Roasted Garlic and Pumpkin Hummus

I’m so happy that it’s fall! It’s one of my favorite seasons (not that there are many to choose from). One of the reasons I love fall is for all the delicious fall produce: squashes, apples, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin! Nothing screams ‘fall’ like pumpkin.

Last weekend my boyfriend and I went on our weekly trip to Costco. We got some canned pumpkin there, and since it’s Costco, that means we got three 29oz cans. While I love pumpkin and all…what am I going to do with that much pumpkin?!

Not only what am I going to do with that much pumpkin?, but what can I make with the other ingredients in my pantry and fridge? It’s time to get creative.

While searching through Pinterest, I came across some pumpkin hummus recipes. I found one that I liked on Pinch of Yum. It uses simple ingredients and doesn’t take that long to prepare. I adapted this recipe, since I didn’t have the rosemary the original called for. Instead, I wanted a smoky spread, and traded rosemary for paprika. The result was a flavorful dip that is savory with a hint of sweetness.

Here are a few health benefits on some highlighted ingredients:

Pumpkin – One cup of pumpkin contains 197% your recommended amount of Vitamin A. Besides keeping our skin, hair, and eyes healthy, Vitamin A is good for our immune systems, making us less likely to get sick.

Chickpeas – Chickpeas are a wonderful source of plant protein as well as fiber. One cup of chickpeas contains 35g of fiber and 39g of protein, as well as iron, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, and zinc, which are all great for optimal bone health.

Garlic – An anti-inflammatory, garlic helps aid digestion issues, reducing swelling and irritation in our digestive tract. It also helps in digestive problems such as diarrhea and removing harmful bacteria.

Roasted Garlic and Pumpkin Hummus


  • 2-4 cloves of peeled garlic
  • 2-4 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 15oz can of cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt to taste


  1. Heat 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil over low heat in a small saucepan. Add garlic cloves and let roast for 15-25 minutes, until brown.
  2. Add garlic with olive oil, pumpkin, chickpeas, maple syrup, paprika and salt to a high powered blender (Vitamix) and blend. Add water to thin mixture. Start off with 2 tbsp and add more if need be.
  3. Set with warm pita or spread on a toasted baguette. Use in a sandwich spread or just dip!

The Room by Room Guide to Decorating your Studio Apartment on a Budget

Your first apartment…freedom, confidence, excitement….lack of space. Most likely, if you’re an urban millennial and moving into your first apartment, a studio apartment is all you can afford. You may bypass the minimal square footage at first, because the excitement of living on your own, in a big city no less, overshadows this issue.

After the glitz and glamour of this taste of freedom and young adulthood wear off, the tiny space becomes more and more of an issue. You want to make your first apartment into a functional home. So you head to Pinterest.

Looking at these images of tiny studios, professionally photographed of course, with beautifully arranged “clutter” on simple open shelving and a galley of tastefully arranged wall art, you think, ‘I could live in a studio apartment if it looked like that’.

Then you try the method of doing it yourself and you become of those ‘Pintrest failed projects’. Why doesn’t your space look like the one you saw on Pinterest, or Houzz, or one of the many home improvement and design magazines?

First, just like people, each space is different. If you’re trying to replicate that charming vintage studio, but lack the brick walls and bay window, you may be disappointed at the end result.

Second, many of the well designed studio apartments are not quick and easy D.I.Y. fixes. Custom built-ins, renovated kitchens, and other new construction may be involved to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing space.

Problem for most young adults however is that we can’t afford these big cost remodels, especially if we are renting a space. Most landlords don’t want you to alter their units with home improvements, leaving you with that initial problem of ‘How can I make this space work? How can I make it feel like a home?

Fear not! There is a solution to this problem. You can still achieve a cute and charming decorated studio apartment without breaking the bank (or any walls for that matter). Here are some tips and ideas for decorating your studio apartment that don’t require any demolition, construction, or major remodeling.



Use a Shelf instead of a Console Table


Still want to make an impact when entering your studio? To have a place that says, “Welcome to my home”?  Instead of a console table, have a shelf function as your entrance furniture. Arrange a mirror, a few accessories, and voila, a cute yet practical solution.

