WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BE TODAY?

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Each day presents us with an opportunity to improve upon who we were the day before. Perhaps the version of you that walked this earth yesterday was a little less warm, vibrant, and energetic than you would have liked them to be. Or it could be that they were even warmer, more vibrant, and abounding with energy than they have ever been to date. And, of course, there are all of the measures and variances in between those two extremes.

USE EVERY DAY AS A CATAPULT TO AN IMPROVED YOU

However, no matter where you fell yesterday on the scale you use to measure your ideal self, there is ALWAYS room for improvement today. And it just makes good sense to take advantage of that gift to its fullest extent.

So …

When you wake up each morning, be certain to view it as an opportunity to ‘set the stage’ for who you plan to be today.

Perhaps you want to be more compassionate. Or maybe you want to expand your knowledge in some area. Or learn a new hands on skill. You may want to have more patience, better social skills, or a stronger propensity to kindness.

CREATE A LIST OF AFFIRMATIONS

Whatever it is that your seeking to improve, take a few minutes and jot it down.

Then turn those notes into a list of present tense affirmations. Meaning … ‘I want to have more patience’ becomes ‘I am a very patient person’.

Go over this list each morning. First thing, if you can. Before any negativity finds its way into your day. Repeat it a few times. Out loud if you can. And then do your best to wrap your mind around the idea that the affirmation you are repeating is already manifest.

If doubts creep into your thoughts as you first start this practice, don’t stress. The ability to FULLY believe will come in time. And it will come faster if you aren’t stressing!

Once you have come to a place where you are able to recite your affirmations with full confidence that they are already complete in the quantum realm, it is time to add the element of emotion to the mix. Begin allowing yourself to feel the emotions you expect to experience when your affirmations leave the quantum realm and become a physical manifestation. And then hold those feelings for as long as you are able. Shoot for 15-20 minutes. But don’t be discouraged if your starting point is much lower than that.

Again â€Ļ this may take a bit of time. But it will come. It really will.

LAW OF ATTRACTION, SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY, & ACTION ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS

Faithfully engaging in this morning routine works for many reasons.

The law of attraction is one of those reasons. This law states that energy attracts energy which is on the same frequency as itself. So, the act of experiencing the emotions which will come with the obtainment of your goals causes them to materialize.

A second reason this practice works is that the mind believes everything you tell it. Absolutely EVERYTHING. It relies solely on information that is programmed into it. It makes up nothing on its own. Therefore, you’re able to become the curator of its content. Actively create its files. Rather than letting the world around you choose what goes into its archives.

If you tell it ‘I am successful’ than it will do everything it can to urge you to take steps to make that a reality. If you tell it you are a loser, than it gets right to work on making that fact come true.

It doesn’t differentiate one from the other. It would be nice if it could differentiate for you and always work in your best interest. But the cold, hard truth is, it doesn’t really give a damn what is best for you. It simply does as it is told. Every time. Without fail.

You may have heard this phenomena termed as self-fulfilling prophecy.

The law of attraction and self-fulfilling prophecy are two different perspectives surrounding the same principle. It makes no difference which one you choose as an avenue for change. Either one will get you there.

Both hold the tenet that you keep your thoughts and emotions firmly planted in the realm of your highest good. And by doing exactly that, your reality will begin to restructure itself. It will literally start to create a world that reflects your deepest desires.

And yet…

Action is not to be underestimated.

You will find many claims out there that if you line up your thoughts and emotions with your desires they will come to you with no effort on your part.

Perhaps this is true. I’ve had experiences where it seemed as though it happened this way.

But, BE ASSURED, that taking actions which support your desires will drastically alter the timeliness of their arrival. Use the momentum of action in tandem with the law of attraction and self-fulfilling prophecy and you are sure to see victory significantly sooner than if you remain motionless 😉

POSITIVE CHANGES ARE WITHIN YOUR REACH

If these principles are new to you they may feel a little ‘out of reach’.

