Spinach Stuffed Chicken

Prep: 15 min

Cook: 25 min

Serves: 4

Costs per serving: $2.44

  • 3 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 16-oz frozen chopped spinach thawed, squeezed dry
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 tsp. Poultry seasoning
  • 3/4 dry white wine sauce

1. In a skillet over medium heat, warm 1 Tbsp. oil. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add spinach and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; remove from heat.

2. Slice chicken breasts almost in half horizontally, open like a book and, if necessary, poud to 1/2 inch thicknes. Sprinkle with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Spoon a heaping 1/4 cup filling onto open breasts. Roll lengthwise over filling; secure with toothpicks.

3. Warm 2 Tbsp. In large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden, about 7minutes total, turning over once or twice. Add wine, cover, reduce heat to medium and simmer until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove chicken to a platter and tent with foil. Turn heat to low and boil sauce, uncovered, until thickened, about 3minutes. Remove toothpicks from chicken, serve with sauce.

Per serving: 324 calories, 12 grams of fat (2g. Sat.), 82 mg. Chol, 4g of fiber, 38g. Pro., 8g Carbs, 496mg Sod.

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Black Friday falls on November 23 this year. Amazon is gearing up early for the day by releasing thousands of Early Black Friday Deals.

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Diwali November 7th, 2018

Diwali, Deepavali or Dipavali is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere.(spring in southern hemisphere) This year, it will be Wednesday, November 7th.

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One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance” During the celebration, temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated. The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the climax occurring on the third day coinciding with the darkest night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian Calendar , the festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November.

In the lead up to Diwali, celebrants will prepare by cleaning, renovating and decorating   their homes and offices. During the climax, revellers adorn themselves in their finest clothes, illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with diyas,  offer puja  to Lakshmi– the goddess of prosperity and wealth, light fireworks, partake in family feasts, where mithai and gifts are shared. Diwali is also a major cultural event for the Hindu and Jain diaspora from the Indian subcontinent.

The five day festival originated in the Indian subcontinent  and is mentioned in early Sanskrit texts. The names of the festive days of Diwali, as well as the rituals, vary by region. Diwali is usually celebrated eighteen days after the  Dussehra festival with Dhanteras, or the regional equivalent, marking the first day of the festival when celebrants prepare by cleaning their homes and laying floor decorations, such as rangoli  The second day is Choti Diwali, or equivalent in north India, while for Hindus in the south of India it is Diwali proper. Western, central, eastern and northern Indian communities observe Diwali on the third day and the darkest night of the traditional month. In some parts of India, the day after Diwali is marked with the Goverdhan Puja and Diwali Padva, which is dedicated to the relationship between wife and husband. Some Hindu communities mark the last day as Bhai Dooj   which is dedicated to the bond between sister and brother,  while other Hindu and Sikh craftsmen communities mark this day as Vishwakarma Puja and observe it by performing maintenance in their work spaces and offering prayers.

Some other faiths in India also celebrate their respective festivals alongside Diwali. The Jains observe their own Diwali, which marks the final liberation of Mahavira, the Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas to mark the release of Guru Hargobind from a Mughal Empire prison, while Newar Buddhists, unlike other Buddhists, celebrate Diwali by worshiping Lakshmi.The festival of Diwali is an official holiday in Fiji,Guyana, India, Malaysia (except Sarawak), Mauritius, Myanmar,  Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The festival is an annual homecoming and bonding period not only for families, but also for communities and associations, particularly those in urban areas,  which will organize activities , events and gatherings. Many towns organize community parades and fairs with parades or music and dance performances in parks. Some Hindus, Jains and Sikhs will send Diwali greeting cards to family near and far during the festive season, occasionally with boxes of Indian confectionery.

Diwali is a post-harvest festival celebrating the bounty following the arrival of the monsoon in the subcontinent. Depending on the region, celebrations include prayers before one or more Hindu deities, the most common being Lakshmi.  According to David Kinsley, an Indologist and scholar of Indian religious traditions particularly in relation to goddess worship, Lakshmi symbolizes three virtues: wealth and prosperity, fertility and abundant crops, as well as good fortune.  Merchants seek Lakshmi’s blessings in their ventures and will ritually close their accounting year during Diwali.  Fertility motifs appear in agricultural offerings brought before Lakshmi by farming families, who give thanks for the recent harvests and seek her blessings for prosperous future crops.  A symbolic piece of traditional fertilizer, a dried piece of cow dung, is included in the ensemble in Odisha and Deccan region villages, an agricultural motif according to Kinsley. Another aspect of the festival is remembering the ancestors.

Rituals and preparations for Diwali begin days or weeks in advance, typically after the festival of Dusshera that precedes Diwali by about 20 days. The festival formally begins two days before the night of Diwali, and ends two days thereafter. Each day has the following rituals and significance:

Dhanteras (Day 1)

Dhanteras, derived from Dhan meaning wealth and teras meaning thirteenth, marks the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight of Kartik and the beginning of Diwali.  On this day, many Hindu’s clean their homes and business premises. They install diyas, small earthen oil-filled lamps that they light up for the next five days, near Lakshmi and Ganesha iconography.  Women and children decorate doorways within homes and offices with rangoli, colorful designs made from rice flour, flower petals and colored sand, while the boys and men decorate the roofs and walls of family homes, markets and temples.  The day also marks a major shopping day to purchase new utensils, home equipment, jewelry , firecrackers and other items.  On the evening of Dhanteras, families offer prayers to Lakshmi and Ganesha, and lay offerings of puffed rice, candy toys, rice cakes and batashas (hollow sugar cakes).

