Are You As Passionate for Pumpkin As I Am?

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Posted by Judy Moon

This is the time of year when it’s all about pumpkin. Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin latte, Great Pumpkin Smoothie, pumpkin body scrubs, pumpkin pie – you get the picture. Don’t get me wrong, this girl loves her pumpkin, as my mantle shows, but sometimes I prefer it in a more savory way.

I was super excited to find this recipe a while ago on the Food in Jars website. Marisa McClellan is a local Philly gal and makes canning seem easy and fun! I’ve done a workshop with her and consult her book Food in Jars, Preserving in Small Batches from time to time.

I LOVE this soup and it couldn’t be easier. I always have the ingredients on hand in my pantry and you can have tasty soup in a flash. True confession – I often use canned pumpkin from the grocery store and I think it works just fine when I don’t have any fresh pumpkin to play with.

Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder (use your favorite)*
  • 2 pints pressure canned pumpkin (with their canning liquid)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions
Combine onion and coconut oil in a small soup pot. Cook until onion softens and browns. Add curry powder and cook until it is fragrant.

Add pumpkin cubes, their canning liquid and the coconut milk. Stir to combine. Add up to one coconut milk can of water should it need a bit of thinning.

Bring to a bubble, reduce to a simmer and place a lid on the pot. Cook until onions are tender.

When soup is done, blitz it with an immersion blender. Taste and add salt as necessary.

Eat and enjoy.

Notes
*If you don’t have any home canned pumpkin, use 1-15 ounce can of commercial pumpkin and one can of water.

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Who Doesn’t Love a Wand?

Posted by Judy Moon

Kansa wands have become one of my new favorite healing tools.

First of all, I just like saying it – Kansa Wand. It sounds magical, a little “Harry Potteresque.”

What the heck are they?

A Kansa Wand is an Ayurvedic healing tool. The end is made of an ancient blend of metals known as “healing metals”. Tools like this have been used for centuries in India to enhance health, increase energy, relieve stress promote overall wellness and longevity. The repetitive strokes pull acidity of the tissues. So the process is mildly detoxifying and rebalancing.

Other benefits include:

  • Stimulates the lymphatic system.
  • Revitalizes tired feet
  • Eases pain and tension in muscles
  • Pulls excess heat from the boduy
  • Helps induce deep relaxation and can improve the quality of sleep
  • Benefits internal organs in the same way reflexology can by stimulating the major energy nerve endings in the feet
  • Provides a gentle lift to the face
  • The electrical conductivity of the metal works on the subtle electrical system of the body that runs in the meridians and chakras, having a balancing and revitalizing effect
  • It tunes the body in a similar way to listening to gong sounds that lift the spirits

We are currently spotlighting this treatment for fall with our All About Autumn package – it’s a full body massage incorporating the Kansa Wands and ending with some refreshing apple cider and ginger snaps.

We recently had a visit from Laura from Girl Around Town for the treatment. Check out the link for the review!

Happy fall!

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