There is no doubt that they require a bit of skill. But don’t despair. Because all it really takes to start to see some change occurring in your life is a little dedication on your part. Even the tiniest bit of commitment can kick-start an influx of positive changes. AND morning affirmations are just about the simplest way to start.


Do you practice the principles of law of attraction? Or self-fulfilling prophecy?

If so, please share your experiences in the comments. I’d love to hear them. And I know that those who haven’t yet known the power of these principles would as well ❤ī¸

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RECONCILING MY RELATIONSHIP WITH NEW YEARS

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New Years and I have been in a bad relationship for as long as I can remember. I have never considered her a friend.

As a young woman I recall that just about everyone I knew would be looking forward to their new years holiday plans with anticipation. I was never very excited about mine. I tried to feel good about them. I really did. But I just couldn’t muster up even one little ‘give a damn’.

I’m sure this was directly related to the fact that each time I did try to go out and join in the festivities, I found myself even more disappointed than the last.

Other holidays weren’t like this for me. I rather enjoyed them. Even with the fact that as a single mom I had to work through much of them, I made it a point to make the very best of the time I could squeeze in to celebrate.

But new years â€Ļ UGH! She was always a disappointment. Or worse. Usually worse ☚ī¸

Eventually, I turned my back on her completely. I haven’t acknowledged her presence in many, many years. I just sort of let her come and go without so much as a turn of my head.

However …

This year I am going to try to make amends with this difficult creature who spends but one day (two if you count new years eve) a year with us.

I’m not going to try to make up for lost time. That would be senseless. And at this point it feels as though jumping right into traditional celebrations would be a disaster. It’s just asking for more of a mindset alteration than I am willing to entertain!

So …

I’m going to plan a simple day. A day of quiet contemplation. Done with a positive attitude. And carried out in very warm fuzzy pajamas.

It is guaranteed to be cold as hell here in northern Maine. So there will be a toasty fire burning in the woodstove. Creating the perfect atmosphere for me to just sink into a day filled with self-indulgence.

There will be a mini-brunch spread in the early afternoon. It can be grazing material for the entire day. Freeing me from the kitchen, so I can focus on something more relaxing. Perhaps, a sewing project. Or finishing up the granny square lap blanket I’ve been working on. Or maybe I will immerse myself in the pages of a good book, leaving my world behind to become part of another’s.

In the evening, there will be candles lit throughout my home. They will burn brightly, ushering in good vibes for the upcoming year. The intention placed behind their lighting will be to perpetuate the atmosphere of peace and serenity which has been actively cultivated there throughout the day.

There will be card games, or movies, or both. There will be plenty of play time and sweet, warm snuggles with the king of the house (my bulldogge). And there will be laughter. Lots and lots of laughter.

When the day is complete, and I lay my head down to rest, I will know that the journey to reconciliation with this holiday I have been at odds with for so very long has indeed begun ❤ī¸

How will you be spending your holiday this year? Do you have fond memories of past new years celebrations? Or have you too had a rocky relationship with this special day?

I’d love to hear about your experiences! So meet me in the comments below and fill me in 😉

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MY 2020 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

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If I’m 100% honest I have to say that I hate to see 2019 behind me. It’s been one stellar year for me. I have experienced exponential growth and gathered a bounty of blessings over the past year. I’m really one lucky girl.

But 2020 is coming. And it will undoubtedly hold its own special set of gifts for me. I have developed a strong and disciplined thought life. And I’ve become a bit of a pro at mastering my emotions. So, in light of the fact that our reality is created by our thoughts and our emotions, I’m in a great spot to receive endless abundance in the coming year.

HEY!! Maybe I am ready to kick 2019 to the curb! Out with the old. In with the new. Bring it on 2020!

But before my new friend 2020 gets here, I’d like to have a few New Years resolutions in order. A sort of game plan to achieve the things which are most important to me in this 365 day time span.

