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What does my stone do?

Many people ask that.  If you look on any crystal healing and metaphysical sites, you will see a huge amount of information that in the end, pretty much tells you that every crystal does everything.

There are important things to note about crystals.  They are little parts of our planet, with their own energy.  Their energy will interact with your energy for unique results for each one of us.  This is why some stones may feel really good for one person while others feel “off” for another.  

So with that said, what is the best way to know? Well – the fact is that forces in our planet have been hard at work for years creating these little gems!  They were created by the fires of volcanoes, the layering over time of debris, water currents or even the extreme pressures of continental plates pushing against one another.  These energies are tied into the matrix abd creation of each stone, so ultimately they are going to be dictating what energies that stone is aligned with.

So the next time you want to know the energy of a stone, instead of heading to a metaphysical site, head to wikipedia and see how that little gem was created!

Creation

So how did your stone come to life? What it underwater? Was it deep in the earth with intense pressure of a crater? Was it through a volcanic eruption? All of these things can give you a glimpse of the type of energy stored in each stone!

Colors

Colors have an impact on the energy of a stone in that it vibrates at a certain frequency.  So whatever energies are inside of that stone, that energy will be somewhat affected by the color frequency of that stone.

  • Red, Orange, Yellow: Creativity, power, change, drive, stamina, courage, lust, purification
  • White, Light Blue, Clear: Calming, focus, Healing, Spirits
  • Black, Brown: Grounding and Protection
  • Green – Prosperity, health, abundance
  • Dark Blue – Meditation, thought, Clarity, Academics
  • Pink, white: Love, relationships, self-love
  • Purple: Calming, stress relief, psychic ability.

Elements

Another easy way to see what types of energy are in that stone is to look at what elements created them.  If they were created deep in the earth through intense heat and pressure, the primary elements are earth and fire.  If they were created near a water via hydrothermal energy, they contain water and fire.  If they were created through erosion, they contain air and so on.

  • Fire: Stones formed through fire bring passion, drive, excitement, courage
  • Water: Stones formed through water bring healing, relationships, emotions, personal development
  • Earth: Stones formed through earth bring healing, abundance, prosperity, luck, grounding
  • Air: Stones formed through air bring clarity, psychic development, thought, creativity, communication, movement

 

Want to learn more? Visit us in Rock Hill or even sign up for our Gemstone Classes!

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Spiced Hot Cocoa

By Lynne Webb

Spiced Hot Cocoa

  • Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Ground Allspice
  • Pinch of Ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder (or vanilla extract)
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water

Preparation:

Whisk all the dry ingredients together with the water. Once the cocoa is thoroughly blended, heat to desired drinking temperature either in the microwave or on top of the stove.

Note: You can always use 3/4 cup of milk in place of the water and dry milk if you plan to drink the cocoa right away.

Makes 1 serving

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve hot cocoa with a candy cane swizzle stick
  • Float some marshmallows or whipped cream and grate some dark chocolate over top
  • Reduce the sugar to 1-1/2 teaspoons and add a shot of your favorite liqueur ~ Kahlua, Amaretto, Frangelico, etc.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little surprise heat

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For more great fall ideas visit mygourmetconnection.com!

 

Chai-Spiced Popcorn Bars

Check out this tasty recipe by Christine Gallary!
Makes 20 pieces

For the chai spice:
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Large pinch ground cloves
Large pinch freshly ground black pepper

For the popcorn bars:
– Cooking spray or butter, for greasing the baking dish
– 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
– 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
– 1 (10-ounce) bag mini marshmallows
– 12 cups popped popcorn

For the chai spice: Combine all the spices together in a small bowl. Set aside 1/2 teaspoon of the spice mixture for sprinkling on the top; reserve the rest for mixing into the popcorn bars.

For the popcorn bars: Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper, making sure there is extra paper hanging off of 2 sides. Coat the paper and sides of the pan with cooking spray or butter; set aside.

