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Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler!!!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler!!!!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 quart whole strawberries, washed, capped and quartered
2 ounces cream cheese cut in small pieces, I just pinch off in little chunks
Preheat oven to 350˚. Melt butter and pour into a 10" cast iron skillet. In a small bowl, mix together the egg, milk, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pour directly over the butter in the baking dish, but do not stir.
Add the strawberries, arranging in a single layer as much as possible. Sprinkle cream cheese pieces over strawberries. Place in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown and edges are bubbling.
Crust rises up and around the fruit, some of the fruit will still peak out of the top.

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Facts of the Dandelion!!!!

Here are some interesting facts about the dandelion flower:
The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. ☀️ 🌙 ⭐️. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.
The dandelion flower opens to greet the morning and closes in the evening to go to sleep. 😴
Every part of the dandelion is useful: root, leaves, flower. It can be used for food, medicine and dye for coloring.
Up until the 1800s people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “weeds” like chickweed, malva, and chamomile.
The name dandelion is taken from the French word “dent de lion” meaning lion’s tooth, referring to the coarsely-toothed leaves.
Dandelions have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant.
Dandelion seeds are often transported away by a gust of wind and they travel like tiny parachutes. Seeds are often carried as many as 5 miles from their origin!
Animals such as birds, insects and butterflies consume nectar or seed of dandelion.🐦 🐛 🐜 🦋 🐝.
Dandelion flowers do not need to be pollinated to form seed.
Dandelion can be used in the production of wine and root beer. Root of dandelion can be used as a substitute for coffee. 🍷 🍺
Dandelions have sunk their roots deep into history. They were well known to ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, and have been used in Chinese traditional medicine for over a thousand years.
Dandelion is used in folk medicine to treat infections and liver disorders. Tea made of dandelion act as diuretic.
If you mow dandelions, they’ll grow shorter stalks to spite you.
Dandelions are, quite possibly, the most successful plants that exist, masters of survival worldwide.
A not so fun fact: Every year countries spend millions on lawn pesticides to have uniform lawns of non-native grasses, and we use 30% of the country’s water supply to keep them green.

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Friday April 30, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for April 30, 2021:
Back to work. Well, the same thing happens every month. Moon in Sagittarius winds us up with good vibes and joy and then Moon in Capricorn comes along at 9:16 am (PDT/USA + 8 hrs UK). It wants everything in order and accounted for. Including your own thoughts and actions. Luckily, we get a boost from Uranus this time that brings in a need to break free from routines and savor a bit of freedom. Those energies show us that we're always a work in progress. Now that the Moon in Capricorn is here we have six planets in Earth signs. Think: grounded, task oriented, and steady as far as work goes today. Then, you can balance out those vibes with some rest or socializing with loved ones later.
Sandalwood will keep the Capricorn Moon's propensity to be gloomy at a minimum today. Garnets will also lift the mood and bring out the charm we all have hidden within. The body can feel old or slowed down. With the Taurean Sun in the mix it's a given that time spent in relaxation tonight will help release any stress you may have built up during the day. Productivity is on the cosmic menu for the weekend. Projects that include the outdoors - gardening for example - will go well. Mars is currently in Cancer. Wandering too far from home may seem distasteful. Meditation will be beneficial as a way to draw insights from the unseen into your realm. As we say goodbye to April give thanks for everything that went well this month. In late May we'll have two more planets go retrograde. But, Mercury and Venus will enter Gemini mid-month-ish. That will lighten up the vibes!
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com or click the "Gypsy" at the top right corner of this page!

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Chakra Healing and Balancing by The Gypsy Homestead

Chakra Healing and Balancing

by The Gypsy Homestead

With so much going on in the world and our lives, it’s easy to feel lost. Who hasn’t struggled with the same challenges again and again?

But whether you’re dealing with physical or emotional pain, low energy, or frustration, there’s a way out. The ancient bioenergetic system of chakras provides the map.