According to Tracy Pintchman, Dhanteras is a symbol of annual renewal, cleansing and an auspicious beginning for the next year.  The term “Dhan” for this day also alludes to the Ayurvedic icon Dhanvantari, the god of health and healing, who is believed to have emerged from the “churning of cosmic ocean” on the same day as Lakshmi. Some communities, particularly those active in Ayurvedic and health-related professions, pray or perform havan rituals to Dhanvantari on Dhanteras.

Choti Diwali, Naraka Chaturdasi (Day 2)

Choti Diwali, also known as Naraka Chaturdasi, is the second day of festivities coinciding with the fourteenth day of the second fortnight of the lunar month. The term “choti” means little, while “Naraka” means hell and “Chaturdasi” means “fourteenth”. The day and its rituals are interpreted as ways to liberate any souls from their suffering in “Naraka”, or hell, as well as a reminder of spiritual auspiciousness. For some Hindus, it is a day to pray for the peace to the manes, or deified souls of one’s ancestors and light their way for their journeys in the cyclic afterlife. A mythological interpretation of this festive day is the destruction of the asura (demon) Narakasura by Krishna, a victory that frees 16,000 imprisoned princesses kidnapped by Narakasura.

Naraka Chaturdasi is also a major day for purchasing festive foods, particularly sweets. A variety of sweets are prepared using flour, semolina, rice, chickpea flour, dry fruit pieces powders or paste, milk solids (mawa or khoya) and clarified butter (ghee). According to Goldstein, these are then shaped into various forms, such as laddus, barfis, halvah, kachoris, shrikhand and sandesh, rolled and stuffed delicacies, such as maladu, susiyam, pottukadalai. Sometimes these are wrapped with edible silver foil (vark). Confectioners and shops create Diwali-themed decorative displays, selling these in large quantities, which are stocked for home celebrations to welcome guests and as gifts.  Families also prepare homemade delicacies for the main Diwali day.  Choti Diwali is also a day for visiting friends, business associates and relatives, and exchanging gifts.

This day is commonly celebrated as Diwali in Tamil Nadu, Goa and Karnataka. . Some South Indian Hindus receive an oil massage and then take a ritual bath. Many visit their favorite Hindu temple.

Diwali, Lakshmi Puja (Day 3)

The third day is the height of the festival, and coincides with the last day of the dark fortnight of the lunar month. This is the day when Hindu, Jain and Sikh temples and homes are aglow with lights, thereby making it the “festival of lights”. The youngest members in the family visit their elders, such as grandparents and other senior members of the community, on this day. Small business owners give gifts or special bonus payments to their employees between Dhanteras and Diwali. Shops either do not open or close early on this day allowing employees to enjoy family time. Shopkeepers and small operations perform puja rituals in their office premises. Unlike some other festivals, the Hindu typically do not fast on Diwali, rather they feast and share the bounties of the season at their workplaces, community centers, temples and homes.

As the evening approaches, celebrants will wear new clothes or their best outfits, teenage girls and women in particular wear saris and jewelry. At dusk, family members gather for the Lakshmi puja, although prayers will also be offered to other deities, such as Ganesha, Saraswati, Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, Hanuman, or Kubera. The lamps from the puja ceremony are then used to light more earthenware lamps , which are placed in rows along the parapets of temples and houses,  while some diyas are set adrift on rivers and streams. After the puja, people go outside and celebrate by lighting up patakhe (fireworks) together, and then share a family feast and mithai (sweets, desserts).

The puja and rituals in the Bengali Hindu community focus on Kali, the goddess of war, instead of Lakshmi. According to Rachel Fell McDermott, a scholar of South Asian, particular Bengali, studies, in Bengal during Navaratri (Dussehra elsewhere in India) the Durga puja is the main focus, although in the eastern and north eastern states the two are synonymous, but on Diwali the focus is on the puja dedicated to Kali. These two festivals likely developed in tandem over their recent histories, states McDermott. Textual evidence suggests that Bengali Hindus worshiped Lakshmi before the colonial era, and that the Kali puja is a more recent phenomenon.  Contemporary Bengali celebrations mirror those found elsewhere, with teenage boys playing with fireworks and the sharing of festive food with but with the Shakti goddess Kali as the focus. 

