TWO INGREDIENT PLANT BASED POPSICLE RECIPES: A TREAT FOR YOUR TASTEBUDS & GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

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There are herbal popsicle recipes galore on the internet. And I’ve made more than my share of them. Many that I absolutely loved. Most with herbal material, or chunks of fruit in them. The addition of these ingredients adds a great deal of eye appeal to the final product, for sure. And it’s often very tasty as well.

BUT …

I prefer to make my popsicles from a plainer herbal brew. Chunky is great! Plain takes me back to my favorite childhood pops. I remember eating endless root beer flavored pops. And then there was my absolute favorite, the vanilla twin pop ❤

The only place that carried these little gems in my neck of the woods was about 45 minutes from my home. After I got my drivers license I used to drive to that little town just to get one!

As a grown woman, who understands the importance of fueling her body with healthy food, I can’t remember the last time I ate a sugar laden popsicle. They simply don’t appeal to me anymore.

But an herbal infused popsicle hits the spot. Without a doubt. Every damn time 😉

And if you must have a sweeter version, there’s no harm in adding a little honey to the brew. I sometimes do.

Here are three of my favorite herbal popsicle recipes, to get you started on your herbal popsicle making journey. But remember that the possibilities are absolutely endless. You should definitely experiment with some of your favorite flavors.

And also keep in mind that these popsicles are a really fabulous way to get much needed herbal nutrients, antioxidants, immune boosting properties, and so much more into a little person when they are not feeling well.


ROSE HIP & GREEN TEA POPS

Brew 6 cups of green tea, 3 tea bags per 6 cups of water will be plenty strong enough. Toss in 8 tablespoons of dried rose hips. Let sit for at least 2 hours. I usually let mine sit overnight. Strain rose hips out. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze. And then … ENJOY!

ORANGE & GINGER TEA POPS

Bring 6 tablespoons of fresh, sliced ginger root to a light simmer, in 4 1/2 cups of water. Remove from stove and allow to sit for at least 2 hours. Overnight is preferred. Then strain out the root and add 2 cups of fresh squeezed orange juice. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze. And then … ENJOY!

PINEAPPLE & ELDERBERRY POPS

Put 6 tablespons of dried elderberries in 6 cups of pineapple juice. Place in the refrigerator and allow to ‘brew’ overnight. Strain out the elderberries. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze. And then … ENJOY!


Following are just a few of the health benefits you can reap from indulging in these incredibly tasty frozen treats …

Rose Hips: reduces inflammation, strengthens connective tissue, supports the immune system, supports the heart and cardiovascular system, used long term to reduce varicose veins, diabetes, and allergies, coats and soothes mucous membranes and the digestive tract

Green Tea: modestly lowers total and LDL cholesterol, improves inflammatory skin conditions, enhances cognitive function, helpful for reducing stress and chronic fatigue, increases fat burning, improves physical performance, lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, kills harmful bacteria in the mouth

Ginger Root: improves blood sugar levels, reduces LDL cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure by expanding blood vessels, assists digestion, reduces cold and flu symptoms, supports the immune system, relieves nausea, improves blood sugar levels, great for minimizing menstrual pain, improves brain function, lowers and fights infections

Orange Juice: lowers high blood pressure, relieves constipation, strengthens teeth and bones, prevents kidney stones and macular degeneration, supports eye and lung function, supports the respiratory system, contains anti-inflammatory compounds, beneficial for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome

Elderberries: improves vision, supports the immune system, enhances heart health, lowers cholesterol, combats bacterial and viral infections, used as a mild laxative and diuretic, protects cells against damage, assists in regulating diabetes, promotes weight loss, reduces acne, soothes the skin, lessens the appearance of age spots and wrinkles

Pineapple Juice: fights inflammation, aids digestion, boosts the immune system, reduces coughing, eases digestion, relieves arthritis pain, speeds recovery time after exercise, protects against heart disease, reduces the risk of cataracts, boosts fertility, reduces bloating and constipation


I hope you dive head first into the world of herbal popsicle making. Please let me know, in the comments, if you try any of the recipes in this post. Or share your own recipes with me. I’d love to have them ❤

And … connect with me on facebook, instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist. As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed health professional. You are solely responsible for researching herbs to determine how you choose to use them. If you decide to make them a part of your health care plan, I take no responsibility for that decision.

