5 Things To Like This Week

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  1. Doterra Essential Oil Diffuser. My mom gave me a diffuser and lavender and I loooove it. I use it most nights when I remember to do it.
  2. Sun Touch Plus Light Box. My mom likes to give presents. Lucky me! LOL. Anyway, she gave me a light box and I really like it. I set the timer and turn on the Ion switch when I am creating the beaded necklaces for my shop or putting together orders. I’m thinking it will come in handy this winter.
  3. Sleeping With Other People on Netflix. Jason Sudeikis is brilliant and he is hilarious in this movie. I was laughing so loud at several parts I bet my neighbors were wondering what was up. What? Plus, I kinda have a crush on him now. What?
  4. Prepping. On Sunday nights I prep lots of things. Here’s why: #1 I am not a morning person, so I need things to go smoothly in the a.m. and #2 If I don’t prep I make terrible food choices, wardrobe malfunctions, and I don’t go work out. So that’s what I do, I prep some meals (not all–good god), my outfits (and accessories), and I pack my gym bag for the entire week. I’m sure this is not a new tip to anyone, but it really works for me.
  5. Get the Lead Out featuring The Black Crowes and Jimmy Page. Um. Oh my god. I just caught this show and it is definitely on my list of things to LIKE this week. My two favorite bands smooshed together into one live program and I don’t have to go to a crowded bar to see them? YESSSSS. It was recorded back in 2000 and I’ve heard bits and pieces of it on my Pandora, but this compilation was great.

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5 Things To Like This Week

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  1. Gyro making kit. OMG this is so good. It’s made by a company called Opaa!, which is adorable. Anyway, I got mine at Walmart. It contains the best lamb/beef strips, tzatziki sauce, and pitas. You get three to a box, which is perfect for me. I also did a little happy dance when I was eating each of these. I love foods that make me happy and I haven’t had a really good gyro in a long time.
  2. Hurricane by The Band of Heathens. Right now, I have a bit of an obsession with New Orleans–the music, the food, the spirtual side, the graveyards and the architecture. This song gives me goosebumps. (Check it out at the bottom of this entry.)
  3. Gaga: Five Foot Two on Netflix. I about lost my shit when Gaga performed at the Superbowl halftime show last year. This woman really is an artist in time when pop music really isn’t doing it for me. Plus, I’m also 5’2″.
  4. The Mountain Between Us. This was a great survival/romantic comedy. I’m serious! Also, you gotta see it in the theater because of the beautiful scenery (and the popcorn and soda). I’m not going to ruin it for you, but it was great. Plus, I love watching Kate Winslet act. She has such beautiful features, even in a survival setting. Idris Elba was not bad either. Ummm hmmm.
  5. Anything Halloween at this point. I’m particularly fond of popcorn balls, Hocus Pocus the movie, and hocus pocus in general; Black cats, spiders, and pumpkins. You get the idea . . . Bring it!

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5 Things To Like This Week

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  1. Chickpea Curry. I’m trying to make a new recipe every week. This week it was chickpea curry . It’s perfect for a foggy autumn afternoon. It is also spicy, fragrant and warm. I like to eat this with a nice piece of pita bread or naan. It’s easy and quick to whip up and the leftovers are great for lunch.
  2. Wrigley’s 5 Peppermint Cobalt Gum. Whoa. This gum is fantastic. It lasts forever and you can totally make bubbles with it.
  3. Chai PuddingYou can make this overnight in the fridge. I like to make a big batch on Sunday nights for the week. Top it off with mango or strawberries. Yum!
  4. Woodland Sage $3.33 candles from Walmart. This candle is affordable and it burns just as fragrant as the more expensive brands. I love it. Then when it is finished burning I put the whole thing in the freezer. Once it’s frozen you can break up the wax and it just slides out and you are left with a nice, clean glass container.
  5. Fall is here! It’s officially sweater, scarf and pumpkin spice season. Awwww yeah.

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My Latest Spirit Dream

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This dream is nothing spectacular. In fact, the spirit who came through wasn’t even human. It was my parent’s beloved dog.

My parents recently lost their golden retriever, Sadie. My mom took the loss really hard. Sadie was a big part of her daily routine. Over the past few weeks, she cried, was angry, and regretted the final decision to put Sadie to sleep. I listened and consoled the best I could.

I know why Sadie picked me to deliver her special message too. Earlier this summer, I got sick and had to spend two weeks at my parents house. Wherever I went during those two weeks, Sadie followed. If I was on the couch, she was on the floor next to me. If I was in bed she was sleeping at the foot of it. She was such a sweet girl. She was very old. She was smelly, skinny, and her fur was dull and patchy, but I loved her anyway.

About three weeks after Sadie died, I had a very clear dream. In this dream Sadie was plump and her fur was shining. She looked like she did when she was in the prime of her life. She also had a beautiful aura of light around her. She let me pet her for a second, and then she moved toward my Mom.

In the dream, Mom couldn’t see Sadie and she kept saying, “I can’t see her”. I had to direct her hands to Sadies’s fur so she could pet her. Mom was in, what I call, the grief veil. The grief veil simply means you are still grieving and not ready to be open to signs from spirit.

After leaving my mom, Sadie walked over to my dad. Like me, he could see her. He rubbed behind her ears and talked to her. She stood there, tail wagging, shining and enjoying the attention.

Then I woke up.

I am certain that Spirit gave me this special dream. My mom, who is a very grounded person, says it’s because, “You must’ve been thinking about Sadie”. I just laugh because I know that’s not why. I’m so honored that Sadie chose me to show my parents (even if they are skeptical) that she is not sick anymore, they did the right thing (Mom), and to tell them goodbye.

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Chickpea Curry with Rice

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This chickpea curry is perfect for a foggy autumn afternoon. It is spicy, fragrant and warm. I like to eat this with a nice piece of pita bread or naan. It’s easy and quick to whip up and the leftovers are great for lunch. Add cut up chicken breast for additional protein.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups basmati rice

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Red pepper flakes to taste

2 teaspoons curry powder

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup vegetable stock

Two 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

One 13.5-ounce can coconut milk

INSTRUCTIONS

Cook the basmati rice according to the package instructions.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook until the onions are dark brown and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Stir in the curry powder, garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds. Pour in the vegetable stock and stir to scrape up all the brown bits in the pan. Add the chickpeas and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Warm the pita or naan in the microwave. Serve the curry over the rice with the warmed naan. Garnish with the cilantro.

This recipe is Ree Drummod’s from Food Network.com. Ree adds honey and sriracha to her curry. I omit them and add red pepper flakes.

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