The Hit List - Baked

When things get stressful, I retreat to my kitchen.  It’s my ashram, the one place where I am totally at peace.

Yes, even more so than my yoga mat.

The chopping, stirring, sizzling, searing, whirring, and bubbling instantly chills me the hell out. In an instant, all is well again, no matter what.

Last weekend, the looming eclipse brought energy vampires and strong-arm pushes up against my boundaries. It took everything in my power to keep that vibe outta my aura. But even with the best protective measures, I found myself feeling frustrated, scared, and a little sad.

It was time to get baked. Er…baking.

So I gathered my ingredients and began to cook a weekend feast. Vegetarian bibimbap. Roasted vegetable lasagna. Tiramisu. And the kicker: Black Sabbath Cookies (from Mindy Segal’s Cookie Love).

I had been eyeing these cookies up for weeks. In fact, I intended to make them almost a month ago. A nasty cold, broken stove, and life got in the way so the ingredients sat. But last week, I carved out the time and got to work on those suckers.

These are labor intensive and the fanciest cookies I’ve ever made. They are black chocolate shortbread cookies filled with creamy peppermint white chocolate frosting, dipped in dark chocolate ganache with a tiny sliver of homemade peppermint bark for garnish.

It took two days to complete.

But oh it was worth it!

The cookies were buttery, salty, deep, creamy, minty, lush and rich. Sophisticated. I’ve never had a cookie like that…ever.

Oreos for adults.

Suddenly, the world was right again.

Piping the peppermint filling.

Other stuff:

13 iconic women who nonetheless persisted.

Weeks away: March 10th 2017 5-7PM  The Nutman in Hubertus, Wisconsin. Join me for a free mini-tarot lesson + book signing! Books will be available for purchase.

Join me on April 13th at the Waxwing in Milwaukee for a free tarot workshop, wine, nibbles, and a book signing.  It’s going to be so dope!

Our local mailman was in the news! Yay!

Get stuff done. How to increase your productivity. 

Cool: Spirit guides on the ancestral highway.

Two easy ways to cool down a hot drink.

Who knew? Nicole Kidman and Lenny Kravitz were engaged.

Hilary Parry is straight-up: not thrilled with what you’re offering? Neither are your clients.

How to start an anxiety support group with your friends.

Excellent article on eating disorders: Yes, poor people have eating disorders, too.

Something to think about: how a day without immigrants affects restaurants.

Grief soup: a spicy tomato coconut soup to make and eat during dark days.

Thrillist lists the best new music of 2017 that you might want to live-stream now.

I could have used these tips this week: 7 bedroom gadgets to help you sleep better. I want that white noise machine!

Toronto friends + fellow tarot readers Andrew McGregor and Liz Worth talk about what it’s like to deal with the occult for a living!

Believing magic: affirmations from survivors. So wonderful!

On President’s Day, a public binding spell is happening!

The body knows: 7 Ways To Predict The Future Using Your Body’s Subtle Signs.

Love tarot? You’ll want to get to the Omega Institute in August for Masters of Tarot, a total tarot immersion featuring Mary K. Greer, Rachel Pollack, Sasha Graham, Barbara Moore and yours truly!

Happy birthday to you: all the free birthday stuff you can get.

My cats would go nuts over this little cat cave.

For busy weeknight cooks: One Pan & Done: Hassle-Free Meals from the Oven to Your Table.

Want to learn tarot in a fun, playful way? Get your copy of The Tarot Coloring Book – and color your way through the entire deck!

Wild child Cat Marnell’s book is out: How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir.

Chris Santos just put out this yummy looking cookbook:  Share: Delicious and Surprising Recipes to Pass Around Your Table.

Get the full story: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.


What I’m Grateful For:


The ability to find exotic ingredients at the click of a mouse

Time to cook

Deep sleep



Soundtrack for 2/18/17:

We The People – A Tribe Called Quest


© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2017

images from stock photography and personal collection

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