Cooking for your Spirit- ThanksGIVING

In honor of the essence of Thanksgiving, we came up with a few new creative ways to express gratitude to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. Gratitude has been linked to everything from improving happiness, body image, sleep, life, you name it. Instead of consuming spirits we Celebrate this year in the True Spirit of Thanksgiving! It is a gentle reminder to love those at our tables and beyond.

For some a little planning can go a long way especially when you have a history of disordered eating. In the midst of this food-focused holiday event could be far from a relaxing night with friends and family. It is hard to separate events being based in food from the part that is about connecting with people. For those who are trying to prevent triggers to an internal battle with bulumia, binge eating, and anorexia, the holidays are certainly among those experiences to be vulnerable and to know that you are not alone.

Eating disorders often bring about an internal fracturing of mind, body and spirit. It may feel like you have been trapped in your mind by eating disorder thoughts that disconnect you from your body and spirit. Recovery involves reintegrating the mind, body, and spirit, creating an internal sense of wholeness. To embrace this holiday season with the intention of healing  Cooking for your Spirit    is a healthy guide that lends courage and strength when struggling, and gives a way to express gratitude when all is well.

Thanksgiving Blessings,

love, #krishna

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Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

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With Gratitude, Krishna

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Halloween Tea Party|Chai Tea Recipe

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Bhakti Fest Yoga|Dance|Sacred Music Festival 

Bhakti translates as love and devotion. This fabulous festival is four days of camping in the starry California desert, or spending your stay at Joshua Tree Retreat Center practicing meditation and yoga to live musicians, singing kirtan and dancing barefoot to the likes of MC Yogi and Donna Delory until late at night. 

My whole heart is filled with so much happiness to be at Bhakti Fest
For those who like to keep the yoga and mantra mix going, White Swan Records offers innumerable soundtracks for the yoga of life. 
Coconut Bliss served delicious scoops of pure delight. Cool, creamy bites of salted caramel, ginger cookie, and hazelnut chocolate kept yogi and yogini faces more than relaxed, chilled and happy while vibing to the mystic afternoon beats of Girish. With an eclectic mix of rock, indian and reggae inspired rhythms, every artist set us off into a state of bhavtastic bliss!  

Bhakti Fest as a whole was  awesome. Part of what made it so powerful was that the entire sacred festival revolved around live music. It has been envisioned and talked about how Bhakti Fest is as a spiritual Woodstock, where thousands of people come together, chanting the names of God. 
Krishna Das has said that in India, people understand that God is within. The Hindu images associated with God, deities like Krishna and Hanuman and Ganesha, are symbols of the divine that live in each one of us. Chanting the names of God from any tradition is sacred because each repetition is said to be a seed, and sooner or later, that seed grows.

The seeds of love were certainly sent out with rain showers and rainbows in the early morning sky. It was breathtaking to look at and a rainbow has such a powerful message to convey. Lovely to gather there with a cluster of new friends, sitting on lawn chairs and blankets, singing along with other music artists, everyone dancing and spinning. Fantastic evening concert and such a transforming event @ Joshua Tree Retreat Center

We LOVE Bhakti Fest!! 
love, #krishna 

   

Ten Ways to Throw the Best Labor Day Party EVER

Summer where are you going?!! While the end of our favorite season may be coming to an end, that’s all the more reason to enjoy one last summer party of the season. In Southern California that doesn’t really mean putting away the grill, but even here lots of us like to get one last cookout in before fall hits.

In honor of Labor Day, we can’t think of anything more appropriate than a backyard BBQ and Pool party. Gather the friends and fam, while putting these 10 DIYs to use for the most unforgettable party of the season.

 

Pick a Theme 
Labor Day weekend is a popular weekend for cookouts, weekend getaways and pool parties. To celebrate these last few days of summer, start planning a theme for your Labor Day party.

 

Labor Day is about celebrating patriotism and having a theme can help highlight all things American.

