My Re-ason for 2020

I usually don’t make new year’s resolutions.  Each new year I just strive to be a better person then the one I left behind.  But, for some re-ason 2020 feels different.  Maybe because it is the start of a new decade, or perhaps it just seems to roll easy off the tip of my pen.  Whatever the re-ason, this year I feel compelled to developed a resolution checklist.  Perhaps it’s because I fill the need to do some emotional and practical housecleaning.  You know, clean out the clutter both inside and out.  It’s been awhile and I need to slay some dragons.  With that in mind I resolve to:

Reclaim myself – mediate on where I lost myself along the way of a busy life and on how to find my way back home?

Re-evaluate – not just what I need in my life to be whole, but also, who are the people in my life who add joy, forgiveness, patience support and applause, and sift out peacefully the ones that drag me down.  Am I in the right relationships?  The right job? The right location….home, setting, frame of mind?

Revisit – create a vision of where I want to go and plan how I am going to get there.

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Reinvent – myself.  How about making that frightening leap into a new venture.

Redo – home décor and it doesn’t have to be big.  Paint a wall, buy one piece of art or a new set of everyday dishes.  A purchase that brings happiness/excitement into the everyday.

Rediscover – life!

Recharge – my battery.  Get going.  Get doing.  Get involved!

I can safely say I’m no slouch, but I think I can lead a richer, more purposeful life by being kinder to myself.  This means developing a new awareness that fosters the discovery of who I am here and now, relieves some of the emotional pain and provides a breath of fresh air that propels me to travel a new path.

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After all, isn’t that what the journeys is about?

Why not join me in 2020?  Mount your steed and let’s go dragon hunting!

Peace and love,

India  

 

After Thought…

 

 

 

 

(featured image courtesy, Martha Stewart Living, December 2019

 

It was during my travels abroad, Italy, France, Ireland, Malta, to name a few, that I learned the art of dessert.

Dolce, petite, savory, a bit rich the final course leaving one “drunk” with pleasure. Black coffee accompanied by sweet, fruity fragrant wine and liqueur….just enough.

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One of my favorite desserts is so simple to make I’ve kept it a secret (until now).  It’s a true crowd pleaser!  The secret, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.  While the coffee is brewing, unroll the pastry and slather each individual puff with your favorite chocolate spread.  Dark chocolate, Hazel Nut Chocolate, your choice.  Roll and bake as directed on the package.  Remove from the oven and when just warm, dust very lightly with a mixture of brown sugar crystals and cinnamon.

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Assemble your dessert tray.  Demitasse cups and spoons, cordial glasses and warm biscuits ready to join dessert wines and cordials at the table.

Viola!

India

Believe


What if I told you the solution to all problems is simply visualization. By nature I’ve always been a visual learner. Now as a special education teacher, it’s my job to teach students how to use visual aids especially in math to solve complex problems. In Reiki, we look to our third eye for wisdom, clarity, and guidance, this is the gateway to visualization.
What if we aligned all of our thoughts and our words to the images we desire? If its success you crave write the word prosperity, hang it up, look at it daily, and align your feelings. Tell yourself I am worthy of success, I am successful. Close your eyes, picture how you would feel, and then smile let your body relax. You have now welcomed positive energy and are in the mind frame to achieve success, and it will come. This can be done for all aspects of your life, love, health, wellness the list goes on. What we focus on we create. Your thoughts and words can affect our nervous, system, our energy, and our entire life experience. We often block ourselves from what we want by the energy we put out into the Universe. Instead, we need to welcome it.

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A vision board is a powerful tool in your wellness survival kit. By simply identifying your goals, setting an intention, cutting and gluing words and images that correspond with your desires, you are on your way to achieving what you most desire.

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This is a daily practice. The things you want most will not simply come to you because you made a pretty colleague. (lol) You must activate your board and do the daily work. Remember the words you say have power, I am (fill in the blank), I welcome (fill in the blank). Check out @visionworksny on Instagram. They are a new small business based on Long Island. They host vision board workshops and help others learn the secret to becoming the best version of themselves.

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Believe….

Namaste,

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Deck the Table

In keeping with my Farmhouse Tradition décor, I embarked on a fun, quick and easy DIY project to enhance my Thanksgiving dinner table.

Goodbye Victorian, formal, handwritten place cards and party crackers and hello brown paper gift bags filled with happy, useful items for all!

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What did I include?

  • Dove body wash
  •  Talcum powder
  •  Deodorant (these items in travel size, great for the gym bag)
  •  Jingle bell necklases
  • Dionis Goat Milk Hand cream (also travel size, great for the purse)
  •  Samll tree ornament
  • Nature’s Garden healthy trail mix snack packs
  •  DIY deck-a-tree kit

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Assembly:

  • Fill each bag with goodies
  •  Use ribbon to tie tree ornament to each bag
  •  Stuff with bling tissue paper
  •  Use stamp pack to personalize each bag

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Place each bag aside a place setting and there you have it, goodies and a seating card all in one!

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Happy day!

India

 

 

 

Gather!

