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Molasses Tonic

In need of a warm drink that not only tastes good but is packed with essential minerals? Molasses tonic is the perfect warm up and pick-me-up drink for cold weather.

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I like warm drinks. Do you?

Even on the hottest summer days I still start the day with a warm drink. It has a calming effect on my mind and body. In fact I’m sipping on one right now while I write this post!

I’ve never been a coffee drinker. I usually go for tea.

But these days I pretty much drink one of two things. Either healing hot chocolate or molasses tonic. Both provide minerals in a great tasting, soothing beverage.

You may be wondering, what’s so great about molasses? Isn’t that just sugar?

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Molasses is actually packed with vitamins and minerals.

It contains:

  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • calcium
  • iron
  • vitamin B6
  • niacin
  • pantothenic acid
  • choline
  • phosphorus
  • zinc
  • copper
  • selenium
  • chromium
  • cobalt
  • sodium

It has also been shown to be helpful with a variety of health issues from PMS, headaches and acne to bone health and constipation.

What’s not to love?

Well, maybe the flavor.

Molasses is an acquired taste.

At least for me. If you are not a fan just start with a small amount and work your way up to a full tablespoon.

You can even do half molasses and half maple syrup to start. Maple syrup has minerals too!

As you can see molasses is very nutritious. You could just take a big spoonful once or twice a day.

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I like to combine it with some other nutrients in a hot drink to really give my body a boost.

So you can add any or all of the following to create a molasses tonic:

  • stinging nettle (allergy relief, reduce inflammation)
  • grass-fed collagen (easy-to-digest protein, gut healing)
  • unrefined sea salt (trace minerals, hydration/electrolyte balance)
  • cocoa powder (magnesium, iron, fiber, manganese, zinc, flavonoids)
  • carob powder (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium)
  • maple syrup (calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus sodium, potassium, zinc)
  • butter and/or coconut oil (healthy saturated fat, helps balance the protein and carbohydrates)

When you put all of these together molasses tonic can practically be a meal replacement! And if you have a super busy morning here and there it could be. I drink it after a meal. Though it is best to wait an hour after eating to let your food settle/start digesting first.

If you don’t have time or all of the ingredients to make the full molasses tonic you can simply add molasses and sea salt to hot water. You’ll still get a big nutritional boost and feel hydrated.

The next time you need a hot beverage skip the coffee. Instead whip up a power packed molasses tonic.

This is great for kids too. Add some whole milk or coconut milk to their molasses tonic for a creamy drink.

Do you consume molasses regularly? What is your favorite way to use it? 
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Molasses Tonic
Serves 1
A warm drink packed with vitamins and minerals
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 - 2 cups boiling water
  2. 1/2 - 1 Tbsp. blackstrap molasses
  3. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
optional
  1. 1 tsp. nettle leaf
  2. 1 Tbsp. grass-fed collagen
  3. 1 tsp. organic cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 tsp. organic carob powder
  5. 2 tsp. grade B maple syrup
  6. 1 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil
  7. 2-4 Tbsp. whole milk or coconut milk
Instructions
  1. If using nettle leaf, use a tea strainer or cheesecloth to steep nettle leaves in 1/2 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove the leaves.
  2. Add the remaining boiling water and ingredients.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Allow to cool enough to drink or add ice cubes or milk.
Notes
  1. This can be served warm or cold (iced molasses tonic).
  2. This can be placed in a water bottle and packed for school lunch.
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Natural Remedies Review | Just Take A Bite

Stuffy Noses, Tangled Hair and Allergies: A Natural Remedies Review

When the cold or flu hits, when allergies flare or when kids can’t settle down don’t reach for a pill. Instead try some simple natural remedies.

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When it comes to natural remedies I am definitely a novice.

I know food backwards and forwards. But herbs, oils and spices? Salves and tinctures? Come again?

Keep it simple.

You can imagine my delight when I flipped through Natural Remedies for Kids and saw just how easy it is to make so many natural treatments at home!

And I really do mean easy. Because if they weren’t I would have just put the book back down.

Natural Remedies is so easy to follow and find what you need. The advice is practical and straight forward.

Easy tips.

There are common sense tips like braiding long hair to keep it from getting tangled at night. Yes, I used that one immediately on my daughter! Then there is no need for any detangler (though if you need one there is a recipe for it).