On the night of Diwali, rituals across much of India are dedicated to Lakshmi to welcome her into their cleaned homes and bring prosperity and happiness for the coming year. While the cleaning, or painting, of the home is in part for goddess Lakshmi, it also signifies the ritual “reenactment of the cleansing, purifying action of the monsoon rains” that would have concluded in most of the Indian subcontinent. Vaishnava families recite Hindu legends of the victory of good over evil and the return of hope after despair on Diwali night, where the main characters may include Rama, Krishna, Vamana or one of the avatars of Vishnu, the divine husband of Lakshmi.  At dusk, lamps placed earlier in the inside and outside of the home are lit up to welcome Lakshmi. Family members light up firecrackers, which some interpret as a way to ward off all evil spirits and the inauspicious, as well as add to the festive mood.  According to Pintchman, who quotes Raghavan, this ritual may also be linked to the tradition in some communities of paying respect to ancestors. Earlier in the season’s fortnight, some welcome the souls of their to join the family for the festivities with the Mahalaya. The Diwali night’s lights and firecrackers, in this interpretation, represent a celebratory and symbolic farewell to the departed ancestral souls.

The celebrations and rituals of the Jains and the Sikhs are similar to those of the Hindus where social and community bonds are renewed. Major temples and homes are decorated with lights, festive foods shared with all, friends and relatives remembered and visited with gifts.

Annakut, Padwa, Govardhan puja (Day 4)

The day after Diwali is the first day of the bright fortnight of the luni-solar calendar. It is regionally called as Annakut (heap of grain), Padwa, Goverdhan puja, Bali Pratipada, Bali Padyani, Kartik Shukla Pratipada and other names. According to one tradition, the day is associated with the story of Bali’s defeat at the hands of Vishnu.  In another interpretation, it is thought to reference the legend of Parvati and her husband Shiva playing a game of dyuta (dice) on a board of twelve squares and thirty pieces, Parvati wins. Shiva surrenders his shirt and adornments to her, rendering him naked. According to Handelman and Shulman, as quoted by Pintchman, this legend is a Hindu metaphor for the cosmic process for creation and dissolution of the world through the masculine destructive power, as represented by Shiva, and the feminine procreative power, represented by Parvati, where twelve reflects the number of months in the cyclic year, while thirty are the number of days in its lunisolar month.

This day ritually celebrates the bond between the wife and husband, and in some Hindu communities, husbands will celebrate this with gifts to their wives. In other regions, parents invite a newly married daughter, or son, together with their spouses to a festive meal and give them gifts.

In some rural communities of the north, west and central regions, the fourth day is celebrated as Govardhan puja, honouring the legend of the Hindu god Krishna saving the cowherd and farming communities from incessant rains and floods triggered by Indra’s anger, which he accomplished by lifting the Govardhan mountain. This legend is remembered through the ritual of building small mountain-like miniatures from cow dung.  According to Kinsley, the ritual use of cow dung, a common fertilizer, is an agricultural motif and a celebration of its significance to annual crop cycles.

The agricultural symbolism is also observed on this day by many Hindus as Annakut, literally “mountain of food”. Communities prepare over one hundred dishes from a variety of ingredients, which is then dedicated to Krishna before shared among the community. Hindu temples on this day prepare and present “mountains of sweets” to the faithful who have gathered for darshan (visit)  In Gujarat, Annakut is the first day of the new year and celebrated through the purchase of essentials, or sabras (literally, “good things in life”), such as salt, offering prayers to Krishna and visiting temples.

Bhai Duj, Bhaiya Dooj (Day 5)

The last day of the festival is called Bhai duj (literally “brother’s day”) or Bhai tilak. It celebrates the sister-brother bond, similar in spirit to Raksha Bandhan but it is the brother that travels to meet the sister and her family. This festive day is interpreted by some to symbolize Yama’s sister Yamuna welcoming Yama with a tilaka, while others interpret it as the arrival of Krishna at his sister’s, Subhadra, place after defeating Narakasura. Subhadra welcomes him with a tilaka on his forehead.

The day celebrates the sibling bond between brother and sister. On this day the womenfolk of the family gather, perform a puja with prayers for the well being of their brothers, then return to a ritual of feeding their brothers with their hands and receiving gifts. According to Pintchman, in some Hindu traditions the women recite tales where sisters protect their brothers from enemies that seek to cause him either bodily or spiritual harm.  In historic times, this was a day in autumn when brothers would travel to meet their sisters, or invite their sister’s family to their village to celebrate their sister-brother bond with the bounty of seasonal harvests.

The artisan Hindu and Sikh community celebrates the fourth day as the Vishwakarma puja day.  Vishwakarma is the presiding Hindu deity for those in architecture, building, manufacturing, textile work and crafts trades. The looms, tools of trade, machines and workplaces are cleaned and  prayers offered to these livelihood means.

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Facts About Himalayan Rock Lamps

250 million years ago during the Jurassic era, insurmountable pressure of the Indo-australian tectonic plates created the Himalayan Mountains, and to this day it continues to push Tibet upwards at a rate of 2 cm a year. The study of these salt deposits has revealed not only their geologic age but also the type of environment and climate in which they formed. Studies indicate that the salt crystals lived under a relatively mild, wet environment about 105 million years ago, when Tibet was closer to the equator. During this time, the scorching sun dried up the primal Tethys Sea and left behind massive Himalayan salt beds. Simply put, these trace elements and minerals became fossilized and crystallized in the mountain over millions of years and ultimately produced is the most pristine, natural salt the world has ever known.