Chakras represent the main terminals of the energy system in the body.

Chakras have become more and more popular in recent years, but they’re a concept that’s been around for thousands of years.

 Chakras are an energetic expression of who we are.

There are seven main chakras in the human body:

  1. Root Chakra: located at the base of the spine.
  2. Sacral Chakra: located below the belly button.
  3. Solar Plexus Chakra: located in the upper abdomen.
  4. Heart Chakra: located above the heart.
  5. Throat Chakra: located in the throat.
  6. Third Eye Chakra: located in the middle of the forehead above the eyes.
  7. Crown Chakra: located at the crown of the head.

These seven chakras go beyond the physicality of the body to incorporate the mind and spirit. And that’s because treating the chakras is a holistic way of treating the entire person.

How Chakra Balancing Works


Chakra balancing is a powerful practice that you can use to manifest your true desires. This is a practice that has been passed down for many years.

Yogis refer to the energy that flows through us as prana.  There’s a way you can learn to use this energy for chakra balancing.

 It’s a practice that empowers people to heal from past traumas and wake up their spiritual essence.

So, what is chakra balancing and how does it work?

Chakras are the main energy terminals of our bodies. And they’re connected by channels called meridians.

Acupuncturists use the meridian system to unblock stagnant energy. And just as energy can be blocked along our meridians, they can also be blocked in our chakras.

Did you know that any one of your chakras can become imbalanced if there is too much or too little energy flow?

Chakra balancing is a way to cleanse and rebalance your seven chakras.

Why balance the chakras? Because balancing the energy system can have a profound effect on the body, mind, and spirit.

This holistic energy system affects all that we do, from the way our physical body feels to the emotional energy we carry.

 To learn about chakra balancing and the holistic system behind our mind, body, and spirit, the book  "The Ultimate Guide to Chakras" is an EXCELLENT read!!! 

So, what limitations do you experience? And what strategies do you use to overcome them? 

Ive created a video to help heal and balance your Chakras!  Find a quiet place where you can relax and enjoy the soothing music.  As you watch the colors of the chakras on the screen, imagine the complete healing and balancing of each Chakra!  As always if you'd like more videos, "Like" "Share" and "Subscribe" to my YouTube channel "The Gypsy Homestead"  Enjoy! 

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Thursday April 29, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for April 29, 2021:
Don't let worry consume you! Bring on the happy! The Cosmos is pushing for a bit of gusto from you today. But, in true Sagittarian Moon form, the more you go with the flow and work from your sense of joy, the better things will be. Take some deep breaths and let go of all the junk and clutter clogging up your sense of humor. Put on some Lapis Lazuli and Patchouli or Ylang Ylang and let the vibes increase your confidence. Your intuition will get a big boost, too. Being productive just got a bit easier, if you follow today's astro advice. Later tonight, Neptune will sprinkle some fantasy glitter around and that could lead to fantastic ideas, good vibes, or prophetic dreams.
Up for some socializing? This Moon promotes long conversations or walks in nature as a means of healing. After the intensity of the recent Full Moon you may be looking to recalibrate your own thoughts about just about anything. That's okay. It's time to release and make room for the higher vibrations in your life. Reports that our planet Earth is into the 4th dimension are more prevalent. That's the land where allowing others their truth, love without strings, and non judgement dwell. So, you can see where being in the flow comes in. Enjoy the day. The Moon will get serious tomorrow when she enters Capricorn. Ambition will stay around for Friday and Saturday when the Moon's in Earth ruled Capricorn joining transiting Sun in Taurus and Mars in Cancer.
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com or click the "Gypsy" at the top right hand corner of this page!
 
 
 

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Texas Sheetcake Cookies!!!

Texas Sheetcake Cookies!!!!! 

Here is a great recipe for you to try this weekend.