It’s Autumn in New York and the holiday season is fast approaching!

This time of year I especially love to sit and gaze out the kitchen window while sipping my morning coffee, admiring the artwork of the Great Creator.  As the multicolor leaves float down to the ground, the lyrics “Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go….” come to my mind.

Over the years, my family and I have hitched our sled (ok, got in the car) and traveled to numerous locations to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.  One area that brings back the warmest memory to me  is Connecticut.  There is nothing like a New England holiday setting (unless you are enjoying a drink on a beach in the Caribbean :)). In Connecticut my family and I enjoyed extended family, food, and fun holiday activities surrounded by much love.  When I think back, I can still hear the laughter, smell the cooking, and see “It’s a Wonderful Life” rolling along endlessly on the TV screen.  But things change, as they always do, and thankfully, we have our memories to support us as life moves on.  Family grows smaller and/or larger and the times that we think will last forever sadly do not.  Life, an inevitable cycle.

This year, I have the honor of being the hostess for Thanksgiving.  Some of my favorite peeps will be “riding the sleigh” from their neck of the woods to enjoy the feast I’m planning to prepare.  Recently, I dug deep into my recipe box to dust off a few old family favorite desserts.  Reading through the cards I found my dad’s Pear Cream Pie recipe and his recipe for Irish Coffee.  Eureka!  Two treasures that will appear on my dessert table.  Seeing dad’s handwriting, I was reminded of the jovial site of this bull of a man, an Iron Worker by trade who loved to bake, crimping the edge of his homemade pie crust.  I know my guests and I will enjoy these delights and maybe you might too.  My dad made his own cream filling and pie crust, but I make a more simple version that is just as delicious.

Pear Cream Pie: 

  • I ready made pie crust
  • 1 box My.T.Fine Vanilla Pudding (cooking, not instant)
  • 1 15oz. can sliced pears in syrup

Defrost pie crust, prepare pudding according to instructions on the box.  Drain the pears of the syrup, line the bottom of the pie crust with the pear slices.  When the pudding is cooked, immediately pour it over the pears enough to reach the edges of the pie crust.  Bake at 350 degrees until the crust is golden brown.  Cool from oven.  Refrigerate when completely cool.  The pie is best when prepared the day before serving.  Serve with Reddi Whip Whipped Cream or homemade whipped cream, which is easy to make.  Place a container of heavy cream in a mixing bowl and mix on high until stiff peaks from.  Fresh whipped cream should be made the day of serving.  This is a creamy, cool, and delish dessert! perfect after a heavy meal.

Irish Coffee:

  • 1 jigger of Jameson Irish Whisky
  • 1 cup of black American coffee (brand of your choice)
  • Whipped Cream (Reddi Whip or fresh)

Wet the rim of a tall glass mug and twist the mug mouth side down in granulated sugar.  Pour the whisky in the mug, pour in the coffee, top generously with whipped cream.  Enjoy!

Remember to call Uber for the ride home.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice!

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Call the doctor, I officially have Fall Fever! I have always been the kind of girl who is drawn to things that appeal to my senses so as soon as September hit I was craving candles that smell like apple cinnamon, drinking pumpkin spice lattes, and buying everything fall décor at Hobby Lobby. When I wake up in the morning, I can feel the cool crisp air and it instantly makes me want to pull out my crockpot and whip up some chili and what’s better than football Sundays?

I can’t explain the shift that takes place but I get so excited at the thought of going to a cute farm where the kids can pumpkin pick, or run through a corn maze. Lucky for me, I live on Long Island and the North Fork offers a ton of vineyards and breweries conveniently located next to these family farms. If you are local to the area you defiantly have to check out Water Drinker Farm. Peep their page on Instagram @waterdrinkerlongisland. They have the cutest sunflower patch, mini golf course, face painting and hay rides plus the admission is super cheap. I am confident to say I am not the only person with Fall Fever. Instagram is flooded with pics that are screaming fall. As for me I will be packing up my swim suits and pulling out my favorite fall sweaters.

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It’s In the Can

We all knew it had to come eventually, but it always seems to come so fast. Yes, it’s time to say an unofficial goodbye to summer.  Summer house rentals are up, the school bell is ringing in the distance and the sun is setting a little earlier each day.

What could be better than spending the sendoff sipping an iced coffee while sitting on a beach lounge?  How about popping the ring on an icy, spiked canned cocktail? Hear the fizz, take a swallow and fall under the spell of spiked, bubbly effervescence

Here are three of my favorites: (click each title to visit the manufacturer Website)
High Noon sun Sips Vodka & Soda, Grapefruit
Price: $11.99, four-pack of 12-ounc cans

Fugu Black Skimmer Bourbon Highball, From Cutwater Spirits
Price: $12.99, four-pack of 12-ounce cans

Corona Refresca Guava Line
Price: $9.49, six-pack of 12-ounce cans

Whether beaching, boating, picnicking, barbequing, or cocktail partying, get down to sending off the summer of 2019 with a sparkle!

Grab the ice! Pack the cooler and let’s go!
Life is an adventure….journey on!

India