Turmeric Powder Tincture 

When I first met my now husband he introduced me to herbs to help with skin issues. He suffered a skin injury that required almost a year of medical attention but wanted to help his skin in any way he could. So he looked to herbs. The best way to get the herbs he chose to help in his opinion was to ingest them. Now we use many of the herbs he loved in our food and tisanes frequently. Turmeric is one we go through a lot of. It helps with inflammation and many skin issues are the product of other health problems such as this. Check out the link at the end of this post for more in depth information.

When a neighbor/friend asked if I wanted her bag of turmeric she didn’t like (it has a peppery taste that isn’t appetizing to some) I started brewing up ideas for usage. More than putting it in almost everything we eat. Which poses an issue with my toddler who ends up staining her clothes with any food saturated with it. I decided the first thing I wanted to make with it was a tincture. 

Most recipes I found suggested using the root. Fresh or dried in slices to help the alcohol base saturate it more easily. Well, I didn’t have a root. I had powder. So I did a 1:5 concoction to test it out. 1 part turmeric powder to 5 parts alcohol. It worked great! It was also really fun to work with and see the lovely color changes. The powder is a gorgeous yellow color and once it settled it created a red hued liquid. Later I saw it was more orange when not stacked the way it was but still lovely. 

One small pint jar creates a ton of tincture in my opinion. So unless you have a large family using it, are taking the tincture several times a day or are creating to share this should work great to start with. I filled two 2 oz dropper bottles to last me a while and barely made a dent in the tincture. I left the rest to continue brewing until I needed to strain some off again for use. 

This is what I used: 

I filled roughly 1/5 of the jar with powdered turmeric then filled it up with the alcohol.

After mixing gently and being sure to scrape any bits off the bottom I noticed the amount of product went down.

So I topped it off with a bit more alcohol. 

Then I added the lid and shook it up! Making sure to get any clumps out. 

It WILL settle and you will notice that it may look something like this:

It will definitely still brew perfectly fine so no worries! What you need to do though is shake vigorously every day at least once until the day before you decide to strain it. 

Typically, you would leave this for 14 days then let it rest on the 15th day before straining. That’s the bare minimum needed. I let mine brew for almost 3 months. Many saw the longer the better with tinctures. 

When the time came to strain I got out my sterilized bottles, a funnel, a bowl to catch any spillage, a measuring cup and a magic eraser sponge because I’m bound to spill something! 

I poured off some of the liquid from my jar into a measuring cup. Purely for the ease of pouring from it. I made sure to let the jar settle so I would get the least amount of powder in as possible. You can strain your concoction if you wish but I found that powders can be tricky business to work with. So I decided to use just the liquid from the top of the jar. 

Once I filled my bottles I put the leftover tincture back in the jar to save for a future pour. Letting it continue to brew.

I put some in my iced tea to test out immediately. A few drops definitely effects the flavor! If it’s too much to sip a drink with it then use the dropper to squirt directly into your mouth then chase with a drink or food if needed. Or add it to your food. 15-30 drops a day up to four times a day is the highest recommended dosage. Though I am not a doctor or certified herbalist so please do your own research! 

I then labeled my bottles and put the jar back in the dark cupboard. 

For an in depth look at the uses and side effects of turmeric feel free to check out this article: http://www.m.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-662/turmeric

Steel Cut Oat and Honey Bread

If you have read some of my older blogs you would know we like to buy in bulk and store food in glass jars. My husband bought me the “Outlander Kitchen” (http://outlanderkitchen.com) book last year and with it a ton of oats. Then he went to sea and I had no one to cook and bake for. I was pregnant and had no appetite most of the time and even though my family loves my food I felt insecure in giving it away to others with different tastes. So I didn’t use much. I had my baby at the start of the year and decided to finally start using it up. Here is one recipe I wanted to share (not from “Outlander Kitchen” just FYI)! Steel Cut Oat and Honey bread! It’s a bit crumbly but delicious! You can easily add to it as well. Add in raisins, chocolate chips, spices such as cinnamon, etc. You can top it with a glaze, honey butter, chocolate drizzle, etc as well. I made mine “plain” to show you a good starting point. It doesn’t taste plain at all though! You can easily use this blend in muffin tins as well for individual treats. 