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It’s fascinating to discover that Himalayan crystal salt is identical in composition to the ancient primal ocean which ironically, has a similar composition of our blood; that is a brine solution or fluid consisting of water and salt. Himalayan salt contains all the elements found in our bodies that occur naturally for example, iron. Astoundingly, it constitutes 84 trace minerals and elements. No other product in the world can boast this fact and that’s why it was historically known as “King salt”, “salt of life”, or “white gold”, as it was only reserved for royalty. Alchemists called it “the fifth element”, besides air, water, earth, and fire – because its qualities were comparable only to ether, the actual fifth element.

 

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Since ancient times, salt has been the principal source of income for people living in those remote regions. Because food preserved in salt retains its nutritional properties for several months, Himalayan people use it to keep fish and meat all year long. They also use it as a currency in trading. For centuries, once a year in springtime, the Himalayan people have been transporting the salt to the Nepalese valleys for trade. Heavily burdened yaks carry the salt, traveling along narrow sloping paths, often these paths have been carved in cliffs. Once they have arrived at their destination, the salt is traded for cereals, which is the staple of the diet for these Himalayan salt traders. It is easy to understand why salt has always been so precious for mankind.

 

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Himalayan Salt is a form of halite also commonly known as Rock Salt from Pakistan which is the mineral form of sodium chloride (NaCI). Containing 84 minerals- Himalayan Salt is considered the purest salt because the salt is mined at extremely high altitudes, where there is little traces of pollution or even environmentally compromised materials in the air. Some other names for Himalayan Salt include Rock Salt, Pink Salt, Himalayan Sea Salt, or Himalayan Crystal Salt, Salt of Life and King of Salt.

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This mineral rich salt is mined from the second largest mine in the world, called the Khewra Salt Mines which is located in the beautiful Himalayan Mountain Range- Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan- 945 feet (288 meters) above sea level. Khewra city situated about 200 kilometres (124 miles) from Islamabad and 245 kilometres (152 miles) from the city of Lahore is famous for having world’s second largest salt mines (Khewra Salt Mines) which is located in the District Jhelum of province Punjab, Pakistan.

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How is a Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp made?

1. A Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp starts its journey in the Khewra Salt Mines.

2. Himalayan salt is excavated from the walls of the Khewra Salt Mine in carefully cut blocks. These blocks of salt are then transported by truck to local factories that awaits local artisans to carve each Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp by hand.

3. Mostly carved in their natural form, artisans would cut the bottom of the Himalayan Salt Pieces flat, and drill a hole in the center of the Himalayan Rock Salt to allow for the placing of lighting instruments which would provide the needed heating source to create the all natural negative ions.

4. The Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp is then completed with the addition of a base.

 

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How Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp work?
The heat from the lightning instrument causes the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp to draw water molecules from the air to the surface of the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp also known as hygroscopy.

A gentle reaction takes place producing healthy negative ions which bonds with the positive ions (pollutants such as dander, pollen, mold spores) and neutralize them. The air is purified which means airborne bacteria, mold, viruses and allergens as well as respiratory irritants and asthma triggers cannot survive in the negatively charged environment freshen the air by removing any stale scent. The negative ions produced are also said to combat electro smog caused by the many electronic devices we use now.

*It is important to note that salt lamps do not produce negative ions themselves. Instead, their hygroscopic property allows them to attract moisture, humidity, or airborne water molecules. A heat source is required to accelerate evaporation, and it is this evaporation that produces the negative ions that are beneficial to human health.

 

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Benefits

  • Great as a night light
  • Perfect for yoga, spa & massage room
  • Improves relaxation & sleep
  • Improves air quality
  • Removes humidity
  • Reduces stress

Reported Benefits

  • Removes odor
  • Improves immune system
  • Eliminates air borne germs
  • Eliminates air borne bacteria
  • Reduces migraine
  • Reduces sinus problems
  • Reduces allergy problems
  • Reduces electromagnetic fields (EMFs)

Recommended for FengShui by FengShui Practitioners.

Recommended for cleansing, ridding of negativity energy and space clearing.

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We all breathe and feel better in nature, that’s because negative ions can found in nature by the sea, in the forest, on mountain tops, after thunder storms and near water falls. Negative ions give the air its invigorating freshness and cleanliness which can be beneficial to one’s well being.

For hundreds of years, people have believe in the ability of Himalayan Salt Rocks to improve their well being by cleaning and purifying the air by enriching the air with negative ions. With this being said, people have over time recommended Himalayan Rock Salt Lamps as natural air ionizers as it works with the environment to produce negative ions improving the quality of the air around us allowing us to breathe better and feel better!

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Good lighting plays an important role in helping us relax, distress and sleep better. This can often be seen and felt in massage and spa places where lighting is often dim and calming.

The beautiful glow of a Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp makes it a great light source for any place that requires a warm soothing light. It is an perfect for the yoga room, spa room and massage room. The glow is so comforting that it will make a great night light that helps one feel more relaxed and sleep better.

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Beliefs

In many cultures, salt has been extensively used for improvement of luck, well being, cleansing, purifying and clearing of negativity while creating good and positive energy.

