Ohhh fruity!

If like me you’re a huge fruit fan that loves making juice and smoothie combos, you are in luck.

Whether you are into dehydrating or freezing your fruit now is the perfect time to stock up.

Before fruit hits the stores it is picked, packaged and shipped. Sometimes this is a day, sometimes more.

When the fruit is delivered it is done so in chiller lorries who’ve a temperature of between -5 and 5 degrees.

As soon as it hits the stores chilled foods are put out asap.

Produce is normally worked last whilst fresh meat is done first.

Why is this good for us?

Right now it is the middle of winter, stores are cold, warehouses literally freezing (I know!)

With items such a cherries now coming back to store, its time to get stocked up.

During the summer fruits perish extremely quickly in the heat whether they are refrigerated or not. Warehouses become heat traps (again, I know!) But also fridges start to breakdown during the hotter weather.

More often than not people won’t buy reduced fruits and veg, because of the use by / sell by / best before dates.

Let me explain them

Use by…

Sell by…

Best before…

When items are reduced it is because of the date marked on them.

However because right now it is the middle of winter these reduced items that are delivered chilled,  stored and presented chilled are lasting just long enough, with no sign of perishing for you to buy them at the reduced price, so that you can get them home to prep and store.

WinWin I say, stock yourself up and save pennies in the long run.

Not only that but during the warmer months prices rise, availability is poorer and they aren’t as appealing.

So go on get in there!

How to recognise and deal with energy vampires

You know those people that putting up with them leaves you feeling like you’ve just done 10 rounds in a boxing ring, done a triathalon and need the longest sleep ever. And often that sleep is never long enough. These are the people I am talking of. You can be having the greatest day ever full of positivity, everything going right and good and boom they show up, open their mouth and you find yourself spiraling downwards. Your energy has been zapped, its running away from you faster than a ball rolling downhill.

They could be friends, family or co-workers.

They enjoy having their say and making their point known.

They love gossiping.

They like to make others failures known whilst forgetting they make enough of their own.

They are showoffs and exhibitionists.

They twist the truth to suit them.

They like to make their presence known and seek attention all the time.

They get off putting others down regularly thinking they are doing them a favor.

The energy often gets swept out of the room as soon as they enter.

Sometimes we have no choice but to put up with them but we can prepare for this even if sometimes they may catch us off guard. However some are stronger than others and can be more difficult to handle.

They do and at the same time don’t see the anxiety they force on you with their actions.

Foodie

One thing I can safely say about me is I am a foodie, I love food but sadly it doesn’t love me (sad face)

As much as I would love to be able to throw meals together its like a quantum physics to me, scratches head, but what I do like to do is bake.

One christmas i made peppermint creams, mincepies, a yule log, fudge, milk biscuits and ginger biscuits and iced each, a hogmanay pie, it was enough to last ages, plus I gave two colleagues of mine platters and both my sisters items too

Now though things are changing and I am on a journey into FREE FROM

Free from dairy

Free from gluten

and free from fat at least

What does that mean?

Essentially that means my diet is to include a lot of fruit and veg, meatfree, but some meat included, egg included and do not fret cakes are allowed as long as I can convert them to free from.

I am actually looking forward to this journey of discovery because I am also finding out what my body reacts to and how as well as what i am capable of and lastly whether I can heal myself by eating a more natural based diet.

Today I made a free from, dairy free, gluten free fruit cake that seems to have turned out perfect.

I also made apple sauce which I am looking forward to using in different ways.

I also made my mum a lemon drizzle cake so she had something too.

Recipe – Quinoa Strawberry Salad

Today I bought some Quinoa, one of those do I / don’t I grains. Well I did, in fact I went one better and bought 2 bags on BOGOF.

Risky? Heck yes but I went there anyway determined to give it a decent go.

Given this recipe is the first where I’ve used Quinoa and I’ve never had it before so didn’t have a clue what to put it with I was highly impressed by both the product and my recipe and thats something for someone more of a baker than texture and flavour goddess.