You will need: 

*2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

*1 cup steel cut oats (I used quick cook but both work)

*1 cup boiling water 

*1 egg

*2/3 cup milk (I used cashew)

*1/4 cup honey (at least!) 

*3 tsp baking powder

*1 tsp salt 

*1/2 stick butter (or 4 tablespoons oil of choice)

*butter, cooking spray or whatever you prefer to grease your bread pan

Take oats and add boiling water to them in a heat proof bowl. 



Let sit for an hour for quick cook or two hours for regular steel cut. 

Start to preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit as the next steps will go quickly. 

Melt butter and honey on low while stirring continuously. I used a whisk (my tiny one ran off with my toddler).

When the honey and butter are fully melted and combined add the mixture to the oats and blend together. 

In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients fully.

Add milk to the oat blend before dropping in the egg. Mix well. 


Add the wet and dry ingredients together.

Here I used my Kitchen Aide as my kid likes to watch it work) but you can mix with a spoon. Mix until just fully blended. Do not overwork it. 

Grease bread pan and pour in mixture. 

Shake gently and then slap against the counter to even out the dough and have it fill in any gaps. 

Bake for an hour on the center shelf. Some ovens may require a little more time. Use a knife to check to make sure the dough is baked through. 

Immediately take out of the pan to cool. You can top it now if you wish or don’t top it at all. I used salted butter as it brings out the flavor. 

Let cool fully then slice and enjoy! 

Pumpkin Coffee Creamer Recipe

As soon as Fall items began to appear in July we started stocking up. We love Fall so much we even were handfasted in it and had a Fall and Norse themed reception. Our home includes Fall decor and color schemes all year round as well. This Summer despite the heat we have been burning Pumpkin Spice candles and my husband keeps an eye out for pumpkin spice flavored goodies alongside me. When I found pumpkin spice coffee a few days ago at Target (Archer Farms brand) I snatched it up! We’re obsessed and we’re not ashamed to admit it! Going home with the coffee I wanted to use a special creamer along with it. My regular varieties wouldn’t do. Luckily, I had all the ingredients to make my own Pumpkin Creamer! It’s easy and delicious! I made a large batch to test it out with a friend. You can easily cut the recipe in half or double it for big batches! 

You will need: 

*3 cups milk of choice. I used cashew milk as its thicker than my almond milk but you can use other milk alternatives, half and half, whole milk, plain vegan creamer, etc. 

*4 heaping tablespoonfuls of pumpkin purée (I may have made mine overflow because mmm PUMPKIN)

*4 tablespoons of REAL Maple Syrup (you can also use brown sugar, agave or even molasses but I would cut the amount of molasses in half) 

*1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (more or less to taste)

*1 tablespoon cinnamon (more or less to taste)

*1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (optional)

Add all ingredients together! I put everything except the milk in first purely to show the ingredients for this post.

Turn heat on high and began whisking constantly and consistently. 

Keep whisking until concoction begins to boil.

Turn off heat and continue whisking for another 30 seconds or so (my pan gets super hot so I don’t just leave it in case of burning). 

Let cool! You can use it immediately in coffee or chill in the fridge. I tend to use refrigerated creamers as my additive to cool hot coffee. On hot days I drink cold brew so having cool creamer helps with that as well. Shake well before using! 

This should last about one week in the fridge. It depends on how often you open it, take it out, fridge temperature, etc. If you drink coffee a lot and blow through creamer I would make a large batch of this and keep jars of it in the freezer to last you all season! Defrost in the fridge for a day or two and use! Enjoy! 

Homemade Chicken Broth/Stock

We love soup. There really isn’t more to say about it! Any time of the year is soup time. Even when it’s hot! In the past few months we have been unfortunate enough to purchase two boxes of stock that were opened. The second we even looked at the seal but apparently not hard enough. When we have fresh herbs and such handy we just let the soup we are making create its own broth. For these however I was making really basic chowders that needed something already made for it. I KNEW BETTER than to just buy some but sometimes when you are pregnant and without much time and just want a bowl of chowder before you scream at someone…then you buy store bought stock. Luckily, I had some dried ingredients I used to create a quick stock after opening another already opened box. Sometimes I’m not always so lucky though.

