Spring Cleaning with Dr. Bronner’s

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Castile soap is an inspiring product that’s not only easy to use, but easy on the planet. When diluted properly, it’s safe to be used on your skin and around children and pets. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soaps are biodegradable and versatile, while being wildly effective. These three, easy-to-put-together cleaner concoctions will become your new go-tos.      Natural Cleaners with Dr. Bronner's

All-purpose Natural Cleaning Spray

To use, dampen a microfiber cloth with the solution and wipe. Rinse the cloth as needed. This is great for all surfaces—granite, ceramic, tile and even carpets!

Materials:

  • 1 qt. Water (distilled, if possible)
  • 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap (Tea Tree is preferred, but any will work great) OR 1 Tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
  • 20 drops Tea tree essential oils
  • 1 qt. Spray bottle

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in spray bottle. Gently shake before using.

Natural Glass Cleaner

If the glass surface you’re attempting to clean is especially dirty, treat the glass with the all-purpose solution above. This natural remedy is perfect for wiping down windows, mirrors and chrome.

Materials:

  • 50/50 Mixture of water and white vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Optional: drops of your favorite essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in spray bottle. Gently shake before spraying.
  2. Wipe glass with a damp microfiber cloth until dry.

Natural Makeup Brush Cleaner

This cleaner is exceptionally simple to put together—you’ll have your brushes cleaned in a flash.

Materials:

  • Small bowl of room-temperature, distilled water
  • Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap (any scent will do, can also substitute with Sal Suds)

Instructions:

  1. Wet the brushes with the water.
  2. Add 1–2 drops of castile soap directly onto the brush’s bristles. Gently massage the bristles for 10 seconds.
  3. Rinse under water.
  4. Repeat as needed until water runs clear.
Note: Avoid soaking the brushes, which could damage the handles and bristles.

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Mother’s Day Gift Baskets

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Shower mom with love this Mother’s Day! From a picnic basket perfect for one-on-one time, to a basket she’ll grab for a relaxing night, our blogger friends crafted four baskets perfect for showing just how special the moms in our lives are.

Spring Picnic Basket

Picnics are a wonderful way to connect and enjoy each other’s favorite delights together. Create a personalized picnic gift basket for Mother’s Day by collecting assorted snacks. I always love to pack deliciously smooth cheese, fresh bread, jam, and sparkling drinks. You can even add in summer sausage! It’s like the having a beautiful charcuterie board all wrapped up in one special gift. Basket provided by our blogger friend, Tabitha, at Fresh Mommy Blog.

SUPPLIES:

  • Alba  sun screens
  • EO hand sanitizers
  • Lip balm
  • Sprouts Vitamin Fizzy C’s
  • Burt’s Bees Rescue Ointment
  • Snacks of choice: fresh bread, fig jam, cheese, assorted nuts and fruit, etc.
  • Sprouts Sparkling Lemonade
  • Eco utensils
  • Blanket or cloth napkins
  • Basket of your choice

INSTRUCTIONS:

In basket of choice, begin by layering a blanket or cloth napkins. Add gifting “ingredients” until basket looks filled and presentable. Try to layer by starting with the taller items in the back of the basket and work your way forward by adding in the smaller items.

DIY Spring Picnic Basket
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Overhead Kick Back and Relax Basket on Wood Table

Kick Back and Relax Basket

All moms deserve to take some time for themselves. This Kick Back and Relax Basket is a must-have gift for those moms who enjoy the cleansing aura of alone time. She’ll have just what she needs for a hot soak in the bath and a soothing cup of tea. Basket idea provided by our blogger friend, Jenn, from Hello Rigby.

SUPPLIES:

  • Soothing Touch Bath Salts
  • Pukka Three Ginger Tea
  • Sprouts Nourishing Fizzy Bath Bomb in Orange Blossom
  • Sprouts Facial Towelettes
  • Sprouts Uplifting Body Lotion
  • Andalou Instant Luminous Face Mask
  • Sprouts Chocolate-flavored Coconut Rolls
  • Sprouts Lip Balm in Coconut Mango
  • Endangered Species Chocolate Tiger Dark Chocolate With Espresso Beans Bar
  • Tissue paper
  • Basket of your choice

INSTRUCTIONS:

Layer the bottom of a basket with tissue paper Add all ingredients into the basket.

