A few years back, my former Corporate gig brought me to visit Rancho La Puerta. A beautiful spa and wellness retreat in Tecate, Mexico. Although a visit to this gem would be pricey on the average pocketbook, I love to have a little piece of the heavenly ranch at home once the cold air starts rolls into the north states. Their Mayan Hot Chocolate recipe does the trick. The surprise ingredient is pureed butternut squash! It adds a rich creaminess to the delicious beverage.
- 1 cup cooked butternut squash pulp
- 3 ½ cups milk
- 3 ounces Ibarra brand Mexican chocolate
- 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Directions: 1. In a blender, puree the squash with 1¾ cups of the milk until perfectly smooth. 2. In a large saucepan, mix the remaining 1¾ cups of milk, chocolate, and spices. With a whisk, stir over low heat until the chocolate is melted, then add the pureed squash. Do not boil. Strain through a coarse sieve to remove any trace of the squash fiber. 3. Reheat gently in a heavy saucepan. Serve in little demitasse cups, with a crisp cookie for dipping.
I woke up this morning at 5:00am from a few incredibly vivid dreams. The imprint when I woke was the type of one that lets you know your entire entity was working through many dimensions of thought and being. And then I cried…a lot. It felt like a pressure valve release to whatever my body was healing while I slept. It can be easy to feel completely alone in these moments, but then I remember that there actually is an entire Universe out there playing a roll. We are never alone.
Knowing that we all experience things differently, when retrograde Mercury comes about, it is an amazing reminder to slow down and take stalk. Be patient and honor what comes up. This is when I like to remind myself to acknowledge and respect whats happening around me but to try to keep grounded on my own path. Lessons will be brought up which ignites a natural push-or-pull but all for reasons of urging personal growth. As empathetic beings, we can easily get wrapped up with what comes along in our daily encounters with the tremendous energy during these planetary shifts. We’re all on this green planet together – the gentler we are on ourselves, the gentler we will be with others.
If you have time, flip thru Instagram for the beautiful photos of the blood moon from this morning and the full moon heading into lunar eclipse from last night. It’s a collage-type of reminder that we are all here together, seeing and experiencing the same things from different vantage points. Enjoy the show and the time to meditate, reflect and go with the flow.
Point of View x Beth Hoeckel
We push and push and push ourselves. Daily…and for all sorts of reasons both internal and external. Especially this time of the year – so many errands and multiple to-do lists and not to mention the general holiday stress that comes with weekend pressure and a countdown…but it’s Saturday! I for one am going to take this one easy…on myself. How are you going to kick back?
Sometimes happiness is found with a simple photo. With the holidays swirling our minds and bodies this week, I’m trying to slow down and acknowledge simplicity and calm. This snapshot is a breath of fresh air.