#soulSOLUTIONS: your cosmic PAUSE button

Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 9.53.50 PMYour cosmic pause button is a spiritual tool that can totally change your game. Your words are a reflection of your belief-system. If you’re interested in experiencing new results in your daily life, then a good place to start is developing mindfulness with the words you use to describe the TRUTH about yourself. This is where the cosmic pause button comes into play; watch the short video below to learn how to use it.

#soulCHEF: stuffed cornbread muffins

I made these stuffed cornbread muffins at my mother in-law’s birthday BBQ and they were well-received.  I was in a small town so I just shot over to the local store and grabbed a box of Jiffy Cornbread Mix – it worked perfectly and saved time.  A sweet flavor with a savory kick, these muffins pack a BIG bite for a lil treat.  Enjoy! xxx, Jesse

photo 2Stuffed Cornbread Muffins

makes: 12-16 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 c. milk
  • 8.5 oz can of cream corn
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 lbs. ground pork
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/4 c. grape jelly

Instructions: 

  • preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • in a medium bowl, mix the ground pork with onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper
  • heat the olive oil in a medium pan over media-high heat
  • cook pork until lightly browned, taste and add more seasoning until desired flavor is achieved
  • remove from heat
  • use a spoon and mix the grape jelly with pork
  • set aside
  • in a large mixing bowl, combine the Jiffy mix, eggs, milk, and corn, when the batter is smooth in texture, mix in the cooked pork and cheddar cheese
  • place cupcake liners in a muffin tin and fill to the top with cornbread batter
  • bake for approximately 15 minutes or until muffins are golden.  Insert a toothpick in the center of a muffin – if it comes out clean remove from heat and cool, if not – give it a couple more minutes
  • serve warm

Tip: This goes great with honey butter.  To make – use an electric mixer and combine a stick of butter with a TBSP of honey.  

#soulSOLUTIONS: when life gets good, are you still committing to your spiritual practice?

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 12.16.33 PMWhen life gets good, are you still committing to your spiritual practice?  A lot of people develop their spiritual practice out of necessity.  There are so many philosophies, books, and spiritual teachers out there that have tools to usher folks through challenging times.  I always found solace in my meditation and prayer practice.  I trusted that visualizing a peaceful life, offering up all the stuff that felt too heavy for me to handle, and being of service would support me in transforming unfavorable circumstances.  I was right, a commitment to my spiritual practice always helped.  Then why did it feel like I would always fall back again when life was just getting good?

I was in a pattern.  Whenever life started to get good as a result of meditation and prayer I would commit less time to it.  I was too busy enjoying the fruits of my practice to actually maintain it.  What I learned after several repeats of the same scenario was that during the times when I was experiencing greater fluxes of freedom and peace was the best time to deepen my practice.  When times get rough and you turn to a higher power for support you’re engaging in healing work.  But healing is not creating.  After we release old thought patterns and feelings that no longer serve us we replace them with loving affirmations about ourselves.  The creative process is when we nurture our new loving beliefs and the world begins to reflect these beliefs back to us as fulfilling experiences.

Saying “I don’t have enough time to do my practice today,” is the same as saying, “I don’t have enough time to put gas in the car today.”  Eventually the car is gonna run out of gas and you’ll find yourself on the side of the road frustrated and distracted with all the stuff you have to do to fix this situation.  You might not even make it to your destination and if you do you’re probably gonna be late.

Save yourself time and energy by engaging in regular practice no matter how full your schedule becomes.  When you do this something miraculous begins to unfold: your capacity for joy expands.  You build a larger container for all the good you’re creating and life becomes fuller.  The invitation is to consider just how big you’re willing to let your life get and if you’re willing to develop the loving discipline required to maintain a deepening and expansive spiritual practice?

I’m answering yes on this one.

xxx, Jesse

#soulCHEF: cilantro lemonade granita recipe

This is one of my favorite, easy-to-make low calorie Summer treats. Cilantro is one of those ingredients that people either love or despise.  I’m personally a fan and created the cilantro lemonade granita recipe when a friend dared me to make a dessert with cilantro as a prime-ingredient.  It’s cool, refreshing, and super easy to execute.  

If using cilantro in a dessert is just too much to process, you can repurpose the recipe and use it as a palette cleanser  between dinner courses.


1325624756_cilantro-articleLEMONADE AND CILANTRO GRANITA 

serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. spring water
  • 1 TBSP fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 TBSP raw honey
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
  • A few ice cubes

Instructions

  • place four small cups or shot glasses in the freezer to chill  
  • mix all ingredients in a blender for approximately 1 minute
  • place a medium pan on stovetop over medium-high heat.
  • pour ingredients into the pan and cook until the liquid begins to simmer, simmer for about 90 seconds
  • remove from heat
  • pour back into the blender with a 6-8 ice cubes and blend on a high for about one minute
  • pour into a small freezer-safe container and place in freezer for at least an hour, until completely solid.
  • when frozen solid, remove from freezer and scrape the top of the frozen dessert with a fork, creating a slushy consistency, repeat this process until the entire dessert is slushy
  • scoop the granita out with a spoon and serve in chilled cups or shot glass

Tip: Use 1.5 cups of water and mix in a 1/2 c. of half-n-half to make a nice creamy dessert.  

 Enjoy!

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