Friday, January 24, 2020

Savory Scones with Honeycrisp Apples and Cheese (and Cinnamon Oil Glaze)

Dozens of food-grade oil edible recipes in the new book
The Healing Powers of Essential Oils
By Cal Orey

Okay. So I have shared my feelings with you all about my love for California, a mecca of fresh produce due to it being an agriculture state. It’s chock-full of groves and orchards—not too far away from Lake Tahoe...

Apples and cheese are superfoods!
It took a recent trip up north out of the Golden State for me to appreciate what foods we have available to us—even during wintertime. I blame my limited food selection on being stranded in a hotel due to wacky weather. And December is not the time to go foraging for fresh grub in wild winds or a blanket of fog out of a sci-fi film. Read: It was spooky.

Flashback to a month ago. One morning I called room service from the hotel room. I asked, “Do you have any apples?” Then, I pushed the Golden State envelope. I asked. “Honeycrisp?” I heard one word that made me want to do the good vibrations dance. “Yes.” When the chef brought me a tray with hot coffee (yes, it was good but no organic milk), juice in a bottle (it sufficed), and one real red apple I was in heaven on Earth. It connected me to my home—California—since I was a kid growing up surrounded by fruit trees in my neighbors' backyards.

But the thing is,  I discovered we are blessed at the South Shore. We are able to go to our nearby supermarkets and buy a bag of fresh Honeycrisp apples and organic thyme--at the end of January. And I did just that this week.

This recipe is inspired by my love for apples, wherever I am; in the Golden State or en route to somewhere new and well, different, like last month.

Apple and Cheese Scones

2 ½ cups self-rising flour
¼ cup teaspoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup European style butter, cold small cubes 
1/2 cup organic buttermilk or half-and-half or Greek yogurt
1 brown egg
¾-1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
3/4 cup apples, Granny Smith or Honeycrisp, peeled, chopped
½ teaspoon thyme, fresh, chopped
A dash of ground pepper
¼ cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

* You can make a cinnamon glaze to drizzle on the scones. 1 cup confectioners' sugar, half-and-half to a nice smooth texture, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 toothpick food-grade cinnamon essential oil.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl mix flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add chunks of butter (sliced in small squares). Set aside. In another bowl combine buttermilk, egg, and cheese. Fold in apples, thyme, and pepper. Stir until a dough-like mixture forms. For a rustic scone, drop ½ cup spoonfuls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. (Or you can put dough into a buttered greased round baking dish.) Bake until light golden brown and crusty, about 12 to 14 minutes for individual scones; about 20 to 25 minutes for a round scone.  Remove from oven. Slice whole scone into triangles. Serve warm. Makes 8-10. *You can use cake flour for a lighter scone but then you’ll need 1 teaspoon baking powder.

You can savor the cinnamon oil glaze to spice up these savory and sweet scones. Or enjoy them as is with sliced fresh apples. These scones, drop or triangle, are easy on the eyes, and oh-so crisp, juicy, and flavorful. My adventure going off the hill taught me that we have both nature and a super selection of real foodstuffs year-round--right around the corner. Scone and a cup of tea, anyone? Organic low-fat milk? I'm on it.

 -- Cal Orey, M.A. Is an author and journalist. Her books include the Healing Powers Series (Vinegar, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Honey, Coffee, Tea, Superfoods, Essential Oils) published by Kensington. (The collection has been featured by the Good Cook Book Club.) Her website is

Monday, January 20, 2020

Follow Your Nose to Nature's Pharmacy! NEW Essential Oils-Aromatherapy Book--Valentine's Gift!

