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Cold Brew Made At Home

Cold Brew Made At Home

It’s finally above freezing 50% of the time, at least here in WNC.  As far as I am concerned, that means it’s cold brew season. Who doesn’t love the robust flavor and silky texture of a fresh cold brew coffee, maybe with a splash of cream?? Not only does cold brew taste delicious, it has more caffeine than hot brewed coffee and so I get an extra energy boost! What I do not love, however, is the price. True cold…

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Homemade “Instant” Oatmeal

Homemade “Instant” Oatmeal

Morning madness Breakfast is my least consistent meal. I have difficulty finding the time to prepare and eat something healthy.  The thought of eating a stale, dry breakfast bar out of a wrapper makes me gag (and the healthier and less sugar added the more sawdust-esque the texture). Sometimes, I’ll just grab a banana (better than nothing), or if I’m commuting to work, I’ll be bad and go through the Starbucks drive-through for coffee and an oatmeal. Now, I am…

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Essential Oils for Disinfecting Around the House

Essential Oils for Disinfecting Around the House

Giving homemade cleaner a boost Recently, a co-worker had a great question about my homemade cleaner. Does this formula disinfect? My answer was that I thought  adding tea tree oil would help kill germs, but I wasn’t certain. I typically steer clear of commercial disinfectants for several reasons. The potential for antimicrobial resistance and the effects on humans and animals top my list (see this article from Science Daily). So, I decided to do a little research about how to fight these bugs…

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No-Knead Bread

No-Knead Bread

Never buy store bought bread again! Seriously, this is the ingredient list for no-knead bread: I mean, you can’t really pass this up.  The opportunity to make warm, soft, delicious bread with only 3 ingredients! And from a health perspective it’s also a winner (especially if you use whole wheat flour) as store bought bread is full of random preservatives and added sugars. Plus, bread out of a bag never really tastes good. It takes a little time… The only…

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Make Your Own Household Cleaner

Make Your Own Household Cleaner

Know what you’re spraying around the house… When I first started eliminating chemicals from the house, I started by buying all-natural household cleaners. Since that stuff gets sprayed on nearly all of the surfaces in the house (some of which we eat off of and the kids crawl on), I thought the price was a worthy investment. But boy, does that cost add up! So, I started doing some research and found that making my own was a) easy peasy…

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Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt

It’s easier than you think!! I wanted to make my own yogurt for years, yes YEARS, but thought that it must be too time consuming or difficult to try. I denied myself and my family the creamy, rich taste of homemade yogurt for eons before I finally just took the plunge.   The Milk The milk matters- big time. I have tried a few types of cows milk including non-homogenized commercial milk, a local dairy with a thick cream top,…

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