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Blog posts July 2021

Chicken and Broccoli Lasagne!!!!

Chicken and Broccoli Lasagne!!! 

Chicken and Broccoli Lasagna -
° 9 lasagna noodles
° 4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into small cubes
° 12 oz. bag of frozen broccoli, thawed
° 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
° 1 c. grated parmesan cheese
° 1 small onion chopped
° 2 cloves minced garlic
° 1/4 tsp. Plus 1 T. Salt
° 1 chicken broth
° 1 1/2 m full fat milk
° 1 tsp. dried basil
° 2 t. olive oil
° 5 T. Butter
° 5 t. Flour
* Directions :
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt and noodles. Cook for 7-8 minutes until tender. Drain, drain cold water to prevent sticking, and set aside. On medium skillet, heat the oil and fry the chicken until fully cooked, add the broccoli, onion and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent. Removing from fire & set apart . In other saucepan, melt the butter & beat in flour. Cook for 1 minute, add chicken broth and milk and whisk until sauce begins to thicken. Cook until the sauce tightly coats the back of the spoon. Remove from heat and add basil, salt, Parmesan cheese and 1/4 C of mozzarella cheese. Add the chicken mixture to the sauce and mix well. Assemble them… In a lightly greased 9″ x 13 pan”, place a layer of noodles, put a good layer of the sauce mixture on top and sprinkle with a quarter of the remaining cheese. Repeat for a second layer ending with a topping of noodles, then pour any remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling. Enjoy!!!!


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The Gypsy Homestead "Sowing Seeds" for Friday July 30, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead "Sowing Seeds" for Friday July 30, 2021:
"Be quiet! Why this anxious heed about thy tangled ways?
God knows them all. He giveth speed and He allows delays.
'Tis good for thee to walk by faith and not by sight..."
"Stand firm and you will see the deliverance of the Lord." (Exodus 14:13)

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Delicious Filled Baked Donuts!!!!!

Delicious Filled Baked Donuts!!!!
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour divided, plus more for dusting*
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast quick acting, (1 packet = 7 grams)
2/3 cup warm milk 110˚F - microwave 35 sec.
4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted, divided
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup jelly or jam (no large fruit pieces)
1/3 cup granulated sugar to roll donuts
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 1/4 tsp (1 packet) instant yeast and 1/4 tsp salt.
Add warm milk, 3 Tbsp melted butter, 2 egg yolks and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, and whisk vigorously to combine well.
Cover with plastic wrap and rest at room temperature 10 minutes, until some bubbles form on the surface.
Add remaining 1 1/2 cups flour, adding just enough until dough holds together and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. Knead in the bowl 5 minutes. If dough is really sticking to your hands, dust lightly with flour then continue kneading with clean dry hands. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a 100˚F oven for 45 min or at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375˚F with rack in the center of the oven.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll the dough out to just under 1/2” thick. Cut circles using a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter. Re-roll scraps if needed to make 12 donuts total. Place donuts on prepared baking sheet, cover with a tea towel and let rise in a 100˚F oven for 20 min or at room temperature 45 min, or until puffed. Bake uncovered in the center of a preheated oven at 375˚F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden on top.
Right out of the oven, brush a hot bun all over with remaining 1 Tbsp melted butter and roll in a bowl of sugar to coat lightly with sugar. Cut a deep slit in the side of each donut and pipe jam with a pastry bag into each one. Enjoy!!!!

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

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for July 29, 2021:
Cutting through the BS. The Moon travels in Aries for the day, and coupled with the Leo Sun, is clearing out the excuses that hold us back. If you're having to convince yourself to stay in a situation it's time to look at alternatives. That goes for most areas of your life. Jupiter and Mars oppose each other, but opportunities for advancement or new avenues of abundance can appear. Be aware of new information or messages that will point you in a better direction. Your heart and soul need to be a part of any decisions you make. On a larger scale, the cosmic vibes are working to wake up the world to coming events that will ultimately usher in better times.
Social situations can be fun, but watch for flaring tempers or sudden bursts of anger. Moon in Aries doesn't always do a good job of being mellow. Events or situations that occurred during the first part of the year can come back around for review. Volatile situations can be rekindled. Stay in your core of truth and do not be swayed by old beliefs. Use Bronzite for protection if you're going to be in crowds. Luckily, Mars will enter Virgo tonight (USA). That will take some of the volatility out of the energies for tomorrow. We are about ten days away from the Lion's Gate - 8-8 - portal opening. You may be already feeling anxiety or unsure of what's going on. Be kind to yourself and loved ones. Turn off distractions and build in some quiet time from now until then.