Texas Sheet Cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cookie
• 1 box chocolate cake mix
• 2 eggs {whisked}
• 1/3 cup oil
Frosting
• 1/2 cup butter
• 2 tbsp cocoa
• 3 tbsp milk
• 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.Combine cookie ingredients in large bowl and mix until completely incorporated. NOTE: Dough will be thick.
3.Using a medium sized cookie scoop {or heaping tablespoon}, scoop cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
4.Bake for 7-8 minutes, remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 4-5 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. Repeat until all of the dough is baked.
Frosting
1.Combine the first 3 frosting ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk until the mixture has melted. Remove from heat, add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.
2.Pour frosting over cookies. Use a knife or spoon to move excess frosting and be sure that each cookie is completely covered.
3.Let frosting set and serve. Keep cookies in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days 

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The Gypsy Homestead Abundance Affirmations

The Gypsy Homestead Abundance Affirmations......

Manifesting abundance can sound like a tall order at first, but the truth is that it really doesn’t have to be that difficult! While it’s great if you can read and understand the science behind the law of attraction,  you can quickly and easily boost your vibration (and thus your manifestation potential) just by connecting with certain simple tips that help you reshape your perspective.

If you want to attract more money, love, success or whatever it is you crave..... You can read about these Law Of Attraction tips and advice in the book "The Law of Attraction: The Basic Teachings of Abraham" by Hay House Inc.  and think about how you can incorporate it into your way of being.  Another idea is to use Monthly planners-journals, etc to attract the ideas into reality!

The Following video is a short meditation you can use to focus on this very subject!   Affirmations are a great way to give your mind permission to allow what you are seeking to become reality.  Be sure to "like" "share" and "subscribe" to my YouTube channel The Gypsy Homestead  for this and more weekly videos!  Namaste'

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Low Carb Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Shots!

Low Carb Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Shots

These are SOOOO GOOOOOOD!!!!! If you are trying to watch your carbs, yet the sweet tooth monster has bitten you, THESE ARE THE ANSWER!!!   Just the right amount of sweet to satisfy the craving, yet still keep you on program! 

Enjoy ~~~~~~~

What I love most is the no bake part. No, I think I love the taste the most. You try it and decide. Now I did use a couple of specialty products here. One reason is that I simply don't have tons of time in the kitchen these days. So you can make some substitutions, or you can make sure you have these two products on hand.

1. Walden Farms Caramel Dip. You could make your own, but that can be a tad complicated. This works. It is super sweet to me, so I cut back on the sweetener in the cheesecake portion.

2. Gingerbread flavored sugar free syrup. Mine happens to be Jordan's Skinny Syrups. You can use any brand you can find--Da Vinci for example. It doesn't have to be gingerbread flavor, but that certainly was nice. It makes the almonds taste like a crunched up cookie.

These are dessert shots. Very rich and no big portions. Just enough to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Shots
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 tbsp
erythritol blend
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 tbsp
almond meal
1 tbsp sugarfree Gingerbread syrup
4 tbsp Walden Farms Caramel Dip
pinch Kosher salt

Combine cream cheese and pumpkin puree. Stir in erythritol blend and pumpkin pie spice. Mix with hand blender until smooth. In a small bowl, combine almond meal and gingerbread syrup. Spread onto a cookie sheet and toast for about 5 minutes until browned and lightly crisp. (I used my toaster oven at about 350.)

Divide the almond crumbs among the bottoms of 4 small dessert cups or shot glasses. If using narrow shot glasses, transfer the pumpkin cheesecake mixture into a sandwich bag. Snip the end and fill the glasses half way with the cheesecake. Spoon about 1 1/2 tsp of caramel sauce over the cheesecake. Use the remaining cheesecake mixture to fill the glasses, reserving enough for a decorative dollop for each. Top with additional caramel dip and sprinkle with a very tiny pinch of kosher salt. Add the decorative dollop of pumpkin mixture. Chill and serve. Use some adorable
shot glasses for visual appeal!!! 

