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A Gift Of Chai Tea..

Who doesn’t like a cup of tea on a cold winter afternoon?  🙂

Here’s a recipe idea that would make a great gift!

We buy our clear gift bags at Michael’s craft store… and we use them all the time!

Place half a cup of lose leaf tea into the bag (we use organic rooibos tea from the Gathering Place – YUM all by itself!) and add in one tablespoon of fennel seeds, eight ‘smashed’ cardamon seeds and ten or twelve cloves.  Mix it up a little bit in the bag and then add in two cinnamon sticks.  Oh and one last thing… roll up four tea bag filters (you can find these at most tea shops) and place into the bag in the middle of the tea with the cinnamon sticks.

Tie with a pretty ribbon… maybe a little hand written note?  This tea is wonderful with a little bit of honey and some soy milk!

GREAT gift idea!  🙂

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Hot Chocolate!

Here’s an edible gift idea…

Great for little kids and big kids and even that perfect host!  Oh and I’ve heard that Santa is quite fond of hot cocoa.  🙂

Mix together two tablespoons of ‘Green & Black’s’ organic dark cocoa powder (we sifted first) with three tablespoons of coconut sugar (coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index, but regular sugar or brown sugar works too!).

Place the cocoa mixture into the bottom of a small mason jar (125ml), add in about a tablespoon of organic dark chocolate chips and top with mini marshmallows!

YAY!

Seal the jar up, wrap it with a pretty ribbon and maybe tuck in a small candy cane somewhere?  🙂

Have a magical day!

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Pumpkin Cheesecake (Photo)

This is just a photo post…we’ll be sure to add the recipe next time we make it.  🙂

We love how the cinnamon sticks look like a little fence around the cake.

Happy Tuesday y’all!

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Soy Nog Brown Rice Pudding!

Here it is!  🙂

What you’ll need…

  • 1c of organic brown rice
  • 3-4c of soy nog (we use vitasoy and it’s SO yummy!)

  • 1/2c of organic dried cranberries
  • 1tsp of freshly ground cinnamon (yum!)
  • 1/2tsp of freshly ground cloves (that deserves another another yum!)

Now, this does take a little while to cook… but it’s SO worth it!  🙂

Rise (and soak if you have time) your brown rice and put it in a pot with three cups of soy nog.

Bring this to a low boil… on medium to high heat.  It’ll depend on your pot and your element!

Keep stirring!

Once it comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low to medium heat and add in the cranberries, cinnamon and cloves.  Do not cover….. no lid required.

Keep stirring!  🙂

You will know if you need to add more soy nog… if the liquid is completely absorbed and the rice is not cooked, add in more nog a little at a time.

It doesn’t cook any faster if you stare at it… we’ve tried.  🙂

Serve with a little sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy!

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Red Soup!

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OK, this literally took less than fifteen minutes!  And it’s SO good…and SO good for you!

All you need…

  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 small leek or onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • S & P to taste

Chop up all the veggies and let them simmer on medium heat in a pot for a couple of minutes… stir often.

Once the juice from the tomatoes start to bathe everything turn the heat up a bit and let it bubble for another few minutes.

Using a hand blender, puree away and lunch is served!

Did I mention that this is SO good for you?  Lycopene, Vitamin C and antioxidants… to mention a few.

YUM!

Happy, healthy eating y’all!

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