Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fire Cider

Fire Cider! What a name, huh? It will burn whatever is ailing you, out of you! So bring on the fire!
I've not felt my best today and I can tell you, I sure wish I had started this weeks ago. I could have used it today!
I just read this when I googled 'fire cider' It comes from Mountain Rose Herbs and it says...

Fire Cider is a traditional remedy with deep roots in folk medicine. The tasty combination of vinegar infused with powerful anti-microbial, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers makes this recipe especially pleasant and easy to incorporate into your daily diet to help boost natural immune system processes, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days. 

They also suggest adding honey to final product... I've not tried that. This is how I always make mine. 

The ingredients are:
Horseradish
Garlic
Onions
Hot Peppers
Ginger 
Apple Cider Vinegar

For some reason, the ginger didn't make the initial pic... but here she is in all her potent beauty! These ingredients pack a powerful punch, I'm telling you!
I used to call this a Health tonic. I may have even blogged about it... but a friend of mine called it Fire Cider and I thought that was an awesome name!

This is what you want to do. 
Equal parts.
If you have 1 cup horseradish, use 1 cup peppers, 1 cup garlic, 1 cup onion, 1 cup ginger... you get the idea. 
I didn't even measure when I made this. I just layered it. 
Once I filled it to the neck of my jar, I poured in the ACV (apple cider vinegar)


If using a metal cap, use some plastic wrap to help it not rust your ring. 
Shake this daily and let it set out and ferment for about 2 weeks- 1 month.
Once finished, strain the juice from the veggies and store. 

This stuff will absolutely knock out what ails you. Of course, always use good judgement about your health. This is good stuff and it is good for you... 
Hopefully you get what I'm saying. 
I do NOT claim to be a doctor, nor do I claim to be an expert in naturopathy. I'm just a mom and wife trying to take care of my bunch. 

To use, Shoot a tbsp or two as a daily preventative. 
Or if you can't shoot it, mix it in some tea or juice. 
If you already have signs of illness, take it several times daily. 

Fire Cider! Make it. Get it ready for the cold and flu season and stay healthy this year!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama: Eggroll in a Bowl- Chasity's Way

THM'ers I have found the BEST food out there. 
A fantastic S meal, that is loaded with yummy, healthy, goodness, that will leave you satisfied, happy and hoping for leftovers for tomorrow's lunch!

This is how I make it my way!

I used 2 lbs of grass-fed beef 
1 head of red cabbage (I cut slivers with my knife, but you could use food processor if you like)
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
2 tsp ginger, chopped fine (you can use powder, if so, use less)
1 large had broccoli, kale, spinach or some other green
(If I had carrots at the time of making this, I would use them... about a cup of shredded carrots)
1/4 cup tamari sauce
2 Tbsp sesame oil
Chicken stock


I browned my meat and onions in a large skillet til cooked through. 
I added in my cabbage, broccoli, garlic, ginger, tamari, sesame oil, etc. 
Pour in a little chicken stock. Not enough for soup, but enough to help cook down the veggies a bit and help the seasonings flavor your food. 
If it begins to dry out before you have finished wilting your veggies, you can always pour in a bit more stock. 
Salt and Pepper (a must)
Let rest slightly.
Serve warm.
Let your tastebuds dance and sing. 
Yum-o.

Enjoy!



Monday, October 27, 2014

Lindsey's Dilly Carrots

My precious friend Lindsey makes "Dilly Carrots" We have had them before and they are great. They are a yummy snack and so good for you! 
Here's how she makes them.
You will need:
Carrots
Salt
Garlic
Dill Seed
Filtered Water
(I made a half-gallon batch)

Cut the tips and the ends off the carrots and then cut the carrots in half. Once cut in half, cut them into   sticks. Depending on the size of your carrots, it could be one or two cuts per half. Don't make them so tiny they won't hold up during the fermenting process.

There'a good snack size!
Begin to fill your jar with your carrot sticks.

For a half-gallon jar, I used four large garlic cloves. I quartered them and tossed them in about midways through.

And if your kids are home like mine, you might be giving a spelling quiz right in the middle of your project. 

Now take a Tablespoon Salt. I use Real Salt. It's my favorite.

1 Tablespoon of Dill Seed!
This is important. We have made these with dried dill, and we didn't care for them... but dill seed seems to make a huge difference.

Once everything is in your jar, fill your jar with filtered water. We use a Berkey... But if you don't have a water filter, you could use spring water.

Allow your dilly carrots to set for 3-5 days out to ferment and then you can put them in the fridge and begin snacking. They are a yummy snack and a super way to add a few more fermented goodies to your everyday diet. 


Friday, October 24, 2014

{ this moment } 10.24.14

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{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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Connecting with Soulemama this morning




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Soaping again

Another beautiful thing happens when the air begins to chill. I feel the need to fluff my nest. The need to put a little more useful things by. The desire to create a haven. 
Soaping is part of that. 
The first two pictures show my Holiday Spice Soap
It has turned out so nicely and I will look forward to using this and gifting it as well. 
Here's my recipe.
Btw, if you are new to Soap Making, I have a Soap Making 101 tutorial that will take you STEP-BY-STEP through the process. My friend Ashlee taught me, I teach you and we all win! Right? 

Holiday Spice Soap
12 oz olive oil
12 oz coconut oil
7.5 oz shea butter
6 oz canola oil
5 oz cocoa butter
3.5 oz corn oil
2 oz castor oil

6.5 oz lye
16 oz cold water

1 T cinnamon
1 T cloves
1 T cocoa

.25 oz Rosemary Essential Oil
.5 oz Orange Essential Oil
.5 oz Clove Essential Oil

At trace add your Essential Oils and then bring back to trace. Ladle half the batch into your pan and then mix spices into the remainder of the batch and ladle on top. You can use a butter knife to make swirls or figure 8's through your mixture.
Allow to cure 6 weeks before use.


Oatmeal and Honey Soap
1 oz beeswax
2 lb lard
6 oz olive oil
4 oz coconut oil
2 oz cocoa butter

16 oz cold water
6 oz lye

1 T. Honey
1/2 cup pulverized oats
1 T scent (I used an oatmeal and honey scent from Brambleberry)

At trace add honey, oats, and scent


I really love the flecks of oatmeal in this one. It will be a nice, mild, facial cleansing soap.

Happy Soaping!