Melt the butter in a large pot over low heat. Stir in the spice mixture and salt and cook until the spices are fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the marshmallows and cook, stirring occasionally, until completely melted and smooth, 6 to 8 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the popcorn. Stir with a rubber spatula until the popcorn is completely coated in the marshmallow mixture. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and use hands dampened with water to press it into the corners of the pan and into an even layer. Sift the reserved 1/2 teaspoon chai spices over the surface of the bars and let cool completely, about 10 minutes.

Grasp the parchment and lift the bars out of the baking dish and onto a cutting board. Cut into 20 pieces.

Recipe Notes

  • Storage: These bars are best eaten the same day they are made, as they soften up quickly. If you have leftovers, store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

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For more tasty fall recipes by Christine Gallary visit her food blog at http://www.thekitchn.com/

The inside on Allspice!

allspice-spoonAlthough you may know Allspice from it’s usage in gingerbread cookies, this spice can do so much more for your fall cooking line up!  This fragrant spice, either whole or ground – can be used in both savory and sweet dishes!

Allspice comes from a Tropical evergreen in the Myrtle Tree Family.  It’s name – Allspice – was given because it seemed to combine flavors from many different spices in this tiny little peppery looking gem!

A few whole pellets of Allspice can be added to rice to flavor a large batch or to brine for for turkey, pork and other meats as well.  

If you prefer to use ground Allspice, remember that a little goes a long way! You can sprinkle some on roasted root veggies or add a half a teaspoon to your favorite Chili recipe to give it a little kick!

For a new treat with Allspice – try two fantastic holiday recipes:

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Come Celebrate Halloween with us!

It is finally here! Our favorite time of the year! Come spend your Halloween with us this year!  we have a fun filled day ready for you!

  • Trick or Treating for kids of all ages!
  • Get 10% off anything in the store if you come in costume!
  • Special Halloween services at discounted rates! Each 15-minute appointment is $20, and you can schedule it ahead of time (call us at 803-818-2133 to Schedule yours)! Readers available below (reading times available from 12PM to 630PM):
    • Kevin Sanders – Rune Readings
    • Monica Mims – Astrological Readings
    • Lady Raven – Tarot Readings

This year we are also giving back to our community by collecting coats and jackets for the Crisis Assistance Ministries and non-perishable items for the Second Harvest Food Bank! Drop off your donation anytime between Monday 10/24/2016 and Halloween and get entered in our raffle!

Raffle Prizes are

First Place: Up to a $50 Credit towards any jewelry item in the store (your choice)

Second Place: A 20-minute Rune Reading with Kevin Sanders (Valued at $30)

Third Place: A $25 credit towards any jewelry item in the store (your choice)

A coat or jacket donation will earn you 2 raffle tickets and a food item will earn you 1 raffle ticket.  Raffle will be held on Tuesday, November 1st.  You do not need to be present to win!

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Canadian Shipping Update!

Just a quick note to let our Canadian customers know that we are updating our shipping options to Canada. Due to the possible pending stoppage with Canada Post, we are shifting all of our Canadian Shipping to Fedex instead.

Unfortunately this will increase the cost for our Canadian customers since FEDEX shipping is significantly more expensive than shipping via USPS (which partners with Canada Post), but our main concern now is making sure that customers receive their packages.

We will be keeping a close eye on the situation with Canada Post and will once again offer our regular lower-priced USPS shipping options once that situation is resolved.  Thank you so much in advance for your understanding and patience!

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Shamanite and More!

Just in – three new stones for you to choose from!

Black Calcite

Black-calciteBlack calcite is also known as “Shamanite”.  This stone is formed when large quantities of carbon infiltrate Limestone and calcite deposits.  It is generally found in Colorado in the United States.

Black Calcite is a fantastic grounding and protection stone.  But it is unique in that at the same time it does promote psychic development, while keeping you grounded.  This may sound like a contradiction but the high energy vibrations of this stone make it ideal for Shamanic Journeys (hence the name “shamanite”).    It is fantastic for removing negativity and for psychic protection while journeying.

