It’s the time of year when we need to put ourselves in “time out”! All the stress and craziness of the season leaves us worn down with head spinning so it’s OK to find a quiet corner and spend a few moments just breathing. Listen to the sounds around you, your breath, calm the to do list in your head and just be!
I love sitting by my Christmas Villages (yes I have multiple villages) at night with the lights on, seeing the twinkle of the tree nearby, thinking of the simplicity of the old ways where family, friends, song, good food and drink were most important. Somehow we have let the “things” take over the season. Our family has cut back on some of the “things” the last few years and have brought back a few of the older traditions, which makes for a more relaxing and memorable holiday. What traditions would you like to include this year? What “things” can you do without?
However you celebrate the holidays remember to stop and be thankful for the year you were given, to take time to be with family and friends, and above all just be in the moment!
Happy and safe holidays to all from my family to yours.
Today is the shortest day of the year and signifies the return of daylight. I have spent the day reflecting on the bounties of the year and what I wanted to release and be done with. Sometimes letting go of what no longer serves you is hard, taking a long hard look at where you are and what has been holding you back takes work. If you can release to the world the ideas, habits or thoughts that limit you it can be liberating! Take time out tonight and reflect and decide what needs to be gone from your life.
Since I shared the recipe for Fire Cider I thought you would like the Cider with Fire Bloody Mary recipe. The holiday season is upon us and if you like to enjoy the occasional cocktail why not make it healthy and immune boosting! This drink is heart healthy, anti-inflammatory, immune system boosting, bone building, cancer fighting, blood pressure lowering, and packed with vitamin C goodness.
Here is my recipe:
- 1 3/4 cup of low sodium V8 juice
- 1/4 cup of Hibiscus Cider With Fire
- 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 lemon squeezed.
- Mix the above ingredients together and pour into glass over ice
- Add 1 shot of vodka per glass
- Black pepper and Tabasco can be added to taste.
- Garnish with olives, bacon or celery sticks.
- Makes 2, 8 oz servings. Enjoy and here’s to your health!!
Growing up I helped out on my grandparents 33 acre farm. I have many fond memories of picking fruits and vegetables, feeding the cows and chickens, stringing beans under the old oak tree and watching my grandfather make his concoctions. For most of my adult life I have had a small vegetable and herb garden but always wanted to own some land to create a small version of what my grandparents had. Join us on our mini farm adventure as my wonderful husband puts up with my craziness. I will share as we plant, harvest and cook our herbs, flowers and vegetables. Oh yea some of my creations may be for sale as well. Lastly look for some appearances of a few 4 legged trusty companions along the way! Welcome to the farm.
Thanks for joining me!
Follow your own path. Explore it, live it, dream it!