DIY Kick Back and Relax Basket

Self Care Basket

Our moms are busy! This gift basket features natural and organic products to help the mom in your life relax and enjoy some self care—no appointment needed! The basket features a full range of bath and spa products, guilt-free wine, snacks, and quality essential oils for beauty sleep. She’d never splurge on herself, so spoil her this Mother’s Day with the gift of relaxation. Basket idea provided by our blogger friend, Audrey, at The Audrey Reel.

SUPPLIES:

  • Sprouts Essentials Epsom Salt 
  • Andalou Naturals Argan Stem Cell Shampoo 
  • Andalou Naturals Argan Stem Cell Conditioner 
  • Andalou Naturals Instant Pure Pore Hydro Serum Facial Mask 
  • Schmidt’s Fragrance-Free Natural Deodorant 
  • Giovanni Natural Mouse Hair Styling Foam
  • Neocell Marine Collagen for Youth & Hydration  
  • Essential Oils Sulfate-Free Hand Soap in French Lavender
  • Cupcake Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • Risata Moscato D’Asti 
  • Sprouts Bulk roasted unsalted cashews
  • Skinny Pop Butter Popcorn
  • Aura Cacia Peppermint Roll-on 
  • Aura Cacia Pillow Potion 
  • Shredded filler or crinkle-cut paper
  • Basket

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a basket, lay down shredded filler or crinkle-cut paper. Place bigger items near the back of the basket, with smaller items towards the front.

DIY Self Care Basket
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Latte Lover's Basket

Latte Lover Basket

This Mother’s Day basket is perfect for the coffee-loving mama! It’s filled with everything she’ll need to craft the ultimate cup of joe! Begin with a K-cup brew, she can flavor with her favorite spices. There are even options for her to grab a cold brew if she’s on the go. There are plenty of sweet treats as well. Basket idea by our blogger friend, Jamie, at The Girly Pearly.

SUPPLIES:

  • (3) Vital Proteins Single Serve Collagen Creamer Packets 
  • (2) Bulletproof Cold Brew, one in vanilla and one in mocha
  • Tillamook Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee Ice Cream 
  • Sprouts Ground Cinnamon 
  • Grady’s Cold Brew 
  • Sprouts Coconut Water with Coffee  
  • Bolthouse Farms Mocha Cappuccino 
  • Sprouts Coconut Rolls 
  • Cold Brew High Brew Coffee 
  • Sprouts Organic Dark Chocolate and Caramel with Sea Salt Bar 
  • Sprouts Organic Sprouts Blend K-cups 
  • Plastic basket of your choice

INSTRUCTIONS:

Keep the cold brew, ice cream and mocha cappuccino drink refrigerated until the basket is ready to be gifted. Place all items into the basket.

DIY Latte Lover Basket

DIY Natural Cleaners with Castile Soap

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With just a few simple ingredients, you can get a naturally and effectively clean home! Mixed in three different formulations, castile soap gives a gentle cleanse and added ingredients offer an anti-bacterial boost that will have all areas sparkling. Homemade Soft Scrub for Bath and Tile

Soft Scrub for Bath & Tile

This scrub can also be used to clean the toilet and works great in a small squeeze bottle.

Homemade Soft Scrub for Bath and Tile

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Baking soda (slightly heaped)
  • 1/3 cup Castile soap
  • 1 Tbsp. Water

 

Instructions: 

  1. In a bowl, combine ingredients and stir with a fork to make a nice soft, paste-like, consistency.
  2. Scoop out the scrub with a sponge and start cleaning.

Dusting Spray

This fresh-smelling spray is used to clean wood and other surfaces that need dusting. Dusting Spray

Dusting Spray1Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Distilled water
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Castile soap
  • 8 drops Lemon essential oil
  • Glass spray bottle
 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle and shake.
     

All-purpose Cleaner

Use daily to clean your household surfaces, like kids toys, counters, door handles and more! All-Purpose Cleaner

Pouring Castile Soap into BottleIngredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Distilled water
  • 2 Tbsp. Castile soap
  • 20 drops Lemon essential oil
  • Glass spray bottle
 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the bottle and shake.
     
Fresh Mommy Blog - Tabitha

About Tabitha Blue

Life Coach and blogger, Tabitha Blue, has been named Tampa Bay’s most influential mommy blogger. She is the writer behind FreshMommyBlog.com and also hosts her own online home makeover show, House to Home. She has made appearances on daytime TV and has been featured multiple times in print and national magazines, like InStyle, Health, Real Simple, Southern Living, People, O, The Oprah Magazine and more.

