Sole Meuniere and Gruyere Stuffed Mushrooms

Sole Meuniere and Gruyere Stuffed Mushrooms

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  • Sole fillets
  • coarse pink himalayan sea salt & cracked pepper
  • 4 T of all purpose flour
  • 6 T of butter
  • 1 T of olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • handful of freshly chopped Parsley
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 t of minced garlic
  • 1/3 C of shredded gruyere cheese
  • Mushroom caps- stems removed

Ok I typically set up my mushrooms in the oven before I cook my fish fillets, because they are super quick to cook up. I get my butter melted and slightly browned, then I add the lemon juice & lastly the parsley to make the meunière sauce. Afterwards I mix up the breadcrumbs, gruyere cheese, garlic, a dash of fresh parsley and about a T of the meunière sauce. I take that mixture and stuff it into each mushroom cap & then place them on a baking sheet. I pop them into an oven set to 350 F for about 10 min until the cheese is melted and the tops are golden brown.

While the mushrooms are cooking I heat up the olive oil in a pan, while I salt/pepper/dredge the fillets in the flour. when the oil is hot and quite glossy looking I add the fish to the pan and cook for about 2-3 min per side until fish is fully cooked and golden brown on each side.

I plate my fish, along with my stuffed mushroom caps and drizzle the meunière sauce on top.

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Unicorns, frozen yogurt, friends and the magic of childhood.

By far the most popular of all the mythical creatures would be the unicorn. This creature is the utmost symbol of magic, miracles, and enchantment. All the qualities that are embodied within the innocence of childhood. My eldest daughter turned 6 and we celebrated her birthday at our local Menchies frozen yogurt shop this weekend. We had a unicorn theme, as most girls her age, she’s smitten with unicorns. It was by far the most magical and enchanting birthday any 6 year old could ask for. With fun decorations, yummy treats and the very best of all….magical friendships.

As we clean up the last balloon, piñata, and sparkle from this special extravaganza I am clearly enraptured by how fast it all goes. We hear the cliche all the time, of how it all goes by so incredibly fast. How you simply blink your eyes and all of a sudden your chubby cheek cooing babe is transformed into a “big kid” vastly developing her own mind and identity as her own hilarious, tender hearted, romantic, loving, smart and nurturing self. As much as it pulls at my heart strings though, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so grateful to not only know this magical, mythical and enchanting unicorn that is my daughter….. I am the luckiest person in the world to be her mother.

Anxiety

Anxiety is a mental health disorder defined by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are so strong & intense enough that they interfere with one’s daily activities.

Anxiety & panic attacks strike suddenly & abruptly with intense waves of fear and worry along with the physical symptoms of shortness of breath, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, sweats, trembling, tightness of chest, shallow breathing & nausea just to name a few. Quite frankly you feel as if your dying…feel as if you are having a heart attack.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder in America with over 40 million suffering.

I’m just one in those statistics that not only suffers from anxiety but from crippling anxiety attacks. Yet I often times feel very alone in my illness. It’s so much more than excessive worries & intrusive thoughts. It’s a real pain in my chest, a real lack to be able to properly breath, shakes, sweating, a real sense of being dizzy & about to pass out, headaches, fatigue….you name it. Then the aftermath of feeling stupid, worthless, that I’m simply overreacting.

Thankfully though in this day, anxiety is far less stigmatized & heard of more. In my opinion I feel a big part of this illness on the rise consists particularly due to how rushed and over competitive our society has become. The stress is simply unnatural. We are always being reminded we have to be faster, better, ect so we overload our plates. Force ourselves into becoming workaholics just to have a shot at being successful in this day & age.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about working hard & being productive. However that said, we need to take better care of ourselves & our minds so that we don’t let the stress corroded our health to the point that we can no longer be productive.

Coping mechanisms for me included many but absolutely nothing in world to combat my anxiety beats sleep. I mean I have to clear an entire day dedicated to resting & taking it easy & being gentle on myself. Typically my main anxiety attack trigger consists of obsessing over all the things I need to get done….. I obsess so much it literally obliterates my nerves. Clearing the day out & resting is the most important factor in healing my mind & myself.

Additional non medicinal options include;

Steam room, sauna, hot baths

Gentle yoga, specifically geared towards anxiety

Breath work – this doesn’t always clear an anxiety attack out but can work wonders in getting you through those horrible peak moments

Aromatherapy- Lavender, Rose, tea tree & eucalyptus are my favorite anxiety fighting oils.

