Recipe ~ Raspberry, Chocolate, Cheesecake Granola Bars

 

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I’ll make these again, and update with more pics, and measurements. For now, I can give you estimates.

The bottom layer, or crust, is crushed pecan (about 1/2 cup) with edible chocolate body butter. I melted the body butter, and added the pecans in a parchment lined 6 X 9 pan.

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Next layer, the cheesecake, 8oz cream cheese, 1 egg, tsp. vanilla, and Tbs. Coconut crystals. Spoon on crust, and spread gently.

Next layer, Raspberry jam. (From my garden, canned last season.) Any jam would work, but mine is sweetened with just a little honey, not sugar.

Top layer, about a 1/2 cup almond butter, about 1/3 cup coconut oil/palm oil melted, about 1 cup oatmeal, about 2 Tbs. coconut crystals, about 3 Tbs. coconut flour, about 1/2 cup raspberry jam. Mix until smooth, and spoon unevenly over top.

Bake 350 for 30 minutes.

I freeze my granola bars. This recipe is good to eat, hot, frozen, and room temp!

 

Making Body Butter

I started doing Ashiatsu (Barefoot Massage) 10 years ago. Because I’m standing on the client, adding more oil or lotion once I’m up there is difficult.

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Body Butter does not absorb into the skin as quickly as oil, or lotion.

I started making it right away, but what I’m whipping up now is much nicer, and healthier too!

Start with good product!

Organic Shea Butter, and Organic Coconut oil go into all of my whipped body butter recipes. 50% Shea Butter, 25% Coconut Oil, and the rest varies. Either olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, magnesium oil, or a combination, and essential oils.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it. I only use what I’d want to put into my system. By using plant extract, and essential oil, I create different recipes for desired results.

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I  add essential oils for the scent, and also the plant medicine.

I’ve made enough to know what it should look, and feel like, and how to correct it.

The consistency needs to be right at room temp. Cooling in the refrigerator speeds up the process, but it needs to maintain the consistency when it cools back down.

It should look and feel like a whipped light frosting.

To oily needs more butter – Shea, Mango, or Cocoa Butter.

To stiff needs more oil – Jojoba is great for this, but Olive or other oil will also work.

Add essential oil after you have cooled, and started whipping. Adding essential before cooling will begin diffusing it into your kitchen.

2 oz trial or 8 oz on ETSY

16 and 24 oz unscented on ETSY

Magnesium Body Butter on ETSY

 

 

 

What to with Kambucha that tastes like Vinegar.

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Use it recipes in that call for vinegar.

My Kambucha got away from me!

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Add Green tomatoes…

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I used this Green Tomato Pickle Recipe.

And substituted Kambucha for Vinegar. I did not cook the tomatoes, I like them crunchy.

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Zesty Sprouts.

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And oven roasted red Cherry Tomatoes.

Dressing:

1/2 Kambucha vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 honey, tsp. Mustard seeds, crushed.

Why Ashiatsu (Barefoot) Massage?

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Massaging with my feet seems natural to me. It’s deep, broad pressure. Most of my clients comment the first time they receive Ashiatsu, that they would not know it was not my hands.

I start seated, above the head. Working with mostly my heals, I can can go light, or deep around the shoulder blades, the long muscles on either side of the spine (paraspinals) shoulders, and back of the upper arms.

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From the stool I can stand with one foot, and massage with the other. Still able to go as light or deep as needed.

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If the client is still wanting more pressure, I stand on the client. It’s deep,broad pressure. Great for larger bodies, and clients who never seem to get a deep enough massage.

Just an hour is all I really need to do a great massage.

For a quick fix, I can walk on fully clothed body, with my socks on, much like a chair massage.

Book your massage today! Located in the Fairview section of Chicopee, on Prospect Street.

I also do regular massage, Reiki, and CranioSacral Therapy. No extra charge to combine therapies.

Sliding scale of $55.-$65. for an hour.

What does that mean? Pay what you would like in that range.

30 minutes $30. – $40.

20 minute tune up (clothes on) $20.- $30.

I Love Growing Sprouts!

I’m amazed at how easy it is to sprout, once you get over the initial,’ I don’t know anything about it’. I failed at my first 2 attempted, but a friend encouraged me to keep trying, and I’m so glad I did!

Sprouts can contain up to 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and vegetables, allowing your body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the foods you eat.

Both the quality of the protein and the fiber content of beans, nuts, seeds and grains improves when sprouted.

The content of vitamins and essential fatty acids also increase dramatically during the sprouting process. Depending on the sprout, the nutrient content can increase as much as 30 times the original value within just a few days of sprouting.

I miss gardening in the winter. It’s an easy way to grow food in a jar, on your counter.

Most people think bean sprouts, but beans are just one type of seed that can be sprouted. I’m selling 5 kinds at the moment, so I’ll show you those.

French Garden Mix- Clover, Arugula, Cress, Radish, Fenugreek, and Dill.

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Easy, delicious, and fast. It’s a small sprout mixture great on chips and hummus. I also love it on a wrap in place of lettuce.

Zesty Mix- Clover, Fenugreek, and radish.

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Mung Bean- These are the bean sprouts you buy in the store. I like these for Chinese dishes, salads, and stir fry.

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Carnival Sprout Mix- Green, Speckled, Marrowfat, Tiny Mottled Bill Jump & Yellow Peas.

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Peasant – Green, French blue, Crimson, Black, Eston, Pardina, White, and Red Chief Lentils.

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These mixes are all done all in a jar.

Soak for 8-12 hours in water, then rinse every 8-12 hours for 4 days.

Buckwheat Lettuce

My new favorite! I love them in place of lettuce.

