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Recipe - Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Of all the natural immune boosting remedies you could make at home, elderberry syrup has the best scientific support backing its use to combat and prevent the flu.

Until now, I’ve been purchasing my elderberry syrup from Honey Gardens Apitherapy, online. It’s wonderful tasting and effective, but it’s also really, really expensive. Prohibitively expensive for a family of five to take every day!

I recently started making my own elderberry syrup and I’m never going back. Making elderberry syrup is so easy and cost effective! It takes less than an hour, and the ingredients are easy to source either online or in your pantry. There are plenty of recipes online; here’s the HeyLauraWhat way. :)...Continue reading

Recipe: Laura’s Crazy-Ass Sandwich

This is the Holy Grail of sandwiches. It is amazing. That is all.


Full Disclosure/Update/Confession
It’s been many years since I created this recipe. I’m no longer vegetarian and have cleaned up my diet considerably. So, we now make it with pastrami or roast beef, and homemade mayo. It is still incredible. You should make it however you can, and enjoy.


Laura’s Crazy-Ass Sandwich
- one hoagie roll, hot dog bun, or in a pinch - two slices of bread (hoagie roll is best, but I made it on a plain English muffin once, too)
- 1/4th cup sauerkraut
- 1/4 cup cranberry relish (either chunky or smooth is fine - I think the smooth from the can is best; homemade might mess up the taste profile)
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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

Blend in a high speed blender. Serve hot. Be well....Continue reading

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!

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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 - Fresh Express Salad Kits

Last month, I had the opportunity to sample the Fresh Express Salad Kits, as a promotion of their “30 Day Salad Swap.” I shared a few coupons with friends and tried out two kits for myself.

My first challenge was finding the kits. Since I don’t shop at Safeway or Albertsons, and only very rarely make a Target run, I had to go out of my way to find them. When I did find them at Target, I was disappointed to find that they stocked only one organic option. Leafy greens are some things I always try to buy organic, but I made the concession because of the coupons I’d been given.

I chose the American Mix (iceberg, romaine, carrots, red cabbage, and radishes), and the 50/50 Mix (spring mix and...

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Recipes - Creamy Turmeric Tea

I’ve been seeing various food bloggers talking about the delicious health benefits of Turmeric Tea for a few weeks, but it didn’t really appeal to me. I don’t keep turmeric in my spice cabinet, so I didn’t even have the opportunity to try it out. However, my massage therapist offered me a sip of hers at my appointment a couple weeks ago, and I was smitten. The very next day, I went to the spice shop and bought some turmeric powder. I’ve been tinkering with my recipe ever since!

Just look at that orangey-yellow goodness. ;)


If you want to read more about the power of turmeric, please go check out this great article by Wellness Mama. She is an amazingly resourceful and prolific blogger;...

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