Staying Healthy this Winter

The ancient Chinese believed that human beings should live in harmony with the seasons. The cold and darkness of winter urges us to slow down. This is the time of year to reflect on our health, replenish our energy, and conserve our strength and prepare for the new life and energy of spring

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Shiitake Mushroom Soup to boost your immune system

Shiitake mushrooms contain a powerful compound called lentinan, which enables your immune system to fight diseases and infections more efficiently.  Shiitake mushrooms are believed to be more effective than many prescription drugs. Shiitake mushrooms can help you battle more common infections like influenza to more serious health ailments like cancer and HIV.

This soup recipe also contains the herbs sage and thyme which can strengthen your lungs, decrease inflammation and help clear nasal and chest congestion.

Shiitake Mushroom soup

3 tablespoons  olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds shiitake sliced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, or brown rice flour
5 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons chopped sage
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
1 teaspoon paprika
salt & pepper to taste

Heat oil  in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion, garlic, and mushrooms, stirring until very soft aabout 7 minutes..  Add the red wine vinegar and cook for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and continue cooking, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.  Gradually add the stock and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until the soup thickens slightly.  Add the sage, thyme, and paprika.  Cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes or until heated through.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.


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Reiki Clinic Sat. Nov 17

Stressed out?  Tired?  Insonmia? Pain?

Try Reiki

Reiki is a simple and natural healing method using the universal life force energy that exists in all living things. If our life force energy is low, one is more prone to fatigue, stress, and illness. When the natural flow of this energy is increased during a session, the chakras and energy channels are cleared and brought into alignment, increasing the body’s self healing abilities and allowing one to feel a sense of deep relaxation and well being.

A Reiki session will:
1.Balance and strengthen the energy body, promoting its ability for self healing
2. Bring about deep relaxation
3. Clear energy blockages
4. Promote the bodies natural energy flow, increasing vitality and feelings of harmony and joy
5. Help relieve pain, physical and mental discomfort, anxiety and stress

Join us for A special Reiki clinic on Sat Nov 15

10AM – 2PM

Call650-344-8499or email at

to reserve your space

$20.00 for 20 minutes (no credit cards accepted)

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Finding Eco-friendly Electronics Manufacturers

recyclingGoing green and being in the market for new electronics seem to be at odds with each other.  Nevertheless, there are plenty of us who are interested not only in getting a new laptop, but also making sure the manufacturer follows good practices.  I’ll share with you three great resources for making sure your next electronics purchase is eco-friendly.

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