"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Spicy Warm Winter: 8 spices for cold nights

 Winter…cold, windy, blustery days and freezing temperatures at night. These call for some great Winter spices, right?

I love this time of year! Outside it's chilly and dark early, but inside there's warmth and light. Often you find something nice and hot to warm up your hands and belly!  Don't you find yourself looking for a drink to do just that, as well as sooth a sore throat, or help get your voice back so you can go caroling?  I know I do!

Here are some of the best of holiday and Christmas time recipes, drinks, and links we could round-up to cover these 8 warm spices! (Plus some with nuts, maple, vanilla and hot chocolate!)

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 • Cinnamon Sticks
 • Cloves
Orange Peel 
• Lemon Peel
 • Bay LeafCardamom PodsCinnamon Bark Powder

Hot Drink Recipes from Nourishing Simplicity:

Teas from BHS:

Warm or Spicy Breakfast Time Recipes:

Articles & odds-and-ends;

  From Bulk Herb Store:

 & more:


What do you think? 

Have you tried the Christmas Tea from BHS yet?  Have you gotten their your Holiday Spice Collection? What about the Holiday Tea Collection? I know, that's a lot of collections and spices, but they are so so yummy!

What's spices are you using this Christmas and through the Winter Time? 

 Shared on: The Art of Home-Making Monday, Monday's Musings, Wildcrafting Wednesday Christmas Edition


Travel Tip #3 Don't be stuffy about flying!

Do you like to fly? I usually do. Just the thought has been thrilling and exciting ever since I was a little 5 year old thing. I've loved the adventure, the idea.  Someone asked me once if it ever "got old," which left me puzzled. How could something that was the embodiment of adventure, travel, exciting times, be old and boring? I didn't understand how anyone could waste that precious time in the air by sleeping either; didn't they want to stare down at the passing scenery and see the changes in landscape, as we spanned half the continent? Weren't they sad to miss trailing along with the windy, weaving paths of the "little" rivers, or see how the criss-cross of roads and highways looked like little dirt trails drawn by small children in play?  How about the fascinating fact that half the country is filled with fields and crops?  It's so colorful and pretty neat to see mile after mile of food growing down there.

Well, after many flights, travels and adventures, I succumbed. I did, sad to say. I finally slept though a flight, one that wasn't even a "red-eye."  Sad, I know. Well, I did get more used to flying. And sometimes the return trip hasn't held the same gleam of excitement. But this last trip, well, it was sure fun! (Coming home for Christmas with family! Is that something to be excited about, or what?) Except... there was one point that stands out as quite painful. Oh yes, I'd never had such a stuffy head when flying before. This head cold is just that; a head full of, eh hem,


6 ways to avoid sicknes

When trying to avoid sickness, somethings are very important. (I'm starting to think they're just as important as washing hands and not letting someone cough on you...) Maybe you feel like you've heard this before, that everyone says these are important...but do you really want to stay healthy? Then why not do as many of these as you can? :]