Cinnamon-Infused Honey {2 Ways}


Did you ever eat red hots as a kid? They were one of my favorite candies when I was little. I loved the spicy cinnamon flavor.

I loved the taste but, I am not about to eat them again! Instead I have found a simple treat that tastes just the same but it 1000 times better for you- Cinnamon Infused Honey.

I kid you not, it tastes just like them.

It all started as a simple cinnamon infused honey…

Join me at Traditional Cooking School to learn 2 simple ways to make a cinnamon infused honey!



6 Easy Steps to Make an Herbal Tincture

How to Make an Herbal Tincture in 6 Easy Steps

What if I told you that you could heal your family naturally and save money at the same time? Making your own tincture may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. If you follow these 6 easy steps to make an herbal tincture you will see how simple it really is.

Have you ever walked down the aisle at a health store? Tinctures are not cheap, the price is enough to scare any frugal gal away. Tinctures don’t have to be that expensive. In fact when you make your own the price you would pay for one 4-oz bottle is about the same price you will pay for a quart or more of a tincture.

 Supply List

1. Find Your Vodka

I try to stick with a 80-100 proof vodka.


2. Select and Add Your Herbs to a Jar

Mason jars are awesome, need I say more? Select the size jar you want to use. I use a quart or 1/2 gallon jar for most of my tinctures.

Fresh Herbs:

  • Bruise (crush) gently
  • Fill your jar 2/3 of the way full

Dried Soft Herbs:

  • Fill Your Jar 1/3 full

Dried Hard Herbs:

  • Fill your jar 1/2 full


3. Cover with Vodka

Pour vodka over the herbs. If needed use a knife or the end of a spoon to remove the air bubbles from the jar. Screw on the lid.


4. Store in a dark place

It is important to store your tincture out of the sun light so that it does not expose your tincture to the sun, depleting the potency. A cupboard that you open once a day is a good place to store your tincture.

This will insure that you remember to shake the jar at least once a day. (Let me be honest though, some times I forget for longer than that.)

5. Strain the tincture

Cheese cloth, a thin, tightly woven towel or shirt is important when staining a tincture. Place your cloth over a large bowl. Pour a small portion of the tincture through the cloth. Bring the cloth together and squeeze all the liquid out that you can. (Optionally you can use a very fine mess strainer and press the liquid out or a french press.)

Toss the herbs or compost them. Repeat the process until all of your tincture has been strained.straining


6. Select your storage containers

I tend to store most of my tinctures in quart sized mason jars. I use a small funnel to pour into small amber or colbolt glass bottle for use. I prefer bottles that have droppers for ease of use. You can use bottles with a screw on lid and pour the tincture into a spoon.

Once you try these simple steps you will have a strong foundation for creating any tincture you want! You will never want to buy one at the store again!


Tincture Recipes

What is your favourite tincture?

Tea 101: Understanding The Different Types Of Tea


Tea is the most popular drink in the world outside of water. It has nourished both the body and soul over the ages. There is little I enjoy more than a refreshing glass of ice tea in the summer or hot mug of tea on a fridged day.

There is such a beauty to tea and the fellowship that is enjoyed while savoring it. The simplistic beauty of it is what inspired my book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats.

The delights of a cup of tea can not be denied nor can it’s amazing health benefits.


There can be a bit of a confusion when it comes to what tea really is. All true teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant; the difference in black, green, oolong, and white teas is the way they are processed. There are other infusions that we consider “tea” that actually consist of herbs, while still enjoyable they are not true teas. (Though we love and enjoy them anyway.)

Join m at Bulk Herb Store for a  quick explanation of some of the most commonly drunk teas and infusions.




6 Tips to Start Your Day Right

6 Tips to Start Your Day Right-

Routines make me happy. Having a routine that you stick to make the day get off to a good start and can give you a fresh perspective for the day ahead.

Schedules are great, there is no doubt that they have their place. Just ask my girls, when you have 16 kids schedules are must for certain times of the day. They also can be the cause of a bit of stress. Routines are a rhythm; those little things each day that you do the same way.  Even if things don’t happen at the exact same time everyday a routine makes life flow more smoothly. Days when I don’t at least try yo follow my routine don’t go nearly as well as the days I follow through with them.

Routines bring a comfort and a sense of peace even on the hard days.

1. Get up with your alarm

The “Just five more minutes” trap can be disastrous. Five more minutes can easily turn into an extra half hour if you are not careful. I speak from experience. Once you allow yourself to drift of to sleep again you feel more groggy than you would have if you had gotten out of bed with the first alarm. Then your whole routine for the morning is rushed or thrown off.