 

Whiteout themed party: For those of you who are unaware of the Labor Day white rule, it goes like this: you’re not supposed to wear white after Labor Day. Some people believe that this rule applies primarily to white shoes and others believe that all white items are a faux pas after Labor Day. A lot of people ignore the rule completely. Wherever you fall in the “no white after Labor Day” spectrum, a Whiteout party is a great way to poke a little fun at “the rules.” Ask your guests to wear as much white as possible and have fun with this party theme yourself. You could incorporate white into your decorations and party menu as well!

 
Red, White, and Blue party: Ask everyone to wear red, white, and blue! Incorporate the colors of the flag and use the theme in your decorations as well by having American flags, stars and stripes, and the colors displayed throughout the party space.

 

DIY Labor Day Ideas 

 

1. Summer Fruit Kabobs : This weekend-Summer ain’t over! A fruit garland kabob will be a fun addition to your outdoor party scene.

 

2. Pool Party Movie Night: Set up your very own outdoor movie theater and entertain guests with a fun summer movie.

 

3. Watermelon on a Stick: Labor Day is synonymous with the end of summer and summer is synonymous with watermelon…

 

4. DIY Pineapple Table Runner: Yup, it’s happening. A DIY pineapple tablescape is pretty much inevitable since we still can’t get pineapples off our mind.

 

5.  Fruit Ice Cubes: For a backyard party, these fruit ice cubes will be a colorful way to add some flair to everyone’s drink of choice.

 

6.  Veggie Sliders Party: It’s not a BBQ party unless sliders are involved! The best thing about these vegetarian bite-sized veggie burgers is that they can be customized with all different kinds of toppings and sauces. Make sure guests come with an appetite.

 

7. Tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers: Take full advantage of your Labor Day party to serve lots of grilled dishes. Some great ideas for your Labor Day party menu.

 

8. Make-your-own ice cream sundaes: Plan to roast s’mores, give them jars to catch fireflies, or set up a Make-your-own ice cream sundaes with a variety of flavors and toppings.

 

9. Seasonal Fruit Pies: Saying goodbye to grilling weather also means saying goodbye to summer fruit, so Labor Day is the time to get in one last cherry pie, blackberry cobbler, or strawberry ice cream. If you have been spending too much time thinking about the homemade pie seasonal fruit pies, simple strawberry shortcakes, or an effortless angel food cake is a great way to celebrate the end of summer.

10. Summer Strawberry Pie: When we are in the mood for pie, usually we gravitate towards this ultra-summery pie. The filling is made of strawberry puree, macerated berries which gets poured into a simple graham cracker crust. This preserves the fresh flavor of the fruit. If you want the flavors of a traditional cooked pie without having to deal with a crust then cobblers would be the next best choice. Fruit filling covered with a biscuit crust. Cobbler is filled with blackberries, raspberries, and a pinch of cinnamon. The raspberries are there mostly to help round out the flavor of sour blackberries, so you can use 100% blackberries if they are sweet enough.

 

Decorate for the Occasion

Present and display fun, festive, and casual decorations for Labor Day parties. Use the colors red, white, and blue as a guideline for party accessories, balloons, plates, cups, and everything else you think of for decoration. Aside from focusing on the American aspect of the holiday also tie in some classic Picnic decor such as rustic centerpieces filled with seasonal flowers and classic picnic table covers over each tabletop. You could also finalize your decorations with lighting to create a wonderful ambiance. Lanterns or tiki torchlight’s are perfect for any outdoor party.

Stay relaxed while you entertain on this three day weekend! Happy Labor Day

love, #krishna

 

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5 Coffee Brewing Methods

Coffee-Brewing-Methods of preparing coffee, helps to guide you to choose the right brewing equipment, and to make decisions about coffee.

When you are in the pursuit for the perfect cup of coffee, you probably have tried a few alternative brewing systems, a pursuit for the perfect cup of coffee, but none of them are quite what you were looking for, or maybe you just want to experiment. This is the best place to start your journey to discover a variety of coffee brewing methods.

 

Coffee History

An Arabian shepherd from Ethiopia, according to the legend, found his goats jumping from one bush to another, grazing on the bright red cherries. He wondered if red cherries were the source of the unusual energy experienced by his goats, and he tried them too. The precious fruit and seed were further researched by the monks at a local monastery, who started to use them to cope with the long hours during prayer.  Then, they sent them to other monasteries around the world, and coffee was popularized.

