My Favourite Things- Laughter Does the Heart Good

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Laughter does the heart good. It brings joy to your heart and livens your step.

While I don’t believe that life isn’t worth living without laughter, I do think that it makes your day all the brighter.

I’ve been reconnecting with Anne Shirley the past couple weeks thanks to the wonderful world of Librivox. The awesome thing about Librivox is that they are audio books. I love being read to,  plus that means that I get more books in! I listen while I get ready in the morning, while folding laundry, or sometimes in the car.

I love being read to,  plus that means that I get more books in! I listen while I get ready in the morning, while folding laundry, or sometimes in the car.

They are all classics that are in the public domain, so they are free!

Favourite Reads

How to Enjoy More Vegetables @ The Nourishing Gourmet

The Day God Reveleaded to Me the Huge Log in My Eye @ Simple Life Abundant Life

First Days and Fresh Starts- Four Practices for Fall @ Mason Jar Values

Favourite Deals

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will only be here for two more days, then it will be gone!

I enjoy it every year but this year I am seriously loving it! The books and ecourses are wonderful!

I am eager to dig into the Pressure Cooking e-course to learn to save more time to make nice dinners even on the days when I have a lot going on.

I am also looking forward to learning more about healing my gut because try as I might I can not fully be rid of my seasonal allergies.

The bonuses are still making me very happy. I am healing my gut through gelatin I bought with my $15 off coupon, trying out new colors of mineral eyeshadow with my free makeup, soothing my backache with my muscle balm, and whitening my teeth with toothpowder.

I am starting to healing my gut through using gelatin I bought with my $15 off coupon, trying out new colors of mineral eyeshadow, soothing my backache with muscle balm, and whitening my teeth with toothpowder.

Honestly, if I don’t download a single more book or use another bonus, it will be more than worth it. I don’t feel guilty for not using every single bonus, and not reading every single book. No one has time for that, and that is okay.

Another author in the bundle compared the bundle to a buffet. You don’t eat every single thing you see at a buffet, nor do you need to utilize everything in this bundle. That is okay. Instead, you pick and choose little bits of whatever appeals to you.

Just the things that I am using right now are worth more than $200! The bundle is only $29.97. That is only two ecourses and four of the bonuses. I am very happy with what I am learning and using right now!

What you like might not be what I end up gleaning from because we are all different people. There are so many different resources that you can pick  just what fits you for this phase of life, if you feel like it, you can download everything and save it in a file (or on a thumb drive) or you can just download the ones that appeal to you. Remember, it’s a buffet!

 

So there you have it! These are my favourite things this week! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

7 Convenience Foods to Buy When You Have the Flu or Food Poisoning

 Convenience Foods to Buy When You Have the Flu or Food Poisoning

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Where everyone is queasy, bowels are irritated, and the stomach flu abounds…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Obviously, there is nothing wonderful about the stomach flu (or food poisoning).

I try my best to stay healthy but unfortunately working at a school catches up with me at times. This is the second time I have had the stomach flu in a year. Bless those kiddos hearts, they just love to share.

In a picture perfect world, I would have everything I need on hand to nurture my body when it needs healing the most. That was not the case earlier this week.

My usual go tos would be bone broth, homemade kombucha, and fresh coconut water. I was out of broth and had no coconuts on hand. Nor did I have the energy to attempt to make anything.

That is what I am grateful for convenience foods that can be found at many grocery stores.

7 Convenience Foods to Buy When You Have the Flu or Food Poisoning

1. Coconut Water

Coconut water is one of the first things I reach for when I am recovering from the stomach flu or food poisoning. It is gentle on the stomach and full of electrolytes to replenish minerals and keep you hydrated.

2. Egg Drop Soup

Egg drop soup is a perfect recovery food. While I prefer to make my own there are times I have no energy to even try to make it. Most quality Chinese restaurants make their both from scratch. It may not have simmered for as many hours as bone broth but, it is still full of wholesome minerals and vitamins.

The broth is gentle on a sensitive stomach. It is full of gelatin, which just what a weak stomach and distressed bowels need.

The eggs and broth give you a bit of protein to keep your body going, and if you are like me to ward off a headache from lack of protein.

If you are concerned about the use of MSG, ask your local restaurant to make it without. Many are happy to oblige.

3.  Carbonated Water

Bubbles are delightfully soothing for an upset stomach. I remember the days when my mom would give us 7up growing up. Carbonated water is great way to get the same effect without the added sugar.

If you can muster up a bit of energy you can add unrefined salt and vanilla stevia for an electrolyte cream “soda”. You could also add lemon juice and plain stevia.

