Tea & Cakes: Belgium

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Tea & Cakes™: Belgium

This week’s trip was amazing and full of love for Belgium. I haven’t visited Belgium in many years, so Google was a great way to fly to the comfort of the familiar.

In Belgium, I experienced a true Belgian waffle and it influences my waffle creations. The taste and texture were….

Belgium was also my first international solo trip. My friend believed a visa was unnecessary to travel from the US to Belgium. That was only true for US citizens and approved countries.

She returned to her partner and I roamed Belgium to make new friends. Because she was stuck in the airport unable to see Belgium, I returned to the airport with Belgian chocolates to comfort her and as a souvenir.

It was a wonderful weekend because I learned that I could see the World alone. It changed my life.

I learned a few things on this trip – the importance of tea as a ceremony and the influence of tea on the Belgian culture.

If you haven’t visited Belgium, I encourage you to at least make a virtual trip.

Let me know what you think about Belgium and share your favorite tea experiences.

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Tea & Cakes™: Switzerland

Tea & Cakes™: Switzerland was a fun virtual visit, but I prefer actually spending time in Switzerland. I’ve traveled many times to train the Swiss to mediate – judges, lawyers and the press. It was another part of my evolution to understanding people and valuing inclusion, empathy and compassion.

I’ve enjoyed tea in Switzerland, yet I learned a bit on my virtual trip. For example, I never thought pairing foods with tea could be a fine art! A new tradition for me to explore. I hope you will, too!

Have you enjoyed Tea in Switzerland? Tell me about your experiences. I enjoyed peppermint and other teas – each pleasant and relaxing.

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Tea & Cakes™: Spain!

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Take Good Breaths and Breathe Well!

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Breathe Well,
Arlene

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Monday Motivation

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Yesterday, my gratitude included the basic item of #water.  Water Conservation is one of my daily practices.  There are many ways to exercise appreciation for water.

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I love the ocean and its beauty and comfort.

The smell of fresh ocean water. I miss the ocean waves and look forward to returning to the beach this year.

Wild horses in Assateague are among my greatest motivations to return to the beach.  Their freedom, beauty and grace are so amazing to behold and experience.

My book, HorsePLAY, featuring the horses of Assateague will not be in the LUV Storybooks digital store on Friday. It is better suited for print.  I’m excited to return to its completion this week.

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Tea & Cakes™: Egpyt

We’re loving the rhythms of Egypt as we traveled to this tea destination via Google.  It was a great trip for Tea & Cakes™.

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Surprising to learn the national drink is TEA, but the tea is imported. Pretty powerful statement about the power of tea.

Teas are long known to influence culture and Egypt is one of many examples.

Another discovery is that Egypt has far more varieties of tea that suggested by the traditional definition.

How do you define tea?

Hope you enjoy the vibe and trip. And, do remember to #takegoodbreaths

Breathe Well,

Arlene

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Self-Care Sunday 30

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This morning, I taught another Self-Care Sunday 30: Cleanse Your Cache™ via Zoom for cleanseyourcache.com to spring forward.

I shared a new meditation focused upon the power of an insect.  I never use insects in meditations.  It was a first.  And, it had a surprising impact for the participants and me.

As we are now in spring, I encourage those wanting to move forward to harness the words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  He is among my favorite poets.  I love Goethe because he tasted all of life that served his best self and others.

Goethe, if you are unfamiliar, was an artist, critic, poet, playwright, novelist, philosopher, scientist, statesman, and theatre director – he did much and well.  I purpose to do the same.

This week consider 3 things that will propel your life forward and create a plan to get there. As a helper, you may be focused on propelling others forward. That is wonderful.  At the same time, remember you.

I forgot about me in the year of volunteering and I realize that even with self-care to maintain the energy to serve, I was not propelling me forward.  I’m thankful for those served across the globe and freed, now I’m thankful to serve me.

There are a few immigration matters lingering for people helped, but I cannot maintain or move forward unfunded any longer.  100% success rate makes the sacrifices worth it.

I received a “thank you note” from the family of Mom reunited after 16 months on Thursday last week. She was sad that I placed 3rd in the #favchef #hero group. She knew my plan was to use the WIN to fund my service to others.  It did not happen.  But, I’m so thankful for the support as I take a step forward to help myself.

Not my horse photography, but the horse is one of my loves and helped society move forward.

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Coconut Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding

Quick Dessert for Vegans


Coconut Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding
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This recipe is just… It’s everything delish. I created it inspired by @katiecouric as she shared about her #pegan breakfast.


Some don’t like that tapioca feel of chia seeds or the long wait. This resolves both issues! You can eat it immediately.
Enjoy. Tell me what you think. It is for one but you can multiply.


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Thursday Thoughts

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I hope everyone is processing the disturbing events while exercising self-care. With nieces and nephews that are half Chinese, I understand in particular the stress of hate.

To keep balanced, I made comfort food. I hope you’ll receive comfort.

This dish – Quinoa Salad is vegan, quick and tasty. It contains fruit and veggies.

Tip: Pennyroyal, Lemon Balm and Rosemary Tea Bag to Quinoa for 5 minutes gives you added benefits.

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Welcome to VP Kamala Harris to the Reducetarian world  And, wishing you much love.

Breathe Well.

Arlene

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