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July 2015

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness.Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines mindfulness as:1:  the quality or state of being mindful2:  the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis; also:  such a state of awareness When I think of mindfulness now, I think of yoga, meditation, hot tea and incense.  And calm.Calm is a difficult concept for me.  With all of the roles I play in my life and the hecticness of my calendar, I don’t makeenough time for myself.  As an aside:  Notice I said make instead of find time.  There’s enough time.  As much as I joke that I could use more hours in the day (couldn’t we all?) if it’s important to you, you’ll find the...

An Excerpt from The Golden Skillet

I don't wear skirts. I don't wear heels. If I haven't made that obvious yet, then my apologies for losing you this late in the game. But for some reason I felt compelled to wear a black skirt with black heels for Daisy's viewing day, which comprised of one afternoon and one evening show. I say "show" because when I think about it now, for some reason we should have had some balloon races or a magician. Instead, we had photo montages and pregnancy banter since a handful of attendees were sporting baby bumps - children who would never experience her pancakes or Duck Pond triumphs. I was fine with the standard socializing and grieving that is part of the process of a loved...

Why Mind Key Is My Second Home – Tamara Rokicki

When you’re a writer, it’s very difficult to find that homey, comfortable feeling.  The world, as we see it, is this monotonous and rule-enforced place in which we spend a timeline called life.  It’s beautiful and enjoyable, don’t get me wrong, but when you have a story to tell, the real world just doesn’t cut it.  There are words to be found, immortalized, and written to craft stories that have yet to be told.  It’s both a heavy and exhilarating burden because the struggle to produce such stories, and then share them with the world, requires a huge leap into the unknown—and it requires faith.  The Leap of FaithAmong the vulnerability, chaos and uncertainty of putting yourself out there, as a writer you need to...

My Mind Key Experience – Tara Ann Lesko

My involvement in Mind Key has given me a new appetite for knowledge and self-expression. Until I met Danielle Rose and started participating in Mind Key the Blog, I had no idea I could be a multi-faceted writer and artist. The topics I have written about for the blog, and the creative spirits I have met through the Mind Key Project have opened an otherwise cynical and one-track mind. Okay, I am still a bit cynical and rough around the edges. But Mind Key has persuaded me to explore boundless realms of creativity and spirituality.Let me put it this way. If someone told me three short years ago I would be starting a collage party business and studying shamanism or tarot, I would have smacked...

How Mind Key began

I began Mind Key the Novel as a writer exploring the illuminated spaces in my mind.  It began after a focusing session where I gave substance and vision to the persistent lump in my throat….That's when things began to change.  I always knew I had the ability to manifest my reality through my art, but this novel allowed me to do more than just create, it allowed me to see the world around me more clearly.  My guides and the faeries in my life began revealing themselves through the words on the page. They encouraged me to take chances, be daring and follow my dreams.And so I did.Arwork my Michelle FarenciWhat I never expected was the overwhelming response this endeavor would cultivate.  People began rallying...

Charla’s story of Mind Key – Charla Dury

I’ve been blogging off and on for nine years.  That’s right, I said 9 whole years!  I started on MySpace (can you believe that I mentioned MySpace to a younger coworker today and he had no idea what I was talking about?) and I gained a tremendous following.  Over 300 subscribers.  I blogged about  family, friends, life, politics, love, kids, poetry (and poetry games) and personal experiences. Pretty much anything.  Except fiction.  I read fiction, I don’t write much of it.   Sadly sinking MySpace I blogged on MySpace for a few years, making many new friends along the way.  I created Charlapalooza and Walk The Word (incredibly attended and insanely popular poetry games,) was picked up as a weekly poet on TheBlueDoodle.com and, with...

Excerpt from “Blood Ties, Book One of From Broken Wings Series”

Excerpt from From Broken Wings a novel by Tamara Rokicki. No one could figure out what had happened to Kyna—the young girl—but from the wounds on her neck they decided it was the attack of a rabid wolf that had entered the cottage through an open window.  Many believed this theory, although some found the incident odd and unsettling. If only they knew, Antha thought. Kyna’s father had blamed himself for forgetting the window open, his sunken face unable to speak or eat since the death of his daughter.  A knot formed in Antha’s throat and more than anything she wanted let him know he wasn’t to blame.  But she couldn’t. If she revealed the truth, her sister Áine would be burned at the stake.  ...