I find that once I get into a routine, my body starts to wake up naturally at the time I need to be up. My only problem there is remembering to turn off the alarm before it goes off if I wake up a couple of minutes early. I’ve had not so happy of room mates that heard my alarm go off when I was off in the bathroom getting ready while they got a bit more sleep.

I’ll admit that the selection of sounds on my iPhone has made waking up to an alarm much nicer than before. Being a dorm mama for 9+ girls for 9 years has made me a light sleeper. It take very little noise to wake me up, so I use the harp sound on my phone set on the 1 level of volume. That in and off itself helps my day start better. Who wants to have their heart start pumping with a loud noise first thing in the morning? If you need one and it work for you that’s great too.

2. Make time for God

Making time for God first thing in the morning is something that I can not emphasize more. Taking a few minutes before the feet of our Father is key no matter how rested or tired we are.

In some stages of life it has been a quick prayer while I start getting ready and practicing a verse. I’ve had other times in life where I was able to sit down a spend a good chunk of time with my Heavenly Papa first off. In those bust moments in life I took what I could get, then found a bit of time again later in the day.

Once Mare from Just Making Noise’s mom told be something I have never forgotten. She told that before I even got out of bed to pray that God would help me to respond well and not react poorly to the situations of the day. This short prayer is always a good reminder at the start of the day, especially on those days when from the moment you wake up your day is not what you planned.

Here are some ideas for making time for God everyday.

3. Do your hair

Who would think that a simple act of pulling your hair back would make a difference? Mama’s this one is for you. (Or work at home ladies as well.) When you know that you aren’t going out and that the kids don’t care it’s easy to just go with the bed head for a while. If you have even just two minutes you will be amazed at the difference it will make, regardless if your attire in PJ’s or not.

I have found that as long as my hair is pulled back in a pony tail or up in a bun (normally with a flexi clip) that I feel more put together. I can focus on what I need to do and proceed with the day. Later on I throw on cloths or shower but that simple act of getting my hair out of my face is a life saver!

4. Have something to drink

Not only is starting your day with a warm beverage soothing but it also can refresh your body from it’s overnight fast. Bulk Herb Store and Traditional Cooking School both share beneficial lemon waters that will help you get going in the morning. Even though I love my coffee and tea I really have noticed the benefit of starting my day this way. I love to wrap my hands around my mug and savor the moment.

Once I am done with my lemon “tea” I make a batch of coffee in my french press or make myself a cup of tea. If I’m in the mood I might make a mug of my “frothy coffee”.

Lemon Vanilla “Tea”

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 TBS lemon juice
  • A pinch of Real Salt
  • Vanilla Stevia Drops to taste (optional)

5. Stretch

Just a few minutes of stretching can loosen your joints that may have gotten stiff overnight. It can also help wake you up a bit!

6. Eat a Good Breakfast

Protein is a must in the morning! It gives your body full that will keep you going. Skipping breakfast or just having a piece of toast will leave you hungry later on or make your body think that it is starved once lunch time rolls around. If you are short on inspiration for breakfast foods, Beth of Red and Honey’s book The Breakfast Revolution is jam packed with amazing meals, all which are gluten-free! I haven’t tried a recipe that I didn’t like in it!

What is your morning routine? Are there things you can think of to add to mine?


Crock-pot Chicken Teriyaki Bowls

Crock-pot Chicken Teriyaki Blowls- The Nourishing Gourmet

Chicken is gently flavored with an easy and simple homemade teriyaki sauce and then cooked in a crock-pot. Serve with rice and steamed vegetables and you have a lovely meal for a busy night!

In our busy lives, it is very tempting to get food out or settle for processed foods to save on time. Those may be fine for the occasional treat, but our bodies need nourishing foods on a regular basis to thrive. Few things weaken the body more than poor food choices. But I understand those busy days where it’s hard to get food on the table. Believe me, I’ve had many of those days myself.

I want to share with you the two appliances that have been instrumental in getting nourishing food on the table in the busy seasons of life. My crock-pot are two of my best friends. Okay, maybe not my friends, but as far as appliances go they are right up there with my Blendtec and grain mill! Crock-pots and rice cookers allow you to prepare nourishing meals that you can fix and forget. Many of these appliances are now programmable to keep food hot for up to 12 hours after the food has finished cooking.

Join me at The Nourishing Gourmet to learn how to make make this easy week night meal!