There’s a bottle half full of raspberry cordial that was left over from the church social the other night. It’s on the second shelf of the sitting-room closet and you and Diana can have it if you like, and a cookie to eat with it along in the afternoon.” —Anne of Green Gables Is there anything more magical than the world… Read More
Just for fun, to warm you up on the inside, or medicinal. These are some great starter beverages to make.
Our first time making hard apple cider was both a success and a failure all at once. Let me explain. We successfully made the best tasting hard apple cider I’ve ever had in my life, but we also almost killed someone when we realized that bottles under heat can explode. This is one of those real life is crazier than fiction moments.
Fear not, exploding cider isn’t a common thing, though we proved it does happen. Don’t let that turn you off from the idea of making it. Just be sure not to store it anywhere that has extreme high temperatures.
If you’re like most people, you have days when you feel the extra water weight, or maybe you ate badly the week before and your body is suffering from it. If you’re feeling bloated and you’re looking for a way to detox your body, these healthy drinks may be the solution. These three hot drinks and teas have natural ingredients that replace unnecessary sugars and flush toxins from your body. Instead of reaching for the pot of coffee this week, try replacing it with one of these beverages.
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is a member of the mint family and you’ll want to make room for it in your herb garden this year. Don’t worry, although it is related to mint, and it does spread, it spreads at a much slower rate than the mints you might be familiar with. The first year you plant, it will look like a frilly clump, but as it gets older, it will form a nice rounded bush about 2′ tall. I plant it as a landscaping plant, with its violet blue spikes of flowers, because I enjoy its beauty as well as its culinary and medicinal uses.
I was introduced to Fire Cider last year when my friend, the owner of Spice & Grain, offered me a sample after hearing me complain about terrible congestion from a cold I was fighting. Made with apple cider vinegar and other immune-boosting natural ingredients, it’s something I feel comfortable taking. It’s safe for kids and in fact makes a good gauge as to whether your kids are faking illness or not. If one of my little cherubs announces they are too sick to go to school, I bring out the Fire Cider.
The other day on Facebook I had shared an article from Mother Nature Network titled 7 Health Benefits of Drinking Hot Cocoa. Fans and I agree that we certainly don’t need to be told twice that drinking hot chocolate is a good idea. There are some days I put in that little extra effort when I make a cup. A bit of homemade whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon, and some shredded chocolate bits make for a heavenly cup of liquid chocolate. Someone just grab me an afghan, a book, and my cat and I am good-to-go.
Elder trees (Sambucus niger) are one of my favorite medicinal plants to work with. They help to keep you healthy and they taste great too. Theleaves, flowers, and berries all contain medicinal properties. The bark and roots were commonly used in the past, but their use has become obsolete. The leaves are commonly used externally as a salve for bruises and wounds. The flowers are used as an infusion to treat coughs, colds, and allergies. The flowers are also used as a home remedy for ear aches. If all else fails, elder flowers make an excellent wine.
What is butterbeer you may ask? Well you would only be asking if you weren’t a huge Harry Potter fan (don’t feel bad, I had no clue). This particular recipe for butterbeer is my 13 year old’s recipe. “Chibi” is not any ordinary teenage girl. She enjoys experimenting in the kitchen and loves sharing her creations with her family.