Making butternut squash in a slow cooker is ridiculously easy and we’re all busy… Right? We need some easy in our lives when it comes to food, but we don’t want to sacrifice flavor or nutrition at the same time. Enter: slow cooker.
I am blogging this insanely easy process because there was a time when I didn’t know about it and figured there might be some of you who don’t know either.
Last year, about this time, I started taking a liking to tea. I was a total newbie, and kind of still consider myself as that, but I’ve learned quite a bit. For starters, I had no idea that different teas should be brewed with different temperatures of water. Nuking some water in the microwave is a total no-no unless it’s absolutely necessary because you’re out of time and toddler is screaming. And, heating it on the stove is not real great either if you don’t know the temperature.
It gets a bit more complicated than even that though… once you have the temperature figured out, you need to be aware of how long you steep the leaves. Knowing these two things can make a big difference with tea making, if you want the best tea ever.
I love my Breville tea maker. It rocks.
Enter: my favorite tea maker… Breville and using this great tea maker to make some Chaga Chai Tea. The Breville Tea Maker has different settings for temperature and time… making the perfect cup of tea every time. It’s the coffee maker for tea lovers. But, don’t take my word for it, check out the great reviews on this baby.
I can say after a year of continued use, that I love my Breville Tea Maker. It was a Valentine’s Day gift from Greg (and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, maybe it’s a gift for your loved one… or yourself). I use my tea pot almost daily to make the best tea and the health benefits are felt. Plus, I think it’s the easiest (least messy) method, too. Gotta love that.
I’ve been greatly enjoying non-sweet green smoothies for a while now. They’re refreshing, especially if indulging in heavy holiday eating (these were a staple this past holiday season). Perfect for New Year Resolutions in taking health to fresh new levels. They’re light, which gives extra energy during busy times. And, they’re nutritious for getting us back on track after holiday splurges.
Serving them in pretty glasses makes them even more fun (especially for kiddos).
A blender-full of goodness that refreshes my body and feels cleansing.
Here’s the gist of it…
Non-Sweet Minty Green Smoothie
1 to 2 cups water
1/2 to 1 cucumber
2 stalks celery
1 to 2 heavy handful(s) spinach or romaine
juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon or lime
handful mint (Don’t be shy… this is the trick! A heavy handful of mint elevates the flavor brilliantly, and you can also add other herbs – rosemary, basil, or parsley are wonderful)
Blend until smooth and enjoy this brightness in your life.
If you want to add oomph, blend in 1/2 avocado.
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We are in Monsoon season here in Arizona. A time of true beauty to be sure. Gorgeous sunsets, cleansing rains, and…. the occasional dust storm. I wouldn’t call a dust storm a thing of beauty, but they are kind of crazy cool. My mom wrote about one last year and I had to share it on my blog because it cracked me up. She’s a funny lady – warning… she doesn’t mince words. Enjoy the post. (You can follow her on twitter here.)
Arizona’s 2011 Wind Storm – The BLOB?
by Sunny Larson
Weather in Arizona is mostly predictable. Sun…Sun…Sun. While other areas of the country worry about snow storms, flooding, hurricanes or tornadoes, we have more sun. BUT, we have monsoons. Monsoons bring rain and wind usually in July and August. The day can be full of sun….and then at 4:00pm the clouds roll in… the wind starts… followed by rain if we are lucky. We are in the desert so rain is at a premium.
If you were watching the news the other day… a 7000 foot dust wall that was miles long was rolling across Phoenix and surrounding cities. It was so dense you could not see one foot in front of you. It reminded me of an old movie called, “THE BLOB.” It was described as a massive event native Arizonians have not seen in 30 years. When I saw it filmed on TV, I called my daughter, Kristen, immediately. She was about to go to Whole Foods.
“Hell no you’re not going! A huge dust storm is heading your way. They’ve closed the airport. Don’t leave. Take cover.” Only a mother in panic would yell. She went to her balcony and saw it rolling in the city. It was engulfing Camelback Mountain.
I called everyone I knew. This BLOB was rolling in at 60-70 miles an hour. Some people thought I was joking.
I dedicate this recipe to the wonderful city of Santa Barbara, CA, where I discovered Backyard Bowls (the inspiration for this recipe). Over the years, I had heard of acai bowls now and then, but I didn’t give them much thought and they weren’t prominent on my radar. I had never eaten one, had never even seen one in any local healthfood places, and the idea didn’t appeal to me enough to make my own.
Well all that changed with our recent trip to Santa Barbara this past spring! As I often do before vacations, I searched online for vegan food options near our hotel and Backyard Bowls came up as very popular. After reading a few of the rave reviews, acai bowls seemed like a great option for breakfast while on our trip.
Here is my recent video of our square foot garden. I’m undecided as to our success with it. Some things are growing, some are not. And, I’m not sure (because I haven’t checked the packets from the seeds) of when to anticipate harvest. However, it sure seems like it’s taking a long time. Hmmm.
I found this recent newsletter interesting and wanted to share it with my readers. I’m not advising for or against vaccines…. that’s an individual choice for each family, but the more information we have to help make those decisions, the better!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, February 14, 2012
Vitamin C Prevents Vaccination Side Effects; Increases Effectiveness
by Thomas E Levy, MD, JD
(OMNS, Feb 14, 2012) The routine administration of vaccinations continues to be a subject of controversy in the United States, as well as throughout the world. Parents who want the best for their babies and children continue to be faced with decisions that they fear could harm their children if made incorrectly. The controversy over the potential harm of vaccinating, or of not vaccinating, will not be resolved to the satisfaction of all parties anytime soon, if ever. This brief report aims to offer some practical information to pediatricians and parents alike who want the best long-term health for their patients and children, regardless of their sentiments on the topic of vaccination in general.
While there seems to be a great deal of controversy over how frequently a vaccination might result in a negative outcome, there is little controversy that at least some of the time vaccines do cause damage. The question that then emerges is whether something can be done to minimize, if not eliminate, the infliction of such damage, however infrequently it may occur.
I'm Kristen, and welcome to my blog. I'm a wife, mom, author, and I love to eat so food is usually the topic of my blog posts. I'm a former (almost decade long) vegan turned back omnivore who enjoys reading, rebounding, coffee, and dark chocolate. More...