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Affirming Love and Self Acceptance – Channeled Quote and Affirmation

Affirming Love and Self Acceptance – Channeled Quote and Affirmation About Affirmations, Quotes & Prayers: Affirmations, quotes, prayers and the like can be used for personal transformation, visualization, helping others and more. We can use these as mantras, as guides for our day, as inspirations for ourselves and others and more. Each quote, affirmation and/or prayer…

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Basil The Cat – A Short Story

Basil The Cat – A Short Story
By Jessica Caracciolo 11/06/16
(A writing assignment for Creative Writing The Craft of Character.)

Walking with curiosity throughout the apartment, Basil was wondering if anyone was home. He sat on the edge of the couch looking through the window, tail moving side to side. “Hmm… no people in sight.”

He got up, turned around, and jumped off the sofa. It was at that moment he heard people just outside the door so he sat and waited. His excitement started to build, heart rate increasing, eyes wide, and the door knob clicked and turned. “They’re home!” He ran behind Justine as she greeted him walking toward the kitchen. “You are so going to love what I got you at the grocery store Basil!”

She placed the grocery bags on the kitchen counter and Bill walked in a few minutes behind her. “Hey honey, did you find Basil’s new toy in the bags?”

Basil looked at both of them, moving his head to look at Justine, and then to Bill – more excitement building. He didn’t know what they had for him, but the vibe made him think it was something really good.

He sat patiently as Justine and Bill looked through their grocery bags. And just as Bill was finished unloading all but one of the bags, he pulled out a new toy.

Basil looked up with wide eyes, sprang up, and went over to Bill, rubbing his face and body all over Bill’s ankles.

Bill put the toy in the living room, hanging it from a side table.

Basil walked with caution over to the toy that was hanging from the side table. When he gently, and sneakily nudged the mouse at the end of the string, he quickly reacted. He retreated to the nearby sofa and hid while glancing over at his new toy.

Justine and Bill watched from the kitchen. “Are you sure he is going to like his toy?” asked Bill. “I am sure of it. Just give him a few minutes. It usually takes him some time to get used to new toys and then he will play with it for hours a day.” She assured Bill.

Bill and Justine then started prepping groceries for dinner. The opening of a can of food is heard and Basil came running out from behind the sofa. “Sweet! Dinner time. I wonder which flavor I am getting today.”

He sat next to his food, licked and tasted it. “Tuna and cheese my favorite. She knows me so well.”

After eating some of his food, Basil drank some water and ran back into the living room and stopped two feet away from the new toy. He then slowly crawled back next to the sofa to observe his new toy.

Well into cooking their dinner “Are you sure he likes that toy? I am not so certain.” asked Bill. “Don’t worry about it. I know you are still new with Basil, but trust me, he is going to love it.” She smiled.

While eating dinner, they heard a loud noise. They both got up to find Basil looking guilty, hiding behind the television, the side table now moved and was right against the wall. “Basil?” She nodded.

They then continued eating dinner and heard more noise coming from the living room. Quietly, they both got up and peeked in at Basil. He was crouched down next to the sofa, wiggling his bum, and then they saw it. Basil was stalking the new toy and pounced on it.

Basil was playing with his new toy, swatting at the mouse on the end of the string, trying to bite it, swatting more -biting it. He then swatted at the mouse so hard it swung tapping him in his bum. Startled, he ran with great speed to the other end of the living room. Justine and Bill laughing: “you were totally right about the toy. He loves it.”

Basil went back into the living room, again stalking the toy mouse from afar. “I’m going to get you this time.” He runs toward the mouse, swatting at it with great speed, on his back tummy up swatting the mouse. He pauses abruptly to clean himself. Then he starts playing with, and chasing his tail. He runs away again with great speed only to come back two minutes later.

Bill and Justine walked into the living room, sitting together sifting through the TV guide. “I love being a part of your family. I love you and Basil so much.”

“I love you too Bill, we both do.”

Taking a break from playing Basil jumps up on the couch and sits on Bills lap. “Hey! He has never done this before with me.” Gleaming at each other with great joy Bill pets Basil.

They decide which show to watch and Basil purrs with great happiness and contentment. He then gets up and walks over to the other side of the couch, paws at the sofa cushion and curls up into a ball and takes a nap.

Both Bill and Justine smile at each other looking over at Basil. Then they settle in and start watching their television show.

