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Whipped Body Butter

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My dear friend made some of this yummy stuff and shared it with me! When I got to the bottom of the jar, I asked for the recipe! It is delectable! Such a wonderful self-care item to have on hand. It smells divine and feels even better. I hope you’ll try it!

It is extremely easy to make. Just four ingredients in equal parts:

Olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. {Yesterday I used, 1 cup of each.}

Melt them together in a saucepan on low heat, just until they are dissolved.  Then put the pan in the fridge until the oils and butters are set. {I let it chill overnight.}

Take them out of the fridge and let them sit for a few minutes, 20-30, or until the mixture has warmed-up enough to break up with the mixer. Then, using a hand mixer, whip the oils until they are all light, which doesn’t take long at all, maybe 2 minutes.

{You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil blend to this, but we opted not to add oils to this batch, because some of us use this cream on our faces, and didn’t want to chance having the oils being too hot for that use.}

Put into jars and share with friends!

I hope you are taking good care of yourself!

Love,

Jacque

Tinfoil Dinner {Crock-pot Style}

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Make a meat mixture of:

1 pound of hamburger

1/3 cup oatmeal or breadcrumbs

handful of green onions

2 eggs

1/4 tsp dry mustard

salt and pepper

Press into the bottom of the pot. 

Then add layers of veggies:

-onions and mushrooms

-carrots and potatoes

-green pepper, fresh parsley and oregano {or whatever fresh herbs you like}

-salt and pepper.

Cover and set on low. Mine took six hours and the veggies are moist and tender.

You could serve this with warm bread and sliced tomatoes.

{I think that this would also be good with squash finely chopped or grated as the last layer.}

Happy meal-time! Your efforts make a big difference in your family’s world. 

Be well!

Jacque

Let It Go

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I once heard someone say, get really, really good at forgiving.  Learn to forgive everyone everything, all the time.

Mostly, we need to get far better at forgiving

ourselves.

If you’ve made a mistake, regretted something you have said or done, felt inadequate or flawed, you’re in really good company!

We’ve all been there!

I challenge you to let it go.

Let it go.

Try again.

Love,

Jacque


I Don’t Have To

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Not only do I not have to, you don’t have to either!

And that’s because we can’t!

We can’t make everything all better for anyone on the planet. And trying to do so is self-defeating and terribly discouraging to everyone else.

So why do we try?

Because we have unintentionally gotten our wires crossed. It seems we get confused with Loving Thy Neighbor and doing for others without being asked, and we lose sight of which part is ours and which part belongs to others.

Yes, giving is benevolent and service divine.  But over-stepping into the belief that we are responsible to fix and solve other people’s problems can lead to codependency and pain.

The truth is that we love best when we listen more and talk less. When we understand that our friends and family want and need our support without our lectures. When we wait to be invited in and trusted enough to be asked for our opinion or help. When we honor the autonomy of others, young and old, and give them our full attention and the gift of our time, and understanding while they own their own problems and figure out what they will do next.

And beautifully, when we let go of our belief that it is our responsibility to fix and mend every problem for every child or friend, we are free to make some progress of our own, to own our own life, and to discover our divine errands; To face our own challenges and get to work on what we need to learn and accomplish.

All my best to you in this liberating journey!

Love,

Jacque

 

 

 

Take Care

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“There is a place in our hearts that will put us on the right course with people and ourselves.  That place is willingness

to make amends, willingness to achieve healing in our relationships with people, and willingness to find the gift.

When we achieve that place, when the idea of willingness begins to enter our minds, even before it has worked its way down into our hearts, it’s already beginning to happen. We are beginning to open ourselves to the reparation, healing, and love available to us in our relationships.  We are ready to begin to love ourselves, and others, unconditionally….we become willing to love and take care of ourselves.”

Codependents’ Guide to The Twelve Steps, Melody Beattie