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Chia Seed Pudding

These seeds may be small, but they are packed with a ton of nutrients. It is known that the antioxidants, fiber and omega 3’s found in them help promote heart health, strong bones and improve blood sugars. The recipes below are easy and quick and perfect for the on to go!

Benefits of chia seeds:

  • Stimulates weight loss- chia seeds are high in fiber which can make you feel fuller quicker. Fiber helps the digestion system say healthy and regular. Chia seeds also are high in protein which helps with appetite control.
  • Promotes healthy digestion– Fiber stimulates digestion. A high fiber diet can slow down digestion, leading to improved blood sugar levels.
  • Manage blood sugars levels– Chia seeds are a rich source of protein and omega 3’s, the combination of which can help improve metabolic health and stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • Maintain cardiovascular health– a diet in omega 3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation and developing a cardiovascular disease. Chia seeds are known to improve and regulate cholesterol, improve brain and cognitive function.
  • Increases your energy levels– Chia seeds fuel the body and slow down digestion which makes nutrients available for a longer period.
  • Enhance workouts– Chia seeds give the body a natural boost that will enhance workout performance.
  • Rich in protein– Chia seeds help with muscle repair and growth.
  • Boost mood– Amino acids can help people feel calmer and helps with brain production.
  • Excellent source of antioxidants
  • Builds strong bones

Recipes:

Chia Seed Pudding with berries or fruit

  1. Add the milk, chia seeds and sweetener of your choice to a blender and mix for 20 seconds.
  2. Let sit for about 5 minutes and blend again for 20 seconds.
  3. Pour into small glass jars and add berries or any type of fruit of your choice.
  4. Seal with a lid and keep in the fridge until ready to eat (up to 5 days).

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1-2 tsp sweetener of choice like sugar, coconut sugar, agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp homemade vanilla extract.
  1. Add the milk, chia seeds, sweetener of your choice and vanilla extract to a blender and mix for 20 seconds.
  2. Let sit for about 5 minutes and blend again for 20 seconds.
  3. Pour into small glass jars and seal with a lid and keep in the fridge until ready to eat (up to 5 days).

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2-3 tsp sweetener of choice like sugar, coconut sugar, agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  1. Add the milk, chia seeds, sweetener of your choice and cocoa powder into a blender and mix for 20 seconds.
  2. Let sit for about 5 minutes and blend again for 20 seconds.
  3. Pour into small glass jars and seal with a lid and keep in the fridge until ready to eat (up to 5 days)

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2-3 tsp sweetener of choice like sugar, coconut sugar, agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp peanut butter
  1. Add the milk, chia seeds, sweetener of your choice and peanut butter into a blender and mix for 20 seconds.
  2. Let sit for about 5 minutes and blend again for 20 seconds.
  3. Pour into small glass jars and seal with a lid and keep in the fridge until ready to eat (up to 5 days

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Homemade Body Wash

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Spring Turkey Season

As spring turkey season approaches, the excitement in my husband’s smile gets wider and wider. When I first met him, he told me that spring turkey season is his favorite, he loves turkeys. Somehow, I acquired the same love but with babies at home, life is a little different for me temporarily. Nothing makes him happier than opening our hunting totes and pulling out the gear. He is one of the most detailed and observant people I know. He gets so much joy in putting different calls in different parts in the vest. Shells go in another pocket. If it’s cold, he brings along some hot hands or even the buddy heater. He knows where everything is at all times. He studies weather and different cold or warm fronts that might be coming in. He enjoys checking the grounds before the big hunt to see where their tracks are and if he’s able he likes to put the birds to bed the night before. Some people think hunting is just grabbing a gun and heading to the woods but it requirements much more than that. It always makes me laugh, when my husband says he has to grab something from the garage and when he doesn’t come back for a while, I go check on him, to find him in the middle of hunting stuff. The smile gets me everytime…Carry On!

Weight Loss Journey

As a mom of three daughters under 4, my body has been through a lot in a short amount of time. I don’t hate my body, but I know that I’ll feel better if I lost some weight and lightly worked out. Diet and exercise are different for everyone, you have to find a plan that fits your lifestyle.


I weighed myself on Feb 27th, 2022 and I wasn’t shocked at the number. I’m 5ft 6 inches and weight 193 pounds. Most people think that’s not overweight but technically it is. I recently went to the doctor because I was having a hard time sleeping. I couldn’t fall asleep and if and when I did fall asleep, I couldn’t stay asleep. My 15-month-old baby was still getting up several times a night so that didn’t help. At this point, I’m exhausted and scheduled an appointment to discuss this issue with my doctor. I explained to him my problem and asked for some blood work, he agreed. He mentioned that he was sure my labs would come back normal and that I just needed to lose some weight. I wasn’t mad at him, he was right, but it did catch me off guard because never in my life have, I had a weight problem until now. He told me to workout at naptime or at night or early in the morning. That is easier said than done, especially with little kids in the house and a husband that was working out town at the time. There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done. And by the end of the day, I’m overstimulated and exhausted. I few days after I got blood work done, the doctor called me and said everything was normal. So, I woke up on a Monday morning determined I was going to try to eat better and workout.