So here is my yummy recipe I hope you like it as much as I did.

Homegrown red and green lettuce freshly picked and washed

1/5 Cucumber chopped

1/4 Carrot grated

4 Strawberries cut into 8 pieces

1/2 tsp Chia seeds

2-3 tbsp Quinoa cooked

Apple sauce salad dressing

1 tsp Pumpkin seeds

Recipe – Pick Me Ups

Ingredients

4 tbsp dessicated coconut

5-6 tbsp honey the thicker the better

2-3 tsp coconut oil melted

4 1/2 tbsp toasted oats

1 tbsp cacoa nibs

1 tsp chia seeds

Method

1. Toast oats then put in a mixing bowl

2. Add cacao nibs, dessicated coconut, chia seeds.

3. Melt coconut oil approx 30 seconds in microwave or leave out a few hours to turn to liquid.

4 Add half the honey to the oil and mix well before pouring into dry ingredients and mixing again.

5. Add remainder of honey and mix again then pour out onto a small tray.

6. Put in the fridge for 15-20mins

7. Remove from fridge and start carefully shaping balls from the mix.

Place back in the fridge for 20 mins. They won’t be perfect!

8 Again remove from the fridge and carefully turn each ball over.

9. After 20mins remove tray and place the PickMeUps into a container to store in the fridge.

Note

I call these PickMeUps for two reasons, the first being obviously they are nibbles the second is because they are just so darn difficult to actually pick up whilst making them lol

Missunderstood

Ask anyone what their biggest peeve is and about 8 out of 10 people will reply it is that they are misunderstood.

What they mean by misunderstood is that society doesn’t get them because society doesn’t care to get them.

If Joe doesn’t care about Cary why should she give a shit about him.

If he doesn’t care to get to know her and chooses to treat her by how she reacts to his treatment of her but she only reacts because she doesn’t understand why he treats her like that.

What happened to society? That one person gets to treat someone so terribly and think they can get away with it?

What justifies one mans actions against another?

When people think they know it all, its like a lightbulb goes off in their head and they have the god given right to treat someone wrong because they feel they are in the right.

Don’t stand for being misunderstood, let your truth flow and the world see who you are. Warts’n all!

If you’re not being true to yourself, how can you be seen for being understood by others?

Let your light shine!

Take the time to find out who you are and set that person free on the world.

Don’t stand for being a clone. And certainly do not let society or anyone else squish you into a ball where you don’t know who you are or are forced into being someone who pleases them but not you.

When people do that, they’re trying to mould you into what they want and imprint you with their ideals etc

You have your own identity, if people don’t like that, tough!

If they don’t like your individuality, tough!

Be you!

Unlocking the secrets of the universe

working-together

Sometimes I like to think of humanity as being like ants or bees.

You’re probably thinking this is weird but stop and think about it for a second our numbers in our society are vast just like theirs but also more importantly each and every one of us have a purpose within that society.

As kids we’re taught to work together but as we grow up we lose that and are taught often to work alone.

Forget Nobel prizes for individuals, stop feeding the ego of individuals putting them on pedestals above another.

Society either works or fails based entirely on the co-operation of the human race.

So many people out there in the world believe they have the answer to this or know what that means then someone else comes along and laughs at their theories and debunks them.

What if these people actually worked together?

What if all the scientists worked together instead of against one another?

What if all the archaeologists worked together, pulling info and knowledge from across all cultures?

It is my belief that when humanity releases ego and begins to work together. Then, the secrets of the world, and the universe will be unlocked. It is our ego that is holding us back in fear.

Ok lets try this another way.

No one person can do everything and they shouldn’t expect to be. Can you?

Everyone has a purpose, a speciality or skill. School, college, life it all sets us up for knowing who we are in this world.

But we all have this deep down feeling of having a purpose here and unfortunately many of us do not know what that purpose is.

War is a by-product of fear.