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Soak in water for 8-12 hours
Rinse and drain well every 8-12 hours 2-3 Days
Plant in shallow dirt. Ready in 8-12 days.

Lava Jewelry ~ Natural Defussers for Essential Oils

Lava beads are naturally very porous, so just a few drops of essential oils on the lava beads will defuse over time slower than if you put the oil directly on the skin. If you put the oil on with your finger tips, you will have the best of both topical, and Inhalation.

To me the Lave beads are also very grounding, considering they come from the center of the earth.

Special orders welcome. Here are some of my designs.

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Whipped Body Butter

 

Organic Coconut oil:  Coconut oil is naturally tough on bacteria and fungi and this helps to keep the skin clean (source), while the medium chain triglycerides are wonderfully moisturizing and protective for the skin.

Organic Shea butter: High in vitamin A, shea butter is healing for an array of skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis and even wrinkles.

Calendula infused Olive Oil:

 

Sore Muscle Body Butter

 

Organic Coconut oil:  Coconut oil is naturally tough on bacteria and fungi and this helps to keep the skin clean (source), while the medium chain triglycerides are wonderfully moisturizing and protective for the skin.

Organic Shea butter: High in vitamin A, shea butter is healing for an array of skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis and even wrinkles.

Oregano essential oil: Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, and antiparasitic Source 

Lemongrass essential oil: analgesic, anti depressant, anti microbial, anti pyretic, anti septic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactogogue, insecticidal, nervine, sedative and tonic.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree): anti bacterial, anti microbial, anti septic, anti viral, balsamic, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.

Magnesium Body Butter

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I bought magnesium oil to use topically, however it was drying to my skin, so decided to make into a body butter. Coconut oil, shea butter, and magnesium oil. It was a bit dry, so I also added Jojoba oil. I’m thrilled with it! First batch I added doTerra Balance.

  • The warm, woody aroma of Balance, doTERRA’s grounding blend, creates a sense of calm and well-being.
  • We perfectly blend Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil to offer an enticing fragrance that promotes tranquility and a sense of balance.
  • Spruce, one of the oils in Balance, was used by Native Americans for medicinal and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body.
  • Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can soothe sore muscles and joints, promote circulation, and relax the body, while Frankincense supports cellular health and overall well-being.

Benefits of Magnesium

1. Better sleep – The sleep regulating hormone melatonin is disturbed when Magnesium is deficient.

2. Relaxes the nervous system – Serotonin, which relaxes the nervous system and elevates mood, is dependent on Magnesium.

3. Bigger, stronger muscles – Magnesium allows the body to produce more Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1), which is a major contributor to the growth and strength of muscles. Furthermore, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the cell’s energy store, and is created with help from Magnesium.

4. Better flexibility – Magnesium loosens tight muscles. Without Magnesium, muscles do not relax properly and cramps occur. Magnesium is important for flexibility, because low Magnesium results in a buildup of lactic acid, causing pain and tightness.

5. Bone integrity and strength – Magnesium helps to fix calcium properly. It may blow some people’s mind that the calcium supplements they’re taking are not only useless, but are actually contributing to osteoporosis! There are actually about eighteen essential nutrients that contribute to bone health; Magnesium is definitely one of the most essential, because it stimulates a particular hormone called calcitonin. And, it also suppresses a hormone called parathyroid that breaks down bone.

6. Remineralizes teeth – Magnesium deficiency causes an unhealthy balance of phosphorous and calcium in saliva, which damages teeth.
7. Alkalizes the body – Magnesium helps return the body’s pH balance. Magnesium reduces lactic acid, which is partly responsible for post-exercise pain (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).

reduces lactic acid, which is partly responsible for post-exercise pain (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness).

8. Hydrates – Magnesium is a necessary electrolyte essential for proper hydration.

9. Enzyme function – Enzymes are protein molecules that stimulate every chemical reaction in the body. Magnesium is required to make hundreds of these enzymes work and assists with thousands of others.

10. Diabetes – Magnesium enhances insulin secretion, which facilitates sugar metabolism. Without Magnesium, glucose is not able to transfer into cells. Glucose and insulin build up in the blood, causing various types of tissue damage, including the nerves in the eyes.

The Importance of Magnesium for Glucose and Insulin Balance

Magnesium deficiency is also worth mentioning, as it plays an important role in glucose and insulin homeostasis.15Magnesium is also required to activate tyrosine kinase, an enzyme that functions as an “on” or “off” switch in many cellular functions and is required for the proper function of your insulin receptors. Studies,16,17,18 from around the world universally agree that  in order to optimize your metabolism and keep your risk for type 2 diabetes low, you need to consume adequate magnesium.

One 2013 study involving pre-diabetics found that most had inadequate magnesium intake, and those with the highest magnesium intake reduced their risk for blood sugar and metabolic problems by a whopping 71 percent.19 Current government guidelines for magnesium intake among adults call for 300 to 420 mg per day,7 but research suggests many would benefit from a much higher intake—about 700 mg per day or more.

Used Topically  Magnesium increases the body’s magnesium levels up to five times faster than oral supplementation. This means the positive effects of magnesium are felt faster. Another benefit of applying magnesium chloride to the skin is that, it avoids primary processing by the digestive system and kidneys, so avoiding a potential laxative effect.

Turning 50 and Feeling Sexy. Let’s Make a Sexy Calendar.

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This is my mom. She died of breast cancer at 53. I was 21.

I’m turning 50 on Jan. 23. I can’t believe 50 still feels feels this sexy!

For my Birthday I want to find 11 women who feel the same way I do, have sexy pictures taken, and make a calendar.

The sales of the calendar will raise money for women with breast cancer.

I found a photographer.

Kiqe Bosch

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Some of his work…

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Do you know anyone who might be interested?