Saturday, July 2, 2016

Herbal Brown Sugar Scrub Cube (so easy and convenient)

These little cubes are great because you are not digging your wet hands into a container in the shower to scrub.

You can sub out many herbs to make your favorite herbal sugar scrub.

Herbal Brown Sugar Scrub Cubes

2 Tbsp Cocoa butter
1½ Tbsp Coconut oil
1 tsp of your fav herb, dried (chamomile, rosemary, lavendar, rose, mint etc, or even coffee grounds or green tea)
½ Tbsp raw honey
¼ C brown sugar

Place a glass measuring cup or mason jar into a saucepan with water (makeshift double boiler). Heat on low heat and add cocoa butter, coconut oil and herbs until melted. Add honey and brown sugar. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid.
Remove from mold.  Store in a ziplock bag in the fridge or freezer until ready to use.
Use one cube in the shower to scrub away.
You can add some salt in place of the sugar if you want a salt scrub. Salt is healthy for the skin but can be drying so go easy.

These trays are excellent for making these.  You can pop them out when finished and keep them in a ziplock bag in the freezer for grabbing before your shower. They make it easy to remove the cubes.
Peppermint and coffee are great for circulation! 
Go ahead and use essential oils when your herbs aren't in season or freeze a bunch to get you through winter. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Arthritis? Memory Loss? Wrinkles? You aren't drinking enough water!

I am reading an excellent book by a doctor named Don Colbert called The Seven Pillars of Health. In the first chapter he discusses water intake. You can search inside this book here.

You need water! If your body doesn't get enough, your organs will steal the water it needs to function from other body parts.

"Cartilage is about 5 times slicker than ice, and that cartilage is made up of 80 percent water.If the cartilage is robbed of fluid, the joints will eventually creak, crack and pop, like a door on a rusty hinge. The increased friction causes them to degenerate quicker, eventually leading to arthritis."
Makes sense!

When he gets a patient complaining of arthritis, He tells them to drink water. He recommends 4 quarts a day.  You should at least be drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water. So if you are 200 pounds, 100 ounces of water!
I drink that but am hard on my body with working on warehouse floors and exercising, also having been a gymnast in my younger years, and I had a car accident where I was hit head on, my joints are shot!  I am going with his 4 quarts theory and it has helped. I don't believe in masking ailments with pills. I don't take pills. If I had to, to save my life, I would probably break down and take them, but for pain and suffering, I have always looked for alternatives.

Another of the many ailments caused by not getting enough water is wrinkles. Your organs will take it from your skin too.  He says we are born about 80% water and whereas older people are less than 50%. Why is this?

As we age, we sometimes lose that sense of thirst. We ignore it so often, that the urge disappears, or we are trying to quench it with junk that robs your body of the thing it needs most!

Drinking enough water can help with so many ailments, things like, join pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, digestive problems, asthma, Water helps revive your cells, helps you lose weight and increases memory.

Of course, your quality of water matters, you don't want chlorinated, fluoridated water. Pesticides, chemicals, none of that!  If you live in a place that puts this into your water and most people do, you want to get yourself a water pitcher that filters it.  Or better yet, a whole house filter system.

I am lucky to live in an area where we are still aloud to have wells. I live high on a hill and the farms are far below us, no fluoride or chlorine, but we still have a ultraviolet light on the well and two house filters before it reaches our faucets.  Our water tested great and the woman that was born in this house sold it to us at age 91, still living a healthy life. But due to pesticides the neighbors may be using, we filter it as best we can.

Can you believe we need a permit to replace an existing dilapidated fence in our yard, but they can freely spray their yards and shrubs with crap that the landscapers have to wear masks to apply?  Something is seriously wrong with society!

This is an amazing book where he not only touches on water, but also sleep, living foods, exercise, detoxification, nutritional supplements, your body's pH and coping with stress.

It is written in a 50 day journey that you read one entry per day. It only takes a few minutes and it will change your life for the better.

Make this season all about eating clean and healthy!

Make this the season you clean up your eating! Lots of fruits and veggies in our diet will slow down the aging process and make you feel great!
Make this Pad Thai Salad, quick and easy, with the right tools!
recipe below

If you can't afford the Veggie Spiralizer, we have an inexpensive veggie strip maker that you can make due with until you decide to splurge on the spiralizer. Less than 15.00!!!

And don't forget to check out the outlet before check out. New things are always being added. Check our the veggie strip maker here, there is a video of it in action. It cuts in both directions!

This recipe can be made with the Veggie Spiralizer or the Veggie Strip Maker. (the strip maker is the special this month, in case you want both!)

The top selling spiralizer on amazon is awkward...I have a video here of how ours compares to the one they show in this recipe link. (Ours is gravity fed, theirs falls off the plastic spikes)
Watch the comparison here....
Don't forget to get your recommended water intake...your body weight, divided by 2 in ounces! Get your infuser before they are gone. Right now they are only being sold until the end of summer. It hasn't been decided if they will sell through winter or be a summer thing. Flavor you water with some mint leaves from your herb garden for a natural and healthy wake up drink. Add lemon, oranges, grapes, star fruit, whatever ya like.