Here is how I lost 7 lbs in 5 days:

I started my diet with intermittent fasting and lazy keto. I had two cups coffee with sugar free creamer and waited to eat until about 11am. I wanted to wait until noon, but I was getting hungry. I did a light workout that I found on YouTube. I’m not going to lie, it was rough. This former cheerleader was out of shape. I continued the day not having soda, sugar, sweets, alcohol and very minimal carbs. Throughout next days I included the following food:

  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Pickle juice (it’s very hydrating)
  • Egg salad
  • Fresh fruit (like strawberries and blueberries)
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Peppers with cream cheese
  • Salads
  • Overnight oats
  • Chia seed pudding
  • Vegetables
  • Cucumbers
  • Protein shake
  • Lots of water!!!

I wanted the first week to be somewhat strick because I wanted to prove to myself that I could lose the weight. I been 2 workouts a day and if I couldn’t finish the workout, that was okay. Before my workout I used my favorite prework. Those links for the prework powder and protein shakes are not commission links, I truly love their products and they seem to be helping me with my weight loss journey. I also had some leftover Keto powder for energy that I got from Amazon that I used a couple times. This is probably the fourth time since my last baby that I’ve tried working out and losing weight. The times before, it didn’t work, I got bored and gave in. This time I’m determined to stick with it. I reached a point in my terrible sleeping habit that I can’t continue having lack of sleep every day. Sleep deprivation really can take a toll on your mental and physical health.

I’ve learned in the last 5 days that I can go without my Pepsi and sweets. I can squeeze in workouts twice a day. The past 5 days I’ve also made a promise to myself to shower and do my makeup every day. I don’t need makeup to make me feel pretty but mentally sticking to my promise makes me happy. I hung up a swimming suit that still has tags on them so I can be motivated every day. Summer is right around the corner, and I want to feel confident in taking my daughters to the pool. Even though the sleeping hasn’t improved, I physically feel amazing.

Homemade Body Wash

Making homemade body wash is not only cost efficient but also great for the environment with less plastic and less chemicals. You can make three quarts for around $5 and just refill your bottles when you need it. This is a very easy recipe and only has a few ingredients.

On March 1, 2021, I made a batch of homemade body wash. This is the recipe I use. Bring 12 cups of water to a soft simmer, add the soap and stir until completely melted. I use this soap. I used the lavender scented bar soap for this batch. Turn off heat and add glycerin. Cover and allow to set for 24 hours. After allowing the mixture to set, transfer the soap to mason jars. You can also add the soap mixture to a dispenser.

Homemade Body Wash Recipe

Pure Castile Soap Bar, grated

12 cups water

2 tbsp glycerin

Bring water to a soft simmer and add the soap. Stir until completely melted.

Turn off heat and add glycerin.

Cover and allow to set for 24 hours

After allowing to set, transfer mixture into the bottle of your choice. I used these mason jars and plastic lids.

On the morning of March 2nd, the mixture thickened, and I bottled up my body wash (see picture below). I started a second batch using the second bar of soap that came in the 2 pack (listed above), the scent is rose. Both smell very good and at around $10 to make 6 quarts of body wash, i should be stocked for a while.

Benefits of using homemade body wash:

  • Hydrated your skin
  • It’s gentle enough to use on your face
  • No harsh chemicals
  • The recipe is simple and it’s easy to make
  • Long shelf life
  • Cost efficient
  • Easily add essential oils for different scent options
  • Gentle cleanse without the toxins
  • Safe for sensitive skin
  • It can help oily, acne prone skin
  • Soothes dry, irritated skin
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Can ease eczema outbreaks

Check out some homemade items I make too:

Lemon Sugar Scrubs
Beard Balms
Stickers

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Dehydrating Garlic

Dehydrating Garlic is such an easy way to preserve this delicious pantry staple! Learn how to make dried garlic in a food dehydrator or in the oven. Garlic is one of the most important ingredients to Italian cuisine.

Garlic is in the onion family and is considered a very aromatic bulb.

I have owned a dehydrator for the last 4 years, and it has held up beautifully. I’m looking to purchase a more commercial grade dehydrator to be able to dehydrate more foods and different foods at the same time. Also, check out the blog Dehydrated Rose Petals, where I dehydrate rose petals and make homemade products and recipes with the dried rose petals.