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Allergy treatments.

I have talked a lot about my daughter’s environmental allergies and struggles with clogged sinuses. Natural Remedies has an easy recipe for allergy syrup that is on my to-do list.

In the mean time we’re trying nettle tea. I had no idea it was so good for allergies.

There is really some kind of remedy for just about every common concern. It includes respiratory ailments, colds, flu, skin and hair issues, bumps and bruises and even emotional problems (like hyperactivity and anxiety).

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Start small.

I am slowly building my supply for my natural medicine cabinet, starting with some of the more common and cheaper ingredients (like turmeric and nettle leaf). I will gradually add on as I become more familiar with and more comfortable with natural remedies.

One of the things that I love so much about finally going down this path (aside from the fact that it was one of my goals for this year that had been going by the wayside) is that I can make things that are safe for my youngest. Pretty much all OTC medications (both conventional and natural/homeopathic) contain some form of palm or coconut.

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Save money.

You can still get Natural Remedies for Kids at a discount price right now. I’d snatch it up! This will be my go-to resource this winter.

And if you have a child like mine that is a sponge and loves to read anything and everything let them take a look and learn right along with you!

Natural Remedies for Kids is a resource that will benefit the entire family and help promote a natural lifestyle and overall health. If you are new to natural remedies or just looking to expand your knowledge this book is for you.

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Herb Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Honey Mustard | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Herb Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing

Herb roasted vegetables with creamy honey mustard dressing put a new spin on salad.  They make the perfect side dish all year long.

Herb Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Honey Mustard | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I am partnering with Wayfair and Stonyfield for this post. I have been compensated for my time commitment to use these products. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

I love a fresh salad in the summer. To be honest I could eat a salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner all summer long!

But I do have a family to cook for. And I don’t have any big salad fans.

That means it’s time to put a new spin on salad.

My kids LOVE roasted vegetables. They often eat all of their vegetables first when I roast them.

So when challenged by Stonyfield and Wayfair to create a new summer salad I went with something I knew my kids would enjoy.

Herb roasted vegetables with creamy honey mustard is a hearty summer salad everyone will love.

Herb Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Honey Mustard | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The vegetables.

Most of the time I roast cauliflower, Brussels sprouts or cabbage. If you think those are vegetables your kids don’t like try them roasted. You might be surprised!

During the summer there are plenty of other fresh vegetables to add to the mix, like zucchini, peppers and beans.

I used a combination of year round staples and fresh summer vegetables to create a colorful blend.

Add lots of extra virgin olive oil, unrefined sea salt and some fresh or dried herbs for a pop of flavor.

Herb Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Honey Mustard | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

The dressing.

What’s a salad without dressing? To top this beautiful blend I put a creamy spin on my favorite honey mustard by adding whole milk Stonyfield yogurt.

The bright yellow dressing really pops against the rainbow of vegetables. And it adds a burst of flavor. Roasted vegetables with creamy honey mustard will be the center of attention at your dinner table.

Creamy honey mustard also makes a great veggie dip.

My kids may not be huge salad fans, but they do love veggies and dip! So another way to eat salad in the summer is to skip the lettuce and go straight for fresh vegetables with creamy honey mustard.

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The presentation.

Herb roasted vegetables with creamy honey mustard is a great salad for entertaining. All of the prep work is done in advance so you can visit with your guests.

But you can’t serve a beautiful salad without the proper dishes. That’s where Wayfair comes in.

Have you checked out their assortment of salad bowls and kitchen gadgets? There is so much to choose from!

My favorite color is blue and I like simple. So of course I picked a stunning cobalt blue salad bowl. I love how it is wide and shallow – perfect for presenting a colorful salad. You can see the whole assortment of vegetables.

I have been searching for a salad dressing container for some time now. I usually just use a small mason jar. But for serving to guests that is not so convenient. This cruet is just what I’ve been looking for. (Plus I learned a new word…cruet). These will come in so handy when I serve salads at parties and family gatherings.

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My favorite product from Wayfair is this set of condiment cups. They are perfect for dipping veggies in dressing. They are also great for holding after school snacks. They come in four fun colors so each kid can pick what color they like. Did you know that can make vegetables taste better? It can.

