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American Honey ♫

I was SO head-over-heels excited to find a shelf of all-natural honey flavors on the shelf above the delicious salad dressings!

Not to mention, the song “American Honey” played on our Road Trip Playlist on the way home from our BFF Road Trip. Gosh I love country music so much ❤

All-natural honey is SO much better for you because there’s nothing added to it like the honey you’ll find at the grocery stores. No added sugars, no artificial preservatives, and no added coloring. In other words, all the flavors you taste, and the colors you see in the bottle come from the actual fruit.

All-natural Honey> Store bought honey.

If you’re ever visiting a small town (as I am today with my best friend Allie and my puppy Locket) be sure to stock up on all natural foods. Small towns commonly make their own foods, and they’re much better for your body.

A good rule to remember:

Read the ingredients- if there are more then 5 ingredients, don’t buy it.

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After my many minutes of sifting through all the flavors of natural honeys, jams and dressings from my last post; Allie, Locket and I malingered into the hidden bottom half of the store. It felt like we stumbled into Wonderland! White warm lights, tea cups, vintage mirrors and red plant-bicycles galore!

If that was a real red bike, I totally would have bought it and rode around the little town of julian with Locket in my basket all day.

If you’re ever in Cali, I definitely recommend a little adventure with your best friend into the hills of Julian California 🙂

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Learning how to sauté: caramelized honey-mushrooms

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As I take more and more steps towards learning to cook, I’m discovering new ways to prepare food! Last month, my wonderful Boyfriend Bryan introduced me to the world of mushrooms and I fell in love.

Sautéing and caramelizing the Portabella mushrooms is by far my favorite way to eat them.

These caramelized baby “Bellas” are perfect to add to any sandwich, pizza or pasta dish!

How to:

  1. Slice up your mushrooms into relatively even slices. Make sure not to slice them too thick (because they take much longer to sauté.)
  2. Add a teaspoon of olive oil (or any oil of choice, I like olive oil because it’s healthier and more flavorful in the mushrooms.) TIP** Start out with less oil then you think you need. A little oil goes a long way, you can always add more. You’ll look pretty silly soaking up extra oil with a napkin, trying to prevent your mushrooms from getting too soggy. (I did that on my first attempt, and I’ll make a post soon about the do’s and don’ts of sautéing veggies.)
  3. Add the mushrooms to the warm oil, and flip in about 3-5 mins (when they look golden brown.)
  4. Drizzle some organic honey over your mushrooms on the last few minutes and let them get sweet and caramelized.
  5. Set them on a paper towel! I like to get as much oil out of those babies as I can before I eat them.

Put them on a pizza, add them to a summer salad, or even add them to a Fettuccini pasta or your favorite panini sandwich. You can get creative with this too, and add some of your favorite spices to the mushrooms before you take them off the heat. I add a bit of pepper.

YUM!

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Honey Roasted Brussel Sprouts!

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These delicious little green cuties are the perfect mid-day snack!

My Honey Roasted Brussels Sprouts only take about 10-15 minutes to throw together. The taste is a mouthwatering combination of sweet and savory flavors, with a healthy spin.

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Ingredients

  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Pepper
  • (Any desired spices, I used a bit of cayenne pepper as well)
  • Honey
  • Olive Oil

What to do:

  1. Boil the Brussels sprouts for 5-8 minutes (until tender)
  2. Cut each Brussels sprout in half, and toss the halves into a hot pan with a bit of olive oil and pepper
  3. Let them sit until they become a beautiful hint of brown (usually 1-2 minutes)
  4. Drizzle a bit of honey over the Brussels sprouts in the pan
  5. Remove from heat, and drizzle with a bit more honey on the plate followed by a slight pinch of cayenne pepper
  6. Enjoy!

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All natural honey-mint tea

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One of my best friends gave me this deliciously simple tea recipe the last time I drove up to see her in San Bernadino.

I’m NOT a big fan of tea, however I had a tickle in my throat that weekend- so she gave me this tea. She made it with leave from her freshly grown mint plant. I surprisingly enjoyed this delicate combination and had to blog about my first positive tea experience.

Tea-sperience (I’m officially making this a word.)

Unfortunately, I failed miserably at growing my own mint plant at home (my thumbs are obviously not green… they’re hot pink.) Thank our beautiful Lord that Trader Joes is just a few minutes away, and carries pre-packaged mint leaves.

Ingredients:
4-6 Mint leaves
1 cup of water
1-2 tsp of honey
1 cute cup
A warm blanket and your favorite movie!

Recipe:
Heat water, combine ingredients, wait 2 minutes for flavors to dissolve, then drink and relax!

Honey tip:
This honey-mint tea tastes the absolute best with real honey. However, I am currently out of all natural/organic honey; which I purchased from the farmers market last month (yay support your local farmers.) Until  next week’s farmers market, this artificial bear stuff will have to suffice. I recommend going out of your way to your local farmers market and getting your own real honey as well.

Try it out!
Easy, healthy and will warm your heart/mind/soul.