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Ghee – Liquid Gold

just made gheeThis is how I make ghee:

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. of organic, unsalted butter (4 sticks of butter)

Tools

  • 1 quart pan
  • 1 spoon (a soup or cereal spoon works great)
  • 1 pint mason jar and lid
  • 1 canning funnel
  • 1 non-bleached coffee filter
  • 2 small clips (to hold the coffee filter on the funnel)
  • 1 small bowl

Make the Ghee: Melt the butter in the pan over medium heat.  Reduce the heat to medium low.  The milk solids will start to separate and foam will rise to the top.  Spoon the foam into the small bowl.  After about 10 minutes, skim more of the foam in milk solids off the top without disturbing the golden liquid below the surface.  Repeat this process as milk solids rise to the top for the next 20 minutes or so.  When the ghee stops bubbling the ghee is ready. Remove the pan from heat.

Tip: If the milk solids at the bottom of the pan start to burn, the heat is too high. These burned milk solids will make your ghee smell and taste burned and this is not awesome. Transfer the ghee to another pan and discard the burned milk solids.

Store the Ghee: While the ghee is still warm/hot and liquid, it is ready to transfer to the mason jar.  Place the coffee filter in the funnel and secure it with the clips. Place the funnel in the mouth of the mason jar.  Slowly pour about half of the ghee into the funnel.  As the ghee filters into the mason jar, pour more ghee.  Repeat this process until no more ghee is left in the pan.

When all the ghee has been filtered, close the lid and your are done!

I love Titly’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkZgIN4cZYc

If you have questions about ghee, please feel free to leave comments or ask me any questions.

Much love,

Diana

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Simple Chicken-less Chicken Noodle Soup

Serves 2 – 3

Ingredients (all organic if possible):

  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 3 stalks of celery (must be organic) chopped
  • 2 small, thin carrots chopped
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 box 32 oz. chicken bone broth
  • 1/4 cup small egg bowtie noodles
  • Pepper to taste

Heat up the ghee in a medium to large saucepan (never let ghee smoke). Once ghee is melted, add the celery, carrots, and onion to the saucepan. Cook until the onions start to become clear. Immediately add the broth.  Once the soup begins to boil, add the noodles and pepper.  I don’t add salt, but please feel free to add to taste at the end.

Enjoy this filling yet light dinner.

Love, peace, and joy,

Diana

 

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Yoga Nidra – 15 minute practice

 

 

22279783_10101742944322589_8228673667666612923_n Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation, a tool rather, that helps the conscious mind move to a state between sleep and wakefulness.  Nidra means “sleep.”  In Yoga Nidra, the body sleeps and the consciousness remains aware.

When I began practicing Yoga Nidra, my conscious mind usually fell asleep.  I believe I fell asleep because I needed it.  Since high school, I slept fewer hours than was healthy for a growing mind and body.   I continued the pattern into college.  In my late 20’s and early 30’s, I tried to get quality sleep; however, my dreams were often of work.  Rarely did I have the much needed down time and rest.

Yoga Nidra is a wonderful tool that has helped and still helps my mind and body get the rest it needs.  Sometimes I prefer Yoga Nidra practices with music, and sometimes without.  Sometimes I want a long, 60-minute session, and sometimes I want a 5-minute, traditional 61-point session.  I believe our bodies let us know what we need.  I hope you enjoy this 15-minute Yoga Nidra practice.

If you have questions about Yoga Nidra or would like to invite me to lead a live session, please contact me.  I am glad to help.

Blessings,

Diana

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31 Days of Wisdom – Day 24

Proverbs 24

Proverbs 24, Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

“I saw, and took it to heart;
I looked, and received instruction:
a little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the arms to rest,
and your poverty will come like a robber,
and your need, like a bandit.”

1 Don’t envy the evil
or desire to be with them,
2 for their hearts plan violence,
and their words stir up trouble.
3 A house is built by wisdom,
and it is established by understanding;
4 by knowledge the rooms are filled
with every precious and beautiful treasure.
5 A wise warrior is better than a strong one,
and a man of knowledge than one of strength;
6 for you should wage war with sound guidance—
victory comes with many counselors.
7 Wisdom is inaccessible to a fool;
he does not open his mouth at the city gate.
8 The one who plots evil
will be called a schemer.
9 A foolish scheme is sin,
and a mocker is detestable to people.
10 If you do nothing in a difficult time,
your strength is limited.
11 Rescue those being taken off to death,
and save those stumbling toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we didn’t know about this,”
won’t he who weighs hearts consider it?
Won’t he who protects your life know?
Won’t he repay a person according to his work?
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good,
and the honeycomb is sweet to your palate;
14 realize that wisdom is the same for you.
If you find it, you will have a future,
and your hope will never fade.
15 Don’t set an ambush, you wicked one,
at the camp of the righteous man;
don’t destroy his dwelling.
16 Though a righteous person falls seven times,
he will get up,
but the wicked will stumble into ruin.
17 Don’t gloat when your enemy falls,
and don’t let your heart rejoice when he stumbles,
18 or the Lord will see, be displeased,
and turn his wrath away from him.
19 Don’t be agitated by evildoers,
and don’t envy the wicked.
20 For the evil have no future;
the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
21 My son, fear the Lord, as well as the king,
and don’t associate with rebels,
22 for destruction will come suddenly from them;
who knows what distress these two can bring?
23 These sayings also belong to the wise:
It is not good to show partiality in judgment.
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent”—
peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce him;
25 but it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and a generous blessing will come to them.
26 He who gives an honest answer
gives a kiss on the lips.
27 Complete your outdoor work, and prepare your field;
afterward, build your house.
28 Don’t testify against your neighbor without cause.
Don’t deceive with your lips.
29 Don’t say, “I’ll do to him what he did to me;
I’ll repay the man for what he has done.”
30 I went by the field of a slacker
and by the vineyard of one lacking sense.
31 Thistles had come up everywhere,
weeds covered the ground,
and the stone wall was ruined.
32 I saw, and took it to heart;
I looked, and received instruction:
33 a little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the arms to rest,
34 and your poverty will come like a robber,
and your need, like a bandit.

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What is Abhyanga and Why Should You Do It?

Quick Definition
Pronounced Ah-bee-YAHn-gah.  Simply put, it is massage with warm oil.  It is an amazing act of self care.  When we take care of our skin, we are taking care of the largest organ of our body.  Although our lungs breath in prana (life force energy), our skin is the main intaker of prana.  The skin must be healthy to absorb prana. Abhyanga helps bring life force into our bodies, and ultimately we feel better.

My testimonial
As part of my Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) I have been doing self-abhyanga at least 5 times a week.  Since I started I have received so many comments on my “glowing” skin.   I have had less stress, more energy, and I have even lost weight without even trying. Abhyanga helped my body lose the weight and draw out toxins; however, there were other things I did, too!  I’ll do another post on how I lost the weight later.

Also– Not just any oil!
Each person has a different body constitution, and each constitution needs a different type of oil.  There is a great quiz you can take to determine which Ayurvedic Dosha you are (Vata, Pitta, Kapha or a combination).
https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/prakriti-quiz….
This one is at Banyan Botanicals. Some constitutions require sesame, while others coconut, and other a mixture or blend of other oils.

In closing, I am not selling anything here. I am just sharing the wisdom! If you have any questions about Abhyanga, feel free to contact me.

Peace and love!
Diana