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Rhubarb Soft Drink Recipe

This is a simple Swedish recipe that I like very much. You can skip the lemon part if you want but for me, I prefer the lemon taste in that which takes away some of the bitterness in the rhubarb. This recipe makes 2 liters of intense soft drink which you can add cold water to for serving depends on your favorite taste of sweetness and intensity city. I do not like sweet drinks so I add lots of water to my glass. I hope you enjoy this spring weekend inspiration! 

You will need: 

2 kg of rhubarb
1 1/2 liter of water
juice or 1 lemon
1 kg of powdered sugar


Clean the rhubarb and cut it into pieces. Boil in water add the rhubarb and cook until is gets completely soft.

Pour through a silk cloth or thin filter to get read of the rhubarb pieces, and then allow to cool for 30 minutes.

Clean the pot and pour the juice back. Add the sugar, and lemon juice. Boil under constant foaming and until the juice is completely clear.

Pour into well-cleaned bottles.

Close the bottles and keep cool.

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Heart Chakra Opening Symptoms

For those who do not know what is the Heart Chakra: its the center of our being and emotions, the green Flower of Life- that supports our capacity to love deeply and unconditionally. It’s healing properties harmonize the mind and the body. The color green is associated with the fourth, or Heart, chakra. It is linked to our capacity to love and to feel compassion. This applies to our ability to love one another as well as our ability to love ourselves.

The heart is located at the center of our physical bodies; likewise, the Heart Chakra is located at the center of the chest and mediates between the lower (physical) and the higher (spiritual) planes of being. Green is the color of nature and Earth; it is a healing color that balances and harmonizes the connection between mind and body. Its sense is touch.

Try this: Take a deep breath and bring your awareness to your heart area. Think about something or someone that makes you feel happy and loved. Take another deep breath and feel the smile on your face. Now start bringing other people or circumstances into that loving, happy place.

In order to open the heart chakra we can practice:

  1. Acknowledging different parts of yourself that are at play in our daily life; some easy to recognize, some may be hiding in our shadow with guilt and shame or anger;
  2. Honoring and accepting the different aspects of our personality;
  3. Learning how to provide self-love
  4. Working out inner conflicts
  5. Learning how to make workable alliances with parts of yourself that tend to resist
  6. Taming our inner critic and be less judgmental towards oneself
  7. Traditional psychotherapeutic or self-development approaches might be helpful in identifying and working with the areas of resistance of blockage affecting the opening of your heart chakra.

When you open and balance your 4th energy center, you may experience the following heart chakra opening symptoms:

  1. Feeling love for others, for life in general
  2. Being more compassionate
  3. Being more acceptant with yourself
  4. Feeling inclined to forgive
  5. A better overall sense of balance and well-being
  6. Integration between with physical and earthly plane needs and spiritual aspirations
  7. Altruism, selflessness
  8. Harmonious, balanced control of the senses and emotions (does not feel like constriction or excessive control)
  9. The balance of female and male energies within oneself
  10. Harmony in relationships

Symptoms of a Heart Chakra Blockages/Imbalance

A blocked heart chakra manifests as a lack of love and compassion. Symptoms include:

  1. Loneliness
  2. Shyness and social anxiety
  3. Being overly critical towards yourself and others
  4. Holding grudges
  5. Inability to give or receive freely
  6. Suspicion and fear, especially in friendships and romantic relationships

At last, opening the heart chakra is an essential practice in a number of spiritual traditions. The fourth chakra becomes the mediator for divine love and access to non-dual states where there is only love, where the one who loves and the object of love, the lover and the beloved are one. As a person living in your 4th chakra, you may start to see love in anything and everything, being at peace and centered in your heart no matter the circumstances. You may find yourself effortlessly trusting other and interacting with people in a loving and graceful way.

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Rhubarb Crumble Pie Recipe

The house where I currently live has rhubarb plants. I watch its leaves grow quickly the past few weeks and couldn't stop thinking of the pie I will make when they finally complete their growth. 

As you may already know there are a lot of methods to make a rhubarb pie. I usually go with my own taste as I do not like too much sweetness. I am not a sweet tooth like the Swedes here! so I prefer to add less sugar, preferring brown sugar when making the crumble as well. 