Follow your nose
to nature’s pharmacy: the garden, where the essence of flowers, fruits, and trees provide some of the most powerful and pleasurable sources of health and healing…
Discover the Benefits of Essential oils--

The Healing Powers of Essential Oils:

A Complete Guide to Nature’s Most Magical Medicine

This fascinating guide gives you the down-to-earth scoop on the top 20 oils—all of which are budget-friendly and available year-round in everyday products at your grocery store, health food store, and online. Learn how nature’s garden can help you: (Discover 20 well-loved oils—including eucalyptus, peppermint, mint, rose, and teas tree, pages 29-140)

Fight colds and stomach woes with medicinal eucalyptus and mint; Discover how nature’s aromatic oils with antioxidants lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and fight off inflammation, viruses, and bacteria. (Find out more about essential oil-fighting perks for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, pages 147-160)

Learn how age-defying spa treatments made from tea can soothe your skin, soften your hair, and give you an all-over glow and peace of mind. (Enjoy the Beau-tea-ful Possibilities with spa treatments you can do at home! Pages 215-225)

Stir up over 50 home cures to give yourself more energy, less stress, treat the common cold, insomnia, and more! (A super A-Z guide for folk remedies using a combination of teas in the comfort of your home, pages pages 173-213)

Enjoy comforting and fragrant recipes like Cinnamon Rolls and Gingerbread Squares. Lemon Oil Raspberry Muffins, Roast Chicken with Rosemary, and Lavender Salad Dressing paired with the salad stuff. (Love a Food-Grade Essential Oils Infused Menu-style collection of healthy recipes, pages 252-294)

Sprinkled with feel-good stories, travelogues, and unforgettable legends. The Healing Powers of Essential Oils shows you how the comfort and calm of scent can help you get and stay healthy, while taking you on an exciting aromatic adventure! Available at your fave online bookstore or physical bookstore like Barnes and Noble and others--(tradecover/ebook) Gift book for all four seasons. New Year, New You with essential oils and aromatherapy.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Welcome to Tea Land: The Healing Powers of Tea--Dog-Eared Pages for You!

By Cal Orey
Cybersale: The Healing Powers of Tea and Honey for Hot Tea Month!

Did you know wellness in a cup is in your kitchen cupboards? Tea, much like a best friend, is the versatile superfood that can be enjoyed as an amazing constant home cure, an age-fighting treatment, relaxing beauty remedy, household cleaner, and even infused in your favorite dishes--from Strawberry Banana Tea Muffins to Scallops in Black Tea Marinade!

As noted on the back cover of The Healing Powers of TeaA Complete Guide To Nature's Special Remedy (Citadel Press, Kensington)--
It picks you up and calms you down, warms you and refreshes you. With black, white, green, and herbal varieties, there's a tea for every taste, and now this time-honored superfood is trending as the drink of choice for health-conscious people of all ages and cultures.

Welcome to Tea Land!
This fascinating book boils down the rich history of tea--as well as the ever-expanding list of health and weight loss benefits found in its leaves.  

But this special one-of-a-kind tea book does so much more. It's sweetened with lively up close and very personal home and family to on-the-road stories with twists, turns, and real feelings (bonding with people and pets of all ages with tea as a vehicle) paired with inspiring legends about tea from yesteryear.

Discover how tea is a drink that goes back in history as well as the center for tea parties--stirs the imagination for the young at home and serves up exciting teas and treats in beautiful tea rooms for older people young at heart. (page 19)

Find out exactly how far people, perhaps like you, too, will go to get a cup of tea (a variety of types) no matter where you are or who you're with--man, woman, a group of people or dog--for survival's sake! (page 136)

Get the latest information from tea experts on how the superfood can tackle anxiety and depression during life's ups and downs--and big family losses linked to pain, grief, anger, acceptance, and a comeback to move on. (pages 145) 

Feel thrills and novelty vicariously experiencing adventures in traveling through wilderness up and down the West Coast, Midwest, Deep South, Northeast and Canada and cultural shock in new places but always tea soothing and part of the memory.  Alone with a canine companion, a new love, or in the company of wise elderly women and men--tea is a drink to cherish, a drink that bonds people. (page 77-78)

Stir up over 50 home cures to give yourself more energy, less stress--and feel younger, more happiness, vim and vigor while traveling or at home! (pages 155-156)

After a 3000 mile flight plan, imagine your fantasy-come-true final destination and you can relax with a cuppa tea and sense of adventure in a foreign country after the trials and tribulations in the process of getting there (plane, train, bus, cab, shuttle bus) and feeling homesick but tea helped calm the pain. (pages 191-192)
Enjoy super comforting and tea-licious recipes like Warm Scones with Jam and Assorted Finger Sandwiches. (pages 225-226; Tea Menu, pages 238-272)

