A Reflective Moment At Summer’s End

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“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus

As the seasons begin to change, and we move from summer to fall, spend the time this Holiday Monday to reflect on the year so far. What progress have you made this year toward the goals and intentions you set at the beginning of the year? Reflect on your thoughts- have you been gentle with yourself, or punished yourself for things still unaccomplished? Have unexpected surprises come and pulled you off course? Are there lessons to be learned from from those experiences?

Take a few minutes to reflect and be quiet now. Sit quietly and listen to your inner wisdom. See what thoughts enter your mind about what you truly want the remainder of this year to become. Write it down so that you can infuse your consciousness with these intentions.


Three refreshing and cleansing juice recipes for summer – NaturalNews.com


(NaturalNews)   Summer is a great time to create refreshing and cleansing juices. With summer produce and hotter temperatures in full swing, it is the perfect way to keep cool and nourish your body with nutrients that can be lost in the summer heat. Here are three recipes that can get the juice party started.

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Recipe ~ Native American Frybread and Tacos


Living in Vallejo, California, for many years, I had the privilege of being in close proximity to the place where the local Native American tribes would gather every summer for a Pow Wow … and no summer is complete without at least one Fry Bread meal!  Even if you can’t make it to the next Pow Wow, here’s a great recipe you can create to join in the festivities and be there in spirit!  AHO!
Prep time   :   5 mins
Cook time  :   10 mins
Total time  :   15 mins
Serves: 4
Ingredients …
  • For the Frybread:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • Additional ¼ cup flour for shaping
  • 2 cups oil for frying
  • For the Tacos:
  • 4 cooked frybreads
  • Cooked pinto beans
  • Taco meat*
  • shredded cheese
  • lettuce, tomato, onion
  • hot sauce, pickled jalapenos
  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Combine milk and water in a separate cup.
  2. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and stir with a fork to mix well. You will have a soft dough.
  3. Flour your counter top well with the remaining ¼ cup flour and coat your hands, too.
  4. Shape the dough into a cylinder and cut into 4 pieces.
  5. Pat each piece out into a circle about ⅓” thick (1 cm) and 6″ across.
  6. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F and fry breads one at a time, for about 2 minutes on each side.
  7. Drain upright.
  8. Serve topped with beans, meat, cheese, and vegetables of your choice.
Notes:  Vegans can substitute Tempeh grounds or soy grounds for the ground beef.  Here are the ingredients to create your taco meat for this recipe …

    • ½ cup diced onion
    • 1 teaspoon cumin seed (or ½ teaspoon ground cumin)
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 jalapeno, minced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 teaspoons)
    • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
    • 1 pound lean ground beef or 1 pkg. of Vegan grounds
    • ½ cup water, beer, or beef stock
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • For serving:   shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, avocado, salsa

RECIPE ~ Chocolate Martini Pudding Pops


Yeah, you heard that right. Chocolate Martini Pudding Pops. Bring on the heat. Bring on the raging dog days of summer, the long mountain bike rides, and all the sweat. Because when you have a batch of these rich chocolate frozen treats waiting for you at home, it’s all worth it.


1 3.9oz package jello
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbs Godiva liqueur
3 tbs vodka


In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pudding, milk, cream, Godiva liqueur, and vodka.

Carefully portion mixture into popsicle molds, filling each three quarters of the way full.

Place in freezer for one hour, or until slightly firm and add craft sticks in the center of each pop and et freeze overnight, or until solid.