HOW HUMANS CAN GET MOST OUT OF THE SUMMER SEASON

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There is something about the heat of a sunny summers day. Something that is a little hard to put into words. And yet seems to be clearly understood by both the plant and the animal kingdoms.

I like to think of it in gardening lingo. The seeds have been planted, and now it is time to just relax a bit and wait for the harvest to come. There is some maintaining to do, of course. Things will need to be watered and weeded. But, still, the next event that will require a significant bit of energy from us is the harvest.

So we have time to PLAY! And it feels good.

There are many ways that I engage in summer season play. But today, I want to share those that I never allow to slip through the cracks. A summer does not come and go, without me paying a little extra attention to these three areas.

GET PHYSICAL

The first of these is the innate need I feel to get physical. What? I just said to relax didn’t I?

Indeed, I did. So, do both. Get yourself engaged in physical activity that you enjoy. Things that get your blood pumping, your endorphins moving, and your mind off of the every day.

Maybe take a hike. Or a bike ride. Perhaps you could go on a hand-gliding adventure. Or water skiing. You get the idea!

AND … do yourself a favor and, at least once this summer, get physical doing something you’ve never done before. It is so good for your head space. So damn GOOD.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Choose something you would like to learn. Or further study a subject you’re already familiar with. But pick something that interests you and commit to increasing your knowledge of it.

You can do this with a hands on activity, if that is more desirable to you. I love hands on activities, and as you likely know they are often touted for their ability to help those who use them retain details of the subject matter they employ them with. I believe that to be true. They have a certain kind of stick-with-you quality.

BUT … I am a book nerd. And if you are also a lover of the written word, you may want to spend a good amount of your summer nights sitting in a comfy chair, under a star lit sky, with a book (or twenty) on the subject of your choosing.

PRO-TIP: Combine your hands-on skills with your inner book nerd, and you’ll likely come out light years ahead of practicing only one or the other technique 😉

COMMUNE WITH YOUR HIGHER POWER

And finally, commune with your higher power.

This is something you may be doing already. And that’s great. Which goes without saying, right? But the summer months offer you the opportunity to head out into nature and allow your connection with the divine to deepen. The ‘signal’ is stronger out there, as they say 😉

Let the soothing sights and sounds of Mama Earth melt away all of your stress and anxiety. Let her aromas and the sensations of her elements, earth, air, water, and fire, wash over your senses. And you will inevitably be changed on a profound level.

The summer season will be upon us soon. Do you have plans to engage in any of the activities I’ve mentioned this year? Or, perhaps, you have another way to squeeze all you can out of this energetically charged season. If so, I would love to hear about it! So, meet me in the comments, and share it with me if you will 😉

And … connect with me on facebook, instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE FOR DAD

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There really is nothing like homemade bbq sauce. Making it yourself is the only way to go. It is so much better than anything you can pour from a bottle picked off the supermarket shelf.

If you don’t already have a recipe you love, or even if you do, I’ve got one for you that’s going to make your tastebuds sing 😉 And I can’t imagine a better time to roll it out than just before Father’s Day! You’re welcome Dad!

Whether Dad is doing the grilling, or the fam is doing it for him, he’ll appreciate having a top notch sauce to slather all over his chicken and ribs. And this recipe makes a top notch sauce, for sure ❤

It’s so damn simple too! Gather the ingredients. Put ’em in a saucepan. Simmer ’em for 10 minutes. And you’ve got bbq sauce. Just like that 😉

Invest in good spices. Really. Do it.
10 minutes on the stovetop. So easy.

HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE


1 1/2 c. ketchup

1 c. dark brown sugar, packed

3/4 c. white wine vinegar

1/4 c. molasses

2 tbls worcestershire sauce

2 tbls ground mustard

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes.

Use immediately. Or store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Changing the vinegar will alter this sauce to fit your mood.

The white wine vinegar in the recipe gives it some tang.

Red wine vinegar will make it smoother and richer.

And balsamic will give it more depth and boldness.

Your choice. Enjoy it your way.

Or better yet … make it the way Dad likes it ❤


If you make this sauce for the special Dad in your life this Father’s Day I would love to hear how he liked it. Take a minute and share that info in the comments for me, if you would. Or just connect with me there and let me know what your Father’s Day plans are for 2020!

And … connect with me on facebook, instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

WHY I BECAME AN HERBALIST

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When I was a young woman I cleared out an old estate with my relatives. I will never forget that old house. And the strewn about belongings of the clearly extraordinary woman who had lived her life there. She was no longer walking this realm by the time I stepped through the front door of that house. But when I walked back out that same door for the final time I felt as though we had become friends.

