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+.

4 Simple Ways to Get Motivated When You Don’t Feel Like Cleaning

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I  wish I could say that I love to clean…

I am not a fan of cleaning by nature, yet I really enjoy haveing a clean and organized home. I feel at peace, think more clearly, and am more productive when my house is clean.

Over the years I have learned what helps me get going when I don’t feel motivated to clean. What I like about these things is that they are all very simple to put into action, which is a must in my book.

4 Simple Ways to Get Motivated When You Don’t Feel Like Cleaning

1. Listen to Upbeat Music or a Podcast or Audio Book

When I need to get my cleaning game on when I don’t feel motivated putting on something to listen to is always a sure way to get me going. Upbeat, positive music is usually where I start. It’s easy for the whole family to enjoy. I’ve noticed that whatever task it is, I accomplish it more quickly when I have music playing.

Upbeat, positive music is usually where I start. It’s easy for the whole family to enjoy. I’ve noticed that whatever task it is, I accomplish it more quickly when I have music playing.

Another great option is to listen to an audio book or podcast. Saturdays, while I deep clean the bathroom is usually when I get to my favourite podcasts like The Art of Simple and Sorta Awesome.

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3. Create a Reward to Look Forward to

If you go into a cleaning task knowing that a reward is waiting at the end, it’s easier to press on. It might be making a cup of tea to savor for a few minutes after cleaning the bathroom. Or maybe it’s a meal out after spending the whole day focused on a specific cleaning task.

It might be making a cup of tea to savor for a few minutes after cleaning the bathroom. Or maybe it’s a meal out after spending the whole day focused on a specific cleaning task. Make the reward fit the effort put forth. You don’t need to have a pizza night just because you cleaned the bathroom just like you don’t a cup of tea may not be

Make the reward fit the effort put forth. You don’t need to have a pizza night just because you cleaned the bathroom just like you don’t a cup of tea may not be motivation enough to press on when you are spending all day going through everyone’s closets.

4. Clean a Little Everyday

Moms this is a  life savor! Believe me. (Those of you who aren’t moms, this is important for you too.)

Dedicate a few minutes each morning and evening to tidying up the house. Durning my years in Mexico, it looked like everyone having an assigned task that took them about 10-15 minutes max in the morning, 5 minutes in the afternoon, and 5 minutes before bed. (So we tidied up three times a day…)

Our goal was to leave the house neat so we could enjoy our living space more. As an added bonus, when Saturday, our normal cleaning day came around, there was a lot less to do.

4. Use Fun Scents

I am all for creating my own cleaning products. I am a huge fan of baking soda, white vinegar, and essential oils.

Sometimes, though, you need want something that smells pretty, is easy to use, and still safe to use at home. Recently I have been using a peppermint scent from Mrs. Myer. Even though it’s still pumpkin season, the peppermint has been making my think of all things winter every time I wash my dishes.

That’s where Grove Collaborative comes in. They are a company dedicated to offering their costumers’ natural products like Mrs. Myers, Dr. Bronner’s, Earth Paste, and Seventh Generation for less. Unless it’s a grocery store, I rarely go shopping at a mortar and brick store.

I am a huge fan of buying most of the things I use in my home online because:

  1. I don’t have to get out in crowds.
  2. It’s easier.
  3. I can generally find better prices.

Products I Purchase from Grove Collaborative:

  • Dr. Bronner’s Catile Soap (I dilute it with water for foaming hand soap. I also use it as bath soap.)
  • Glass Spray Bottle
  • Seventh Generation Chlorine-free Pads (I love my cloth, but sometimes these are nice to have.)
  • Acure Organics Shampoo
  • Preserve Soft Toothbrush
  • Organic Jojoba Oil (I use it as my moisturizer.)

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Right now Grove Collaborative has an awesome offer for you!

They have released their holiday scents, Peppermint and Orange Clove. They are sweet, spicy, and delightful!

To make those scents even more fun, new customers will get this FREE holiday kit with your first $20 order:

  • Mrs. Myer’s Holiday Hand Soap
  • Mrs. Myer’s Holiday Dish Soap
  • Mrs. Myer’s Holiday Mult-Surface Spray
  • Grove Collaborative Bubble Up
  • Free shipping & VIP trial

Existing customer’s get Grove Bubble Up for 50% off! 

When you sign up for Grove Collaborative using my link, you’ll get the Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday set for free + free shipping. If you’re already a customer, you’ll get 50% off of the brand new and amazing Grove Collaborative Bubble Up. Don’t forget to sign up for the free VIP trial, too. Not only is the free shipping amazing, you’ll get perks like free gifts, price matching, and personal customer service.

Grove only has a limited number of sets available and the offer ends November 21, so grab yours now! Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here . You’ll receive the Mrs. Meyer’s offer for free when you sign up! If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive the Grove Collaborative Bubble Up for 50% off.
  2. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your first basket — this takes under 30 seconds!
  3. Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize your basket of products to suit your household needs by adding or removing items.
  4. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive in your first box.
  5. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.

Bonus tip: Once you’ve submitted your Grove order, be sure to sign up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. I can’t recommend it enough!

I generally schedule an order for the products I will use every other month. I have a set basket that I tailored to fit my personal preferences. If I realize I don’t need something yet, I remove it for schedule it to come at a later date.

It is so flexible!

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What motivates you to get cleaning?

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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Warm spices mingling with rich cocoa, a touch of pumpkin mixed in, topped with maple whipped cream – it’s a whole new way to enjoy fall.

Every year as the cooler weather settles in the world gets a tiny bit extremely excited about pumpkin spice lattes and other fall drinks. I didn’t get the hype for several years until I made one myself, after that I was hooked.

This year as autumn made it’s appearance I decided that I needed a change – enter pumpkin spice hot cocoa! Chocolate and pumpkin are a surprising, yet delicious combination. That’s why recipes such as my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are so tasty.

I am a huge fan of hot cocoa, and all forms of dark chocolate, if truth be told. I pretty much have a hot cocoa recipe to go with each season now that this tasty pumpkin spice version has been added to my list.

Learn how to make your own at The Nourishing Gourmet! 

Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa

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My Favourite Things- A World Where There are Octobers

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October is a wonderful time of year, don’t you think?

As the leaves start to turn colors and drift to the ground my heart breaths a sigh of contentment. I agree with Anne Shirley, I am glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

Autumn is the Central Valley is not the quite picturesque a what you see in the Anne movies, or in calendars. We don’t have the vibrant colors everywhere you turn. Just last week we had temps that almost reached 100.

I have been harvesting tomatoes, zucchini, and pumpkins alongside each other for the past couple weeks.

Yet the cool mornings remind you that fall is trying to settle in. When I was walking with my mom a few days ago, I was delighted by the maple trees that have started to turn red. Little things like that remind me of what time of year it is.

Spring is my favourite time of year, but fall is a very close second. I like to find joy in every season. This morning I am blessed with early morning rain showers, yet another proof that fall is here to stay.

Favourite Reads

Fresh Days and Fresh Starts (For Practices for Fall) @ Mason Jar Values

The Need for Routine (If You Want to Eat Well) @ The Nourishing Gourmet

Fall Quinoa @ An Appetite for Joy

 Favourite Fall Inspired Recipes

Homemade Chilie Mocha

Easy DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

Soaked Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce with Bacon and Rosemary 

Are you glad that we live in a world where there are Octobers?

 

Homemade Chilie Mocha

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Spicy and sweet with lots of cocoa- pure delight!

Chilie mochas are all the rage right now if you go to a certain chain coffee shop, though I doubt if they will ever hold a candle to the pumpkin spice latte. Yet if you are a chocolate loving person, you will probably find a place in your heart for this “new” coffee drink as well.

I’ll admit when I went in to get a coffee and enjoy the free internet a couple weeks ago I was rather tempted to try one. Instead, I opted to make my own homemade chilie mocha because that’s what I do.

I have no idea why I never made a spicy mocha before now. I used to make spicy hot cocoa for my girls in Mexico. I even make a spicy chocolate headache relieving paste but the chilie mocha never crossed my kitchen until two weeks ago.

Now that I have enjoyed one several, you can be sure that I will continue to do so. Chilie and cocoa are the perfect pairing, if you have ever had chicken mole, you know exactly what I am talking about if you haven’t you better get on it. 😉

Coffee shops may be calling your name but first give this spicy treat a try.

Other seasonal drinks to enjoy: 

Homemade Chilie Mocha

2 cups raw milk (or milk substitute of choice)
1/2 cup espresso or strong coffee
2 TBS cocoa powder
1- 2 TBS sucanat (or sugar)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4-1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground paprika
1/4 tsp unrefined salt
Whipped cream (optional)

In a small sauce pot, heat the milk over low heat. If you are using raw milk be sure not to heat over 110 degrees.

Mix the cocoa powder, sucanat, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, and unrefined salt in a small bowl. Add the espresso/coffee and vanilla. Stir in to make a thick paste.

Add the cocoa paste to the warm milk. Wisk until smooth.

Pour into two cups, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and cayenne if desired.

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Homemade Chilie Mocha
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw milk (or milk substitute of choice)
  • ½ cup espresso or strong coffee
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1- 2 TBS sucanat (or sugar)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼-1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • ¼ tsp unrefined salt
  • Whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pot, heat the milk over low heat. If you are using raw milk be sure not to heat over 110 degrees.
  2. Mix the cocoa powder, sucanat, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, and unrefined salt in a small bowl. Add the espresso/coffee and vanilla. Stir in to make a thick paste.
  3. Add the cocoa paste to the warm milk. Wisk until smooth.
  4. Pour into two cups, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and cayenne if desired.

 

Easy DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

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Warm spices bursting with the fragrance of fall, ready for use in a moment’s notice all blended together in a cute little jar. Oh, the joys of pumpkin pie spice blend.

For years I was a die hard purest when it came to spice blends. I would not use them, not on your life.

I would only use each spice individually, putting my nose up in the air and insisted that each recipe I created needed to have its own exact measurements of each individual spice for optimal flavor.

Well, I digress. I have discovered the joys of creating some of my own blends for simplicity sake. It’s true, I often prefer to add individual spices to recipe, but sometimes you just need a break.

Last year I caved and created my own garam masala blend, followed by this pumpkin pie spice blend. I have a couple blends more waiting to be shared as well. When I cave, I cave big time. 😉

I have so many fall beverages and treats that I like to make, that it made sense to keep pumpkin pie spice  on hand to have pumpkin pie lattes and such ready in less time.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

4 TBS ground cinnamon
2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cloves

Add all the ground spices to a jar. Shake until mixed. It’s as easy as pie. 😉

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Easy DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
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Ingredients
  • 4 TBS ground cinnamon
  • 2½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1½ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Add all the ground spices to a jar. Shake until mixed. It's as easy as pie. 😉

Do you like to use spice blends? If so, what is your favourite?