Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

Tender and Flavorful Instant Pot BBQ Ribs

These Instant Pot BBQ Ribs are so tender and flavorful! The Instant Pot takes yet another dish that used to be a labor of love and turns it into an easy and delicious week night meal. These ribs are also great for a party because you can make them ahead of time! Use your Instant Pot to round out the meal as well with my Instant Pot Probiotic Potato Salad or Instant Pot Baked Beans (recipe coming next week). Sourdough Skillet Cornbread (or Tiger Nut “Corn Bread” if you are grain-free) goes well on the side.  Continue reading “Tender and Flavorful Instant Pot BBQ Ribs”

Bacon Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese and topped with a Balsamic Reduction

Bacon Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese and topped with Balsamic Reduction

These Bacon Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese and topped with Balsamic Reduction are a knock-off from a local restaurant here in the Snoqualmie valley called the Iron Duck. It is a favorite one for girls night out, and we always get the “figlets” as they are called there. One of my favorite things to when I find a dish I love at a restaurant is to re-create an even healthier version if possible. This recipe uses pastured bacon and organic sun-dried figs and balsamic to up the nutrition profile. Continue reading “Bacon Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese and topped with Balsamic Reduction”

Chamomile uses, benefit, and growing

Chamomile: Uses and Benefits (plus 10 recipes and why your garden needs it!)

Something awesome is happening in my yard right now! There is chamomile growing, and I didn’t even plant it this year!  This is year two of “back-to-Eden” gardening for me, or as I like to call it “busy-woman-gardening”. If you have never heard of back to Eden gardening, I highly suggest you look into it. Basically, there is no tilling, little to no weeding, much, much less watering and many of your annuals will re-seed themselves leaving you to just sit back and admire nature at work (or if you are like me, do a million other things instead!) Currently, I have my beloved chamomile, as well as calendula, cilantro, parsley, arugula, and mustard greens popping up in my garden in addition to my perennial herbs. All of this with NO work from me this season.  Continue reading “Chamomile: Uses and Benefits (plus 10 recipes and why your garden needs it!)”

Instant Pot Risotto with tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese

Instant Pot Risotto with Tomatoes, Basil, and Goat Cheese

This recipe for Instant Pot risotto takes a labor of love and turns it into an easy dinner! It is almost as easy as throwing all of the ingredients into the instant pot and then working on the rest of your dinner. This risotto is so delicious! No one will ever know that you didn’t spend 40 minutes over the stove stirring. Unless, of course, you are like me and you can’t contain your excitement, so you tell everyone how easy it was.   Continue reading “Instant Pot Risotto with Tomatoes, Basil, and Goat Cheese”

Lymphatic System

Your Lymphatic System: Fountain of Youth?

Do you have dull skin, and thinning hair, PMS, aching knees, mood swings, forgetfulness, food sensitivities, or those hard-to-lose last 10 pounds? All of these symptoms can be caused or exacerbated by a sluggish lymphatic system. In Ayurvedic medicine, a medical system that is at least 5,000 years old, the lymphatic system is generally the first system treated, no matter the symptom. This may seem strange to those of us in the west where the lymph system is rarely even mentioned. Continue reading “Your Lymphatic System: Fountain of Youth?”

Essential Oils for Cleaning

Using Essential Oils for Cleaning

I am passionate about using essential oils for cleaning, so I am so excited to have my friend and fellow blogger, Kelly, here for a guest post this week to help convince you to make the switch. Her blog, The Oily life, is a great essential oil resource with information ranging from essential oils for beauty to those for pest control and, of course, for cleaning. Today she is here to explain why you should “ditch” those chemical cleaners and “switch” to using essential oils for cleaning. She is also sharing recipes for an all-purpose cleaner, a glass spray, a tub scrub, and a wood furniture/floor polish. Thanks, Kelly! So, without further ado, here she is: Continue reading “Using Essential Oils for Cleaning”

DIY Flower Oils for Making Healing Salves and Creams

DIY Flower Oils for Healing Salves and Creams

Spring is finally in the air. Just around the corner, flowers will be popping up in my garden. One of my favorite uses for flowers like calendula, chamomile, and rose, is to make flower oils. Flower oils are a way to add amazing healing properties to the oils you use for salves, creams, and even serums! They are super simple to make–they just require a little planning. Since you do need to have a plan once those beautiful little blossoms pop up, I figured now was the perfect time for this post.  Continue reading “DIY Flower Oils for Healing Salves and Creams”

Blueberry Raspberry Shrub

Blueberry-Raspberry Shrub (aka drinking vinegar)

I’m sure you have seen all the posts about the 101 uses for raw apple cider vinegar (ACV). Maybe those articles have even convinced you to try adding ACV to your routine. After a few mornings of choking down some vinegar and water before your breakfast, maybe you gave up. Well, this tasty blueberry-raspberry shrub is a more pleasurable way to get that ACV into your routine! If you aren’t familiar with why you would want to drink apple cider vinegar, let me elaborate. Continue reading “Blueberry-Raspberry Shrub (aka drinking vinegar)”