Baked Sweet Potato Fries

20140820_195422 Let’s keep the simple side dish recipes coming!  I love sharing these ideas with you guys.  It proves:

1. You can eat healthy without a lot of effort/time.  You don’t have to be a master chef or have hours upon hours of time to dedicate to the kitchen.

2. Eating healthy isn’t about crazy ingredients and expensive trips to the grocery store.  Making sweet potato fries from scratch costs so much less than a bag of frozen sweet potato fries!  You can buy potatoes for $.99/pound; a couple tablespoons of oil and some shakes of seasoning and you are eating like a king for $2.00, compared to $5.00 for a bag of frozen fries that don’t taste near as good.

3. Natural, REAL food can taste darn good!!! you don’t need to buy the fries from the store with unnecessary additives that you can’t pronounce.

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Cabbage and Onions

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Ahhhh, simple side dishes are the best!  A few real ingredients and a simple directions = sold!  This recipe calls for just 4 simple ingredients and always hits the spot when you need some warm feel good food.  This always reminds me of my grandparents and our Polish roots.  This makes a lot and is great heated up in your lunch box the next day!

Ingredients:

– 1 head of cabbage, sliced

– 1 onion, sliced

– 2 cloves of garlic, minced

-1/3 to 1/2 stick of butter

-salt and pepper

 

Directions:

1. Melt butter in medium skillet over medium heat

2. Add cabbage, onions, garlic, salt and pepper and cook down over medium heat until fully softened, about 20 minutes

note- if your pan gets too dry at any point during cooking, just add a little more butter.

3. Enjoy!

 

Much love,

Heather

 

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An Experiment in Winter Gardening: End of September

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So I am super excited to say, the weather finally took a turn for the better around here!! We have been enjoying unusually warm weather, in the mid 70s, and sunny skies.  Which is just what I needed for some seed germination.  Now I have a mass of seedlings going on…time for some thinning out!  I have a confession about thinning: like most people, I find it very hard to pull out the cute little seedlings and seemingly perfect plants!  Why waste them and throw them in the garbage?! Trust me friends, just do it.  As much as it may pain you now, you will be even more depressed when all of your plants look like little string beans reaching for the light and competing with each other for nutrients.  Then you won’t have ANY kale! OMG! Just thin now and avoid this horrible conundrum.

Side note- if you wait for your seedlings to get a little larger you can use them as micro greens in a yummy salad!!!

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Essential Oil Overview

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I used to be a candle junkie, burning them all the time in every room of the house.  Now my candles sit idly by while my diffuser pumps out essential oils.  I don’t really even know how I got into essential oils, but I am SO happy I did.  They have so many amazing properties and characteristics, it is truly fascinating.

Aromatherapy is basically using the natural properties of extracted plant oils to enhance mental, physical, and emotional well being.  Essential oils can be inhaled, diffused, massaged onto the body, added to cleaning products, and so much more.  Essential oils and aromatherapy can be used as a holistic approach to health and wellness.  Aromatherapy is well known for aiding in a myriad of everyday problems.  Everything from stress relief, sleeplessness, muscle aches, cold and flu relief, headaches…the list goes on and on!!

I am a bit of an old fashioned, real life book lover, I know I can find all of the info I would ever need online, but something about sitting down and actually reading a book always wins in my heart.  Every time I get into a new hobby or area of interest, my first instinct is always, head to Amazon and buy some books on the subject.  If you are like me, here are 3 amazing resources to learn about essential oils. My copies are covered in sticky notes of oils, blends, ailments and cleaning recipes to try!

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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To celebrate the beginning of fall, I wanted to share a how-to on making your own pumpkin puree.  Sure the canned stuff will get the job done, but its just not the same as making it from scratch.  Also, going to the farmers market to get fresh, local pumpkins is just more fun!

 

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When picking out your pumpkins, make sure you buy a variety of pie pumpkin.  You don’t want to just go buy the largest jack-o-lantern pumpkin you can find…been there, done that. Long story short, it doesn’t end well haha!  Carving pumpkins aren’t meant to be cooked and when you do they turn out very stringy and icky.

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