Juicing – Spice drop in a cup

Years ago, my father was diagnosed with cancer. In an effort to support his fight, we began juicing. The juicers were a pain to clean and assemble. I held onto the juicer for many years afterwards until I decided it was just taking up valuable space in my kitchen.

After my second and third child were diagnosed last year with autism, I sat down and thought about all the information I had processed when my oldest was diagnosed with autism. I pondered all the therapies and interventions we tried. What did I believe would have the best chance to help them all? The two things that came to mind was a more established routine and better nutrition.

I started simply with trying to get them to eat an orange and yogurt daily. I contemplated juicing more and more to help get more of the vegetables in them. I seriously debated because I knew the headache of cleaning the juicer that I had previously. I saw a video on Youtube of a mom of 10 allowing all her kids to juice their own creations. I thought that it was perfect. She recommended using the Hamilton Beach. I found it at Walmart. Instead of focusing on difficult diets and expensive supplements, let’s teach them to crave and make healthy food.

I LOVE this juicer! It is ridiculously easy to take apart, clean and reassemble. So easy that we have made juice 2-3 times every day this week. My older boys can use it with ease and a little safety instruction to always unplug before cleaning.

I went to Fresh Market to get some turmeric. I found it to use in a Blood Orange Turmeric Lemonade inspired by Panera. I used two blood oranges, two meyer lemons, one inch piece of turmeric and to cut the acid a bit two pink cara oranges. I juiced these and added it to a half gallon. Filled the remainder with water and served over ice. Ya’ll, it was pretty close to Panera’s.

While at Fresh Market, I saw some fennel. I decided to give it a try. I mixed about 1/6 of the bulb with about 8 blackberries, 3 carrots and one apple. It reminds me of those little spicy gum drops so I named it Spice drop in a cup. I’ve had it at least three times this week. It is so very tasty!



Crocheted Elephants


Crimson elephants crocheted on a bathcloth….sooooo cute! I am so excited!! It took a while of stopping and starting and rewatching this video. So grateful that I could at least follow the counting, “Uno, dos, tres,”.

I am thrilled at the possibilities. It can be used on flat sheets, pillowcases, towels, dishcloths, washcloths, dresses, etc.

Curious if I can look at other animals and create other patterns. Fun!

Pomegranate oatmeal

Pomegranate is a seasonal item around the holiday season. Several years ago, I added it to our holiday tradition. We have enjoyed them sprinkled on bowls of ice cream. They are fabulous in homemade cobbler. I love them in oatmeal.

In the past, I have allowed the fruit to soak in water to loosen the kernels (not sure if that is the proper term but they do resemble corn kernels). Now I just slice in half and beat on the back with a wooden spoon to loosen the kernels into the bowl.

I don’t ever follow a recipe with oatmeal. I just add whatever strikes my fancy that day. Today, I added about 1/3 cup of confectioners sugar, 1 T vanilla, about 1/2 cup half and half to six servings of oatmeal with one pomegranate.

It is super scrumptious. I love how the confectioners sugar adds a richness that complements the pomegranate.