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 December 31, 2009 11:59 AM


Kathys Comments

Good Luck Traditions/Foods -

Here we go lol.........

The orientals believe one should wear ...
yellow underwear
red pants
green sock on 12/31 - and the beginning of there respective New Year - (btw it is the yr. of the Tiger 2010) -
all colors of good luck - prosperity - fortune - happiness ...etc....
Foods -
in the South we eat - Black eyed Peas and Collard Greens
My mothers family is/was German and therefore we ate Herring Salad (herring will do)
The Scandinavians  --- my fathers side of the family ate - (are you ready -- what a way to blow a diet ..... ) - DONUTS
round ones only -- the circle symbolizing yes a cycle -
so lol there you have it

and now to top all this off
here is a little calming .....

Perfume and the Soul: A Meditation

We love the breathtaking book by Mandy Aftel called Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume. In the chapter Perfume and the Soul she talks about the oldest role of scent, predating its use as a cosmetic, as a vehicle to the realm of the spirit. Read on for a guided meditation by Mandy that focuses on scent, as well as her formula for a homemade meditation perfume.

Adapted from Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume by Mandy Aftel (Gibbs Smith, 2001)

Certain oils have a long history of association with meditation and spiritual practices. Frankincense, sandalwood, and myrhh have long been recognized by many religious traditions for their ability to tranquilize and clarify, and in general to bring us back to ourselves. Benzoin’s sweet, resinous odor steadies and focuses the mind for meditation and contemplation. Cedarwood is a grounding oil that mobilizes the transformative powers of the will. Clary sage is an aid to inspiration and insight. Lavender absolute calms the spirit, while bergamot helps one to let go.

Aromatics can be used to purify the place where you meditate, and to create an atmosphere conducive to peaceful reflection. The consistent use of a blend that you have set aside expressly for the purpose of meditation will give it the power to transport you into the desired state of consciousness. You can use it to anoint parts of your body or an object to hold.

You can meditate on scent itself, an excellent way of setting aside the concerns of the day, calming the mind, and deepening and slowing the breathing. Use a rich, multi-layered, full-bodied essence rubbed on your hands or wrist.

Here is a guided meditation that focuses on scent:

Sit in a comfortable position. Hold the fragrant part of your hands or wrists up to your nose and inhale deeply three times. Keeping your eyes open, imagine your consciousness dissolving outward into the scent, as if you are touching it, merging with it, flowing into it. When you reach the point of saturation, close your eyes in order to detach from all senses except smell.

Descend deeply inside, bearing the essence of the scent you have chosen, and touch it with your vision of the scent. Build an inner picture of the essence—the essence of the essence. Imagine it as a phantasm, an animal, a memory, anything that seems to you to be entirely conjured by the deep impression of the scent. You will find that each scent you meditate upon creates a different internal image and meditative experience.

Turn outward again. Repeat the outer and inner phase in alternation until your soul feels full. This exercise will help you to carry in your consciousness a living connection with a particular essence, and through it, with the spiritual dimension of scent in general.

Meditation Blend

15 ml jojoba oil

30 drops frankincense

18 drops sandalwood

12 drops myrhh

18 drops rose

18 drops clary sage

18 drops Virginia cedarwood

30 drops pink grapefruit

24 drops bois de rose

40 drops bergamot

Actually patchouli is quite exotic and mysterious -I wish I had the monies to indulge and also had a car in order to go where it was sold.

w/love Kathryn

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Champagne Sorbet Punch  

3 cups chilled pineapple juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 quart pineapple sorbet
1 (750 ml) bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

In a punch bowl, combine juices. Just before serving, scoop sorbet into punch bowl and add champagne. Stir gently. Punch will be very frothy. Serve before sorbet melts completely.

Note: You can use any flavor sorbet, but choose something that is white or yellow in color to maintain the champagne color of the punch. If you don't mind it being pink, then choose any flavor you want, and you can even use pink champagne.