Tabitha looks for the beauty found in the everyday, like in a great lipstick or the laughter of her kids. Her blog, FreshMommyBlog.com, is where motherhood, food, travel, design and stylish little things collide.

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Facebook Live: Celebrate Citrus

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Citrus Centerpiece

Use fresh citrus in an unexpected way to create a free-flowing wreath centerpiece. For added interest, incorporate homemade citrus candle holders. Citrus-Centerpiece

Materials:

  • 2 bunches Mixed greens foliage
  • Bakers twine
  • Wide variety of citrus (blood oranges, pink grapefruits, Cara Cara organes, Minneola tangelos, Meyer lemons)
  • 2 votive candles
  • 1 bunch of Sunflowers

Instructions:

  1. Divide the mixed greens foliage in half. Overlap the stems and secure with bakers twine. Lay on the surface where it will be displayed.
  2. Arrange citrus to overlap the stems. Halve and quarter a few citrus to fill in gaps.
  3. Create citrus candle holders by using a knife to cut the top off and hollow out citrus comparable to the size of votives, such as minneola tangelos. Cut a small sliver off the bottom of the citrus to create a sturdy base. Insert the votives. Add the citrus candles to the display.
  4. Trim sunflower stems and arrange throughout the centerpiece.
  5. Use any extra sprigs from the mixed greens foliage to add texture throughout the section of citrus.

Panna Cotta with Citrus Honey Preserve

Sweet, creamy- and citrusy! Check out Joanna’s perfect, easy-to-make dessert. Prepare up to 3 days in advance to serve a crowd. Citrus-Panna-Cotta

Ingredients:

Panna Cotta:

  • 1 qt. Heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup White sugar
  • 1/2 Vanilla bean, split with seeds scraped
  • 2 1/4 tsp. Unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 3 Tbsp.Water

Citrus Honey Preserve:

  • 1 large Meyer lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup Clover honey
  • 1 sprig Rosemary

Toppings:

  • 1 large Meyer lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 Blood orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. White sugar
  • 1/4 cup Glazed or candied pecans, roughly chopped
  • Rosemary and orange mint sprigs, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. To make the panna cotta: Combine the cream, sugar, vanilla bean and seeds in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Uncover, remove the vanilla bean and bring back to a simmer. In a bowl, mix together the gelatin with water. Remove the cream mixture from the heat and stir in the gelatin until dissolved. Divide evenly between 8 ramekins. Cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, a minimum of 3 hours.
  2. To make the preserve: Fill an airtight jar with the Meyer lemon slices, honey and rosemary. Seal with lid. Shake to ensure there are no air pockets under the fruit. Store in the refrigerator overnight. Shake occasionally to mix the juices with the honey.
  3. To make the topping: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the citrus to dry.
  4. Assemble: Top each panna cotta with 1-2 tablespoons citrus honey preserve. Add a slice of each dried citrus slice. Divide the chopped pecans evenly amongst the panna cottas, and finish with rosemary and orange mint sprigs.

Zesty Ceviche

Speedy ceviche made with cooked shrimp. It is slightly sweet and tangy thanks to the Cara Cara oranges and pummelo grapefruit.

CevicheIngredients:

  • 1 lb. Medium cooked shrimp, tails removed
  • 1/2 cucumber diced
  • 1 Large jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Vine ripe tomato, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. Chopped red onion
  • 1 Avocado, seeded and diced
  • 1 Cara Cara orange, peeled and diced
  • 1 Pink grapefruit, peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1 Cara Cara orange
  • 3 Tbsp. Cilantro

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat. Serve with chips.
  Joanna Meyer

Meet the blogger: Joanna Meyers from Baked by Joanna

Food Stylist & Culinary Creative

Joanna is a commercial food stylist based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her work and recipes have been seen around the world. When she is not styling for her favorite brands, she enjoys publishing recipes and sharing her love of everything food on her self-titled blog many remember as Baked by Joanna. Her other interests include spending time with her family and staying healthy and fit.

DIY Holiday Gift Guides

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Need a thoughtful and creative holiday gift? Look no further than these DIY gift baskets that your friends and family will love! It can be hard to pick out the perfect gift during the holiday rush. A gift basket made by you is a thoughtful, practical and personalized gift that any friend or family member will cherish. Follow this gift guide for easy, DIY bundle ideas created by our friends at A Baker’s House, Fit Foodie Le, Jason Sani, One Lovely Life, and Zen & Spice!

Cozy Winter Cocoa Bundle by A Baker’s House

Give the gift of chocolate! They’ll spend cold winter nights sipping on sweet hot cocoa and enjoying their favorite chocolate treats.

