About admin

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far admin has created 2 blog entries.
16:42 16:42

The Year of The Earth Dog

By |2018-01-29T16:45:33+00:00January 29th, 2018|Categories: April's Blogs, Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Specials|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

April Crowell, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA Certified Instructor & Practitioner

 

We love our dogos and puppers and it’s their year.  Friday, February 16th is the second new moon following the winter solstice.  For Asian cultures this is the New Year and the start of the spring festivals and planting season.  This year the Fire Rooster will surrender to the loyal and loving Earth Dog–our most favorite of pets.

Each year of the Asian (Chinese) calendar corresponds to one of the 12 animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and the pig).  Besides the animal, we also cycle through each of the 5 elements (fire, earth, metal,water and wood) to create a full 60 year cycle.  By the time you cycle back to the animal year and element that you were born in you will be 60–so, don’t hold your breath.  Each animal carries its own unique personality and disposition, couple that with the elemental energies and can get an idea of the nature of the how the year may play out.

The nature of the Dog:

Our most beloved friends, dogs are loyal and happy to please their friends and family. They do not care what your wealth or health is like–they believe everyone deserves love. They are considered one of the most auspicious animals in the zodiac and are welcomed into homes to bring prosperity, safety and support.   Those born in the dog years are loyal, responsible and caring and bring energy and vitality to other’s lives. However, they may be overly sensitive, stubborn and emotional–those puppy eyes.

Each element influences the dog’s overall nature. This year, the Earth element adds extra dimensions of tenacity or persistence, precise attention and good wealth.

13:37 13:37

Baked Spaghetti Squash Parmigiana

By |2018-05-15T16:48:18+00:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Late Summer/Transition, Main Ingredients, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , |Comments Off on Baked Spaghetti Squash Parmigiana

A great way to use the season’s beautiful spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash is also a great alternative if you can’t eat or need to avoid flour based pastas.

[…]

22:12 22:12

Pumpkin Custard or Pie Filling

By |2016-12-29T12:24:16+00:00October 6th, 2014|Categories: April's Blogs, Autumn, Blogs, Comfort Food, Desserts & Sweets, Late Summer/Transition, Main Ingredients, Seasonal Recipes, Winter|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

April Crowell Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

This recipe is a favorite of mine.  It’s wonderful as a custard for a breakfast or pour it into a baked pie shell for a delish, dairy free pumpkin pie.

 Pumpkin Custard (or Pie Filling) – – cooked pumpkin or squash puree, whisked, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, all spice, sea salt, Heat oven to 425º.
Drain pumpkin drain off excess water is you are using previously frozen squash or pumpkin.
In large bowl, combine all all ingredients.
Pour into oven safe baking dish.

Bake at 425º for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 325º for 30-40 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
Yeah, really that’s it.
; – Healing energetics–Pumpkin nourishes the Earth element’s organs of Stomach and Spleen.  It helps warm the center, drains dampness and stabilizes the blood sugar.  Eggs provide some fat and protein and the spices warm and move the blood.

Primary season: Late Summer, Autumn and Winter

11:34 11:34

Honey Spiced Nuts

By |2016-12-29T12:24:19+00:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: April's Blogs, Autumn, Blogs, Herbs & Spices, Snacks, Winter|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Spiced nuts are staple in my kitchen.  I make up a large batch and freeze them. A small bowl is set out on the counter for snacks and we toss them onto salads, over hot grain cereals, into granola or send them off to school for a nutritious snack. This recipe is a general guide, feel free to use your favorite spice combinations or to add in minced candied ginger or dried fruits like cranberries.Honey Spiced Nuts – – mixed nuts (cashews, pecans, walnuts…choose your favorites), honey or maple syrup (start with less and increase to just cover the nuts, to avoid gooey nuts), cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, salt and pepper (to taste), – Healing Benefits: Although nuts will vary in their content of protein, oils, vitamins and minerals we can look at them overall and get the general idea of what they have to offer. As a group nuts build and strengthen the body.  They add on weight and fight deficiencies.  Yin building (fluids and fats) and warming nuts are good for thin, weak and frail types but should be avoided if there is excess dampness, phlegm or yeast.  Too many nuts can scatter the energy making a person feel ungrounded or unfocused.

Primary Season: Autumn and Winter.