In Chinese and India cultures, a traditional method of using salt to cleanse the house is to mix 5-6 tablespoons of the mineral in a bucket of water and mop the floors once a week to get rid of bad luck and negativity.

Another way is to fill up small bowls with salt and place them in front of the main door at both sides and also in every corner of the house facing northeast and southwest. This bowls of salt must be placed in an open space exposed to air therefore not be kept in cupboards or cabinets. This salt should be replaced every month.

Salt can also be sprinkled onto the soil of plants and around the perimeter of the house to prevent negative energy from entering.

“Salt is insanely magic. Nearly every single culture considers it protective. Voodoo, Pagan, Hindu…Various cultures has it that you can put a line of salt across your threshold to keep those would wish you ill out, put in a circle around you to do a spell ‘in private’ and sprinkle it in all corners of your house/a room.”

“Sprinkling salt near someones front door is supposed to protect them in modern Wicca. Evil cannot cross a salt line.”

 

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It is believed that having a few grams of salt inside your wallet attracts wealth luck. The best is to place the salt inside a plastic bag, then put it in a secret compartment inside your wallet. You have to change the salt each month, otherwise it loses its potency. There are some who say the use of salt can also be extended to the house. Make your house attract wealth luck by having salt (placed inside a small plastic container) in all the corners of your house i.e. wherever two walls meet. Change the salt every ten days. You can also hang a bag of salt on the center of the main door, changing it once a month. This is said to attract wealth luck as salt attracts water.

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Salt is considered good luck by many cultures in the world. In order to get rid of many forms of bad luck you can take a pinch of salt and throw it over your LEFT shoulder (throwing salt over your right shoulder will bring you more bad luck).

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Cleanse your body of bad luck by bathing in salt water.

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Sprinkle salt in the corner of each room and underneath each windowsill. This will protect your home from bad luck.

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In Germany, you should take bread and salt when you visit someone who is a new resident, as these two things are never missing in a home.

Traditions

Salt Culture in Japan

“Mori Shio” or little salt mounds (salt-flowers) at the entrances to commercial establishments, like restaurants, stores, theaters, etc signifies two things. They first act as a purifying agent that prevents evil or misfortune from entering the particular establishment, but they also act to invite good business and patrons.

In Japan, left outside of houses in little pile of “mori shio” (piled up salt) generally to the right of the door or both side of the door so that people who pass through the door are purified.

Mori-shio piles outside restaurants was to encourage the arrival of rich and noble customers such as a “daimyo,” who would come on horseback since horse love salt.

Maki-shio (scattered salt) will be scattered around the boundary of a house on the first day of the month so that impurities do not enter the house.

Mori-shio may be put at the four corners of a plot of a land to purify that area, especially when one moves in.

At a Japanese funeral ceremony, two small mounds of salt (known as the shio-hana, salt-flowers) will be found on either side of the entrance of the house. Once the coffin is gone, the house will be purified of any spirits by scattering salt over the floors. Those who attend the funeral will usually sprinkle salt-water over the coffin at the graveside, and will themselves be sprinkled with salt before returning to their own homes- this is believed to be cleansing.

Salt will be scattered on the ground in the pacifying the spirits of the land ceremony held on the empty plot before buildings are erected.

Salt is also scattered in quantity by sumo wrestlers before each bought to purify themselves and the sumo ring ( “dohyou”) which is considered to be a sacred place.

It is also claimed that sumo wrestlers scatter the salt also because it helps to kill germs that might otherwise infect cuts and that 45 kilos are scattered every day at the national sumo tournaments. The crowd seems to like it when a wrestler scatters a lot of salt since such action is often met with a cheer.

Salt is also an offering made to the spirits (kami) on the household altar in a little dish (again
in a little conical pile) and at shrines again in piles, sometimes enormous conical piles

The room where the mother gives birth is purified with salt (and water) and the mother may also purify herself with salt or a salt-water bath after the delivery.

At weddings, salt may be used at the wedding ceremony itself as a purifying agent as well as provide the couple the “force of life”.

 

Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp Care & Instructions

Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp is hygroscopic in nature- absorbs moisture particles from the
surrounding environment. The resulting effect is that the lamp’s surface area will begin to sweat as it works to repel excess moisture.
Therefore, the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp should never be exposed to rain, dipped in water, or placed in moisture prone or abundant humidity environments.
**** Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp would completely dissolve in water.

Maintenance of Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp

1. Switch off all power sources.
2. Remove the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp from the cord base.
3. If your Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp gets wet.
     Wipe the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp with a dry cloth.
4. If you Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp gets dirty or dusty.
    Wipe the rock salt with a moisten cloth.
    Use a scourer for any heavy ground in dirt.
5. Place Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp back on the cord base and switch on the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp.

A good tip

If you decide to turn off your salt lamp for more then a few days.
Place the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp in a plastic bag or Wrap the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp with a plastic bag.
This will prevent your salt lamp from “weeping” or “sweating” as the plastic bag will prevent the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp with coming into contact with the surrounding environment.
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French Apple Cake,- Pastel de Manzana

This delicious and easy to make French apple cake recipe is made with only four simple ingredients: apples, sugar, flour and eggs.

