Friday, December 28, 2018

Witchery Brews To Help Perk You Up

Early To Bed - Early To Rising 


I am just a regular, sensitive kind of go-about-my business everyday kind of woman. I get up at the crack of dawn and make coffee and stretch out on the sofa with my laptop on my thighs and write blogs, read bible studies online, and play online scrabble with friends. A hot cup of green tea with honey in the evening is welcomely refreshing.

You are making coffee, tea, and spirits with a delightful twist that can be stimulating. However, I am not a doctor, nor trained in any way medically, nor claim to be. Please see your physician with any questions about these products. Use these recipes or ingredients at your discretion and responsibility. I waive liability medically or any otherwise. 


Let's Create Some Magic


Cure - All - Remedy
In a gallon jug
  • large can pineapple chunks with juice
  • large can peaches (diced) with juice
  • large jar cherries with juice
  • bottle of Whisky
  • eight ounces of honey
Stir and put on the lid
"Take to every Gallon of Honey, three Gallons of water, and put them both together, and set them on a soft fire, that you may endure to melt and break the honey with your hands." — Kenelm Digby


Get Well Soon - Natural Antibiotics

  • cumin
  • garlic
  • eucalyptus
  • Echinacea
  • goldenseal
  • onion
  • myrrh gum
  • green tea
"We have finally started to notice that there is real curative value in local herbs and remedies. We are also becoming aware that there are little or no side effects to most natural remedies, and that they are often more effective than Western medicine."    — Anne Wilson Schaef  

 

Get Well Potion 

Ingredients:
  • 6 cups of water
  • Two lemons rinsed off and sliced
  • 5” fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 12 oz. can of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
Directions: Put all ingredients in crockpot except orange juice and cook on high two hours. Then add the juice, stir and serve.

Homemade Cough Syrup

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 4 Tablespoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground dry ginger
Directions: Place all the components in a small container or jar and shake to combine well. Store in the refrigerator. Shake well before using. Take a tablespoon as desired.
"You see,  those who are hooked on alternative medicine are often reasonably healthy, and they go to alternative remedy for what I see as the 'symptoms of life.' Exhaustion, body pains, inability to focus, perhaps, the sorts of things that anyone over forty gets at some point."  — Rosa's Concepts

Share With A Friend

"I force people to have coffee with me, just because I don't trust that a friendship can be maintained without any other senses besides a computer or cell phone screen."  — John Cusack  


Coffee Milk Shake

Place a scoop of ice-cream in a heavy glass, add cold coffee, and top with cool whip

Iced Coffee

Make a cup of coffee as usual. Pour over ice cubes in a heavy glass.

Hot Chocolate Espresso

Ingredients:
  • cup strong hot coffee
  • tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup cream (1/2 cup half-and-half and 1/2 cup milk)
  • one tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • whipped cream
  • grated chocolate
Directions:
Place coffee, sugar, milk, and cocoa in a pot and heat. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and grated chocolate. Serve hot.

Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar (it depends on how sweet you like it)
  • One gal milk or any combination of milk, half-and-half, or cream
  • one teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions:
Put all ingredients in a crockpot except vanilla. Turn on high. Whisk together all ingredients; occasionally stir until it is hot. Stir in the vanilla and serve. Option - add miniature marshmallows.

Iris Coffee for Two

ingredients:
  • 2 cups hot brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1-ounce Irish cream whiskey
  • 1-ounce Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • Whipped Cream, recipe follows for topping
  • Shaved dark chocolate for garnish
Pour the hot coffee into a small pot, add the sugar and stir until the sugar melts. Stir in the cream, whiskey, and schnapps. Pour into two cups. Top with a blob of Whipped Cream and some shaved chocolate if using.

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • One tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • One teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Combine the cream, sugar, and vanilla to a large bowl. Beat with a mixer until soft peaks appear.

Espresso Martini for Four

Ingredients:
  • 16 ounces coffee
  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • Ice
Directions: Chill 4 martini glasses. Combine the coffee, vodka, and simple syrup in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake for about 10 seconds. Divide between the chilled martini glasses. Serve immediately.

Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
In a small saucepan, blend water and sugar over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce heat Simmer for five minutes, until the sugar has melted. Remove the pan from the heat and chill the syrup. Any additional cooled syrup can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Hot Green Tea

Ingredients:
  • one tea bag
  • one tablespoon honey
  • cup of water
Directions: Place all the ingredients in a mug. Heat in microwave for 90 seconds and serve.
Option - Add teaspoon lemon juice.

Spiced Tea For A Crowd

Ingredients:
  • 16-ounce container instant tea
  • 1/4 cup instant tang
  • one small box red hots candy
  • 1/2 gallon water
Directions: Place all the ingredients in a crock pot and turn on high. Keep stirring until candy melts. Serve hot.


Note - Substitutions

Use any milky liquid you prefer, whether it's from a cow (whole, 2%, 1% or fat-free), nuts (almond milk), beans (soy milk), or grains (rice milk). For sweeteners, feel free to substitute maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar for sugar, but start with less, and taste the combination before adding more.


Coffee 

Whipped Cream

I'm In Love With My Life

  Put God First

Be in Love With Your Life - Every Minute of it


To say you need a vacation from your daily life is ridiculous; because we take all the baggage with us. The secret is to live a life worth living, seek happiness, and boycott all that is dragging you down. I have learned not to let anyone or anything suck the joy out of me.

Failure Is Not An Option


I think the definition of failure is not having passion, settling for average, and being too afraid to take chances.

I have disciplined myself to examine my thoughts and behavior and relentlessly toss anything that is hindering me from being my best, most glitzy self. It’s a joyful process of self-discovery, but it also requires commitment and tremendous guts.

My Quotes - Rosa's Concepts

“Life is awe-inspiring! To take great care of yourself spiritually, physically, and emotionally is the best gift you can give yourself and those who love you.”     
“When I have a lot on my plate, I call it a blue plate special. In my younger days, a lot on my plate was all right; I had a big appetite and a lot of energy. Nowadays, as an older lady, a lot on my plate isn’t that wise.”
“Do not be a false friend. Always be kind and thoughtful. You have the power to bless as well as to curse. Choose your words carefully. Things have a way of coming back around to us.”    
 "I keep my head, heels, and standards high. I am fun, single, amazing like a breath of fresh air, crazy like a fox, smart as a whip, nothing but the truth (not bragging just facts), the girl next door with a twist."   
“Life is not a bed of roses. There will always be thorns. It is our attitude, how we land on our feet and how to hit the curve balls and the fastballs that life pitches.”
"When we become grandparents, we get in touch with our inner-child, that is what makes us awesome grandparents.”    
 “You are the author of your life. You cannot erase your mistakes. You can only learn from them.”     
“Love your life, Be Powerful, Be Beautiful, Be free, Be Wonderful, Be Magical, Be You. You are not your mistakes, and you have made a few. Love your life. Be where you want to be. “     
"Alcohol, as with any medicine; you risk addiction, serious illness, and potential death. Alcohol is no different and should be respected like any other drug…drink responsibly, and I will drink to that.”
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“Love your life, Be Powerful, Be Beautiful, Be free, Be Wonderful, Be Magical, Be You. You are not your mistakes, and we all have made a few. Love your life. Be where you want to be." Rosa's Concepts




Sunday, December 16, 2018

Fruits of The Spirit

Introduction - Bible Truths


Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.

The more connected you are to the fruits of the spirit, the healthier you will be physically and emotionally. The less connected you are, the more you are disconnected from God; one’s soul remains out of balance. The lifestyle of the fruit of the spirits is as essential as the air we breathe.

  • Learn to love unconditionally
  • experience pure joy
  • the peace that passes all understanding
  • the forbearance to accept things that you cannot change
  • the kindness that is compassionate and thoughtful
  • the goodness that comes from being righteous and having integrity
  • the faithfulness that originates from a pure heart
  • gentleness like that of a peacemaker
  • the self-control that shows discipline and obedience

 As part of your daily quiet time, work through the fruits of the spirit one at a time. I believe by doing so; you will be challenged to think, learn, grow, and live the life that God created you to live.

 Along with this devotional and your bible, keep a real and personal journal. I suggest that you describe your spiritual state as you meditate on and reproduce each of the fruits with your mind, body, and spirit.