Dehydrated Garlic takes about 8 hours to complete. I recommend using your dehydrator in a well vented area. If not, your house will smell like garlic, which isn’t bad thing! Keep an eye on the garlic, you don’t want it to burn. Burning the garlic will make it taste bitter. The garlic is ready when it breaks easily when you bend it.

(optional) add a bit of uncooked dried white rice to a powerful blender to make garlic powder. The rice will help keep the garlic powder from clumping together.

HOW LONG DOES DEHYDRATED GARLIC LAST?

As long as it is stored in a cool and dry place, your dehydrated garlic will be good for years. Make sure the dried garlic is fully cooled before putting it into an air-tight container. As it cools it will release heat that could result in condensation and eventually cause the garlic to mold.

Instructions:

  • Separate garlic cloves from the head and remove papery skin.
  • Cut the root end off of each clove.
  • Chop cloves with a knife.
  • Spread garlic on dehydrator trays. Use multiple trays for large batches.
  • Dehydrate between 180 F.
  • Rotate trays every few hours, and gently move garlic around on trays to break up any clumps.
  • Dry until garlic is dry to the touch and will break/snap instead of bend (~6-12 hours).

Oven dehydrating method:

Place chopped garlic on baking drying racks set inside baking sheets. Place in the oven at the lowest temperature possible (usually 140-170 degrees F). Bake for 5-8 hours. Check every 2 hours, rotating trays and breaking apart any clumps that have formed.

Garlic Powder

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Homemade Vanilla Bean Extract

You only need 2 ingredients to make homemade vanilla extract: vanilla beans and vodka. Let the vanilla beans infuse the vodka for as little as 8 weeks, but for optimal flavor, wait at least 6-12 months before using. Homemade vanilla is more cost efficient than store-bought options. 

On Feb 22nd, 2022, I made 2 large batches of homemade vanilla extract. This isn’t the first time making the extract, so I plan to shake the mixture every week and let sit until around Christmas time. I’ll then bottle the extract up in these amber bottles for Christmas gifts. Make sure you strain out any lose pieces. Everyone loves homemade gifts for the holidays. Make sure you label your bottles. I always like to add a burlap bow too!

Uses of homemade vanilla bean extract:

  • Cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • Donuts
  • Cakes
  • French Toast Casserole
  • Add to your pancake mixture
  • Add a splash to your morning coffee

Here are hundreds of recipes to use homemade vanilla bean extract: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/tag/vanilla-extract/

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Cornstarch Slime-Toddler Edition

Not the cleanest science experiment but I’m also the mom who doesn’t mind getting a little messy at times either.

Have you ever made oobleck before? Oobleck is cornstarch and water that when mixed together can act like a solid and a liquid. This oobleck recipe is simple and fun to do. It’s a lot easier than making slime and kids love playing with it!

You’ll need:

Instructions:

  • Combine the ingredients together and start to play!
  • The kids started adding food coloring to make different colors.
  • Soap and water made clean up a breeze. Don’t sweat momma, you can do it!

Activity Suggestions:

  • Pick up the mixture with your hands and form a ball. Then let go of the ball and watch it melt into your hands like magic!
  • Use a mash potato masher or a spoon and tap the mixture, you’ll notice the mixture is more like a solid until you start to slowly move through it then it becomes a liquid. Again, it’s magic!
  • Add plastic toys or figurines (like spiders or bugs) and dig them out. It could be a holiday themed sensory activity as well. Options are endless!

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Dehydrating Rose Pedals

Roses are my favorite flower, and dehydrating rose petals is a wonderful way to enjoy their scent all year long. Drying rose petals is really easy, and you can use them in potpourri, rose tea, and sugar scrub recipes. They make great gifts.

Dehydrating rose petals is easy. Just follow these easy steps:

  • You can use your oven, but I used our dehydrator; we purchased years ago from Cabela’s.
  • Wash your rose petals to rid them of dirt and pesticides. Fresh picked roses are the best.
  • You can pick out the dead rose petals, but I was too lazy to pick through my bowl. I think it gives it texture and color with different variations of the rose petals.
  • Line your tray or cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Spread your rose petals out on your tray and set the dehydrator at 180 degrees; you can use the same temperature if you’re using your oven.
  • It took about an hour from my rose petals to dry fully.

