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Independence Day Hop

Wildcrafting Wednesday will return next week!

Independence Day Hop!

So it’s a day early…but this gives you a chance to link up your Independence posts! Share anything about self sufficiency, homesteading, healthy foods, gardening, pets and livestock, or your 4th of July crafts, decor, recipes, tips and hints for a safe and healthy holiday! There are no rules other than keep it family friendly and appropriate for all audiences!

So here we go!

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How To Cook Lentils

How To Cook LentilsI always make a BIG batch of basic lentils, at least two pounds of dried lentils, which ends up making double that after cooking. We eat these on the first day as is on bread (or for me on top of a salad).  Yummy stuff and so easy.  Be aware, that I do soak my lentils, as per “Nourishing Traditions”, also, I do cook them in the crock-pot.

So, as you can see, basic lentils are pretty easy to cook ahead of time and they do actually freeze pretty well.  This makes them really versatile and easy to freeze and use later in recipes.  For the longest time we’ve only eaten lentils in “sloppy” food recipes, such as sloppy lentils, lentil chili, and lentil spaghetti.  But, I’ve been wanting to try my hand making a more “structured” meal with them such as a loaf.

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Baked Pepper Jack Squash {#THM S Recipe}

Baked Pepper Jack Squash

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If you’ve ever planted summer squash, you know that it can really take off and you end up with tons upon tons of extra! I know that’s what happens to us, so I love squash recipes so I can use them up while they are plentiful. Of course, we usually give a bunch away to family and friends and even donate to our local food pantry. BTW, food pantries are a great place to get rid of your excess produce. Check with them to make sure, but I know that ours accepts donations of garden fresh produce and it makes me feel like we’re helping our neighbors in need. In fact, I really want to plant a garden just for that purpose, to raise fresh veggies for the food pantry. Anyway, this recipe makes use of one of my family’s most favorite ingredients…cheese. We usually use pepper jack for this recipe.   This makes a great Trim Healthy Mama S side dish or meatless meal.  Well, on to the recipe!

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Living Green Tuesdays Link-Up #47

Living Green TuesdaysI am so THRILLED to be join up as a weekly host for the Living Green Tuesdays Link-up Party!! Join us (Jasmine from Like a Mustard Seed, Victoria from Green Idea Reviews and myself) every Tuesday as like-minded bloggers come together with their “green” ideas! We love to see things like gardening tips, natural/money saving DIY projects, sustainable living ideas, herbal/natural healing, homemade anything, and more!

(Each week I will feature 2-3 posts from the previous link up party. Each post will be featured both here at Living Green Link-up and on Essential Traditions’ Facebook page.)

Chocolate-Almond-SmoothieChocolate Almond Smoothie from Herban Momma

IMG_3791When Life Hands You Milk, Make Yogurt from My Lamp Is Full

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Each Tuesday we invite you to share how you are living GREEN! Here are the basic guidelines for the Living Green Link Up:

Share ANYTHING that relates to “green” living aka herbs, gardening, money saving, eco-friendly, ect. (please respect our biblical views). Use the Linky tool below to participate. Share your link new or old (make sure the link goes directly to your post), title, and image. It’s that easy! (No links to businesses please)

Please link your posts back to this Link-Up. Linking back here helps build our little community by sending your readers to all of the other posts shared. Grab the Living Green Link-up button above and paste into your post. Or simply create a text link somewhere in your post.

The idea of this link-up is to build up & encourage other readers as we learn and share our ideas. Be sure to visit other participants, as time allows. Tell them hello and that you found them here!

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Focus on the Oils {Black Pepper Essential Oil}

Black Pepper Essential Oil

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About Black Pepper Essential Oil

Black Pepper essential oil is derived form the piper nigum pepper plant.  It is grown in tropical regions of the world.  Black Pepper is the most commonly used spice in the world.  The essential oil is steamed distilled from unripened, sun-dried peppercorns.  Black Pepper essential oil is a clear, thin liquid.

Black Pepper Essential Oil Application and Properties

Black Pepper Essential OildōTerra’s Black Pepper essential oil is generally recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA, so it is safe to take internally.   It is not recommended for oral consumption for children under 6 years of age.  For children older than 6 years of age, use caution and greater dilution.  

