Turmeric is the current darling in the spice and natural health word, and rightly so. Besides being vibrant in color and warming in taste, it is chock full of amazing health benefits!
Turmeric comes from the root of Curcuma longa, a leafy plant in the ginger family, that is boiled or steamed and then dried and ground. India is the world's main producer of turmeric and turmeric is used extensively in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine. Turmeric is a component of curry powder and is commonly added to mustard and relishes. With its intense yellow color (it does stain, so beware!), it is often used as a natural dye. I plan on making play-dough for my daughter using turmeric instead of artificial dye.
This month's Recipe Redux theme is Treasured Cookware - a recipe using a piece of cookware passed down to us from the kitchen of a relative. All of the things passed down to me are not cookware items, so I decided to create a cocktail and serve it in champagne coupe that was passed down to me from my grandmother.
My grandmother loved to entertain (and dance) in her younger years and she was never short on glasses or dishware. In fact, another fun gift from her was an old martini set--cocktail pitcher and all! I have a ton of different cocktail glasses (I am not sure what this says about me :) ) and when we build a bar in our bonus room (future project) my collection will be ready for any type of cocktail. I just adore these little coupe glasses and am glad the coupe is back in style. I much prefer it over the flute to sip my bubbly. My nose always hits the other side of the champagne flute and that annoys me (maybe my nose is just long) - bring me the coupe!
My husband and I love to travel and hope to explore all that we can of this amazing world in our lifetime. As much as I want to experience the rich history and culture of places like Asia and Europe, at this point in our lives a “real” vacation means relaxing, preferably somewhere tropical - truly getting away from it all! In a few weeks, we are headed out to a tropical destination to celebrate a special anniversary. I am counting down the days!
One of my favorite parts of traveling to the islands is the plethora of tropical fruits that seem to come with every meal - papaya with granola in the morning, mango salsa to top the fresh catch of the day, and some kind of pineapple or guava goodness for dessert.
I think the warmer spring weather is finally here is stay (fingers crossed)! Bye-bye polar vortex - I won't miss you!
I have a huge platter on my kitchen counter that I like to decorate by changing its motif with the seasons. A few weeks ago, I put away my winter pine cones and replaced them with moss and lemons. The lemon always reminds me of spring because it makes me think of freshening things up - cleaning up the clutter.
Recently, I have been in the habit of making a batch of my Homemade Creamy Almond Milk on Sundays to use in smoothies for the week. The recipe is so simple and tasty, and I am left with almond meal after the milk is complete. I hate the idea of wasting the fresh meal, so I came up with a recipe that is another great addition to our Sunday routine - Raw Cocoa Coconut Energy Bites.
My favorite time to eat energy bites is in the afternoon for a pick-me-up boost or in the morning when I am rushing around and don't have time for a sit-down breakfast. In the past, I brought you this No-Bake Energy Bite, but this time around I decided to go grain-free and use almond meal as the base.
Last week we shared a list of our favorite prepared foods - foods we prefer to buy over making homemade. Well, Ezekiel wraps made the list - wraps/tortillas are one food I know I would royally mess up if I tried to make them from scratch! I always have a bag of small and large Ezekiel wraps in my freezer so I thought I would share a few kid-friendly ideas for this ultimate food transporter!
Sure, the idea of baking, dehydrating, fermenting, canning, and preserving all of our own culinary staples and garnishment sounds romantic, but let's be real - we don't have time. That is a full-time job and we aren't pioneers. We all need the option of a little convenience in life, so we put together a list of some of our favorite prepared foods and staple condiments that help keep life simple, but oh-so-delicious!
I am always looking for interesting ways to incorporate protein into my daughter's diet. Other than your basic scrambled eggs mixed with veggies and spices, I had not yet offered her many egg options. It was time to change that! I created a mini egg muffin recipe and she has loved this new addition to her menu! There is just something about the little muffin shape that she responds to. I think she feels like it is special - just for her sweet, dimpled baby hands! Incorporating eggs into your child's diet is a simple and satisfying way to add in protein...
I enjoy making many of my own personal care products and in the past, I have shared a simple DIY facial lotion, body butter, lip balm, as well as a few others. Skin is the largest organ on our bodies so we want to make sure we are taking good care of it. We nurture it from the inside by eating healthy, and nurture it from the outside by applying high quality products.
It can be time consuming to make your own products and some people just aren't interested in DIY. That doesn't mean they still don't want to be sure the products they are using are free of additives, parabens, pathalates, petrochemicals as well as a long list of other potentially harmful substances. This is where Bella Organics comes in to play.
If you read my review on Branch Basics, you know I am a fan of non-toxic cleaners. The simpler the better! It must also get the job done. I use Branch Basics for my bi-monthly deep cleaning sessions, but I also wanted to have a simple, all-purpose cleaner for the lighter jobs between those dreaded deep cleanings. I like cleanliness and organization but deep cleaning just isn't my cup of tea, y'all.
You have heard me talk several times about the importance of eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables - what I like to call "bites of the rainbow." While especially true of fruits & veggies, but applicable to all food groups, I think we are all guilty of sticking with our tried and true favorites, the things that we can rely on to be tasty and to satisfy. But, it is so important to incorporate a variety of colorful produce into your diet because each "color" gives you different health benefits - think variety and think color to increase your intake of vitamins, minerals, and protective plant compounds (phytochemicals). These powerful phytochemicals are the compounds that give fruits and vegetables their array of colors.