How to Make Your Own Beef Bone Broth

 

In one of my past blogs on eating healthy and sharing meals, I shared how it was easier to eat healthy when you take turns cooking and share the healthy meals with a friend.  The friend that I share meals with is not the only friend that I have that is aiming to eat healthier.  Although we don’t share meals each week, she has shared recipes and sent samples of new recipes.  In today’s post I am sharing the pictures and recipe for the beef bone broth that she made.  Thanks Christine for sharing!

Start by roasting organic soup bones in oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.

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While bones roast …
Into a crock pot, add three fourths hot water, large onion (or onion peels and tops of onions that you have been saving in freezer after chopping onions for other recipes), celery (or celery leaves and ends cut off and saved in freezer), cloves from one head of garlic, ground Thyme, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and sea salt.

After bones have baked for 45 minutes, add cooked bones and any liquid to the crock pot.

Cook on high for one to two hours.  Then cook on low for one to three days.  The longer the broth cooks, the more nutrients and minerals will be extracted from the bones.

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Drain liquid.  Freeze in freezer quart jars.  This recipe made 5 jars.

Save bones and marrow.  When cool put in freezer bag, save for dog treats.

Save strained onions, celery and garlic.  When cool feed to chickens.  No waste!

If you have chicken bones instead of beef bones, refer to Brandi’s post (Homemade chicken broth)

In a future post, I will share Christine’s recipe that she made using this bone broth.  It was the most delicious chili that I have ever eaten!  Oh how I could eat some more of that.  Hint…Hint…

–Penny

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How to Use Young Living Stress Away Essential Oil Blend

 Every Friday you can look forward to posts on recipes with essential oils, diffusing combinations, and information on individual oils.  I’m going to start with the oils in the Premium Starter Kit because that is the way that most people start their essential oils journey, and I want to give you the tools you need to know what to do with the oils you purchase.  Haven’t purchased your starter kit yet? I’d love to be the person who helps you learn all about essential oils and their great applications, just click here to get started.

Stress Away is a blend of copaiba, lime, cedarwood, ocotea, lavender, and vanilla.

 

*Soothing aroma that calms nerves and lifts mood
*Supports emotional balance
*The name explains it all. Feeling stressed? Diffuse Stress Away, or roll it on your wrists
*Also available in a roll-on
*Great gift for teachers and parents
*Add a few drops to a cup of Epsom salts and then add to a warm bath to relax

This is my favorite blend for the car during road trips (especially with two kids under 5 years old).  I also like to diffuse this one in the evening to bring a calm atmosphere to my home after a long day (and right before bed).  How do you like to use Stress Away?

–Brandi

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Organizing 101: Declutter, Containerize, and Create a System

We have had our home listed for a few months and are actively looking for a new home in a different community, so I have been very motivated to get my home organized.  In fact, over the past year or so, I’ve probably gone through my entire house 2 – 3 times, decluttering, organizing, etc.  And to be honest, it’s probably time to do so again.  Why? Because I really like the results of decluttering.  I end up with more room for the things I truly do love and use, which also means that I end up using them more!  Did I mention it is much easier to find things now that there is less “stuff” to look through?  Decluttering also makes the rooms of my home easier to keep clean and organized after I’ve gone through them and put a system into place.  Once things have a home, it’s easier to put them away when we are done with them.  Hence, a cleaner home.  Win-win!

So where do you begin?  First, get prepared for decluttering and organizing (find out how to here).  Once you are ready to get started, there are a few things I suggest:Read More »

What’s in the Greenhouse? You Win Some, You Lose Some

 

 

In my last post, Let’s Grow Basil,  I encouraged you to plant something and learn about gardening. I also wanted you to know that if your plant dies, you didn’t fail.  You just learned something that didn’t work.  As long as you don’t give up, you  will eventually succeed and this will build your confidence in gardening.