The Power of Love

 Pure unconditional love built on God’s supreme qualities of love. We are to demonstrate that same “awe-inspiring love” which He shows us. Unconditional love comes from wisdom; it begins when nothing expected return. We automatically like without thinking. It exists in the heart like radiation. It becomes a habit and a way of life.

Love is not only a feeling it is an action that Knows no fear and can be understood. We unchain ourselves and become brave enough to step out of our comfort zone and look past our differences and show God’s love through us by showing affection without limitations. It does the heart good for the giver and the receiver to love unconditionally.

Unconditional love plants seeds for harvest and allows us to reap the benefits without conditions or even an expiration date. It plants seeds, and people change. It has no demands and cannot earn it.

Love without discriminating; treating everyone as brothers and sisters even if the person doesn’t deserve it; must be shown in our words and actions from a joyful heart. It is a blessing to be able to love unconditionally and freely because it teaches others to do the same.

Do we all hunger for love, great peace, and contentment? Do we all detest judgmental words, jealousy or evilness? We can practice the powerfulness of unconditional love by demonstrating real forgiveness, encouragement, peace, give of our time, and expect nothing in return.

Love God first and with all your heart and soul; makes all this possible because God is Love. The heart's lost without God.

The Power of Joy

Genuine Joy built on God’s supreme qualities of being joyful. We are to demonstrate that same “awe-inspiring joy” which He shows us. Therefore we can be in a difficult situation and yet experience pure joy.
   
We must yield to God's purpose and seek biblical joy, a fruit of God's Spirit. Jesus suffered disappointment and persecution from various sources in his life on Earth. His joy was more significant than any situation that occurred while he was in human form because he had the joy of the Lord in Him that lifted Him.
   
In today’s world, where the pursuit of happiness involves being famous, successful, and wealthy; when this type of joy is glorified, it is easy to lose focus on what brings real joy. Put simply; we can seek comfort in our accomplishments, good fortune and athletic endeavors, hobbies, travel, dancing, fashion, home improvements, wealth, status, alcohol, food, and drugs. These all fail except for a brief period of satisfaction and sense of well-being because it’s not pure joy.
   
The real joy is a sweet and delightful passion that is “God's way.” It must evolve as a result of being sincerely submissive to the purpose in which God is working in our lives.
   
Pure joy is spending time in God’s presence; feeling His presence, feeling His touch and feeling His love through our faith. God’s reflection fills us with joy, which makes us joyful through song and praises.
   
It has that pure joy deep down in our hearts no matter the circumstances. We must let our joy shine through our troubles; allowing other’s see that Godly joy within us.

The Power of Peace
   
Inner Peace built on God’s supreme qualities of Peace. Mental or emotional calmness is a desire. How can we have peace when reason rules the mind? A peace, above all things, has to be desired. With malice toward none, I believe that the pursuits of peace make one truly happy. It is a mind game. We are to strive to build peace, have a desire for peace, a willingness to work for that genuine peace and charity for all.
   
No matter what someone else has done, it still matters how we treat people. Sometimes we can't be at peace with others until we are at peace with ourselves, forgiving ourselves and others. We should, by all means, refrain from gossiping, disrespecting others, and violence. We should never abandon the pursuit of peace.
   
Smiling is crucial. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being the peacemakers that we can make peace. Smiles, draw hope, and move us irresistibly toward peace.

The Power of Patience - Forbearance
   
Today's society and way of living do not encourage one to be patient. We live in fast food, microwave world. Patience does not come naturally; It is a challenge as a child, and the concept is learned as you get older and more mature.
   
In the dictionary, "patience" has several meanings: 1) bearing pains or trials calmly and without complaining, 2) not being hasty or impetuous, 3) being steadfast despite opposition or adversity, and 4) showing forbearance under provocation or strain.
   
We often think of patience as something benign, but the dictionary definitions and the Bible imply that pain, trials, adversity, and strain may also be involved.

The Power of Kindness and Goodness
   
I grouped kindness and goodness together because I feel as though they are close in meaning. Divine Kindness/God's goodness being taught throughout the Bible and goes hand in hand with the other fruits of the spirit.
   
God's kindness is intended to lead to repentance, not to the rejection of him ( Rom 2:4 ). Human imitation of God's goodness does not come naturally.
   
