The Rising Spoon

Monday, September 22, 2014

Slow Cooked Beef Pot Roast with Tomatoes and Green Chiles

Slow Cooked Beef Pot Roast with Tomatoes and Green Chiles

As I mentioned in this post, I recently read the Real Food Planning Challenge, which inspired me to clean out my pantry, fridge, and freezer to make room for a new batch of seasonal ingredients. One of my goals in the coming months (thanks to this book) is to keep better track of all the food in my home. 

Doing this will help prevent food waste and allow me to plan ahead for times when I don't feel like cooking. Yes, it happens quite frequently to us food bloggers! 

My idea of planning ahead often involves cooking large batches of specific dishes, then freezing any leftovers so I can use them to build an impromptu meal. For example, having quart-sized bags of cooked beans and homemade stock in the freezer allows me to throw together a quick chili or soup on the fly. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

DIY Honey Lavender Lip Scrub

DIY Honey Lavender Lip Scrub Ingredients

I need to come clean about something. I have a rotten habit of picking at my lips. Whenever I feel the slightest bit of dead skin (sorry if that's gross) on them, I start rubbing away. It's been a mindless habit of mine for, oh gosh, the last 15 years at least. 

When I'm watching a stressful show or focused on a large writing project, for example, I'll inevitably end up doing it. It's my version of knuckle popping (except I do that, too!) If my boyfriend's around, he'll throw out a clever quip to pull me out of my stupor and stop. 

Thankfully, I've learned how to prevent it without having to rely on sheer willpower! All it takes is a simple lip exfoliation once a week, or twice if they're really bad. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Summer Harvest White Chicken Chili

Summer Harvest White Chicken Chili Recipe

I've been rather productive in the kitchen lately. Making batch after batch of chicken stock, beef stock, and soaked beans

I was inspired to clean out my freezer after reading Real Food Planning Challenge and found bags of leftover roasted bones and veggies scraps from last year that needed using up. 

My boyfriend was right there with me, pulling out random packages pushed to the furthest corners of the freezer, and questioning their contents. I have a bad habit of throwing tidbits into plastic bags to save for later and never using them again! Whoops.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

20 Practical Uses For Peppermint Essential Oil

20 Practical Uses For Peppermint Essential Oil

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 bad 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. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Roasted Tomatoes with Fresh Herbs & Garlic

Roasted Tomatoes with Fresh Herbs & Garlic

Come late August and early September when you've had your fill of recipes with fresh tomatoes, you're probably wondering, what's the best way to preserve them? 

Roasting. Hands down. Roasted tomatoes are the best.

This extra step concentrates the tomato's sweetness and captures the signature summer flavor, so you can savor it six months from now when it's frigid outside and you need a warm meal to fill your belly.

Or, you can eat it straight away. Toss it directly from the oven into warm pasta, chunks of marinated mozzarella, or scrambled eggs.

The beauty of this recipe is it can be made in small batches if you're not the plan-ahead-to-freeze-stuff-for-winter type.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Two Year Blogiversary + Cast-Iron Combo Cooker Giveaway

My Two Year Blogiversary + Cast-Iron Combo Cooker Giveaway

Life as a blogger can be a little hectic. You're constantly trying to juggle your personal life with blogging duties that never seem to end. There are posts to write, recipes to test, pictures to take, hundreds of photos to filter through and edit, copious social media accounts to maintain (which is a huge time warp), html to tweak, newsletters to send, networking to do, and the list goes on. 

I don't even have kids (i.e. way less responsibility) and sometimes I want to pull my hair out maintaining my blog. To all the SAHM & full-time working mom bloggers out there: you are amazing. 

Some of you only have an hour or two a day of free-time to dedicate to your blog. Usually super early in the morning, late at night, or during nap time. Yet you still manage to run your blogs like it ain't no thang. If you didn't know it already, you're an inspiration!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Three Simple & Natural Remedies For Migraine Relief

Three Techniques For Relieving Migraines

Today I'm featuring a guest post (my first ever!) written by my younger sister, Alecia. She's a very thoughtful and crafty person, and I've been bugging her for the past year to write for me. She finally put pen to paper about a topic she knows far too well--headaches and migraines. I hope that her tips will help many of you and your loved ones find relief from migraines. If you have any suggestions, questions, or would merely like to join the conversation, leave a comment below. 

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For the past two years I've suffered from tension migraines that stemmed from stress. 

My symptoms were agonizing. I experienced blurred vision and vomiting, in addition to sensitivity to light, smell, and noise. Whenever I got a migraine, I had to be in a very controlled environment to feel like I could function normally. 

Most people who experience migraines don’t have that luxury. So, I resorted to taking ibuprofen and Excedrin migraine because it was a quick fix. I won’t go into details here, but those over the counter pain medicines did a number on my stomach. They are not a healthy long term solution. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

How to Make Peppermint Extract

homemade peppermint extract

Before I left for my trip abroad in early July, the few houseplants I owned were flourishing. Well, at least for me. My little balcony faces Northeast, so is not in an ideal location for gardening.

Last summer I had one cherry tomato plant that only bore 2-3 tomatoes, so I thought it was a dud. But I didn't give up on it. Come wintertime, I brought it inside and managed to keep it alive until late spring by giving it a bit of water and what little light filtered through our blinds. 

It not only survived, but gave me quite a bit of fruit this summer. Until the birds and squirrels ate them all! At least something enjoyed them...