Archive | Recipes

Soothing Colds With Lemon And Honey

Soothe sore throats and aching bodies with the age-old remedies of honey and lemon. ::

photo credit: desegura89

Honey has been used in health care for hundreds of generations. It is mentioned in historical writings as far back as the Sumerian gets from the 21st century, B.C.

Honey is a humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture, and an anti-irritant. Medicinally, honey sweetens and smoothes the swallowing of bitter herbs, as well as providing its own healing powers. Honey salve was historically applied to cuts and wounds. Recent studies have proven that the high sugar concentration prevents bacteria growth and that wounds treated with honey heal faster.

My family uses two honey-based treatments to take care of a cold, one a simple lemon tea and one a treatment for sore throats.

This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase a product after clicking through a link I will earn few cents from the sale at no additional cost to you. This income helps to support this blog. Thank you!

Mom’s Magic Throat Coat

When I was little and had a sore throat, my mother would heat up this thick and sticky throat treatment in a small bowl and give it to me with a tiny sugar spoon. The high acid content of the lemon (sometimes she used cider vinegar), means it can only be consumed in tiny sips The honey coats the throat to ease discomfort and also reduces bacteria.…

Continue Reading ·

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas: Pinned it. Did it.

Pinned It. Did It. Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas recipe review :: nurtured


My dad has a very particular way of eating a grapefruit. First he rolls the fruit around on the counter “to loosen the juices”. Then he slices it in half, crossways, to reveal shiny little triangles of grapefruit flesh. Next, with a paring knife, he carefully goes around each segment, cutting it away from the skin and from the membrane on each side. Then he scoops out and eats the pieces with a spoon (when I was a kid, we used the tiny sugar spoon that came with the cutlery set my parents got for their wedding for this part. Dad scoffs at those specialized toothed grapefruit spoons.). Finally, he uses one hand to squeeze any remaining juice from the now-empty grapefruit hull into a spoon held into the other hand. You don’t want to waste anything when you are eating a grapefruit.

I always think of my dad when I eat a grapefruit and my whole life I have eaten grapefruits exactly this way, also.

Only in this case I’m not eating grapefruits by our particular family method. I’m making margaritas out of them. Margaritas also make me think of my dad, as they are his favorite cocktail. He makes a mean one.…

Continue Reading ·

Pinned It. Did It. Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

Pinned It. Did It. Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa ::

For my second post in the Pinned It. Did It. series over on Liz’s blog, I tackle quinoa.

Quinoa is something I know I should – and want to –  eat more of, but I don’t really know what to do with it. Is it savory? Is it a breakfast grain? Can I bake with it? Starting with a batch of leftover quinoa, I turned to Pinterest for guidance and remembered a lesson about cooking that I had forgotten.

Read the rest of this post on Be Present, Be Here.

Continue Reading ·

Make Your Own Herbal Healing Salves

Make Your Own Healing Salves ::

This article was originally posted on Modern Alternative Mama.

As part of my ongoing quest to green the products in my bathroom, I tossed out a bag of commercial ointments and skin treatments and replaced them with home-made healing salves.

My initial motivation was to replace a diaper rash cream that I realized was petroleum based. Not only that, but it didn’t work to heal my daughter’s rash. I found a company making small batch lotions and salves from organic herbs and oils for that first diaper cream replacement, but after doing some further research I realized it would be really easy to just make my own. These three recipes are ones I have developed and use at home on my family.

These recipes are simple and don’t require any special equipment and I’ve included links to help you find the specific ingredients (some of these are affiliate links). You can do this!

A salve is simply an ointment used to promote healing or to protect the skin. The three salves I’m sharing below are based on herbal infusions, lending the healing properties of particular herbs to the concoction. I have chosen calendula, plantain and lavender because they are powerful, but gentle enough for babies and children, and unlikely to bother people with sensitive skin.…

Continue Reading ·

Brown Sugar Foot Scrub

Brown Sugar Foot Scrub :: nurturedmama.netThis time of year my skin is so parched. My lips are dry, my hands are scratchy, and my heels are cracking. This little jar in my shower has been a lifesaver.

It is so easy to make and feels so luxurious. If you need a last minute gift for someone or if you just need a little pampering in your shower every day, look no further.

Brown Sugar Foot Scrub

Makes 1/2 cup

This recipe contains affiliate links for some products. If you make a purchase using one of these links I am paid a few pennies, at no extra cost to you.