Serves 4:     110 calories   4 net carbs    9 g fat

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Wednesday April 28, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for April 28, 2021:
Confidence versus opinion. The Moon moves into Sagittarius today at 8:42 am and creates a release valve for all of the fixed energies of Taurus, Aquarius, and Scorpio. All that fixed energy can heighten your natural stubbornness and cause some unreasonable responses to others or situations. The energetic hangover from the Scorpio Full Moon plays into its negative vibes - allowing us to take comments or actions the wrong way. So, gather up your genuine confidence and work from a place of love and your higher vibrations. As the day goes on we can begin to see the humor in things. Choose your words carefully. Check the situation out before adding your opinion.
Moon in Sagittarius loves learning new things. As she moves through this sign you may pick up new information that will change your opinion about things. This Moon loves romance that goes places. The more fun you can create the more memorable the time can be. It also gives rise to being a messenger for the light of Source. Turquoise will promote gentle honesty - a thing that both fixed signs and Sagittarius Moon can have difficulty delivering. Lapis Lazuli promotes confidence while also boosting psychic gifts. Sandalwood will smooth out the rough energetic edges. The energies are a bit overbearing, but you know how to navigate through them. Just listen to your intuition. Mercury in Taurus energies promote a "my way or the highway" vibe. Try to be flexible when working with others.
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com or by clicking the "Gypsy" at the top right corner of this page or my Etsy page at www.Etsy.com/shop/TheGypsyHomestead

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Low Carb Baked Salsa Chicken!!!

Delicious Low Carb Baked Salsa Chicken!!!  

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Baked Salsa Chicken

This baked salsa chicken is so easy, but it comes out juicy and bursting with flavor thanks to the salsa!

A close up of a plate of food with a slice of pizza, with Chicken and Salsa

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts, about 6 ounces each
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 c Salsa
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness.
  3. Season the chicken with the garlic salt, chili powder, and cumin.
  4. Pour ½ cup of salsa in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish and spread to coat the bottom.
  5. Place the chicken on top of the salsa. Pour the remaining salsa over the top of the chicken.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees. 
  7. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the top of the chicken with the cheese. Return to the oven for 3-4 minutes to melt the cheese.
  8. Sprinkle with cilantro before serving.

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Monday April 26, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for April 26, 2021:
Into the mystic.... This Full Moon in Scorpio can bring in messages and truths that shake up the status quo. Or, at least, the ones you may have intuitively known about, but were ignoring. It's time to let the Cosmos flow through and around you today. Because you really don't have the power to hold back the cosmic forces of change. The Moon enters the sign of the Scorpion at 9:18 am (PDT/USA + 8hrs UK). Then, the mood will become more somber and cause you to be intent on tuning into mysteries and looking for clues. Take a deep breath once in a while today. Remember to flow with the energies rather than resist them. Feel your soul from your head to your toes and give yourself gratitude for being uniquely you.
Since the Sun and Moon are in a direct opposition to each other you can feel like you are one person one moment and another version the next. This will pass by Wednesday. Use the vibes to open doorways through meditation, healing music, connecting with another, or divination with Tarot or other means. Here's a test of your level of awakening: Can you be the detached observer when dealing with others? Can you respond without anger or revenge? You know the answer. We are in a wave of massive change. Wear Onyx, Shungite, or Obsidian as a shield today. Palo Santo will keep the vibes holy and protective. If you love magic and all things mystical this will be a fabulous day. There's no need to be afraid. The Full Moon occurs at 8:22 pm PDT. Scorpio's ruler - Pluto - goes retrograde on Tuesday. The next six months will be a time of transformative review and rebuilding most assuredly on a larger scale. We're creating a better world!
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com or click the "Gypsy" at the top right corner of this page!

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Cookie Dough Bars!!!

Cookie Dough Bars!!!! 

