Probiotic Chocolate Bars

Probiotic Chocolate Bars

These chocolate bars are my way of getting spore-based probiotics into the kids regularly since they can't swallow capsules yet. I use my all time favorite probiotic, MegaSpore, for these chocolate bars for a few reasons: It is spore based so it actually alters the...

Instant Pot Egg Nog Cheesecake (Gluten-free)

Instant Pot Egg Nog Cheesecake (Gluten-free)

As with many of the labors of love that come out of the kitchen, the Instant Pot has transformed the cheesecake into a simple dessert! Now you can make a perfect cheesecake in under an hour and you don't have to worry about it cracking or becoming too dry or any of...


Buckwheat Sourdough Ebelskivers (aka Pancake Balls)

Buckwheat Sourdough Ebelskivers (aka Pancake Balls)

These Buckwheat Sourdough Ebelskivers harken back to my Norwegian roots. They are not a passed down family recipe, however. I had to discover them on my own. Converting ebelskivers to a gluten-free sourdough was high up on my to-do list after I learned I had a gluten...

Sweet Potato Souffle (Gluten-free)

Sweet Potato Souffle (Gluten-free)

This nourishing sweet potato souffle is perfect as a side dish for your holiday table. Some might think that souffles are fussy, but that isn't true! This one is gluten-free, full of healthy fats, and can be made dairy-free! Not only does it have an amazingly silky...

Is Gluten-free Really Healthier?

Is Gluten-free Really Healthier?

So much of the nutrition information that the public is given is confusing, conflicting, and often misleading. There are numerous reasons for this and I will go into them later in the post. First, let's answer the question at hand: Is Gluten-free Really Healthier ?...

Supplements: Should you be taking them?

Supplements: Should you be taking them?

This is a question that I get asked a lot! The answer, of course, is not a simple one. In Nutritional Therapy, we like to use food first whenever possible. (See my post "10 Ways to Sneak Nutrients into Your Diet Without Taking a Pill" for ideas. I also have an ebook...

Charcoal Gummies: For Quick Tummy Relief!

Charcoal Gummies: For Quick Tummy Relief!

These activated charcoal gummies are the perfect thing to have around in the case of food poisoning, stomach flu, or other tummy troubles! I make and freeze them so that they are on hand in case of one of these emergencies. They are tasty enough that most kids will...

Buckwheat Sourdough Crepes

Buckwheat Sourdough Crepes

These Buckwheat Sourdough Crepes are a breakfast staple in our house! Despite what you may think, crepes are just as easy to make as pancakes. These crepes are gluten-free, loaded with healthy fats and protein. A much better way to start your day than the toxic cereal...

Parsnip Poutine (gluten-free)

Parsnip Poutine (gluten-free)

This Parsnip Poutine is a simple, comforting dish full of healthy fats! Throw some pulled pork or shredded chicken on top and add a green salad or veggies on the side for a complete meal. So simple! Although this recipe is named Parsnip Poutine, you can make this with...

Why Lard Should be Invited Back into Your Home

Why Lard Should be Invited Back into Your Home

Okay, so maybe lard has never been granted an invitation into your home in the first place. Maybe it never even had a place in your mother or grandmother's homes. It almost certainly had a place in your great-grandmother's home, however. And this is for a good reason!...

DIY Customized Face Serum

This time of year, the end of winter, your face might start to feel a little dry and crackly, depending upon where you live. An easy fix for this is a face serum. Face serums are some of the easiest beauty products to make at home. Also, you can customize the beauty...

Oil Cleansing Method (For Your Face)

If you haven't heard of this amazing method for cleaning your face, you might have various questions running through your mind. Cleaning my face with oil? Won't I break out? How the heck does that work? Well, let me tell you. How the Amazing Oil Cleansing Method...

Sesame Oil: Bring Back Healthy, Youthful, Glowing Skin With This Deeply Nourishing Face and Body Moisturizer

I long ago ditched my mainstream fragrant moisturizer that was loaded with hormone disruptors and cancer causing chemicals (but smelled amazing, of course). If you haven't, read this post which discusses fragrances in general or this post which discusses...

Marshmallow Rose Face Mask: Soothing and Hydrating

I am using this Marshmallow Rose Face Mask twice a day right now! We are having a dry spell here in the Seattle area. While it is lovely to see the sun in a season other than summer, my skin has not been happy about it. Enter this face mask. It is so hydrating,...

