About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Warm Vanilla Lemonade

Warm Vanilla Lemonade- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Warm lemon water is one of the best ways you can start your day. Back in high school I drank warm lemon water while I was getting ready in the morning, then after a while I got out of the habit. I jumped on and off the warm lemon water band wagon for many years.

This past winter I decided to add warm lemon water to my morning routine. Now I can’t imagine starting my day without it!

Plain lemon water is honestly a bit boring and tart. I love the combination of lemon and vanilla so I knew that a warm vanilla lemonade was the way to go.

I was a huge fan of coffee or black tea first thing in the morning but after “fasting” for the night my body is more refreshed when I drink lemon water first. To be sure  I still have breakfast and coffee/tea later. I’d be crazy not to. ;)

My friend Mare of Just Making Noise (check out her new blog design, GORGEOUS) shared some of the benefits of drink lemon water in the mornings on Bulk Herb Store and well as her version of lemon “tea”. Since she explains it so well I’m going to leave those details to her for now and simply share my recipe with you! :)

Warm Vanilla Lemonade (Sugar-Free)
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • A pinch of unrefined salt
  • 4-8 vanilla stevia drops
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mug. Stir to mix.

Warm Vanilla Lemonade (Honey-Sweetened)
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch of unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mug. Stir until the honey dissolves.

 Do you drink lemon water in the mornings?

Sprouted Strawberry Shortcake

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Who doesn’t love fresh strawberries — vibrant red and bursting with flavor? They’re one of my favorite foods to eat in the spring! Although I’ve meant to plant my own strawberries for several years now, that still hasn’t happened. For now, I’m happily enjoying them from a roadside stand.

Strawberries are perfect on their own, but I love adding them to a lightly sweetened dessert (like… shortcake!) for a spring treat. When I was little, my family would sprinkle a biscuit with cinnamon and sugar, and top it with whipped cream and strawberries.

I’m sharing my shortcake recipe at Traditional Cooking School, so if you want to learn how to make this tasty treat yourself be sure to head over there!

Sprouted Strawberry Shortcake- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

30 Random Things About Katie Mae

 

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So if you missed it last week on facebook, I joined the 30s club last Wednesday. It was a pretty calm, uneventful but good day. Very different from years past when I was given birthday kisses and “spankings” from my girls. I also didn’t have my face planted in cake this year… Yup, they do that in Mexico, nothing like a face full of frosting.

It was also the first birthday I have celebrated in the States since I was 19. To say my mom was excited would be to downplay it. I visited once on her birthday years ago but I haven’t spent my day with her since I moved to Mexico. Now that I am State side, she was happy to have her girl home for a change.

In “honor” of my day I thought it would be fun to share 30 random things about me. I’ve seen lists like this over the years on other blog posts but decided to put it off until the big 3-O. Life got busy with birthdays and work last week leaving little time to finish the list. So without further ado, let me present “30 Random Things About Katie Mae”.

30 Random Things About Katie Mae

1. I was born in Missouri.
2. We moved to CA soon after.
3. Then I moved to Mexico.
4. I talked about my family in Missouri so much that some of my friends in Mexico believed that’s where my parent’s still lived.
5. I am a sentimental pack-rat in recovery. I have a heart for simplicity and keep trying to down size. It’s a slow process.
6. I have more “daughters” than I am old, I miss them like crazy!
7. I also am a “grandma” ;)
8. The only bone I may have broken was a toe, I never went to the doctor to have it checked.
9. I LOVE hiking but now live a long ways away from good hiking places.
10. I still crave junk food like Chick-fil-A and Cup Noodles.
11. I am on a mission to recreate my favourite junk foods.
12. I am a tea snob turned coffee fan.
13. …but I still love my tea.
14. I have two siblings, I’m in the middle.
15. I have a goal of becoming quadrilingual, I’m part way there, I need to become much more proficent in ASL and Spanish.
16. I don’t like driving very far, say more than 25 minutes away.
17. I wanted to be a writer since I was about 7, those first stories are mighty interesting.
18. I was published in the local paper by age 12.
19. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen since I was 10. Let’s just say my mom’s pot still has burn marks from the noodle soup 2o years later…
20. My favourite season is spring.
21. I love to look at the stars and name the constellations, the city has too many lights… :(
22. I don’t like scary films.
23. I grew up hating milk but now get so excited about raw milk.
24. I currently live in the city but an a country girl at heart.
25. When I am tired or stressed I either talk to myself in Spanish or sign in Mexican Sign Language.
26. I miss raising chickens, my city won’t let me.
27. I haven’t had a white Christmas since I was 18, maybe this will be the year.
28. My dad works at a cemetery and my childhood best friend grew-up there, no joke.
29. Fermenting foods is amazing, fun, tasty, and SO good for you! It’s a healthy hobby of mine.
30. I am daily in awe of my Savior and that he cares for me.

