A Magical Time

The Holidays and all of their hustle and bustle are almost upon us.  Now is a wonderful time to take a moment or two to contemplate this particular time of year before getting to busy. I read an article that explained this idea so well.  I hope you enjoy the excerpt I have included here.

WELCOME TO ALL THE RICH DARKNESS

R.Rose shares some lovely thoughts     November 1st, 2017
“As Autumn closes in, and winter begins, the ‘veil’ between the worlds is said to be thinnest. And this can be an invitation to look back, and remember that we are not living our lives alone, but we are part of a long, long line, full of human story. History, and herstory. Stories we can draw from. 

Take time to pause, and honour the line of people who came before you, if that feels right. 

It’s a magical time, the light finally giving in to the dark. We are entering the darkest, coldest phase of the year. Autumn is ending, winter is beginning. Knowing that we need the dark as much as the light – in all things – we can choose to embrace it wholeheartedly. The light will return in Spring, and for now, we can welcome the opportunity to journey inwards a while, carving out time to hibernate, and to rest, as our modern lives plough on relentlessly, as our Earth slows and cools. Our Earth, tipping herself into balance. We can tip, too. 

Cycles, always – all ways.

Trees are burying their final leaves, and we had our first frost yesterday. I woke to the early morning to the hum of a car engine, heaters on. So longing are we for warmth and light that we have even changed the clocks again. An extra hour of light in the morning, for a week or two. The cycles of the natural world peeking in to our lives unseen, almost.

The joy of it is – even though we spend much of the year feeling cold about the return of winter – we do greet it with great celebration, candles lit for ancestors across cultures, and – in England – an evening of frosty bonfires with loved ones this week, we do mark the beginning of winter with huge celebration, with fire, and with light. Quite the party, really.

So, here’s a welcome to all souls, a welcome to this opportunity to remember and honour our roots. Light a candle and let it burn, if that feels right, and pause a while. And here’s a welcome to winter. Welcome to all the rich darkness you bring, time for reflection, curling up, and excuses to be cosy. Light a fire, and allow the embers to warm the bones that have carried you this year.”

So with renewed warmth and spirit, we move forward into celebrating our various holiday traditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change of Seasons

Well, I had started a blog to post about the upcoming eclipse, but I didn’t finish it.

So here we are, riding that eclipse energy of change right up to the change of seasons and the upcoming Autumnal Equinox.  “The equinox occurs on Friday Sept. 22nd at 1:02 pm (West Coast).  The sun will rise and set exactly in the east and west.  It will move in a laser-straight line across the sky. It’s a time of precision and a good time to contemplate the idea of equality.”*

Fall has always been my favorite season.  The changing colors are glorious!  The busy-ness of summer slows down, the very air smells different and turns cool and crisp, the harvest of the gardens, fields and orchards comes to a celebratory finish.

Our energies shift as well.  We begin to turn inwards, we start to think of cozy places indoors and lovely warm foods – soups, stews, baked apples, warm bread.

In the shop we have a versatile Food Mill and a Vegetable Chopper to help with your preserving and cooking.  Some wonderful Gardener’s Salve to refresh your hands after harvesting or cleaning up your yard.  And beautiful stone or salt candle holders to warm your home.

Welcome Autumn!

 

*from This Week’s Amazing Sky in the Farmer’s Almanac.

 

 

 

Centered Lifestyle

Here at Inner Oasis we carry a variety of products.  We have two distinct groups of items: Metaphysical and Kitchenware.

We are often asked why we have two seemingly diverse sections. “Why aren’t you just a New Age Metaphysical store? Why don’t you just sell kitchen and household items?”

The usual answer is that we like to have a little something for a broad range of people.

The other day I was talking to someone I hadn’t seen in awhile and I mentioned that I am now working at a shop on Third Street called Inner Oasis.  She was intrigued by the name and wanted to know what we sell. So I gave the usual answer –  “We sell metaphysical items and kitchenware”.  She said -“So, your store nourishes the body and the spirit.”