In A Nutshell: Cooking As A Creative Endeavor

Over time cooking has evolved from a mere necessity to a creative outlet.  Generation after generation cherishes traditional recipes collected through their family line, while new age chefs are always in search for the next creative menu.  Cooking (and baking!) has endless possibilities, varied meanings, and most of all a way to connect entire cultures. This past week our Mind Key writers have shared some of their thoughts and memories for our Cooking As A Creative Endeavor theme.Made by Sweet Sweet WonderlandTamara Rokicki highlights two baking enthusiasts.  In Sweet Sweet Wonderland, we find a quaint little shop in the heart of Milford, PA.   Indeed it is the sweetest part of town—with decadent cakes and gourmet cupcakes it provides freshly made treats bound to make your mouth...

Sweet Sweet Wonderland

A little jewel hiding in the quaint town of Milford, PA,  Sweet Sweet Wonderland indulges locals and visitors alike to gourmet cupcakes and one of a kind sweets.  Using only fresh ingredients, these delicious treats are made on-site daily.  The menu offers a variety of options even for the pickiest dessert seeker.  Among seasonal treats, cookies and brownies, gourmet flavors are waiting for you to sink your teeth in their moist, jelly-filled, mousse layers.  The cupcake creators of Sweet Sweet Wonderland aim to grow and adapt to the ever changing culinary needs and wants of their community.  Check out their website to see samples of their decadent, specialized flavors and creations....

I love to cook!

I'll say it again, I love to cook.  I love to eat, too, so that works out well.  I love trying new foods, I even love grocery shopping.  I love to explore the grocery store (found bottles of clam juice today.) A few years ago, I subscribed to E-Meals. I got this awesome Groupon that gave me twelve months of meal plans and grocery lists for like $30 or some equally shocking amount.  I was all gung ho to use them.  They came by email each Thursday.  Sweet!  New food possibilities!  Then I realized that I live with a bunch of guys who choose to have limited flavor pallets. Sad. I looked at the awesome recipes and my running diatribe sounded something like this...

When Passion and Creativity Meet: Crystal’s Unique Cakes

Baking can be such a creative outlet.  The cool thing about the entire process is the memories one makes while making a one of a kind sweet.  My friend Crystal is one of those people who does it all; home schools her kids, spends great quality time with family, works out like a rock star and bakes her little heart out!  When I thought about this week’s theme, Cooking as a Creative Endeavor, I immediately thought of her baking creations.   What makes her baked goods so unique is that I can totally see a little part of her in every creation.  We all know someone in our life whose qualities and attributes seem to reflect them in whatever they do.  That’s Crystal and her special...

My Love For Italian Cooking

Being born and raised in Italy has been a huge part of my life.  My upbringing is deeply rooted in the Italian culture and its traditions.  Of course, a huge part of my diverse cultural upbringing is Italian food.  In my family, and as in most Italian families, cooking isn’t just a way to enjoy good, wholesome food.  It’s also a comforting part of life, a way to bring everyone close together.  Growing up, I’ve seen my grandmother, mother, aunts and even my father cook traditional Italian recipes, at times spiced up with their own different flare, with so much gusto and pride.  It made cooking—and of course, eating!—a much more interesting affair, one that left a mark in our souls, a sweet story to...

Torta di Marmellata Recipe

Torta di Marmellata Jam PieWhat you will need:·      1 stick of butter·      ½ cup of sugar·      ½ cup of flour·      a pinch of salt·      2 eggs·      any jam/jelly of your choosing·      powdered sugar·      9 inch pie panHow to prepare:1.     Preaheat the oven at 350 degrees.2.     In a mixer combine together the sugar and butter for two minutes.3.     Add the eggs one at a time and the salt, mixing well.4.     Place the mix in a well-buttered pie pan.  On top of the mixture place big spoonfuls of your favorite jam evenly throughout.5.     Put pan uncovered in the oven for 15 minutes. Take out and sprinkly powdered sugar all over top of pie. Put back in the oven for another 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted...

Italian Involtini Recipe

InvoltiniYields: 8, one for each person.What you will need:·      4 hard boiled eggs, each one cut in half·      8 slices of Mortadella or  Prosciutto·      ½ to 1 cup of Fresh Parsley, finely chopped·      ½ cup of Pecorino or Parmesan Cheese·      ½ to 1 cup of garlic, finely chopped·      8 large but thin beef steaks (You can also use veal meat for this, as well.  Some supermarkets slice meat and label it Braciole.)  If you only find a cut that is too thick to pack with ingredients and roll, use a meat mallet to pound them thin.·      4 tbs of olive oil·      Salt and Pepper·      Tomato sauce already cooking slowly on the stovetop*How to prepare them:1.     Place a slice of mortadella or prosciutto on each meat...