There you have it, 30 random things about me as I enter into my 30th year of life. :)

The Single Gal’s Guide to Homemaking

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Photo Credit: (Edited) ionascloset

 

Singleness and homemaking. At first glance do they even seem to go together? Can a single woman be a keeper of her home just like her married friends? Yes, in fact she can.

When you think of a homemaker, I’m sure one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is a married gal with a baby on her hip and another at her feet while she tries to get dinner on the table by the time her hubby walks in the door.

That is what it looks like for many women. That’s the goal right?

The truth is not all women that are married have (or can have) children. They may work full or part-time outside of the home.

There maybe that mom with kids that has to work as well, even if she might want to be home.

They are all still homemakers. They still have a family and house that needs cared for.

Then there is the single woman. Maybe you want to be single. Maybe you don’t, you are still the (or one of the) keeper(s) of your home. It might look different but you still have a very important role.

This may apply more to gals that live on their own but if you are still living with your parent’s or a roommate there are still things you can do.

The Single Gal’s Guide to Homemaking

1. Make your house a home

Fill your home with beauty, whatever that may mean to you. I find that simple mason jars filled with flowers add a touch of beauty where ever they are.

Simple touches like bee’s wax candles, a few picture frames, and a few special knickknacks add a special touch.

What is it for you? A few framed pieces of art on the wall? Beautiful pottery? Maybe a soft blanket draped over the sofa?

A Single Gal's Guide To Homemaking -www.nourishingsimplicity.org

2. Have a routine and stick to it

The easiest way to have a helter skelter life is to ditch all routines. Now I am not always a 100% schedule your time the minute kind of gal but I do find peace in routines. I try my best to start my morning the same way each day and end my evening the same as well. When I drop those routines nothing else falls into place right the rest of the day.

3. Make a menu plan

When you are a single gal it’s tempting to just grab a quick premade meal from the store or get food out many days a week. It’s just one person right so why not?

Those one person meals add up fast! Menu plans save you time and money. They get you in the kitchen cooking real food.

 

4. Have a Budget

Just because you are single there is no reason to be “free” with your spending. I remember having a friend tell me one time, “You don’t have to worry as much since you are single. You can afford to do XYZ.”

Um, thank you but you have no idea what my income is and if that purchase is just as hard for me as it is for you.

I might take some flack for this but it’s even more important for a single gal to have a budget.

It’s taken me a long time to acknowledge that as I enter my 30s I may not marry. It’s easy for a lot of gals, especially those that grew up in a more conservative background to just assume they will marry young and have a husband to provide for them.

The fact is you might not get married. You need to be able to provide for yourself and manage every aspect of your finances. Even if you live at home, mom and dad aren’t going to be there forever.

You are the keeper of your home regardless if you are married or not. 

5. Practice hospitality

Hospitality is not just for married couples. It may look different, but it is still a way to be a blessing to others.

Maybe you have a single mom and her kids over after church. Maybe you watch the neighbor’s kids so they can have a date night.

I used to host a Bible study at my house. A friend lead while I provided the place and food.

There is little I love more than having a friend over for a cup of tea. Many dear friends joined me for mid-morning or late night cups of tea when I was in Mexico. It’s a practice that I am trying to make a habit once again. Such meaningful and deep conversations were had of steaming cups of tea (hot cocoa, coffee or whatever you like) over the years with soothing music in the background.

The Single Gal's Guide to Homemaking-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

 

Embrace the life Gods has given you. Embrace the singleness. Make your house a home to enjoy and bless others.

How are you doing with homemaking as a single?

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle that is on sale till 11:59pm (EST) is of course geared towards married women with children but every year I find that many of the resources exactly what a single gal can benefit from as well!

 

Plus don’t miss out on these amazing bonuses! You can spiff up your wardrobe with a new scarf or order a new print to grace the walls of your house!

 

Some of my homemaking mentors and friends. Who are also authors in the Bundle!

Some of my homemaking mentors and friends. Who are also authors in the Bundle!

 

 

Java Chip Fauxccino

Real Food Java Chip Fauxccino- www.NourshingSimplicity.org

Who doesn’t enjoy an occational drink at the local coffee shop? Even before I truly embraced coffee I enjoyed a special treat once or twice a year. When drinks are that chocolatey and sugary sometimes it’s easy to miss the coffee!

It’s no secret that I love crafting coffee drinks at home. It allows me to have all the flavor but get do away with the less than stellar ingredients you find when you go out.

The last “fancy” coffee I had out was a java chip frapuccino, since that day I have not been able to get it out of my head. Hence where this delightful treat came into play.

It is slightly sweet allowing the coffee to still shine. I like to use coffee ice cubes in my drinks. It really does make all the difference!

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Real Food Java Chip Fauxccino
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw milk (or milk of choice)
  • 8 coffee ice cubes
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 2 TBS mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch unrefined salt
  • vanilla whipped cream (optional)
  • chocolate whipped cream (optional)
  • chocolate syrup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the milk, coffee ice cubes, cocoa powder, maple syrup, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and salt in a blender.
  2. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup if desired.

Java Chip