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How to Freeze Sweet Potatoes

Let’s freeze them sweet potatoes shall we.

We, aka my husband, harvested our purple sweet potatoes recently and we ended up with more than we expected.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a basement or a cellar that we can store these bad boys in so, I had to get creative.

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First thought was, let’s can these beauties.

Then I did some research and found that while canning sweet potatoes was definitely an option, the only real way to use them after they were canned would be to mash them up.

Sweet potatoes are already a softer potato than let’s say russets or red potatoes. And because we MUST can them in a pressure canner for a specific amount of time, which is 60 minutes for pints and 90 for quarts, it produces a very soft well cooked potato.

This just wasn’t gonna work.

We love to eat our purple sweet potatoes for breakfast mixed with bell pepper and onions and garlic. So……..

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Second thought, let’s freezes these little suckers.

This method was slightly time consuming but well worth it. We have our potatoes ready whenever we like and have more options when cooking them, then just mashed potatoes.

This process requires cooking the potatoes just before they are done, so it does take a bit of time to complete. Make a plan to spend some well worth it time in that lovely kitchen of yours. Y’all ready to get cookin’ and freezin’?

How to freeze sweet potato

Things you need:

Big pot

Steamer basket or you can use a pressure cooker, if that tickles your fancy.

Cookie sheet

Parchment paper

Spoon

Directions:

  1. Wash your potatoes well.
  2. Fill your pot with a few inches of water and turn on high heat. Place your steamer basket inside.
  3. Put your potatoes inside your pot and cover.
  4. Cook for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are just cooked.
  5. Allow them to cool. Take your spoon and gently scrap the peel off the potatoes.
  6. Then cut potatoes into desired size and place on cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Place your tray in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
  8. Remove tray from freezer and place in a labeled freezer bag or container of your choice.
  9. That’s it y’all!

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How to use frozen sweet potatoes

Use your potatoes just like you would store bought frozen potatoes.

We like to heat them up in a skillet with some bacon grease. Then we caramelize some onions and some red and yellow bell peppers. Mmm it’s delicious.

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Hope y’all enjoy your harvest.

Don’t forget to check out our sweet potato baby food recipe.

Happy preserving!

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Medicinal Herb Series: 10 Benefits of Lemongrass

Medicinal herb series: Lemongrass

Lemongrass is an amazing medicinal herb. Not only does it smell absolutely delightful, it has incredible benefits for your body and your soul.

Lemongrass, also known as Cymbopogon, is indigenous to India and Asia. It is a tall grass like plant with stalks. This plant tends to grow in a bush like manner and loves full sun and well draining soil. The leaves tend to be sharp on the sides and are incredibly hardy. It has a powerful fresh lemon smell that is often times used as a lemon flavor in teas and other beverages.

Most importantly, you will find that lemongrass comes in a few different forms. You can usually find the stalks in most grocery stores. It can be found already dried, to add to teas and season foods. Using it fresh is an option, you can use it in stir fry and other cooking dishes. Lastly, you can find it in essential oil form. This form is my favorite, I love to add lemongrass essential oil to my diffuser necklace, it instantly uplifts my mood, which can be a spectacular benefit. Speaking of which…..

Let’s talk benefits of lemongrass.

This beautiful herb has multiple health benefits, making this medicinal herb a must to have in your medicinal herb cabinet. Whether it’s in dried herb form, so you can make a tea or essential oil form that you can rub directly on your body or diffuse in the air, it is a must have. Let’s dive into some of the benefits.

10 benefits to Lemongrass

Promotes sleep: This herb has been known to react with GABA receptors in our brain (1), which helps promote a healthy sedative state. Drink a cup of lemongrass and lavender tea before bed to help your mind and your body fall into a more restful state.

Mood enhancer: It has a powerful fresh lemon scent that provides your mental state with a calming and clear feeling.

Helps relieve anxiety: Again, the properties of lemongrass react with the GABA receptors in our brain. GABA, Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, is a neurotransmitter in the brain that connects signals from the brain to our nervous system (2). The beneficial properties in lemongrass will increase the activity of the GABA receptors, which can in turn calm your central nervous system and relieve anxiety.

