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Red, White, and Butter

strawberry butter

Warning! Staring at the above picture or reading this post may make your taste buds salivate.

A friend gave me a starter mix of bread the other week.  It brought back memories of when I was younger and my mom and her friends would swap bread starter mixes back and forth all Summer.  Meaning we had fresh bread and strawberry butter ALL the time!

Strawberry butter pairs with fresh bread about like peanut butter pairs with jelly.  They go hand and hand.  So before I baked my bread this past weekend I asked my mom for the butter recipe.

This quick recipe took less than ten minutes and only requires three ingredients.

 

Strawberry Butter Recipe

  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar

This butter can be made with any mixture of fruit.  I made a second batch using blueberries.

ingredientsTo make this yummy mixture mix the sugar and butter together.  Next blend the strawberries until only a few chunks remain and then add to the butter mixture.  Blending the strawberries partly juices them.  The juice is what gives the butter the pretty pink color.  While the butter was still soft I spooned it into some ramekins for a finished look. Yum!

strawberry butter

For the blueberry butter I did the same thing except that I only blended about half of the blueberries.  The rest I just added to the butter mixture and smashed with the back of a fork.
blueberry butterThis stuff looks so delicious you could almost justify eating without the bread.  If the thought of Summer, bathing suits, and shorts wasn’t on my mind I just might do that!

Finally, I paired my fruit flavored butter with my fresh baked bread.  Ah-mazing!
bread and butterThis was super easy and major yummy.  The white bread, and red, and blue butter would be perfect for a Memorial Day breakfast or any other patriotic holiday get together.

Ok.  Now be honest… Did  you make into the end of the post without your mouth watering?  Who wants some right now to pile high on a piece of bread?  Me! Me! Me!  Oh, why can’t this stuff be as healthy as a green salad?

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Say Goodbye to Colds Forever

Note: We haven’t ignored or forgotten you. The kitchen renovation is still in progress.  ML hopes to complete the tile installation this weekend!  Which means hopefully I’ll have pictures to share soon.

SAY GOODBYE TO COLDS FOREVER

A couple years ago I discovered that I could completely eliminate my migraines just by altering my diet (more on that here).  After experiencing complete freedom, and saying “adios” to migraine medication Michael Luke and I embarked on a quest to find out just how much healing power God has given food.

One of our discoveries is the combination of honey and cinnamon used to fight colds.  I’ll admit at first I was a little skeptical… something so sweet and good can fight a cold?  But we have been using this mixture all winter anytime we felt a cold coming on and it has worked!  After just a few doses most symptoms of the cold are gone and thankfully you never get that “shoot me now” feeling because of your sinuses being too compacted.

So why does it work?

Simply put… honey is antibacterial and cinnamon is antimicrobial.  Although I wouldn’t suggest using the mixture as a hand sanitizer because things could get sticky!  But if you ingest it for cold fighting purposes it works like little soldiers and kills those pesky germs. Yay!

The Formula

  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/4 Teaspoon cinnamonHONEY AND CINNAMON

Mix together and repeat every four hours. (There isn’t anything magical about every four hours.  I just came up with that time period so that we were able to get several doses in during the day.)  Michael Luke prefers his spread on top of bread.  Noah and I like ours straight up.

The honey and cinnamon yummy goodness is way better than cold medicine or sucking on a million cough drops all day long. Noah even looks forward to taking hers… which is more than I can say for some of her cold medicine.

I must add that I have not been able to completely eliminate Noah’s colds yet.  First off I don’t give here a full dosage every four hours because I don’t want her hyped up on sugar and because she is only sixteen months old.  Second it’s hard for me to know when her colds first start coming on.  Which means most of the time we don’t start the regime until the cold has begun to set in.  Regardless though I believe it helps the cold not to turn in to the big ugly monster that it could be.

When we first realized how well this concoction works we wondered why we had never heard of it before but the more we thought about it the more it made sense.  A simple mixture of honey and cinnamon is not profitable to the drug companies or the doctors… OTC medicine is.  🙂

Sometimes I don’t know why I put God in a box.  Why is it not possible that colds can be fought with the goodness he made for us…. honey and cinnamon.  Isn’t He amazing?

HONEY AND CINNAMON

Because I’m not a health nut or scientist check out this cool article that shares even more of honey and cinnamon’s healing power.

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Pinning and Dining: Vegetarian Taco Soup

I love soup! Creamy soup, spicy soup, meaty soup… they are all good.  Eating soup is the perfect way to sneak in some extra vegetables to your diet.  Another plus is that when you are only feeding a family of 2.5 a batch of soup will last for several meals.  Score!  Less cooking for the wifey.

A couple of weeks ago the cool mornings had finally gotten to me and I decided it was time to fix some soup… taco soup.  I would eat it year round but ML prefers cooler weather for steamy hot liquid to be rushing through his body.  Normally, I use the same meaty recipe I grew up eating but this time I decided to try something a little different.  Vegetarian Taco Soup.

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It was amazing and knocked the meatier soup off of the podium as one of our top five fave soups.  At first I wondered if sans meat it would be enough to fill us up but it is chocked full of beans and vegetables that will satisfy your tummy.  Even Noah was a huge fan of it, eating so much that her nose began to run and needed frequent water breaks.

I found the original recipe here but made a few modifications to mine.  Below is what I ended up with:

Vegetarian Taco Soup

2 (15 ounce) cans black beans
1 (15 ounce) can navy beans
1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas
1 (15 ounce) can green beans
2 (15 ounce) cans corn
1 small onion, chopped
1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (10 ounce) can Rotel Tomatoes
2 cups water
1 recipe homemade taco seasoning mix
3 tablespoons homemade ranch dressing mix

Making your own seasoning mixes is quick, easy, and affordable.  Your probably already have all the spices needed on hand.  It’s the migraine free way to go.

1. Drain and rinse first five ingredients.

2. Pour into large pot.

3. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.

4. Let simmer 30 minutes and then enjoy!

For some extra yumminess I served it with tortilla chips, shredded Mexican cheese, and sour cream.

This recipe is super easy and chocked full of flavor.  It’s perfect for busy weeknights or having friends over to watch the big game.  Or in our case… having enough food to last us four nights.

What about you?  Have you swapped any of your favorite meaty soup recipes for something meatless?  What are your favorite sides to serve with soup?  For me it’s gotta be Jiffy cornbread.  I love the sweetness! And for the bonus, what’s your favorite soup?

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