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Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cooking recipe, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cardamom Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe

Cardamom Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe

Cool weather is (finally)here…. Now that the weather has cooled off for the year (and here in the south, “cool” means less than 70 degrees), I’ve got a craving for all things cozy. Flannel shirts, blankets, fireplaces, pumpkin muffins, and….hot chocolate. Nothing beats sipping some hot chocolate on the back porch, wrapped in a blanket, and admiring my pretty cover crops and fall/winter vegetables.  Now that my garden is filled with lots of goodies, I get to just sit back and enjoy the view. Fall season brings lots of rain down here in South Carolina, so my watering is pretty minimum. Pests aren’t as bad, nor are the weeds. I’m still harvesting watermelon, kale, beans, and peppers from my spring/summer garden as well. Life is good. Hot chocolate is good. But you know what makes homemade hot chocolate even better? Spices. Now that gardening is slowing down, I can focus on getting more spices in my diet again.  This hot chocolate recipe is one of my ways to get...

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Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Colds/Flus/Fevers, Medicinal Recipe, Uncategorized | 3 comments

How to Make Elderberry Syrup

How to Make Elderberry Syrup

How to Make Elderberry Syrup When it comes to natural remedies, the better tasting it is, the more likely I will take it and make it. Fortunately, elderberry syrup is delicious AND full of nutritious and medicinal benefits for my household. Elderberry syrup is LOADED with medicinal benefits that help you strengthen your immune system and help you get over sicknesses quicker. This delicious syrup is full of antioxidants, vitamins A, B, and C (loads of it!), anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-viral benefits. There are countless recipes online, and I pored over them and combined them into my own concoction.  This syrup is a great preventative AND curative. You can simply take 1-2 tbsp. of this delicious syrup daily to keep your immune system strong, and double it if you get sick. I prefer to take my Elderberry Syrup in tea or juice, but you can also just eat it right off the spoon. Let’s take a look at the ingredients… Elderberries: very high in Vitamin A and C, these berries have...

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Cinnamon, Spices | 19 comments

The Spice Series: Cinnamon, Part Two

The Spice Series: Cinnamon, Part Two

Welcome to my Spice Series! This is Part Two of my information on Cinnamon. There was just too much information on this beloved spice for one post! For information on the types, medicinal, and culinary uses of Cinnamon, please check out Part One. Part Two will be about how to grow Cinnamon. How to Grow Cinnamon: **Not only is cinnamon good for us, it is also very easy to grow! However, unless you live in zone 9 or higher, you will need to grow cinnamon in a greenhouse or just a corner of your home as long as the temperature does not go below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.   Description:   **Cinnamon is derived from the bark of a tropical evergreen tree. The leaves are ovate-oblong in shape, dark green on top and light green underneath.  Both the leaves and bark have an aromatic, spicy scent. It has small, yellow-white flowers that supposedly have a slightly disagreeable odor, and bears small, dark purple, inedible berries.   **As long as the...

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Cinnamon, Spices | 6 comments

The Spice Series: Cinnamon, Part One

The Spice Series: Cinnamon, Part One

The Spice Series: Cinnamon   Welcome to my Spice Series! This is my information on Cinnamon. This is probably one of the most common and most popular spices in the world. If you ask around, it is difficult to find people who do not care for the taste of cinnamon. Cinnamon has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Here’s what God said to Moses in Exodus 30:23: “Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane…” Any spice that has been used for so long deserves recognition and a better understanding. This blog post focuses on everything I could learn about cinnamon: the types, the medicinal benefits, the culinary uses, and even how to grow it. I could not put all of the information into one post, so this post is about the types, the medicinal benefits, and the culinary uses. Part Two is about how to grow...

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