Whole-Grain Buttermilk Waffles

The waffle recipe I turn to, time and time again are these delicious Whole-Grain Buttermilk Waffles. These waffles are already sugar-free (sweetened with ripe bananas), and can be made dairy and egg-free as well!

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whole grain buttermilk waffles

Why We Love These Waffles

It’s simple: they’re hearty, delicious, and there’s no extra dishes dirtied with seperating eggs to whip the whites. Some waffles recipes need that, this ain’t them. The combination of oat and whole-grain flour gives these a unique flavor and fullness. Being naturally sweetened with ripe bananas is a plus (without too much of a banana flavor, I don’t even taste them at all)!

Meet the Waffle Maker

Alright I’ll admit it, I love me some fancy kitchen gadgets. But, hear me out. I’ve wanted to throw every waffle maker I’ve owned out the window while I’m using it and I have never, ever felt like that with my Breville waffle maker. Come to think of it, I’ve never felt like that with any of my Breville small appliances. But we’re here to discuss the waffle maker today, and my friend…it’s glorious. It makes 4 waffles at once, has various settings, and even a cute little “a bit more” button. Yes, it seriously says exactly that and I adore it.

whole grain buttermilk waffles

If you’re like me and avoid making waffles because you can’t stand the making them part, do yourself a favor and budget for this gem. You could even do what we did and find one used for much less. You’ll be thanking yourself when you make these whole-grain buttermilk waffles. Is this waffle maker necessary? Absolutely not, if you’re thinking it’s not I’m pretty sure you have more patience than me and that’s worth celebrating.

Freezer-Friendly and Customizeable

Easily halve or double this recipe to feed fewer folks or stock up the freezer. These are very filling on their own, but we tend to eat more on the first day and then load them up with extra protein from peanut butter when we reheat them. If you decide to freeze them, pop them in a single layer on cookie sheets protected with plastic wrap and freeze. Once frozen (don’t forget about them!), place them in a freezer safe bag like Stasher Bags and they’ll be ready when you want them!

If you’re eating the leftovers the next day, you can toss them straight into a Stasher Bag instead. These reheat great, and make great leftover breakfast for busy mornings!

Turkey Bone Broth

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One of the best parts of cooking a turkey over the holidays is the turkey bone broth you can make with the bones. Yes, save those bird bones no one wants because you’re going to want this broth for your next batch of Green Soup! This hearty broth will help your gut heal after all of the sweets, too.

If you’re asking yourself if you really want to be that person on Thanksgiving that shouts, “NO! Don’t throw out the bones, I want them!” Allow me to answer that question for you with an absolutely yes, be that person.

Sourcing Your Turkey

What’s the deal with pasture-raised? Most of the meat we eat in our home has been raised and processed with the utmost care in mind. This means they also contain higher levels of bio-available nutrients from being raised in natural, outdoor conditions. If you’re local to Houston or San Antonio, Texas Farm to Home delivers many farm to table meat and dairy products straight to your door. We’ve been utilizing his services for over three years now. Our turkey(s) will be delivered by him next week!

You can learn more about why it’s important to consider meat sources on my Weston A. Price Foundation Overview here.

Some Other Helpful Tips

I have shared both my chicken and beef bone broth recipes as well. Be sure to check them out for a fool-proof way to store your broth as well:

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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Either you love it or hate it, but chances are someone you know loves it. Cranberry sauce happens to be one of my personal favorites on our Thanksgiving table each year. This cranberry sauce recipe is the same one I’m serving up this week, I hope you love it as much as I do!

Why I Avoid the Canned Stuff

There are a few reasons why I choose to make this from scratch. One, I love the process of starting with simple ingredients and turning it into something incredible. Two, I like to control the type and amount of sweeteners and additives in the food I feed my loved ones. (Many canned cranberry sauces contain undesirable additives like high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, etc.) Three, I think anything freshly homemade is going to taste better than anything you can pickup on the grocery store shelf that might have been cooked in the very can it’s packaged in.

This is one of the times I do choose to go with cane sugar instead of something alternative because I really love for the cranberry flavor to stand out and cane sugar doesn’t take away from that. 80/20 around here, folks.

Making Cranberry Sauce is Really Easy

Don’t be intimidated! For some reason, I get impressed reactions anytime I make this myself and bring it somewhere. It makes me giggle because of just how simple it is to make. The hardest part for me is sourcing the organic cranberries. I prefer fresh, so if I forget to plan ahead I settle for frozen. That happened this year!

Without further ado…

Pasture Raised Turkey Brine Recipe

turkey brine recipe

When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas, I go all out with homemade all the things. I came up with this simple Turkey Brine Recipe in 2020 when I couldn’t find the one I’d been loving for years in stores. Needless to say, it was delicious and I’ll never look back. If you’re looking for a simple way to DIY this year for the holidays, give this easy recipe a shot!

This post contains some affiliate links, meaning when you click on some of the links and make a purchase, I receive a commission which supports my efforts to share with you in this space the products and resources I used and love most.