And so much more! Enjoy the intriguing and unforgettable tales that reveal feelings of joy, loneliness, love, longing, security and comfort--all tea-inspired in The Healing Powers of Tea--#6 in the Healing Powers series.  
This very special, intimate book is full of new research, new recipes, and new home cures, penned from the tea-loving author's heart and soul pairs well with the upcoming gift size mass market The Healing Powers of Honey, Feb. 27!  Also, The Healing Powers of Tea is the perfect companion with The Healing Powers of Coffee and The Healing Powers of Chocolate. The collection is available at fine bookstores (on and offline) and ready for you  now.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Wintertime REAL Superfoods--Your Favorites from the Mediterranean Diet Ranked #1

By Cal Orey

*#7 Healing Powers Series book 2.99 at many online bookstores!

Did you know the keys to a long life and vibrant good health can be found on the shelves of your local supermarket?
Order for Autumn
a Gift for all

Apples, leafy greens, shellfish, yogurt—even ice cream and pasta. The latest scientific studies reveal that many of the classic foods you’ve always loved are superfoods that can supercharge your health! Not only are they delicious, they’re affordable—plus these essential farm-to-table favorites can work with any diet plan, from the balanced Mediterranean Diet to the hunter-gatherer Paleo plan.
 With over 50 recipes for both cooked and raw dishes, including smoothies and soups, a detox juice fast and a jump-start pounds-off diet, this down-to-earth guide will show you how to get healthy and stay healthy with body-friendly superfoods.
*Boost your immune system with citrus and nutrient-dense berries, including fresh, frozen, and dried. 

*Enjoy the healthy fats in eggs and nuts, including nut butters, to fight inflammation, slow the aging process, and lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

*Trade white sugar for antioxidant-rich sweeteners like maple syrup, the newest superfood!
*Create home remedies designed to ease anxiety, improve sleep, boost brainpower and enhance energy.

 *Keep your home spotless for kids and pets using eco-friendly superfood-rich formulas.
*Pamper your mind and body with the same food-based treatments that health spas use, including ingredients like seeds and seaweed. 

Now you can indulge in a Pesto Pizza or Berry Basil Smoothie, a Chicken Bone Broth or dark chocolate gelato, while chilling with an ancient-oats facial or relaxing in a warm, herb-scented bath. Infused with heartwarming stories and inspiring legends, The Healing Powers of Superfoods will take you to a world of wellness that starts at home with our favorite foods from Mother Nature—enjoyed in a new way with an exciting twist!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Author-Intuitive's Weather Predictions Gets Noticed by WeatherNationTV!

By Cal Orey

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  1. Thanks for such thorough coverage of the severe weather, such excellent work has become essential in these cold weather conditions. We at WeathernationTV, understand the need of people to on top of the latest and relevant updates; people need all the info they can get so that they can be fully prepared for any weather-related event. Keep posting such informative blogs. All the best for the future and have a great year ahead.

December 9 Anchorage, AK was
in the 50s--not since 1952. Hurricane-
force winds, no snow.
As predicted, 2019 Earth changes were super life-changing in different regions around America and the world. We're talking about the Southern California major earthquake, newsworthy winter snowstorms in California, and two hurricanes that slammed the Gulf States and The Bahamas. The Southeast states faced snow while Anchorage, Alaska fought summer wildfires, a sizzling summer, and the temperature hit a historical high in December.
As we enter a New Year, quakes, storms, and heat will continue to be sobering—most likely linked to climate change, say scientists.  Read on—and digest predictions with consequences for the planet. Yep, wild happenings may affect humans, wildlife, and nature’s circle of life. It’s a brand-new decade and new earth challenges are coming to you.

         Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Waves
West Coast: Californians dodged a bullet when a major earthquake hit Ridgecrest (a remote area in Southern California) not Greater Los Angeles. The populated region with many faults may rock with an epicenter there or near the Salton Sea on the San Andreas. It’s locked and ready as the experts say knowing we’re overdue. It’s not “if” but “when”; 70 percent probability a 7.8 plus will hit Los Angeles (likely epis: Malibu, Long Beach, Northridge) this year.
A major earthquake offshore Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay on the Hayward Fault or South on the San Andreas). 

