The Rising Spoon

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to Make Cornbread in a Cast-Iron Skillet

How to Make Cornbread in a Cast-Iron Skillet

I grew up eating what I'd consider Southern style cornbread with a touch of sweetness. My aunt always served it with specific meals like beef chili, white chicken chili, and sometimes soup. Back then she just used that iconic blue Jiffy box, which probably had the biggest influence on why it was the sweet variety. 

These days I use far less sugar in my foods, have a penchant for savory things, and rely less on pre-packaged foods. Even still, up until about a year and a half ago I  kept a box of Jiffy cornbread mix in my pantry. I only make cornbread 4-5 times a year (my boyfriend doesn't particularly like it) and seeing that box makes me nostalgic. But one day while I was sorting through my pantry checking expiration dates, I decided to flip the cornbread box over and peek at the ingredients list.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

50+ Easy Homemade Gifts Ideas For Happy Bellies & Bodies

50+ Easy Homemade Gifts Ideas For Happy Bellies & Bodies |

It's about that time of year, y'all. You know, the time when crafty go-getters are finishing up their perfectly planned holiday presents (not me!) and all the rest of us aspiring Type-B crafters are scrambling for holiday gift ideas to make for friends and loved ones. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Black Friday Weekend Super Sale–Save Up to 80% OFF

Black Friday Weekend Super Sale! |

It's that time of the year again! You know, those special few days after Thanksgiving when you can avoid the crowds of people in stores, stay in your pajamas, and eat your fourth slice of pumpkin pie all while browsing online for stellar deals.

Believe it or not, you don't have to wake up at the buttcrack of dawn and arm wrestle a random stranger to save lots of money on awesome products. YEP!

I've teamed up with a bunch of my favorite real food & healthy lifestyle bloggers to bring you tons of classes, cook books, natural beauty books, and more at up to 80% off!!!! 

But, these deals won't last long! Sales start on Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST and will last through Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST

And remember, this isn't a bundle. You can pick and choose what you like and take advantage of the individual deals! 

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.