Her home was well ‘lived in’. Perhaps, some would call it messy. But it wasn’t. Not to me. It was quite disheveled, that’s true. But in a way that made you feel as though the ‘mess’ had an intentional artistic flair to it.

There were herbs and materia medica notes everywhere. I was completely enchanted and never wanted to leave. If I could have stayed there sifting through all there was to explore forever, I would have.

I have often told this story in response to the question “Why did you become an herbalist?”. But as time has evolved and I have evolved with it, I realize there is much more to be said when answering that question now.

I have developed a deep relationship with my plants. I love them dearly. And, while I’m still enchanted by them, the connection I have to them now is much more than enchantment.

Perhaps I didn’t realize it back then, but it was not this light flirtatious moment with my beloved plants that made me want to learn more about them. Rather, it was the inner-sense I had at the time that I was on the brink of a profound journey with these amazing natural gifts from the great Mama Earth.

And still …

I didn’t run after them all godspeed or anything back then. It would be years before I began to explore and unravel their mysteries. And over that time I accrued many more reasons to choose to make them a part of my world.

I began uncovering the dark side of modern medicine and wanted some alternative health solutions for myself, and for my family and friends.

I started to understand that there are many people who still practice folkloric herbalism. And as I immersed myself in learning about this sub-culture, I once again experienced the enchantment I had felt in that old estate so many years ago.

I made herbs a part of my daily routine and absolutely adored the transition which occurred in my health and the energetics of my home because of that.

I saw first hand just how miraculous the results they provide can be. And stood in absolute awe of them.

As time passed, there came a point where I could never go back to life as it was before them. You know that place where you have become so intertwined with something that it is woven into the very fabric of your being.

That is the place I find myself in regarding the world of healing herbs.

AND …

I have no complaints. I feel privileged to call them friends ❤

If you work with herbs or aspire to, please reach out and introduce yourself in the comments. I’d love to meet you 😉 Also, feel welcome to reach out with any input or questions you may have about the mesmerizing world of herbs!

And … connect with me on facebook, instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

3 DAYS WITH ROSE QUARTZ

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Rose quartz and I are very old friends. She’s stuck by my side through the last decade or so. And I am mad grateful for her loyalty. Every single time I turned to her she came through 😘

She is renowned as a stone for the heart. All matters of the heart. Both energetically and physically. She safeguards this life-giving entity which resides in our chest, and promotes its overall well-being.

To say I love her is to make a profound understatement.

I will be carrying her with me for the next three days. And posting what I feel she brings my way. I’m pretty excited about this little ‘experiment’. It has been some time since she and I walked together ❤

DAY 1

I put my precious rose quartz piece in my purse last night. I’ve been wanting to work with her for a few days now. And I kept forgetting to snatch her up in the morning and take her with me. So I didn’t want to leave the house without her again today.

I forgot I had her with me, which is so easy to do when you are a crystal toter 😉 But then I was looking over my list of blog posts in progress. And I came across this one. Finding it prompted me to retrieve her from my purse and bring her more fully into my day. And it also brought to my attention that not remembering she was with me in no way stopped her from working on my behalf.

I have found myself feeling warmly toward people that I don’t normally have much affection for this morning. And that’s a good thing! Because as humans we should strive to cultivate warmth, compassion, understanding, and kindness in our world, as much as possible.

I am also dreaming of domesticity today. There was a time in my life when that was of great importance to me. But that was long ago. I assumed it was no longer one of my desires. And yet it rears its pretty little head today. Hmmmmmmm?!?! Sort of delightful if you ask me ❤

DAY 2

I was over-the-top blessed to hear from someone today, who holds a piece of my heart. It is owned by them. I gave it to them freely, and it is my hope that they never seek to return it. I don’t want it back. It feels like it was rightfully theirs all along.

Hearing from them changed my head-space in the best of ways. It brought a wave of peace to my soul. The timing could not have been more perfect. And if that sort of synchronicity in the area of human connection is not the work of my long time friend rose quartz, then I don’t know what is. It is classic for her. So much love to her. And so very much love to them. I fully believe that our paths will intertwine again one day ❤

DAY 3

Rose quartz, my son, and I took a little road trip today. None of us felt much like going. It felt more like a lazy day at home to us. But the errand was necessary. So we got ourselves together (just barely) and headed out the door.