In fact, ultimately, no one is kind. It is only as of the fruit of God's Spirit that kindness can be a consistent part of our daily living. As the "worldly" saying goes; you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.

The Power of Faithfulness
   
Being faithful and honest is not always easy. Temptations overflow, and as Christians, our lives are busy. It is easy to become amused by movies and magazines.  The Internet, cell phone texting, kids homework, school activities, and events keep us busy.

Being reliable means making mindful choices to follow God. It means standing up when others disrespect you and your faith. Sometimes, explain why you are a Christian. It involves doing what you can to grow stronger in your faith and be a witness. Noah was presumably not accepted by his fellow man because he made the chose to follow God. 

Faithfulness is having an abundance of faith. Adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person, cause, or idea; being loyal, responsible, dependable, and reliable.

The Power of Gentleness
   
As believers, we can display the fruit of gentleness as we abide and trust in Christ. When we, are saved; the Holy Spirit lives inside of us, He gives us the power to be gentle, and we can be people who overflow with gentleness!

Being gentle does not come easy, and we are not calm at times. But as we get closer to God, we change! The sweetness becomes part of who we are.

We communicate with people with gentle words. We do not have to tip-toe on eggshells but can be calm and respectful to everyone.

The Power of Self-Control
 
Self-Control is about making wise decisions/choices. Building self-control can be a bit challenging, but it is possible to create change in your life and control impulsivity.

You will feel more in control and your actions when it comes to the way you treat people. Monitoring and restraint of one's activities, feelings, etc. Resist temptation and urges.

It is so easy today to give in to the temptations that Christians face. Sometimes it is harder to work to walk away from temptation than to give into it. There is so much peer pressure to drink, have sex, do drugs, not go to church, etc. and more in the world.

However, God rewards your self-control. Look at Joseph. While he spent many years in prison and as a slave, eventually he rose to the highest appointed position in Egypt and even found his family once again. God will ultimately reward your self-control.

Unconditional Love



Sunday, December 9, 2018

I Am A Writer Because It Sets My Soul on Fire

Freelance Writer

"Creative writing is when words become thoughts, and ideas become a masterpiece of the mind written on paper." - Rosa's Concepts
 I am a monster of a dreamer. I am fearless in the pursuit of what sets my soul on fire. However, sometimes, there is still the feeling that my writing is a lesser class of literature. Controversial issues, my personal life, or the bedroom is as important as what happens on my battlefield; that what I know about is a category of knowledge of its own.

I stop, listen, and look around. I'm staring down the vessel of the last acts of my life. My brain is always absorbing everything around me. The inbox to my mind is still open, and anyone or anything can get at any time. Turning it off would be like giving up on life and age silently.

For me, writing is hard work. I have to give up a significant amount of my personal life to be a writer. However, I am excited about control and my solo effort, and I resent the business aspects that interfere with my space for my writings (my blogs).
 
I do not think my approach to writing is suitable for everyone. My writing dilemma is; I tend to make it up as I go along. I am in a mode of truth-telling and self-expression. I can write about anything I can imagine and write what the things I know. I am not sure if that's brilliance. But it is the way I roll.     

The idea is to make it feel like I am being pulled into the plot. The reality, the imagination, the characters, and the creativeness comes to life as I write, read, rewrite, and edit. I love the mysterious process of creating fiction and writing non-fiction as I understand it to be. Then the sigh of relief when published.
   
I think of writing as exercising my brain. Since the brain is responsible for perception, cognition, attention, memory, emotion, and action, I want to use it as much as possible. Like the saying goes, "If you do not use it, you will lose it."

There is power in thinking.  

I have learned that the reality of life is somewhat bombarded. The consciousness and the unconsciousness of spying on real people's lives are my artistic endeavors. All I need is imagination. I always write things down that strike me as impressive. Anytime I travel, eat in a restaurant, sit on a pew in a church service, or during a conference, I try and fill up notepads.

As I'm trampling through this mysterious world, I try to get as much knowledge about the people and subjects to which I am drawn to harness an excellent blog. We live in a confused society: realities are manufactured by the media, our governments, the big corporations, different religious groups, and political groups on both sides of the fence. I question what is real.
 