We have received a shipment of 12 of these beautiful clusters.  Come get yours before they are all gone!

Red Quartz Clusters

Another beautiful find are these gorgeous Red Quartz Clusters!

Req-quartzRed Quartz happens when Hematite, pyrite or sphalerite bonds clear quartz – hence the color red!

Red quartz can be used to boost physical power and energy.  It is an excellent stone for those recovering from surgery, anemia and any type of constitutional deficiency.    It is also a great stone to keep around to boost your energy levels at times of high stress and tiredness.  We have a limited supply – come check them out!

Watermelon Tourmaline

watermelon-tourmalineWatermelon Tourmaline is a rare variety of Tourmaline that displays three different colors of Tourmaline in the same crystal (green, pink and White)!  These colors occur 100% naturally, through no human manipulation and are fairly rare!

This is great stone to balance male and female energies within yourself.  It can be used to attract love and to balance out all types of unbalances that can cause trauma and confusion.  All tourmalines have strong healing energy, but these in particularly not only heal but also balance.  This is a wonderful stone to work with the heart and throat chakras!

Small Celestite pieces to go!

celestite-chunksWe all love Celestite but the problem is that it can sometimes be fragile to carry around with you on a daily basis! Well – these little chunks of Celestite are perfect for your pocket or small altars!  They are not only portable but an inexpensive alternative for those that cannot afford a larger cluster! Same energy – portable little package!

Come see our new stones in person! All of the stones listed have limited quantities!

Spice up your Cabinets!

A well stocked spice cabinet is the first step in creating delicious meals regardless of season!  Here are some of the spices we recommend to always keep on hand!

Bay Leaves

These aromatic, woodsy-tasting leaves are sold dried.  Rich with color, add bay leaves to soups, stews and marinades! Be sure to remove the leaves before serving!

Black Peppercorns

Slightly pungent, these add flavor to almost any dish! Always use whole peppercorns over the pre-ground versions.  It will be well worth the effort!

Cayenne Pepper

Made from a small, spicy red pepper, this is the foundation of many bottled hot sauces and spice rubs!  Try it on Chili!

 Cinnamon Powder

Warm and aromatic, this spice has a bittersweet flavor! Use it for baking, as well as adding earthiness and body to stews, chili and curry!

Clove Powder

This herb is a staple in holiday baking.  Rich and sweet it makes fantastic gingersnaps! A little goes a long way!

 

Curry Powder

A staple of Indian food, our curry powder contains over 10 different spices!

 

 Ginger Powder

Ground ginger has a more intense and astringent taste than fresh ginger.  This is a wonderful herb for baking as well!

Whole Nutmeg

A delicate and warm spice frequently used in baking can also be used in savory foods.  Adds flavor to squash, spinach and Béchamel sauce!

Dried Oregano

This wonderful and tasty herb is a member of the mint family! Often used in Mediterranean, South American and Cajun cooking.

 

Paprika Powder

This is a powder made from sweet peppers and can be available sweet or hot.  With it’s smooth red color, Hungarian Paprika is the highest quality, but we also carry domestic and Spanish varieties.  Can be used to season meat, seafood and vegetables.  It is also the traditional garnish for deviled eggs!

Rosemary Leaf

With a delicious aroma of Lemon and Pine, this herb is often used in Mediterranean dishes.  Also a delicious addition to Red Potatoes!

 Thyme Leaf

This delicate herb is incredibly fragrant.  Adds a subtle but delicious taste to meats, poultry and vegetables.  Very popular in Mediterranean, Creole and Cajun cuisines!

 

Spices generally have a shelf life of 12-18 months.  We recommend you purchase in small quantities so that you always have fresh spices on hand!

The meta-science of Crystals: Celestite!

Since we have just received a huge shipment of this beautiful stone, we wanted to share with you some cool facts about it!