If you’re looking for a recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth, then this is the perfect one! Full of M&M’s, chocolate, and egg-free cookie dough, these bars combine all the best sweet treats into one delicious dessert! For more recipes follow me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheGypsyHomestead or join the group at www.Facebook.com/groups/thegypsyhomestead

Cookie Dough Bars

 
These Cookie Dough Bars are a no-bake egg free recipe that you can easily share or eat them all yourself! Full of M&M's and goodness, everyone will love them!
 
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 21 minutes
 
Servings: 16
 
Calories: 470kcal

Ingredients

Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour baked at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes (please see notes about baking the flour before using it in the recipe)
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup minature chocolate chips
  • 1 cup minature M&M's
  • cooking spray

Topping

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 3/4 cup minature M&M's

Instructions

  • Line an 8 x 8 baking dish, with straight sides, with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the butter and brown sugar. Beat with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and continue to beat for an additional minute.
  • Add flour and sweetened condensed milk, alternating between the two while mixing, on the low speed setting. Beat together until combined and a soft dough forms.
  • Using a spatula fold in the chocolate chips and M&M's into the dough.
  • Spread the dough out in an even layer in the 8 x 8 prepared baking dish.
  • Put the bars in the freeze for 30 minutes while making the chocolate topping.
  • In a small mixing bowl add the butter and chocolate chips. Place the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Place back in the microwave and repeat steps until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Remove the bars from the freezer and pour the melted chocolate evenly over the top of the cookie dough. Sprinkle additional M&M’s over the top of the chocolate and gently press them down into the melted chocolate.
  • Place the cookie dough bars in the refrigerator and chill for 2 to 3 hours, or until ready to serve.

Notes

It’s very important to cook the flour before mixing it into the recipe. Flour should not be eaten raw, so spread it out on a large baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 5 minutes to kill any bacteria.
 
You can use refrigerated cookie dough to make these if you prefer, but make sure to look for the “Safe to Eat Raw” labels. Pillsbury has refrigerated cookie dough that you can eat raw because the flour is cooked and the eggs are pasteurized. If you are using dry cookie dough mixtures, be sure to cook the flour for at least 5 minutes before mixing in the wet ingredients. Remove any chocolate chips though so they don’t melt when cooking the flour.
 
Turn this recipe into a holiday treat by adding green and red M&M’s for Christmas. If you can find red, white, and blue M&M’s, serve this up for 4th of July. Even pastel M&M’s would be a perfect Easter treat!

Nutrition

Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 2mg

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Sunday April 25, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for April 25, 2021:
The Moon in Libra brings up the bumps and bruises in relationships today. It's not that things are going to get worse. It's just time to find a new balance in the energetic structure of the relationship. We are moving rapidly away from a mentality that promotes victim/savior interactions to mindful responsibility for both partners. Know when to support and when to step back. This is a way to emit your own frequency. The cosmic message of owning and watching your thoughts applies here. It's a good day to be a detached observer. Choose beauty over drama.
The Moon is getting ready to manifest her fullest point in Scorpio tomorrow (USA). Although Onyx seems a bit heavy for the airy vibes of Libra, it can infuse increased self confidence if you end up in an uncomfortable discussion today. Turquoise will help balance out discordant energies. Rose Quartz will keep the vibes high and positive. You may wish to use Palo Santo to draw in tranquility. Turn off the distractions tonight and prepare to celebrate the Full Moon in Scorpio. Feel the vibes. It's one of the most mystical moons of the year! The Full Moon in Scorpio occurs at 8:32 pm (PDT/USA + 8 hrs UK) on Monday/Tuesday the 26th/27th. You may already be sensing its power.
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com or click the "Gypsy" at the top right corner of this page.

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Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Zucchini!!!

Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Zucchini!

Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Zucchini is a fantastic one pan meal that the family will love! The chicken is so tender and breaded with an amazing parmesan garlic crust and the zucchini is sautéed in a delicious buttery parmesan garlic!  For this and more recipes, follow me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheGypsyHomestead or join the group at www.Facebook.com/groups/TheGypsyHomestead

Crispy Parmesean Garlic Chicken with Zucchini:

 

Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Zucchini is a fantastic one pan meal that the family will love! The chicken is so tender and breaded with an amazing parmesan garlic crust and the zucchini is sautéed in a delicious buttery parmesan garlic!
 
