Warm Vanilla Lemonade

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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! :)

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

Homemade Whipped Cream Recipes

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White, fluffy peaks of slightly sweet cream-the perfect whipped cream. What is not to love about this humble treat? It is just what you need to top a mug of steaming hot chocolate, fresh fruit, or a piece of pie.

You could buy pre-whipped “creams” in the frozen section of the store or in a canister but when you can have a batch of fresh real whipped cream ready in 7 minutes or less why would you even bother? Growing up I didn’t realize that you could make your own whipped cream until one day I watched my best friend’s grandma make a batch. Since then I have been hooked!

I have a slight addiction to whipped cream. It is so exciting to create new flavors and variations like, lemonchocolate, and maple vanilla. (Not a bit of a nerd right?) Whipped cream is a fun treat any time of year. It makes a simple dessert extraordinary. Guess whose friends and family will be impressed next time you serve them dessert? That’s right, yours will!

Learn how at Little House Living where I am guest posting today!

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Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties

Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Paties

Breakfast sausage, what’s not to love about it? If it comes from the store there is generally plenty of reasons to not. Many contain fillers, MGS, and corn syrup. There are some decent brands out there but they have a pricy tag. Homemade breakfast sausage patties are so simple and less expensive to make that there are few reasons to hand over hard-earned cash for the ones from the store.

If you missed the confession a couple of months ago I’ll clue you in, I love sausage! There are few forms that I have yet to meet that I didn’t like. If you don’t want breakfast patties, these breakfast sausage crumbles with help you say goodbye to your favourite tube verities. It is amazing in gravy!

These sausage patties have a slight hint of maple from the syrup and just the right balance of savory from the dried sage and unrefined salt. For me it’s the perfect sausage. Many recipes call for more spice but for these breakfast sausage patties I like to keep it simple.

I’ve been making these homemade turkey breakfast sausage patties for years now. They are my go to for quick and tasty protein in the morning which is vital in my book.  They can be added to a homemade sourdough biscuit or English muffin for quick on the go meal or paired with eggs and hash browns for a lazy morning at home.

My personal favourite way to eat these simple homemade turkey breakfast sausage patties is sandwiched in an English muffin with lots of butter and a fried egg. If you are looking for more ideas to serve them with I LOVE my friend Red and Honey’s The Breakfast Revolution ebook!

The Breakfast Revolution

Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties
  • 1 lb ground chicken, turkey or pork
  • 2 TBS coconut oil or lard
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 2 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp unrefined salt
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  1. In a bowl mix the ground meat, salt, pepper, sage and maple syrup.
  2. Form into patties size of your choice. I use about 2 tablespoons of meat, pressed to about ¼ inch thick.
  3. Heat the fat of choice in a skillet. Add as many sausage patties as you can fit comfortably in the skillet.
  4. Cook for about 3 minutes per side. Be sure to check one to ensure that it is completely cooked.

Do you make your own sausage patty? What is your favourite way to serve them?