Choosing Resolutions I Will Actually Keep

I’ve set some pretty damn lofty resolutions in the past. And I’ve learned that doing that sets the stage for failure. The loftier my goals are, the less likely I am to achieve them.

So, this year I am going to set the bar low. Not so low that they require no effort. There’s no real reward in reaching goals like that.

OK. Perhaps I should phrase this a little differently. I am going to set REASONABLE goals for myself. Goals that will take some effort to achieve. Making the attainment of them feel like a real triumph. And yet, nothing too over the top. No jumping through fire hoops, if you know what I mean 😉

Setting The Stage For Victory

I could easily create a list of things I want to work on in my life that are completely new to me. Things that I haven’t taken even the tiniest steps toward reaching.

But, in the spirit of setting the stage for victory, I am going to avoid things of that nature. And focus on refining things I have already laid some ground work for.

This will definitely make the likelihood of success greater. That’s a win!

I suppose working on ‘brand new’ things, or at least one or two of them, would be in order some years. But not this year. I am on a roll with some pretty big goals and I want to strike while the iron is hot, as they say đŸ”Ĩ

A Few Of My Own Resolutions

I’m going to break my resolutions down by category this year. Creating a general goal for each of the areas in my life which are important to me.

HOME:

I live in an old 20 x 30 home. It was meant to be a temporary spot to rest my head when I moved to Maine. But instead of looking for a nicer place to live, my son and I built a food the truck. And while I’m glad we did. It definitely means I’ve been in this little house way too long! So, it’s time to finish up the few odds and ends that need to be done and move on.

FAMILY:

This goal is probably the easiest one on my list. I have a small and amazing family. We function very well together and I’m happy with our relationships.

If I would change anything about our life it would be the amount of leisure time we spend together. So, more leisure time is high on the list.

SELF:

Taking care of my health is my #1 priority for myself. It has been neglected for too many years at this point. But I have grown so much in this area. And I no longer see self-care as something that one does when they have the time. Instead it is a matter of great importance.

And as I’ve begun to recognize that fact I have cultivated some pretty decent self-care habits in my life. I intend to improve on that in the coming year.

EDUCATION:

I have studied herbalism for a little more than a decade. I feel it is time for me to share the knowledge I’ve gained over this time with others. I have hosted classes before. But teaching my own courses is a new and exciting venture for me.

I am finishing up an herbal course, which I started some time ago, over the winter. And I’m designing several classes to release shortly thereafter.

WORK:

The food truck that I built with my son last spring was mad successful. And we have purchased a piece of land to place it on this next coming season, so that it will have a permanent home. Giving it it’s own home will make it so that we are able to develop the land that it sits on, and offer much more than just a ‘grab and go’ experience to our clientele.

The ideas that I have for this next step in our venture are plentiful. And they are still playing musical chairs in my head. The music hasn’t stopped. So I am not certain where any of them will sit, if you know what I mean.

I’ll solve this dilemma by setting my resolutions in this area on the basics. An awning on the front of the truck to protect people from the elements while ordering (it truly sucked not having this last year 😕) is #1 on the list. A finished parking area comes in right behind it. Storage on site is at the top of the list as well. These things combined with extended outdoor seating should cover the ‘get her up and running smoothly’ fundamentals.

And that’s it folks! Basic, achievable goals. Success is a no-brainer for this woman and her resolutions this year!

Are you setting New Year’s resolutions this year? Do you plan to keep them simple? Or reach for the golden ring?

Share your plans in the comments if you will. I’d love to hear them!

I’d also be interested in hearing how you feel about resolutions in general. Do they work for you? Or do they seem to fall by the wayside? And if so, why do you think that is?

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A CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR RILEY

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There is an Olde English Bulldogge in my life who has 100% stolen the keys to my heart. Because of his presence I am changed forever ❤ī¸

One of the many ways I show my love for him is by staying on top of his diet. I like to be sure that he eats top quality food. So that he stays as healthy as possible.