 
 
PREP TIME5 mins
COOK TIME20 mins
 
 
 
 
 
SERVINGS4 Servings
CALORIES418 kcal

INGREDIENTS

 
  
  • 2 Chicken Breasts sliced in half, or 4 thin chicken breasts
  • 8 Tablespoons butter divided
  • ½ cup Italian Bread Crumbs
  • ½ cup plus 1 Tablespoon grated parmesan divided
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 medium zucchini sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced

INSTRUCTIONS

 
 
  • In a large skillet over medium heat melt 2 Tablespoons butter. To make the chicken: Melt remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a shallow dish. In another shallow dish combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, and flour. Dip the chicken in the butter and then coat in the bread crumb mixture and place in skillet.
  • Cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes until the outside is crispy and the chicken is cooked throughout. Set aside on plate.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons of butter back to the skillet and saute' the minced garlic for a minute. Add the zucchini to the skillet and saute' until tender. Salt and pepper to taste and add some 1 Tablespoon parmesan. Add the chicken back to the skillet and heat for a minute or so. Serve immediately.

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Saturday April 24, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for April 24, 2021:
The Moon enters Libra at 9:06 am (PDT/USA + 8 hrs UK). While here, she embodies the ideals of beauty and love. Taurus - ruled by Venus - does very much the same. Although the vibes are wonky you can utilize them to make your space more beautiful or comfortable. Want to do something different? Go for it if your intuition agrees.
Moon Libra would rather see everyone get along and dwell in harmony. Wear or use Jade to promote tolerance and teamwork. Rose Quartz and Rose will help keep the vibes mellow and heart centered. Do the day your way and be kind to loved ones. Rise above or move away from chaos or drama of others. There's a Scorpio Full Moon on Monday night (USA). You may be feeling the energies as a need for answers or having people show they are loyal to you.
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com or by clicking the "Gypsy" at the top right hand corner of this page.

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How to Ground Yourself Properly

Have you ever heard of "Grounding" or "Earthing"?   

Grounding, also called earthing, is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth.  This practice relies on earthing science and grounding physics to explain how electrical chargesTrusted Source from the earth can have positive effects on your body.  The benefits of grounding are amazing and so beneficial! 

How do you ground???  

Some Techniques used to ground are :

*Putting your bare feet onto the earth/ground     *Using grounding stones/crystals

*Using grounding essential oils        *Using grounding tones/sounds   *Eating grounding foods

*Taking a Sea Salt/Himalayan Salt/Hawaiian Salt bath   *Sleeping or setting on a grounding mat  (click the colored lists for products)

There are so many benefits to grounding that bring your body's natural balance back into focus.  This video explains grounding/earthing and it's beneficial techniques. 

Why use grounding????    

  • Chronic fatigue. In one study,  massage therapists,  reported a decrease in their fatigue levels after four weeks of treatment with grounding mats.
  • Chronic pain.   Grounding for exercise recovery found that those who used grounding patches reported lower pain levels. Trusted Souon grounding for exercise recovery found that those who used grounding patches reported lower pain levels.
  • Anxiety and depression. In one small study it was shown that even 1 hour of grounding therapy can significantly improve mood.
  • Sleep disorders. The massage therapists also experienced an improvement in sleep length and reduce sleep disturbances with grounding therapy.
  • Cardiovascular disease. Results of one treatment study found that long-term self-administered grounding therapy helped to reduce blood pressure levels in participants with hypertension.
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Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry

Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry!!!!  

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This Garlic Shrimp Stir Fry is one of the easiest meals that is packed with so many delicious veggies and shrimp. Glazed in the most amazing garlic sauce, this will become an instant favorite!
 