I loved her response!  It was so simple, so direct and so Right!  I don’t know why that hadn’t occurred to me, but it didn’t.  That said, it will be my response from now on.

At Inner Oasis we aim for a relaxed, healing environment.  We carry gifts for the soul, items to inspire and tools to help.

The goal of our kitchenware is help make cooking healthier and easier.     In particular, the Lekue Products for the microwave, save more nutrients by using less water and shorter cooking times.  And on these hot summer days, spending less time with the oven and/or stove heating up the kitchen is a great bonus!

Our Salt Lamps, Incense, Stones and Singing Bowls help create a serene and centered atmosphere.

The soaps and lotions from R&J Riverbrooke Farm are gifts for the senses.

We also carry jewelry and other items to enable you to enhance your energy and lift your spirit wherever you go.

Have a Joyful Day.

Have you heard of ChicWrap?

Let Us Introduce You!

ChicWrap is professional grade Parchment Paper, Plastic Wrap and Foil.  Each roll comes  in it’s own refillable dispenser that is made to sit right on your counter, as well as fitting in a drawer!

 

Each roll includes a starter-edge to initially insert through the slot in the dispenser.  Four rubber feet are attached to the bottom of the box for stability.  The box is reusable.  And Yes, we carry the individual rolls for refills.

Professional Grade Plastic Wrap, Foil and Parchment Paper in handy dispenser boxes

The Plastic Wrap is Professional Grade wrap that is BPA free and FDA approved.  It is used by professional chefs around the world.  It is stronger, has better stretch and provides unmatched cling for sealing in freshness.  The dispenser comes with one 250 roll of plastic wrap.

The Foil is professional grade HTS (Heavier, Thicker, Stronger) aluminum foil. It is moisture-proof, grease-proof and odor-proof and is made to withstand high heat and extreme cold with unmatched strength and quality.  Perfect for everything from grilling to freezer storage.  The dispenser comes with one 25 foot roll of aluminum foil.

The Culinary Parchment Paper is non-stick and seals in nutrients and enhances food’s natural flavors while eliminating the need for synthetic cooking sprays.  Culinary Parchment products are not only 100% biodegradable, but they are also FSC and Kosher certified. The dispenser includes a 41 foot roll of parchment paper.

So far, I have had the most experience with the Parchment Paper.  I had run out of the brand I was using and wanted to give this one a try.  I use parchment paper to line my cake pans, and cookie sheets and to layer in between items for freezing.  This Parchment Paper handles well and freezes well.  It does not get soft and soggy and does not stick to the food.

Another way I use Parchment Paper is to make little packages of cut up bananas to freeze for smoothies.  I dice the bananas ahead of time, wrap them in the Parchment Paper and then I can put several little packages of bananas in one freezer bag, ready to pull out and use anytime.

 

 

 

 

ChicWrap makes a great gift for the baker, the person who likes to BBQ, for newlyweds, for housewarmings and many other occasions.

 

Hello May

Take a look at our specials, just in time for Mother’s Day.

May is here and we have lots of things on sale, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Our Lekue Pasta Cookers, Bacon Cookers, Small & Large Deep Steamers, Small & Large Roaster/Steamers and Small & Large Regular Steamers are now 30% off.

 

The Lekue Spring Form Quiche Pans, Spring Form Cheese Cake Pans, Bread Makers, Jelly Roll Kits and Macaroon Kits are now 25% off.

 

These purchases come with Free Gifts while supplies last.

The Roaster/Steamer’s are also wonderful baking pans.  The large size even fits in my toaster oven.  I used the Roaster/Steamer to bake brownies and cornbread and they both turned out beautifully!


Don’t forget that Saturday May 6 is Lemonade Day!  So keep an eye out for Lemonade Stands in your neighborhood and downtown on 3rd Street.

 

Our Blog has been Updated

Our blog page has been updated!

We have some new products to share and some staff favorites as well.

