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31 Jan

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Body Scrub recipes

31 Jan

Spring is around the corner kurlies and you know what that means: we get to show a lil more skin. Check out these cheap and chic recipes below to make your own sugar scrubs so you can slough away that dead skin and uncover your skin’s satin smoothness and glow. Those with sensitive skin, I don’t recommend these recipes for you b/c they might make your sensitivity worse; irritate your skin more.

BROWN SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE

* 1 cup brown sugar

* 1/2 cup sweet almond oil

* a few drops of essential oil or fragrance body oil of choice

* some honey (this is optional but honey has loads of moisturizing properties so why not?)

* container to put it in (an old container or tupperware will do)

Instructions: Mix together the oils and honey in your container. Add the brown sugar and mix it up. Viola! Note that you can tweek the consistency to your liking. Some like more oil than sugar and others more sugar than oil. Play around with the proportions till you find the consistency that you like. Be light handed! There is no need to scrub hard or you will end up irritating your skin.

Here’s another sugar scrub recipe:

SUGAR SCRUB RECIPE

* 1 cup of sugar

* 1/2 cup to 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil

* lemon juice (optional)

* few drops of essential oil or body fragrance oil (optional)

Instructions are the same as the brown sugar scrub.

You can use whatever carrier oil you like in these scrub recipes. Experiment till you find the oil you like best. You can also do an oil blend; use more than one oil in your scrub. Again, experiment!

My favorite is the brown sugar scrub. Sweet almond oil is my favorite oil for scrubs. It feels divine after you’ve shaved or epilated your legs. I no longer shave and use an epilator now, so I do it after the I epilate and OMW (oh my wow), the shine and smoothness is bananas.

**These recipes were originally posted 5-28-08**

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Fresh Lemonade

2 Apr

8 lemons
6 cups of water
1 cup of sugar
Fresh mint leaves
Slices of Ginger

Juice lemons

In saucepan combine sugar and water until the sugar melts. Allow to cool.

Pour sugar water mixture, lemon juice, and Ginger into a picture and chill.

Garnish with mint.

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St Clements Punch

2 Apr

1 cup orange juice
2/3 cup of grapefruit juice
1 cup lemonade
Orange or lemon to garnish

Mix orange juice and grapefruit together and top with lemonade.

I would probably add either vodka or champagne if I am having a cocktail hour!

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Linguine With Tomatoes, Lemon, Chile and Crab

26 Mar
From Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights: Recipes for Every Season, Mood, and Appetite by Sophie Dahl

Ingredients

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
Sea salt
1 clove of garlic
1/2 red chile, deseeded and finely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
3/4 cup cooked fresh crab meat
6 ounces whole wheat or spelt linguine
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

  1. Cut the tomatoes and sprinkle them with a little sea salt.
  2. In a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic and chile into a red pulp. (If necessary, add a little sea salt to help grind the two together.)
  3. Mix in the olive oil, lemon juice, and zest. Add the crab to the mix if your mortar and pestle is big enough; if not, transfer everything to a slightly bigger bowl.
  4. Cook the pasta until it’s al dente; drain, then pour the crab mixture and tomatoes over and sprinkle with parsley as desired.

Serves 2.

Nine Insights from Celestine Prophecy

2 Feb

1. Meaningful coincidences. We are at a point in the developmental history of human consciousness where development will accelerate. The major evidence for this is the increased number of meaningful coincidences people are noticing in their lives.

2. Historical perspective. This point in human history can best be understood by a revisioning of the past millennium. In the early part of the millennium, human consciousness was dominated by beliefs promulgated by the Catholic Church: one’s proper place in society, humanity at the center of the universe, and the battle between good and evil. These beliefs gave meaning to life. This domination was challenged during the Renaissance and Reformation. At that time, humanity established a grand project of exploring the world, using the tools of science, with the hope of getting a new answer to the meaning of life. While waiting for that answer to come in, attention turned to increasing material comfort. That project is now at an end–material comfort has been achieved, but we have lost touch with sources of meaning. Moreover, the answers we wanted are now appearing–not necessarily from institutional science, but from a variety of sources.

3. Subtle energy. There is an energy, previously undetected by science, that forms the basis of all things. Human perception of that energy starts with an increased awareness of beauty: people, animals, plants, ecosystems that have a high level of that energy appear particularly beautiful. By becoming aware of that energy, we become able to notice when and how we give and receive energy.