We had a nice visit on the ride. We always do. But it was just a bit more enjoyable today.

We went to make a large purchase for the food truck and there had been a little dissension with the sales people in that office prior to today. I wasn’t really looking forward to how the transaction might go. But it went smoothly. Very smoothly.

And much of that was because I didn’t react adversely to the situation. Even when it gave me cause to. Don’t get me wrong, it is not unusual for me to act like a big girl. I do it most of the time, LOL! But I didn’t even get my insides in a swirl. And there were plenty of underlying nuances going on that would have normally aggravated me a bit. Instead I had the innate desire to avoid conflict. And the necessary level of constructive aggressiveness to work the situation to my advantage. A perfect combination for this task 😉


POSTSCRIPT
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As a person who has worked with alternative healing and spiritual modalities for decades, I recognize that some of the emotions, thoughts, and events which occurred while I carried my lovely piece of rose quartz with me may not be related to her presence.

And still, I don’t discredit the sixth sense I have cultivated about these sorts of things either. And I put forth information which I really do attribute to the energetic frequency that this stone brought to my days.

My intent in approaching this post in this manner, as opposed to the usual style in which healing crystal properties are written, was to offer something a bit different. More personal. Less general.

I hope this space inspires others to share their experience with healing stones. I think it would be beneficial for everyone to have more information about stones presented in this way available to them.

If you have experiences with healing stones, particularly rose quartz, that you would be willing to share, please put them in the comments. I am very excited to hear them ❤ 😉 ❤

And … connect with me on facebook and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed health professional. You are solely responsible for researching crystals to determine how you choose to use them. If you decide to make them a part of your health care plan, I take no responsibility for the results of that decision.

LAVENDER ~ LOVELY LAVENDER

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Lavender was one of the first herbs I ever worked with. And, if I’m honest, I have to say we were not very good friends at the start.

I was manufacturing a personal care product line, and selling it both online and at open air markets. I felt as though I needed to carry a lavender line. It is a very popular scent and a well-known therapeutic oil. People love it!

Unfortunately, the oil brought on a mild headache every time I got near it. Ugh!

It was particularly bad when I made lavender soap. The steam that arose when I poured the oil in with the hot soap was quite powerful. It had a profound effect on me.

I remember thinking, “Who the hell uses this stuff to promote rest and relaxation? It’s just awful!” LOL.

But if you ask the average person what lavender oil can be used for, they would likely respond that it provides a calming effect. Aka = rest & relaxation!

Time has passed. My relationship with this botanical has evolved. And her seductive powers have won me over.

I am no longer sensitive to her aroma. I can not only use her for self-care, but I am fond of her. She is now affectionately known to me as Lovely Lady Lavender ❤ 😉 ❤

I am rather an avid fan of a bit of lavender balm rubbed on my wrist just before I lay down to sleep at night. She lulls me. It’s wonderful.

I cannot imagine my home without a bottle of lavender oil in it. I like to have a bag of dried lavender flower buds in the house as well. But the oil is essential (no pun intended). There are just so many ways to utilize this delightfully fragrant ‘nectar’.

Perhaps my favorite use for it is to soothe and heal burns. I make a simple lavender balm, using this plants essential oil, and keep a jar of it in my kitchen for this purpose. In my opinion, it is by far the best way to alleviate the pain and redness of burns. There are many home remedies out there which provide top notch remedial effects for burns, but none compare to lavender.

Simply rub some oil, either diluted in a carrier or brewed into a balm, on the affected area immediately after a burn occurs. This will reduce redness, blistering, scarring, and pain. She is that good 😉

This also works well for sunburns. I’ve used it MANY times.

As if these uses for lavender are not enough reason to keep her around, there are many, many more.

She is one of the best herbal remedies for muscle and joint pain. I remember sitting at an outdoor market one day and talking to the vendor next to me about what types of balm she could use for her arthritic hands. Unfortunately, I was out of the product I was making for this purpose at that time. I made a comment, in friendly jest, about her using my lavender balm instead. I said, “It may or may not take away your pain, but one thing for sure, your hands will smell just lovely today!”.

She chuckled and took some of the balm and rubbed it on her hands. About 20 minutes later she bought 4 jars! She said the pain had completely lifted. This was the moment I learned what a useful ally lavender is for muscle and joint pain. It works. Give it a try.

