Bowl of Soul (Chamomile Latte)

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Smooth chamomile infused almond milk, drizzled with raw honey, with a sprinkle of dark chocolate, and a dash of cinnamon- pure bliss in a cup.

Earlier this year my friend was raving to me about a drink she had at a shop (The Naked Lounge, no naked people involved in case you wanted to know…) in Sacramento called “Bowl of Soul”, also known as a chamomile latte, topped with whipped cream, chocolate, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

She knew that I love to recreate all types of coffee and tea drinks, so she asked, begged me to recreate it.

I am not one to say no to a challenge like that. I right away stepped up to the plate, and at our very next girls’ night, I brought the necessary ingredients over to make our long anticipated hot drinks. Let’s just say my version of the Bowl of Soul did not disappoint.

Right away it was given a stamp of approval.

While the flavour combination may be unusual, don’t be put off. I would never think that they could pair so beautifully together but they do.

Be still my tea loving heart, the Bowl of Soul has won me over. It may even take the place of London Fog as a new favourite, shh, don’t tell my poor Earl Grey that…

It’s almost fitting since I was a chamomile fan well before I discovered them joys of black tea.

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Bowl of Soul (Chamomile Latte)

3 cups almond milk
4 TBS dried chamomile flowers
3 TBS raw honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 oz dark chocolate
Whipped cream, optional

Add the almond milk and chamomile to a sauce pan. Heat on low until hot. Turn off the heat and allow the chamomile to steep for 5 minutes.

Strain the chamomile or remove the tea bags. Add two tablespoons of honey and the vanilla extract. Stir until the honey has dissolved.

Froth the milk with a frother, or in a blender.

Divide the milk between two mugs.

Grate the chocolate over the two mugs, sprinkle with the cinnamon, and drizzle the remaining one tablespoon of raw honey over the top. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Bowl of Soul (Chamomile Latte)
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 4 TBS dried chamomile flowers
  • 3 TBS raw honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 oz dark chocolate
  • Whipped cream, optional
Instructions
  1. Add the almond milk and chamomile to a sauce pan. Heat on low until hot. Turn off the heat and allow the chamomile to steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Strain the chamomile or remove the tea bags. Add two tablespoons of honey and the vanilla extract. Stir until the honey has dissolved.
  3. Froth the milk with a frother, or in a blender.
  4. Divide the milk between two mugs.
  5. Grate the chocolate over the two mugs, sprinkle with the cinnamon, and drizzle the remaining one tablespoon of raw honey over the top. Top with whipped cream if desired.

 

8 Tips for Bringing Meals to Friends

8 Tips for Bringing Meals to Friends

A hot meal brought to your door. There are few things better than that.

At some point in life, most of us have been on the receiving end of a meal brought to our house by a friend. Maybe it was because you had a baby, experienced an illness, a death in the family, or moved. There are so many reasons why you may have been blessed through a meal that you didn’t have to cook.

Meals can be an amazing thing! I 100% acknowledge that they are a tremendous blessing. As a teen, my mom had breast cancer, and now as an adult, my brother is terminally ill. I have benefited from many meals and been brought to tears by people’s above and beyond kindness.

Now, when I am able, I love to bless others with meals! 

Unfortunately, I’ve also experienced or had others share with me not so awesome moments, from people who are truly trying to help but don’t quite get it. It’s okay, most of us have been there too.

Along the way, I realized that it’s simply because if you haven’t been there, you don’t get it. Or perhaps it is just out of your comfort zone.

These 8 tips for bringing meals to friends is a great place to get you started if you are unsure of what to do!

8 Tips for Bringing Meals to Friends

1. Set up Plan

No one wants to get the same meal three days in a row. Believe me, you’re talking to the gal that ate pasta of three different variety for about a week straight as a teen, and still had leftovers.

If someone is sick or just had a new baby, calling to check to see what they want can be overwhelming.

Sites like Meal Train are amazing! They take the think work out for you. If you know of a new mom or a family in need of meals, set up an account, and have people sign up to bring meals. There is a calendar that allows people to sign up for a specific day and the dish you are bringing, no more repeat meals!

As an added bonus you can put a preferred time for the meal to be dropped off, bringing me to the second tip, list your food needs.

2. Listen to Their Needs

If there are things the family you are cooking for can not eat or dislikes, be sure to find that out, so that your meal will be a blessing.

There were a couple times in my teen years where we had to give a meal away and scrounge for food because what we were given made us sick. Our bodies didn’t handle rich or highly processed meals well.

Please don’t scoff at their list, there are so many people with food allergies and intolerances. Know that when there is something on their “do not bring list”, it could be because of a serious health concern.

It’s not about you, it’s about blessing them.

3. Embrace Disposables

I am an eco-conscious woman but there is a time and place for disposables. The last thing a family who has a new baby, or is sick needs is to wash dishes. If it helps your conscious, find disposables that can be recycled. They will love you for it, believe me!

You might even want to include disposable dishes and flat wear. No clean up is exactly what they need.

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4. Have a few Set Tried and True Recipes

Bringing a meal to a family is not the time to test out that new recipe you found on Pinterest. Stick to meals that you know how to make well, and that are not full of “experimental” or unusual ingredients and technics.

If you don’t have time to cook don’t feel guilty about take-out. In fact, it might be a special treat to the family you are bringing the meal to!

5. Don’t Forget the Extras

Make it a meal. If you sign up don’t forgot sides, maybe even add in dessert. (As long as the family on the receiving end wants sweets.)

A well-rounded meal stretches further and leaves the family feeling satisfied. If you don’t have the time to make all the extras don’t feel bad about picking them up at the grocery store.

6. Think Beyond Dinner

Maybe you work nights and can’t bring dinner. People have to eat three times a day. Check to see if you can drop by foods that are good for breakfast, lunch, or a snack instead.

You might just bless their socks off!

7. Add Something Special

A simple bouquet of mixed flowers, a book, or a family friendly movie might be that special touch that makes their day.

If you sign up for a few meals, you don’t have to do this every time but on occasion, it is a thoughtful gesture.

8. Don’t Overstay Your Welcome

You care about the people you are bringing food to. They know that otherwise, you wouldn’t be bringing them food in the first place.

Whatever the circumstance is, the fact that they need a meal brought to them means that they are emotionally, physically, and mentally drained.

Don’t stay more than a few minutes, unless they specifically ask you to stay for awhile. There will be other times you visit when they are feeling more like themselves.

Know that you are a blessing!

You are such a rich, and wonderful blessing that it brings me close to tears thinking of all the times our family has been so blessed by receiving meals when we were going through difficult times.

What are you best tips for bringing meals to friends?

Do you find it hard to get nourishing real meals on the table? Let Tradishen help take the guess work out of menu planning for you! Find recipes like this one and more at Tradishen.

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Preserving and Cooking with Blueberries

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Blueberries are in season!

I love the sweet flavor that bursts into your mouth when you bite into them. If you are blessed to live near a blueberry patch, now is the time to harvest and preserve them. I went blueberry picking a few weeks ago and brought home 12 pounds! My only regret is that I didn’t have time to pick more.

The taste isn’t the only thing blueberries have going for them; they are also packed with nutrients and antioxidants like Vitamins C, A, E, K, B12, potassium, manganese, and magnesium. That’s just naming a few!

Because of blueberries’ antioxidant power, they may help prevent cancer-causing cell damages of the body. It is thought that the pterostilbene (another antioxidant) found in blueberries helps to lower cholesterol. These benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other amazing health benefits found in blueberries.

Join me at Frugal Granola to learn the basics to preserving and cooking with blueberries! 

Do you find it hard to get nourishing real meals on the table? Let Tradishen help take the guess work out of menu planning for you! Find recipes like this one and more at Tradishen.

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Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

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Summer is in full swing! As July moves into August the temperatures are going to keep rising.

Lemonade is the iconic drink of summer. Who doesn’t have happy memories of sitting on the porch after playing hard all day as a child with a glass of lemonade at your grandma’s house?

Forget the powder mix. Instead, imagine a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade with a hint of lavender! Lavender lemonade has a gorgeous pale purple color from steeping the lavender flowers.

Lavender is a wonderful addition to a summer drink because it helps you relax and calm your nervous system. Raw honey adds the right hint of sweetness with that is actually good for your body! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, local raw honey can ease allergy symptoms.

Lavender lemonade with raw honey is the perfect way to kick back any afternoon this summer!

Join me at Modern Alternative Health to learn how to make this herbal summer treat! 

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

Lavender Lemonade with Raw Honey

Do you find it hard to get nourishing real meals on the table? Let Tradishen help take the guess work out of menu planning for you! Find recipes like this one and more at Tradishen.

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Do you find it hard to get nourishing real meals on the table? Let Tradishen help take the guess work out of menu planning for you! Find recipes like this one and more at Tradishen.

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Thai Chicken Fried Rice

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Savory grains of rice are mixed with fresh summer vegetables, tender chicken, and spicy basil.

Thai chicken fried rice is the perfect dish to enjoy anytime, especially in the summer when gardens are bursting with zucchini, bell peppers, string beans, and basil, all of which make up this dish.

I am a huge rice fan. Part of that comes from living in Mexico for ten years where I ate it almost every day. The other part is simply because rice is pretty tasty. It helps that rice is an excellent way to stretch pricier items like meat. Even now that I have been State-side for over two years I crave rice if I go more than a few days without eating it.

Rice is the humble staple of many cultures. Whether it is Arabic rice, Chinese egg fried riceJamaican rice and peas, or a savory miso rice congee, rice is an integral part of life. It is the substance that keeps many people going.

Unless it is necessary for me to go grain-free I don’t see my kitchen ever going without rice.

Thai is one of my weakness when it comes to picking a restaurant to eat at. If I could, I would eat it out at least once a week but that is not exactly budget friendly.

Thankfully over time I have started to learn how to recreate some of my favorite dishes, like yellow curry or Kimi’s simple Thai broth. It was only a matter of time that I finally broke down to create a Thai chicken fried rice that satisfied my cravings.

This Thai chicken fried rice is a combination of three of my favorite restaurants in various parts of California.

Join me at The Nourishing Gourmet for this recipe and a few tips! 

Thai Chicken Fried Rice

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Do you find it hard to get nourishing real meals on the table? Let Tradishen help take the guess work out of menu planning for you! Find recipes like this one and more at Tradishen.

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