DIY Roasted Cashew Butter

DIY Roasted Cashew Butter
DIY Roasted Cashew Butter

 

If you are interested in eliminating preservatives and questionable ingredients out of your diet, making everyday food products at home can help greatly in this regard. I have wanted to make homemade nut butter for a while, but it wasn’t until recently that we’d invested in a quality food processor. I can’t believe I lasted this long without one!

I started a candida cleanse a couple of months ago and one of the protein sources that was allowed was cashew butter. I bought a jar from the health food store and was hooked. It was so creamy, so delicious and even slightly sweet. I wondered if I could make it at home and adjust the recipe to my tastes. I was so happy with the result. (more…)

Interview With Angela Peterson Winter, Holistic Voice Teacher

Interview With Angela Peterson Winter, Holistic Voice Teacher
Interview With Angela Peterson Winter, Holistic Voice Teacher

“…Know what excites you, what you won’t tolerate, what your priorities are…”

I believe that our lives and experiences provide us with a wealth of information. Some of this information helps us to blossom and grow, while some of it can keep us stuck and stagnant. And sometimes we need help from a teacher or a facilitator to help get those ‘stuck’ things unstuck. I had the pleasure of interviewing holistic voice teacher, Angela Peterson Winter, and she shared with me her approach to teaching the whole person in her voice studio. She melds classical vocal training with a systems-based method that looks at cultivating the entire singer and not just the voice.

Endeavoring to merge technique and a nurtured spirit, she saw her students blossom right before her eyes. She shares her philosophy of teaching holistically, and how spirituality is an integral part of who we are. (more…)

Cold Cures and Folk Remedies

Cold Cures and Folk Remedies
Cold Cures and Folk Remedies

Winter is winding down, but people are still in the midst of cold and flu season. And, to complicate matters, once the cold and flu season ends we head into spring when many suffer with allergies and colds can often reappear during this time.

I have tried from year to year to set a health goal of not getting an upper respiratory infection. I’d heard of people not having a cold for many years in a row, and I thought it was impossible! The more I learned about health and wellness, the more I realized that this actually was possible, and I wanted to try and make it a reality in my family.  I have (knock on wood) not had a cold yet this winter. I do, however, suffer from seasonal allergies and when the springtime comes around, I find it difficult to not catch a cold. I do hope this year is different, though. (more…)

Easy Miso Soup

Easy Miso Soup
Easy Miso Soup

Miso soup is comfort food to me. I remember when I was pregnant for the first time and I desperately wanted something comforting and soothing to get me through the cold, Maine winter. The first thing on my mind was miso soup. It’s light, but still full of flavor.

After having my first daughter, I’d determined to make miso soup at home. I wanted to have it more for myself and to feed it later to my growing baby girl. I bought the miso paste and made it many times but I could never get it to taste the way it did in the restaurants. I realized that I was missing one very important ingredient – the fish stock. (more…)

Roasted Balsamic Beets

Roasted Balsamic Beets
Roasted Balsamic Beets

Are you a beet lover? I have to admit that I came to love beets later in life. I never grew up eating them much, but now as an adult with a family I understand why it’s a good idea to incorporate beets into one’s diet. Beets have a really earthy flavor when eaten raw, but roasting them helps them take on an entirely different taste. (more…)

Energizing Juice Recipe

Energizing Juice Recipe
Energizing Juice Recipe

Sometimes you just need a quick pick-me-up beverage. If you are looking for an alternative to coffee or energy drinks, here’s an all-natural drink that will help to give you that energy you need but without any side effects.

I’ve been juicing for many years, but it wasn’t until I tried juicing myself that I saw the benefits and recognized the importance. My skin was brighter, elimination was easier (TMI?) and I felt more energy. That was my personal experience, but there are many other reasons to give juicing a try if you’ve never done it before. (more…)

2 Minute Non-Toxic Hand Soap

2 Minute Non-Toxic Hand Soap
2 Minute Non-Toxic Hand Soap

You can make fast, easy, organic, and most importantly non-toxic hand soap in minutes. We are certainly not perfect in the ‘green’ department, but we do our best and make continued strides every day. Changing out my personal care products to something non-toxic has been a goal for a while now and I was really pleasantly surprised to learn that it was not that difficult to do.

There are so many chemicals and additives in personal care products. They are not only detrimental for your skin but they are also harmful to the environment. (more…)

A Green Smoothie You’ll Actually Drink!

A Green Smoothie You’ll Actually Drink!
A Green Smoothie You’ll Actually Drink!

Green smoothies seem to be all the rage in certain health conscious circles. I mean, who’s going to argue about trying to get more veggies in? I’d made a green smoothie before using greens and a high powered blender. I did not enjoy the results. The texture was pulpy and stringy and not tasty at all.

I figured it was worth trying again, but this time I wanted to make it in a way that was more palatable to my tastes. The result? A pretty darn tasty green smoothie in my book. (more…)

Living Without a Microwave

Living Without a Microwave
Living Without a Microwave

We decided a little over a year ago to ditch our microwave. It wasn’t an easy decision, however. You might think that as much of a neo-hippy mama as I am that I’d already be without one, but the fact was that I used it a good deal.

Before we moved to Europe we’d nearly stopped using our microwave. It sat in the corner of our kitchen taking space. But after we moved to Europe, I caved in to the convenience. I had a lot to deal with and trying to figure out how to heat up my food quickly was just not something I wanted to tackle while getting settled into a new country. (more…)

All-Natural Anti-Fungal Spray

All-Natural Anti-Fungal Spray
All-Natural Anti-Fungal Spray

Did you know that you can make your own anti-fungal spray right at home? And, it’s just two ingredients! This magical spray includes only water and tea tree oil. That’s it! Tea tree oil is a wonderful natural therapy and has a variety of uses. Here are just some of the ailments that tea tree oil can treat. (more…)