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

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for July 28, 2021:
New. Phoenix like transformational energies are here now that the Moon is traveling through Aries. That gives us three planets, along with Sun and Mars in the element of fire. They collectively say life's too short to wait. Get out there and create the life you want. Action is the code word, today. Anything holding you back? Ah, there's where you need to focus on change. Jupiter moves back into Aquarius today. New. Innovation. Got it? Again, be aware of the changes going on and work to connect with them in a positive way. People are more apt to be friendly and helpful today. Yay!
Moon in Aries tends to jump first and then refine the details later. Seek a big balance between that and not jumping at all. As long as love stays exciting this Moon wants to play. The second the game - be it intellectual or love challenges - is over most will either lose interest or get pouty about it. Stay out of power struggles today and tomorrow. They just aren't worth it and the result won't be what you want anyway. To blend with the vibes use Cinnamon and Sunstone. If you need to cool down emotions use Sage and Green or Blue Jade. Azurite calls in spiritual guides. It's a great time to socialize and go places. Reminder: This week kicks off a round of cosmic energetic shifts. Mercury is now in Leo. Jupiter goes back into Aquarius today and Mars enters Virgo on Thursday. Stay focused!

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Tuesday July 27, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for July 27, 2021:
Sovereignty over your thoughts. The first energy change of the week occurs when Mercury moves into Leo today. Be very authentic in your communications over the next few weeks. Entertaining will come to the forefront. It's a much more pleasant day with the Moon in harmony with Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Use the energies to come into alignment with your core. Psychic impressions are very common under this moon. Follow up on hunches. Whatever you focus on with pure intent can manifest. Make sure your thoughts align with your heart.
Kindness is a superpower when the Sun travels in Leo. Feel the sunshine at the soul level by honoring yourself, but also the needs of others. Small acts of love can create healing. Use Amber, Citrine, or Sunstone to support your own vibes. They will increase positivity and fun. Citrus scents will open up the energies today. Or, if you need a calmer space use Lavender. It's a good night to turn off the noise and distractions and just be. Overnight, the Moon will enter Aries and the energies will increase, again.
Visioning your future and what you want for the world is a positive use of both the Sun and Mercury in Leo vibes. Mars is spending his last days in Leo this week. Push plans forward where you can.

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

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for July 23, 2021:
Moon magic. The Moon travels through business minded Capricorn for most of the day. At 5:12 pm (PDT/USA + 8 hrs UK) the Moon moves into Aquarius and shakes up the reverie of the last two days. The Full Moon occurs at 7:37 pm. Embrace the wake up call! With the Sun now in Leo leave fear behind and work your magic through positive thoughts and joy. Magnify the Moon's light this way. You may want to capture some of the good vibes by putting out quart jars of water. If anything, it's a marvelous night for a moondance. Celebrate! There are some interesting energies about from today until the 28th. Be aware of what is going on around you.
Moon in Aquarius is able to give without attachment. It can seem as if you need to hold yourself separate from others. And, so, this is a lesson of this Full Moon. Give without attaching certain outcomes as proof of success or love. Can you do it? The stronger you are in your conviction the less approval you'll need. However you choose to work with today's energies keep a happy heart as your shield. Moonstones, Apophilite, or Aquamarine are good suggestions for this Full Moon. Titanium Quartz will have a positive affect on the mind, body, and soul now. Use Mugwort to call in messages from the unseen. See this as a magical time! The energies are a bit quirky for the weekend. Go ahead. Try something new or have an adventure in your neighborhood.