Taken as a tea, this herb is fabulous for digestive issues. This yummy beverage can also be served to friends and loved ones who are suffering from stress or grief. It will hit the spot and lift the emotional struggle a bit for sure.

Infuse her in your favorite cooking oil and use it to sauté veggies, chicken, or fish. This also makes a great replacement for other oils when baking. I avoid sweets almost completely, but a piece of lavender shortbread will weaken my willpower every time 😉

If you indulge in the sweet stuff from time to time, try infusing this tasty herb in sugar. It’s fabulous on grapefruit! Yep. Yep.

I prefer to infuse mine in pink Himalayan salt, and use it as a rub for chicken. I allow the chicken to ‘marinate’ in the salt overnight, grill it, and then roll it, ever-so-lightly, in a gourmet bbq sauce. YUMMY!

Lavender infused butter is the perfect companion for farm fresh, organic potatoes. This is a must-have. Really. For sure.

AND …

Finally …

She just smells good. Like really very good. Making her the perfect aromatic addition to handmade personal care products 😉

If you have a favorite use for lavender, or have been wanting to try her out remedially, cosmetically, or for culinary uses … tell me about it in the comments! I’m excited to hear your input 😉

And … connect with me on facebook and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed health professional. You are solely responsible for researching herbs to determine how you choose to use them. If you decide to make them a part of your health care plan, I take no responsibility for the results of that decision.

MY FIRST EVER MOREL MUSHROOMS

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Morel season is upon us once again!

I’m not sure how excited that makes you but it literally makes me squirm in delight!

I have kept an eye out for these little beauties for a few seasons now. A couple of years back I decided to start taking baby steps toward becoming a reasonably competent mushroom hunter. It’s for sure something I aspire to be good at 😉

The obstacles I am facing are time and a places to hunt.

Time … well I probably don’t have to explain that one to most of you. We are all lacking in this area, LOL!

Places to hunt … I am surrounded by state and national parks. You can’t forage there 😦 And most other land here is privately owned.

Sooooooo … the morel mushroom might is sort of a reclusive forest dwelling creature to me!

And then …

I met a new friend at the gym.

AND …

Her significant other is a mushroom hunter!

Ahhhhhhhhh … Lady Luck has turned her smile upon me ❤ ❤ ❤

As if meeting a great friend (I really do like her a lot) and finding out that her significant other hunts mushrooms is not lucky enough, it just so happened that he returned from a morel hunting trip a short time after our meeting. Life is good!

I was able to pick up a pound of fresh morels at a great price, and trust me that made my day. Well, maybe my week. Probably, definitely my week 😉

I FINALLY had the chance to cook fresh morels.

I could touch them. Smell them. Sit quietly and admire them.

I could clean them. Chop them. Season and sauté them. I could stand with them as they cooked, soaking in the delightful aroma they emit as they simmer. Oh my! If only the net had a scratch & sniff feature … You would be in heaven right now!

How do you cook morel mushrooms, you ask?

I’m sure there are MANY ways to prepare these little beauties. But I kept it pretty simple. I wanted to really savor the taste of them the first time I ate them. I didn’t want them to be smothered in sauce or buried in seasonings.

So I put half a stick of butter in a large frying pan with about 3 large cloves of garlic, and threw in the whole pound of mushrooms. I covered them and let them simmer on a low setting for about 20 minutes.

Morels need to be cooked well or they can make you a bit sick. No one wants that! It works out though because they don’t get tough or rubbery when they are cooked for long periods of time 😉

After 20 minutes the pan was pretty full of liquid. Mushrooms always lose a great deal of water while cooking. I drained the water off and threw in just a bit of salt. Salt is a flavor enhancer and … well … as I’ve already said, I for sure wanted to REALLY TASTE these little beauties!

I cooked them with very minimal liquid. Like really hardly any at all, for another 5 minutes or so, and then I served them with roasted, organic bell pepper and onion and fresh, organic mild Italian sausage.

They were SERIOUSLY delicious! Now I know why everyone raves about them!

The experience left me with just one pretty serious issue …

Where, oh where, am I going to find a patch of fresh morel mushrooms to harvest next spring?

I’d love to hear about your thoughts on or experiences with morels! Leave them in the comments if you will 😉

And … connect with me on facebook and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

POSTSCRIPT:

This post was written while I was living in the PNW. Where I live now in northern Maine morels are not common. But I have heard they are sometimes found. I hope to be so lucky as to come across them here 😉

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FEEL ‘STUCK’

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Before we talk about what to do when you feel stuck, we should cover the definition of stuck as it pertains to this post.