Create a Mock Wall-Unit


Instead of spending the money on a custom wall cubby unit for hanging your coats, storing your shoes, etc., create your own mock unit with wall shelves and a storage bench. This one offers the additional benefit of utilizing a trunk for extra storage.

Don’t Forget the Corners


If you have a larger entry way, put that neglected corner to use by creating additional storage with wall shelves. You can make a mock unit like this one, or pile on the vertical storage to mimic a bookcase.




Try a Loft Bed


Loft beds are a great way to divide a space, especially if you have tall ceilings. You free up a lot of square footage which you can use for other purposes, such as creating a cozy living room area or having your home office underneath.


Create a Cozy Nook


Dedicate a small corner of your studio to house a bedroom nook. Adding tall furniture pieces, such as a bookcase or a wall divider helps to block off the space, clearly marking which area is the bedroom.


Get a Murphy Bed

If you hate making the bed, a Murphy bed may be for you. Usually replicating built-in shelvings, a Murphy bed folds out of the unit and can easily be hidden away when not in use.



Or a Daybed


Another practical solution to a studio is to get a daybed. This is ideal if you are living in the space by yourself, as most daybeds use a twin mattress.


Living Room

Use your Sofa to Divide the Space


If it works for your apartment, a sofa can act as a divider between two different areas. To further break up the room, a console table behind the sofa functions as that transitional piece of furniture between the two spaces.

Two Armchairs vs One Sofa

5fcd26f8a8d9c0efe85481d6f550b746 One idea is to use armchairs instead of a sofa for your living space. They are less bulky and can be easily moved.

End Tables that aren’t End Tables


Instead of resorting to your basic end table, maximize on your potential use for more storage by using furniture that can function as an end table, but house more of your items. For example, this chest is a great use of extra storage.

Dining Room

Create a Breakfast Nook


Butt two benches against one another in a corner to create a cozy little breakfast nook. Opt for a round table to visually create the illusion of more space.

Push a Table Against a Wall


This simple solution allows you to visually create a dining area. You can add art above the wall to help maximize the effect.

Have Bar Seating


Who needs to go out for a drink in order to sit at a bar? Create your own bar seating with a hightop table and a few stools shoved underneath. You can even use wall shelving instead of a free-standing table to maximize on floor space. This is a great option if you are severely lacking eating space.

Home Office

Have a Wall Office


Using a wall-shelf desk offers more floor space by using vertical space instead.

Home Office or End Table?


Why not both? Pushing your desk up to your bed and using it as both an end-table and work surface makes a dual use out of a good piece of furniture. It also helps transition the space from bedroom to office.

The Invisible Home Office


Unless you work from home, you really don’t need that much space for a home office. Most people have laptops now a days, and just need a little space to do work like paying bills and such. Utilize another surface area in your apartment, such as your dining table, for the moments when you do need to do some work. In the meantime, file your office needs into a cute basket so that they are neatly kept.


Add Some Shelves


Why hide your cute mugs or fancy serving bowls? Instead, arrange them on a shelf as a practical display while freeing up your cabinets for some uglier appliances.

Hang it on the Wall


Items such as pots, pans, and even some utensils can be displayed hanging on your wall. They are easier to access and free up more counter and cabinet space.

40 Vegan Recipes for Fall

It’s October! The season of fall has taken over, and I more notice it with the changing cooler temperatures than the changing colors of the trees. Brrrr! Time for warming meals, especially with the dreary weather that entails a Seattle autumn (or so I am told, as I will soon find out for myself).

My boyfriend and I are still settling into living in Seattle, but we are happy with our move. One of the things we love is the Farmer’s Market, which happens every Sunday just a few blocks from our apartment. Right now, farmers are bringing out their fall produce. Kale, squash, cabbage and root vegetables are on the menu for my meals in the upcoming months, as these are the vegetables that are starting to come in season.

I’ve compiled a list of delicious plant-based meals to keep your belly full, your body warm, and your tastebuds happy!