Supplies:

  • Sprouts Dark Chocolate Marshmallows
  • Sprouts Rich Chocolate Truffles
  • Sprouts Candy Cane Marshmallows
  • Sprouts Organic Hazelnut Spread
  • Sprouts Chocolate Wafers
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Sprouts Soy Holiday Candle (in-store only)
  • Dandee Mini Marshmallows
  • Sprouts Iced Gingerbread Cookies
  • Sprouts Chocolate Wafers
  • Sprouts Classic Holiday Sugar Cookies
  • Sprouts Organic Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate covered pretzels from the Bulk Department
  • Chocolate maltballs from the Bulk Department
  • Plaid blanket wrap
  • Mugs
  • Basket
DIY Cozy Cocoa Gift Bundle Collection

Fitness Fanatic Bundle by Fit Foodie Le

Keep your fitness-loving friends on track with a bundle full of wholesome snacks and healthy treats.

Supplies:

  • Sprouts Himalayan Sea Salt Popcorn
  • Seven Sundays Gluten-free Muesli
  • Protein Shaker Bottle (in-store only)
  • Manitoba Harvest Shelled Hemp Hearts
  • Quest Nutrition Protein Chips
  • Country Life Vegan D3 Spray
  • Country Life B-Complex Powder
  • Sprouts Bath Bombs
  • Sprouts Coconut Water
  • Variety of apples
  • Justin’s Classic Almond Butter
  • Super Antioxidant Trail Mix, from the Bulk Department, stored in a resealable jar
  • Sprouts Fizzy Vitamin C Drink Mix
  • Veggie Go’s Sweet Potato Apple Fruit Strips
  • Variety of Larabars
  • Basket
DIY Fitness Lover Gift Bundle Collection

Handsome Holiday Bundle by Jason Sani

Sometimes, it’s hard to shop for that special man in your life. This present falls just under $100 and is filled with necessities he’ll be using all year.

Ingredients:

  • Kal Stevia
  • Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener
  • EO Deodorant Spray
  • Nutrasumma Growth Hormone Balance
  • Emerald Men’s Multivitamin
  • Gaiam Strength and Flexibility Bands (in-store only)
  • Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee
  • Four Sigmatic Reishi Mushroom Elixir
  • RX Bars
  • Bulletproof Collagen Protein Bars
  • No Cow Chunky Peanut Butter bar
  • Sprouts Vegan Protein Powder
  • Candle of your choice (in-store only)
  • Basket
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Holiday Host Bundle by One Lovely Life

What do you give someone who always seems to give you their all? Emily from One Lovely Life makes sure she gifts something that makes holiday hosting and entertaining even easier!

Supplies:

  • Assortment of chocolate bars
  • Assortment of holiday teas
  • Vineyard Naturals Wassail Candle (in-store only)
  • Sillycow Farms Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap
  • Pistachios, from the Bulk Department, place in a bag
  • Ribbon, to tie around bags and bottles
  • Basket
DIY Holiday Host Gift Bundle Collection

New Mom Pampering Kit by Root + Revel

From balm for baby to bubble bath for both, this gift has everything a new mom will need to care for her new bundle of joy—and herself!

Supplies:

  • Traditional Medicinals Pre & Post Natal herbal products
  • Mineral Fusion make-up
  • Boiron Camilia
  • Boiron Cocyntal
  • Thayers Witch Hazel Toner
  • Alba Bonatinca Hawaiian Detox Wipes
  • Sprouts Epsom Salts
  • Variety of bath bombs
  • Everyone Bubble Bath
  • Candles (in-store only)
  • Variety of face masks
  • Variety of essential oils
  • Wire basket
DIY New Mom Gift Bundle Collection

Pet Lover Bundle by Zen & Spice

Fido deserves some holiday cheer too! Gift pups treats they’ll be begging for.