It refers to those moments in time when you feel like your life isn’t really going anywhere, is going a little poorly, or is just plain crappy. It’s doesn’t pertain to the times that you are happy with life in general, and are just enjoying the status quo for a bit. Or, needless to say, to those times when LIFE IS GOOD!

BUT …

With all that said … The principles you can follow to pry yourself free from ‘stuck mode’, can be practiced at any time to just generally gain positive ground as well.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK

When you’re stuck apply yourself to these two things …

  1. Actively work on making your current circumstance better (or, at least, as pleasant as possible)
  2. Visualize the future

Doing these two things will grease the Universal wheel making it turn more smoothly and with greater speed.

ACTIVELY WORK ON MAKING YOUR CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCE BETTER

No matter what circumstance we find ourselves in, there is generally room for improvement to occur. And it simply makes good sense to consistently strive for improvement in our lives. Who doesn’t want things to get better, right?

So, if you feel stuck, or just as a regular matter of course, take stock of the current circumstances of your life and then create an action plan for progress.

What little steps can you take to make an immediate improvement in your situation? Brainstorm. Come up with as many as you can. And then do them. One at a time. Do each one.

And don’t consider any action to small. Because, in addition to results obtained directly from the action itself, you will derive a measure of improvement just from the movement of energy that taking action creates. It is energy that is impeded in some way, which is causing a feeling of inertia or decline. You need to get that energy moving again. So act. And maintain a good attitude, because the positive vibe of that attitude will raise the frequency of the energy. And the higher the frequency is the more desirable your results will be.

VISUALIZE THE FUTURE

We so often hear the phrase ‘dreaming of the future’. It is tossed around like an all-purpose solution to bringing our deepest desires to fruition. And that is a good thing!

But, I challenge you to consider that it is better to visualize your future, than it is to dream about it. Visualization is a more positively charged activity. It is a bit different than its more subtle counterpart, dreaming.

When we visualize our future, we make the effort of conjuring up the feelings which will accompany the realization of our dreams. These feelings are of the same frequency as the actual presence of our desires. And, because frequencies attract like frequencies, they will literally attract those desires into our lives. They are a key component to the actual physical manifestation of our desires.

Combining action and visualization creates a powerful duo. One that is sure to clear up any stuck energy you have lurking around your life, and get you well on your way to living in the very midst of your most heartfelt desires ❤

So get to it! And let me know how it goes in the comments. Or share an experience you’ve already had in this area. I love hearing your input! I really do!

And … connect with me on facebook, instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

PLANT BASED BREAKFAST IN BED FOR MOM'S SPECIAL DAY

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Breakfast in bed is a great way to make Mom feel special on Mother’s Day. It’s such a simple gesture. And yet it means so very much to her. There’s really nothing like the feeling you get when your family takes time out of their morning to prepare a meal for you. And if they bring it to you before you even put your feet on the floor for the day, that somehow turns up the warm and fuzzy feeling factor ten fold ❤

But what it your Mom would prefer to avoid the common breakfast foods that make up the typical American diet? Well, I can help with that. Because, I too appreciate a good plant-based meal.

So, I’m going to share a simple recipe for flax meal crackers and cashew cheese with you. Both of these can be made the night before Mother’s Day if that’s easier for you. And if you are able to do that it may work to your advantage. Then you can just pull everything out and put it on a tray with a hot cup of java, a glass of juice, and some fruit in the morning. No mess. No fuss. AND yet Mom feels like you’ve gone out of your way to acknowledge her first thing in the day! WIN! WIN!

Let’s start with the flax meal crackers, shall we?

PLANT-BASED FLAX MEAL & HERB CRACKERS


1 3/4 c. Ground Flax Meal

1/2 c. Water

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tbls Garlic Powder

1/2 tbls. Dill (dried)


Preheat oven to 350°

In a medium bowl combine flax meal, salt, garlic powder, and dill.

Add water and mix until well blended. Form dough into a ball.

Place dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out to approximately 1/8 inch thick.

Remove the top layer of parchment paper. The dough will be uneven along the edges. You can cut the edges straight if you like. But it is not necessary.

Score squares into the dough. This will make it possible to cut it later. If you do not score your dough it will simply crumble when you try to cut it after baking.

Bake for 30-40 minutes. Removing outer edges when they are done and allowing the center squares to bake a bit longer.