Not to forget Anchorage, Alaska which rocked with a 7.0. Aftershocks will continue to occur for months, however, I predict there is the chance a great earthquake (8.0 plus) could happen near the region, whereas if it’s shallow there will be more damage to the infrastructure and a tsunami which didn’t happen. Redoubt Volcano may continue to be active; not to forget west in the Pacific Ocean...The Big Island may be affected by an aggressive earthquake swarm as well as more newsworthy volcanic activity.

Europe: The Mediterranean countries may be challenged again by major earthquakes, including Italy and Greece (the deadly Albania earthquake in 2019 was felt. At least one shaker will be shallow, in a major city, perhaps Rome, and likely a powerful 8.0.

Asia: Japan may rock and a tsunami is a possibility, similar to 2011. Also, Indonesia is not immune and a major earthquake with a big wave is also a challenge that could happen like on Boxing Day back in 2004.

Rain and Snow
The West Coast will get some rain and flooding in the entire state. However, a drought in the Golden State is likely. Land erosion and mudslides will continue due to warm winter from north to Alaska down to Southern California.
Italy, Spain, and France may experience heavy rainfall and flooding (as forecasted last year;
Venice was under water in the fall).
The Northeast and Midwest will get epic snowfall in the winter of 2020. Flooding in the springtime is likely the outcome. The balance of snow regarding the West and East will be noticeable to people who live in each region. Also, inconveniences will come with the severe weather, from affecting travel, mail, to health issues and life-threatening issue.


Storms, Storms, Storms
 Hurricanes may be more severe in 2020. The Gulf States, including Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi will be more likely to endure hurricanes than the Carolinas.  But the Northeast from New Jersey to Maine may also be in the line of water, so to speak. At least two Category 5 hurricanes will occur—with both making landfall and storm surges will be record breaking.
Twisters will likely accompany some these hurricanes. Also, rare twisters in California and other unlikely regions may happen. Monsoon season in the Southwest and wind storms in Nevada and the Midwest may make news for the record breaking events.

Wildfires are likely to continue year-round, due to both man-made or natural causes like lightning. The Southwest, Southern California, Northwest, including Alaska (again) are in the line of fire as well as the Northwest including Western Canada.  

       Strange Happenings
As we deal with tremors on the West Coast (including offshore Oregon, Northern California, and Seattle) other Earth challenges will keep us on guard.  Ongoing fracking will continue to make the Earth rock in Oklahoma—and may indeed affect the New Madrid Zone with a major earthquake. Also, more volcanic activity in the U.S.—especially Yellowstone, and Hawaii--creating alerts...and more.
A computer error will cause an alert for a natural disaster. It may cause panic and chaos but the end result will be a world collective sigh of relief. The region may be in the United States, the West Coast affecting many states.
 In 2020, homelessness due to wild climate will continue to soar and people will be affected by erratic temperatures—hot and cold. Due to extreme weather challenges, regions in the world and United States will feel nature’s wrath when it comes to fresh food resources. Farmers will be challenged, prices for some staple will spike.

People in all states and countries will learn to be more self-reliant, be more prepared by growing gardens to eating plant-based diets. Survival foods and first aid kits will not be only for the doomsday folks—it will be for people everywhere. Living in 2020 will be more challenging for commuting to work (more congestion and air pollution); traveling (more rough air and delayed flights); and play (more power outages). We will deal with the new normal of Earth changes and prevail.

* In the summer, on July 6, Southern California shook. A 7.1 shallow widespread shaker was reported felt throughout the state.
 Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane made landfall in the Bahamas; the Caribbean region was part of the forecast for the year. It affected the East Coast of the United States; Hurricane Barry, a Category 1 affected the Gulf States with flooding.
* More than 11,000 aftershocks happened after the 7.1 Anchorage, Alaska earthquake that moved the Earth on November 30, 2019. Four hours after I left Anchorage on December 10, a 3.7 hit Anchorage, another aftershock, said scientists.
* A 6.0 rocked Greece on November 27, a day after the Albania earthquake. Both quakes could be foreshocks for a great quake in 2020.
* On October 15 a widely felt 4.5 earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area.
* A few significant snowstorms did hit California and did make worldwide news.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Vinegar, Honey, Tea...Healing Powers Series--All Include Slimming Superfoods

Can Healing Foods Help You Lose Weight?