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This delicious apple cake is one of the easiest cakes you will ever make. This apple cake can be served warm or cold; it can be served as is or accompanied by ice-cream. You can also serve it for dessert or have a slice with cup of afternoon coffee. This cake can also be made with a variety of other fruits: strawberries, blueberries, pears, pineapple, peach, etc – the only adjustment is that based on the amount of moisture in the fruit, you might need to bake it for slightly longer (or less).

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Esta receta para un delicioso pastel de manzana a la francesa se prepara con tan sólo cuatro ingredientes: manzanas, azúcar, harina y huevos. Este pastel de manzana es uno de los pasteles mas fáciles que se puede preparar. El pastel de manzana se puede servir caliente o frio, lo puede servir sencillo o con acompañado de helado. Es excelente como postre para una cena o almuerzo, pero también va muy bien con el cafecito de la tarde. Esta torta también se puede preparar con una variedad de frutas: fresas o frutillas, peras, pina, duraznos, entre otros – la única modificación a las instrucciones es que el tiempo de hornear puede ser mas largo dependiendo de la cantidad de liquido que tenga la fruta – o sea con frutillas se demora mas en hornear que con manzanas.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F degrees.
  2. Mix the eggs with the sugar using an electric mixer for about 2 minutes.
  3. Use a flat wooden spoon to slowly stir in the flour until the batter is smooth.
  4. Mix in the apple chunks, pour the cake batter into a buttered and floured cake mold – we used a round 9 inch cake pan.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes at 400F, then lower to 360F (or 350F is your oven doesn’t have a 360F option) degrees and bake for the approximately 30 minutes or until it turns golden. To test if the cake is done insert a toothpick into the middle, if it comes out clean, then the cake is done.

Ingredientes

  • 6 onzas (170 gramos) de azúcar regular (equivale a aproximadamente 3/4 taza) Domino Sugar, Granulated
  • 6 onzas (170 gramos) de harina regular (equivale a aproximadamente 1 1/3 tazas) All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 huevos grandes
  • 3 manzanas grandes, peladas y cortadas en trozos pequeños

Preparación

  1. Pre-caliente el horno a 400F grados.
  2. Use la batidora electica para mezclar los huevos con el azúcar, bátalos durante unos 2 minutos.
  3. Agregue la harina lentamente, usando una cuchara de madera, revuelva hasta obtener una masa suave.
  4. Agregue los trozos de manzana, mezcle bien y vierta la masa del pastel en un molde enharinado.
  5. Hornee durante 5 minutos a 400F, luego baje la temperatura a 350F grados y hornee por 30 minutos o hasta que se dore. Para probar si la torta esta lista, inserte un palillo en el centro, si sale limpio, entonces esta lista.

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2018 Christmas Home Decor Collection

Christmas decorations should all be about magic. What better way to welcome the holidays than focusing on what truly matters and turning your home into a magical place of joy?

I’ve compiled a collection of beautiful and charming Christmas decorations. I believe that will transform the core of your home — wherever that may be — into a cozy and colorful interior allows that magic to take place.

I hope the photos below will help to inspire you this holiday season for every room of the house!

Take a look around at some of this years top picks, and click on the the highlighted blue link for more information.


Ambesonne Christmas Curtain, Xmas Inspired Winter Season Theme Fir Twigs and Vibrant Balls Decor Graphic Print, –These one of a kind decorative curtains will help transform  your room into your private sanctuary! Perfect decoration item for your living room, dining room, bedroom, kids and dorm rooms.

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Dublin Home Decor Tray and Orbs Balls Set of 3 The Exquisite table centerpieces you’ve been looking for.

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34 Shatterproof Christmas Tree Balls  & hooks are included! 20 colors with 4 textures available for Christmas and most occasions you need to decorate.

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Set of 9, Flame less Candles with Remote –I just love these, perfect for center pieces or mantels, even the windows and safe. You’ll receive two 4″, two 5″, two 6″, a 7″, a 8″ and a 9″ height battery operated real wax pillar candles (each 2.2″ diameter), a 10-key remote control, a user manual at a great price!

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Prelit Ceramic Tabletop Christmas Tree w/Multicolored Lights –Aah, the 60’s, Need I say more?

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Reindeer Tealight Candle Holders Metal  –How adorable!  Each metal reindeer has a spot on its back to hold a tea light or LED tea light candle. Keep your little herd together or split them up around the house. (set of 6)

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Kitchen Appliance Handle Covers & Countdown Calendar – Get Ready for Holiday Season with This Snowman Kitchen Appliance Handle Covers, set of 3.

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National Tree 24 Inch Crestwood Spruce Wreath The Crestwood Spruce is a sparkling mixed branch wreath featuring bristle tips and trimmed with pine cones, red berries and glitter. It is pre-strung with 50 clear lights that remain lit even if a bulb burns out. This wreath can be displayed on doors, walls and windows in indoor or covered outdoor locations.

