Loving Lately 10.24.14

I'm here for you.Our house has been under siege by germs this week.  Here are some things keeping me sane-

1. Therapy Cat.  Can we pretend my clowder is for therapy?  Thanks.

2. HGTV.  I’m addicted to Property Brothers.  Someone send them my way, please.

3. My new LG phone.  Ditching the Iphone has made me happier than I can say.

4. Vegetti.  So easy.  So helpful. And Emme thinks zucchini is spaghetti.  Win.

5. Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off.  I feel like I shouldn’t like her, but I do.

What are you loving lately?

Honey Lollipops

It’s that time of year again.  You know, when germs take up residence and can be heard laughing as they pass from family member to family member.  We have several tried and true natural remedies to help us feel better, faster. I thought I’d share some of them with you over the next few weeks.

First up- honey lollipops.  These are super fantastic for sore throats and coughs.  I swear it works better than anything you can find over the counter. Emme happens to love honey in every and all forms.  I thought I’d make it more fun by turning it into lollipops. Since plain yellow can be quite boring, I whipped up some all natural food coloring with veggies growing in my garden- beets for red, carrots for orange, and spinach for green.  I simply ran them through my juicer and added the color once the honey was ready.  I was going to make blue and purple by boiling cabbage, but I ran out of time.  Next batch will surely contain both of those colors. Let’s get started.

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1 C honey

pinch of cinnamon

food coloring of your choice- optional

candy thermometer

lollipop sticks

wax or parchment paper

Lay the lollipop sticks on parchment paper. Heat the honey to 300 degrees (hard crack stage).  If you don’t have a candy thermometer, simply add a drop of boiling honey to cold water.  It’s ready once it hardens and forms a ball. Next, I quickly divided the honey into three bowls and added the food coloring.Lastly, I used a teaspoon and slowly poured the honey over the sticks.

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It wasn’t until I was nearly out of sticks that I perfected the circle.  So I made cough drops.

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Let them harden for about an hour then individually wrap in cello or wax paper to keep them from sticking together.  Store in a dry place.  They should last a couple weeks.

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This is her can’t you see this one is almost gone, why do you not have another ready for me face.

Do you use home remedies? If so, which work best for you?

 

 

 

 

***Please do not give honey to infants under 12 months.

 

Spiced Honey

spiced honeyMy daughter tells me this is delicious on top vanilla ice cream.  I’m betting it would also be delicious in oatmeal and tea. I don’t know why I didn’t think to make this sooner.  It was so simple it came together in 5 minutes.

What You’ll Need

1 C honey

1/2 TSP cinnamon

1/4 TSP ginger

1/4 TSP nutmeg

1/2 TSP cardamom

1 1/2 TSP vanilla extract

 

Combine the honey and spices in a small saucepan.  Whisk on low heat until it’s warm.  Whisk in the vanilla and pour into an air tight container.  Store at room temperature.  This will keep indefinitely. Enjoy!

Little Balls of Energy

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Looking for a quick and healthy no bake snack? Look no further! These little gems were born to satisfy my daughter’s sweet tooth.  While she doesn’t have the perfect diet all the time, I do require what we make at home to be healthy.

These take no time at all to make.  They disappear even faster.  Here is what you’ll need:

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3/4 C chocolate chips

1 C oats

1/4 C honey

1/2 C peanut butter

1 TBSP Chia

3/4 C toasted coconut

Mix the peanut butter and honey together in a small bowl.  Stir all the dry ingredients together.  Add the peanut butter honey mixture to the dry ingredients and combine.  Drop onto wax paper by the teaspoonful.  My batch made about 30 balls.  They keep in the fridge for 1 week.

Technically, they aren’t vegan as I used honey. They are just as delicious with agave. They would also be tasty with raisins.  Flax seeds would add an extra nutritional boost. Play around with the recipe and find your perfect combination.