4. Ginger Ale

Speaking of bubbles, ginger ale from companies like Zevia are another convenience food that I discovered.

I am not am not sold on Erythritol but, I am comfortable enough with it to have it on occasions like when the stomach flu or food poising strike.

5. White Rice

White rice is easy on the stomach and a simple way to start adding calories to your body again. Rice cookers make cooking rice easy but who wants to clean up the pot when you are barely able to lift a finger?

Guess what? They sell packets of cooked rice at the store. I never tossed my microwave because it is wonderful for heating up wheat/rice packs to keep you warm. They are also handy for heating up those rice packets. (Yes, I know microwaves are evil but, life…)

6. Kombucha

Once again, bubbles. Kombucha is naturally carbonated which right off makes it a nice thing for your sensitive stomach. It is also full of probiotics which is a win when your gut is not running at it’s finest.

I prefer to make my own but I have found that it is now sold at all of my local grocery stores.

7. Gelatin

If I could have nothing else, I would pick gelatin to as my top convenience food to use when I have the flu or food poisoning. Before I could muster up the energy to pick up anything from the store I was adding powdered gelatin to warm water this week.

In all honesty, I use gelatin every day in my tea or coffee but when I am sick, I add it to almost everything I drink. It soothes the gut and stomach and adds needed protein and gelatin to your body.

Right now you can save $15 off a purchase one of my new favourite brands of gelatin! Perfect Supplements if offering a coupon to anyone who purchases the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.

Before this bundle, I had never tried their gelatin before. I am sold!

If you are not interested in any of the digital products, the bonuses alone make the bundle worth the $29.97!

 

Seriously, I have no intention of reading or listening to every book or audio but I have already benefited from almost every single bonus in this sale and am loving them!

There are many amazing ebooks that am enjoying but the freebies alone are making me very happy. I’m sharing them on Instagram this weekend.

What are your go-to convenience foods to buy when you have the flu or food poisoning?

 

10 Books Every Young Girl Should Read

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There is nothing like curling up with a book that you love.

They are good friends that you can visit again, and again. Books are also new friends that you can meet for the very first time!

A world that was previously unknown to you is discovered when you crack open a book. (Or turn one on, in this digital loving world.) I love how you can travel through history and to imaginary places!

Books are in my blood. My great-grandparents owned a bookstore. My aunt and uncle owned a used bookstore. Another aunt is a children’s librarian. The rest of us are just book obsessed!

My mom started us off as infants and kept reading to us until our early teens. She introduced me to many of my favourites! I am amazed when I look back and realize how many of the books shaped how I relate to the world and who I am today.

Here are 10 books that every young girl should read. Many are classics, some are more modern. All of them hold a special place in my heart.

10 Books Every Young Girl Should Read

1. Grandma’s Attic

Oh, Grandma’s Attic, they are sweet, funny, and life-shaping stories based on the lives of the author’s grandma Mable and best friend Sarah Jane. Mable and Sarah Jane are a younger/old-fashioned version of Lucy and Ethel.

As you read the books you will find yourself laughing till you cry, crying through their sorrows, and learning through all the stages of the girls’ lives from childhood to motherhood.

My top picks:

  • All of them! 🙂

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2. Little House Series

Laura Ingall’s Wilder’s Little House Series will always have a soft spot in my heart. They are the first chapter books I remember my mom reading to us as children and the first “big books” I read when the world of words finally made sense to my brain at the age of nine.

She takes you back to the time of the pioneers, to a simpler (though not easier) way of life. Girls and boys alike learn what life was like through the joy, sorrows, and delights of life on the frontier.

I have read the whole series more times than I can count. My childhood best friend and I were obsessed to the point where we knew the chapter, page number, and exact paragraph of our favourite passages.

My dream home was even designed after Laura’s home where she wrote the books. (Perfectly normal thing for 10-year-old to decide right…?)

The series also inspired many recipes that I have created.

My top picks:

  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Little Town on the Prarie
  • These Happy Golden Years

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3. Rhoda Straight and True

My aunt handed me a copy of Rhoda Straight and True at my Grandma Burnett’s house when I was about 10 years old. It deals with hard issues that are still 100% relevant today, though the book takes place in New York City during the 1950s.

It is a coming of age story of a young girl named Rhoda, where deep issues like bullying, poverty, friendship, and mental effects of war are dealt with.

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4. The Ordinary Princess

This sweet tale is everything a fairy tale should be and isn’t. You are drawn into the story of princess “Amy” who is nothing like what a princess should be and who is like the title suggests quite ordinary. It is a pure delight to see how her story ends in its own happily ever after that is unlike your typical ever after.