Pies & Casseroles

Beet & Caramelized Onion Tart via Dishing Up the Dirt

Beet & Caramelized Onion Tart with Almond Crust and Cashew Ricotta 

Thyme & White Bean Pot Pies 

Cottage Pie

Entrees & Sides

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Chickpeas and Kale via An Edible Mosaic

Caramelized Sweet Potato and Kale Fried Rice

Red Cabbage and Beet Slaw with Cranberries

Autumn Couscous

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Chickpeas and Kale

Raw Cauliflower Couscous with Kale and Cabbage

Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Cranberry Stuffing

Mushroom Pilaf

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic

Potato Cakes stuffed with Mushroom

Lemony Quinoa with Butternut Squash

Plant Pasta

Spaghetti Squash with Swiss Chard and Cranberries via Cookin Canuck

Butternut Squash Pasta with Candied Walnuts

Spaghetti Squash with Swiss Chard, Dried Cranberries, and Dijon Dressing

Spaghetti Squash with Spinach Artichoke Cream Sauce

Soups, Stews, & Chilis

Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili via Fannetastic Food

Irish “Lamb” Stew

Sweet Potato and Lentil Chili

Portobello Beef-less Stew

Roasted Cauliflower and Kale Soup

Mushroom Soup

Carrot Soup with Caramelized Onions

Lentil Soup

Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili

Butternut Squash Soup with Maple Roasted Chickpeas


Black Rice, Beet, & Kale Salad via Yummy Beet

Black Rice, Beet & Kale Salad with Cider Flax Dressing

Cranberry, Walnut, and Kale Salad

Farmer’s Market Cobb Salad

Brussels Sprout & Apple Salad

Kale & Apple Salad

Roasted Vegetable Salad with Garlic Dressing

Fall Harvest Salad


Pumpkin Energy Bites via Gimme Some Oven

Raw Apple Pie

Apple Pie Protein Bars

Pumpkin Energy Bites

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites

Cinnamon Almond Bars

Pumpkin Muffins with Cashew Cream Frosting

Chia Spiced Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Seed Brittle



Libra – The Scales

From September 24th until October 22nd, the sun falls into the 7th zodiac sign of Libra.

Libra’s symbol is the scales. Libras strive for balance in their lives. Like the ‘Scales of Justice’, this sign is objective, diplomatic, and always tries to do what’s fair and best for everyone. They cannot stand conflict, so they much prefer to settle things as quickly as possible to ensure peace and harmony.Screen Shot 2016-10-03 at 7.37.02 AM.png

The planet connected to Libra is Venus. In Roman mythology, Venus was the goddess of love and beauty. Taking ode to her today, Libras are cultured, refined, and admire beauty, especially when it comes to people. You can be sure to find this natal flirting with the affluent and adored at cocktail parties, the ballet, or opera. Libras are artistic, stylish, and appreciate the luxuries of life.

Air is the element of this sign. A Libra loves to talk, and finds ease in social settings. They like to put their minds to good use, learning about people and using their charming abilities in conversation. They are also excellent mediators, seeing both sides of a situation, and are known as the diplomates of the zodiac, being fair and just.

To connect to Libra energies, here are a few crystals that resonate with this sign:

Rose Quartz – A stone connecting to the Heart, Rose Quartz emits a gentle vibration, inspiring the love of beauty in oneself and others. It supports a connection between you and your community.

Blue Topaz – Reflecting the energy of the mind, Blue Topaz inspires creativity and helps one clearly communicate their thoughts or ideas.

Aquamarine – Connected to the Throat Chakra, Aquamarine allows one’s true thoughts and feelings to be hear in an accepting manner. It assists in utilizing compromise and negotiation in confrontational situations, and can help sooth anxiety, bringing harmony to the user.

Stones to Connect You To Fall Energies

September 22nd marked the Fall Equinox, otherwise known as the first day of Autumn. Nature has begun its descent into winter. Leaves turns colors of reds and golds, birds migrate south, and the final stage of the harvest takes place. Fall is a time of transition and change. Opposite of spring, which notes the beginning and fresh starts, fall is about the end of growth, and the wisdom and maturity one has at the end of their life.

The element that connects to autumn is that of earth. Earth is practical, wise, and resourceful. We see this in the zodiac signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn, as these natives are the ‘do-ers’ of the zodiac, making plans and getting tasks achieved. Connecting to the earth element this fall, we can focus on growth and completing goals we had set in the previous months. What else needs to get done before the winter? How can you reach your final stages of growth for the year?