Celestite is found worldwide, but in small quantities.  Although most of the time we associate it with the color blue, it can also be white, orange, colorless, green or grey – sometimes you can see all colors in the same crystal!  The largest blue Celestite geodes come from Madagascar,  but one of the largest geodes of Celestite in the world is located in the Put-in-bay cave in Ohio!

Celestite contains the metal Strontium, which is used to make fireworks.  Celestite often grows together with Barite and the two can be almost indistinguishable (although Barite is heavier).  Celestite is a sedimentary rock, which forms as layers upon layers of earth and rock lay on each other.  For this reason celestite is mostly found in sandstone and limestone deposits.  Celestite is generally considered a hydrothermal crystal which means it requires heat and water to form.

Energetically, Celestite is a strong crystal for communicating with your spirit guides or archangels.  It is a wonderful stone to improve mediumship abilities and meditation.  It can also be used to bring peace and calm after a hectic day.  Because of how Celestite is formed, it is strongly associated with the water element.

This crystal makes a perfect addition to a reading room, meditation room, yoga space or even personal altar.  Celestite promotes peace and harmony and is also excellent for those experiencing difficult emotional traumas.

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We have some beautiful pieces in stock! Come get yours today!

Star Anise – ‘Tis the Season!

Although this is a beautiful spice, it is one that many people are afraid to use.  Pretty to look at but what the heck do we do with it? Well here are some ideas!

What does Star Anise Taste like?

Star Anise has an almost perfect name with its classic star shape and the aroma of star anise is similar to anise seed and fennel but a bit more pungent. The taste is a bit sweet with licorice undertones and it provides a warm and mild numbing effect in the mouth.  Star Anise is often used in Oriental dishes with amazing results!

Star Anise Recipe

Star Anise pairs deliciously with apples!  We love this recipe by Nigel Slater:

Poached apples with ginger and anise

Nigel Slater’s Poached Apples with Ginger and Anise!

* Dessert apples 3 small to medium in size
* Juice of half a lemon
*Unfiltered apple juice  400ml
* Golden caster sugar 2  tablespoons tbsp.
* Star anise 2 whole pieces
* Preserved ginger 40g
* Syrup from the ginger jar 4 tbsp

Directions: Peel the apples, halve them and remove their cores. Toss gently in the lemon juice.

Pour the apple juice into a pan (large enough to accommodate the apples later) then add the caster sugar, star anise, the ginger sliced into coins, and ginger syrup. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat so the liquid simmers gently.

Lower the fruit into the simmering syrup and leave partially covered with a lid until they are tender. They are ready when a skewer will glide effortlessly through their flesh, which should take around 15-20 minutes.

Lift the fruit from the syrup with a draining spoon and place on a serving dish or in smaller individual dishes. Turn up the heat and bring the syrup to the boil.

Serve warm, three halves of fruit per person, in little dishes or glasses with some of the apple- and spice‑scented syrup spooned over.

(Photo by Jonathan Lovekin)

Star Anise Crafts

Star Anise is so versatile you can also use it at home to spice up the holiday scents and cheer! Here are delicious ideas!

Anise Napkin RingsStar Anise Napkin Rings

This is taken from the Martha Stewart November 1998 issue!

To Make it: Thread a piece of suede cord (or ribbon) under the stiff stem of the spice pod. If there is no stem, place a small dab of hot glue on the back of the spice pod, then press it into the cord or ribbon. Roll your linen napkins, position the star anise in front, then tie the cord in the back to secure it.

Star Anise Wreaths

Star Anise wreaths are easy to make! Simply use a foam wreath (any size) and glue star anise pods all around the wreath! They look beautiful, rustic and smell fantastic! For a little extra spice, add cinnamon sticks!

 

Holiday-teaStar Anise Tea?

You can even add one little star to a cup of tea or brew it by itself (beware it has a very strong flavor)!

It can be helpful to relieve several ailments like bronchial cough, indigestion, and the lower abdominal pain associated with PMS! (Be sure to

Go ahead – Order some Star Anise today!!

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