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Mexican Quinoa Salad Recipe

This Mexican-style Quinoa Salad is loaded with black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocados, red onion, and cilantro. Simple, healthy, and incredibly delicious, you’ll want to make it over and over again!

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Tex Mex Quinoa Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa*
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup corn frozen and thawed, or canned
  • 2 small avocados
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp. pepper or to taste
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder or to taste
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne optional

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Place the cooked and cooled quinoa into a large bowl. Add the black beans, corn, onion, tomatoes, avocados, and cilantro.
  • Squeeze the limes, grizzle with olive oil, and season the salad with salt, pepper, and cumin powder. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper, if preferred. Mix everything well.

NOTES

* You’ll need to cook about ¾ cup of quinoa according to the package instructions and cool it completely. Leftover quinoa is perfect for this salad. 

Cook quinoa in vegetable broth for extra flavor. 

HOW TO STORE THIS SALAD

Store this Quinoa Salad in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 2 days. You can still eat it on day 3, but the avocados will brown, and the tomatoes become a bit soggy.

Homemade Coffee Creamer Recipe (Easy & Tasty!)

While many coffee lovers prefer pure black coffee, there are just as many who can’t live without their favorite creamer. Perhaps you’d like to know what ingredients you should have on hand in case you ever run out of creamer, or maybe you’re looking for a healthier option. If you’d like an easy recipe with simple ingredients, you’ve come to the right place. Here, I’ll show you how to make a simple coffee creamer at home. And how I use different ingredients based on flavor.

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How do you make a basic coffee creamer?

To make a basic coffee creamer, you just need a few creamy ingredients and a mixing container. You can add other flavors like chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla to this recipe. Stick around for some suggestions at the end!

What You’ll Need

Ingredients

  • 1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1¾ cups (14 ounces) of milk or cream
  • Extra flavoring, like spices and syrups (optional)

Equipment

  • Mixing container: Mason jar, blender, or bowl and whisk
  • Storage container

1. Add ingredients to mixing container.

You can use a Mason jar, bowl, or blender for mixing.

2. Mix well.

Mix the ingredients thoroughly, until they form a liquid with an even consistency. If you’re using a bowl, you’ll probably want to mix with a whisk for the smoothest results.

3. Store in the refrigerator.

Your creamer is ready to serve immediately, and you should store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Your creamer should last up to two weeks.

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What variations can you make?

Here is where you can let your creativity flow. Get started with a few popular choices. For more creaminess, use heavy cream instead of milk. To cut back on the calories a bit, you can use low-fat sweetened condensed milk and any regular milk you prefer to fit your dietary needs.

In terms of flavors, take a look at your baking cabinet. Spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and extracts like vanilla, peppermint, almond, and hazelnut can make delicious creamers. You can even whip up a seasonal pumpkin spice mixture or add chocolate syrup for a decadent treat. I recommend adding about two teaspoons of spices and extracts to each batch of creamer.

When adding dry spices like cinnamon, you may want to heat a small amount of the base creamer with the spice so it will dissolve and not leave you with a grainy texture. Using pure vanilla extract instead of imitation vanilla will improve the creamer’s flavor.

Adjust the measurements to your taste, and let your spice cabinet be your playground!

Alternative Options for Sweetened Condensed Milk

It’s not uncommon to confuse sweetened condensed milk with evaporated milk. Sweetened condensed milk is cow’s milk that’s cooked down, allowing water to evaporate. Sugar is then added to create an uber-sweet and sticky concoction that is a staple in every baker’s kitchen. Evaporated milk is also cooked down but does not have added sugar and is a much thinner liquid.

Coffee and creamer

Although sweetened condensed milk supplies the thick, decadent base for this homemade creamer, we realize that some coffee lovers may want less sugar, less fat, or a non-dairy option. You can use a milk alternative, like coconut, rice, oak milk, or almond milk, substitute non-fat milk, or alternatives to artificial sweeteners. If you’re not using sweetened condensed milk, you’ll want to cook your mixture on the stovetop to give it a nice, thick consistency.