To connect to the autumn energies, here is a pairing of crystals that contain the essence of fall:


Smoky Quartz – This mineral honors our connection to Mother Earth and anchors us to the physical world. It removes negative emotions such as worry, anxiety, and stress, sending them back to the earth’s core for cleansing. Smoky Quartz has the ability to help us deal with change and manifesting our goals/dreams.

Amber – As we transition into the cold months ahead, Amber is a stone that brings warmth and joy into one’s life. Connecting to our Solar Plexus and Sacral chakras, it lifts our moods, removing worry and other negative emotions. Due to the life force energy it carries, Amber was thought to achieve longevity, and connects to the earth element.


Chiastolite – Autumn is the season of wisdom and maturity. It represents the final stage before death (Winter). Chiastolite is a stone that allows us to accept the stages of life (birth, death, rebirth) with grace and peace. A protective stone, it helps us feel safe and secure in our environments, shielding negativity.

Nuummite – Nuummite is a stone that is of self-mastery and empowerment, helping us transition into the maturity of fall. It assists in releasing trapped energies so that we can embrace and grow into this season.


Maximizing Your Tiny Kitchen

Hello blogging world! So sorry I’ve been away for so long, but I promise it’s a good excuse….

My boyfriend and I recently moved across the country, leaving our quaint and cozy hometown of St. Charles, Illinois to live life on the west coast in Seattle, Washington! It’s a BIG change, and we’ve been busy with the move and adjusting to our new lives. We’ve managed to find a charming studio apartment that we both fell in love with: historic building with old-world character, new and modern appliances, lofty ceilings, and lots of natural light. There is just a teeny downside….it’s 325 square feet of space.

I suppose living in a small studio apartment isn’t really a downside, it just creates challenges when it comes to storing all the stuff we’ve brought along for the move, especially when it comes to the kitchen storage. Tom and I both like to cook, so we have plenty of appliances, pots/pans, etc. Fitting it into a small kitchen space has made us come up with creative storing methods which just sets us up for our eventually tiny home!

If you’re living in a tiny apartment, which I feel many millennial living in urban areas are, here are a few ways to maximize your space in your kitchen.

Purge your Kitchen

A lot of maximizing a tiny kitchen is deciding what items you need and what items you can make do without. Do you really need three cutting boards? How about that electric can opener? Sure, it’s nice to have a avocado slicer, but is that really necessary? Go through each of your kitchen items to see what is valuable and essential to your cooking lifestyle.

Open Shelving

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Opening shelving in leu of cabinets can open up a space and make it feel larger than it actually is. Just remember to keep things neat and tidy or else it defeats the purpose. Display your pretty plates or fancy serving bowls on open shelves to create visual interest while still being practical.

Hanging Storage


Instead of shoving your pots and pans into drawers, display them by hanging them on the wall. You can arrange them eclectically or create a more efficient and organized look with wall units such as this one from IKEA.

Kitchen Cart


Need more workspace? If you have the room, repurposing a small chest into a tiny kitchen island provides not only more storage in the drawers, but valuable countertop space as well. Here is the link to DIY.

Side Shelving

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Aside from wall shelves, you can add shelving to the sides of your end cabinets to maximize on space.

Get Creative with your Food Storage

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Root vegetables, such as potatoes, onions, and garlic, do not need refrigerating and instead can be stored in a cool, dark space. If you have extra cabinet space, you can use file storage to organize your vegetables while still having additional room for cutting boards.



7 Ways to Celebrate Mabon (Autumn Equinox)

It’s that time of year again when the leaves start transitioning from green to warm tones of red and gold. There’s a nip in the wind, as the temperature begins it’s slow decline. Around the 21st to the 23rd of September marks the Autumn Equinox, otherwise known as Fall. This is the midpoint between the Summer and Winter Solstices. For pagan, the Autumn Equinox was celebrated with the festival of Mabon. It was known as the second harvest, as the remaining crops were being stored for the upcoming winter. This was a time of giving thanks for the blessings and abundances, such as a successful yield.

Today, modern pagans still celebrate the festival of Mabon, either collectively or solely. If you are looking to partake in this ancient festival of blessings and thanks, here are 7 ways you can celebrate for yourself.

