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 December 16, 2018
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live through your senses.

Tis the season for merriment. Are you feeling it?  Quite a few people I know have mentioned that they aren’t in the holiday spirit. I get it. 2018 has been a bumpy year for many and the news of full of “meh” all of the time. Do yourself a favor and focus on what good things have happened to you this year. When you focus on what you lack it takes you to a negative place. When you give it up for gratitude it gives the universe more to work with so it can bring you so much more.

Focus on something good about the holidays. Maybe spending time with friends, warm holiday cookies, or the smell of gingerbread in the air. Dig deep and find your jolly. Cheers to you! XO~ Shoshi

Tipsy Tarot
This week’s Tipsy Tarot pairing is the Gypsy Palace Tarot and Amaro Montenegro. If ever there is a witchy spirit filled with magick it’s amaro. The spirit is an Italian herbal liqueur that means “bitter”. It infuses 40 botanicals from around the globe. It’s one of my favorite spirits to play with. Gypsies are known for their magickal powers which is why it’s the perfect magickal paring with the Amaro Montenegro.

Showing up to give a message this week is the two of swords, nine of cups, and six of pentacles.

The two of swords is in the house to get help you get clarity about that thing we aren’t clear on. You have so many questions about what the future holds with choices that are before you. While denial is a part of the process, eventually a decision has to be made. What are you waiting for? You know what you need to do.

While you explore your options know that the nine of cups brings a wish come true. Just know that whatever you decide is the best decision. No need to beat yourself up over a “should I’ or“could I”, trust your intuition. It will lead the way, 

Last but not least is the six of pentacles, let’s talk about money. Girl, it looks like the cha-ching is about to be on point. Either a bonus or very luxurious gift is about to show up for you. Embrace all of it, you deserve it.

Long story short:
Don’t let a big decision weigh you down. Try to enjoy all of the opportunites, even the small ones. Something that you asked the universe for is about to be granted. You ready? Get into formation for it. The bonus is either money is 
coming your way or a very expensive gift. Basically you are winning. Enjoy it!  Blessed be!

 

Goat Cheeses Of France

If you really want your cheese board to pop this holiday season add a goat cheese (aka chèvre) from France.

The Goat Cheeses of France invited me to the French Cheese Board in NYC to school me on their cheese. The owner & founder of Caseus Fromagerie Bistro, Jason Sobocinski, was in the house to give the 411 on how to make a cheese board for the holidays and beyond.

There are over 6,000 goat milk producers in France. It’s the country that produces the largest amount of pure goat cheese. There are 14 of those cheeses with the distringued PDO label on the label. The cheese is produced in six regions of France south of the Loire River: Centre-Val de Loire, Bourgogne, Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Occitanie, and Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Since the cheese that comes to the US must be pasteurized or aged at least 60 days, there’s quite a bit of chèvre that isn’t available in the US. Looks like you will have to take a trip to France to try some of it.

If you are looking for some chèvre to try here are some suggestions:

*Chabichou du Poitou-soft ripened

This little gem is shaped like a drum. A bit mineral and sweet so it’s a good dose of flavor on the palate. If you are in France, you’ll be able to get a PDO version of this cheese, while in the USA a non- PDO version is available.

*Selles-Sur-Cher- soft ripened

This cheese comes in a flat small cylinder with an ash covered rind. And  yes, it’s good with the rind. I find ash rind cheeses some of my favorite to pair with wine.

*Tomme de Chèvre- aged

A moist uncooked cheese with a bluish grey bloomy rind. You will notice flavors of hazelnut and fruit.

*Bleu de Chèvre- bleu cheese

This rare cheese is made in Boissy-Saint-Léger, a commune to the south east of Paris. It’s mild and creamy. Would be great paired with red wine.

*Ripened Goat Log- bloomy rind

This is a cheese you will see in restaurants  on cheese plates. The round has a thick line below the rind and comes with a lemony center.


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La Vie Pompette

Witch On Wine:

Wine is always better when listening to the right music. If you want to get into the holiday spirit, get my Wine-terland Pompette Playlist to get you going. It’s curated  sugar, spice, and a dash of holiday love. Some of the artists on the list: Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Harry Connick Jr, Michael Buble, and other fabulous crooners.

Sorceress On Spirits:

Alexis Ohanian aka Serena Williams's husband wants you to get into Armenian brandy. He teamed up with Flaviar to produce a premium brandy called Shakmat XO. Armenian Brandy became popular in 1800s. It’s still popular in its home country. French methods have been applied to this brandy and you will find that it’s referred to as “konyak”, which translates to Cognac. Oh la la!

Charming Cheese:

Want to make fresh cheese at home? It’s a good time to sour your milk. Did you know that with just a little lemon juice or white wine vinegar you can make fresh ricotta. It’s actually pretty quick and easy to so you’ll be able to whip up a batch anytime you want. You can even tell your friends that you’re a “cheese maker”. BOOM!

Travel:

2019 is right around the corner,  have you thought about your travel plans? It’s a good time to focus on where you want to have some new adventures so that you can be on the lookout for deals as new year approaches. Think about what your budget looks like. Do you want to do one big luxury  trip or a few bargain ones to get bang for your buck? There’s some spots in the US that getting a lot of attention. Of course, New York (my home) is on the list. NYC lives of to the hype, but don't forget about the rest of New York. I agree with the vote for Nashville. I keep hearing the city is wicked! Let me know where you go.
 
Bises 💋...
Yolanda Shoshana, Managing Editor 🍾
Thanks for coming through! My handles are below if you want to follow. Need a psychic reading or have a booze infused question? Drop me a line: shoshi@yolandashoshana.com






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