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Frozen Sangria Recipe!

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Frozen Sangria Recipe!

I sorta just made this up the other day when I realized it was frozé weather but I had a nice bottle of Rioja open and I didn't want to waste it.  You need:  a 750 ml bottle of red wine (mine wasn't entirely full, but it worked anyway!) 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup frozen fruit of your choice- I recommend strawberry and pineapple 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon handful of fresh rose petals for extra love Blend this all in a high-powered blender. Add it to an ice cream maker and turn it on!...

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Lilac, Again!

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Lilac, Again!

It's May of 2019, and I've been deepening my joy with Lilac due to a happy meeting of a neighbor who has such an abundance of Lilacs that I'm allowed to take as many as I want. Hence, alllll the lilacs photos lately. I've been adding Lilacs to my drinks, food, car console, bathwater, etc.  I have posted Lilac recipes in past years, and this year I have perfected Lilac syrup on a new level. Working on future projects with Lilac, too. I find that the easiest way to taste Lilac is using a strong Lilac Syrup in a mocktail or cocktail...

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Elderberry Syrup Cocktail/Mocktail

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Elderberry Syrup Cocktail/Mocktail

This season, I've been reminding my partner every day to "just take a teaspoon of Elderberry Syrup a day!" in order to partake in delicious preventative seasonal medicine. This is the season when shaking hands, touching doorknobs, sharing company with folks who swear they're not contagious anymore, etc. etc. all become a bit of a threat, and Elderberry Syrup (which also contains immune super heroes- Rosehips, and fresh ginger juice!) is a good action step to protect our immune systems.  It's been a minute since I posted any recipes, so amidst the holiday order bustle, I got myself some Meyer lemons,...

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On Trauma, Grief, Finding Power, & Being Joyful

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On Trauma, Grief, Finding Power, & Being Joyful

We are all processing some form(s) of trauma- whether it is from our own lives, or from the lives of our ancestors. Trauma can be dis-empowering, make us feel like victims, and feel impossible to heal. 

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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

It's no secret to anyone following me on Instagram, that I'm a lover of flowers. But of all flowers, Rose is queen! I'm grateful to live in Portland- the Rose City. And I'm even more grateful to live in a house that bursts with the most fragrant antique roses I've ever seen. Roses have a lot of medicinal uses- both energetically and for the skin. So, many of my products are made with Rose. From cradle to grave, Rose brings hope, trust, self-love, self acceptance, and is downright stress-relieving and magical. I'm sure anyone knows this intuitively when catching a whiff...

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