With Christmas approaching I wanted to make a treat especially for him. He gets quite jealous if anyone is eating without him! And with his own special treats on hand he can be included in ALL of our holiday snack times.

He eats a primarily grain free diet. But I do sometimes put a little flour in his treats. I’ve made his Christmas treats with brown rice flour. It’s a better alternative to white flour, for sure. But you can use any flour you like. Be sure to make certain it is canine friendly, of course. And adjust the amount of chicken broth you add to the recipe accordingly. Each flour has a different consistency and rate of absorbency. So you may need a little more or less.

I included chicken liver and cranberries in this recipe. Chicken liver is one of Riley’s favorite things. And cranberries add the festive touch I was looking for in a holiday treat!

He absolutely loves these tasty little doggie morsels. And because I made an extra batch just for this blog post he’s going to get doubly blessed this year. I’m pretty sure he’s already marked his calendar for the day the next batch will arrive. Christmas Day.

Here’s the recipe for you so you can make a batch for your canine love. Tell him to enjoy every single bite. And The Bohemian Apothecarist wishes him the very best Christmas yet ❤ī¸ XO ❤ī¸

CRANBERRY & LIVER CANINE TREATS


1 c. Chicken Livers, cooked & chopped

3/4 c. Chicken Broth

2 Eggs

3 c. Brown Rice Flour

3 tbls. Dried Cranberries


Preheat oven to 350°

In a small bowl mix the chicken liver, chicken broth, and eggs.

In a medium bowl mix the brown rice flour and dried cranberries.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and blend well. Form a dough ball. Put it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Roll the dough ball out to a 1/2″ thickness using flour on the surface you are rolling on, the rolling pin, and the dough ball.

Bake for 20 minutes. Cool. And store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


If you make some of these delicious treats for your favorite canine this Christmas I’d love to hear how they liked them?

Attach a picture of them in the comments enjoying them if you would. It would make my day 😉

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HANDMADE HOLIDAY ‘AFTER DINNER MINTS’

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I’ve always had a thing for after dinner mints. Dessert is too much after a meal. BUT a little mint to tease the taste buds is just right!

Mint is known to settle the stomach. As are many herbs. The original idea behind having a bit of candy made with this tasty herb after a meal arose from that tenet.

Sipping on a cup of peppermint tea, after an evening meal, is a pretty common occurrence in my household. It’s just plain good for you. This Apothecarist highly recommends it 😉

However, for Christmas this year I wanted to make the after dinner mint experience a little more special than that. Like peppermint patty special.

Yet, the thought of all of the bad for you ingredients that are usually in a peppermint patty being the grand finale to my holiday feast didn’t sit quite right with me. So I got to work on creating a healthy version of this gas station staple.

And the results of my efforts are pretty damn phenomenal, if I do say so myself! So, I thought that I would share them with all of you. This way we can all enjoy the fruits of my labor!

I made the filling first (obviously, LOL).

I used unsweetened finely shredded coconut …

And a little melted coconut oil, honey, almond milk, and peppermint extract …

I mixed it all together with a fork. It took a little time and effort to blend it well. Honey can be a tough cookie to distribute through dry goods. But half the fun is in the making, as they say. So I took my time and it paid off big in the end.

I didn’t have a mold. And where I live there aren’t many places to shop. Most things have to be ordered online. Not like my hometown where I would just run up to Commerce Boulevard (the name says it all) and grab whatever I needed.

But there’s a whole lot of good to the laid back lifestyle folks live in my new home, so I’m not complaining. And since necessity definitely is the mother of invention, I simply pressed my coconut mixture into a tablespoon and then popped the balls out with my finger.

It worked great. I ended up with gorgeous little balls of coconut yumminess! Perfect. I popped them in the freezer. And set the timer for an hour to firm them up.

This step is paramount as otherwise they will simply fall apart in your chocolate coating and you’ll end up eating your peppermint patties with a spoon!