Champagne Punch ~~ 2

 Serves about 36

46 ounces Hawaiian punch
6 ounce can frozen lemondade, thawed
1 quart ginger ale
1 bottle champagne

Add an ice ring, and float orange slices and strawberries on top.

My Mother's Champagne Punch ...

6 ounce can frozen lemondade, or limeade if you prefer a tartness - thawed
1 bottle white wine
1 bottle champagne

3 quarts of strawberries fresh preferable but.. 2 bags of frozen wks well (and if your truly being rather festive, I add a bag of mixed frozen fruit)

Also a large container of lime sherbet .... or a lemon sorbet.

My girlfriend actually makes party ice cubes from a combination of fruit and vodka -- frozen orange pieces -- it's interesting -- and adds a bit of a zing --

PS -- re: my Mothers Punch -- if you want the punch to have a kick to it -- freeze the strawberries or use fresh & frozen or yes, just the frozen .. what happen's is the alcohol actually tends to settle in the fruit -- make sure your guest who imbibe have a designated driver!!!!!

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

 Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 15 minutes

Toasted sesame seeds add extra crunch and a tasty surprise to this easy-to-eat dessert. Look for large strawberries with stems for the nicest presentation.

Serves about 20

1/3 cup walnut pieces, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 tablespoons fat-free half-and-half
20 large strawberries with stems (about 2 pints), rinsed and dried

Heat oven to 275?F. Spread walnuts on a baking sheet and bake until fragrant and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

While nuts are toasting, place sesame seeds in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, gently shaking pan back and forth, until seeds are golden, about 5 minutes. Allow nuts and seeds to cool, then mix together in a shallow bowl.

Heat chocolate and half-and-half in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisking until chocolate is melted, about 3 minutes.

Line a baking pan with wax paper.

Dip strawberries into chocolate (about three-quarters of the way in), then dip one side into nut and seed mixture, coating well. Place nut side up in baking pan. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 15 minutes, and serve.

Makes 10 (2-piece) servings

(We actually use to have several Fondue pots and side dishes for our New Yr's Eve Parties .. 1 had cheese and french bread pices -- 1 had chocolate for the strawberries -- 1 had hot hebal oils to cook the pork/beef & chicken pieces and a seperate pot of oil for veggies like the tri colored peppers - onions - mushrooms)

We also made a Herring Salad --

Get a large jar of : Vita Herring in Sour Cream & Onions -- a small jar of sweet gerkins (those tiny baby sweet pickles) -- a small jar of beets and capers.

This is a to taste preference recipe.....

cut the a few pickles and almost all the beets into small pieces (a food processor on pulse a few times does the trick) -- blend them w/the Herring and a few capers(remember capers are salty) -- taste and add to taste.

(Herring Salad is a good luck traditional food from Germany)

In the South ...... good luck food consists of ...

Black Eyed Peas -- and Collard Greens (my favorite)

I actually take Turnip Greens/Collard Greens and Kale - (fresh)

wash and clean the dirt - get rid of yellowed leaves - cut the ends - (I tear them into smallish pieces to better cook and steal from the pot) ..... lol

while I am cleaning the greens I have a stock pot w/some bacon cooking ... I then put them (the cleaned greens) into a pot - you can use water but, I cook mine in chicken broth -- season w/salt -- pepper -- cook until tender -- I add before serving 1/4 - to 1/2 stick of butter and let it simmer for about 5 - 10 minutes longer before serving them and I hope that there is enough left to serve -- because I love these and have no hesitation eating all of them. ;-}     .

(LOL Here are also some non Food New Yrs Traditions -- Yellow Underwear/Red Pants and Green socks are traditional good luck colors and they all sybomlize good health - prosperity - from the Orient and Spanish Traditons). I think it is also a Celtic tradition or so Kim said .. hmmmm.

Kim is going looking for the magazine (First 2004) - we saved w/all the New Yrs Good Luck Tradtional Customs/Food .. so ck back in a day or 2 maybe????

Fruitcake is also a New Yr Good Luck food (but I do not like it... otherwise)...

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