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The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Tuesday May 11, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for May 11, 2021:
Today's New Moon in Taurus brings in the opportunity to attune with Spirit. With Spirit or Source as your constant guide you tend to discern first and act second - giving the Divine a say in your journey. Wisdom is highlighted by today's date and is in alignment with the Taurean New Moon message of growth through slow and methodical planning. Embrace who you are - the great parts and the wonky ones. Permission of the Cosmic kind is granted to go slow, think things through, and be at peace today. There's no fire energy to stir things up so smell the roses and take time to savor what's in your day.
The trick to navigating Moon in Taurus is to release any notions of controlling or engineering how things should go in your personal life. Creating through your intuition and heart generated power is far more productive than just using your intellect. The throat is always vulnerable under this Moon. Be sure to drink water today. Singing often helps clear up any irritations. Of course, it's a Rose Quartz and Rose scent kind of day. The New Moon occurs at 12:00 pm (PDT/USA + 8 hrs UK). Beginning new projects today will bring successful outcomes. Once Jupiter enters Pisces on Thursday (USA) barriers can be navigated more easily.
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Monday May 10, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for May 10, 2021:
Slow down. It's a double Taurus day with both the Sun and Moon in this sign. Feel the feels and enjoy the sensations of really enjoying your journey. Food deserves to be tasted and savored under this cosmic influence. You may need to work at a snail's pace, but that's okay. Do not let the drama of others make you think you're not doing enough. You are. You are important. Always. It's better to be accurate and satisfied with what you're producing. Music can hold special healing powers today. Let yourself connect with what brings joy - genuine joy - to your heart.
Moon in Taurus insists that you look after your needs, be it chocolate, sleep, shoes, or a new mattress. This Moon says enough when it comes to ignoring your needs. Comfort is necessary for well being. Tomorrow's Taurean New Moon asks that you speak up for yourself when it's called for. Tiger's Eye or Rubies will stabilize abundance and draw in a passion for improving your financial situation. Gardenia or Jasmine will draw in the higher, heart oriented vibes. Tonight, listen to healing music or meditate a little longer. You may get a profound message or two that will be meant just for you. Jupiter is getting ready to move into dream maker Pisces on Thursday. Then, it will be time to expand your horizons to meet your desires. As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for for May 8, 2021:
PAR-TAY! Venus is gearing up to move into Gemini at 7:01 pm (PDT/USA + 8 hrs UK). Socializing is high on today's cosmic agenda. Downside? Playing way beyond your limits. Balance will be a necessity if you don't want to be totally trashed on Sunday. Have fun and catch the waves of exuberance. Remember that personal magnetism is your super power.
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com

Best Ever Ambrosia Salad!!!

Best Ever Ambrosia Salad!!!! 

Best Ever Ambrosia Salad

 
Ambrosia Salad is filled with mandarin oranges, pineapple, maraschino cherries, coconut, and marshmallows and mixed in a fluffy cool whip! This is a potluck classic!
 
 
 
PREP TIME10 mins
COOK TIME0 mins
 
 
 
COURSESide Dish
CUISINEAmerican
 
 
SERVINGS6 people
CALORIES374 kcal

INGREDIENTS

 
  
  • 8 ounce cool whip thawed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 (15 ounce can mandarin oranges drained)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 3/4 cup maraschino cherries without stems, sliced in half
  • 3 cup marshmallows I like using the multi-colored flavored marshmallows
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup pecans chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

 
 
  • In a large mixing bowl add thawed cool whip and sour cream and stir until combined. Add in the mandarin oranges, pineapple, cherries, marshmallows, coconut and pecans.
  • Stir until combined and chill salad for at least 1 hour or overnight.

THE BEST Stripped Down Version of "Gypsy" by Stevie Nicks!!!!!

Stevie Nicks- need I say more?  There aren't enough words to possibly describe how talented and amazing this exquisite soul is!!!!! The meaning behind this song is so very special.  As the years pass by, the song becomes more and more dear as is touches so many people in such a personal way.  "Lightning Strikes, Maybe Once, Maybe Twice" - ingenious!!!!!   I am personally a huge fan and literally cannot get enough of Stevie's musical talent....this version of the song brought tears to my eyes and will forever hold a place in my heart! 

