Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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“We are all collectively bonded to each other while on Earth, united in this one supreme purpose: to learn to love one another.” Betty J. Eadie

Embraced By The Light, p. 97

“Marshmallows?” “Yes, please!”

“Marshmallows?” “Yes, please!”

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While visiting my daughter in New York for Christmas, I had my first sensational experience with a HOMEMADE marshmallow atop a steaming mug of chocolate! The out-of-the-bag marshmallows are vapid in comparison. This marshmallow was huge! It completely filled the top of the cup with a melting, moist, gooey texture that added just the right touch of sweetness below to the rich dark chocolate. Seriously, I was in heaven!

So…I decided to look into making marshmallows from scratch. I was pleasantly surprised. They are not that difficult to make and I even found a HEALTHY version. One chef created a recipe using honey instead of sugar, gelatin (containing collagen – basic building block of skin, hair, nails, bones and joints), probiotics (supports a healthy digestive and immune system) and marshmallow root (for soothing sore throats, congestion, UTIs, heartburn and indigestion). http://wellnessmama.com/6423/healthy-marshmallows/

The other recipe I liked is traditional and quick; it produces wonderful results. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/homemade-marshmallows-recipe.html You can also experiment with different flavorings such as mint, lemon, almond and cocoa in addition to vanilla. And… if you really want to get fancy; use cookie cutters to make stars, snowmen, or angel marshmallows. Let your culinary creativity out of the box and start a new holiday tradition. Have homemade marshmallows for your hot chocolate and taste a little bit of heaven.

What are your family traditions for the holidays?

Healing tones…”Maestro, If You Please”

Healing tones…”Maestro, If You Please”

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I love music! Music transports me into different rooms of my soul. Music cradles me in love and healing. I use music to enhance the healing process during a massage. Silence, also a part of the healing process, is heard in the space between the notes. I believe it is the balance between silence and sound that creates the healing experience.

Nature inherently creates sound healing through the movement of energy in wind, water, electricity, expansion (heat) and contraction (cold). Sound tracks abound using the natural world as inspiration. Musicians all over the world are now composing multitudes of healing scores which are used in many hospitals.

Matt Peroutka, Certified Music Practitioner, describes his experience with one patient, ‘I noticed that a woman was waving. She was lying in bed and conducting. Me. It’s common for our PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit) to have a small sponge mounted on the end of a paper stick when they are not allowed to eat or drink. For this woman that sponge was her baton and I was her orchestra.’ http://www.mhtp.org/Data/Web/mhtpnews0514final.pdf

I leave you with a beautiful sound track featuring Tibetan bells and vocals. Make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and become uplifted through sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpKCuiffHg4

How do you use music?

A rainbow of healing light

A rainbow of healing light

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Explosive colors and lights are displayed all around us during the winter season. Now is the time to enjoy the hearth-side, tree lights, window and house displays.  Many streets use decorative lighting from dramatic scenes to soft luminaries.

Why?

I believe color is healing to our soul. As snow falls and winter landscapes shape a world that is naked and decreasing in sunlight daily, bursts of colored lights can illuminate our surroundings and energize us from the inside out.

“Color is simply a form of visible light, of electromagnetic energy. All the primary colors reflected in the rainbow carry their own unique healing properties.” http://healing.about.com/cs/colortherapy/a/aa_colortherapy.htm. Color is used in massage rooms and hospital rooms to create an atmosphere conducive for healing.

Color creates different responses in different people. What colors give you a feeling of expansiveness, or a feeling of creativity, or a mood of introspection and solitude? Some colors create an environment of peace and serenity while others create a space of nurturing and safety. Often times the colors we are most attracted to relate to areas of our life that need some balance.

How have you used color to improve your day?

“Whatever it is, it’s welcome”

“Whatever it is, it’s welcome”

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“When the seasons shift, even the subtle beginning, the scent of a promised change, I feel something stir inside me. Hopefulness? Gratitude? Openness? Whatever it is, it’s welcome.”
Made from scratch

Made from scratch

Bone BrothWhen my children were young I was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom. I loved to cook! I felt that made from scratch meals brought the whole family together in a very contented and fulfilling way. It also gave me a creative outlet; planning, shopping, and preparing healthy, tasty dishes for the people I loved. Then I took my cooking to the next level. I started studying nutrition and researching about the health benefits of herbs; one of my discoveries was bone broth.

While making bone broth is time consuming, the health benefits are enormous. Sally Fallon shares in her cookbook Nourishing Traditions, ‘Properly prepared, meat stocks are extremely nutritious, containing the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables as electrolytes, a form that is easy to assimilate…also seems to be of use in the treatment of many chronic disorders, including anemia and other diseases of the blood, diabetes, muscular dystrophy and even cancer.’

The aroma of homemade broth is tantalizing and you can use your broth as a base to make other dishes. You can add it to grains and legumes instead of water; use it in gravies, sauces, casseroles and soup. And it is great as the first food to eat when recovering from a stomach virus or flu. For more information go to http://nourishedkitchen.com/bone-broth/

What are some of your favorite nutritious dishes?