One mans beliefs and fears are forced upon another and when they are not accepted, war ensues and consumes.

We have seen it time and time again throughout history, between religions and cultures even individuals.

If we focus on overcoming our fears and shrinking our ego we strive to enter a world without war where working together becomes a greater possibility. And questions about who and what we are as people, on this planet, in this universe and whether we truly are alone out here could actually begin to get answered.

Pay without the Pal – a creators nightmare

I wanted to touch on a subject which is timeless and always popping up amongst my peers specifically writers, crafters, artists, photographers and spiritual /holistic practioners.


Now, those who do these jobs as their daily, wage packet earning jobs have it cut out for them, they have to take both the good with the bad and I commend each and every one of them for living their dream and sometimes having to deal with some really cruel, nasty and shitty people.


In order to do what you do you have to believe in yourself so much more than 100%. And when it comes down to pricing your goods or products in all honesty you have a lot to take into account like incomings and outgoings, bills, rent, food etc. You cannot just slap a price tag on something and be done. You also have to take into account how much time you spent creating this product, maybe there are collaborators to pay or items to rent. You really have to look at all angles when pricing items especially if you don’t have many products or have to purchase more items to create more products later.


On to the tough bit.

There are people out there that will not think your products are worth what you label them to be perhaps they think your painting is only worth £50 instead of £100 or maybe they think you should be giving free readings instead of charging for them.


Lets get something straight shall we, these people clearly do not respect the time and effort you have put into your products and they certainly cannot comprehend that you too, like them, have bills to pay. 


Time and again I hear this story and it is so disheartening to people, to the creators to have their work put down in such a manner. Sure we’re still on hard times, if you cannot afford something then don’t buy it! Save up. Wait for maybe a seasonal discount. Don’t bastardise the value of someones work and livelihood to suit your pocket or guilt. 


Where does guilt come in? Well, spending unavailable cash for starters. But when we move from crafters to say mediums we hit a whole other type of guilt. See with the likes of tarot readers, healers and mediums what you’re paying for is classified as a form of entertainment. You can’t go to an event and ask for a refund because no spirits came through for you, gosh no! When I hear friends saying clients demanded or complained they aught to work for free, I am actually taken aback.

These people have gained skills, taken courses, and worked as hard as anyone else to get to where they are. They have every right to charge for their time, energy, effort etc For some what they do actually takes a physical toll on them and yet they still do it because they are called to by something higher-up, something unexplainable to the non-believers atleast! 


Back centuries ago when trade occurred it went something like Mr A traded some barley to Mr B for Beer it was a straight swap and often items were swapped more valuable than others. Then money came along. Everything had a value.


We all know about haggling and getting the best price but that really doesn’t cut it here. 

If we told you your roast dinner was only worth £1 a head when it cost you £3 and thats not including effort and time spent preparing it not to mention the electricity used and gas used. Then we told you we were only going to pay you £1 per head, I’m pretty sure you’d be one peeved off bunny whose worn out from slaving over a hot stove and hungry yourself with more bunny mouths to feed.


There needs to be an energy exchange of equal value in every transaction. So I feed you in one manner, you have to feed me in return in an equal manner. In many cases this is cash. Sure you might not want to pay cash but maybe you have nothing else to offer the person. Cash is the cleanest energy exchange you can offer someone. What am I saying… cash is dirty, its filthy and the root of all evil. Its also putting a value on something but more importantly it has so many uses within that creators world or life like buying food or paying rent, keeping them in materials, providing them the cash to further their skills.


Without this energy exchange, buyers guilt tends to set in not only that but the person you obtained goods from could be fighting to put food on the table, pay their medical bills or even keep a roof over their head and thats not on them for doing what they do and not ‘living in the real world having a real job’ as some have been known to call it, it is on the buyer who refuses to see and pay the worth of the creator.


Think first. Do you want this item? Do you need this item? Can you afford this item?

Who knows maybe you could be paving the way for the next Anne Stokes or Anne Rice!