While you’re waiting for your coconut ‘balls’ to freeze you can get your other ingredients ready to go. Don’t mix them until you’re ready to use them though. They might harden up on you. Depending on the temperature in your kitchen.

The coating is made with cocoa. I think that probably goes without saying, right? Chocolate = cocoa.

When my timer went off I mixed some coconut oil and honey in with the cocoa.

And then dropped the balls in the final brew one at a time. So simple!

After I dropped them in I just used a spoon to pour coating over the top of them. And then scooped them out with a fork and slid them onto a plate.

I had to move quickly with this step because the coldness of the balls rapidly change the texture of the chocolate coating. And I didn’t want to have to reheat it.

Once I had all of them coated and placed on a plate, I tossed the plate in the freezer for a bit. I know from past experience working with chocolate coating that it only takes about 15 minutes to chill a candy like this. But I think I left them in there an hour or so before I tried them.

They came out absolutely perfect. So damn delicious!

Once I had a taste, I put the remaining balls in an airtight container and tucked them back in the freezer for Christmas. That was the plan. Wasn’t it?!?!

I could have kept them in the fridge as well. But I liked them frozen a lot. A whole lot. So frozen it is!

Here’s the recipe so you can make some for yourself and your family. It will be hard to share but you should. You really should 😉

If you find yourself feeling the generosity of the Christmas spirit, bear in mind that they make a really nice hostess gift for holiday parties/dinners.

Spread the love a little! Just sayin’!


HANDMADE HOLIDAY ‘AFTER DINNER MINTS’ RECIPE


FILLING:

1 c. Coconut, unsweetened, shredded

3 tsp. Coconut Oil, melted

2 tsp. Honey

1 tsp. Almond Milk

1 tsp. Peppermint Extract

COATING:

1/2 c. Coconut Oil, melted

6 tbls. Cocoa Powder, heaping

4 tbls. Honey


TO MAKE FILLING:

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and blend well with a fork. Shape into patties or balls and freeze for 1 hour.

TO MAKE COATING:

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and blend well with a fork.

Drop coconut patties/balls in coating one at a time and cover well. Do this quickly to prevent coating from getting too hard.

Place mints on a plate and freeze for 15 minutes.

Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!


If you decide to make this tasty treat this holiday (or any other time 😉), please let me know in the comments how it works out for you!

Or just pop in the comments to share your thoughts about this recipe, about after dinner mints, or even just to say Hi!

I love hearing from all of you. I really do. Without you there is no reason for me to be here ❤ī¸

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HOW HUMANS CAN GET THE MOST OUT OF THE WINTER SEASON

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Making the effort to ebb and flow with the natural cycles of the seasons is paramount for good health. Our bodies are designed to follow the patterns of Nature. Even the smallest adjustments to honor these patterns just make damn good sense!

Winter is a season which calls for more quiet time, deep inner reflection, and more than the average amount of nurturing. Perhaps even a little pampering every now and again ❤ī¸â„ī¸â¤ī¸

SLOW DOWN AS MUCH AS YOU ARE ABLE

Spend more time ‘snuggled in’ at home. Take a cue from wildlife and rest.

Life is busy much of the time. And sometimes the only way to shut that steady stream of to-do’s off is to get seriously intentional about it.

Take a at least one night a week this winter and plan to do a whole lot of nothing. Sink into a comfy chair with a good book. Gather up your crochet needles and put together some stitches while you watch a movie. Or sit yourself down with family/friends and play a few board games.

Just make sure there is an abundance of both feeling cozy and relaxing going on.

PRACTICE INNER REFLECTION

We all have things that we find difficult to cope with. Often we keep a few little struggles on the front lines of our lives in a subconscious attempt to avoid the bigger stumbling blocks.