Uses of dried rose petals:

  • Natural skin cleanser– rose carry antioxidant agents that fight aging, treat damage and over production of oil. Homemade skin cleanser can be made by mixing one teaspoon of powdered rose petals and enough water to make a paste like consistency. You can also add a little bit of raw honey for added health benefits. Gently massage face with cleanser and let sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with water.
  • Rose Infused Oil– rose infused oil is found in a lot of homemade soaps, lotions and other health care related products. Homemade oil is easy to make, and it can last up to a year. To make, cover the petals with at least 2 inches of the oil. Use any oil desired. Put the mixture in a container with a lid. I use mason jars for everything. Here is the link to the mason jars I like to use: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B097JSMZ79/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (this is not a commission link)
  • Homemade Potpourri– Dehydrating your rose petals helps extend their life for a second use. You can make your own potpourri by mixing dried rose petals with other scents such as cinnamon sticks, dried ginger, or whole vanilla beans. Add the mixture to a cute bowl or pottery and freshen up a room in your house. You could also add the mixture to sock drawers, closets and bathrooms.
  • Bath Salts– When I think of roses, I think of romance or luxury, so it only makes sense to add them to a relaxing hot bath. Make your own bath salts by mixing a cup of Epsom Salts, and a handful of dried rose petals, and 1/4 cup sea salts. To enhance the scent, you can add a few drops of rose essential oil. Stir together and store in a jar.
    • Pour directly into your bath or use a muslin bag, and let the mix infuse into your bathwater.
  • Homemade Tea– Did you rose tea can help relieve menstrual cramps and diarrhea? I like to add some black tea leaves and dried rose petals into a tea diffuser and steep into hot water for about 5-7 minutes. I like to add lavender sugar cubes for sweetness.
  • Rose Petal Jam– If you like a fragrant and floral jam, this jam is for you. Recipe (coming soon).

Recipes that include dried rose petals:

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Planting Indoor Herb Garden

If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your toddler, why not plant an indoor herb garden? Not only is it educational, but it’s rewarding, too. Check out the blog below for some tips on what to do. Good luck!


On Feb 15th 2022, The Currie Family started to plant our indoor herb garden. We decided we wanted to enjoy the taste of summer in our home year-round. There are plenty of options to start and maintaining an herb garden. My vision for this herb garden is to produce enough herbs to be able to dehydrate the herbs to make our own spices. After much research, it appears that store bought spices have a lot of fillers in their spices. I did try dehydrating onions and that is where I became hooked on planting an herb for future cooking and making spices. I dehydrated the onions and used a spice grinder to finely grind the onion into a powder. I made my own onion powder. Was it good? Yes, so much better than the store-bought ones. It will take a lot of herbs to make a lot of spices but I’m here for the challenge.

Gather some soil and biodegradable pots and let your kids help with filling the pots with soil. It’s great for toddler’s motor skills. I put trays under them so the cleanup in easy and stress-free. Listening to the stories the kids tell while playing in soil was priceless. A toddler’s imagination is golden.

The kid’s enjoyed looking at the different colors and speckles in the soil. They also loved being able to use big kid tools. Did we make a mess? Yes! And it was worth every bit of every smile and giggle.

The list below are the herbs we used and more detailed information on planting and gardening tips:

Basil

  • 5-10 days for germination
  • Moist, well-drained soil
  • Grows and produces best in warm temperatures
  • Minimum of 6 hours of sun daily
  • Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep
  • Plant 4-6 seeds per pot for indoor gardening
  • As the plant grows, cut the top bud. This will allow the side shoots to grow.
  • Harvest leaves about 90 days after planting.
  • Basil is fragrant and have a mild and sweet flavor. Suited for classic Mediterranean dishes and some cocktails.

Lavendar

  • 14-28 days to germination
  • Requires moist soil
  • Germination is best for starting when planted indoors
  • Needs 16 hours of sun daily
  • Plant each see 1/8 inch deep and do not cover with soil
  • Gather flowers in the morning on a warm, dry day by cutting at the base
  • Hang upside if you want to use the drying method
  • Dried Lavendar is good in tea

Parsley

  • 14-21 days to germination
  • Well-draining soil
  • Full sun
  • Soaking the seeds overnight will help them germinate
  • Remove any flowering stalks to increase the production of leaves
  • Parsley can in stored in the refrigerator for a week
  • Dried parsley is good short term
  • Parsley is used for cooking Italian cuisine

Mint

  • 5-9 days to germination
  • Well drained, rich and moist soil
  • Grows best in warm temperatures
  • Full sun to part shade
  • Matures in 70-80 days
  • Plants will self-seed after blooming
  • Uses for mint are ice cream, drinks, fresh salads, and main dishes

Rosemary

  • 14-21 days to germination
  • Light, well-drained soil
  • Full sun
  • Prune lightly by pinching the stems
  • Rosemary can tolerate a light frost
  • Use on roasted meats, poultry or fish
  • Can be preserved in oils and vinegars

Oregano

  • 10-21 days to germination
  • Well drained soil
  • Full sun but will tolerate light shade
  • Harvest after the plants are 45 days old
  • Used in Mexican, Italian and Greek cooking
  • Can be added to pizza, pasta, soups, sauces and stews
  • Goes well with tomatoes, garlic, lemons and olives

Update on herbs:

Today is Feb 25, 2022 and we have some sprouts coming in!

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