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Tuesday July 20, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for July 20, 2021:
Sun in Cancer means well, but often we pick up on the insecure vibes it can send out. The Moon in Sagittarius, however, thinks in terms of the more the merrier. Listen to the Moon's vibes today and have fun. Create some mirth and go with your heart's desires. Indulging in a dessert or something that feels comfy are great ways to reward yourself for getting through a cosmically trying month. Grab Sunstone or Turquoise to boost your vibes and have a great day. Burn some Sandalwood to keep the vibes happy. Work issues can be ironed out and tasks can be completed by being inventive and open to new ideas. Business endeavors can go well.
Moon in Sagittarius loves intellectual conversations, especially if they are about spiritual theories, immortal omni or multidimensionality, or even the coolest vacation spots. It is working with both Venus and Mars in Leo today. That means spontaneous, good natured flirts or social gatherings can pop up. So, find your inner butterfly and have fun no matter where you are. With the Sun moving to Leo on Thursday and the Full Moon in Aquarius on Friday, it's time to think about the really big picture of life. Can you see a new horizon? Cosmic forces are easing up as a T square in the planetary alignments give way this week. Stay positive and be an observer of what's going on around you. You may feel the energies start to lighten up.

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Monday July 19, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for July 19, 2021:
The morning hours (USA) find us still deep in contemplation as the Moon in Scorpio travels through her Void of Course phase. Because of this, finish up projects rather than start new ones. You may not feel like moving very fast until the Moon enters Sagittarius at 2:08 pm (PDT/USA + 8 hrs UK). The general mood will slowly improve and we'll see that there's light at the end of the tunnel. Whatever that means to you. Hopefully, you've had time to reconnect with your higher self and have healed some bruises. Once the Sun goes into Leo on Thursday the vibes will be focused outward. Connecting with others will seem comfortable again.
There are cosmic pushes lined up this week that are meant to wake up your passion for balance, growth, and renewal. When the Moon travels in Sagittarius we are reminded that we are connected - there's that word again - to larger forces. Spiritual matters come to the forefront. We may find that people or structures we have become used to in the outer world are gone or changed. Karma , as a force for transformation, is in play this week. Use the energies to heighten your awareness. Check your anxiety level - Sun in Cancer can promote fear - and use crystals as tools to help you. Bronzite can act as a shield against negative forces. Lapis Lazuli will keep psychic channels open. Use Mugwort or Lemon Grass for clarity. Of course, Lavender will promote peace and wellbeing. It's a big week. Believe in yourself and loved ones!

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Thursday July 15, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for July 15, 2021:
Cross purposes. The Moon moves into Libra and that prompts us to be more open and cooperative. But, the Sun is still in shy Cancer. So, which vibes do you respond to? Cancerian energies can be fraught with security issues and fears. The Libra Moon is more upbeat and luck oriented. It's your choice, but why not choose to be optimistic? Joy is healing and now that Chiron - the wounded healer energy - is going retrograde we'll have five months to heal the body, mind, and soul. Take a few deep breaths and set your intentions.
Moon in Libra is all about teamwork and relationships. Work can be completed successfully when everyone is on the same page. Listen as well as speak. Take time to consider all options before settling on an option. The Cosmos has some discordant energies, but it's okay to lighten up and choose to have fun. Art and beauty are highlighted. Try some Bumblebee Jasper. It tends to alleviate negative energy while being a good tool for grounding your energies. The scent of Juniper will vibe with the current Moon. Today, think in terms of increasing all types of abundance. You've got this! The Solar Winds are increasing and that can cause irritability, restlessness, and sleep issues.

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Wednesday July 14, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for July 14, 2021:
Intentions. The Moon remains in Virgo for the day and delivers up a lot of positive energy. The Cancerian Sun takes full advantage of this and sends out waves of good vibes. Harness them by doing good deeds and being helpful to those that need some light. The great thing about these vibes is that they're grounded and practical. They won't have you doing anything that's too out of your comfort zone. Just be you and let your good heart shine. You may find that you'll want to go the extra mile with meals and cooking, however. So be it! Show off your skills!
Moon in Virgo often points out health issues, so pay attention to your diet or any messages from your intuition about what you need to do to stay healthy. You may have great ideas pop up at work, but others may not be in the mood to listen today. You can introduce them tomorrow, though, since the Moon will be in teamwork oriented Libra. Watch out for nervous tension or self defeating messages - a negative trait of the Virgo Moon. You are desirable, smart, and capable. Tonight is great for planning an adventure and searching out the details. Make it a beautiful day! Blue Calcite and Frankincense will work well with the day's energies. If you feel that you need more protection from the outer vibes use Bronzite or Shungite. Yes, the world is still in the process of changing. Send out good vibes for the best possible outcomes. Ask your own intuition what scent or herbs will work best for you today. Hmmm, maybe some Mugwort.

