The Rising Spoon

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe (So You Can Skip the Canned Stuff)

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe (So You Can Skip the Canned Stuff)

I grew up eating canned cranberry sauce every year at my Thanksgiving dinner. Cranberry sauce was one of my favorite dishes during the feast. I'd plop a huge pile on my plate and dip each bite of turkey in it. Back then I didn't question what I ate and certainly didn't participate in the cooking process. 

Why I Ditched Canned Cranberry Sauce For The Real Stuff

At some point I came to understand that my beloved cranberry sauce not only came out of can (not a big deal), but was primarily made with high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup (not so cool...or appetizing).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Real Food Round-Up: 20 Simple Green Bean Recipes

Real Food Round-Up: 20 Simple Green Bean Recipes

One of my favorite vegetables (aside from asparagus) is fresh green beans. I could eat them as a side dish in practically any meal. Peas on the other hand...not so much. Funny enough, growing up my little sister hated green beans and loved peas, while I was vice versa. So at least once a week one of us would end up with plate full of vegetables we couldn't stand. Such is life.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Coffee & Cacao Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe with Peppermint Essential Oil

Coffee & Cacao Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe with Peppermint Essential Oil
When I encouraged you guys to jump on the bulletproof coffee bandwagon nearly a year ago, you probably thought "wait...what? Butter in my coffee? This lady is crazy." But then curiosity gave in, you tried it, and you were HOOKED. 

I'm about to ask you to make another tiny leap and add coffee grounds to your homemade sugar scrub. Before you pitch a fit about wasting good coffee, please know that what you put ON your body is just as important as what you put IN it. As I see it, if it's good enough for my belly, it's should be good enough for my skin. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Homemade Maple Almond Granola

Homemade Maple Almond Granola
If I could travel back in time ten years and tell my younger self to try one new recipe, it would be this granola. Why? I used to eat SO MUCH cereal growing up. It was practically a food group for me, despite the fact that it was really a snack. A crunchy, overly sweet snack that never filled me up or left me satiated for long.

My Sorta, Kinda Cereal Addiction

But, I still ate it. At least one box of those insanely overpriced name brand cereals always sat on top of the pantry next to my fridge in my early teens, so it was my go-to breakfast, snack, or make-shift meal on the weekends. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

20 Practical Uses for Thieves Essential Oil

20 Practical Uses for Thieves Essential Oil |

Today, I'm continuing my series on individual essential oils (and blends) that have positively affected my life in the past several months. I've discovered so many uses for these essential oils that I knew I had to dedicate a post to each one, so you all could benefit from my experiences. Keep reading to learn more about one of my favorites--Thieves essential oil!

The Everyday Essential Oils Series 

If you've followed my last few posts, you'll know that I have officially jumped on the essential oils bandwagon. About five months ago I switched from using store brand oils (after this experience) to therapeutic-grade oils, so I could use them topically with peace of mind. 

After weighing my options, I ordered the essential oils premium starter kit, because I found that it had the highest quality (and most transparent) oils and was the best bang for my buck.

When I received my kit, I immediately began experimenting on myself, family members, and friends. I was BLOWN AWAY at all the practical uses I discovered by applying the oils topically and dispersing them in the air via my new diffuser. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

DIY Smelly Odor Knockout Spray with Essential Oils

Confession Time: Sometimes I leave a pile of dishes to soak in the sink and they end up sitting there for 24 hours or more. Life happens (errr...or I just procrastinate doing the dishes). You can relate, right?

When I finally get around to doing them, the sink has a weird funk. In the past I've had to fill the sink with copious amounts of distilled vinegar and hot water and let it soak several times to eliminate the smell 100%.

Back in September I finally got fed up with the by-product of my own laziness. So, you know what I did? It certainly wasn't the dishes! Like a typical Type B I sought out a much quicker and more effective way to eliminate this lingering odor.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ten Tips For Meal Planning with Real Food

Ten Tips For Meal Planning with Real Food |

The idea of planning out a whole month's worth of meals makes me want to pull out my hair. It's probably why I've run away from every single meal planning organizer I've come across. Here's the problem: I love to cook and hate wasting food, but don't relish the thought of having all of my meals planned out (or doing it myself). 

However, when I don't plan ahead for my meals in some form or another, I'm left with three situations:

  1. When I finally decide what I want to eat, I'm out of certain ingredients so I have to make several trips to the grocery store.
  2. I'll buy an ingredient or two for a specific recipe, and then never use in time before it expires.
  3. It's late and I don't feel like cooking, so my only choices are take-out or frozen pizza.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy Tex-Mex Grass Fed Beef Chili

Easy Tex-Mex Grass Fed Beef Chili Recipe

When I'm pressed for time or don't feel like dilly-dallying in the kitchen, one of my go-to quick dinner recipes is homemade chili. It's one of those beautiful recipes you can either cook low and slow all day or on the fly and eat immediately.