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Snowman Santa Toilet Seat Cover and Rug Set Great for your guest bathroom when hosting for the holiday’s

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Waterproof Shower Curtain with Hooks –the christmassy colors and picture will brighten your bathroom and add Christmas spirit to your home decorations bathroom decor.It’s a quick and luxurious way to refresh and completely change the appearance of a bathroom without a big expense.

Toilet Mat, Toilet Pad Bathroom Rug Set  –Complete the look with the toilet pad cover and bathroom mats

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2018 Ornament Dandelion Wishes Make a Wish Glass Globe and Card Remember making a wish and blowing on a dandelion ? This sweet glass globe ornament is painstakingly prepared by placing individual hand dried dandelion seeds inside (now with more seeds!) , and embellishing with a decorative hanger and silver wish charm and 2018 dated. *Please note there are a limited supply of these each year.

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Hallmark 2018 Ornament, Puppy Love Welsh CorgiDog lovers’ hearts will melt over this adorable Christmas tree ornament. The 28th in our Puppy Love series, this joyful Corgi is running as fast as his little legs can carry him, eager to play catch-me-if-you-can with a piece of silver tinsel he snagged from the Christmas decorations.

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LED – Trees with Painted Colorful Ornaments – Coloring Changing Tabletop Tree Decorations –Clear acrylic trees decorated with painted ball ornaments. This Set of 6 Assorted LED Lighted Tall Trees. Color-changing lights rotate from red to green to blue Set includes 2 10″ trees (3 “AAA” batteries) and two each of 7.5″ & 5.5″ trees requires 3 “LR44” batteries. ALL BATTERIES INCLUDED. They also include an extra set of LR44 batteries for EACH tree!!  ** Few left in stock, order now!!

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3 Pcs Snowman Fireplace Stockings Plush 3D Perfect for filling with gifts,presents and decoration for your Christmas day.

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Snowflake Window Stickers Clings Really adds a festive touch! And you get 232 pcs for only $10.99!!

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Led String Lights –Beautiful extending waterfall curtain strands
add a flawless floor to ceiling look indoors and outdoors for an opulent display.  Warm white 12 stars, 138 LEDs.

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Christmas Tree Paper Towel Holder –This unique paper towel holder decorates your holiday kitchen and features a colorfully decorated Christmas tree.

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Christmas Village Fabric Printed Tablecloth –Beautiful festive printed fabric tablecloth that is perfect for your holiday dinner. Enjoy this perfect holiday tablecloth that will dress up any table for a holiday meal. We offer the absolute best values in table linens. Impressive, and inexpensive. 84 x 60 and under $20 bucks!

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Poinsettia Holly Leaf Table Runner –Perfect  for your dining table, dresser scarf, coffee table runner, or even bed runner and its under $20!

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Marshmallow Shaped Hot Chocolate Mugs –A cup of hot chocolate will taste even sweeter in an adorable marshmallow mug! The perfect way to cozy-up on a cold winter night, each of these 4 ceramic mugs features a different funny face and a puffy marshmallow body. The perfect size for little hands.

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Lenox Holiday Iced Beverage Glasses, Set of 4,Ivory –Introduced in 1974, the Lenox Holiday pattern became an instant classic, growing in popularity to become the #1 seasonal dinnerware in America. The iconic holly design combines with the legendary quality that only Lenox can offer to create a collection that has transcended generations to help make the most special time of year even more memorable. Set of 4

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Bedsure Christmas Throw Blanket  –Bedsure Christmas Throw Blanket showcases a double face with red velveteen fleece on the top and super soft plush sherpa on the flip side. Draping your furniture pieces with soft throw blankets as decoration will add a dash of color to your space.

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Cozy Fleece Throw Pillow Cases Covers Couch Bed Sofa Vintage Mandala Snowflake Floral 18 X 18  –Brings a luxury look to your home, made by CaliTime.

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Dining Luxury Classy Table Linens Runner  –If you are looking for a table runner that is both stylish and sophisticated while still being practical enough for everyday use, look no further than the BlueTop Table Runner. With luxury delicate design, this table runner gives your furniture the look you want. Perfect for tables all around the home, dressers, vanities and more; you can add an extra special touch to any room with this simple yet elegant accessory.  * Few in stock

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48 Inch Christmas Tree Plush Skirt  –Premium Faux Fur Christmas tree skirt 48 inch–plush and warm soft high quality, gorgeous and elegant.

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Window Clings Decal Stickers   –The snowflakes window clings are high quality and well made.

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Charlie Brown Christmas Tree with Linus’s Blanket –Official 24-inch replica of the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. A great gift for fans of the beloved 1965 animated Christmas special.

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Gold Crystal Bowl Tea Light Candle Holders  –Handmade, each crystal bowl is made of selected high quality octagonal K9 crystals beads.

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VINCIGANT Silver Crystal 3 arm Candle HolderElegant centerpiece that can be used all year round.

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Outdoor White Nativity set  –Simple yet elegant all-weather display looks fantastic in any yard! Original, self-standing design easily slides together in minutes without tools.

