Homemade Flavored Hot Chocolate

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When the weather starts cooling off one of our favorite treats to enjoy is homemade flavored hot chocolate. Store bought flavored hot chocolate can contain nasty additives and ingredients so we try to avoid them as much as possible. Making your own homemade version is so easy and a much healthier alternative. Here is my recipe for homemade flavored hot chocolate that my family loves!

Homemade Flavored Hot Chocolate

When using essential oils internally it is important to make sure that your essential oil brand is safe for consumption.  If your oil brand is safe for consumption then it should have a supplement facts box with specific use instructions and warnings.  Here is the brand of Essential Oils that i use and recommend for consumption.

  1. Heat 4 cups of milk in a saucepan on medium-high heat.
  2. Add 6 tablespoons unsweetened raw cocoa, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 4 teaspoons honey; whisk until smooth.
  3. When warm, remove from heat and mix in essential oil.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

With essential oils in the kitchen it is important to know that a little goes a long way! One drop really is enough. Add one drop to a toothpick to mix in the essential oil of your choice. Essential oil flavors I recommend are :

  • Orange
  • Cinnamon
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint

You can click here to learn more about where to find these pure essential oils which I personally use and recommend.

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DIY Natural Flu Shot : Fermented Fire Cider Recipe

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I’m sure you have figured out by now that when it comes to health and well-being I am all about preventative, natural measures. Hippocrates once said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” I am a firm believer in this because I can notice a huge difference in me and my families health when we are not eating the way we should be. This post will share with you one of my favorite preventative ways to boost the immune system, my DIY natural flu shot if you will! Fermented Fire Cider is a fermented concoction full of immune boosting foods and natural probiotics to give us a boost when we are feeling under the weather or to be used as a preventative measure. I am excited to share with you my fermented fire cider recipe!

This homemade master tonic is revered by for its ability to help prevent cold and flu symptoms and/or shorten their duration if they occur, and for good reason. It’s an apple cider vinegar infusion that contains powerful immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, decongestant, and spicy circulatory movers that make it easy to incorporate into your daily diet to help give a boost to the immune system and stimulate digestion.

Fermented Fire Cider Recipe

  • Chopped Jalapeno Pepper
  • Chopped Serrano Pepper
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Chopped White Onion
  • Chopped Ginger
  • Chopped Turmeric
  • Chopped Horseradish
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Raw Honey
  • Zest and juice from lemon

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Place all ingredients in a mason jar and cover with a paper towel, cheese cloth or coffee filter and rubber band. Let it ferment for 3 days. There are so many benefits of fermentation and allowing the jar to sit open will create a perfect environment for cultures to do their thing. after the fermentation process of a couple days you can seal the jar with a lid and let it sit for 6 weeks, shaking and burping the jar every couple of days.

When ready you can strain the juice and save to take wellness shots when needed, and you can also use the veggies for salsa or added to salads or dishes. For kids you can mix a small amount with fresh orange juice or lemonade. You can also use the liquid for salad dressings or condiments.  Because the concoction takes about a month to mature, I recommend starting a batch now so you’ll be ready for the Fall.

 

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Pineapple Cucumber Salad

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When it comes to cooking in the Summer I am always looking for easy, healthy recipes that requires as little work as possible! Who wants to spend time in the kitchen when the weather is warm and the outdoors are calling. We had a get together with some friends and I was looking to bring something simple and refreshing for everyone to enjoy. I came across this recipe on Pinterest that had the unlikely combination of pineapple and cucumber. I was so intrigued and couldn’t wait to try. It came out absolutely delicious! Here is the recipe for Pineapple Cucumber Salad

Pineapple Cucumber Salad

  • 1 Cubed Pineapple
  • 1 Cubed Cucumber
  • 1/2 Lime Juice & Zest
  • Handful Chopped Cilantro
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and serve immediately or let it chill in the fridge till you are ready to eat it. This recipe was so fresh and delicious. It was very easy to make and such a great combo with the pineapple and cucumber, which I have never experienced together before this recipe. I brought it to a potluck and it was well received by all! Everyone loved it, including kids! This salad will be making a regular appearance at potlucks, BBQ’s and home cooked meals in our house! I hope you enjoy it!

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