Do some Charity Work/Volunteer

As Mabon is a festival of giving thanks, it only seems appropriate that one take this opportunity to do acts of kindness and gratitude, helping those less fortunate then themselves. There are many ways you can donate your time/service to those in need, from Food Drives to cleaning up the parks.

Go Apple Picking

For pagans, apples are a perfect symbol of fall. They connect to magic and wisdom, and symbolize the guidance for the winter months ahead. They are associated with the Pomona, goddess of the fruit trees.  Honor Pomona or give thanks for the season by making a tasty apple pie, hot cider, or using them for divination purposes.

Drink some Wine

Autumn was a time associated with the harvest of grapes and wine. Many cultures had their version of ‘god of the vine’, and would honor them during the fall celebrations. Go to a vineyard, wine tasting, or just enjoy a glass in the comfort of your home. Incorporate wine into an altar ritual, as wine symbolizes fertility and the glass represents the chalice (or cup) used in pagan ceremonies.

Create an Altar

Change up your altar to incorporate the fall energies. Place acorns, grape leaves, apples, or other autumn crops on your altar. Colors associated with the season are warm reds, oranges, and golds. Use scents such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Add crystals such as smoky quartz, amber, or black tourmaline.

Go for a Walk in Nature

Pagan festivals often are connect to nature, either through a deity or simply based on the time of year and season. Talk a walk through a forest or prairie and admire the changing scenery and to reconnect with the earth.


Fall is a season of change and transition. It symbolizes the wisdom we have gained from the growth of the previous seasons. Take this time to reflect on yourself. Notice how far you have come, and all the changes you have encountered.

Honor the ‘Dark Mother’

A strong symbol of paganism is the triple moon goddess. This icon represents the three stages of womanhood: the maiden, the mother, and the crone. The crone is the stage that is honored during the fall equinox and is connected to the goddess Demeter and Persephone. It is the symbol of the ending stages, as fall is the transition from summer to winter, and it is important to remember that the end is an essential stage of life.

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“Wheel of the Year” Watercolor and Ink, 8×10




Virgo – The Virgin

From August 23rd to September 23rd, the sun falls under the 6th zodiac sign, Virgo.

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 8.26.34 AM.pngThe sign of Virgo is the Virgin. It is a symbol that shouldn’t be taken literally, but instead, the symbol represents the purity and modesty of this sign. Known to be a bit prudish to some, Virgos are a responsible and respectable bunch, who are neat, organized, and clean. Their gentle and caring nature is what makes this sign so pure. Often possessing big hearts, they rarely show this side, as their analytical minds protect their sweet and sensitive beings. They are known as the “service” sign of the zodiac, and you can usually find them helping others.

Mercury is the ruling planet of this sign. Known as the Roman god of communication and the mind, Virgos posses the qualities of an overactive mind and a busy bee mentality. They are constantly running around, being productive, and checking tasks off their lists. Their minds are always analyzing, focusing in on details. Being over thinkers though, Virgos are great problem-solvers, finding solutions in either practical or creative ways. Having their brains constantly working, the downside of their constant thinking is that it can lead them to become anxious and their own toughest critics, striving for perfection.

Ruled by the element of the earth, this sign is very grounded to reality. Having the characteristics of being reliable, practical, and responsible, they posses great work ethics. Their earthy nature also shows up in the fact that Virgos are very easy-going and humble. Like clay, they can mold into most situations, being the most adaptable of the earth signs.

To connect with this sign, these crystals offer the Virgo qualities:

Carnelian – Carnelian is a stone of motivation, bringing vitality and will power into one’s life. It balances the analytical mind with creativity. It helps in becoming more organized, and assists in keeping one’s mind in the present.

Peridot – Known as the stone of the healers, Peridot protects one’s aura field. It helps in breaking old patterns to rapidly bring forth new growth and change. It heals the heart and brings clarity to one’s mind.

Amazonite – This is a great stone for providing courage and assisting in communicating one’s thoughts and true feelings without being over emotional. It calms the over-active mind, bringing peace and relaxation.