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Tuesday July 13, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for July 13, 2021:
The desire to give. The Moon moves into Virgo this morning (USA) and slows down the fiery fun. Romance is still highlighted, but now we sense we need a practical twist to our relationships. Do you or your partner have a generous side? If not, is it possible to nuture one into existence? Give and take with an eye on service becomes an attractive attribute. A random act of kindness can turn into a boost of confidence or at least some heartfelt joy. Moon in Virgo works best with specific goals in mind. Make a list and then work through it. It will give structure to your day.
Anxiety can come up from the depths of the psyche as both Sun in Cancer and the Virgo Moon tend to recall moments of inadequacy or when you didn't feel very supported. Let those thoughts go and work from who you are now. After all the discordant energies this day will seem more gentle and even more like Summer is finally here. Keep all the distractions to a minimum to decrease nervous tension or stomach issues. Work with Blue Calcite to create a balanced flow of energies within and without. It also helps to strengthen and balance the emotions. Frankincense or Chamomile will lighten the vibes and add a healing component to your space. Have a beautiful day! Do projects that require you to work with others, today. Tomorrow's vibes are less amenable and it could be more difficult to come to consensus.

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Thursday July 8, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for July 8, 2021:
Moonstones and old lace. Emotions come to the forefront now that the Moon is traveling through Cancer. The cosmic vibes are pointing towards looking inside and releasing any old soul bruises that keep you from fully being yourself. There's four planets in the element of water - Sun, Mercury, and Moon in Cancer, and Jupiter in Pisces - that are creating an overload of sensitivity. If you feel like staying home, do it. Where else can you feel really safe while old stories and needs come wafting back through your memory? Mom or the memories of childhood can dominate your thoughts. On a more pragmatic level, home projects and revamping your space can turn out to be spectacular.
So, how do you wade through the waves of emotions and memories? Let them flow. Bottling them up will only cause anxiety and eventual illness. See yourself as courageous for getting this far in your journey despite the mistakes and obstacles. Most of all, love your own soul. Be you. Missing pieces, unfulfilled dreams, dents, baggage, and all. When you're genuine the truly important ones in your in your life see your light. Moonstones will help your psychic abilities flow, while Rhodonite will help raise your self worth. A little Lavender will smooth out the rough spots. Let tomorrow's New Moon be magical. Now is not the time to push agendas or talk to others a whole lot. Just be. Observe. Let your heartlight shine.

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Heal Yourself

“Heal yourself with the light of the sun and the rays of the moon. With the sound of the river and the waterfall. With the swaying of the sea and the fluttering of birds. Heal yourself with mint, neem, and eucalyptus. Sweeten with lavender, rosemary, and chamomile. Hug yourself with the cocoa bean and a hint of cinnamon. Put love in tea instead of sugar and drink it looking at the stars. Heal yourself with the kisses that the wind gives you and the hugs of the rain. Stand strong with your bare feet on the ground and with everything that comes from it. Be smarter every day by listening to your intuition, looking at the world with your forehead. Jump, dance, sing, so that you live happier. Heal yourself, with beautiful love, and always are the medicine.”
María Sabina a Mexican healer and poet.
Artist Jane Ray.

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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Wednesday July 7, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for July 7, 2021:
The inner critic sticks around today. Moon in Gemini just doesn't want to be quiet. Questioning everything. Talking about things that won't change no matter how much it's discussed. Shhhh - is the operative word for the day. Tell your brain to slow down. Check out Mother Nature. Really look at the magic around you. Then, let its energy heal you. Pay deliberate attention to tasks that are ready to be finished up. There's an extra boost of energy from Mars to help you. If you are looking for a change use the vibes to explore other options. New projects will be more successful if you wait until next week to start them.
Monitor your words, especially when talking to loved ones. The potential for misunderstandings is high tonight and tomorrow. You could find it difficult to back up your words. Nervous tension can derail clear thinking. Clear Quartz can be used as a channel that helps you stay focused. Give yourself time to unwind tonight. We're heading into the Cancerian New Moon phase. Healing and nurturing will be highlighted with this one. As we go through changes this year it is wise to heal as you go along. The energies are a mixed bag for the rest of the week. Work with the ones that resonate with you. Engaging in detached observation will help you know when to step in and assist others. Sometimes Cancerian energy can be shy and evasive.

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