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Tache set of 4 Poinsettia Elegant Tidings Woven Tapestry Placemats  –Use to cover dining table tops, kitchen counters, side/end tables, decorate fireplace mantel or coffee table. Use this traditional vintage festive holiday placemat for your upcoming holiday parties. It is the perfect finishing touch for your Christmas décor. Liven up your dining tables and kitchen space with these bright and festive linens to fill your home with the holiday spirit.

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100% Natural Bamboo Cheese Board and Cutlery Set with Slide-out Drawer by Home Euphoria . Hosting holiday dinner this year? Don’t forget to grab this all in one cheese board that will WOW your quests and it’s under $40! click to see lots of extras.

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Grinch by Jim Shore Grinch with Naughty/Nice Spinning Sign Ornament ‘-Your a Mean One Mr. Grinch’ and all time favorite and must have for and family Christmas tree. This interactive ornament lets you spin the sign to declare your mood of the day. A perfect capture of Dr. Seuss’s Grinch, the handcrafted design is sculpted from stone resin and hand-painted for an artisanal finish.

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Christopher Radko La Novia Muerta Halloween Christmas Ornament –La Novia Muerta or Dead Bride. Christopher Radko Hanging Ornament for 2018, Mouth Blown Glass, Beautiful details,  Also available..  the lovely couple featuring Day Of The Dead Sugar Skull Christopher Radko Day Of The Dead Sugar Skull Themed Figurine Glass Christmas Ornaments – Bundle Includes One La Novia Muerta & One Dia De Los Cracker Ornaments


Lenox 2018 Our 1st Year in Our New Home OrnamentMaybe it’s your first Christmas in your new home, why not begin with a Lenox tradition.

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Christmas Cookie Cutter Set –For the baker’s! Superior design: package includes 15 different Christmas patterns for a variety of Christmas muffins. Molds can be used to cut Christmas-shaped cookies, muffins, breads, sandwiches, cheeses, etc.
Versatile: You can use these  Christmas-themed molds to make a variety of biscuits, cakes, fondants, chocolates, breads, etc., or use them to make clay crafts. ( If you need someone to sample your cookies, send them my way lol)

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2018 Annual Gemmed Snowflake Ornament by Lenox     

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Snowman Draft Stopper –Adorable and decorative and will keep the chill out and bring warmth to your home.

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Lenox Sparkle And Scroll Holiday Ornaments (Set-6)

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2018 Sax Solo Santa Ornament by Lenox 

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Best Choice Products 6′ Premium Hinged Artificial Christmas Pine Tree  – Have yourself a merry little Christmas with this 6’ Christmas tree! This gorgeous full-bodied faux-pine stays bright and lively for years to come. Spend more time with friends and family—this tree’s hinged body and easy assembly gives you a chance to spread more holiday cheer. This Christmas is sure to be the best yet!

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The Nutcracker Prince Indoor/Outdoor, 37-Inch –Add regal charm to any room inside or outside the home with Matthias the Nutcracker Prince Christmas decoration. The toy soldier prince features a painted red coat with white ruffled shirt, green pants and black boots as well as a golden crown. The durable polyresin construction with detailed painted finish makes this nutcracker statue perfect for placement near the entryway, in the dining room, by the tree or the office! It can also be placed outdoors near the front door, porch or as a part of a holiday display.

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Pine Tree with Pine Cones with Burlap Base, 30-Inch Xmas Tree –30″ Carmel Colored Pine Cone Artificial Xmas Tree. Includes Real Pine Cones.  Featuring 684 PVC Tips. Recommended for Indoor Use. Comes in a Burlap base.

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Christmas Tree Bag Holiday Extra Large for up to 9′ Tree Storage –Clean up after the holidays are a snap with the Large Elf Story Christmas Tree Storage Bag. A must have after the holiday season, a Elf Story Christmas tree bag will store your tree away neatly, effortlessly, and make for quick set-up next year. It’s as easy as placing your artificial Christmas tree in the bag, zip it up and safely store it away until next year.

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First Christmas as Mr & Mrs Ornament 2018 –Celebrate your first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs. with this Handmade Keepsake tree ornament.

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36 pcs Christmas Treat Foil Containers Aluminum –  Perfect for those baked goodies, or a for your guests to take home some left-overs. These are beautiful and adorable festive food containers that will not cost you a fortune.

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Tactical Christmas Stocking – For the die-hard tactical enthusiast in your family.

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Pastry Chef Bakers Apron Ornament Beautiful spotter decorated Bakers apron ornament with mitton, spoon, spatula, and whisk accessories. Ideal for the baker in the family.

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A Christmas Story Deluxe Full Size Leg Lamp – ‘It’s Fragile’ Ah,The Christmas Story, we all grew up with. Now this deserves a place in your front window, for all your neighbors to see!!

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Village Candle Balsam Fir 26 oz Glass Jar Scented Candle, Large – Imagine Relaxing On The Deck Of A Cabin Deep In The Forest. Let The Scent Of The Outdoors Settle Over You, And Breathe In The Natural Aroma Of Fresh Balsam Fir. The Perfect Complement To Your Holiday Decor And An Ambient Touch For Any Winter Night, This Scented Candle’s Classic Fragrance Brings The Outdoors In, In The Coziest Of Ways.

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