Whether you need a fancy salad to serve to guests or you’re just trying to get your kids to eat more veggies, herb roasted vegetables with creamy honey mustard work well.

Let your kids help chop all of the vegetables and make the simple dressing. Then use some fun, festive serveware from Wayfair to brighten up the table.

What is your favorite summer salad? How do you dress it up?

Let Stonyfield and Wayfair spruce up your next salad.

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Herb Roasted Vegetables with Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing
Serves 6
Bright vegetables seasoned with herbs and drizzled with a creamy honey mustard dressing.
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Vegetables
  1. 10 cups variety of vegetables (cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, peppers, zucchini, cabbage, beets, parsnips, rutabaga)
  2. 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  3. 2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  4. 1 tsp. dried basil
  5. 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  6. 1 tsp. dried dillweed
Dressing
  1. 1/2 cup plain, whole milk yogurt
  2. 1/2 cup honey
  3. 1/4 cup mustard
  4. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Vegetables
  1. Cut the vegetables into uniform chunks.
  2. Heat oven to 375*F.
  3. Place vegetables on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Pour olive oil over vegetables and season with salt and herbs.
  5. Toss to coat.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour, until vegetables are tender and browned.
Dressing
  1. Combine all of the ingredients and mix well.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Serve vegetables warm, drizzled with honey mustard.
Notes
  1. The dressing can be made in advance.
  2. The dressing will last about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
  3. The dressing can be used as a veggie dip.
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Sausage Seasoning For Sensitive Palates

Sausage Seasoning For Sensitive Palates | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

I don’t usually cook breakfast in the morning (except warming my daily mug of soup).  That may seem surprising for someone that gets up early and loves to be in the kitchen.

But here mornings are for easy, get it on the table quickly meals.  That means things like yogurt, homemade granola, fruit, baked goods, nuts, cheese, smoothies, gummies, hard boiled eggs and dried fruit.

Morning is my time to get work done before the kids get up.  Not to mention I have one child that often wakes up early and is ready for breakfast the moment his feet hit the floor.  So breakfast is usually something prepared the night before.

But we do LOVE all breakfast foods – pancakes, waffles, french toast, eggs, bacon and of course sausage!  Breakfast foods are some of our favorites.  So we have breakfast for dinner once a week.

My daughter has a very sensitive palate…i.e. won’t eat anything “spicy.”  That includes just about any seasoning.  It’s rare that she can eat anything in a restaurant without it burning her tongue.  If your little one is the same way check out this post on “picky eating.”  And read on to find out how we make sausage that is not spicy but has lots of flavor. 

Sausage Seasoning For Sensitive Palates | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie We often buy our sausage from a local farm.  It tastes very good and is high quality meat.  My daughter will eat a little bit of it.  But not much.

So recently we got a half pig.  Part of that included sausage.  I opted to just get plain ground pork instead of the butcher adding seasoning.  I didn’t want ten pounds of sausage that my daughter wouldn’t touch.

That meant I had to come up with my own sausage spice blend so we could still enjoy sausage on our breakfast for dinner nights or in our squash soup.

This seasoning uses common herbs and spices and is easy on the palate.  There is a bit of coconut sugar added to make sure it is well tolerated in a sensitive mouth.

You can mix it up fresh for one batch of sausage or make a large batch and have a jar of it on hand whenever you need it.  This sausage seasoning also works well for burgers and chicken.

You can even mix the seasoning into the meat, shape the sausage patties and freeze them on a tray for easy sausage any time.

There is no need to take sausage off the menu if you have a sensitive palate to cook for.  Simply make your own spice blend so everyone can enjoy delicious sausage with their favorite breakfast foods. 

Sausage Seasoning For Sensitive Palates | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Sausage Seasoning For Sensitive Palates
A very mild, yet flavorful seasoning for homemade sausage.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  2. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  3. 1/2 tsp. basil
  4. 1/2 tsp. celery salt
  5. 1 tsp. dill weed
  6. 1/2 tsp. mustard powder
  7. 3 tsp. coconut sugar
  8. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients.
  2. Add to one pound of ground meat (pork, turkey or chicken).
  3. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Form patties and cook in coconut oil, lard or tallow in a skillet.
Notes
  1. The seasoning mix can be prepared in advance. It can also be made in large batches and used as needed.
  2. You can add an egg to the meat and seasoning mixture as a binder.
  3. One batch totals about 7 tsp. So if you make a larger batch you can use 7 tsp. of it per pound of meat.
  4. You can mix the meat and seasoning and form patties in advance. Simply place them on a parchment lined baking sheet, freeze them and then store them in a sealed container. Thaw as many patties as you need at a time.
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Easy Homemade Chip Dip

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 It may be September, but summer is not over yet!  There is still plenty of time for grilling and picnics.