Place on a wire baking rack to cool.

Cut into squares along score marks. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

And there you go … just like that you’ve got incredibly delicious, and seriously healthy flax meal crackers that are just packed with flavor!

It doesn’t really get any easier than that. Unless, of course, you count this cashew cheese recipe. Then it gets easier. Which is pretty hard to believe. But true nonetheless 😉

CASHEW CHEESE


1 c. raw cashews (heaping, soak overnight)

2 tbls. nutritional yeast

2 tbls. lemon juice (fresh squeezed)

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 c. water


Pulse cashews, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a food processor until it forms a coarse, wet texture. You will have to scrape the sides of the bowl several times throughout this process.

If you have a magic bullet use that instead. This is not a large amount of food to process. And the bullet is more conducive to smaller amounts. Additionally, it will eliminate all of the scraping. As you can just pop the top off the bullet and shake.

Once you have ground the mixture down as much as possible add the water. Start with about 1/8 cup and then add the rest as needed. You are striving for a mixture that has a consistency similar to hummus.

At this point, taste your cashew cheese and adjust your seasonings accordingly.

This cheese will store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for approximately 6 days. But it is unlikely to stick around that long.

Take a minute to tell me about how you are celebrating Mother’s Day this year in the comments. I would love to gather some new ideas for next year. And, if you are making these recipes let me know how they work out for you! I’m dying to know if the Mom in your life enjoyed them 😉

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MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH FIDDLEHEADS

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I’ve wanted to get my hands on fiddleheads since my enamoration with wild food first began. If you are among those who don’t know about this delectable little spring treat, please allow me to enlighten you 😉

A fiddlehead is the furled frond of the young ostrich fern. They appear in the spring and are harvested as a vegetable. As always, it is important to ethically harvest this tasty little gift from Mama Earth, as you don’t want to affect the population of the species.

If you do not know the ‘rules’ for wild-harvesting do check them out before you head out to gather wild food. One of the most important guidelines to follow with fiddleheads is to be certain that you don’t collect all the fronds from a single plant. This will result in death of the plant. And that is a pretty crappy trade-off for the gift that this generous little green ally brings to your plate 😦

Where I am living in northern Maine these delicious little morsels are wild-harvested and then sold by the roadside and in local markets. And as much as I love ‘collecting grub’ from the wild, I haven’t had much time lately so that works out perfectly for me! I get fresh-picked fiddleheads. And foragers get a little cash in their pocket. Win! Win!

The batch that inspired this post was picked up at a self-serve roadside stand. I saw them on my way up north and passed them by because I didn’t really have room in my schedule for meal preparation at all, and uncovering how to cook fiddleheads felt burdensome.

But hose fiddleheads stayed in my head through the whole trip. Lucky for me, the stand was still there on my way home. So I grabbed a bag full of fiddleheads and went back home to figure out just what I was going to do with them.

I discovered that you have to cook them down before you can eat them. I’ve learned that this is the case with many wild foods. If fiddleheads are eaten raw one can get quite the case of indigestion from them.

So I put them on the stove in a pot of water, heated it up to boiling, and then let it simmer for 10 minutes.

After that I took the easy way out because it was late and I was hungry, LOL!

I sautéed them in butter, garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper. When they were done I squeezed just a tiny bit of lemon juice on them, gave them a toss, and voila … deliciousness was mine.

They are crazy tasty! Like really crazy tasty!

They taste very much like asparagus to me. Like really very much like asparagus. And I’m a big fan of asparagus ❤

My son and I enjoyed them that evening, but you’re not supposed to eat too many at a time until you are sure your stomach doesn’t react the them (another common wild food rule). So, we had plenty left over. And when I woke up in the morning I couldn’t wait to get another crack at them.

So, the first fiddlehead omelet ever was made in my kitchen that morning. Fiddleheads, tomatoes, grilled onions, and swiss cheese = heaven ❤ Just sayin’.

I have another bunch of these little babies in the fridge right now and I’m looking at breading and deep frying them. I’ve had a few locals tell me that I won’t be disappointed if I prepare them that way. I think they’re right. I just can’t decide if I want to serve them with a butter garlic parmesan sauce or a bit of siracha mayo?

But a decision will have to be made. Unless, of course, I choose both 😉

Have you ever had fiddleheads? And if so, how were they prepared?

Did you like them? Would you eat them again? We loved them! And will likely eat them often from now on ❤

Share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear what you have to say 😉

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