Spend some time searching DEEP within your heart. See what you can find that causes you considerable pain when you think of it. Then allow yourself to feel the pain. Give it permission to be there. Recognize that it is justified. And it only makes sense that it took up residence there after the experiences you’ve had. And then …

Let it go. Take it right by the hand and escort it out of your life. March it to the outer edges of your personal experience here on this planet and place it on the other side of the borderline. Take a step back. Blow it a kiss and say goodbye. Then turn around and WALK AWAY.

HAVE SPA DAYS AT HOME

Light a candle. Turn on some music. Close the bathroom door. And pamper yourself.

About once a week, create a soothing atmosphere in the bathroom (and maybe the bedroom too) and just pamper yourself.

Deep condition your hair. Give yourself a facial. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi.

Make it a point to keep your thoughts on the positive side. Use a mantra if it helps. And breathe. Breathe deeply. You are worth each and every moment you are spending in this space. You deserve to be treated well. And sometimes it is damn nice when you are the person doing it.

We too often pay very close attention to how others are treating us while losing sight of how we treat ourselves.

So let’s try a little harder to be kind to ourselves this winter season. We will be better for it in the spring ❤ī¸


If you have something you make a point of doing to make the dark, cold, season of winter, more beneficial (dare I say rewarding?), please share it in the comments.

I’d love to acquire a few new tricks to tuck up my sleeve for the upcoming season 😉

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PLANT BASED STUFFING FOR THANKSGIVING

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Hey Everyone!

I’ve been working on a plant based stuffing recipe for a few weeks now. I’ve always had the best stuffing recipe ever. Like over-the-top frickin’ fabulous. It is my favorite dish on the Thanksgiving dinner table.

My recipe has sausage in it. And I’ve been trying to be more mindful of eating processed food. So I thought it would be fun to make a whole new recipe. A plant-based recipe. Fit for a Thanksgiving feast. Even though I won’t be making a full holiday dinner this year.

I volunteered to work for the holiday. And quite honestly I don’t cook a big dinner most years anymore anyway. Too much work for this girl. Particularly when I am the only one who really enjoys it in this house.

But I’m pretty sure that a big ‘ol scoop (or two) of crazy tasty stuffing. Topped with a really savory dressing. And a heaping serving of mashed potatoes on a plate will satisfy my desire to indulge, at least a little, in this once a year feast.

So with both, “I need the best damn stuffing ever” and “Let’s keep it plant-based” in mind I came up with the recipe below.

It’s damn tasty. I promise. Give it a try. You’re going to love it.

It will be a permanent addition to my recipe box, for sure 😉

PLANT-BASED THANKSGIVING STUFFING RECIPE


1 med onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp dried sage

1 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 bayleaf

salt and pepper

2 1/2 c vegetable broth

8 oz fresh mushrooms

1/2 c pecans, chopped

1/2 c dried apricots

1/2 c dried cranberries

1/8 c dried parsley

8 c dried bread cubes


Toast pecan pieces. And place aside.

Saute onion, celery, garlic, sage, thyme, oregano, bayleaf, salt (to taste), and pepper (to taste) in 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth until onion and celery are translucent. Remove bay leaf.

Chop mushrooms. Toss them in with the veggies and seasonings and cook until warmed through.

Mix in pecans, apricots, cranberries, and parsley and immediately remove from heat.

Place bread cubes in a large mixing bowl and toss with all other ingredients.

Grease a large baking pan and pour mixture into it. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

I made my own bread cubes for this recipe. I used a package of bakery fresh buns to make them. I don’t generally eat a lot of white bread. But I had the buns on hand and so I used them up.

In my opinion a whole grain bread would be even better. It would add another dimension to the flavor profile.

But use whatever works for you. The recipe is damn good just the way it is.

Also, if you are oil-free as many plant-based eaters are, you can skip the oil by lining your baking dish with parchment paper before you put the stuffing in it. Or, better yet, use a silicone baking dish 😉

AND …

If you decide to make this tasty dish please be sure to share your experience with me in the comments! I’d love to know how others feel about the recipe. And learn any tips or tricks you might have discovered while making it!

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