Homemade Healing Skin Salve

Homemade Healing Skin SalveIn the wintertime, when I’m washing my hands every-other-minute in order to avoid the nasty flu that seems to be hitting everyone we know, my hands can get dry.  Even my boys, with their gorgeous young skin, can get rough, itchy patches.  These months of cold dry air, forced air heating, and lots of washing are tough on our body’s largest organ. … Continue reading

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies

Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies frosted and decorated by my 4- and 8-year-old boys.

When we told our boys that we were staying home over the holidays, of course they were disappointed.  Like my husband and I, they were looking forward to seeing their extended family as well as the celebrations that accompany the holidays.  Since we changed plans at the last minute, we had no celebratory plans of our own, so we decided to do some new things to make the time special.… Continue reading

Our First Pumpkin Pie of the Season

While we were visiting/taking care of my grandmother, we made our first pumpkin pie of the season.  And it was delicious.  Now that we’ve been reminded of how much we love pumpkin flavored treats, my boys are begging for more.

 

If you’re interested in making a simple, delicious Pumpkin Custard, which also happens to be grain-free, gluten-free, Paleo, and GAPS friendly, you can find my recipe HERE.… Continue reading

Homemade Hot Golden Milk Recipe (Paleo, GAPS, Vegan)

Are you looking for a healthy, warming, caffeine-free alternative to hot chocolate?  This golden milk recipe might be exactly what you’re looking for.

 

My boys and I love this, whether as a relaxing drink before bed, or as an afternoon treat.  It even works well as a morning starter.  It’s slightly sweet, a little bit spicy (like a chai is spicy, not like a salsa is spicy), and full of healthy ingredients.… Continue reading

Refilling Foaming Hand Soap Containers

Refilling Foaming Hand Soap Containers
Our foaming hand soap containers, refilled and ready to go.

We go through a lot of hand soap in our family.  While foaming hand soap is expensive to buy in the store, it is very inexpensive and simple to make on your own.  In addition to cost effectiveness and ease, you can control the ingredients to make certain they are free of chemical nasties. … Continue reading

Healthy Snack: Avocado and Sauerkraut

When you’re looking for a snack that both tastes delicious and nourishes your body, here is a perfect candidate: half an avocado topped with a scoop of sauerkraut.

 

Sauerkraut not only has all of the health benefits of cabbage, but – as long as it is traditionally fermented and unpasteurized – it is also filled with healthy-gut-supporting probiotics.  In addition to supporting digestive health, raw sauerkraut can boost circulation, stimulate your immune system, and reduce inflammation (Organic Facts, 2015). … Continue reading

Simple, All-Natural, Homemade Deodorant

I make a lot of my own natural skin and body care products.  Amazing Face Serum, DIY Foaming Hand Soap, Homemade Bath Salts, Homemade All-Natural Diaper Rash Cream, Hand Sanitizer, and Fizzy Bath Bombs.  These simple recipes are all a part of our everyday household life (with the current exception of the diaper rash cream, since we’re now done with diapers), though that recipe also makes a great skin salve for other body areas that need some extra support.… Continue reading

Homemade Parmesan Crisps

Homemade Parmesan CrispsA couple weeks ago we were doing our grocery shopping and one of the employees offered us a sample of the parmesan crisps they had just made.  Immediately, we were hooked.  We left with two containers.

 

While we could continue to buy pre-made parmesan crisps, I decided to try making them myself.  I started with a large chunk of raw, aged, grass-fed Parmesan cheese. … Continue reading

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Coconut Ice CreamIt’s summertime, and this week it’s very hot.  In our house, this means it’s time to make ice cream.

 

We haven’t made a lot of ice cream so far this summer.  I’ve still been mostly sugar free and we just returned from our second big road trip of the summer, so we’ve been gone quite a bit.  But this week’s heat wave along with my boys’ sweet requests combined to put me in an ice-cream-making mood.… Continue reading