Topical Use: Black Pepper essential oil may be applied neat (without dilution) topically.  Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.  Dilute for young or sensitive skin.  *Can cause extreme skin irritation, so test in a small area before application and then dilute as needed.

Internal Use: Black Pepper essential oil may be taken internally by adults by diluting 1 drop of the oil in 1 teaspoon of honey or 4 ounces of liquid.  It is not recommended for oral consumption for children under 6 years of age.  For children older than 6 years of age, use caution and greater dilution.  May be used for cooking.

Aromatic Use: You can use Black Pepper essential oil aromatically using a diffuser.  It is a top middle note scent with a spicy, peppery, musky, warm, herbaceous undertones.

Black Pepper essential oil has many healthful properties.  It is analgesic, anticatarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antioxic, aphrodisiac, expectorant, laxative, rubefacient, and stimulant to the nervous, circulatory, and digestive systems.  Also, it is used to help with tobacco addiction.  Black Pepper essential oil has been used for thousands of years to help with malaria, cholera, and several digestive problems.  It is especially good for use with the digestive and nervous systems.  Black Pepper essential oil is comforting and stimulating.

Black Pepper Essential Oil is Helpful With:

Black Pepper Essential Oil

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Some of the common primary uses for Black Pepper essential oil are:

    • increasing cellular oxygenation
    • digestive gland support
    • endocrine system stimulant
    • increasing energy
    • rheumatoid arthritis
    • loss of appetite
    • catarrh
    • chills
    • cholera
    • colds
    • colic
    • constipation,
    • coughs
    • diarrhea
    • dysentery
    • dyspepsia
    • dysuria
    • flatulence (combined with fennel)
    • flu
    • heartburn
    • nausea
    • neuralgia
    • poor circulation
    • poor muscle tone
    • quinsy
    • sprains
    • toothaches
    • vertigo
    • viruses
    • vomiting

 

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July doTERRA Promotions!

July doTERRA Promotions

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Wildcrafting Wednesday #94

Welcome to the ninety-forth edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday!

Wildcrafting Wednesday is hosted by:

While traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a weekly blog hop for sharing self-sufficiency and homesteading tips, tried and true home-remedies, and your favorite herbal uses.

It’s a place to gather information on ways to incorporate old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life.

It is anything and everything herbal – from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking.

It is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients.

It is self-sufficient living, homesteading, and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources.

If it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it!

In other words, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a “one stop shop” for the past weeks best tips and simple steps to become more healthy and more self-reliant! Please join us! 🙂

Featured Posts from Last Week’s Blog Hop

Each week, we get some incredible posts submitted by amazing bloggers. The following posts are our featured posts as determined by our readers.

Catnip by The Entwife’s Journal

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Medicinal Benefits of Mimosa by Bella Vista Farm.

Carding and Spinning by This One Good Life

 

Thank you to every one of our bloggers who linked up and to all of our readers for helping us pick our featured posts!

 

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3. Please place a link back to this edition of the blog hop in your post. That way your readers can benefit from all the ideas too. This also helps out the other participants who are hoping to get more traffic to their blogs. If you’re new to blogging here’s what you do: Copy the URL of Wildcrafting Wednesday from your browser address bar. Then edit your post by adding something like, “This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday” at the end of your post. Then highlight “Wildcrafting Wednesday”, click the “link” button on your blogging tool bar, and paste the URL into that line. That’s it! If you prefer, you can grab the button below and insert it at the end of your blog post. Either way is acceptable! 🙂

4. Please only link posts that fit the blog hop description. Old and archived posts are welcome as long as you post a link back as described above. Please don’t link to giveaways or promotions for affiliates or sponsors. That keeps our links valuable in the future since a link to a giveaway three months old isn’t going to be worth browsing in three months time, but a link to an herbal tip will be.

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Spicy Lentil Loaf

Spicy Lentil LoafThe other day when I cooked lentils, we had a bunch of leftovers. I didn’t want to throw them away, so we tucked them away in the freezer and I planned to experiment with them. I’ve been wanting to play around with creating a Spicy Lentil Loaf, lentils are SO cheap and they have more of the taste and texture of meat then beans. They are so versatile and are great for meatless meals that are inexpensive. In this post, I’m sharing how I made the Spicy Lentil Loaf. Which, by the way was a BIG hit with my fellas. It’s tasty, filling and CHEAP!