1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1/4 cup softened organic coconut oil
1 T aloe vera gel
1/2 tsp tea tree oil
15 drops peppermint essential oil
1 Vitamin E oil capsule, opened (optional)

Mix together all ingredients and store in a small jar. I like these small Weck jars.

To use, massage a dime-sized amount onto each foot. Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so whatever is not absorbed by your skin will wash away pretty easily. But still, be careful getting out of the shower!

Want more ideas for from-scratch body products? Check out my DIY Beauty Products board on Pinterest.…

Continue Reading ·

DIY Chai Tea Concentrate

DIY Chai Tea Concentrate |

Note: This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase a product after clicking through a link I will earn few cents from the sale at no additional cost to you. This income helps to support this blog. Thank you!

One of my favorite hot drinks is masala chai tea, sweetened with milk and honey.

But I’m particular. It has to be spicy, but not overpowering. A touch of sweet, but not super sweet. I’ve tried buying those cartons of chai concentrate, but not only do none of them taste quite right to me (and all are too sweet) but also they are expensive!

One day when I was ordering chai at the bagel shop in town that makes, in my opinion, the perfect chai, my eyes landed on the sign next to the register. It said, “We brew our own chai.”

Oh, right. I could make my OWN chai!

I swear, I’m a little slow to realize the obvious sometimes.

If I could brew my own tea, I figured, I could also make my own chai concentrate, sweetened just the way I like. And so I did. Here is the recipe for you. Two recipes, actually. One uses a pre-made masala chai blend from Adiago Tea.…

Continue Reading ·

Soul-Fed Mama: 3 Easy Soups for Autumn

3 Easy Soups for Autumn, part of the Soul-Fed Mama series on

This week in one of my Facebook groups, someone wrote about processing her harvest of pears into sauce, butter and jelly and how that work leaves her feeling deeply nourished.

Her comment reminded me again that self care can look like so many different things. So often we think of self care as taking a nap, or getting a pedicure or calling your best girl friend for a long chat. And that might be the exact self care you need.

But you might also need an hour standing at the stove stirring a big pan of pears. You might need to be getting dirt under your fingernails in the still-warm twilight. You might need a blank page and a fast-flowing pen. You might need to snuggle under a blanket with your child to read a book together. You might need your camera pointed at the stunning red leaves as they circle down around you.

Right now, as the weather suddenly shifts to chilly in my town this week, I have been needing to cook. Preferably soups that simmer away for a while, scenting the house wonderfully and warming me to my bones when we sit down to the meal.

Continue Reading ·

Keep It Simple: A Breakfast For Life At The Speed of Light

Keep it simple

One day last week, confronted with a fridge full of random food supplies and a cranky child at my knee, I threw together this breakfast for myself: Avocado mashed on a toasted whole wheat bagel. It isn’t gluten-free, or paleo, or clean eating, or any of the other ways to eat that are trending right now. It isn’t even pretty to photograph. But it was fast, I could make it while managing breakfast negotiations with the little one, and it kept me full until lunchtime.

This has been a week of not very many naps, of mornings that begin with begging for a TV show. A week of too many projects going on at the same time in the yard, strewn across my desk, and filling up my to-do list. It has been a week of us parents handing off a kid-shaped baton at the door in the evening and relying on iMessage the rest of the time to keep the business of this household running. This has been a week of too much, too fast, with too little rest and refilling.

This is the kind of simple I need right now. Fast, easy, nourishing.

What simple solutions have you found to get you through a crazy patch?

Continue Reading ·

Quick and healthy lunch idea

farro garbanzo salad

I’ve been reading the 101 Cookbooks Blog for longer than I’ve called myself a cook. I’ve always admired her one-bowl meals which have shown up in many formats over the years. She shared two in February, a salad and a kale rice bowl.

They both sound good, but what is thrown together from on-hand ingredients in her kitchen would take preparation in mine. Za’atar? Pepitas? Those are not on my staples list. I also need a lunch I can make fast. Really fast. No poaching of eggs or sautéing of vegetables. As quick as that might be for her it is out of reach for me at the noon hour with a tired and hungry toddler at my elbow.

Then I came across this recipe for Warm Farro Salad with Chickpeas, Feta and Spicy Dressing and suddenly it all clicked. I have found my perfect, fast, healthy, one-bowl lunch.

I have eaten it 10 days of the last 14.

What’s great about this recipe is that you can easily adjust it in several directions and to the taste of the individual eaters. I’ve been using Trader Joe’s 10-minute farro and one bag makes enough for several days worth of lunches.…

Continue Reading ·

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes