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

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

 Do you drink lemon water in the mornings?

Sprouted Strawberry Shortcake

Sprouted Strawberry Shortcake- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

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

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
  • 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)
  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

You Know You Are A Real Foodie When…

You know you are a real foodie when...www.nourishingsimplcity.org

I’m sure you’ve had those stares before. Those weird looks and questions when you say that you eat have a scoby in your pantry, drink raw milk…

Well this is for you! Some fellow bloggers, readers, and I have come together to present you with, “You know you are a real foodie when…”

I’d love it if you share your own in the comments as well!

You know you are a real foodie when…

Spilled milk is something to cry over, it’s raw and cost you $15.

You know your farmer on a first name bases.

Your daughter asks if the case of Pellegrino is vodka…to make vanilla of course!

You get excited over the raw cream line on your jar of raw milk.

You bring Kerrygold butter with you on a women’s retreat.

Your kids bring you a pile of what looks like weeds that are actually herbs to make “tea”.

You have a “nursery” of scobies in mason jars because you never know when you might need one.

Those same scobies end up on instagram…


Your daughter wonders why the restaurant doesn’t have pink salt. ~ Alix D. 

Box meals rarely even enter the mind as an option and are never considered as an option ~ Naomi M.

Eating roast chicken, you have your family save the bones to boil down to make broth later. ~ Naomi M.

You can rarely find coupons to use for groceries because it’s all processed/junky. ~ Naomi M.

You drive 1/2 hour out of the way every week to get fresh, raw, cows milk. ~Naomi M.

You know you are a real foodie when the bones are just as valuable as the meat. ~ Simple Life Abundant Life

You can easily think of five recipes to use for that ingredient that your friends have never heard of. ~ A Gypsy Herbal
You consider bacon and butter healthy. ~ Simple Life Abundant Life
You always have sea salt in your purse – and probably also olive oil, butter, raw vinegar and anything else you think you might need! ~ Well Fed Family
Your kids ask before throwing away chicken bones. ~ Virginia George

You never travel without a cooler and a hot plate, and you scope out your destinations by how close they are to the nearest Whole Foods and/or Farmer’s Market. ~ Well Fed Family

Agri-tourism means helping to pull weeds at your local CSA, or taking your turn driving out to the farm for the raw milk pick up. ~ Well Fed Family 

You make weekly runs to the farm for milk, ferment and get others started and when others start coming to you for healthy food choice advice.  ~Palema Nelson

You hesitate to buy something that is organic, one-ingredient and comes in glass – because you’re used to doing everything from scratch. ~ It Takes Time

You look at people in drive-through lanes and wonder how in the world they eat that food without getting sick. ~ It Takes Time

Your kids get all excited to see you rendering lard because they know they’ll finally get to have donuts again ~ Well Fed Family

Home Rendered Lard- www.nourishingsmplicity.org

You take your children by the hand and say “Come on kids, time to go pick some supper,” as you head outside. ~ Little House Living

Your facebook timeline has more pictures of food than it does of your children. ~ Grounded and Surrounded

You see baked goods with artificial colors in the frosting, and you feel a bit queasy… ~ Wellness and Workouts

You check out local farms on vacation. ~ Eat Real Stay Sane

You show your babysitter what to make for a meal while you are out, and she is shocked that you don’t have any ready-made convenience foods. ~ Wellness and Workouts

You start wondering how much “nutrition” is involved with a lot of sports nutrition products. ~ Wellness and Workouts 

Other people look in your pantry and say you have nothing to eat. (Because the pantry only has ingredients and the food is in the fridge or freezer) ~ Family, Home, and Health

Your kids get upset when you tell them you’re out of asparagus. ~ Equipping Godly Women

You spend some time deliberating whether to use a saw, hatchet or wire cutters to make soup. (Pork bone broth.) ~ An Appetite for Joy

You explain to your daughter that her track coach’s instructions on avoiding high sugar foods was not meant for her since we don’t eat processed food and limit our sugar intake. ~ Royal Little Lambs

You season your food with organic locally made rosemary infused pink Himalayan salt.  ~ Jennifer Margulis

You serve sauerkraut soup made with beef heart to your kids and they don’t even notice anything strange. ~ Almost Bananas

You buy coconut oil by the gallon (or 5 gallons) and have jars all around the house. ~ Delicious Obsessions

Shopping at the grocery store, your 2nd grader exclaims in horror: “Mom, look at all the food coloring and sugar in these fruit snacks!” instead of begging you to buy them. ~ Raias’s Recipes

You tell your kids they are having sandwiches, they exclaim, Yay!!! I LOVE liverwurst!!! ~ It’s a Love/Love Thing

You bring Tapioca/Almond flour baguettes to work instead of bagels. ~ Healing, Yoga and Qigong

Eating sauerkraut and taking elderberry syrup are plot lines in your 5-year-old’s stories! ~ Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Your toddler drinks kombucha, your daily supplements are coconut water kefir and homemade elderberry and rose hip syrup, and your fridge always has a supply of pasture butter. ~ Recipes to Nourish

You are addicted to taking pics of all meals on vacation, and love spending time in the grocery stores and local markets when abroad, buying up the local herbs, spices and condiments!! ~ Studio Botanica

Your kids think it’s a real treat to have homegrown cucumbers dipped in sea salt or ACV honey water, are confused why their friends like rainbow colored candy, love butter more than sugar, get excited over raw milk, and eat frozen blueberries like they are bonbons. ~ Eat Beautiful

The other parents and children don’t wish to share your lunch because there is no processed junk in it. ~ Successful Homemakers

Meals are an affair to enjoy because of the time invested in growing and preparing the food. ~ Successful Homemakers

Can you relate or do you feel like we are a bit loony? Everyone is at a different stage of their real journey.

By now you’ve heard me and other bloggers talk about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. I am blown away by some of the amazing resources about real food that are in it this year.

You maybe a die hard real foodie or you may just be getting your toes wet. There is something for everyone in this bundle.

My top two picks from the cookbooks are:

  • Treat Yourself
  • Better Grain-free Baking

My top two picks from “meal plans and in the kitchen” are:

  • Your Grace Filled Your to Real Food
  • Supermarket Ninjas



How about you? What do you have to add? I’ll add them to the post!

Grab Your Ultimate Homemaking Bundle While You Can!

Dear Homemaker,

Are the inmates running the asylum?

I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so out of hand.

When I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married, becoming a mommy, and having my own home.

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I moved to Mexico becoming a laundry lady and a dorm mama for 16 deaf girls…learning a couple new languages, 500 miles from home, dying a teenage boys pants pink when I mixed colors while washing….cooking for 100, teaching 5 year olds to tie their shoes, learning new traditions, 10 kids and two dorm mama’s with high fevers, headaches…sniffles, tears, lots of love…a move back to the US, “empty nester” in my late 20s, new dreams…and hopes of running my own business from home.

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I think Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best…

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