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Conclusion

Coffee creamer is incredibly easy to make at home. Combine equal parts milk and sweetened condensed milk, add whatever flavorings you’d like, and voilà! You can customize it to fit your taste, dietary needs, and budget. Once you give it a try and realize just how easy it is, your visits to the creamer aisle at the grocery store may dwindle. I hope you enjoy mixing it up in the kitchen!

Maria J 💜 – The Naturally Blooming

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Further Reading

Simple Whipped Honey Cinnamon Butter

This delicious recipe is very easy to put together, with only three main ingredients you don’t have to worry about sneaky added ingredients. It is light and airy and is a delicious sweet topping to keep on hand to serve with fluffy sourdough bread, pancakes, crackers, or fruit loaf. You can also take this whipped butter up a notch by adding some optional ingredients. You’ll love the decadence of this sweet treat.

How To Make Whipped Honey Cinnamon Butter

EQUIPMENT


Mixing Bowl
Electric Mixer or Stand Mixer (see notes)

INGREDIENTS

100 g Butter softened
15 g Honey
5 Cinnamon ground (1.5 tsp)
Optional
5 g Vanilla (1 tsp)
15 g Powdered Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

Add softened butter, honey and cinnamon to a bowl (or stand mixer).

Add optional ingredients if using.

Whip ingredients together until light and fluffy.


NOTES


Notes on Equipment
You can use electric or a stand mixer for this recipe. It’s not suitable for consistency to mix by hand.


Notes on Optional Ingredients


Whipped Honey Cinnamon Butter with just butter, honey and cinnamon is perfect. This is the version I feed my kids! But if I want to make it super decadent for myself (and friends) I add the vanilla and powdered sugar.
You can substitute maple syrup for the honey if you wish.

Best Tips For Making Honey Cinnamon Butter

While this recipe is super simple, there are few pointers that will ensure you end up with the best honey cinnamon butter possible.

  • For best results, use a stand mixer or electric mixer. This recipe is not recommended for hand mixing.
  • Use room temperature butter and honey so that they whip together easily.
  • For the best result, use grass fed salted butter. Try to use the best quality butter you can find – you’ll be rewarded with the creamiest whipped butter treat ever!
  • You can replace the honey with maple syrup if you’d prefer.

How To Store Whipped Honey Cinnamon Butter


This delicious sourdough topping will last in the fridge for up to one month or can be frozen for up to six months.

It’s not recommended to store at room temperature, particularly if you live in a warmer climate. If the butter becomes too soft or melts, it’s basically ruined and you can’t whip it back together.

When using from the fridge, allow to soften before serving. If it’s really hard and you want to use it quickly, you can give it a quick whip using hand mixers.

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Further Reading

Headaches 101: Major causes and natural healing

Did you know a common side effect of most prescription medications is dehydration? Feeling dizzy or lightheaded? It’s probably those pharma medications that were made in a laboratory to cover up the symptoms of bad eating habits and lack of enough clean, filtered water. You may be surprised at the main causes of headaches, and you may be going about curing them all wrong.

Here are the top 7 causes of headaches

#1. Prescription medications- seriously look into the ingredients of what in the world is in them.

#2. Fluoride in tap water. opt for a water filter, here is a good one I am using with a decent price tag, Water Filter

#3. Artificial ingredients in foods

#4. Concentrated salts, including MSG, nitrates and nitrites

#5. Not drinking enough water: However, if you’re consuming several of the other headache causes on this list, you’ll need more.

#6. Deferred neck and back pain from bad posture and muscle abuse

#7. Aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, triptans, NSAID, plus most addictive pain relievers (opioid-based) etc…

Overuse of headache and pain relievers causes chronic, severe headaches

You’re probably asking “how” right now, as you wonder why the OTC medications you buy for headache relief literally cause headaches, right? One of the biggest medical problems ever perpetrated around the world is the “take one aspirin a day to prevent heart attacks and strokes” which is a lie. That’s a dangerous guessing game that some doctors play. There are NO good ‘candidates’ for aspirin therapy, and one major side effect is chronic, intolerable headaches from overuse (daily use).

