Springtime Garden Crystals

Spring has sprung! and it is glorious. Bees are buzzing…trees and flowers are budding and its just the most heavenly slice of weather one could ask for.

This is the time right here that was created especially for gardners and all you gardener wannabes (that would be me) out there. I have never been a stellar gardner myself…. Despite all my best efforts its always proved a bit difficult for me. Of course as was the case last year the one time I was pretty successful… the rabbits found ways to raid my little garden much to my dismay. I have resorted to just pretty flower pots on the balcony this year. I might pull out a small veggie garden this year but that as yet to be determined.

Anyways I stumbled on the idea of adding crystals to your garden for their energetic properties and just had to share the top four that I personally loved.

Quartz- supposed to be great for cell growth in your plants, the stone to use when setting intentions. So visualizing and setting your intention as you place some quartz around your garden will help.

Moonstone- a stone of fertility and health. This stone promotes strength & is known as a symbol of “new beginnings”. Soothes stressful environments and promotes success and good fortune.

Citrine- This stone is all about success and abundance, which is a win for any garden. The stone that simulates the properties of the sun itself lends warmth, and cleansing vitality to your garden

Moss agate- known quite literally as the gardeners stone. This stone lends grounding to the earth properties. A stone that promotes balance & vitality in your garden.

I also love how these little gemstones make the most beautiful garden decorations. Like like jewels spread amongst your garden. Let me know if any of you out there have had any luck with using gemstones in your gardens, and if so which ones where your favorite?

Green Chia Seed Pudding

Green Chia Seed Pudding

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  • 2 C of spinach
  • 1 C of milk
  • 1/2 C of coconut milk
  • 1/2 C of honey
  • 3 T chia seeds
  • Sliced kiwi as garnish

Add spinach, milk, coconut milk, honey and chia seeds to your blender & mix them all up until green & well blended. Pour mixture into desired bowls & slip kiwi on the side or on top. Let sit in the fridge for at least 45 min to an hour.

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Gluten-free Kale And Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Gluten-free Kale & Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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  • Handful or two of freshly washed kale
  • 3/4 C of milk
  • 1 C of gluten-free baking mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 T of honey
  • 1 T of butter
  • Chocolate chips

Set your griddle to Medium-high & in your blender, mix up the kale & milk together. Mix in together milk/kale mixture, pancake mix, egg, honey, and butter. Your batter should be on the thicker side. Thicker batter ensures fluffy pancakes. Add a little bit more milk if you prefer thinner pancakes.

Lightly grease the griddle & pour the batter (I pour about a palm size amount of batter)

Then I add a sprinkle of chocolate chips, and after you start to see bubbles form with the edges firming up you flip. Cook for about a min or two on the other side & then serve with butter and syrup of choice!

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Calming Lavender Play Dough

Lavender play dough

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 t of cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup of salt
  • 1 T of olive oil
  • 1 T of purple food coloring
  • Roughly about 25 drops of essential lavender oil
  • about 2 T of fresh lavender

Directions

Combine flour, water, cream of tartar, salt, oil in a pot over medium heat. This combination will have the consistency of pancake batter. Keep mixing while it heats up, then after about 5 min or so the mixture will turn into a ball of play dough consistency. Remove the dough ball from the pan onto some wax paper. After the dough ball cools add the food coloring, oil and fresh lavender and you keep folding and kneading until the play dough ball comes together.

 

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Curry Mashed Potatoes

Curry Mashed Potatoes

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Ingredients

  • 3 Large Russet Potatoes (peeled and cut into large chunks)
  • 1/4 C of butter
  • 1/2 C of half & half or cream
  • 1/2 C of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 T of Curry
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Chopped green onions for garnish

Directions

Place cut potatoes into a pot of water that just barely covers all the potatoes up. Boil potatoes over a medium heat for about 15-20 min. Drain and pop the potatoes either in your pot or a stand mixer. Let Potatoes sit for about a min, and start mashing with a masher or turn mixer on low-speed. Add butter, cream, yogurt, salt, pepper, and curry. Taste and feel free to add a little extra of this or that depending on your taste preference.

 

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Earl Grey Panna Cotta Tarts

Earl Grey Panna Cotta Tart

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of half and half
  • 3 bags of earl grey tea
  • 1/2 Cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of unflavored gelatin
  • mini graham cracker crust
  • Fresh lavender for garnish.

Directions

In a sauce pan over medium heat, get the half & half simmering with the tea bags steeping. After about 10 min, whisk the sugar in. Next turn burner off, and let sit for about 5 min. Whisk in gelatin, and pour into mini graham tart shells (this recipe makes about 6 mini tarts). Refrigerate for at least an hour and a half until set (overnight preferably) and then garnish with fresh Lavender.

 

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Prosciutto & Melon Pizza

Prosciutto & Melon Pizza

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Ingredients

  • Wheat Pizza Dough
  • Prosciutto wrapped mozzarella
  • Fresh Cantaloupe
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Fresh Parsley

Directions

I start this recipe off by coating a cast iron skillet with some good olive oil and a dusting of corn meal. Then I roll out my wheat dough on a floured surface, place in skillet and pop in the preheated oven at 425 degrees for about 20 min or so. Then I bring the skillet out, let cool and top with sauce, prosciutto wrapped mozzarella, fresh cantaloupe, then drizzle with balsamic glaze and fresh chopped parsley.

 

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