Recipes - Beet Toddy

This is the copycat-attempt I made after we enjoyed an amazing hot drink at our local juice bar. It is spicy, invigorating, and leaves you feeling deeply nourished.

Now, I don’t have a juicer, but I figured that my Vitamix  was up to the task of liquifying this unusual mix of ingredients. The texture is a little thicker than juice, but it’s not weird like a hot smoothie.

beet toddy

Beet Toddy

1 inch knob of ginger, peeled (with a spoon!)
1/4 cup parsley, packed
7-10 mint leaves
20 oz apple cider
10 oz water
8 oz beets, steamed and peeled (I used that handy package from the salad section at Trader Joe’s)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric

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Review - Tropical Traditions Raw Organic Honey

A few weeks ago, my recipes for the best (gluten free!) oatmeal raisin cookies and Wonder Bars were chosen to be in the Tropical Traditions Coconut Flour Recipes booklet and I was awarded $100 in gift certificates to Tropical Traditions for payment for my recipes. Awesome, right?!

I went on a little shopping spree and I picked up this 15 pound pail of raw organic honey to get us through the winter. We use honey medicinally (as well as liberally on our toast), so I knew it was going to be a great investment.

This honey is amazing. When I popped open the lid, my girls and I dove in and had a few (medicinal, of course!) spoonfuls. It is creamy and mild - but not boring; sweet but not...

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(Book) Review - “It’s So Amazing!”

Friends, this book belongs on your shelf.

You know that sex education is really really important, right? And that you should be frank with your kids from an early age about how their bodies work, how babies are made, etc. Immerse them with it early enough, and it’s just common knowledge like everything else; there won’t be a big “What?! Ew!” moment with their peers. They’ll just have “always known.”

The book?

It’s So Amazing!: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley. (That’s an affiliate link! Clicky-clicky to support my blog.)

I can’t say enough good things about It’s So Amazing! What a fresh, thoughtful, concise answer to all the...

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Review - Barbara’s Snackimals cereal

A few weeks ago, I received samples of Barbara’s new Organic Snackimals breakfast cereal to review on HLW. Since we are a mostly no-cereal household, my kids were thrilled to “have” to do taste tests!

snackimals

While Snackimals are still cereal, they’re about as “good for you” as breakfast cereal can get without turning into cardboard. Organic, non-GMO, and containing only 7 grams of sugar, with cute shapes to boot, this cereal is bound to be a family favorite.

The Vanilla Blast was my 4 year old’s favorite flavor, while the 7.5 year old and I preferred the Cinnamon Crunch. I’ve never been able to stomach chocolate at breakfast, but let me tell you, the Chocolate Crisp flavor was an amazing...

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Recipe - The very best oatmeal raisin (and coconut and pecan, and dairy/gluten free!) cookies.

I’ve been withholding this recipe for far too long. I developed it over the course of a couple weeks during the chilly spring, when turning on the oven was an excuse to add extra heat to the house. I had so many cookies from all the test batches, I started delivering them to my neighbors!

Well, one of my neighbors is a baker and before she retired had owned a restaurant in the PNW. So she knows a thing or two about baking and claims to be very hard to impress. She was amazed by these cookies; couldn’t stop talking about them. Told me I needed to sell them locally. On and on. It was very flattering! I mean, I know I like these cookies, but to have someone as legit as she is, with all her...

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Review - Mrs. Meyer’s Counter Spray

I recently had the opportunity to sample some Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day products. I have such an affinity for those cute little sample packets! Aren’t they pretty?


I passed out samples amongst friends, neighbors, and local HLW community members, and then sprayed my sticky counters down with the Basil scented Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Countertop Spray (that’s an affiliate link, there).

The scent was…overpowering. Whew! It was pleasant, and not terribly fake and chemically, but it was strong; too strong for me. Furthermore, it lingered. Even after I wiped the counters and cupboards down with a damp rag to remove the residue, the scent permeated the whole house for almost 12 hours. I like the...

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