Ever heard of rebound headaches? They come from overuse of pain medicine, which is running rampant in America and around the world, thanks to many MD’s bad advice and not looking into the many natural medicines alternatives instead opioids are being dished out for just about anything. As your pain reliever wears off, the headache returns even WORSE than it was before. Doctors know this because millions of patients complain about it. Got chronic migraines? It’s the medication you’re taking for chronic migraines that’s making it worse. It’s a sad truth that is not talked about enough even though this is a very important and crucial topic. Let that sink in for a minute.

Science and research have shown that nitrates and MSG increase the dilatation of your blood vessels, causing severe headaches and inflammation. Some prescription drugs for blood pressure literally contain nitrates, causing intolerable migraine headaches. The doctors all know this too, but can’t talk about it, and don’t want to, because they receive very large and illegal kickbacks, ‘spiffs’ and expensive gifts from the pharmaceutical distributors (shilling pharma reps).

Included are very controversial. Birth control pills, diet pills, menopause prescriptions and erection enhancement medications can all cause chronic and severe headaches, but again, when most docs prescribe most prescriptions, they won’t mention it. So why don’t we ask the side effects of taking these drugs? It is definitely worth taking some independent time and researching about all of this and seeking out natural alternatives, asking questions before taking anything that can be even more harmful in the long run.

Bad posture and muscle abuse


Most people have no clue that they have horrible posture throughout the day, including myself if I don’t catch it while sitting on a chair for hours on end, and even while walking, preparing food, and staring into our smart devices. Believe it or not, your head weighs around 10 to 12 pounds, and it’s supported by 20 muscles that get overworked and abused when you lean forward or over for extended periods of time.

Let’s take a look at ourselves right now. 🙂 Is our head tilted downward, even slightly? If so, your lower back is suffering. So are those 20 muscles that hold your head like that. Let’s try to remember to constantly stand up and take a few minutes to stretch our neck, back and muscles. Referred pain can trick you into thinking your headache has a different cause or source. Pay close attention to this. Natural Chiropractic care can be pivotal for curing chronic headaches and migraines. Start examining your posture at all times throughout the day. Taking computer breaks and stretching those muscles is a good idea for stiffness.

Natural cures for common headaches

Dehydration also fuels inflammation, especially when it comes to arthritis and joint pain increase. Wait, you didn’t know? Up to 80 percent of your joint cartilage consists of water, including the thick lubrication between the joints. Make sure you’re drinking clean, filtered water. Bottled water isn’t always the best idea, as it can contain BPA, PFA’s, fluoride and other chemical contaminants that drive headaches. A great, reliable gravity filter is a Berkey water filtration system for your home if possible or a good water filter that alkalizes your water. You can also test your ph in your water.

Thier can be different situations based on the person’s health, maybe it can be from needing glasses as well. But overall, for everyone a mayor change will Include your diet choices. As much as possible Go for whole organic foods vitamins, nutrition, minerals and anti-inflammatory herbs and spices which help to reduce headaches and inflammation such as turmeric. If suffering from chronic migraines visit a naturopathic physician and see if they can recommend more natural remedies over synthetic products.

I hope this article served as an informative “food for thought” and gave some insight on headaches and overall health. As with anything take the time to research as well. And take it one day at a time for your body to heal. ❤️

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How to Make Sourdough English Muffins

Sourdough English Muffins Recipe

Learn how to make healthy and delicious sourdough English muffins with this simple step-by-step recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fed sourdough starter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • coconut oil

Instructions


1. The night before you want sourdough English muffins stir in a glass bowl 2 cups flour, 1 cup of filtered water, stir & add 1/2 cup fed sourdough starter. Watch my sourdough bread blog for more information in this if needed.