Homemade Nourishing Face Cream

Post updated 10/31/19 with natural preservative information! Making your own homemade nourishing face cream is much easier than you think! If you have ever made homemade mayonnaise, you can make face cream. It is well worth the small amount of effort in both cases. In...

DIY Rose and Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

This DIY Rose and Hyaluronic Face Serum is my new favorite, favorite thing! My skin loves this serum. It makes me wonder why I haven't made a hyaluronic acid face serum before. Actually, I know why. The first time I tried a hyaluronic face serum, I didn't like it!...

Homemade Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Eye makeup remover has been a tough one for me. My eyes are very sensitive! Actually, I think most people have sensitive eyes. My struggle has been to find an eye makeup remover that isn't too oily, but also isn't too soapy and drying. Over the years, I have purchased...

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...

Charcoal Gummies: For Quick Tummy Relief!

These activated charcoal gummies are the perfect thing to have around in the case of food poisoning, stomach flu, or other tummy troubles! I make and freeze them so that they are on hand in case of one of these emergencies. They are tasty enough that most kids will...

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...

Elderberry Syrup: Benefits and Making Your Own

Elderberry syrup is one of the most important tools in my home apothecary for keeping my family healthy when there are colds and flus flying around. We take it almost daily during the sickness season to support our immune systems. It also works as a great place to...

Fermented Garlic: Win the fight against sickness this winter!

Ok. I truly hate to be the one to bring this up while we are all enjoying a beautiful summer, but...Winter Is Coming! We need a stockpile of "dragon glass" (aka fermented garlic) to win the war against colds, sinus infections, flus, bronchitis, and stomach bugs this...

Lower Stress Hormones and Boost Energy with Holy Basil (aka Tulsi)

Holy Basil tea has been a part of my evening ritual again for the past few weeks. I discovered it last summer and drank a lot of it, but then I couldn't find it in loose leaf form for about 6 months and so I got out of the habit of drinking it. Finally, I found it...

Lemon Balm: Calms Anxiety, Encourages Restful Sleep, Fights Viruses and More!

Meet the lovely lemon balm! This relative to mint is so easy to grow; you can basically put it in the ground and forget about it. If you don't have garden space, you can easily grow it in a container. This amazing herb is a miracle worker for us humans and a favorite...

Homemade Tinctures: How and Why to Make them

Homemade tinctures are as easy to make as putting herbs and alcohol in a glass jar and waiting! Should I back up and remind you what a tincture is first? A tincture is a highly concentrated extract of herbs. Tinctures provides a concentrated dose of the herb which can...

Dandelion: A Super Food?

Oh, the lowly dandelion! This "weed" is actually anything but lowly, and now that it is spring, it is the perfect time to bring to mind their benefits before you start your war with them (if you do). Please allow me break down the benefits of consuming the different...

Decoction of Marshmallow Root and Slippery Elm Bark to Heal and Seal your Gut

What is a Decoction? A decoction is simply a very strong tea made from the chopped, sturdier parts of herbs (roots, barks, etc). In this decoction, we use chopped Slippery Elm bark and chopped Marshmallow root. Both are demulcents. A demulcent relieves irritation and...

DIY Magnesium Oil Roller for Better Sleep

Did you know that you are most likely magnesium deficient? Over 80% of us are, so unless you eat a perfect diet that excludes sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, are not stressed, and haven't been sick recently, you probably are deficient.  Magnesium actually plays a...
Perfect Instant Pot Black Beans (Soaked)

Perfect Instant Pot Black Beans (Soaked)

Perfect Instant Pot black beans are a snap to make with the Instant Pot! These beans are excellent in tacos, on nachos, in a taco bowl, or anywhere else you would use beans. The Instant Pot can make beans from dry to done in about an hour! I still like to soak my...

Instant Pot Egg Nog Cheesecake (Gluten-free)

Instant Pot Egg Nog Cheesecake (Gluten-free)

As with many of the labors of love that come out of the kitchen, the Instant Pot has transformed the cheesecake into a simple dessert! Now you can make a perfect cheesecake in under an hour and you don't have to worry about it cracking or becoming too dry or any of...