As for the bottom, this time I used butter dough because I love love love it! just like my french fluffy croissant. Anyway, making the pie with the soft dough was perfect for my braces bite as I am not so comfortable yet with "hard food".  I hope you enjoy this spring inspiration! 

All-Butter Pie Crust
Makes one 9-inch pie crust

1 1/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the flour, salt, and sugar several times to combine. Scatter the pieces of butter on top and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal, with a few larger pieces. It's better to err on the side of caution and not over-process.

Add 2 tablespoons ice water and pulse until dough holds together when pinched. If necessary, add another tablespoon of water. You may need up to 4 tablespoons of water to reach the desired consistency. Pulse as little as possible — do not process so long that the dough forms into a ball.

Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. Shape the dough into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or freeze for up to 3 months.

Rhubarb Crumble Pie
Makes one 9-inch pie

1 recipe prepared All-Butter Pie Crust (recipe below) or any favorite recipe for a single-crust 9-inch pie
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup finely chopped almonds or almond meal
1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
4 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
1 3/4 pounds (about 6 cups) fresh rhubarb, ends trimmed, cut crosswise into 3/4-inch pieces
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot

*Whipped cream or crème fraîche, for serving

Roll the prepared pie dough out into a 13-inch circle. Roll the dough carefully over the rolling pin and transfer it to a 9-inch the pie plate. Tuck the dough into the bottom and sides of the plate. Snip the dough hanging over the edge leaving a 1-inch overhang. Fold this dough under itself and crimp the edges to seal, in a decorative pattern if desired. Chill the pie shell in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk the flour, almonds, brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. With your hands or a pastry blender, work in the butter until the dry ingredients are incorporated into the butter and large clumps form. Cover and place in the refrigerator.

Place an oven rack in the middle of the oven, place a large sheet of foil on the bottom of the oven, and preheat the oven to 375°F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the rhubarb, sugar, cornstarch and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Toss well to evenly coat the rhubarb with the dry ingredients. Transfer this mixture to the chilled pie shell.

Scatter the crumble mixture evenly over the top of the pie.

Place the pie in the oven. Bake until the topping is bubbling and the crust is browned about one hour. If the crust browns too quickly, cover loosely with foil. Cool completely before serving.

Serve with whipped cream or a dollop of crème fraîche.

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DIY Build and Decor a Farmhouse Dining Room Table

Hi, dear loyal readers! Nature whisper blog is back to be a home, food, decor focus lifestyle blog where I share my ideas, taste, and things that inspire me.  I've created another anonymous blog where I share my personal diaries and life theories with limited access to an only certain group of people who know me personally.  

This blog post is from 2014 archive and I am reposting it as a cooperation with the fantastic sawshub.com website. They have this amazing DIY article about How to Build DIY a Farmhouse Dining Room Table. The reason they are being featured in this particular blog post.

Once you are done making a DIY dining room table farmhouse style. Consider this country farm decoration idea to take it to the next level. I hope you enjoy this inspiration from my most pinned fall season , DIY decor on my pinterest profile

My Birthday Summer Wishlist: Featuring Zaful.com

Hello, lovelies! I am finally back with a summer Style Inspiration for my fashion readers, It been a while since I published a Personal Appearance blog post due to the busy traveling, moving, parenting studying schedule. 

This is a wishlist just in time for my birthday which is about 3 weeks from now. Luckily I have it sponsored by Zaful, a perfect online shopping platform that offers a fun, smooth and trustful shopping experience. Lots of feminine outfit styles that you wouldn't normally find in the clothing stores at your location. Thanks for their amazing creative designers!

 PS* for my friends who admired my summer dresses/outfits, these shopping websites I feature here are where I buy my personal outfits. 

About Zaful 

Zaful is your one-stop online shop for today's most daring, exciting and edgy fashion apparel. Our affordable collections are all about redefining trends, design excellence and exceptional quality to satisfy the needs of every aspiring fashionista. The original idea is to share the latest news and fashion trends on women's clothing with fashion-forward, free-thinking girls, and we offer the fast fashion worldwide. Read more 

Now Zaful offers a buy 4 get one FREE best sellers list, and 20 Off on new arrivals promotions especially for summer season. Which includes new stylish bikinis, jumpers, dresses, sleeveless tops and so on..

