A Gentle Healing Home – Decorating for the Senses

In an attempt to create a healing home that is comforting to my body, mind and spirit, I’ve been pondering the reasons “home” felt more relaxed and refreshing in the past than it does now, back when I was a child in the 70’s. And not just in my own home, but others as well. What is missing? What has changed?

Cozy Winter Dried Orange and Clove Simmering Potpourri Blend Recipe

This Yuletide season I made clove-spiked orange and star anise ornaments to hang in the kitchen window. I added cinnamon sticks to some, and placed a few in a dish with pods and pine cones. The delightful little stained glass disks are a lovely reminder of the sun that is returning at Yule. Now it’s…

Tangy Tarragon Artichoke Gourmet Chicken Salad

Tarragon is an herb with a distinctive licorice flavor that pairs well with the tangy flavor of artichoke. Artichokes are an excellent source of fiber and tarragon adds a subtle touch of flavor to add a twist to a traditional chicken salad.

A Magical Stroll through Nature in Winter

The local parks are of course beautiful in the summertime, but in the early winter there is a kind of subtle magic. When we are not distracted by the stunning beauty of flowers, bright green leaves and vibrant energy-giving sunshine, it allows us to slow down and feel the essence of nature, to see and hear the soul of the plants and trees, to listen to the whispers in the breeze, to feel the calm in the flow of the water. Nature is truly in a peaceful slumber… the way I believe we are meant to be during this time of year.

Everyone is doomin’ and gloomin’, hatin’ and miserable and I’m all like…FAIRIES!

Many people are suffering these days from a case of excessive ego; constant complaining, anger, paranoia, fear and hate. The ego exists in “reality”, but once you have an awakening moment when you realize that reality is not real (reality is what the dark “shadow” part of your mind, A.K.A. the ego, created and tells you is real), then you begin to go on the journey to find the truth.

Christmas Baking and Candy Making!

In the midst of the chaotic energies and frustrated people going around this holiday season, we stepped away from the world and entered into magical kitchen elf mode to make handmade rolled cookies and candy bark. It was a merry and more traditional Christmas activity, that we have been so desiring!

Yule: Celebrating the Return of the Sun and the Winter Solstice

Yule, or the winter solstice, takes place on the longest and darkest night of the year. This festival celebrates the birth of the sun, warmth and the return of the growing season. Each day after Yule the sunlight continually grows a little brighter and stronger. In Pagan tradition, the goddess gives birth to the Sun God, or the Oak King, and with the birth of the solstice sun, the light is reborn. Yule takes place on December 21st, or the winter solstice, of every year.