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5. Jane Austen

Dear Jane Austen, a list like this would not be complete without her books.

I didn’t actually “read” the books on my own until my twenties. Instead, I listened to them on audio (back in the cassette tapes from the library days), when I was in High School working on art projects.

I really like how Jane Austen so accurately portrays human nature, the good and the bad. It is what makes her characters so relatable and loveable (or dislikable).

My top picks:

6. Little Women

I dreamed of being Jo, yet as I have grown older, I realized that I am no Jo March. I’m okay with that now. I more of a Meg, with a touch of Amy…

Louisa May Alcott, (I was always crushed that it wasn’t spelled M-a-e) taught me the importance of family, through thick and thin. She so accurately portrayed all the emotions of life in Little Women.

I enjoyed seeing Marmee’s girls grow, I have been able to relate to the girls as I grew, through each season of life that they passed through.

7. The Christy Miller Series

Christy Miller shaped so many things about my perspective of God, relationships, and life. They are the most “modern” books on my list.

The author Robin Jones Gunn beautifully weaves the story of grace throughout out the series as you see the characters grow, mature, and learn through all the intense emotions teenage girls feel, and the difficult choice they have to make.

8. The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narina are not focused on just girls but there is so much to learn from them! My regret is that I didn’t discover the rich beauty and fun delight of the series until adulthood.

They are full of deep lessons of integrity, trust, and perseverance amongst other things woven throughout all the books. Those are all important lessons for any young girl to learn.

My top picks:

  • The Magician’s Nephew
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • The Horse and His Boy
  • The Last Battle

This White Hot Chocolate inspired by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a delight!

10 Books Every Young Girl Should Read-www.nourishingsimplicity.org

9. Anne of Green Gables Series

Anne was my imaginary big sister, which is completely fitting since she had her own imaginary friends.

Who doesn’t love the “Anne Girl”? She is my INFP kindred spirit. It’s no wonder that I was such a fan from an early age.

What can’t you learn from Anne? She is the best friend every girl needs to have. Seriously, though, you follow her from childhood all the way through motherhood. In Anne, you see a raw look at emotions and life, and how to press on and embrace life anyway.

My top picks: 

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Anne of the Island
  • Anne of Windy Poplars

Fun thing, the copy of Anne of Green Gables was from my Aunt Pat, the librarian. It was given to her by my great-grandparent’s who owned the bookstore! 

Raspberry Cordial anyone?

10. Always Plenty

Alway Plenty is the newest on my list. It won my heart this past spring before it was released to the public. My sweet friend Caroline Rose Kraft retold the beautiful, true story of a young girl named Eddie, and her family in the mid-1940s.

It is a delightful read that is reminiscent to Sarah Plain and Tall.

Well, there you have it!

Have you read any of my favourites? What books do you think every young girl should read?

My Favourite Things (There is Beauty Everywhere You Look)

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There is beauty everywhere you look. It might be hard to see at first, but it is there.

Maybe it’s a child you work with at a local school, who’s face lights up when they see you at the grocery store.

Perhaps it’s watching your baby sleep. It could be someone enjoying the baked goods you made, even though they don’t know you were the baker.

Maybe beauty looks like the tomatoes you harvested fresh off the vine. Or it might be the cup of coffee you savor each morning while you have a few quiet moments with God.

Perhaps it is an old mason jar filled with wildflowers.

If there is anything I have learned this year, it is to embrace life and find joy in the little things each day.

It is like the apostle Paul says, “I have learned the secret of being content“. If Paul stuck in Roman prison can say that, then surely I can find the simple joys in each day.

I am learning to enjoy each day as it comes and to greet the day with a simple heart of thanksgiving. Some days it comes easily, other days it doesn’t.

Laura Ingalls Wilder has always been a source of inspiration to me. The simple reminder to enjoy the little things in life and the beauty they afford is just the what I need in this season of life.

Remember that there is beauty everywhere you look.

If you have a few moments this weekend, make yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee and enjoy these posts that I have enjoyed!

Favourite Links

Homemade Bouillon Portable Soup @ Nourished Kitchen

Paleo Teriyaki Chicken (Soy Free) @ The Nourishing Gourmet

15 Ways to Simplify Your Life and Home @ Richly Rooted

10 Secrets Missionaries Keep @ Carrie Talbot Ink

Finding a Wealth of Free or Cheap Audiobooks @ Passionate Homemaking

What simple things have you been finding beauty in recently?

 

 

 

 

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.