Supplies:

  • Sprouts Jerky Sticks
  • Sprouts Grain-Free Fries
  • Sprouts Grain-Free Mini Bites
  • Doggy Delirious Natural Dog Treats
  • I and Love and You Raw Dog Food
  • I and Love and You Bully Stix
  • Variety of dog bones and sticks
  • Basket
  • Stocking
DIY Dog Lover Gift Bundle Collection

Spooky Halloween Pizzas

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Whether you’re creating a spooky slice before trick-or-treating or a fun and festive Halloween spread, make these decorative pizzas your go-to:   Pizza with ghost shapes

Ghostly Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Plain, or limited-topping frozen pizza (we recommend Caulipower pizza for extra veggies!)
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese
  • Black olives
  • Pizza sauce (optional)
 

Directions:

  1. Bake pizza according to package directions.
  2. Remove pizza from oven.
  3. Spread extra pizza sauce on frozen pizza (optional, to create a spooky, red tone).
  4. Using a ghost-shaped cookie cutter, cut out shapes from cheese.
  5. Slice half of the olives in halves and the rest into small strips, use any leftover to make small dots for ghost eyes and mouth.
  6. Place ghost shapes with olive dots on the pizza.
  7. Place olive halves and strips to give it a spider look.
  8. VPut pizza back in oven for 5 minutes.
 

Vegan Spider Web PizzaPizza with a spider web shape on it

Ingredients:

  • Daiya Cheeze Lover’s Pizza
  • Black olives
  • Miyoko’s Vegan Mozz Ball, cut into small, rectangular strips
  • Pizza sauce (optional)

Directions:

  1. Bake pizza according to package directions.
  2. Remove pizza from oven.
  3. Spread extra pizza sauce on pizza (optional, to create a spooky, red tone).
  4. Slice half of the olives into halves and the rest into small strips.
  5. Place strips of cheese in a spider web design.
  6. Put pizza back in oven for 5 minutes.

Thanksgiving Turkey Snack Sacks

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It’s no secret Southerners love good food and giving thanks. Mix it all together for a healthy and fun holiday food craft.
Thanksgiving snack trail mix

For the Snack Mix

Gobble up a seasonal snack mix from Sprouts bulk bins. Toss together:
  • 1 scoop Dark chocolate-covered pretzels
  • 2 scoops Apple cinnamon granola
  • 3 scoops Cranberry trail mix.
Portion in brown sacks from the paper goods aisle and adorn with handcrafted turkeys.
Snack sack with a cutout paper turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey

Cut heart shapes from craft paper in your school colors. Overlap the hearts a smidgen and secure with tape on the back. Cut 1 1/2-inch rounds from brown paper using a craft punch. Doodle a sweet little turkey mug using a marker. Finish with a holiday saying and attach to the sacks for heart-warming smiles.

Rebecca of Buttermilk Lipstick

About Buttermilk Lipstick

Quite Simply the “Bee’s Knees” of Everyday Living

Rebecca Gordon is a Southern lifestyle expert specializing in food and entertaining. She designed, directed and launched the lifestyle brand, Buttermilk Lipstick which celebrates everyday living from home-cooked recipes, style round-ups and crafts that tie back to her food background and her passion for Southern football and tailgating. Prior to launching Buttermilk Lipstick, Gordon served as Test Kitchen Director for Southern Living magazine and traveled the South as an on-stage presenter with the Southern Living Cooking School, as a Foods and Entertaining Specialist. Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina, specializing in Baking and Pastry Arts. She received her undergraduate degree in Restaurant Management from the University of Alabama and gained extensive experience as a pastry chef for many restaurants throughout the South including Frank Stitt’s Highlands Bar and Grill and Bottega restaurants. When she’s not cooking and entertaining friends, you’ll find her gardening or rearranging furniture around her work-in-progress bungalow and, in the fall, cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Warm Up with Traditional Medicinals

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Facebook Live: Traditional Medicinals

Check out our recent Facebook Live! Amber, an herbalist from Traditional Medicinals, showed us two cozy fall recipes and shared her top tip on how to brew the perfect cup of tea! Plus, we gave away prize bundles to three lucky viewers! Full recipes: http://bit.ly/2pQ8blU

Posted by Sprouts Farmers Market on Friday, October 12, 2018

The best part about chilly weather is getting warmed up to seasonal drinks. We’ve teamed up with Traditional Medicinals to bring you cozy fall beverages, without all the added sugar. Snuggle up with a hot cup of rhizome-rich Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk or soothing Peppermint Hot Cocoa tonight!

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Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk

Go beyond the typical pumpkin spice drinks

with our creamy, dairy-free twist on this Ayurvedic alternative.

Servings: 1 cup Time: 15 minutes  

   

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Boil water and steep a cup of Tumeric with Meadowsweet and Ginger tea. It’s best to keep the cup covered with a saucer to extract every bit of plant power.
  2. Pour the hot tea into the blender, along with 1/4 cup hot almond milk and the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Blend until the froth begins to form. Pour into the tea cup.
  4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a dash of pumpkin spice. Enjoy!
 

