Restless Soul Syndrome

Enter the world of psychotherapy and the search for purpose and meaning. Through individualized therapy sessions, explore common everyday struggles with career, life changes, relationship conflicts, grief and loss.

Introducing my new book, “Restless Soul Syndrome“, a journey in search of health, happiness and reasons to live.

Available at Amazon, Kindle and Tomorrow River Publishing

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1693415054/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Restless+Soul+Syndrome&qid=1571064306&sr=8-1

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/restless-soul-syndrome/

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Cranberry Superfoods

On a recent adventure in central Wisconsin, I came across a rural cranberry bog.  Vibrant red cranberries floated in blue waters, as storm clouds passed overhead.  It was a beautiful sight.

I have always loved cranberries, but don’t eat a lot of them until the approaching holidays.  I did some research and found out that cranberries are actually considered a superfood.  They are rich in Vitamin C, E, A and K.  They are also a good source of fiber, high in antioxidants and low in calories.

Locally grown and harvested in Wisconsin, nothing tastes better or fresher than cranberries right out of the bog.

Instead of waiting for the holidays, incorporate cranberries into your everyday meals, you will enjoy the health benefits.

Here is one of my favorite cranberry recipes:

Sparkling Cranberry Orange Drink

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or preferred sweetener
  • 2 cups sparkling water

Combine cranberries, orange juice, coconut sugar, in a small pan and cook over medium heat.  When the cranberries start to pop, remove from heat and smash them against the side of the pan with the back of your spoon or spatula.

Strain cooled cranberries through a sieve, disregard the pulp, and refrigerate.  Chill for approximately 60 minutes and add the sparkling water.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Mushroom Mania

At the local farmer’s market, I found a vendor who sells a huge variety of mushrooms.  Up until recently, I was not a connoisseur.  Then I got introduced the wild wonderful world of mushrooms and since then I have been experimenting with a variety of them.

My husband is an excellent chef and one of our first dates involved hunting for morel mushrooms. We immediately found a couple growing in the forest, which he later sauteed in garlic and oil.  That was the beginning of a love affair with both my husband and the mushrooms.

Over the weekend, I went in search of the mushroom man and was excited to see that not only did he have lion’s mane mushrooms, a new favorite of mine, but he had vibrant orange chanterelles.  I excitedly showed my husband the new find and together we cooked up a feast.

My everyday adventures now include mushrooms adventures.  Life is full of surprises…and mushrooms.

 

 

Tea Meditation

“You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.
Only in the awareness of the present, can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup.
Only in the present, can you savor the aroma, taste the sweetness, appreciate the delicacy.
If you are ruminating about the past, or worrying about the
future, you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of
tea.
You will look down at the cup, and the tea will be gone.
Life is like that.
If you are not fully present, you will look around and it will be gone.
You will have missed the feel, the aroma, the delicacy and beauty of life.
It will seem to be speeding past you. The past is finished.
Learn from it and let it go.
The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it.
Worrying is worthless.
When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when
you stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the
present moment.
Then you will begin to experience joy in life.”

Written by one of my favorite spiritual leaders, teachers, and authors, Thich Nhat Hanh.

I was recently searching for the perfect teacup and found it unexpectedly from a colleague of mine who made it at St. John’s University (photo above).

Now I savor every mindful sip.

 

A Healing Journey

A powerful personal story of healing, strength, endurance, and love.

Sharing Tim’s emotional and powerful journey through cancer.  This is one of his latest books, a personal journey overcoming cancer, written through a series of Facebook posts of encouragement and support from family and friends.

Tim’s strength and outlook on life are amazing.  I am so grateful to be a part of his healing journey.  He is now cancer free!

Available on Tomorrow River Publishing and Amazon

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/ainle-a-journey/

https://www.amazon.com/Ainle-Journey-Timothy-Krause/dp/169152882X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=timothy+krause&qid=1569849632&sr=8-1

Fall Foods

In the Midwest, fall usually means a change in weather, dark cloudy days, and an end to warm sunshine.  One way of making the most out of the changing seasons is to check out your local farmer’s market.

This morning while most people were sleeping in, we grabbed some coffee and headed for the local market where we had our pick of colorful autumn squashes and veggies.

I was reminded that all seasons change and that each season offers something new to enjoy.  Today was a fun, colorful, and tasty trip to the local farmer’s market and tonight will we will have a feast of lion’s mane mushrooms!

 

Airport Herbs

Passing through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, a busy hub full of florescent lighting and stressed out people, I found a green sustainable garden growing among all the chaos and environmental pollutants.

The Rotunda Tower Garden won the Design and Construction Award for its indoor aeroponic garden that grows edible plants and herbs.  The plants are then used in the restaurants within the airport.  The material used to build the tower are made from local recyclable structural steel, glass partitions, security doors, electrical panels and furniture.

This live green environmentally friendly garden was a fresh and tasty stopover, providing me with a healthy sense of relief that even in urban USA, a plot of sustainable garden can still be found.