How to Render Lard or Tallow (Three simple methods)

How to Render Lard or Tallow (Three simple methods)

If you read my post, “Why Lard Should be Invited back into your Home”, and now you would like to learn how to render lard (or tallow) at home, you are in the right spot! There are 3 simple ways to render lard; the oven, the crockpot, and the Instant Pot. My favorite...

Tender and Flavorful 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...

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...

Perfect Instant Pot Pinto Beans (Soaked or Unsoaked)

Perfect Instant Pot Pinto Beans (Soaked or Unsoaked)

Perfect Instant Pot pinto beans are a snap to make with the Instant Pot! These beans are excellent in tacos, on nachos, in a taco bowl, or anywhere else you would use beans with a Mexican flavor. I love beans, but they used to require quite a bit of time. I would make...

Instant Pot: Perfect Hard boiled Eggs (even farm-fresh!)

Instant Pot: Perfect Hard boiled Eggs (even farm-fresh!)

The Instant Pot is my new favorite kitchen tool. I wrote about why here if you are interested. One of my favorite applications of said Instant Pot is making hard boiled eggs! If you have ever hard boiled a farm-fresh egg, you know that you lose a ton of egg while...

Instant Pot: Do you really need one?

Instant Pot: Do you really need one?

The Instant Pot has been all the rage this past couple of years. Although intrigued, I held off for a while because of three main concerns. Maybe you are holding off for some of the same reasons. Let me share what I found out.  My concerns about the Instant Pot...

Probiotic Potato Salad (with Instant Pot Option)

Probiotic Potato Salad (with Instant Pot Option)

This nutrient dense, delicious recipe for probiotic potato salad gets its probiotics from the lacto-fermented mayonnaise, the raw apple cider vinegar, and the lacto-fermented pickles. Also, the cooked and cooled potatoes are full of resistant starch to feed your...

Buckwheat Sourdough Pumpkin Bread (Gluten-free)

This Buckwheat Sourdough Pumpkin Bread is delicious, gluten-free, and nutritious. It takes only 10 minutes to prepare (as long as you have your easy-to-make buckwheat sourdough starter ready and active.) It has a light airy texture straight out of the oven, but will...

Buckwheat Sourdough Pancakes and Waffles (gluten-free, grain-free)

This buckwheat sourdough pancakes and waffles recipe is the closest to the "real deal" gluten-free, grain-free pancake/waffle recipe that I have ever tasted! I love to use Acadian Buckwheat by Bouchard Family Farms. It has a much lighter texture than other...

Buckwheat Sourdough Crepes

These Buckwheat Sourdough Crepes are a breakfast staple in our house! Despite what you may think, crepes are just as easy to make as pancakes. These crepes are gluten-free, loaded with healthy fats and protein. A much better way to start your day than the toxic cereal...

Buckwheat Dutch Baby (Gluten-free)

This Buckwheat Dutch Baby is gluten-free and nutritious! It is one of the most simple and easy ways to have a hot breakfast ready quickly as well. It doesn't puff and curl in quite the same way as it's gluten containing brethren, but it does not disappoint in the...

Grain-free Waffles: Delicious, Nutrient-packed (no gums!)

You won't even notice that these nutrient-packed, grain-free waffles are gluten-free and grain-free! The recipe is very simple to make which is why these were my go-to breakfast while I went three months without a kitchen (dishwasher flood forced an impromptu kitchen...

Buckwheat Sourdough Sugar Cookies (Gluten-free, Additive-free)

If you are looking for a gluten-free version of a cutout cookie that is a dead ringer for the wheat version yet has no questionable fillers or additives, this recipe for Buckwheat Sourdough Sugar Cookies is for you! ***Recipe updated 11/25/19***** I reformulated the...

How to Make and Maintain a Buckwheat Sourdough Starter (Gluten-free)

This Buckwheat Sourdough starter is a gluten-free sourdough starter that tastes just as great as its wheat-containing brethren! Using a buckwheat sourdough starter gives you a nutritious as well as tasty way to make gluten-free breads, pancakes, crepes, cornbread,...

Buckwheat Sourdough Ebelskivers (aka Pancake Balls)

These Buckwheat Sourdough Ebelskivers harken back to my Norwegian roots. They are not a passed down family recipe, however. I had to discover them on my own. Converting ebelskivers to a gluten-free sourdough was high up on my to-do list after I learned I had a gluten...

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