Blueberry Lemon Ginger Tulsi Tea Sorbet

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One of my goals this year has been to more effectively manage stress.  Notice I didn’t say “get rid of” stress.  I’m a realist and I know that no matter what sorts of changes I make, there will always be worry, tension, fear and irritation barking at my heals.  I’ve finally realized that the more support I give my body, the less I feel (or react to) the stress. Whether practicing meditative yoga, using a supportive and compassionate inner voice, avoiding mean people or choosing to consume only nutrient-dense organic food, I am fortifying my inner peace. I’m becoming better at deflecting the craziness that I encounter every day.  The traffic jams and road rage, the rude cashiers, the nonsensical tantrums my son unleashes on me.  I digress.  Let’s get back to peace…

One exciting discovery I made recently is tulsi (or holy basil) tea.  This tea has amazing health benefits.  It’s rich in antioxidants, aids in digestion, balances mood and energy levels, and reduces stress.  It does come in tinctures and pill form, but I’ve been buying the tea for two reasons.  I love tea and I gave up a lifelong addiction to coffee a couple of months ago, so this is a perfect alternative.  The brand that I buy is called “Organic India” and my favorite flavors are the chai (which does have a touch of caffeine) and lemon-ginger.  I am in love with this tea–it is pure zen in a cup!  A lingering tranquility washes over me with every sip. Continue reading

Gluten-Free Gingersnap Cookies

One of my favorite books when I was a young child was a holiday themed “scratch and sniff” book, The Sweet Smell of Christmas.  I remember vividly my sisters and I huddled together on the couch, toasty warm in our Lanz of Salzburg flannel nightgowns (a la Big Love–sure do miss that show!). Passing the book back and forth between the three of us, we would scratch the candy cane picture and inhale deeply to enjoy the invigorating peppermint scent. Then there was the fragrant orange, so powerful it would make my mouth water.  A whiff of the hot chocolate mug would send me running to the kitchen for my own warm treat. Each of us had a favorite scent and mine was the gingerbread man. Sweet cinnamon, ginger and cloves dazzled my little olfactory bulb to no end.  To this day, that gingerbread aroma promises all that is wonderful about the holidays–reuniting with loved ones, delicious feasts, the joy of giving.  Baking these gingersnap cookies will infuse your home with the same glorious scent and you will, no doubt, be intoxicated with cheerful enthusiasm for the coming season.  Just try it–you’ll see! Continue reading