We had another super convenience food buy recently as well. A store made rotisserie chicken. We also picked up a raw chicken to cook the next day. I used the carcasses and odd uneaten bits to turn into a broth. I started with just one in a enameled cast iron pot. I added vegetable scraps, dried herbs, spices and a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to help pull goodness from the bones. I noticed even on low the container would get too hot. So I transferred it to a crock pot with another carcass and set it on low for about 4 hours then on warm for another 20 or so. I wasn’t keeping too close of track. Some recipes say 8 hours is good while others suggest 24…so choose what works for you! 

I strained off the chunky bits and put the stock in mason jars to freeze. Mine had some fat and such in it that rose to the top but that tasty goodness will be delicious in future recipes. When you want to use them just leave out to defrost! We use stock often so these jars were a good size for us but you can portion them differently easily! 

There are many health benefits to stock made like this compared to store bought. Minerals from the bone marrow, potassium, protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, etc! You can get similar or all these and more from other animal broths/stocks as well. Vegetable broth is also very healthy if not moreso! Happy homesteading! 

Crepes! Crepes! Crepes! Recipe 

The first crepe I can remember eating was in San Francisco as a young teenager. Since then the only food labeled crepes I had were those I made myself. I had been blessed with having German pancakes my Opa and Mom made me during my lifetime that were basically the same thing but I had never learned their recipes. Looking for German pancakes online led me to what we always called: “Dutch baby.” Another family favorite. I decided to stay with this crepe recipe. I love how versatile they are. They can be made sweet, sour, salty or savory or some kind of blend of all. Filled with anything from jam to bacon bits to fresh fruit or custard or whipped cream. They are even delicious just with a little butter. My toddler loves them plain and ran off with pieces as soon as I finished cooking them! 

You will need: 

*2 tbsp sugar (white or raw have both worked for me)

*2 eggs 

*2 cups of milk (I used one cup plain kefir with one cup cashew so alternatives things work well) 

*1 cup flour

*1 tbsp melted butter

*1 tsp vanilla extract

*1/3 tsp salt

*oil or butter for cooking

*fillings and toppings of choice

Add all ingredients together in a bowl! 

Mix or whisk until smooth! 

Lightly coat frying pan with oil or butter. 

Depending on the size of your pan and ladle use 3/4 to 1 full scoop of mixture. I used 3/4 at first but moved up to 1 full scoop as my first one was so thin it broke easily. I put my pan on the side then swish the mixture in a circle around the pan until it was even. 


Cook on each side for 1-5 minutes. I cook mine on low to avoid burning and encourage even cooking. So mine take longer. I keep mine warm in the oven while I cook the others as it can take some time to make a batch. 

Use one of these dodads that I can never remember the name of to loosen up the sides as it’s frying. It helps them from crisping up too much and makes it also easier to get a spatula under to flip it. 

Once done you can fill them and roll them up then add toppings! Serve immediately! 
I put homemade nectarine jam in my husbands crepes. Use as little or as much as you please! 

I added a homemade chocolate spread with hand crushed almonds inside two of mine. The third had local raw honey and almonds (it ended up being my favorite one!). 

I topped all of them with butter and powdered sugar! So decadent and delicious! You can use a whipped topping with fresh fruit or a multitude of other toppings and fillings. So many possibilities! Enjoy! 

Maple Cacao Banana Bread Recipe

Banana Bread is a favorite in our house! We even bake it as gifts as we love to experiment with different ingredients we add to our recipes. Share the love! Today, I started with a plan to make chocolate chip banana nut muffins but thought it might be easier to transport a pre-sliced loaf on a walk later today. I wanted something a little different so I looked at our ingredients and saw maple syrup and Droste cacao. Perfect! The maple syrup helps to sweeten the bread as cacao can be bitter. This recipe doesn’t need to include nuts but I added pecans as I love varying textures in my banana bread. This recipe makes two loafs. 

You will need:

*4-6 bananas (2-3 is recommended per loaf)

*3 cups flour

*2 eggs 

*3/4 cups sugar 

*3/4 cups brown sugar 

*1/2 cup melted butter

*1/3 cup maple syrup

*2 tbsp cacao of choice (I used Droste) 

*2 tsp baking soda 

*2 tsp vanilla extract

*1 tsp salt

*optional 1-2 cups of nuts of choice or chocolate chips. 

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. 

Smash up your bananas! I used half frozen bananas I had chopped up when very ripe (the riper the sweeter they will be) and half fresh. 

Start melting butter.

Add dry ingredients.

Add maple syrup!

Add melted butter! 

Mix lightly before continuing.

Add vanilla and then the eggs.

Dump in nuts if you decided to use then!

Mix mix mix! 

Greased two bread tins then pour your bread mixture in. Bake for 1 hour or until fully cooked. 

Let cool for 3-5 minutes then pop out of containers. 

Let cool then enjoy! 

Nectarine Jam Recipe – No Pectin Needed

Jam making is one of my favorite things to do. If I am to be honest I don’t actually care much for fruit except mostly in smoothies it in infusing drinks. I am a savory flavor person and prefer vegetables. Though, fruits are my favorite to work with. The smells and textures in my hands are so invigorating, sensual and beautiful. The variety of color and the scents they release when worked with are intoxicating. Nectarines are known to represent romantic relationships (especially marriages), fertility, abundance, longevity, love, happiness, et cetera. 

My toddler goes through food phases. She seems to eat ANYTHING if we are out or at a friends house but at home she changes her mind on things she will consume. Recently, she went on a nectarine rampage and we bought piles of them. The last few days she seemed to be “over” them so they have sat ripening more and more. I decided instead of leaving them to make jam instead. I only had three left but you can easily double, triple, etc this recipe. 

You will need: 

*3 whole nectarines 

*1 1/2 cups of sugar

*2 teaspoons of lemon juice

*a dash of spice of choice (optional)

Nectarine skin has natural pectin so don’t peel it! If you prefer not to eat the skin then you will need to add pectin to this recipe. 

Wash and chop nectarines! Toss the pits or save them for other uses.

Place into pot and add lemon juice and sugar. You can add your spices now if you wish or during the last 5 minutes. Some prefer to add it later. I used a dash of cinnamon. 

Turn onto medium heat and stir. Cook for 30 minutes and stir every few minutes.

It should look something like this when close to done. 

You can mash it up with a potato masher if you prefer not to have such big chunks (or chop smaller to begin with). I mashed mine as I may use it for a cookie filling. 

If you’re going to can the jam you can proceed as you wish. I won’t be detailing instructions for that this time around. I decided since it is a small batch that I will be using this weekend that I would just let it cool slightly then add to a container.

Do not add steaming hot jam to a cool or room temperature jar! I let mine cool a little then poured. I added the lid immediately and the little bit of heat left sealed it slightly. I then let it cool more on the counter before refrigerating. Enjoy! 

Working With Essential Oils For Rosacea 

My whole life I have had pink skin. As a child it was cute. Eternally rosy cheeks and an easily reddened face. When I got older it got more red. Red OVER pink. Then dry patches and random skin issues arose. My mom suspected rosacea. It was never “bad enough” that I wanted to seek help. Instead, I started using lavender to help the redness. It worked decently when using regularly. I used infused oils, water infusions and essential oil from the plant at different times. Using what I had when I had it. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest last Summer from Southern California my skin became more dry. Whereas it was more oily before. Rough patches and redness started to make more of an appearance. Then recently a full rash spread like a trail across my face. I took pictures and immediately sent them to my mom. A nurse with many years experience in dermatology. The next day she confirmed her diagnoses with one of the doctors she works with. It was rosacea. She immediately began researching pregnancy safe medication for me. Whereas I ran to our essential oils. 

I had been neglecting using essential oils on my face for a few months prior to the breakout. I had started infused oils that ended up in baths and simply never got around to making my usual concoction to help my skin with essential oils to make up for it. I was using rose infused jojoba oil as a spot treatment for dry patches but found it too heavy for all over wear for my face (it is perfect for the rest of me though!) but it wasn’t enough. So when my husband found his essential oils by chance shortly after I had more of a confirmation on what was going on it felt like it was all clicking into place on what I needed to do. I grabbed our family oils and his collection (this was before we started buying them together) and headed to the bathroom to get to work.

My easy remedy to ease the redness was lavender essential oil in my light sensitive skin oil free face moisturizer. I use different brands depending on where we are and what is available but I always choose the light formulas for sensitive skin and that generally means oil free as well. Depending on the size of the bottle I would use 5-20 drops and mix well. Leaving overnight to “infuse” the lotion. This time I used lavender, rosemary and my husbands all time favorite helichrysum or “Immortella” oil. I added 5 drops of each as well as 5 drops of my rose infused jojoba oil. The difference is incredible! The first day the rash on my cheek went away along with some redness. A few days later the rash under my bottom lip was gone. A week later and only some redness remained. Less than I have had in probably a year or so. I still have dry spots the size of my 17 month olds pinky nail but I gently exfoliate daily and it’s not bad at all. I also found an activated charcoal cold process soap in the cupboard I began to use after someone I recently met suggested it as shelf full aide. 

Other essential oils for rosacea include: German chamomile, rose geranium (or just geranium), rosewood, tea tree, eucalyptus, thyme and others. Please be sure to always dilute your oils. A 2-5% dilution is generally recommended. Do your research prior to use if pregnant, nursing, taking medication, et cetera. I am only giving advice based off of my own research and experiences and I am not a medical professional. If you use oils on your face I would stay out of direct sunlight and from enduring long sun exposure! 

I’m not saying essential oils cure everything or anything at all. It has just helped me PERSONALLY in taming my symptoms immensely. Rosacea sometimes worsens around age 30 and I’m pregnant and turning 28 this month. Soon I will seek the advice of a medical professional in the case that it may worsen with age. Holistic healing is an amazing thing but we don’t scorn most modern medicine in our house. We use both! A gut friendly diet is also recommended for rosacea as many say it may stem from there. So eat well and do your research! If anything with using oils…at least you’ll smell good! 

Homemade Soy Nut Butter Recipe 

My husband and I are always looking for more healthy foods to try and ways to make things we love from scratch. We got the idea to make soy nut butter (like peanut butter) after making soy milk regularly and using the leftover bits in breads and such. You can use the ground bits if you make your own soy milk or you can buy/make roasted soy beans and start from there. 

There are different ways to make nut butters. I made a vanilla, raw cacao and cinnamon almond butter before as well as other butters but unless you have a bad arse expensive blender or something of that nature…don’t expect it to be smooth. You will not be creating a smooth PB or Nutella in your food processor if you got it for $20. That’s the kind I have…so I know. Still, it’s fun and the results are great for baking and sandwiches. Soy nut butter is actually smoother than many nuts I have worked with. The recipe below is just one way of going at making soy but butter. It won’t last as long as commercial nut butters and this recipe contains water so I would refrigerate it and consume in less than a week to be safe. Feel free to experiment and share your results! 

You will need: 

* 1 cup roasted and unsalted soy nuts (if they are salted exclude the added salt in this recipe) You can also cook down (to get the earthy flavor out) then roast the leftover soy nuts from making soy milk. 

*2/3 cup room temperature water

*1 1/2 tbsp of your oil of choice. I am using coconut oil for the added thick texture and creaminess. You may need to add more oil depending on how well your mixture is blending. Or more liquid sweetener. 

*1 1/2 tbsp (alter to taste) of your choice in liquid sweeteners. I am using local honey but you can use something like pure maple syrup or agave if you prefer yours to be vegan. 

*1/3 tsp salt (alter to taste)

Add your soy nuts and water to a blender or food processor. Blend well then let sit until the soy nuts have absorbed most the water and are soft. It doesn’t take very long. 


Blend again before adding in the rest of your ingredients.


Continue to blend/pulse until it has reached your desired texture. Again, be aware that unless you have a high powered blender this won’t have the perfectly smooth look and feel as factory made butters. I had to stop and stir a few times. Be safe and unplug your blender/food processor first. 