Essential Oil Blend AromaRecipe – Cold & Flu Remedy

AromaRecipe by Jessica Caracciolo

© Jessica Caracciolo

When cold and flu season comes around sometimes we need a little extra help with the healing process. I have researched essential oils and this blend is one I use often. Not only do I use it but I have sent blends to family across the country, and given the blend to other local family too. They and myself noticed similar happenings. This blend can help you clear your sinuses.1 It can help get your nose running if you are all clogged up.1 It can help you cough up phlegm.2 It can help you with an upset or nauseous stomach.4 And it can help you fight the cold to heal a little faster than you may have originally.*1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Note: Do not drink or consume this blend. Do not put it on your skin, it will burn. It is for aromatherapy only (smelling) and you can put the blend in a diffuser too.

Cold & Flu Remedy – Essential Oil Blend AromaRecipe:

  • 10 drops of Wild Niaouli Essential Oil for sinuses, congestion, clearing nose 1
  • 10 drops of Ravensara Essential Oil for chest congestion, expectorant, phlegm 2
  • 6 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil for boosting the immune system and helping sinuses and chest 3
  • 4 drops of Ginger Essential Oil for stomach and digestive distress, nausea and the like 4
  • 1 drop of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil for uplifting, relaxing and calming 5

Do not dilute. It works best when it is strongest.

*This recipe is not to be used for retail or wholesale. If you are interested in using it for sales if any kind, please email me: Jess@JessicaCaracciolo.com*

*These claims and statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The AromaRecipe and blends are not a substitute for medical care or treatment. Seek a physicians approval before use. This essential oil blend is not meant to treat or cure any condition. This post is meant for information purposes only. Consult your physician, always.

References:

  1. Ananda Apothecary information about Wild Niaouli Essential Oil: http://anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/niaouli-essential-oil.html
  2. Ananda Apothecary information about Ravensara Essential Oil: http://anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/ravensara-essential-oil.html
  3. Ananda Apothecary information about Eucalyptus Essential Oil: http://anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/eucalyptus-smithii.html 
  4. Ananda Apothecary information about Ginger Essential Oil: http://anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/ginger-essential-oil.html
  5. Ananda Apothecary information about Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: http://anandaapothecary.com/aromatherapy-essential-oils/ylang-ylang-essential-oil.html

Strawberry Quinoa Flax Muffins – Gluten Free

*This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free)*

Strawberry Quinoa Flax Muffins
©Jessica Caracciolo
Yields: 14 standard size muffins

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats – ground
  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (1/2 cup dry)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 3/4 cup rice milk
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/8 cup Earth Balance Soy Free Butter melted or Smart Balance Light or other butter substitute

Other ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup almonds finely chopped

Directions:

  • Preheat oven: 375 degrees
  • Cook 1/2 cup dry quinoa until completely cooked. Set aside.
  • Prepare a muffin pan with muffin cups. -Pre-wash, dry and cut strawberries into small 1/2 inch pieces. Chop almonds finely and put in a small bowl, set aside.
  • You will need two bowls; 1 large and 1 medium size. Combine all dry ingredients in the large bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in the medium size bowl. Stir both separately.
  • When you have everything ready to go, very slowly and gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients large bowl. After everything is well mixed (NOTE: Do NOT over mix.) then fold in the strawberries gently. (Do not over mix strawberries in either).
  • Scoop mixture into muffin cups accordingly. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of ground almonds over the muffins, pressing gently.
  • Then bake muffins for about 45 minutes (more or less depending on your oven) or until toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
  • Let the muffins cool completely before eating and/or serving.

If you have any questions please contact me. I know what it is like to be free of many allergens and how hard it can be baking and cooking this way. I am happy to help you if I can.

Almond Honey Flax Granola Bars – Gluten Free

*This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free)*

Almond Honey Flax Granola Bars
©Jessica Caracciolo

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups gluten-free oats
  • 3/4 cups gluten free whole O’s cereal
  • 3/4 cups gluten free crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup lightly packed light-brown sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons gf/df butter
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 1/3 cup honey- add more if needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Line 11 x 14 baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray, leaving a 1-inch overhang on all sides. Set aside.
  • Place oatmeal, whole Os, almonds, flaxseeds and rice cereal in a large bowl; stir to combine. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, mix together brown sugar, butter, almond butter, vanilla and honey. Place over medium-high heat; bring to a gentle boil. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add dry ingredients; stir until mixture is fully coated and well combined.
  • Evenly pour entire mixture into prepared baking pan. Press mixture down in pan, tight. Bake 5-10 minutes until browned and crispy. Let fully cool and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes after cooling. Cut into 1 inch x 5 inch bars. Makes about 30.