* WAIST WHITTLER (Blast belly fat): Twitches to tummy bulge... if you have a bulging tummy, you'd probably consider a sore throat is easier to get rid of. But wait; there are things you can do to get a flat tummy.

What Honey Rx to Use:  Both morning and night, drink an 8-ounce glass or mug of tea (green, black or white boasts diuretic effects), with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Team this potion with grazing and watch your fat and sugar intake.

Why You'll Bee Happy: Honey and apple cider vinegar contain the bloat-busting mineral potassium. Also, turning to honey will help you to eat fewer sugary treats and enjoy a flatter stomach.

Author's Forecast of December's Alaska Adventure

Cal Orey

Update: My predictions were 50 percent correct. Yes, I did go. Right. No snow. Wrong. Hurricane-force winds en route to Anchorage. Anxiety about nature. Right. Quake rolled in 4 hours I left Alaska. Right. Wacky weather with icy roads, whistling wind, fog with zero visibility. Wrong.

Take one was canceled due to a 100 mph storm; take two a 7.0 earthquake was enough to spook me.  I'm booked to go in December, third attempt. Here, this is the first seed of my goal to go to Anchorage, Alaska...

Here I sit on Saturday night in the comfort of a Tahoe rustic cabin older than I am--and I am filled with a mixed bag of emotions. Soon I will be on my way flying in a jet plane (more than one) to Alaska. This wasn't one of my fantasies, not really. Well, in my twenties I almost hitched and hiked to Homer (during the pipeline days and time of nomads in search of America) but I ended up in other states and Canada...sweet Canada a place I like to think of as my semi-second home.
In the past decades, I've written about Alaska--its big earthquakes including the great one in 1964--and have accurately forecasted shakers throughout the shaky state...and now? Now I am close to going there--a place I saw in the film "Insomnia" and how Al Pacino's character fought the daylight so he could get some much needed shut-eye...

Go Somewhere Exciting Instead of Canada 
It began by a sibling's dare to go somewhere exciting. Once Barnes and Noble in Anchorage, Alaska invited me for a book signing it was a sign for me to go to a place foreign to me. After all, I do live in a nature-oriented place called the Sierra; it's just another extension of bears, birds, water, and down-to-earth people, right?  A little bit like that. And I admit I have fell into watching the Alaskan Vet on "Animal Planet" and viewed a program of folks buying homes in the Alaskan wildnerness.
So, why do people get excited and nervous before going on trips? Is it because we are going out of our comfort zone? Is it because we relinquish control to whatever is out there in the world? Is it because we leave our safe place and loved ones behind? It's probably a combination of all of the novelty.

But traveling is good for the soul. I notice a glow in my skin before I go on a journey--truly! Not so sure the dog and cat are glowing but they do not know yet that I will be leaving soon. No luggage is out and I'm sort of behind the hustle bustle pre-trip mode. The obstacle course has been completed, though: vet check for dog, cat; dentist, doctor...all done. We are healthy and getting many of the ducks in a row. Emails are coming in from different places, including the airline, bookstore, nature tour and so it goes.

And, let's face it. The trek is a long one. It's not a direct flight because I do live in the mountains. It will be a very long day for me to go from Tahoe to Alaska via Nevada, Utah, Washington--and then the red state. But once I'm there I sense all will calm down in this busy mind of mine. Two years ago this time I flew to Montreal and took a train to Quebec City...Decades ago I hitchhiked from the Golden State to Montreal and freaked from cultural shock but vowed to return...I did it. 
So this north to Alaska trip should be a walk in the park. Sort of.  No, I have not told the Aussie. I just don't have the heart to tell my better half we will be separated for a bit. But I did tell him no matter what I'll always be back for him and never leave him alone. That's a promise.