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DIY Holiday Gift Series: Essential Oils Body Care!

DIY Holiday Gift Series: Essential Oils Body Care!

There's nothing better than a little pampering this time of year, whether it's for yourself or as a gift to someone else! In this post I share a few of my favorite homemade body care treats. These make fun and useful DIY gifts for the holiday season!     Lip Balm 5 Tbls Coconut Oil 3 Tbls Beeswax pellets 12 drops Essential Oil (Lavender, Peppermint orContinue Reading--->

DIY Holiday Gift Series: Essential Oils Health Potions!

DIY Holiday Gift Series: Essential Oils Health Potions!

I'm always looking for more natural ways to keep my family healthy and comfortable. Often times, the combination of a few household items and a little knowledge keeps me from turning to more potentially harmful "solutions." In this post, I share a few of our favorite homemade "potions" this time of year. These happen to make fabulous DIY gifts forContinue Reading--->

DIY Holiday Gift Series: Cookie Jars!

DIY Holiday Gift Series: Cookie Jars!

With FREE downloadable gift tag instructions and labels!     One of my favorite Christmas memories as a little girl was the exchange of goody-baskets with neighborhood friends. Homemade fresh baked breads, cookies, and nut mixes were meaningful and tasty treats that I looked forward to. The combination of this memory and my distaste for the excessive commercialism we see today, has always left meContinue Reading--->

Essential Oils and a Primal Lifestyle

Essential Oils and a Primal Lifestyle

Essential oils have been a small part of my life for many years - a drop here in there. But, recently they've worked their way into many facets of our family's day to day life. Here are some ways essential oils are supporting our wellness and wellbeing in line with our 7 elements to a primal lifestyle.   1. Nutrition and Health HealthyContinue Reading--->

Turning A Day of Thanks into Daily Gratitude

Turning A Day of Thanks into Daily Gratitude

  Tomorrow is considered a day of "THANKS": originally marking the first harvest in the New World - a day of coming together to celebrate bounty. Bringing family and friends to the table each year to express our gratitude is a special time, which lends itself to shared moments of laughter and great memories. But, what if this day of thanksContinue Reading--->

Apple Sage Butternut Squash

Apple Sage Butternut Squash

Are you looking for a nourishing, tasty and easy side for Thanksgiving, or to compliment a cold weather meal? The combination of cooked butternut squash and apples brings a comforting pop of deliciousness. And fresh sage adds a sweet and savory flavor to this dish.         Apple Sage Butternut Squash Recipe Type: Side Dish Author: Shannon Doleac Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 45 mins Serves:Continue Reading--->

Root Vegetable Gratin

Root Vegetable Gratin

  Seasonal fare!! We are well into the season of root vegetables and this dish is a great way to celebrate what the earth has to offer this time of year. This recipe provides the comfort and nourishment that our bodies need as the temperatures drop.     I love the inclusion of parsnips in this side. Parsnips are often forgotten about, but theirContinue Reading--->

Brined Roast Turkey

Brined Roast Turkey

It's turkey time!!   How you cook your bird often comes down to personal preference AND the equipment you have on hand - roasted, brined, rotisserie, deep fried or smoked are common methods. We've tried a few different techniques over the years and like each for it's own benefits. But, if you are looking for extra moist meat (and have a tendencyContinue Reading--->