2. Cover it with a towel and let it sit at room temperature for 12- 24 hours to allow the sour dough starter to bubble up. You can get away with a longer in the cooler months and the fermentation process can take less time in the summer if your house is hot.

3. After it has fermented, add to the mixture 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon baking soda and stir.

4. Preheat your cast iron skillet or stainless steel pan (well preheated). I find works good too, on low and add a little coconut oil.

5. Mix the ingredients together until they are fully incorporated. You will probably have to use your hands for this. The dough will be pretty thick. NOTE: If the dough feels runny, add a bit more flour. It should be workable, yet not stiff. If the English muffins turn out flat like pancakes, it is a good indication they needed more flour.

Notes: Add a bit more flour, to bubbled mixer to prevent it turning out like pancakes, if sticking on hands you can add a bit of flour to hands.

6. Divide the dough in 12 equal parts and drop each portion of dough into a hot cast iron skillet.

7. Reduce the heat to low for about 10 minutes so the dough has a chance to rise.

8. Let them cook until doubled in size. Turn the skillet up to medium/low and continue to cook until they are browned slightly on the bottom. Don’t try to flip them until they come up easily from the pan. The goal is to only flip them one time.

9. Cook them on the other side until browned. These English muffins have a tendency to cook on the outside before the inside is full done. So, be sure to not turn the skillet up too high. If they are browned on the outside, but still not done on the inside, throw them in a 250 to 300 degree oven for 10 minutes or so. Alternatively, you can put a lid on and allow them to cook on low.

10. After they are cooked all the way through, slice them open and enjoy!

Notes

As with any recipe, the type of flour you use, as well as humidity and quality of the starter will cause each situation to need slightly different amounts of flour. As you get familiar with this recipe you will know exactly how much flour is needed by feel. If your English muffins are turning out like pancakes, you definitely need more flour. They should not be flat. Also, cooking technique does have a lot to do with it as well. The dough needs to hit a hot cast iron skillet, so that it doesn’t stick, but it needs to be quickly reduced so they have a chance to rise and cook through!

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HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT RECIPE

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

Learn how to make this frugal homemade laundry soap with all natural ingredients for a lower cost than most we buy out in the stores. This DIY Laundry Detergent is an effective way to clean clothes and fight stains while adding a natural fresh scent.

I want to share this frugal recipe with everyone because It is so easy to make this homemade laundry detergent. I don’t know why i didn’t start doing it sooner.

This homemade laundry detergent recipe makes enough 16 large loads or 48 small loads of laundry.

SUPPLIES FOR DIY HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT

Materials

• ½ Cups Washing Soda or Pure Baking Soda

• 1 Cup Bar Soap

• 30 Drops Essential Oil

Tools

• Boxed Grater

Instructions

1. Using a cheese grater, grate a bar of soap until you’ve reached about 1 cup. Most bar soaps will work however, go for Ivory soap, castile soap, or something similar for the best results.

2. I like to add my essential oils to the grated soap, so I do about 15 of the 30 drops over the grated soap. You can use any essential oil you prefer. I used lavender and lemongrass as I love their clean smell.

3. Mix in a bowl your Borax, washing soda or pure baking soda.

4. Combine all ingredients, including the soap shavings and the remaining 15 drops of your essential oil in a sealable jar or container and mix well.

Notes

1 tablespoon per small load, 2 tablespoons per medium load, and 3 tablespoons per large load.

For HE machines (High Efficiency Washing Machines: use 1 tablespoon.

This makes 16 large loads or 48 small loads of laundry detergent.

I hope you give this a try! It’s simple and a frugal way to laundry detergent using what we have, I am still finding natural alternatives and trying out new things, you can switch it up to best fit what you have, if you don’t have all the ingredients it’s ok! Use what you have on hand.

If you tried this recipe let me know! Thanks for reading feel free to share with someone who might want to try this out! 🙂

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