Pad Thai Salad (low carb)

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Spiral Carrot, Beet and Apple Slaw

Spiral slice on course shred:

1 beet (scrubbed, skin on)
1 carrot (scrubbed, skin on)
1 cored apple (skin on)

Toss in a bowl  with 1/2 tsp crushed fennel seeds

Lemon Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/4 C Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 C Oil of choice
juice of 2-4 slices of lemon
Dip fork in honey and use it to stir hard, using the fork as a whisk
(that is how much honey I use, use more if needed, but its supposed to be heatlhy)

Services 4

I love my Veggie Spiralizer.  It's on the of best out there and you can spiral slice bigger produce in this one, compared to most spiralizers on the market. To get yours and a free veggie spiralizer ebook, click here.
You can view a video in action of it on the site. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Pressure Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Pressure Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Soup 

3 T butter
1 large onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
a sliver or two of fresh fennel if you like it. 

28 ounces chicken or veggie broth (I use homemade, frozen from past pressure cooker meals)

3 lbs tomatoes, diced (seeds removed)
OR  1-28 oz can stewed w juice and 1- 28 oz can diced drained

T tomato paste
3 T dried basil
A pinch cinnamon (optional, its something that I always add to tomatoes. 
1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
1/2 C shredded parmesan cheese
1 C half and half or whole milk (or more, to taste) 

In the pressure cooker, saute the onion, celery, and carrot (and fennel if using it) in the butter until tender.  Add broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, cinnamon, salt and pepper

Pressure cook on high for 5 minutes, then let pressure come down for 5 minutes and release the pressure.
When the valve drops, remove lid and Put it in the blender (careful of the steam, its hot), add parmesan cheese, fresh cracked pepper and half and half.

This could only be better by putting a slice of crusty bread on top, sprinkling cheese on it and broiling.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Cinnamon Raisin Bread No knead, 5 minute dough

I can't stress enough how versatile this dough recipe is.  It's probably one of the best cookbook investments I ever made.  One of my many older posts raving about this shows my husband's famous breakfast pizza.
The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day is their revised book.  I have the old version, that I bought when it first came out back in 2007 and since have also aquried a few of their books.
 I bought the revised version and it as worth buying again. Who knew they could improve the first book. This has what the first book had in it, and so much more, including information on freezing the dough, making bagels and soft pretzels with it, and so much more!

I had the pleasure of chatting with one of the authors  via email back when it first came out. Very nice guy. I also ran a group on yahoo for awhile that people shared recipes they made using his dough.
They have a book Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day too, that I love.

I still make it in the big commercial food container but now I throw it into a baggie in the fridge and use a twix it clip that allows some air out but not in. It takes up a lot less of the precious room in my refrigerator.
 I also don't worry about using bread flour as much.  Sometimes I use it, but most times I just use all purpose flour.

Artisan Bread Dough Master Recipe

In a big container like the one shown below (you can get these at the restaurant stores), add these ingredients in this order and stir with a wooden spoon:

3 C lukewarm water
1½ T yeast
1½T kosher salt
6½ C all purpose flour 

Mix will with a wooden spoon and let it set out on the counter three hours, then refrigerate up to two weeks.  Cloak the dough with flour and grab a wad and put it onto a flat stone, freehand, or in a bread stone (sprinkle a little corn meal on the stone to prevent sticking...especially if you are rolling it out to make stromboli or pizza, and bake at 400 for about an hour, the time will depend on the size.  They say to let it rise first, but we have just bake it as is and it works.  If you have the time, let it rise 30 mins before baking. I let it rise if I am making cinnamon raisin bread. 

To make the cinnamon raisin bread, you can either roll it out and sprinkle the cinnamon, sugar and raisins on it and roll it up or knead it in.  That is up to you.  You do not need to knead it, but you may want it incorporated and not just swirled in.  Put it into an oiled bread stone. 
If you are using the dough fresh risen, not yet refrigerated, you let it rise for 45 minutes.
If the dough was refrigerated, you need to let it rise for 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Then brush it with a beaten egg and if you want, you can sprinkle some sugar on the top.

Bake the cinnamon raisin bread at 375° for 35-40 minutes.

Simple ingredients: water, yeast, salt, flour

Toss it in

mix and let rise

it has risen 

Allen's famous breakfast pizza 

Hub's famous breakfast pizza
Roasted peppers, spinach and homemade ricotta. 
Roasted peppers, spinach and homemade ricotta. 

just bread 
cinnamon raisin bread 
and another loaf

Get good quality baking stones here. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

250 Meals in a Mug...seriously!

Anyone who has been here has seen my cookbook collection....or should I say addiction...I just got a new cookbook...its not my normal type of cookbook but after making the mug cakes and mac and cheese, I wanted to check this one out.  Its actually a good book.

Its a great book for those with older kids, pre-teens and teens, and lazy cooks too.  And those who live alone but don't want to mess up the whole kitchen to get a hot meal...You can get a pretty descent "home cooked" meal in a few minutes. Yes, I didn't say it was healthy but I have to say its healthier than fast food.

A few meals in it that caught my eye are, Salmon and Dill Orzo, Primavera Quinoa Mug, Southern Sausage and Grits (yes, in a few mins), jalapeno popper dip, french toast, cinnamon roll mug, peanut butter cookie, Irish Brown Bread..I could go on for days....most of these things are made from scratch.
If you want to read the reviews on this book on Amazon, its rated pretty nicely.

250 Best Meals in a Mug: Delicious Homemade Microwave Meals in Minutes

I just made the Salmon and Dill Orzo (using tiny stars pasta because I don't have orzo in my pantry), and the Cinnamon Roll Mug.
The Cinnamon Roll Mug is delicious...and the salmon and dill orzo was not too shabby either.  
It's not restaurant quality but it's  healthier than fast food. 
If you're home alone a lot, have eternally hungry teenagers, or there's just two of you it's a nice quick way to have something, hot, fast.