From Rolling Stone:

The song Gypsy isn't a real happy story. Gypsy is a lot about returning to San Francisco. And Gypsy was written when my best friend [Robin] died of Leukemia and uh ...about the fact that she wasn't going to see the rest of this: I still see your bright eyes, it was like she wasn't ...going to make it. And uh, I was like the lone gypsy ~ this was my best friend from when I was 15 and so I was a solo gypsy all of a sudden and it was very sad for me and that's sometimes when I write my very best songs.
Robin had been on the road with Fleetwood Mac for five years. As my speech therapist and also management, an incredibly efficient helper. I still miss your bright eyes ~ that's why we don't do it on stage ~ it's because it's really too hard for me to sing. Lightening strikes maybe once, maybe twice... that means one time in your life you find a very good friend, and maybe if you're incredibly lucky, you might find a second. It all comes down to you, means but you have to look very hard.
~Stevie Nicks, video interview for Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits (1988)
 
Enjoy This stripped down, just her and the piano version of "Gypsy" its bound to bring a bit of Magick to your life!

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Friday May 7, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for May 7, 2021:
Playing the field. The Moon enters Aries at 4:52 am. That is going to rev the energies up and set some things on fire. Mainly, your thoughts and emotions are about to get a boost of youthful optimism. Who says you gotta play by the rules? Certainly not Moon in Aries or Mercury in Gemini. Better yet, love goddess Venus will enter Gemini on Saturday and then let the games begin! Flirtations are on the cosmic menu. Are you up for it? At the very least, you may discover some new information about a subject or passion that interests you. The trick is to let things flow to you by being open and positive. Personal magnetism is your super power this weekend.
Other adventures, besides work, ask for your attention today. Moon in Aries tends to bring out aggression. Be cool. Stay cool. And...pay attention. It's okay to have fun. Just don't go overboard. Luckily Sun in Taurus will help you hold back a bit. Think outside the box when confronted with a problem or issue, as Mercury in Gemini can find solutions rather quickly. The head is always very vulnerable during an Aries Moon. Keep that in mind if you're playing sports. Be sure to get adequate sleep this weekend and tend to your obligations.
Check in with yourself often today and tomorrow. These energies can wind you up with sheer enthusiasm. Use Tiger's Eye to maintain your integrity. Red Jasper will add a sense of calm. Use Cinnamon if you want to stir things up. Frankincense will keep things calm and smooth.
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Thursday May 6, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for May 6, 2021:
Venus in Taurus snuggles up to Pluto in Capricorn making it a day when heartfelt truths can slip out. You may find a need to be more grounded in love. Or, maybe you need to love yourself more. Tell loved ones you care today. You'll be flowing with the cosmic vibes. Moon in Pisces can dissolve our usual barriers to being truthful. You may find it difficult to stay focused on tasks or conversations. There's alot going on in the Cosmos and the outer world that can pull us away from what's in front of us. So, however you spend the day, be sure to connect with your own truths. Balance your time out with peaceful meditation and deep breathing to achieve relaxation.
Give yourself a break today by using or wearing Amethyst. It will deepen your innate compassion for yourself and loved ones. Also, turn off the media or other sources of distraction. Daydreams are more suited to this lunar influence. Be at peace. Do things to make your home more comfortable. Once this day is done the energies will increase in intensity and push us to get out of routines and ruts. Remember that you are divine and larger forces are always watching over you. The Taurean New Moon arrives next Tuesday. Plans and projects that are designed to increase abundance will be cosmically highlighted. For now, continue to break free from limiting beliefs.
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Wednesday May 5, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for May 5, 2021:
Sun in Taurus and Moon in Pisces agree that today's vibes are mellow. Take time to smell the roses. What says luxury to you? Indulge yourself a bit and you'll be in tune with the energies. Be mellow because you can. Mars in Cancer will also join the peaceful lovefest. Don't be surprised if you don't get much done. The Cosmos is pushing for you to get in touch with your desires and to identify what's missing. Then, you can adjust your upcoming new moon goals accordingly. It's time to be kind to your body and listen to your intuition to improve your health, too.
The Piscean Moon can dissolve the energetic boundaries between worlds giving us glimpses into other realms. We can also experience time slips or feel subtle sensations. Alternative ways of improving your health can be very beneficial now as you'll be naturally more open to their therapeutic values.
It's a great time to work with divination tools, such as, Tarot, too. Smithsonite is a blue/green stone that promotes balanced emotions and reduces stress. Labradorite will help you find wisdom in your dealings with others. The magical scent of Lavender will bring in peaceful energies. It's okay to get a bit lost or go down a rabbit hole today.
Venus will move into Gemini on Saturday. New horizons await, even if you're in a settled relationship. New people can come into your circle that stir up the status quo.
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com