Even with our children we must teach them to be cognizant of overloading themselves. For this very reason, my husband and I are adamant about our children only being allowed one extracurricular activity during the school year. We do multiple summer camp activities, but during the school year they are only allowed to choose one. So that they can focus their energy on their activity, school work, and finding time to relax & to just be kids. It’s normal for our children to want to do all the things but we must teach them it’s not healthy or feasible even to overload themselves. Remember that anxiety is just a serious to take care of as having a cold or any other infection

Your body needs rest, your mind & body need to heal! Be gentle to yourself.

Namaste

Good Old Fashion Banana Pudding

Kims Banana Pudding

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  • 8 ripe bananas (6 smushed, 2 sliced)
  • 2 5 ounce packages of instant banana pudding
  • 4 C of cold milk
  • 1 C of fresh whipped cream
  • 1 16 ounce package of Vanilla Wafers
  • Whipped cream in a can for garnish

Whip up instant pudding with cold milks per instructions on the pudding box. Let Chill. Once set & firm, fold in the smushed bananas. Then its time to layer, I assembled sliced bananas around the edge of the bowl (clear for the prettiest presentation), add a layer of banana pudding then add about 1/2 C of the whipped cream & finish with a layer of vanilla wafers. Repeat with banana slices around bowls edge, layer of pudding, layer of whipped cream & them layer of vanilla wafers. Then I finish off my pudding with some can whipped cream and an additional layer of vanilla wafers. Then back in the fridge to chill until ready to serve.

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You can have control or love but you can’t have both….

It’s a funny thing letting go of control. Control is such a strong comfort for so many. Often times due to the traumas & circumstances of our youth beyond our control in most cases . So we grow into adults who inadvertently hurt those closest to us, and find ourselves compelled to have control at all times. So that we may never have to go right back to feeling like that powerless child again. The thing about it is that often times the comfort of always being a creature of habit or in control at all times prevents …damn near blocks the ability to let true love and happiness into our soul.

Granted I get it it’s scary, frustrating even strange….yet at the same time that’s what love is suppose to be. It’s a life altering mind expanding emotion that has no room for cowardly hesitations. Ultimately we will have to choose whether we like it or not… You can have the control/ comfort that is derived from arrogance/ego/fear or you can let love overcome, immerse & transform you into that version of elusive happiness that you always wanted yet could never quite grasp.

The reason you could never grasp it is because you can’t have both.

Eventually you must choose control or the person…there is no other way. Also, to play games and to waste time will require you to loose that person and you will unfortunately have no one to blame for your own self made misery other than yourself

These thoughts have crept in and evolved for me individually with the lunar eclipse and full moon energy earlier in the week. It’s what this energy of the eclipses is all about. If you accept the harsh and tumultuous energy of the eclipse….you will come out for the better in the end…If you resist the energy out of fear…fear of lack of control…out of it being something different, you only do your soul more harm than good and will suffer more in the long run. So relax & go with the flow. Never let love pass you by due to fear or arrogance

Love and Namaste,

The Metaphysical Momma

My Sparkling Summer Sipper

This is my new favorite concoction. It’s hardly groundbreaking…Prosecco, sorbet & that’s absolutely it. However there is something so satisfying and fun about the simple things in life.

The thing that really makes this for me is using the Jeni’s Sorbet Frose

Rose sorbet….nuff said

Sparkling Summer Sipper

  • Ingredients
    • Jeni’s Sorbet Frose
      Your favorite bottle of Prosecco or Champagne

    Scoop a couple scoop fulls of the Frose in your cup & top off with your sparkling beverage of choice. Could even work with some non alcoholic sparkling juice or water for the kiddies!

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    The Eyes At Blenheim Palace

    One of my favorite stories and places in England is the eyes of Blenheim Palace. The painting commissioned in 1928 by Gladys Deacon, the eccentric American woman who was the 2nd wife to the 9th Duke of Marlborough.

    The painting was painted by the official war artist during WW1, Colin Gill.

    No one really seems to know the meaning of the painting other than it is said to represent the brown eyes of the Duke and the blue ocean eyes of Gladys. She was said to have climbed a ladder to the artist with a scarf the specific shade of blue that matched her eyes that she wanted for the painting, and if that isn’t a romantic kick you in the side…… I don’t know what is. I find the eyes painting absolutely mesmerizing & hopelessly romantic.