Apple syrup

Apple Syrup – A great inexpensive alternative to Maple Syrup and healthier than a corn syrup with artificial flavors and colors

2 tablespoons arrowroot powder

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon molasses

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup apple cider or juice

Mix all ingredients and bring to a boil stirring constantly until thick; then serve warm.  Put whatever is not used in a covered jar in the fridge for up to two weeks.



A Natural Answer of What to do about a Cold or Influenza.

When someone in our family comes down with a cold or flu, the first thing we reach for is my homemade elderberry syrup. You can always purchase elderberry syrup from More Than Alive, Berry Well. Next we make sure that we are on it with taking our vitamins. We use SuperMoms for the the girls and mom and SuperDads for the teen boys and Dad. The under teens get Superkids. We make crystallized ginger available for the nibbling. Of course, push those liquids, especially herbal teas and pure juices with nothing added. Smoothies slam dunk those nutrients and soups, with veggies, herbs and spices warm the body and are a wonderful comfort food. To combat a stuffy nose, I put 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil with 3 drops spearmint in a little dish with a splash of water on a candle warmer. As this diffuses into the air, noses feel better and it cleans the air helping to prevent the healthy to succumb to those microbes. When we are sick, our concentration is on building the immune system so we can fight the virus or bacteria, so as to overcome the illness. Hopefully, nobody has a cough, but when that happens, we use wild cherry bark syrup with mullein extract, to relax the cough and open the airways.

This is shared for informational purposes, not to take the place of medical advise.



Veggie Smoothie!

2 frozen bananas
1 beet (cut up)
1 cup spinach
1 cup frozen raspberries and blueberries
2 cups apple juice
1/2 cup aloe vera juice optional

Put everything in the blender and put on high. This is so delicious and looks so pretty! It is bright red and sweet. The children loved it and my elderly mother enjoyed it to.



May You Have A Healthy New Year!

Arrowroot Powder is an excellent gluten-free thickener for gravies and soups, and adds nutrients to your meal. Just put 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder in four ounces of water and add it to your turkey broth and as you heat it; it will thicken.



Fruit Smoothie

1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh spinach (optional)
1 ripe banana (fresh or frozen)
6 ounces juice (orange, apple or your choice; mango is great)
2 ounce aloe (optional)
1 teaspoon chia seeds (from More Than Alive- contains protein, omega 3 and
omega 6 oils) (optional)

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend. Serve immediately.
Serves one or two depending on your appetite. I drink this instead of breakfast or lunch.



Summer Lemonade

1 cup boiling water
1 cup sugar
1 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon beet powder (optional for pink lemonade)
5 cups cold water

Add sugar and beet powder to boiling water, stir, and add 5 cups cold water, and then lemon juice.
Serve in pretty glasses over ice, with a sprig of mint on the side, if your feeling especially fancy.



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Hot Chocolate

In the pot put 1/4 cup cocoa powder and 1/2 cup sugar.
Slowly add in 1 quart of milk, one tablespoon of organic blackstrap molasses and lastly a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Serve in a mug with an organic marshmallow and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.



Pancakes

2.5 cups freshly ground wheat berries or whole wheat flour
3 cups milk
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Set on a table over night.
In the morning add:
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tbsp molasses
1/2 tsp cinnamon (More Than Alive)
3 eggs separated with whites beaten stiff
2 tsp baking powder
Mix and pour onto hot greased cast iron. Serve with apple syrup, maple syrup,apple sauce or powdered sugar.



Shower Soap or Shampoo

6 ounce distilled water boiled and poured over 1/4 cup or so herbs, such as rose petals, calendula, rosemary and chamomile-steep 20 minutes, then strain.
Add:
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup castile soap
5 drops lavender essential oil
Stir. Pour into a bottle such as foam dispenser.

I have used this also as a shampoo!



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