Rasberry Zinger Poke Cake!!!!

Rasberry Zinger Poke Cake!!!!!

Raspberry Zinger Poke Cake

Raspberry Zinger Poke Cake

This Raspberry Zinger Poke Cake will be the talk of every potluck, family reunion, and cookout this summer!

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
 

Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25oz.) white cake mix
  • Ingredients listed on box to prepare cake
  • 1 box (3 oz.) raspberry flavored gelatin (Jello)
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 jar (10 oz.) raspberry preserves
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 bag (7 oz.) shredded coconut
  • Instructions

  • Bake the cake according to package directions using a 9x13-in. baking pan.
  • After the cake has baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Using the handle end of a wooden spoon or a meat fork, poke cake every inch or so with the handle of wooden spoon or tines of meat fork halfway into the cake. There is no set number of holes, but you want plenty of places to fill. Mix the raspberry gelatin with 2 cups of hot water until dissolved. Pour the Jello evenly over the cake, trying to fill the holes as much as you can.
  • In a small bowl, microwave the raspberry preserves until easy to spread, about 30 seconds. Pour the preserves over the top of the cake and spread evenly. Top with Cool Whip. Sprinkle the shredded coconut over the top. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Benefits of Avacado!!!!

Fresh avocados are a nutrient-dense fruit.

Why is nutrient density relevant to immune system nutrition?

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, nutrient-dense foods are those foods that provide vitamins, minerals, and other substances that may have positive health effects, with relatively few calories.

Facts about avocado nutrition and their potential benefits:

  • The unsaturated fat in avocados can act as an immune system nutrient booster by helping increase the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and E. Avocados naturally contain 6 grams of this good fat per serving, making them a unique fruit.
  • One serving of avocado provides 6% of the Daily Value for vitamin E, which is a nutrient your body needs to keep the immune system strong against viruses and bacteria.
  • Avocados are healthy and provide a good source of copper, an essential mineral that helps keep your immune system healthy.
  • Magnesium supports a healthy immune system. One serving of avocado provides 4% of the Daily Value for magnesium.
  • One serving of avocado provides 6% of the Daily Value for vitamin B6, which is responsible for helping the body to make antibodies, which are produced by your body’s immune system when it detects harmful substances like bacteria and viruses.
  • Yay Avocados!!!! Some top health benefits of eating avocados:
    1. Avocados Stabilize Blood Sugar and Fight Metabolic Syndrome - they are low on the glycemic index; therefore, no rise in blood sugar and no fat-storing insulin release. It’s a perfect food if you are trying to burn fat and lose weight (see number 3 below). Avocados also help reduce blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.
    2. Cancer Prevention - The Journal of Nutrition and Cancer reported that avocados are a major player in cancer-fighting and study results show that its phytochemicals are as powerful as some chemotherapy! The avocados abundance of monounsaturated fat make it an effective anti-inflammatory agent.
    3. Weight Loss - While avocados get a bad rap because they are calorically dense and high in fats, they are actually a great weight-loss food. They keep blood sugar and fat-storing insulin in check (see number 1 above). This healthy fat also helps your body absorb more fat-burning vitamins and minerals.
    4. Avocados Contain Amazing Fats - Avocados contain oodles of oleic acid, which helps—among other things—lower bad cholesterol and fight cancers. Unlike saturated fats or highly processed vegetable oils, avocado oil regulates blood sugar, protects the heart as well as the brain. Avocados help to block the development of arteriosclerosis, the gunk inside your blood vessels that blocks blood flow.
    5. Healthy babies - before and after birth - One medium avocado has about a quarter of your required daily amount of folate, which is essential in making new cells by helping to produce healthy DNA and RNA. Folate helps lower the risk of birth defects in babies, as well as being important for heart health. The avocado is also a great baby food!
    6. Eye health - Avocados have lots of carotenoids and lutein, antioxidants that are both valuable for healthy eyes.
    7. Healthy skin and hair - Avocados have loads of phtytochemicals and antioxidants that fight damage from the sun and the environment by reducing inflammation and DNA damage. People who eat diets rich in antioxidants, as well as healthy fats, have healthier and less wrinkly skin. That's right... don't just smear it on your face as a beauty mask (yes!! you can do that); clean your skin from the inside too!
    Soooo…who wants an avocado??!!