The Sturgeon Moon – Full Moon of August

August 18th marks the full moon for the month. Known as the “Sturgeon Moon”, it gets its name from the Native American tribes who lived around the Great Lakes and would catch these fish at this time. As a spirit animal, the sturgeon represents inner wisdom, intuition, and truth. A symbol of ancestry, it shows longevity and slow continual growth. This month, you may have a new endeavor that will gradually expand in the future months to come. It may be a pursuit of learning, as the sturgeon connects to wisdom and truth.

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“Triple Goddess Moon – Lammas” Watercolor and Ink, 5×7

This month, the full moon falls into the sign of Aquarius. Aquarians are truth seekers. An air sign, their interests are in gaining knowledge and sharing what they have learned. They are a sign controlled by the mind, and are communicative, social, and analytical. While they have an easy time in social settings, they enjoy originality and freedom.

The sun is currently still in the sign of Leo. Leos are a warm-hearted and joyful bunch. Ruled by the sun and the element of fire, they have captivating personalities, are engaging and energetic. Natural born leaders, they shine in social settings, and have a tendency to enjoy being the center of attention.

Balancing the signs of the moon and sun, this month revolves around socialization. Both Aquarius and Leo are social signs. Aquarians tend to be more group oriented and act as team members, while Leos are more the ones taking charge and leading. It is a good month to be engaging in group-oriented activities, such as projects at work. You will have the logical mindset of Aquarius, with the dynamic power and motivation of Leo to make you shine in any situation! Original ideas may come flowing in, which will be helpful in these group projects. As the Sturgeon moon shows growth and longevity, these projects may last for an extended amount of time, but with these zodiac energies at play, these endeavors will start off on a great foot!

Feng Shui Your Kitchen

If you’ve been to any social gathering, then you know that it often will encompass food. From major events to Thanksgiving, to smaller occasions such as barbecues, we cook up and prepare meals in our kitchens to share with our friends and family.

Our kitchens are a great source of vital life energy for our spaces. Connecting to the lower chakras, they relate to our physical survival through food. They are also a source of connection and socialization, as food is such a major part of these events.

Having a healthy kitchen from a Feng Shui perspective is focused on strengthening a specific energy of that space through direction and the use of certain elements. This creates a good flow of energy throughout the space and can unify us more with our home.

Direction of Your Kitchen 

A good direction for a kitchen is in the South area of your home. The south direction is associated with the element of fire, and has the attributes of passion, creativity, and expression. The kitchen is where the main source of our creativity and expression takes place.  As we are creating recipes and making delicious meals, we are bringing people together through food, as many of our social gatherings often do.

If your home is not in the South direction of your home, here are some tricks to bring the energy of fire into your kitchen.

Use the Color Red


Psychologically, the color red connects to feelings of passion and excitement. It physically increases our blood pressure, making us more energized. Since red is such an ‘in-your-face’ color, use it as an accent, such as a focal wall, or in pieces like appliances, furniture, or backsplash.

Have a Zig-Zag BackSplash


Shapes and patterns associated with the fire element are shapes with a lot of movement, such as zig-zags, arrows, stars, triangles, and points. Bring this pattern into your kitchen with fabric on barstools or a fun backsplash. The chevron pattern is a popular trend that is perfect for the kitchen!


Have a Glazed Tile BackSplash


Materials such as glazed tile invoke the fire element. They increase the flow of chi in a space, leading to an active and exciting kitchen, full of life and moving energy. Incorporate this material either in a backsplash or your floor.

Use Pendant Lights


While lamps associate with the fire element (perfect for kitchens), specific lighting types correlate to certain energies. To strengthen the fire element in the kitchen, pendent lights are the desired light fixture.

Have Tall Upper Cabinets


In Feng Shui, the element of Wood strengthens the element of Fire. Ways to bring in this element are through vertical lines that lead energy upward. Tall cabinets are a good way to do this. Another option is for open shelving, which still brings the energy up but creates an open feel for your kitchen.

Have a Butcher’s Block Counter


Another way to bring in the wood element is through the use of material. A nice way to make wood a strengthening energy to your space is through a butcher’s block counter. It keeps the energy moving throughout your kitchen. It’s not too difficult to bring the material of wood into a kitchen, with flooring, cabinetry, and accessories.