4. Competition for energy. A fundamental assumption underlies most human interactions: we must compete for this energy, drawing it from others and protecting ourselves from others’ attempts to draw it from us. This leads to some nasty interactions.

5. Energy abundance. In fact, competition is unnecessary because subtle energy exists in abundance. In particular, we can acquire more by eating plants which have high energy levels. (And we can ensure that the plants have high energy levels by paying attention to them, by giving them energy.) Being in a loving state not only connects our energy to the object of our love, but to a greater source of energy as well. This is the essence of mystical experience. The goal of mystical practice – and practice of the lessons of the Celestine Prophecy – is to get and remain connected with the energy. Moreover, a person’s energy is the source of the meaningful coincidences noticed in the First Insight. Each mystical experience stretches a person’s potential, causing them to exist “at a higher state of vibration”.

The best description of all this comes a little later in the book. Father Sanchez says, “Love is not an intellectual concept or a moral imperative or anything else. It is a background emotion that exists when one is connected to the energy available in the universe, which , of course, is the energy of God.” [page 153]

6. Getting clear. In order to be in a state of love with the world on a regular basis, we have to let go of patterns of behavior we developed to take energy from others.

First, we have to become aware of our “control dramas” and break our controlling habits. There are four control patterns or ways of causing others to give us energy, two actively demanding energy, two passively creating conditions in which energy is sent. “Active” control dramas include intimidation and interrogation – asking questions and then picking apart the answers. “Passive” control dramas include aloofness – creating an air of mystery that entices others to send energy–and “poor me”–creating a sense that if others don’t provide energy, something awful will happen to the controller.

Second, we have to “get clear” of our control dramas. We must understand our parents’ control dramas and how these shaped ours. Then we must learn what meaning our parents’ lives had for us, and how this determines our own developmental work. The things we would change about our parents – individually and together – are what we need to work on in our own lives.

7. Using intuition. When we are in touch with the energy, clear of our control dramas, and aware of the questions relevant to this moment, our intuition supplies the answers we need. Once we are aware of these answers, we need only watch for meaningful coincidences to show us how to act on them.

8. Relating to others. This insight comes in several pieces.

  • Children can be raised without control dramas if they have constant, undivided access to an adult who can give them the energy they need.
  • Development can be blocked by an “addiction to another person”. The subtle energy has a male and female side. If you can access one and someone else the other, then for a short time the couple can be filled with energy. But the focus on the other person eventually cuts each off from the universal energy. The two begin competing for energy, restarting control dramas. This is the falling-in-love/falling-out-of-love phenomenon.
  • Everyone who crosses our path has a message for us. We should give them energy and help them get clear so that they can accurately deliver the message.
  • Other people’s control dramas will break down if we name them and refuse to play a role in them.

9. Conscious evolution. This insight is a vision of culture in the next millennium.

Humans consciously participate in their evolution by living according to their intuition, which guides them in such a way as to increase their energy. Population decreases so much that most of the world can be allowed to return to wilderness, creating old-growth forests full of energy. The means of survival are automated and available to everyone. Their sense of purpose is satisfied by “the thrill of our own evolution”. People will consume less and work less so that they can work on their evolution. (Redfield is ambiguous about this: Lower consumption may not be necessary because people will pay you for your spiritual insights. “When people come into our lives at just the right time to give us the answers we need, we should give them money.” [page 226])

The goal of this evolution is to achieve a level of vibration that makes us invisible to others, perhaps even immaterial. Jesus was the first to do this, and sporadic individuals continue to do so. (The main character’s mentor does so in the conclusion of the book.) The ultimate goal is for large groups to “cross over” together in a “general rapture”. The Mayans are alleged to have done this.

Leading your life in accordance with Maát (via The Temple of Maát)

8 Jan

 Em Hotep! Leading a quality life in accordance with Maát is a very simple concept. Be respectful. Be quiet. Be modest. Be gentle. Not hasty Be trustworthy Not boastful. Not arrogant. Restrained in eating and drinking. Be true. Have integrity. Be happy Be generous. Live positively. Sounds simple, right? It is. Here are a few concepts which are termed as crimes against Maát: Disorder Rebellion Envy Deceit Greed Laziness Injustice Ingratitude Feelin … Read More

via The Temple of Maát