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Turmeric Toddy

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Whether you have a cold or just need a boost of nutrients, this turmeric toddy is going to be your new best friend. I try and have at least one per week. And I'm sorry, but this one is sans booze. Save that for a great cocktail.

Based on extensive research and one incredible Duke study (here), turmeric is one of the most powerful spices we have and has been used by Chinese and Indian medicine for thousands of years. Another powerhouse related to turmeric? Ginger. I could seriously eat ginger ALL. DAY. LONG.

So what happens when you mix the two together and add in a dose of vitamin C and some anti-bacterial, mineral rich raw honey? Well, you get one major boost to your immune system.

Turmeric Toddy

1 pure ginger tea bag (you are welcome to dice up your own ginger for this too)
1 mug full of hot water
1 or 2 tablespoons of turmeric paste (see below)
1/2 of an orange, squeezed
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Turmeric Paste:

1/2 cup raw honey
1 1/2 tablespoons turmeric powder

Mix together well with a spoon and store in a jar


Make the ginger tea as normal (in a tea cup, mix hot water with the tea bag). Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes.

Squeeze the orange and pour in lemon juice.

Mix together 1-2 tablespoons of the turmeric paste (depending on sweetness preference).

Sip and enjoy!

Fashionably Late to the New Year

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
new cascadia bread, sunshine burgers, suja juice and purely elizabeth granola

While physically it is now three weeks in, I am mentally just starting the new year. It has been chaos in our home. Lot's of exciting changes and things happening, but I haven't had time to sit and really focus in on what I want out of 2016.

I personally like making goals and/or things to strive for each year. I like to look back and say, "Okay, what did I accomplish?" I also go through these thoughts on my birthday each year, because technically those are really what hold you accountable. And well, since I'm going to be 30!!!! this year, I realized that I have a lot to think about.

One of my most important goals this year is to shop more at our local healthy grocery store, New Seasons and/or Whole Foods. I've been a big fan of Trader Joes for a long time, for many reasons. Its affordable, they have good organic options, and well...they are awesome. However, I find myself there buying non-local and non-seasonal foods. Not to mention, I tend to buy more items that are packaged.

So far this year, we've averaged an extra $15/per week on groceries by shopping more local, seasonal and organic. And frankly, I think that is quite reasonable considering the long term effects you gain.

As for some other goals:

-Eat less animal products
-Eat less sugar
-Travel more
-Create a more flexible schedule so I can spend more time with my family
-Take more photos
-Fear less, strive more
-Find something new and fulfilling to take on

Happy belated New Year everyone! May this be your best year yet!

A Bear Bash

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Monday, January 11, 2016
A pacific northwest bear themed birthday party for a baby

diy animal masks for a birthday party and gluten free birthday cupcakes

one year old birthday party food ideas

One year old birthday party food ideas

A bear themed birthday party for a baby ideas

gluten free bear cookies

party donations to oregon wild


Gluten Free Cupcakes
Mac n' Cheese (adult version, dairy free/gluten free version, and kid version). All homemade.
Chopped Salads
Veggie and Chicken Meatballs
Beer and Wine 

Animal Masks- made them myself
Bear books- amazon and the library
Black and White balloons
Bear cake topper- from amazon
Table cloth- from amazon
Wooden tree stumps- from michaels

Parker's outfit- Baby Gap

In lieu of a gift, we asked our guests to donate to Oregon Wild. Check out more info on them here. 

Happy first birthday to my little bear cub. We love you!!!

Be Right Back

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Monday, December 28, 2015
Wishing you a wonderful Holiday season!

Hoping you get some time to relax, spend time with family or friends, read a book, eat some great food and reflect.

Rosemary + Pear Sparklers (and a really yummy appetizer spread)

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
A festive cocktail paired with some tasty appetizers, family or friends and a little cookie decorating are the perfect way to enjoy the holiday. 

Living in Portland, you are in no shortage of a really good cocktail (or food, according to the new Washington Post article). So, I typically opt for wine at the house and wait to have a good mixed drink when I'm out. 

But since it's Christmas and I'm already certain I've gained about 5 extra pounds, I decided to make a healthier cocktail to pair with appetizers and let's just say, I was quite impressed. Sometimes home is my favorite restaurant.

a portland local, gluten free appetizer spread.

NW Local Appetizer Spread

New Cascadia baguette
Chop meats
King Harvest hummus
And a mix of Oregon and Washington cheeses

Rosemary + Pear Sparklers
makes about 6 cocktails

Gin (or Vodka if you prefer)
2 pears
1 1/2 oz of lemon juice
Maple syrup
5 sprigs of rosemary


To make the puree:

In a blender, add in...

Peeled and sliced pears
1 1/2 teaspoon of fresh rosemary
1 1/2 oz of fresh lemon juice

Puree well and set aside or pour in a glass.

To prepare the drinks...

Fill a martini shaker with ice.
Pour in 1 1/2 oz of gin and 1 1/2 oz of the pear puree
Add 1 tsp of maple syrup (more if you like it sweeter)
and shake well!

Take either a martini class or a whiskey glass and pour in glass, leaving about a half an inch for prosecco.

Pour in prosecco and stir in gently.

Place one sprig of rosemary in the drink for a garnish and enjoy :)

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!

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