Number patterns

Do you ever feel like the universe is trying to tell you something? Do you find yourself bombarded by signs like names and numbers?


I do, all the friggin’ time. It’s not annoying though it just makes me smile. I call them my little H-bombs or Hint-Bombs because they make me sit up and take notice or evaluate where my thoughts were.


Once upon a time my hints were my ex’s names, first, surname, nicknames, city name, family members. All of it!

Someone would say a name and it would stand out like a rose in a thorny brush. 

Nowadays its songs relative to Dad that I hear.

More often than not and more often than any other hint for me are numeric signs or angelic numbers.


My number is 11 and it often shows up with me glancing at the clock exactly at 11 minutes past the hour. This happens several times a day to me! 

We’ve even been driving to town and I’ve glanced out the window to see the house we are passing is #211. It happened today!


For years the number 911 was my number… thinking on it now maybe the universe was trying to warn me about my cheating ex. 

That one still shows up but not as often as it did when I was with him.

Anyway, I tend to get 4:11, 8:11, 15:11, 2:11, 16:11, 17:11, 11:11, 21:11.

More often 211 is becoming my number.


Numbers can be anything from 0-infinity, all you have to do is notice the patterns for me its normally when I am not actually thinking, i’ve allowed my mind to enter somesort of deep state that is still in the concious realm because I am awake, alert and talking. Then I see it and its like waking up. You’re even more alert and taking note of where you are, what you were thinking about etc.


This isn’t something I would say you can make happen, it just does. You’ll see it once. Then twice, ok. Then three times, coincidence maybe. Then it keeps on coming without you thinking about it. Then its so often you start to look up what the numbers mean angelically and in numerology. Remember to look up the individual numbers and then the combined numbers.

Normally it is either you’ve gone off track and need to get back on it; you’re on the right path; or, take notice of your current thoughts. 

I don’t think location is relevant because so far for me it hasn’t been and I’ve had my numbers show up for years now!


Who knows maybe something else is going on when I’m in this state like receiving higher information or something. What I do know is alot of people are seeing numerological patterns appearing in their lives. I’m not the only one whose getting 11 as my number. Perhaps its a global thing…


All I can say is pay attention to the patterns that appear to you, take note of them and where your thoughts are. It is all we can do to understand them. But for the time being I’m going to keep thinking my angels are near and keeping me safe and on the right path because since stepping back on my spiritual path this number has been with me and if anything I’d say it’s increasing the number of times I see it.

Scarred for life…?

I don’t quite mean the obvious scarring that everyone can see.

I’m on about the scarring you don’t or think you don’t see. Or perhaps don’t want to see.

In 2013 I lost my dad to pancreatic cancer, 6 months after being diagnosed he died the day before Fathers Day at 5:25pm.

I can talk about it now but back then it hurt a lot and no one understood or could help no matter how special they are or were. No one can complete that void that has just been blasted into your heart, where every day is a trip down memory lane as your mind scrimps and scrapes its memory banks for something to hold on to. Some way to remember them as they were, before.

4 months later the person who had my heart, the person I loved completely, trusted and thought I’d marry and grow old with betrayed me, shattering my dreams, breaking my heart, mind and soul.

He cheated and left. I was an utter wreck tossed into the gutter. And worse his family who’d promised to treat me as if I were their daughter turned their backs.

I needed help getting over a loss and instead of being welcoming they closed the doors on me.

Because of them I am now scarred for life.

Its not obvious to others but to me.

I have been scarred before but never so terribly that I had a complete break down and it created a physical anomaly like a twitch.

When I notice I have it, I have to make it stop, I hate it because one it happens and never existed before that moment and two because its a reminder of what I loved and trusted that betrayed me in the worst way at the worst possible time.

Next time you notice something about someone, stop and think, what could possibly have caused them to have that twitch or habit… maybe at some point they’ve been broken!

Thankfully now I can add the scar seems to have gone