Peppermint Hot CocoaPeppermint Hot Cocoa

Delightfully rich hot cocoa, with a dash of peppermint cheer,

crafted perfectly for a post-dinner drink.

Servings: 2 large cups

Time: 15 minutes

   

Ingredients:

  • 2 bags Traditional Medicinals Peppermint tea
  • 16 oz. Boiling hot water
  • 4 oz. Very dark chocolate (anything over 70%), broken up into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp. Raw honey
  • Whipped cream, for topping

Directions:

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the tea bags. Cover and steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bags, squeeze out any excess liquid, and compost the tea bags.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the peppermint tea, 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 Tbsp. raw honey.
  4. Stir until the chocolate is dissolved and everything is combined. Do not bring to a boil.

Pour into two mugs, top with whipped cream and enjoy!

No-Carve Pumpkins

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Sometimes pumpkin carving can be a messy, not to mention risky, activity. Rather than skipping out on the Halloween fun, why not try adorning your pumpkin with seeds or adding a splash of color to your festive group of gourds? We’ve rounded up some spook-tacular ways to decorate your pumpkins this season – no knife required!

Marbled PumpkinsMarbled Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Small pumpkin, any color
  • *Bowl of room temperature water
  • Variety of nail polish
  • Toothpicks
   

Directions:

  1. After choosing your colors, pour the nail polish into bowl as close to the water as possible to avoid the polish sinking down to the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Swirl the nail polish colors together slightly using a toothpick.
  3. Stick the pumpkin on a fork and dip the top of it into the bowl.
  4. Slowly remove and set on paper to dry (about 20 minutes).
 

Pushpin PumpkinPushpin Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Pushpins/thumb tacks
  • Pumpkin of any size
     

Directions:

  1. Using a pencil, lightly draw your design onto your pumpkin.
  2. Push in pins along the lines of the design.
  3. Optional: adorn with a bow.
 

Embellished PumpkinEmbellished Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Assortment of seeds, jewels, or other decorative items
  • Craft glue or hot glue gun
  • Pumpkin, any size
     

Directions:

  1. Using your decorative items, plan out your design on a flat surface.
  2. Begin gluing your design onto your pumpkin and let dry.

Weekly Meal Prep Made Easy

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Meal Prep Made Easy There are a lot of benefits to meal prepping in order to create multiple meals or snacks for the upcoming week. It can reduce stress, save time and money, and help you and your loved ones eat healthier. Think of having lunches already prepped so you don’t have to spend time making them every morning, or stress about what you’re going to make. Not buying a lunch every day is easier on your wallet as well! And, it’s so nice to come home knowing what’s for dinner because it’s prepped and ready to cook in a jiffy.

Where to Start

Start small so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Picking something easier like snacks or breakfasts as a place to start your meal prep practice means you’re more apt to continue the new routine. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be ready to take your meal prep to the next level adding lunches and dinners. Two super-easy make-ahead breakfasts you can try are overnight oats or chia pudding—both are packed with protein and nutrients.

Prepping Your Meals

The beauty of prepping is all the time you will save. In most cases, you can make multiple meals in about the same amount of time it takes to make just one. And, while you’re planning meals, think of those that can be frozen and reheated later. Making more than usual will leave you with dinners you can freeze for another busy week. Cooking a big batch of rice, portioning into freezer bags and freezing it is a great way to shave cooking time off weeknight meals for a fast stir-fry, fried rice or simple side dish. You’ll thank yourself later for thinking ahead now! 

Planned Overs

This practice is another way to ease your way into meal prep. When you’re making the evening meal, simply make extra. You can pack up the leftovers in reusable containers ready to take to work or pack for the kids. Tah-dah! Your lunch prep was made painless by including it in last night’s dinner. Try making extra taco toppings for dinner and turn them into taco salads for the next day’s lunch. A few corn chips in a resealable baggie can be crumbled on top just before eating to create a satisfying crunch.

Put a Lid on It

If you don’t already have a big stash of various-sized reusable containers, you’ll want to stock up. Having both glass and plastic containers, as well as resealable bags means you’ll have just the right-sized container for everything from full dinners to individual-sized meals—that too will save you time!

Remember …

There is no right way to meal prep. Whether you opt to prepare and freeze multiple slow-cooker meals in resealable bags to use later in the month, make lunches for several days at a time or anything in between, any meal prep you do before your week begins will save you time and stress later. Have fun with it! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner.