Archives for February 2017

Stupid Simple Slow Cooker Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

So stupid simple, its embarrassing to call this a slow cooker baked sweet potato recipe.

Healthy Slow Cooker Baked Sweet Potato Recipe. So stupid simple you'll never make sweet potatoes in the oven again.

After you try sweet potatoes in the slow cooker, you are never going to make sweet potatoes any other way again.

This slow cooker baked sweet potato recipe is too easy. The results are too delicious. There just isn’t a good reason to cook them any other way.

Here’s exactly what I love about this recipe: I have never made sweet potatoes in the slow cooker and had them turn out under done.

You know what I’m talking about, right? When you’ve baked your sweet potatoes for a full hour only to cut into them and find out the middle is still kinda hard and under cooked?

Then what do you do?

Microwave them a bit to try to get them “just right”?

Put them back in the oven while everything else gets cold?

Start on the rest of your dinner and eat the potatoes as a second course?

This does happen to other people, right?

Healthy Slow Cooker Baked Sweet Potato Recipe. So stupid simple you'll never make sweet potatoes in the oven again.

Making sweet potatoes in the slow cooker means you can set it and forget it. It’s perfect for the working mom.

The size of your slow cooker is going to determine the number of sweet potatoes you can cook.

My slow cooker is a 7 quart. I can fit between 4 and 6 sweet potatoes in it. I make sure to cook as many at a time as I can. We can put away some sweet potatoes in this house!

Healthy Slow Cooker Baked Sweet Potato Recipe. So stupid simple you'll never make sweet potatoes in the oven again.

Wrap your sweet potatoes in foil. It protects them from burning. It also makes clean up easy.

The foil can then be recycled.

This recipe has a long cook time – 8 hours. If you think you’ll need them in the slow cooker for a longer period of time, I’d recommend a programmable slow cooker that automatically switches to warm once the cook time is over.

Healthy Slow Cooker Baked Sweet Potato Recipe. So stupid simple you'll never make sweet potatoes in the oven again.

Look how fluffy this slow cooker baked sweet potato turned out!!!

Slow Cooker Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

  1. Wash and pat dry 4 to 6 sweet potatoes.
  2. Wrap each potato in foil.
  3. Add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 8 hours.
  4. Carefully unwrap potatoes and serve.

See??? Stupid Simple! But honestly, great results every time!

DIY Beeswax and Coconut Oil Wax Melts Recipe {VIDEO}

It’s so easy to DIY Beeswax and Coconut Oil Wax Melts! Video instructions included.

DIY Beeswax and Coconut Oil Wax Melts Recipe

Why make your own beeswax and coconut oil wax melts? Well, first, because it is fun! They are simple and inexpensive to make, and you can tailor the scents to your particular mood.

But the best reason to make your own is to make sure you aren’t releasing toxins into your home.

Did you know that some of the melts you purchase add to indoor pollution? In fact, some wax melts actually release formaldehyde into the air.

DIY wax melts offer a safe alternative to scented candles or scented melts that may contain harmful, toxic ingredients. When you make your own, you know they are safe to use.

A word of caution before you get started. Please be sure to use bowls and spoons you don’t mind getting coated with beeswax. The beeswax hardens quickly, so clean up can be difficult. Don’t use anything you don’t mind having to clean up, and act fast when cleaning before the beeswax has a chance to harden.

BEESWAX AND COCONUT OIL WAX MELTS

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup Beeswax Pastilles
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
10 to 20 drops Essential Oils per melt

You’ll also need a Fragrance Warmer (I have this darling mason jar fragrance warmer) and you will need molds. I just use our silicone ice cube trays as molds. They happen to be the perfect size!

Instructions:

In a double boiler, combine the beeswax and coconut oil. Heat and stir just until melted.
Remove from heat and pour into wax melts molds. Immediately add your choice of essential oils. Allow to harden. Remove from molds and they are ready to use in your fragrance warmer.

DIY BEESWAX AND COCONUT OIL WAX MELTS VIDEO

You can use whatever scent you personally prefer for your coconut oil wax melts. I like to make a variety of wax melts in different scent to add these aromatherapy benefits to my home.

Essential Oil Benefits:

  • Lemon is purifying
  • Lavender is relaxing
  • Peppermint is stimulating
  • Orange is uplifting

Once you start to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, you may enjoy making combinations.

Possible Essential Oil Combinations:

Sweet Orange and Clove
Peppermint and Sweet Orange
Lemon and Lavender

These are so inexpensive to make, you can experiment until you find the right combination for you.

Do you use wax melts in your home?

Chocolate Whole Grain Waffles

Chocolate Whole Grain Waffles Recipe

My kids rarely agree on anything.

My oldest daughter is team waffles. My youngest daughter is team pancakes.

Me? I’m happy to indulge them both.

In my humble opinion, pancakes are easier to make on the fly. Therefore, I tend to serve them more often.

However, waffles do have those awesome little squares perfect for holding maximum amounts of maple syrup. So I try to work them into the breakfast mix often.

I really think every kitchen should have a waffle maker. You do not need anything fancy. I’ve had this waffle maker for over 15 years.

It’s easy to use and easy to clean.

In my latest attempt to make something new for breakfast, I decided to adapt my Four Grain Waffles into something a little sweeter.

These waffles are still loaded with whole grain goodness. However, they also have a little somethin’ somethin’ extra with the addition of cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips!

I’ve found these stevia sweetened chocolate chips and have tried them in this recipe. I’m happy to report they bake up nicely inside these waffles.

One of the ingredients in this recipe – oat flour – may not be something you have in your pantry. But if you have oatmeal, you can easily make your own oat flour. Simply grind oatmeal in the blender.

I don’t worry about getting the flour super fine. In fact, I’m a-ok with some whole oatmeal flakes in my oatmeal flour. This recipe rises up so nice and fluffy, there doesn’t seem to be anything that will weight it down.

CHOCOLATE WHOLE GRAIN WAFFLES RECIPE

Chocolate Whole Grain Waffles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup oat flour (you can make oat flour by pulverized oats in the blender)
  • 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup organic chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup, buttermilk, eggs and oil. Whisk until blended. Pour the wet ingredients into the well of the dry ingredients. Mix with a rubber spatula just until combined. There may still be some lumps.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup batter onto the preheated waffle iron. Sprinkle about 10 -12 chocolate chips over, and cook per your waffle iron’s instructions.
  5. Serve with strawberries and powdered sugar.
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We like to serve our chocolate whole grain waffles plain with a few strawberries cut up on top. How would you top them?

Chocolate Whole Grain Waffles

The World’s Greatest Slow Cooker Baked Apples Recipe

The only way to know if this is the world’s greatest slow cooker baked apples recipe is to try it!

Baking with small children is a pain.

Before I actually had children, I had this wonderful vision of what my family would look like.

In this fantasy family of mine, we would spend lazy snow days baking batches of warm and delicious homemade cookies.

Fast forward to reality. I quickly discovered baking with small children involves way more clean-up than baking.

Did you know flour + water = glue? That’s a little something you learn when cooking with two small children.

So instead of giving up on my dreams of lazy snow days cooking together, I tweaked them.

Now we make this – the world’s greatest slow cooker baked apples recipe – every snow day. It’s become our family tradition.

When we get the warnings a big snow is coming, I don’t run to the store for milk and bread. No, my snow day staples are apples and vanilla ice cream.

Apples and nuts are sweetened with maple syrup and seasoned with cinnamon and ginger. It’s a wholesome sweet treat with nutritional value.

But best of all? It does not make a complete mess of your kitchen.

Little hands are just the right size for stuffing sweet cranberries and crunchy nuts down into the cored center of a crispy apple.

Now that honeycrisp apples are so readily available, that is my variety of choice for making these slow cooker baked apples.

The next time the weatherman warns you of impending snow, add apples, nuts, Craisins, and vanilla ice cream to your shopping list.

Nothing makes you feel cozier than the smells of cinnamon, ginger and apples slow cooking!

Slow Cooker Baked Apples Recipe

The World’s Greatest Slow Cooker Baked Apples Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 large honeycrisp apples
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped (may substitute walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup Craisins
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  1. Core apples. Place in bottom of slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine pecans, Craisins, maple syrup, ginger, and cinnamon. Stir.
  3. Stuff apples with nut mixture.
  4. Dot top of apples with butter.
  5. Cover and slow cook on low for 2 to 3 hours.
  6. Serve topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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I think you’ll find this slow cooker baked apples recipe easy to make, healthy to eat, and a breeze to clean up! Try it on your next snow day.

Natural Remedies for Constipation in Kids

Natural Remedies for Constipation in Kids

Natural Remedies for Constipation in Kids. How to help your child find relief when they are suffering.

My pediatrician once told me this: There are two things as a parent you can’t control. You can’t control what goes in, and you can’t control what comes out.

That’s the frustrating truth for a parent dealing with constipation in kids.

I’ve had a kid who has had issues with constipation her whole life. This despite the fact we eat tons of fresh produce and she drinks adequate water.

In our house, we’ve used a combination of these natural remedies for constipation in kids with good success. However,  you should always check with your pediatrician if your child is in pain or if you’ve tried these constipation treatments and your child is still suffering.

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR CONSTIPATION IN KIDS

1. FLUIDS

Dehydration contributes to constipation.

When you are constipated, a good rule of thumb is to take your weight and divide it by 2. Whatever that number is, aim to drink that many fluid ounces of water.

If your kiddo’s constipation is also making his tummy hurt, give him plenty of ginger tea as part of his daily liquid intake. Ginger is known to soothe tummies and relieve gas.

Avoid giving your child caffeinated beverages since caffeine contributes to dehydration.

2. EXERCISE

If you have a school aged kid, they probably spend most of the day sitting. This can exacerbate any constipation symptoms.

Make time for physical play every day to keep their bodies healthy and their digestive tracts moving.

3. MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENTS

Did you know that it is estimated that almost 80% of people are magnesium deficient?

It’s possible to get magnesium through diet but it involves eating a lot of leafy greens. Not all kiddos are on board in eating enough leafy greens to get adequate magnesium.

Magnesium deficiency can be tested for by a doctor.

When taken as a supplement, magnesium helps neutralize stomach acid and moves stools through the intestine.

Our favorite way to get magnesium is with the Natural Calm supplement. It tastes great, so it’s been easy to get everyone on board with daily magnesium supplementation.

Make sure to consult with your pediatrician before giving to children under 4 and always start with the lowest dose possible.

Natural remedies for constipation in kids. Help your child find relief with these simple but effective home remedies.

4. FLAX

Flax is a highly fibrous food. It’s inexpensive and can be found in any grocery store.

Make sure you buy ground flax seeds, otherwise the seeds will just pass through without doing the work. We like to top our smoothie bowls with the seeds.

Because flax seeds are so high in fiber, it’s important to remember to drink plenty of extra liquids.

5. SLIPPERY ELM

Slippery elm is the inner bark of a tree. When ingested, it stimulates mucous secretion, which is helpful for stomach and intestinal problems.

For proper dosage, please follow the recommended amounts on the supplement bottle.

6. SQUAT POTTY

Really? The squat potty?

Yep. There really is some magic to the squat-like position you get when using the squat potty.

When kids get constipated, they often fear using the potty because it can be painful. Help them get in the best position for success.

7. PROBIOTICS

Adding plenty of probiotics to your diet helps with gut health which aides in eliminating constipation.

The secret with probiotics is to switch up brands frequently. Every brand has a different combination of strains. You’ll improve your gut health but constantly giving it different beneficial microflora.

Prescript Assist is my favorite brand, but I’ll change it up and some months I’ll give her the SmartyPants gummies.

As with any medical condition, I try a balanced approach between natural remedies and seeking medical advice. If after trying these remedies you don’t experience relief, please see your practitioner.

The Best Thai Slow Cooker Chicken Wings Recipe

This flavorful Thai Slow Cooker Chicken Wings Recipe is simple to make and a delight to eat.
The Best Thai Slow Cooker Chicken Wings Recipe
These Thai Slow Cooker Chicken Wings are so flavorful! You get a bit of heat from the garlic, some sweet from the honey, and some salt from the fish sauce.

If you’ve never cooked with fish sauce before, please don’t leave it out. The depth of flavor it adds to the wings just can’t be replicated with any other seasoning.

A bottle of fish sauce will last forever since it is a fermented food. Plus, I bet you’ll want to make these wings again!

I use tamari instead of soy sauce in almost all of my recipes. It’s in the same “taste family” as soy sauce but it is gluten free and has less sodium. If you want, you could use soy sauce or you could use coconut aminos.

The wings don’t take long to cook in the slow cooker – they only take about 2 hours.

slow cooker chicken wings recipe

So, if you are making these for game day, I suggest you put these in the slow cooker and let them cook through the first half.

Then, you’ll want to take them out at half time and pop them on a baking sheet. Broil them for about 5 minutes to get the skin crispy.

You don’t have to broil them. However, while I find the slow cooker makes a good, moist chicken, it also makes a soggy skin. By broiling them super quick, you get that crispy skin I think most of us enjoy on our wings.

Thai Slow Cooker Chicken Wings Recipe

Ingredients

  • 24 Chicken Wings
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce or coconut aminos)
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried coriander
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together garlic, ginger, honey, tamari, fish sauce, and coriander.
  2. Place chicken wings in slow cooker. Pour honey mixture over. Toss wings to coat.
  3. Add chicken broth to slow cooker.
  4. Set to high and cook 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  5. Once wings are cooked, transfer to a broiler pan. Broil 5 minutes to get skin crispy.
  6. Serve hot.
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Have you tried chicken wings in the slow cooker before?