I don't expect writing to be a career, just a way to make use of my talents, abilities, and my time. Self-Confidence is necessary for the writing business. It has always amazed me how my brain and bodywork together. I mean, my heart does not ever see what my eyes see. Sometimes I write from my heart, and sometimes my emotions take over. In either case, I write with confidence.

I can be as creative with my ability to create something fresh and unusual, a genuinely unique approach to writing. I have become an author, writer, and journalist.
 
Authors and novelists' lifetime’s work fill the libraries, public and private. These men and women draw from experiences and can tell us a story, fiction or non-fiction, that they weave from the treasury of their mind. Thanks to them, we learn, thanks to them, we are challenged to think. Authors, writers, novelists, columnists, and journalists have provided a gift for us.

Conclusion: Write with confidence

An author; defined as the originator of any written work and whose authorship determines responsibility for what he has created.  A writer is a person who originated or gave existence to anything. A journalist is a person who collects, writes, or distributes news or other current information to the public.

Fire Keeps Burning


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Writing Is Therapy

Writing Is Thoughts On Paper

At first, all you see is a blank page. Minutes later, you are scribbling away like your thoughts are chasing you. At moments, you only intended on doing a page. But after some minutes, you have already written two pages, and you’re not even halfway there.

You love listening to your thoughts. Thinking comes naturally. Sometimes we try as much as possible to avoid it; embrace it. You ask yourself, “Why do you think so much?” The truth is, there is no answer to that because you do it! 

You are not in grade school, and nobody is going to grade you on it. However, it is essential that the few minutes you designate honored by family, friends, housemates, and pets. You should be out of the house if you need to and write at a café or the library.

Writing Is A Relationship You Have With Your Soul

To make the right decisions in life, you have to become in touch with your soul. You are focusing solely on yourself. To do this, you need to feel solitude, which most people are scared of because in the stillness you hear the truth and know the solutions. 

Every relationship goes through highs and lows, good and bad times. If you are not attentive, you can lose heart, lose hope, and lose faith in yourself.

Explore your feelings; Putting it all on paper will help you do that. A lot of misery may flow onto the page, and that is good. You have to remove the hurt first (bitterness, fears, disappointments) before you can find the healing.
     
The beauty is to help you grow as a person, help you identify patterns in your life, and help you gain perspective and control over your environment.

Take Notes – A Journal or A Diary

What do you do when you’re struggling? Share your feelings with your journal or diary. Give yourself sound advice, honor yourself, your thoughts, and your emotions by chatting with yourself on paper. However, you always come back to your journal. Feel the need to put words on paper like you need oxygen. Both are necessary for survival. We must use our talents, brain, and courage to succeed. For successful journalism, love conquers all. Make it an event to remember. Your journal is a place of innocent. You can explore whatever is on your mind without fretting about how it will affect anyone else. You write about your ups and downs.

The Struggles of Writing

Writing becomes a struggle more often than not. In all its forms makes the process a whole lot harder.
  • The idea of putting yourself through the torture of writing
  • Putting words on paper is no longer appealing.
  • Dealing with the negativity and doubt
  • Reality as you see it hits you in the face
  • Allowing it to beat you. 
You are allowed to feel awkward and self-conscious. What can you do? You take the good with the bad. Treating the times of struggle as a test of commitment, helping you get through it. Writing takes both patience and dedication, do not let the hard times stop you!

Writing Is a Love-Hate Relationship

Therapeutic journaling can both break your heart, but save your soul? It feels good to write but stinks at the same time.
  • Being in your little world can be lonesome.
  • Your words can elevate your spirit and pursue dreams.
  • Stringing words together in ways that both delight and scare you.
  • To take care of your mental state, you must first feel like crap.
All you must do is muster the courage to write and step up your game. There is a story within your story.

Writing is Creative and Artistic

Writing is a gift and should be enjoyable. Keep a spirit of play, and infuse some pages with a little humor. Adding art and creativity keeps the process fresh and inviting. Feel free to detail your experiences. Follow your instincts, and you will be on your way to a dedicated journalist in no time!

Material For Other Ideas

When you write, you realize that the fascinating thing is not knowing what will happen, and discovering an unexpected result.


By pairing things together to see how they play off each other is easy to do and very satisfying to see a story transform. Anything you come across in daily life is an idea for a story.