Friday, February 17, 2012

Chicken and Mushroom Soup

My favorite Chinese restaurant in my home town had a wonderful soup on the menu with green onions, mushrooms, and water chestnuts.  I haven't had it anywhere else, and I miss it.

I found a recipe recently that was similar and tried it out.  It was alright, but I've made a few modifications.  I also suspected this to be a celebration soup (as most of what we Westerners call "Chinese food" was reserved for special occasions.  In searching out the symbolism of the ingredients, I'm pretty certain that this soup is to bless the eater with longevity, protection and prosperity.

1-2 cooked chicken breasts, sliced thinly
1 can sliced water chestnuts (symbolize unity)
1 large can/box of chicken broth- about 32 ounces (the golden color represents prosperity)
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce (trust me on this)
1-3 dashes of ground ginger, to taste (protection)
2 bunches green onions, sliced (layers)
several re-hydrated black mushrooms (longevity)

This recipe is really simple.  Combine all the ingredients in a large pot, then bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and serve.  My son likes to add rice to his soup (he's got a huge appetite and an oncoming growth spurt).  You can omit the chicken for a lighter soup.

May you all be blessed with reasons to celebrate, abundance and long life!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Etsy feature: Make room for Romance

Romance is in the air and on our minds, mostly due to a ton of marketing for Valentine's Day.  Why not invite romance into your life on a more regular and non-gimicky basis?  This month, I've gathered a few romantic items of great variety, magickal helpers, sweet reminders,  and treats to spread some of the flowery feelings around.

River Valley Jewelry
Custom Guitar Pick - Personalized Sterling Silver Hand Stamped Guitar Pick -  Music Lovers Valentines Day Gift for Him - Mens Gift
Do you love a guitar player, or a music lover?  This hand stamped guitar pick is a perfect way to keep you close to their heart. Include a message or your monogram on this functional gift.

Romance and Roses sensual bath and massage set. Valentines day wedding honeymoon love
This kit is ready made for a love spell, or just a romantic evening for the two of you. It includes oil, soap roses and a candle holder to set the mood.

Q's Goodies
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie Hearts
 Red hearts, chocolate and sweetness are traditional, but these cute and fun red velvet cheesecake cookies would be a pretty end to a romantic meal.

Eliza Jay Home
once in a while...a fairy tale pillow cover
Whether you've found the love of your life, or are still looking, this pretty, printed pillow can be a reminder that magic and romance are powerful and abundant in the world.  Fairy tales come in all shapes and forms; we just have to look for the magic.

Cauldron Keepers
Honeymoon Candles

A honeymoon doesn't have to be literal.  These candles are little sweet, a little floral and little spice to celebrate romance, beginnings and the ups and downs of life.

Don't let Valentines Day be the only time you think of romance. A spontaneous or exquisitely planned out romantic adventure can do your relationship a world of good.  If you are still looking for romance, don't give up and spend a moment embracing the idea and nourishing your soul.