 

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Tuesday May 4, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for May 4, 2021:
Jupiter in Aquarius is intent on working his way today. It's time to let go of any messages or beliefs that diminish your dreams for your future. As we increase our personal frequency we become more attuned to the now and future we are creating. The Moon remains in airy Aquarius, so thoughts and moods tend to be driven by the intellect. The Moon is waning so let go of what no longer serves your highest good. That includes material goods, tenuous relationships, old behaviors, or anything else that must go. Now that Mercury is in Gemini the mind becomes active and curious for the sake of gathering information. The downside is you'll need to adjust to the possibility that sleep will be elusive.
With the Moon and Jupiter teaming up today let your thoughts go to the outer edges of your comfort zone where abundance is concerned. You may even want to check out new rumblings about money. Have fun tossing possibilities around and see what speaks to your soul. Moon in Aquarius is the perfect time to study new ways of relating to Source or the spiritual world. There's more and more information on astral travel, timelines, dimensions, and ways of interacting with the unseen. The Moon will move into Pisces overnight. You could have prophetic dreams or sense the shifts in energies.
Using the alchemy of Quartz and Titanium - Angel Aura Quartz represents a new source for connecting with inner joy and spreading optimism. It is said that it helps you to reconnect with the endless possibilities that life gives. Use Cinnamon to bring in positive vibes. It also adds a little fire energy.
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com
 

30 Minute Guided Meditation for Chakra Realignment Therapy!

This 30 minute Guided Meditation for Chakra Realignment Therapy is brought to you by Jason Stephenson and Crystal Beach Guided Meditation.   This soothing meditation offers Spoken Guided words to assist you while in meditation to Realign your Chakras, along with Visualizations and soothing Music.  I personally love Crystal Beach Guided Meditations and use them weekly!  Enjoy! 

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for Monday May 3, 2021

The Gypsy Homestead Astro-Vibe for May 3, 2021:
Today's energies are discordant. The Sun in Taurus and Aquarian Moon are at a stalemate as to what is actually more important. Having security? Or, being innovative? You may find yourself engaging in negative self talk, but that's also counterproductive. The Cosmic lesson, however, is balance through positive planning or action. Put your plans on paper. The act of writing gives them power, connection, and chi. Move into the higher version of yourself and choose to be cooperative and happy.
Moon in Aquarius would rather skip the routines and conventional thinking. Up and coming ways of relating to others or giving service are attractive during this time. A change of job or address could beckon. But, remember, this will pass. Better to use the vibes to connect with your higher self and then to the unseen right now. Meditation will help keep your perspective flowing into the future. Mookaite will activate and energize you to take control of your destiny in a sensible manner. Sandalwood will also help to keep the vibes positive and light.
Mercury moves into flighty Gemini tonight at 7:49 pm (PDT/USA + 8 hrs UK). You may begin to feel over the next couple of days like your streaming all sorts of information from many, many different sources. Nervous tension or sleeplessness can become an issue.
As always if you'd like a personal Tarot Reading you can contact me via my website at www.TheGypsyHomestead.com

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.

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.

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!

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! 

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!
 
 
 

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'

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

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.

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!

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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