Here is my wishlist for SUMMER 2018
This is going to be a birthday treat for myself :-)

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How To Self-Love

"First I would like to thank all the loyal readers for the empowering feedback, anonymous or who know me personally. Now that my ships already sailed I would like to move forward and write in the Wisdom /Wellbeing category. To inspire those who are going throw similar experiences."

I am glad that I am one of the people who recover fast from whatever life throws at them. Coming out of co-dependency, the healing process starts first with acknowledging the problem and ends with regaining self-love and rebuilding self-image. It's important to set boundaries and find happiness as an individual. Set new balanced relationship goals that satisfy both parties. It's also important to spend time with friends, travel, do hobbies of your own. Separate and use certain periods of time to create a healthy dependence on your own. Have emotional balance, mastering your own emotions, If you been there like me and done it all effectively, you’ll know you’re back on track when the following traits become part of your personality:

  • You nurture your own wants and desires and develop a connection to your inner world. You see yourself as reliant, beautiful, loved, smart, and capable.
  • You are done with emotional games/manipulation, become emotionally mature, stable, safe and secure.
  •  Becoming clear about what you want and what you want to feel, as you narrow your options and get drawn to authenticity and people you can be yourself with without ego and submission or try to "fit in someone's box" pressure.
  • You say goodbye to abusive behavior. Awareness, change, and growth are necessary for you new relationships to overcome unhealthy relationship habits of the past. Caretaking and enabling behavior is acknowledged and stopped.
  • You establish an unshakeable, unremovable, unchangeable irrevocable fixation on knowing what/who you want, which is a mature authentic connection with an adult whom you can trust. 
  • You respond instead of react. Setting clear, firm boundaries means that you don’t automatically react to everyone’s thoughts and feelings. You tolerate other people’s opinions and do not become defensive when you disagree. You recognize that your reaction is your responsibility. You adopt a healthy skepticism regarding what others say about you (good or bad), and your self-esteem doesn't rise and fall as a result. You say no, and you accept hearing no.
  • Know and believe that you are the ONLY one responsible for your own happiness, and no ones else's.

How To Self-Love

1. Mindfulness: Having an open, curious, non-judging attitude; not overidentifying with negative stories about the self.

2. Self-kindness: Treating yourself kindly, rather than harshly. Extending the same care and support to yourself that you would to a good friend or loved one.

3. Common humanity: Allowing yourself to be human, to make mistakes and learn from them. Knowing that as humans we are not perfect, nor should we be expected to act flawlessly.

4. Challenge your negative story about yourself: If you can't feel compassion for yourself because you feel undeserving or “bad,” try to think about this as an old story. Notice the old story of why you are bad. Now find a way to challenge this interpretation. If you acted in an unhealthy or irresponsible way, ask yourself if there were circumstances that influenced your behavior. Perhaps you experienced past trauma, or you were caught in a stressful situation. Now make a commitment to try to learn from the experience, rather than beat yourself up over it. Other ways to challenge the story are to ask yourself if you’re seeing things in black or white, if you’re being too judgmental, or if you’re seeing the situation from only one perspective. Are there other, kinder ways to view the situation? Are you expecting yourself to be perfect, rather than allowing yourself to be human?

5. Use write or self-talk to encourage yourself: You may say something like, “It doesn’t help to beat yourself up,” or, “Everybody makes mistakes sometimes.” You may want to acknowledge yourself for trying, even if you weren’t successful. You may tell yourself to focus on the positive aspects of what you did as well as the negative ones, or that behavior change is a process, and you need to keep trying.

6. Be a life coach to yourself: Rather than punishing yourself with negative thoughts, gently guide yourself in a positive direction. You may ask yourself what led to the destructive behavior, whether it’s really what you want to be doing, and what the consequences are. Tell yourself that you have other choices, and it’s never too late to change. Then think about a concrete step you can take right away to move in a more positive direction or get up and try again. If someone else was mean and you let them get away with it, think about how you can set a limit or boundary to stop this from happening again.

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