Supports digestive system: It has been known to help treat digestive problems such as ulcers and diarrhea. (3)

Pain reliever: The powerful anti-inflammatory properties in lemongrass help reduce inflammation related pain. (4)

Helps reduce dandruff: This amazing herb has bacteria killing properties that help reduce the bacteria that causes dandruff. Applying lemongrass essential oil mixed in with your shampoo, to your scalp, can help relieve dandruff and stimulate the hair follicles. (5)

Natural deodorizer: The fresh lemon scent from lemongrass makes this herb ideal to add to soaps, room sprays, deodorants, lotions and body sprays.

Relieves headaches: It can help relieve tension that causes headaches. (6) Drink a cup of lemongrass tea or rub some essential oil on the temples to help relieve pain from headaches.

Reduces fever: The properties in lemongrass have been known to help reduce fever symptoms. (7)

And finally… It is a….

Powerful antioxidant: Antioxidant properties one of the most important properties in my opinion. Lemongrass has the ability to fight off free radicals within our body with its incredible antioxidant properties. (8)

I gotta say y’all, this is a small description of amazing benefits of this beautiful medicinal herb.

Other benefits include:

Helps fight candida

Menstrual cramp relief

Lowers cholesterol

Fights agains cold and flus

Thrush

Diabetes

Thyroid

Hair and skin

Y’all, we need lemongrass in our lives.

I mean, come on! How beneficial is this herb! Growing lemongrass is easy. If you cannot find yourself a starter plant, you can always head on over to a grocery store, find yourself some stalks, place in a glass with water and wait for it to root. Finally, once your stalks have rooted, they are ready to plant in the garden. Harvesting your lemongrass is even more fun. Head on over here to check out our post on harvesting lemongrass.

If y’all can’t grow your own lemongrass, I highly suggest you purchase yourself some lemongrass essential oil. It is the easiest way to obtain all these beneficial properties in a super convenient bottle. As always, when it comes to essential oils, purchase only high quality pure oils.

Happy lemongrassing!

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6 Herbal Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Herbal remedies for cold and flus

It seems like every year the cold and flu season gets more and more intense. And every year, you get the flu shot being shoved in your face harder and harder.

Is anyone else tired of feeling like you have no control over this situation?

I know I am.

So, let’s go over six herbal remedies to help us fight back with confidence and gain control over our own life. Shall we.

I think first and foremost we shall discuss…

Essential oils.

These little bad boys are the foundation to all things in our house. We use them daily. When it comes to an ailment, it’s no doubt that they are the first thing that pops in our heads as a solution. Especially for colds and flus. Let’s break down some oils.

Oregano: This is a must when you start to feel anything come on. Oregano has incredible immune boosting properties that help fight off feelings of colds and flus with in the first symptom if caught early enough. It has a chemical component called carvacrol, which is a monoterpenoid phenol. This phenol contains antioxidant properties that provide your body with an army to help fight off any seasonal threats. 

To use:

You can add 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule, 1-3 times a day. Or if you are feeling brave and want to grow some hair on your chest, you can put those drops right under your tongue. But believe me, from experience, do the veggie capsule. Or you can also put 1-2 drops in a tea. But again, oregano is a powerful oils with a powerful taste. 

Onguard: This oil helps protect against seasonal threats and provides your body’s system with enough strength to stay healthy and stable. This oil is a must have. It is a beautiful blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower. 

To use:

You can put 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule and take 1-2 times daily. Or simply add to your diffuser, 3-4 drops can be enough to cleanse the air. You can rub on the bottoms of your, or your kids, feet. ***Be sure to use a carrier oil when putting oil directly on your skin. Carrier oils can be, fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, regular coconut oil or even olive oil. You just want another fatty oil to help protect your skin. 

Breathe: Oh mama, this oil will maintain feelings of a healthy clear chest and nasal cavity. This oil contains a delicate blend of Laurel Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Plant, Melaleuca Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cardamom Seed, Ravintsara Leaf, Ravensara Leaf. 

To use:

Simply diffuse in your diffuser. You can also rub on your chest, neck, and bottoms of feet. ***Remember to use a carrier oil. ***Do not take this oil internally.

Black seed Oil

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This is not your basic essential oil in traditional form. Black seed oil is derived from Nigella Sativa, a common flower found in parts of Asia. This oil is the mother of all oils. It has such powerful healing properties that it should be taken daily twice a day to maintain overall health. For more details on black seed oil head on over here.

