promoting and nurturing not only physical heath  but mental health most importantly. As previously stated I rarely look cool doing my yoga but I still practice it almost daily. That’s with small children dripping off of me even lol. That is what embracing the realities of life is all about however. There will always be interruptions throughout the day and life. For me though, if I can focus just a little time in my morning to truly concentrate and focus on a little bit of structure, strength and balance in my practice I feel it spill over into adding structure, strength and balance into my overall day and ultimately my life.

I simply do it  bc it sets me in a better state of mind. It eases my anxiety without me having to take medicine, it energizes me, gives me more patience which in turn makes me a better mother. It is a moment I can be fully emerged in myself & my connection to the universe.

Migrains

I must have been about 12 years old when I was walking through a department store with my mother and all of a sudden I started to see auras. I could barely see at all to be honest. I told my mother & she knew immediately what I was experiencing. Migraines are typically genetically inherited and my mother herself had suffered many years from the  from them. Hers however, would last for days.

I had my mother there to help me through the thick of it but that didn’t make it one bit easier to cope with. I would remember being at school or baby sitting and knew when those auras hit me that I had about 10 min to get to a dark and cool spot to suffer through the worst of it. Like I said about 10 min after the auras, they would stop. Once my vision would resume to normal, about 5 min later is when the pain would strike my head like a bowling ball hitting the pins. They only way I can describe it is as if I had a metal rod shooting from my eye socket out the back of my head. My neck becomes so unbelievably tense and the nausea which is probably the worst for me, would be unbearable. With a Migraine typically the only way to get past it is to rest…. There is absolutely no resting with that out of this world nausea however. I mean I had two children and could still vouch for the fact it is nothing in comparison to when I get sick from a migraine. I would forcibly make myself throw up during this hellish experience just to get rid of some of the pain in my head in hopes to get some sleep so that I could fully recover.

After about 5 hours or so I would be out of the woods and in the euphoric postdrome stage. Absolutely giddy to finally be pain-free. I am one of the lucky sufferers though… Some can suffer this for anywhere from 4-72 hours and have chronic migraines attacks through their daily lives. I had one friend who had to constantly be on medication to avoid daily suffering, and another woman who had to modify her entire families diet plan, because if she so much as even touched the food that triggered her migraine she would be out. I myself do not get them as chronically as some and mine seem to only be triggered from extreme hormonal changes ie menstrual cycles, birth control, when I was pregnant, right after I had my children ect. Many other triggers however can include ;

  • Food Additives
  • Stress
  • Sensory stimuli
  • Changes to sleep factors
  • Physical factors

I just wanted to touch on this subject a little bit to draw as much awareness as possible. For there seems to so be many misconceptions about Migraines. Everything from “they are just really bad headaches” to the belief that “migraines are actually your fault”. When in fact migraines are debilitating, unpredictable, and above all else terrifying.

We should most certainly not only bring awareness to this disorder, but as well have tolerance.Make it a priority to educate yourselves on the facts of Migraines. I hope one day we can find a way to alleviate all suffers of migraines forever, and I most certainly pray every day that my girls do not get this horrible condition themselves. Until that day however I will continue to bring as much awareness as I can and pray for a release of the pain from the millions of suffers worldwide. Namaste!

Chakra Healing Stones

The Premise of chakras is simply the idea that there are 7 hubs or hotspot on our body. Spots that are responsible for particular energy and emotions that make up our energetic physic as a whole. Crystals and stones are well attributed for their energetic properties. So using them for their healing qualities to attune and balance the energies of our chakras only makes sense.

Root Chakra is the most primal energy hotspot on our body. This Chakra reperesents our instincts and survivalist nature. This Chakra is about being grounded and feeling safe. I use Red Jasper to balance my root chakra. Red Jasper induces confidence, strength, and life force. This stone gives you the courage to speak up and be heard. To focus on your own independence and life force energy.

The Sacral Chakra is the chakra that is associated with the energy of creativity, sexuality, arousal and pleasure. It is the sexual hub out of all the chakras. I use Carnelian to balance my Sacral Chakra. Carnelian ushers in a very vibrant energy, an energy of stepping out of the norm, being bold and powerful. This stone inspires ambition and drive. An all around action stone.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is the chakra that deals with your self, your ego. What your beliefs are and is the center of your will power & self esteem. I use Yellow Calcite to clear out old, toxic and self limiting energy. This stone is excellent for irradiating self doubt, and giving one more self confidence.

The Heart Chakra is all about how you love. Your compassion and warmth for others. If your having problems in being open and accepting of love or how you are warm towards other, this is the chakra you want to focus on clearing and balancing. I love the stone Prehnite for this Chakra. This stone is enhances spiritual connection and deepens the relationship that you have for yourself. For it is essential to love oneself properly before you can embark on relationships with others.

The Throat Chakra is about your truth, and how you properly & effectively communicate with others. This chakra is like the voice in which all the other chakras may be expressed. I love using the blue quartz to balance this Chakra out. For it’s a beautiful stone to enhance communication & bring peaceful & diplomatic expression. Quartz in general are excellent for clearing & protection.

The Third Eye Chakra is your chakra of inner conscious. This Chakra energy is about your intuition & psychic abilities. Your spiritual eye Chakra. I use Sodalite with this Chakra. Sodalite is a stone that opens one up & enhances spiritual messages/awakenings. This stone is about balancing between logic and intuitive thoughts.

The Crown Chakra is your connection with the divine. This Chakra will be your area of enlightenment and how you connect with the universe. Amethyst is my go to to heal and balance my crown chakra. Amethyst is the ultimate psychic protection stone. This purple gem heals, balances, & heights energy of love & psychic awareness.

These are my favorite stones to use for chakra healing but there are many other wonderful options in the world of healing crystals and stones. Namaste.

Spaetzle with Beer Cheese Sauce

Spaetzle with Beer Cheese Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 1 C of flour
  • 1/4 C of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 t of nutmeg
  • salt & pepper to taste

Beer Cheese Sauce

  • 3 T of flour
  • 1/2 C milk
  • your favorite German style lager
  • 1 T of minced garlic
  • 1  t of Dijon mustard
  • 4 C of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 T of worchester sauce

Directions

Whisk flour, nutmeg, flour & pepper in stand mixer. Add eggs & milk. Press the spittle dough through a spittle maker or chop up as fine as you can get little dumplings or noodles. While bringing a big pot of water to boil. Mix together in a separate saucepan your milk, beer, garlic, mustard, and worchester sauce over medium heat. add the cheese about a handful at a time and whisk until blended. Add the flour about 1 T at a time and whisk until blended to desired constancy. Then add the dumplings to the boiling water and when they rise to the top they are done. I mix the fresh spaetzle with the homemade beer cheese sauce and garnish with fresh parsley and a big hunkin soft pretzel.

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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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