Today, I want to bring you back into the greenhouse.  In my post In the Greenhouse-Planting Seeds,  I chose to use 162 Cell Plug Trays for starting my seeds so that I could maximize the number of plants without taking up a lot of room in the greenhouse.  Then after the seedlings grew a set or two of true leaves, I will transplant them.  Let’s see how many seeds sprouted.Read More »

How to Use Young Living Panaway Essential Oil Blend

Every Friday you can look forward to posts on recipes with essential oils, diffusing combinations, and information on individual oils.  I’m going to start with the oils in the Premium Starter Kit because that is the way that most people start their essential oils journey, and I want to give you the tools you need to know what to do with the oils you purchase.  Haven’t purchased your starter kit yet? I’d love to be the person who helps you learn all about essential oils and their great applications, just click here to get started.

Panaway is a powerful blend of wintergreen, helichrysum, clove, and peppermint.

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Honey Lavender Lemonade

 

Since we live in the south, we have been having warmer, beautiful weather.  Hence, the Spring Fever in Penny’s last post and the continuation of it in my post today.  Who’s ready for a great recipe for lemonade?

I got this recipe from the Young Living blog.  I tried it out in preparation for an Essential Oils 101 class that I will be teaching in the next few weeks and I absolutely love it!  Even my four year old asked for seconds, so you know it’s a hit.  If you’ve read my blog posts before, you know I’m all about easy recipes, and this one does not disappoint.

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Let’s Grow: Basil!

Are you one of the many people who would love to grow a garden but haven’t started one yet. What’s stopping you?  There are usually some common reasons why.   It takes too much time…too difficult…cost too much money…don’t know where to begin…  No more excuses.   The best thing you can do is try.   Start with one plant.  You don’t even have to dig a garden.  You can begin your first plant in a planter or cup.  Let’s grow basil.  It is an herb that you can grow in a pot outside or inside on the window sill.

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How to Use Young Living Purification Essential Oil Blend

Every Friday you can look forward to posts on recipes with essential oils, diffusing combinations, and information on individual oils.  I’m going to start with the oils in the Premium Starter Kit because that is the way that most people start their essential oils journey, and I want to give you the tools you need to know what to do with the oils you purchase.  Haven’t purchased your starter kit yet? I’d love to be the person who helps you learn all about essential oils and their great applications, just click here to get started.

I love to keep Young Living’s Purification essential oil blend in stock in my home because it has so many uses!  It is a blend of Citronella, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Lavandin, and Myrtle oils.

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Organizing 101: How to Prepare for and Get Started Organizing Your Home

Hi all!  You may be thinking that this post is a little late, seeing as it is February and this type of post is typical for January with the start of the new year, but I believe that there is no better time to start organizing than now (whatever part of the year that ends up being for you).

I know that the idea of organizing a home can be overwhelming for most people, so I want to give you some Little Ways to prepare and then get started.   This is something that can be done quickly and all-at-once if you have the time (stay-at-home-mom with the kids back at school) and/or the motivation (like when you are moving to a new home), but if you are like most of us, you are super busy and have only a few minutes here or there.  If that’s you, complete one step at a time anytime you have a few extra minutes in your schedule.  If you have lots of time available, you may be able to do multiple steps all at once.

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What’s Cooking? Zucchini Pizza Bites

In my last post I wrote about how “sharing meals” with a friend has helped me eat healthier meals.  What do I do when I need a quick and easy healthy meal for lunch? Years ago, I would have gone to the freezer and pulled out a box of those bagel pizza bites.  I no longer keep those in my freezer. Instead, at the beginning of the week, I slice a couple of zucchini and store them in a container in the refrigerator.  I also always keep mozzarella cheese and pizza sauce in the fridge or freezer.  When I am hungry,  I grab the zucchini, cheese, and sauce.  For toppings I use sausage, ham, or leftover chicken or veggies.  Because I keep these prepped and available, it doesn’t take any longer than those frozen pizza bites used to take.  I feel just as satisfied and no guilt since I have made a healthier choice.

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