 
 
PREP TIME5 mins
COOK TIME10 mins
TOTAL TIME15 mins
 
 
 
COURSEDinner, Main Course
CUISINEAsian American
 
 
SERVINGS4
CALORIES192 kcal

INGREDIENTS

 
  
  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 pound Large Shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper sliced
  • 1/2 cup Carrots shredded
  • ¾ cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 2 cups Broccoli Florets Fresh
  • 1 cup Sugar Snap Peas
  • Slice Green Onion for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

 
 
  • In a small bowl whisk together the soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, and sesame oil. In a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat add the shrimp, peppers, and carrots and pour the sauce on top. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until shrimp is pink.
  • Whisk the chicken broth and cornstarch in a small bowl and add it to the skillet with the broccoli and sugar snap peas. Stir until incorporated and then cover and cook 3-5 minutes or until broccoli is tender and the sauce has thickened. Serve with chopped green onions and serve over rice if desired.

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Friday April 23, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for April 23, 2021:
Think of it this way, as long as you're on the planet, every day is Earth Day! Especially when the Sun and Moon are in Earth signs. Moon in Virgo makes some positive connections that bring the gifts of Mama Earth into a sharp perspective. Enjoy what nature brings to you today. You'll have some help from Mars since he moves into nurturing Cancer at 4:49 am (PDT/USA + 8 hrs UK). Plants, gardening, organic foods, and getting out in nature will be wildly appealing this weekend. If possible, do some earthing to draw fresh vibrations into your body and aura.
Moon in Virgo would prefer that you get important tasks done before you venture out. However, just be sure to build in some time to go have fun with loved ones. To connect with these earthy energies use Eucalyptus or Rosemary to draw in the highest vibrations. They will cleanse and heal the energies in your space, too. Virgo Moon can easily make you stress out. Lapis Lazuli will open up awareness and wisdom. It will also encourage you to trust yourself. Pure Amethyst will add a beautiful layer of protection. Neptune sprinkles in a little magic tonight. Creativity will be high.
Keep working towards your personal goals this weekend. Pluto will turn retrograde next week and that can slow down progress in certain ways.
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com or by clicking the "Gypsy" at the top right hand corner of this page. As always you can follow me on facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheGypsyHomestead

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Happy Earth Day 2021 from The Gypsy Homestead

Happy Earth Day 2021 from The Gypsy Homestead!  Here's a little video in Honor of Earth Day- Enjoy!   Please be sure to "Like" "Share" and "Subscribe"  to my channel to enjoy more videos!!!!  Thanks for stopping by! 

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Double Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins!!!!

Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins!!!!!  For this and more recipes, follow me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheGypsyHomestead 

These Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins aren't overly sweet, so they make a great breakfast or even double as dessert. But I am all for any excuse to have chocolate for breakfast!

 

YIELD: 20 MUFFINS

Double Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins

Double Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins - Rich, chocolate muffins with a layer of sweetened cream cheese for a light and tender breakfast or even dessert. 

PREP TIME15 minutes
COOK TIME20 minutes
TOTAL TIME35 minutes
 

Ingredients

Muffins

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Cheesecake Layer

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg

Topping

  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
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To make the Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cupcake pans with paper liners. 
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside
  3. Beat brown sugar and butter together until creamy. Add egg, vanilla and sour cream. Beat until smooth. 
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture and the milk to the butter mixer, alternating between the two.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips. Set aside

To make the Cheesecake Layer

  1. Beat cream cheese until creamy. Add sugar and beat until smooth. 
  2. Add egg and beat until fully incorporated. Do not over mix. 

To assemble

  1. Place a spoonful of the muffin batter into the bottom of each liner. Top with cheesecake layer. Top with the remaining batter. 
  2. Sprinkle the tops of each muffin with the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. 
  3. Bake for 16-18 minutes until a tester comes out mostly clean.
  4. Remove from oven and let cook for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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