THE MOST WONDERFUL GINGERBREAD COOKIES

Looking for a great way to make Gingerbread Cookies this holiday season?

Tis almost the season for gingerbread cookies, a Christmas tradition. We think of “traditional” Christmas flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, and those are exactly the same spices medieval cooks would have used in their cookies ages ago. Gingerbread is a classic Christmas cookie, and yet it’s also a cookie that would have tasted strikingly similar back in the Middle Ages.

Winter solstice festivals have been held for eons, across the world. From Norway to West Africa, Ireland to India, groups of people gathered to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Celebrations revolved around food; after all, you had to feast before the famine of the winter.

By the Middle Ages, the Christmas holiday had overtaken solstice rituals throughout much of present-day Europe. The old feast traditions remained. And while the roast and drink recipes were probably quite similar to what earlier Europeans had enjoyed, the pastry world was experiencing some amazing changes. Spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper were just starting to be widely used, and dried exotic fruits like citron, apricots and dates added sweetness and texture to the dessert tray. These items, along with ingredients like sugar and butter, would have been prized as expensive delicacies by medieval cooks. Only on the most important holiday could families afford treats like these, which led to a baking bonanza to prepare for Christmas. And unlike pies or cakes, cookies could be easily shared and given to friends and neighbors. Our modern Christmas cookies date back to these medieval gifts.

Festive and fun gingerbread cookies are what we are baking today. These gingerbread men are crisp on the outside , soft on the inside and packed with ginger and everything Christmas.

Happy Holidays!

love, k 🙂

Happy Holiday Thoughts

Choose thoughts that make you happy now. Whether these are joyful memories, thoughts of appreciation about the present, or thoughts anticipating wonderful things to come, any thought that makes you happy puts you in touch with the love that is ever-present in the moment.

When traditions and memories inspire a sense of happiness within you now, enjoy them!

If traditions or memories no longer give you joy or don’t resonate with you now, choose to focus on something different, new, or better.

Your holidays are a celebration of light birthed in darkness. By choosing the thoughts that make you happy now, you birth the light into your life… one day, one thought at a time.

love, k 🙂

 

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Here’s Where You Can Find the Best After Christmas Deals

Dec. 26 marks one of the best shopping days all year -the day after Christmas sale. It’s already time to kick-start after Christmas sales and some stores are already offering discounts in store and online.

Here are a few suggestions where you can find the best deals.

Macy’s
Macy’s is offering an extra 20 percent off sale items or $10 off purchases of $25 or more. Enter the promo code “JOY” to redeem online.

 

Kohl’s
Kohl’s is offering up to 70 percent off clearance items and an extra 25 percent off online orders with the code “CHEERFUL25.”

 

Williams Sonoma
Williams Sonoma’s after Christmas sale has a huge range of items that are discounted, including 20 percent off online orders with the code “JOLLY.” 20 percent off select bedding and bath products, 20 percent off home clearance items, and Google Homes on sale for $79.

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December 26th is all about seasonal bargains, the day after Christmas deals.

love, k 🙂

Home is the Heart of the Holidays

While Christmas music playlists often include favorites like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” there are also a handful of tracks that go a deeper.

Listen to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” or “White Christmas,” and you’ll hear a deep yearning to be home for the holidays especially when having to spend the holidays somewhere else.

December is filled with Christmas rituals – the TV specials, Live Rockefeller Christmas Lightning, the gifts,  the lights, the music, fireplace, hot chocolate, snow, and what remains is home. It is the beating heart of the holiday, and its importance reflects our primal need to have a meaningful relationship with a setting, a place that transcends the boundary between the self and the physical world.

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Bliss Medium Boutique on Etsy
Etsy has a very very very strict policy. To the point where it’s almost counter-productive for them.

Etsy shops have been deactivated for trivial things like posting external links in the forums or even mentioning other marketplaces like Shopify, and WooCommerce.

As you all know, we are selling Intuitive Readings along with a digital music mantra mp3 at our Etsy shop. Etsy is a unique venue that connects buyers to individual makers and designers, and they have policies that have changed about what can be sold and the types of businesses that can sell in their marketplace.

In the Etsy marketplace, they require that we accurately represent handcrafted items in our business. After a close review, Etsy found our shop to have the following issue that our products were not 100% handmade and handcrafted even though our mantra music mp3 is actually 100% handmade and handcrafted but Etsy administration doesn’t see it that way.

There are some real violations of Etsy Terms and some real misunderstandings. We can’t tell when Bliss Medium Boutique will be back up and running but we are hoping to resolve the issue and have been thinking of connecting our handcrafted Manifesting Candles along with selling our Intuitive Readings. Thank you so much for everybody’s support for the last two years. Our Etsy shop has grown abundantly and in the meantime, everyone can still order readings through our website at IntuitiveMagazine.com and donations we take through our PayPal account which is AnswersforAwareness@gmail.com

We will continue our newsletters, and social media @intuitivemagazine on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and @intuitivemag on Twitter. You still know where to find us intuitivemagazine.com. Have a wonderful rest of December celebrating the holidays and Happy New Year!!

love, krishna

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Hanukkah Sufganiyot (Jelly Doughnuts)

These deep-fried Israeli delicacies symbolize the miracle of the burning oil lamps in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Plump up each doughnut with your favorite fruit jam. For a wintry effect, sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar.

First night of Chanukah! Have a very Happy Chanukah

love, krishna