One of the easiest side dishes for a summer meal is chips with dip.   You can buy your favorite kind of chip (we like the potato chips made with olive oil) or make a batch of homemade chips.  Then all you have to do is take one minute to mix up a quick dip.

This chip dip reminds me of my favorite childhood dip – french onion.  But there isn’t actually any onion in it!  Better than that there isn’t any MSG or anything artificial.  Just a few simple ingredients.

This is not a dip full of spice.  We keep it simple for the oral sensory issues in our family.  But that doesn’t mean it’s low on flavor.  This simple chip dip tastes great and packs a punch of flavor.

If you don’t eat chips, this dip works very well for fresh vegetables or kale chips.  We even enjoy it on a burger or as a dipping sauce for fish.  It is very versatile.

This even works well for packing school lunches. A tasty dip is a great way to get kids to eat fresh vegetables.

The next time you need a quick dip try this simple version.  It takes less than a minute to make and will be a family favorite. 

Easy Homemade Chip Dip
A simple chip dip made with real ingredients that only takes a minute to prepare.
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Ingredients
  1. 2/3 cup sour cream
  2. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  3. 1/2 tsp. dill weed
  4. 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients. Mix well.
  2. Chill until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. This dip goes very well with chips but can also be used for fresh vegetables, on burgers or with fish.
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Risotto Cakes

I tried a Barefoot Contessa recipe for dinner last night. I saw it on one of her recent shows. The risotto cakes were pretty simple. And quite good. I served them as a main dish. They would probably be better paired with some kind of protein. I didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand, so I improvised with what I had. I used basil instead of chives. I used plain yogurt instead of greek yogurt. And I used parmesan and gouda cheese instead of fontina. You could do lots of different variations on this. They didn’t hold their shape as well as I would have liked. But from other reviews of the recipe that is pretty common. Only one really fell apart. And that’s because it slid off the spatula when I was trying to flip it. It helped to cook them longer on the first side (she says 3 min.), maybe 6 min. or so. Then it gets a good crust and hold together. You definitely have to plan ahead for these since the rice mixture has to set for a while. I made the rice the night before and added the other ingredients the next morning. I only made a half recipe and got 8 cakes out of it. I’ll post the original recipe and my mods.

Chive Risotto Cakes

Kosher salt
1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used plain yogurt)
2 extra-large eggs (I just used large)
3 Tbsp. minced fresh chives (I used basil and added some salt and garlic powder)
1 1/2 cups grated Italian fontina cheese (5 ounces) (I used parmesan and gouda)
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup panko (Japanese dried bread flakes)
Good olive oil

Bring a large (4-quart) pot of water to a boil over medium-low heat and add 1/2 tablespoon salt and the Arborio rice. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. The grains of rice will be quite soft. Drain the rice in a sieve and run under cold water until cool. Drain well.

Meanwhile, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, chives, fontina, 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt, and the pepper in a medium bowl. Add the cooled rice and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight, until firm.

When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Spread the panko in a shallow dish. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Form balls of the rice mixture using a standard (2 1/4-inch) ice-cream scoop or a large spoon. Pat the balls into patties 3 inches in diameter and 3/4-inch thick. Place 4 to 6 patties in the panko, turning once to coat. Place the patties in the hot oil and cook, turning once, for about 3 minutes (I’d recommend 6 min.) on each side until the risotto cakes are crisp and nicely browned. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and keep warm in the oven for up to 30 minutes. Continue cooking in batches, adding oil as necessary, until all the cakes are fried. Arrange on a serving platter and serve hot.

I served them with peas and roasted cheddar cauliflower. I just wanted to post a pic of the cauliflower. I’ve never had this variety before. It doesn’t taste a lot different, but I don’t think it’s as sweet. I like regular better.

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