We take this daily, however, we will up the ante if one of us gets any symptoms. I will vouch for this stuff protecting me against the stomach flu. Let me tell y’all a little story…

The last two years, both kids had the stomach flu….AT THE SAME TIME, EACH YEAR. This mama was downing black seed oil like none other. And I never got the stomach flu. This year, however, when my son got it, I followed my same routine and survived. But then my daughter got it a few weeks later and I skipped the black seed oil on the second day of her being sick. Because I was like, “Oh I am sure I’ll be fine.” And…..BAM

I was down for the count in the worst way possible. 

Never again y’all, never again, will I skip out on my black seed oil. I use this stuff when I have stomach issues, heart burn, anxiety… it is absolutely incredible. You can find it on Amazon. 

***Full disclosure, it tastes like diesel oil but I swear you get used to it and it actually starts to taste good, don’t judge me. You can get the capsules, but more times than not, they add stuff to their capsules to keep preserved or it is diluted. We would rather down something that tastes like diesel oil and know it is in its purest form than to question what else is in it. That’s just us.

To use:

Take 2 teaspoons daily for maintenance. Add an extra dose if you feel something coming on or want to avoid a seasonal threat. 

Elderberry

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Again, elderberry is just one of those incredible medicinal herbs that provides your immune system with this insane army to fight off evil. 

Elderberry comes from the European Elder tree. They are these tiny little dark purple berries that NEED to be cooked down to be consumed. ***Elderberries are known to be “possibly unsafe” to eat raw. So be sure when making your own syrup you use caution and knowledge to keep you and your family safe. (1)

This is one of those medicinal herbs that is a powerhouse for ALL sorts of things. From cold and flu to cancer. When taken at the first sign of a symptom, it can cut the duration of a cold or flu by four days. That is insane. 

For more in-depth detail about elderberry join me here my friend. If y’all want to make your own syrup follow me here. Or, wanna make elderberry gummies? And lastly, if making it doesn’t tickle your fancy, no problem homie, this is the brand we use when life gets to busy and we gotta buy it. 

To use:

For adults, take 2 teaspoons daily for maintenance or 2 teaspoons up to 4 times a day when fighting off something. For children, give 1 teaspoon daily for maintenance or 1 teaspoon up to 4 times a day when fighting something. 

Nasal Rinse

Nasal rinses can be extremely beneficial for upper respiratory issues, congestion, colds, allergies. It is used to help support these conditions by cleansing our nasal cavity of unwanted toxins. Nasal rinses can also be used to help protect against sinus infections by using a saline solution with the proper salt concentration of 2-3.5%. (2)

To use:

Buy your self a neti pot or nasal squeeze bottle. Usually these come with a saline that has the proper concentration. We dig on the squeeze bottle, it’s just easier for us to use. Follow the directions on the package for best results. 

Here is a gnarly nasal rinse solution recipe, head on over here and check this one out. This is the mamba of all rinse solutions that works insanely well. 

 

Real Flu Shot

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This is the kind of flu shot y’all want to be taking. It is jam packed with intense, beautiful ingredients that will provide your immune system with a kick in the ass to get back into gear. 

This shot is filled with garlic, ginger, honey, lemon, water, and cayenne pepper.

Did you cringe a little? Don’t…

It is intense but dude, I guarantee that if y’all do this flu shot you’ll thank me in the morning. This bad boy knocks all the bad stuff out of your system because the bad stuff cannot survive with all this goodness in your body.

Head on over here for full recipe.

To use:

Take immediately when you feel a symptom come on up to two times a day.  

Tea

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Doesn’t tea just make everything better?

Especially if it is jam packed with mother natures goodness. This tea is just absolutely beautiful. It contains all sorts of incredible medicinal herbs and the properties they contain help your body relax, giving it the ability to heal itself. 

Head on over here for our tea recipe. 

To use:

Brew up a beautiful batch, cozy up and sip while reading your favorite book. 

That’s it y’all. Use one of these remedies, use them all, it is up to you. We use them all in some sort of fashion, most of the time. It just feels good to arm your body with the proper weapons to help heal itself. 

Are you gonna try a remedy? We’d love to know which one you tried and how it worked for you. Leave a comment below. 

Happy healing!

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I have a problem…..

…I want to do everything the moment it comes to my mind.

And it drives me crazy. Do y’all have this same problem? I mean, the moment I have a thought, an idea, whatever it may be, if it pops into my little baby head I want it done that very moment and won’t rest until it happens.

Y’all, I am tired. I am tired of feeling behind when in reality I am not. I am tired of being consumed with these thoughts instead of being in the moment. I am tired of feeling heavy because I can’t figure out a way to make it happen.

