Magic Reindeer Food

A neat Christmas trick from Seton’s Simple Pleasures for the Holidays: Magic Reindeer Food

“Here’s an inexpensive gift idea for Brownie leaders, teachers, and anyone elses. Or you can just make if for your kids. I fill a Ziplock baggie with about 1 teaspoon of red and green glitter and add a ¼ cup of instant oatmeal. I then attach a Xeroxed picture of a reindeer and the following saying: “On Christmas Eve, sprinkle this Magic Reindeer Food on your lawn. The magic Glitter sparkling in the moonlight and the smell of oats will guide Rudolph to your home.” To make it even cuter, I glue a red pom-pom to the reindeer’s nose. It’s always been a hit with everyone I’ve sent it to. Remember to sweep up the oats after the kids have gone to bed because they will ask the next morning why Rudolph didn’t eat them.”

Old Fashioned Rice Pudding recipe

A Winter Solstice recipe from Susannah Seton’s Simple Pleasures for the Holidays: Old Fashioned Rice Pudding

Here’s a warming treat for any cold winter’s night, but especially good for solstice. And it couldn’t be easier to make.

  • 3½ cups milk
  • ½ cup sugar, divided
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup long-grain rice
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Heat milk, ¼ cup sugar, and cinnamon in saucepan just to boil; stir in rice and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 35-45 minutes. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks, cream ¼ cup sugar, and vanilla. Add gradually to rice. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, for three minutes longer. Makes 4 servings.

A Hanukkah snack

A Hanukkah snack from Susannah Seton’s Simple Pleasures for the Holidays: Snack Peas

This delightful snack, originally created for Purim, comes from Saul’s Deli in Berkeley, California. Says owner Karen Edelman, “Traditionally, intoxicating beverages are consumed during the meal for Purim and fried peas are the perfect accompaniment to a drink.” However, it also makes a nice munchable as family members open their presents.

  •  Olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked chick peas, drained and towel-dried
  • salt and pepper to taste

Fill cast-iron skillet with 1-inch of olive oil and heat slowly. Do not allow to smoke. When hot enough, carefully drop peas into oil with a slotted spoon (be sure not to splatter yourself.) Allow to cook for 20 seconds or until crispy, and then remove with slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined bowl to drain. When excess oil is absorbed, remove to serving bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serves 2-4.

Hanukkah and the gift giving season got you stumped?

soap-bubbleTry this idea of Seton’s Simple Pleasures for the Holidays: homemade bubble bath! This is something even tiny kids can make as a present. The trick is to have a pretty container to put it in and to never tell how you made it.

  •  2 cups Ivory (or other unscented) dishwashing liquid
  • 1/8 ounce of her favorite essential oil (vanilla is my favorite)

Drop oil into the dishwashing liquid and let sit, covered, for 1 week. Pour into beautiful bottle, add gift tag and ribbon, and instructions to use ¼ cup per bath. Makes 8 baths.

Learning to Let Go

Do you feel like you’re juggling a bit much lately? Afraid you’ll burn out? Don’t let your spirit and psychic health take a backseat to board meetings and bargain shopping. Check out Lorraine Roe’s Psychic Laundry List of activities and crafts to try in order to let yourself let go, sit back, and allow the Universe to do some of the work for once.

“This lesson is about letting the universe do for you! You deserve it. Physical tools can really assist you in growing spiritually and opening up psychically. Try at least half of the following suggestions. See what results you get by letting go and letting the universal energies take on some of your concerns. This is like hiring a nanny to take care of your problems.

  1. Get a cardboard toilet paper roll and paint or color a design on the outside. Mine has black and white paint, representing yin and yang or positive and negative force in the universe. Put some sea salt in the roll and seal the ends with plastic wrap and a rubber band. This is your transformer. Whenever something is really bugging you, mentally send it through the roll. I’ve had some real miracles come from doing this.
  2. Go to a crystal/stone store and let a crystal choose you. It will if you’re ready. When you bring your crystal home, it is important to clear its energy. Place the crystal in a bowl outside, cover it with spring water, throw in some sea salt, and let it sit in the sunshine for at least ten minutes. Set it somewhere special in your house. Light a candle and put it in front of the stone and say a prayer of surrender.
  3. Get or make a God or Goddess box. That’s where you write what’s on your mind or what you’re attached to on paper and put it in the box. Then you release it.
  4. Write someone’s name or the name of a situation that you are feeling upset about. Then burn it. That releases your connection to it.
  5. Buy some old plates at a garage sale or secondhand store. Write down topics on them with permanent marker and smash them with a hammer. This is my favorite–a big energy release!!
  6. Find a stick, go outside, and draw a circle around you with the stick. As you do this, repeat the circle prayer: Circle of Light / Burning Bright / Let it Be / Blessed Be.
  7. Head to a new age or church bookstore and see what icons are calling your name. Does Mary appeal? How about Buddha or Jesus? Perhaps a fairy? Or maybe you have something at home, such as a child’s toy, a ceramic dog or snake, or something cute and cuddly. All can represent the energy you want to bring in your life.
  8. Take a bath and soak up some essential oils or take a sea salt bath to clear your energies. Sometimes when you’re at your kids’ school, work, or the store, you pick up unwanted energies. The bath can wash your troubles away.
  9. Sign up to become Reiki certified.
  10. Practice with a pendulum. See where it takes you and if you get accurate and helpful information. Round and round it goes, where it lands, nobody knows.

These techniques may seem goofy but they really work. They allow your ego to let go and the universe and your higher self to step in to help.”

Meditation Lemonade

Lately the office has been abuzz: a couple new employees have started settling in, long awaited books have been arriving in our warehouse, and everyone has been preparing for our Marketing Launch at the end of the month. Often when life gets crowded with schedules and sticky notes our minds get crowded and overwhelmed as well. In order to keep a clear head and focus on the tasks at hand I’ve scoured Elise Marie Collins’ Chakra Tonics, in search of a tasty smoothie to alleviate the brain fatigue and put some more perk in your summer step. Enjoy!

Meditation Lemonade

“Meditation calms the mind and has an alkalinizing affect on our water bodies. However, if we are in an acidic state, the mind is rampant with mental chatter, making meditation a challenging feat. Meditation Lemonade will help alkalize the body’s pH, making it less difficult to sit. You will fidget less and feel refreshed. Watermelon is a highly alkaline fruit, while whispers of lemongrass invoke the wisdom of the ajna chakra. Fresh lemons, although acidic, have an overall alkalinizing effect on the body.

  • 4 cups watermelon cut in chunks
  • 4 cups lemongrass tea
  • Juice of 5 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup agave or 1 tablespoon stevia to taste

Make lemongrass tea with 2-4 lemongrass tea bags and four cups of boiling water. To make lemongrass tea with fresh lemongrass, take 2-3 stalks of lemongrass and cut into 3-inch pieces. Place in a saucepan and with 4 1/2 cups of purified water, bring to a boil, and then simmer 5-10 minutes. Allow tea to cool. Place in a blender with other ingredients, blend, and voila. Your mind is at peace as you sip this delicious elixir.”