Have you heard of VitaJuwel?  VitaJuwel products are made to enhance water with the use of gem stones.  “Everything in nature vibrates.  Gems naturally act like a source of subtle vibrations.  These vibrations inspire water, making it more lively and enjoyable.”   They are beautiful as well.

assorted stones in our VitaJuwel Vials and Droplets

We now carry Chic Wrap – World’s Best Plastic Wrap, Aluminum Foil and Parchment Paper for all your kitchen needs.  These are professional grade products.  They come in handy refillable dispensers that feature a Zipsafe Slide Cutter.  And yes, we carry the refills too.

professional grade

Our staff favorite for this blog is from Louise – I have many favorite products at Inner Oasis, but today’s pick is the Shrubbie.  The Shrubbie is super absorbent Cotton on one side with a gentle Nylon scrubbing surface on the other side.   This is my favorite scrubber for washing dishes and cleaning up spills.  They are gentle enough to use on my flat surface stove and rugged enough to clean out my pots and pans.  They also come in a rainbow of colors.

best scrubbers

April’s Tip Of The Month – try using our citrus prayer to spray lemon or lime juice on your cut fruit to keep it from turning brown.

It Works!

And remember our Spring Fling Specials are going on now through Sunday April 30th!  Come on in and see what’s new.

 

New Popover Pan

Introducing USA Pan’s newest.. a nonstick Popover Pan

USA Pan
6-well Non-stick Popover Pan

The Popover Pan is the perfect non-stick baking pan for producing tall, light and  fluffy popovers with an airy interior and crispy exterior. Featuring deep wells and innovative cup design, the popover pan promotes enhanced air circulation for quick rising and perfectly golden brown tops

Popovers

Try this outstanding Popover recipe from USA Pan

Light, Fluffy, Popovers

Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs warmed in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes
  • 1 1/2 C mil – skim or low fat preferred
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 3 TBS melted butter

Instructions:

Preheat over to 450 and make sure the rack is near the bottom of the oven (prefer one up from bottom) Whisk  together eggs and milk, add salt sugar and flour and mis thoroughly. Small lumps are ok.  Add butter and stir to combine. Divide the batter among the wells of your USA Popover Pan. Bake at 450 for 20 minute.  Then, wihout opening the oven door, reduce the oven temp to 350 and bake an additional 10 to 15 min.  If the popovers are browning too much on the top, place a rack at the top of the oven and place a cookie sheet on top to shieldtops.  Once done, remove from oven and slit the tops with a shapr knife to release steam.  Serve immediately.

Sourdough Crackers

Sourdough Crackers

from Guest Chef Lucas Knapp

  • 1 C Sourdough starter
  • 1/3 C melted butter
  • 1 C unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbs smoked paprika
Sourdough Crackers with Sea Salt

Mix sourdough starter and butter. Add flour a little at a time and mix until dough is tiff. Cover and set aside 8 to 35 hours.

Preheat over to 35o. Add baking soda, salt and paprika to dough. Knead well to incorporate. Grease a cookie sheet. Using a rolling pin roll dough to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. The thinner the cracker the faster it will bake.

Sprinkle coarse grain salt over the rolled-out cracker dough. Use a pizza cutter to cut into squares or triangles. Bake 10 min. If crackers are still soft, continue to bake, checking every 5 to 10 minutes.  Bake time is usually 15 to 30 minutes.

Recipe adapted from The Pocket Farmer.com  by Chef Lucas Knapp

Create your own sourdough starter – from guest Chef Lucas Knapp

Chef Lucas Knapp demonstrates Sourdough

From Guest Chef Lucas Knapp

Sourdough Starter:

Mix thoroughly 1/2 C Flour and 1/2 C filtered Water.  Cover with a cloth and leave in a warm place overnight. After 24 hours mix in 2 Tbs flour plus 2 Tbs filtered water every day. When starter is bubbly, it’s ready to use in baked goods. Refrigerate when not in use.

For advanced sourdough starter care (after the initial bacterial colonies are established – about a week), discard half (or use for baking) and replace with fresh water and flour to prevent the yeast from starving due to overpopulation.