I’ve been wanting to try my hand making a more “structured” meal with lentils such as a Spicy Lentil Loaf. When looking around at recipes, I found a problem. Most of them mock the traditional meatloaf and have sweet toppings on them. My husband does not like sweet dinner foods. He HATES sweet meatloaf especially. So I knew I was just going to have to improvise and come up with something he did like. It took me years, but I FINALLY created a meatloaf he loves, it’s my Spicy Meatloaf recipe. So, I decided to base this Spicy Lentil Loaf recipe on that one. Instead of the topping I usually use, I used my Italian Tomato Salad Dressing on top and it was so yummy that I will start using it on my meatloaf recipe from now on! It came out MUCH better than I was expecting and everyone raved about it.
Spicy Lentil Loaf makes a really yummy meal, and it’s REALLY inexpensive. A great thing to eat on Meatless Mondays, or any day of the week. We like to serve it with Green Beans and a salad. It’s also even better the next day as sandwiches. Yum!  So, here it is!

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Essential Oil Good Girl Moonshine

Good Girl MoonshineAs I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been trying to start adding more and more of the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle choices into my diet in recent weeks.  I am really loving the food and think I’ve actually lost a couple of pounds in the few weeks I’ve been trying it (our scale is broken, so I’m not sure).  I do know that I’m feeling great and enjoying some pretty great, healthy, and skinny treats.  Sugar is my downfall on most diets.  But with Trim Healthy Mama there are lots of “sweets” that are good for you, which I think will make this lifestyle easier for me than for ones in the past.  I’m still working my way through the book, so I’m still no expert.  One of the recipes I heard about very quickly when I was investigating this lifestyle was for Good Girl Moonshine.

Good Girl Moonshine is a drink made out of water, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), Ginger, and Stevia.  Sounded good to me, but I don’t care for ginger so I had just been using water with the ACV and stevia.   I had to find a different way to flavor it that would still be healthy and beneficial, but be better tasting–enter my doTERRA essential oils!  For months, I’ve been drinking water with citrus oils in them because the are so cleansing to the body.  They help the body melt away the stubborn petrochemicals from the body which like to attach themselves to our fat cells.  Getting those petrochemicals out of our bodies helps to shrink fat cells!  So I decided to give that a try and I discovered that the essential oils make Good Girl Moonshine go from good to FANTASTIC!  So now I’m going to share with you my recipe for Essential Oil Good Girl Moonshine!  Enjoy it, I know I sure do!

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Living Green Tuesdays Link-UP #46

Living Green TuesdaysI am so THRILLED to be join up as a weekly host for the Living Green Tuesdays Link-up Party!! Join us (Jasmine from Like a Mustard Seed, Victoria from Green Idea Reviews and myself) every Tuesday as like-minded bloggers come together with their “green” ideas! We love to see things like gardening tips, natural/money saving DIY projects, sustainable living ideas, herbal/natural healing, homemade anything, and more!

(Each week I will feature 2-3 posts from the previous link up party. Each post will be featured both here at Living Green Link-up and on Essential Traditions’ Facebook page.)

keep-calm-and-citrus-bliss, my lampImprove your mood with citrus oils from My Lamp is Full

hempcaesar3-min Hemp Caesar Salad Dressing from Little Mountain Haven

IMG_20130507_171035 - CopyFresh Papaya Face Masks from Natures Home Spa

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Each Tuesday we invite you to share how you are living GREEN! Here are the basic guidelines for the Living Green Link Up:

Share ANYTHING that relates to “green” living aka herbs, gardening, money saving, eco-friendly, ect. (please respect our biblical views). Use the Linky tool below to participate. Share your link new or old (make sure the link goes directly to your post), title, and image. It’s that easy! (No links to businesses please)

Please link your posts back to this Link-Up. Linking back here helps build our little community by sending your readers to all of the other posts shared. Grab the Living Green Link-up button above and paste into your post. Or simply create a text link somewhere in your post.

The idea of this link-up is to build up & encourage other readers as we learn and share our ideas. Be sure to visit other participants, as time allows. Tell them hello and that you found them here!

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