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Rosy London Fog Latte with wild rose petals

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This morning Sally Clarkson asked in my devotional: "God loves providing for you! How can you provide beauty or love or comfort to your family in the next twenty-four hours?" My mind blanked on what the answer was until later when my children and I all stood around the Breville milk frother with almond milk mustaches, licking the milk froth off the spoon. It may seem silly but it is our own kind of luxury, however small, to be sitting around together and sipping our tea with a pillowy cloud on top. A bit of beauty and a bit of comfort. And together? There's the love. What a blessing in these times.  As Thorin once said in The Hobbit, "If more of valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."  And so I bring you this recipe: Rosy London Fog with wild rose petals.  Plus, it's dairy-free. Impossible, you might say. If you have been around the block with dairy-free milks, you know all of them are not created equal. It's  imp

Figgy Pudding Bars

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If you like figs, you’re in for a treat. These paleo figgy pudding bars are sweetened only by figs and delightfully filling and wholesome.   How do you use a Costco-sized bag of leftover dried figs? And what do you do when the figs start to crystalize? Anyone else have this problem? Figgy pudding bars are the solution! This recipe was born out of necessity to use up a giant bag of dried figs from Costco. Truly, a good problem to have. Now it's a request by my family to make again and again!  These figgy bars are gluten-free, paleo, and dairy-free. As far as desserts or treats are concerned, these are fairly high in protein.   You can dress these bars up or down! Using the leftover fig juice as a caramel sauce with a little whipped cream so they turn into a decadent dessert or you can treat them like a snack bar.  For an even more grown-up version, add 1/4 cup of brandy to the boiling water for the figs to soak in! Because nothing says fancy like booze in your dessert. Traditiona

Lemonade for Allergies?

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Have allergies? Consider making this herbal drink: Nettle Lemonade or Nettle-ade. To combat seasonal allergy symptoms, nettle leaf, lemon and honey all combine together in this delicious, amber lemonade. Nettle leaf acts as an anti-inflammatory and contains quercetin. Quercetin is an antihistamine, making it a great resource for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. How does nettle leaf help allergies? Nettle or stinging nettle is another one of those “weeds” that has much to offer. Due to its high contents of iron, silicon, Vitamin K and potassium, nettle leaf tea (or infusion) is very nourishing. Nettle leaf also contains quercetin which helps alleviate allergy symptoms. Quercetin is an antioxidant that helps slow the body’s release of histamines. Histamines cause allergy symptoms in our body and our body usually releases them when in contact with an allergen (like that lovely pollen floating in the air). The quercetin in nettle leaf slows the release of histamines while fig

Elderberry Truffles

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  Since dark chocolate is always the classy option for Valentine's Day, I made a truffle recipe using immune boosting elderberry syrup. Fudgy chocolate truffles with an herbal twist? Count me in! I used Sweet's Syrups Elderberry Syrup . Sweet's Syrups uses the highest quality organic elderberries, local honey, and a delicious mix of spices. If you'd like to try their syrup, use my coupon code MARY10 for 10% off at checkout. You can also checkout their DIY kits if you like to make your own.  Elderberry Truffle Recipe: 1 heaping cup chocolate chips of your choice, I like Kirkland brand and Enjoy Life  (both dairy-free) 1/3 cup coconut cream or organic half and half 1/3 cup raw cacao powder  + a little extra for rolling 4 TB Sweet's Syrups or Elderberry Syrup 1. Melt all ingredients on low heat, stirring frequently so it doesn't burn. 2. Pour into a greased bowl and set in fridge for 2 hours. 3. Scrape rounded teaspoonfuls out of the bowl and roll in raw cacao.  4

Around the World Tea Party

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 This is the tea ornament page for Around the World Tea Party. Click on it and save to print.

Herbal Masala Chai Concentrate

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Masala chai is a decoction (long-term simmering infusion) of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, clove, star anise and cloves usually with black tea in water  or milk over the stove or fire. The spicy tea originated in India where there are plenty of chai vendors (instead of the plethora of coffee stands like in the U.S.). Traditional chai is served in earthen ceramic mugs and is called "masala chai".  Besides being delicious, chai is also a multi-tasker. The ginger helps to increase circulation and aid in digestion (great for nausea) as well as being detoxifying. Cloves can help relieve stomach or tooth pain and strengthen the immune system, killing intestinal parasites. Cardamom helps relieve gas and and can be soothing for bronchial problems. Cinnamon also aids digestion when stagnant and can be great for indigestion and cramping (nursing mothers be careful of cinnamon because it can be a culprit of acid reflux in babies). It can also help fight fungal, bacterial, and parasiti

3 Ways to Drink Elderberry Syrup

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Elderberry syrup isn’t just for immunity shots when you are sick! Consuming elderberry can help boost your immunity and give you vital nutrients any day of the year. Elderberry has much to offer, particularly through the cold months (months both actually cold and plagued with the cold sickness). There are many ways to consume elderberries and often, the easiest is elderberry syrup (you can make your own elderberry syrup - recipe here ). Below are three ways to drink elderberry syrup. These are three delicious recipes you can tailor to your needs. Just drinking elderberry syrup is beneficial but combining it with other herbs can increase its effectiveness! Not sure about what elderberry to use? I make my own so I can control what goes in - I prefer just elderberries and honey! You can find my recipe here . If you are looking for a natural version Sweet's Syrups is a great brand to try. A woman owned business pumping out amazing elderberry syrup? She's one  to support and the pro