 

The legend is beautiful, and it makes us wonder how did they brew their coffee at the time? They didn’t have a drip coffee machine, and they didn’t have espresso machines back then. Infusing finely ground coffee beans is what they relied on, in a way that is now known as Turkish brewing. The beans were pounded into a fine powder then infused in hot water.

 

Coffee Brewing Methods

Experiment with many coffee preparing techniques, with brewing methods and a  just a brief introduction to the various brewing methods and a starting point to guide you through our coffee brewer reviews. We have espresso machine reviews, drip coffee machine reviews, and we also assessed some of the best coffee grinders. We just want to make your job of buying the gear easier.

 

Espresso is prepared by pushing hot water through a layer of compressed ground coffee, contained in a port-filter. Espresso is a very concentrated coffee, with a lot of aroma, flavor, and body. Containing coffee oils and solids. The distinctive features of espresso are the foamy layer on top, and low volume of the drink.

 

Turkish coffee is a method of infusing finely ground coffee in boiling water. A very specific to Turkish brewing method is the grind size which is the finest possible, almost a powder. Turkish coffee has the fullest body of all brewing methods. If you like clear coffee, stay away from it.

 

Drip coffee is the most popular preparing method in North America. Drip coffee method involves pouring hot water over ground coffee beans. The brew is strained with a paper filter, or a metal mesh. The coffee from a drip brewer is clear and clean, the brew is good, with a high ratio of caffeine extracted per spoon of ground coffee.

 

French press, is a very simple coffee brewing device with a beaker and a filter. The preparing technique consists in pouring hot water over coffee grinds and let it steep for a few minutes. After the steeping is over the filter is pressed down, to separate the grinds. French press coffee has a medium body, less than espresso but more dense than drip. The aroma and flavor of a press coffee are intense, and the method is gaining more popularity.

 

Cold brew is the favorite way of preparing coffee for individuals with stomach problems. The brewing method implies steeping coffee grinds for extended periods of time, (12 to 36 hours), straining it and serving it cold or hot. Because it takes so long to brew, people prepare large batches and store it in the fridge for several days.

 

Learn to brew sensational coffee now and Find out exactly what type of brewing method is perfect for you!

love, #krishna

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Lake Tahoe – Squaw Valley

Lake Tahoe, the psychic, clear, aqua blue lake tucked into the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Our adventures to Tahoe has been an unforgettable journey in the summer and winter time. A place to call home as it is a place that welcomes the, adventurers and travelers to its laid back, and pine-scented atmosphere. Lake Tahoe keeps everyone’s interests awakened and holiday vacations active throughout the year.

The nation’s second deeper lake, is Lake Tahoe, California and shares with the other half of Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Attracting travelers from around the world mesmerized by the lake’s beauty and wealth of activities. This area keeps blossoming and embodies the American Dream’s concept of “having it all” Tahoe has it all. Mountain trail hiking in stunning Tahoe City, and to bask on sunny beach in South Lake Tahoe. In winter, shred out on snow-covered slopes of Squaw Valley. In summer, check out the mindful triathlon and yoga festival in Squaw Valley Wanderlust  Festival

 

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Explore the boutiques in Truckee. Try out different gourmet cuisines as you watch the setting sun into the lake in Incline Village… beautiful… we could go on for hours about Tahoe’s offerings. Every place to stay, every vacation rental company, tahoe real estate, attraction, entertainment, restaurant, casino, and native american magic.

love, #krishna

Chai: Ancient Beverage 

Homemade chai ☕️ tea…

In heaven… and it’s no secret that tea is full of antioxidants and has anti-cancer properties. #chai calms the mind and this ancient beverage is treasured by people around the world for its delicious flavor and vital health benefits!

An important root used in Eastern medicine, ginger aids digestion, improves circulation and boosts the immune system. #cardamom helps detoxify the body and is found virtually in every Tibetan medicine formula. #cinnamon has wonderful digestive properties along with #clove #blackpepper #fennel and #blacktea as the botanical components have powerful health benefits that synergistically increase benefits.

love, #krishna

Indian Chai Recipe

Indian Chai