If you have any questions please contact me. I know what it is like to be free of many allergens and how hard it can be baking and cooking this way. I am happy to help you if I can.

Jess’s Signature Oatmeal Cookies Light Recipe – Gluten Free

*This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and soy free)* Substitution ideas below*

Jess’s Signature Oatmeal Cookies *Light*

©Jessica Caracciolo

Yields: 2 baker’s dozen (26 cookies)

Active Time: 15-20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Lightened up Ingredients:

  • [Just under] 2/3 cup light brown sugar unpacked
  • 6oz (1 regular size cup) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup cranberry juice (add a hint more if you want more moisture)
  • 1/2 cup oil= 1/8 cup Earth Balance soy free butter melted (or Smart Balance Light melted) and 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1.5 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened shaved coconut
  • 3 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Measure out and mix together all dry ingredients first. (Brown sugar, chocolate chips, coconut, oats, pancake mix, cinnamon and baking soda) Mix dry ingredients together well.
  • Measure out in a separate bowl (or large measuring cup) combining all wet ingredients: applesauce, cranberry juice, oil, and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients together.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and thoroughly mix the ingredients together to make a moist cookie mixture. (Do not blend: hand mix only)
  • Prepare a cookie sheet, spraying with non-stick spray and measure out each cookie to be about 1 tablespoon in size each.
  • Cook to desired doneness. 6-12 minutes. 10 minutes on average. Make sure they are well cooked/browned to prevent crumbling.
  • Check bottom of cookies with a spatula to check “doneness” level, cookies should be browned on the bottom and on the top. The more browned they are on top the more crisp they will be. If you want them moister, cook them a minute or two less.
  • Let cookies settle for about 30 minutes before plating and/or preserving. Do not place them in a pile on top of each other or they will clump together.

Note: These cookies don’t stay together very well but they taste delightful.

If you have any questions please contact me. I know what it is like to be free of many allergens and how hard it can be baking and cooking this way. I am happy to help you if I can.

Jess’s Signature Oatmeal Cookies Recipe – Gluten Free

*This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and soy free)* Substitution ideas below*

Jess’s Signature Oatmeal Cookies

©Jessica Caracciolo

Yields: 2 baker’s dozen (26 cookies)

Active Time: 15-20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6oz unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup 100% cranberry juice (or other 100% juice)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 package chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened shaved coconut
  • 2 1/2cups old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Measure out and mix together all dry ingredients first. (Brown sugar, chocolate chips, coconut, oats, brown rice flour, cinnamon and baking soda) Mix dry ingredients together well.
  • Measure out all wet ingredients: applesauce mixture, oil, and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients together.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and thoroughly mix the ingredients together to make a moist cookie mixture. (Do not blend: hand mix only)
  • Prepare a cookie sheet, spraying with non-stick spray. Measure out each cookie to be about 1 tablespoon in size each. Press cookie down on sheet to flatten.
  • Cook to desired doneness. Make sure they are well cooked/browned to prevent crumbling. Bake 10-25 minutes.
  • Check bottom of cookies with a spatula to check “doneness” level. Cookies should be browned on the bottom and on the top. The more browned they are the more crisp they will be. If you want them moister, cook them a minute or two less.
  • Let cookies settle for about 20 minutes before plating and/or preserving. Do not place them in a pile on top of each other right away or they will clump together.

Note: These cookies don’t stay together very well but they taste delightful.

Substitutions:

  • If you need a soy free non-stick spray, I think Pam for Grilling is still soy free. It doesn’t have any grilling flavor or anything.
  • Light brown sugar for dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar can sub for 1/4 cup white sugar (less sweet) or 1/4 cup honey or a mixture of an extra 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar to make the 1/2 cup.
  • Chocolate chips: From what I have found Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips are free of the 8 most common allergens, including soy. Always check labels to make sure a product is free of allergens.

If you have any questions please contact me. I know what it is like to be free of many allergens and how hard it can be baking and cooking this way. I am happy to help you if I can.