Scoop out and enjoy! I put mine on homemade bread. 

Versatile Sandwich Bread Recipe – Vegetarian and Vegan Included

I started using this recipe for a fairly quick sandwich bread recently. After I started on my first batch I found myself out of certain ingredients and ended up making vegan substitutes in place of the missing ingredients. It turned out amazing! Later, I tried the vegetarian recipe and today I made the vegan again but with other added ingredients. It’s one of those recipes that seems foolproof as every change I make ends up with bread that is still tasty. This blog won’t have step by step pictures so I don’t have to wait a few weeks to document all the different substitutions and additions. Instead I’ll be adding the original recipe and then the gist of a recipe I used today (I didn’t measure the extra bits I used so I kind of winged it). You can also use this recipe to make buns and rolls like I did. It only makes one loaf so be aware of that! Many recipes have recipes written for two loaves.

The Original Recipe (Vegetarian)
You will need: 

*3 cups all purpose flour (plus extra for kneading)

*1/2 cup warm water

*1/4 cup milk

*1/4 cup melted butter 

*2 tbsp sugar and a separate 1 tbsp sugar

*2 tbsp active dry yeast

*1 tsp salt

*1 egg

Mix the warm water, active dry yeast and sugar. Let sit 10 minutes until it doubles in amount.

Add your flour to a bowl and make a well in the middle. Add all the ingredients except the milk and then stir. Then you can pour in the milk and mix well.

Leave covered in a floured or greased bowl for at least an hour to rise.

After the hour has passed punch down the bread and knead lightly on a floured surface before shaping into a loaf. Add to a greased bread pan, cover and let rise for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven towards the end of the resting/rising period to 375 F. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 

Let it rest a minute or two before removing from the bread pan. Enjoy when cool! 

My Alterations (Vegan)
You will need: 

*3 (you may need more depending on alterations) cups all purpose flour (plus extra for kneading). I have had great luck with half buckwheat or half rye to half unbleached all purpose. Other flours may do well though I have yet to experiment with gluten free alternatives with this recipe. 

*1/2 cup warm water (plus 2 tbsp for the flax seed)

*1/4 cup dairy free milk such as oat or nut milks. Dairy free creamer makes for a sweeter and softer bread I have noticed. 

*1/4 cup melted coconut oil or vegan butter. Other oils will work as well but may effect the taste.

*2 tbsp raw (doesn’t need to be raw but it works nicely) sugar (I used turbinado) and a separate 1 tbsp sugar

*2 tbsp active dry yeast (I have been using 1 tbsp active dry yeast and 1/2-1 cup sourdough starter) 

*1 tbsp ground flax 

*1 tsp salt

Optional: nuts, oats, seeds and other extras

Mix the sugar, dry active yeast, sourdough starter and 1/2 cup warm water together. Let sit 10 minutes to double in volume. 

Mix the 1 tbsp ground flax seed with the 2 tbsp warm water. Let sit and the flax will begin to soften and change in texture. This is the egg substitute. 

Add the flour you have chosen to use to a bowl. Mix in any nuts, grains, seeds you may want to use. I used whole raw pine nuts and extra flax my first time. The nuts fell off easy when slicing but added a nice texture. Today I used flax, ground raw pine nuts and chunks of almonds I toasted after using them to make almond milk. Slightly more chewy but held up better to hungry toddler abuse. You don’t need to add anything but I love a little extra texture, flavor and added healthy goodness. You may need to add extra flour. I only had to in the recipe I used today but I was also doubling mine and used a tiny bit too much almond and oat milk as they were almost out and I wanted to use them up. 

Add in all other ingredients and mix well! Add to an oiled or floured bowl, cover and let rise for 1-2 hours.

Punch down and knead on a floured surface. If you used nuts some may fall out. I just tucked them back in. Shape into a bread loaf and place in a oiled bread pan. Cover and let sit 30 minutes to an hour. Depending on your substitutions and the temperature in your kitchen it may change the time needed. 

Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes until golden brown. Do the tap test to make sure it is done at this time. Let sit in pan for a minute or two before removing. Cool and then enjoy!