And let me tell you, this brain does not stop. I wish it did, believe me. My husband also wishes it did too. There are times when I realize I am weighing myself down and I’ll regroup myself but then there are times when I get caught up and can’t break out. It becomes overwhelming.

I have all these ideas and goals. And I feel like they just are never going to happen if I don’t make them happen NOW. Why do I allow this to consume me? I don’t have to let it consume me and yet I feel so heavy.

It’s funny the things we do to ourselves. We create all the agony, happiness, feelings…we experience. We create it. The outlook we have in life is made directly by us. It can be so simple but we make it so complicated. There is so much around us that is so positive, so beautiful, so pure and yet we are constantly blinded by this fog we create.

Lately, I have had multiple people reach out and ask for some suggestions on anxiety. And I break down all that I do. All the oils I slather on me or take internally, all the tinctures I use, which help drastically. But what if we just changed our mindset? What if we worked on stopping the chatter that consumes us. The chatter that says, “hey yo, see all these people doing everything you’re doing but better. Why aren’t you doing it better?” Or “Hey yo, let’s repeat that conversation you had with that one person and see how many different ways we can beat it into the ground!”

You know, that kind of chatter.

What if we could just stop that. How different things could be. How simple life can be. How fun this whole experience can be. I know… I know what you’re thinking. “Easier said than done, yo!” I am with you homie. But I’d like to think that this conversation we are having right now, can be the topic within that chatter. You know, to remind us to stop the negativity.

Is that possible?

I am going to say, yes. Because even though it’s all chatter. This one reminds us to stop being impossible and start being mindful. Stop expecting the world and start appreciating how far you’ve come. Stop weighing ourselves down by unrealistic expectations and start being proud of every little step we take towards our goal.

I may have a problem but I know I have a problem. It is present in my mind. And I don’t like it, so, I plan on changing it.

I know, easier said than done, right!? Well, I will let you know how it works out.

Happy being mindful!

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Incredibly Easy DIY Fruit Roll Ups

Kombucha Style.

So, you have made a crap ton of kombucha and now you have found yourself with a crap ton of SCOBYs. 

Don’t you worry homie, I’ve got a fun super easy solution to this “problem.” If we can even call it a problem because I mean, come on, SCOBYs are your friend. We want them around but not a crap ton, right?!

Am I right!

Today we are making some fruit roll ups, Kombucha style. This is a perfect way to put all those SCOBYs to work, all the while putting a smile on your kid’s face. 

Or yours, I am not here to judge.

Y’all ready to make some deliciousness?

What y’all need:

2 cups Kombucha SCOBY

1 cup Kombucha tea

3 cups organic frozen or fresh fruit

1/4 organic cane sugar

Parchment paper

dehydrator or an oven, whatever

What y’all want to do is:

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Take your SCOBY out, using gloves or extremely clean hands. We don’t want to taint all of those beautiful SCOBYs left behind. Cut it up into chunks and throw in a blender.

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Add your tea to the blender. And blend like a mofo.

Once you got that all nice a smooth. In a sauce pan add your fruit and sugar. Heat just enough to release those natural sugars and until a little liquid appears.

Next, throw your fruit in the blender with your SCOBY puree and puree your little heart out again.

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Take your parchment paper and spread a nice layer of your SCOBY/fruit puree. If you spread to thin, your roll up will be brittle. If you spread to thick, your roll up will not roll like it should! Like I said, a nice layer! An 1/8 of an inch, if you will. 

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Place your parchment paper on your dehydrator racks and let dehydrate for about 12-18 hours. Or until your roll ups are nice and tacky but not gooey. 

I know, I am extremely precise. 

If y’all are using an oven, same concept. Turn your oven on the lowest setting and allow to bake until you achieve that tacky not gooey texture. 

Now, how easy was that?! 

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Oh, and if you have some left over but not enough to make another layer, make some popsicles with it. Another delicious treat for the kiddos. I got these popsicle molds from amazon and love them. They are small, the perfect size for an after dinner treat for the kids.

Don’t let those SCOBYs go to waste y’all. 

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And……they LOVED them!!

Happy fruit roll up making!

If you have no idea what Kombucha is and want to check it out, head on over here. And if you want to get started with a SCOBY to start making your own Kombucha tea, we’ve got you covered there too. 

Got questions? We want to hear them! Leave a comment below.