Gather Your Ingredients

If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ve noticed I’m pretty particular about my ingredients. I love to purchase fresh, organic spices from Mountain Rose Herbs. Most sugar cane grown in the US is heavily sprayed with pesticides and grown as a GMO crop, so I always opt for organic for that. I think the Himalayan sea salt really shines in this recipe, too.

If you don’t have dried orange or lemon zest on hand, fresh is always great too! Last year I used all dry, but this year I am using fresh rosemary as well as fresh orange and lemon zest instead of dried. You can even get more creative with optional add-ons like dried cranberries, if you’d like!

Sourcing Your Turkey

What’s the deal with pasture-raised? Most of the meat we eat in our home has been raised and processed with the utmost care in mind. This means they also contain higher levels of bio-available nutrients from being raised in natural, outdoor conditions. If you’re local to Houston or San Antonio, Texas Farm to Home delivers many farm to table meat and dairy products straight to your door. We’ve been utilizing his services for over three years now. Our turkey(s) will be delivered by him next week!

You can learn more about why it’s important to consider meat sources on my Weston A. Price Foundation Overview here.

Plan Ahead!

Don’t forget to consider thawing times based on the weight of your turkey, and gathering your necessary ingredients well before the need to prepare your brine. Your bird should be thawed completely and plan to brine for 12-24 hours before you plan to cook it. Print this recipe and get started!

Garden Fresh Tomato Soup

garden fresh tomato soup

Don’t let this title fool you! Before you think you need garden fresh tomatoes to make this garden fresh tomato soup, allow me to set the record straight. You can totally use canned or jarred tomatoes instead to make this delicious soup. Garden fresh just puts it over the top incredible!

After trying a lot of tomato soup recipes from scratch, all fell flat. I finally did my own thing, and this soup was born. This recipe is very far off from the original and would only cause confusion to share, otherwise I would site it. This recipe has loads of garlic, the only dairy in it is cheese and butter, and it’s enough to feed a large crowd or freeze for later!

Get the Most Out of Garden Fresh Tomato Soup

Our favorite way to enjoy this garden fresh tomato soup is with fresh einkorn sourdough grilled cheese sandwiches using our favorite raw cheese. It’s also great with freshly made parmesan croutons, too. Just like our family’s favorite Green Soup, this recipe is a regular staple in our dinner rotation.

Blending this soup in a good blender is the trick to getting a smooth and thick end result. The freshly grated parmesan cheese gives it all the creaminess it needs, but feel free to add some heavy cream if you prefer.

Canned or Jarred is Okay, Too!

Remember, you don’t have to have a garden to make this soup! You could even snag some fresh heirloom tomatoes and basil from your local farmer’s market. The grocery store is also an option. However, supporting local farmers lessens our carbon footprint and supports food growers right at the source. I’m all about that!

I hope your family enjoys this garden fresh tomato soup just as much as mine does! It’s right up there with Green Soup in our house!

Sore Throat and Cough Relief Recipe

When I need relief for a sore throat and cough strike in my house, I am super grateful when I have all of the ingredients on hand for this quick recipe to find relief. It can also be useful for a pesky cough, as pineapple juice is fantastic for that. It’s actually surprising that I can even stand this recipe because I absolutely loathe vinegar of any kind and there’s an entire OUNCE of it per serving in this. It’s totally enjoyable to drink, though, I promise! If I can do it, so can you. Scroll to the bottom for the printable recipe!

What’s in it that benefits a sore throat and cough?

Only the best! This sore throat and cough relief recipe uses high-quality elder berry syrup, pure pineapple juice, raw apple cider vinegar, food-grade lemon essential oil or fresh lemon juice, raw or Manuka honey, and filtered hot water.

Elder Berry Syrup

If you’re new to the power of elderberry syrup, you’re in for a treat! Visit my Instagram saved highlight labelled “elder berry” to learn all about the incredible benefits of this amazing stuff. And for goodness sake, PLEASE don’t rely on store-bought syrups or tinctures. They are either full of unwanted sugars, or taste absolutely awful and you cannot guarantee how fresh or potent they are. Stick to DIY and either buy locally from someone who makes it, or purchase the ingredients you need to make your own at home. Get my FREE recipe here!

elder berry syrup

Pineapple Juice

Besides tasting so yummy, pineapple juice is awesome for relieving coughs. Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that has anti-inflammatory properties. It fights infections and kills bacteria. Drinking pineapple juice helps soothe a sore throat and aids the body to expel mucous easily. Perfect addition to this mix!

Remember not to just grab any pineapple juice, either. Many fruit juices are hardly juice at all and contain added sugars that will only fuel the fire to your cold. You want pure (preferably organic) pineapple juice for this!

sore throat and cough relief

Apple Cider Vinegar

I said it once, I’ll say it again: I LOATHE the smell and taste of vinegar. However, in this I can totally handle it! I cook with it regularly, too, but it gets so mixed in and diluted it usually doesn’t bother me in cooking. I am happy to say this turns out delicious, despite the entire ounce of Apple Cider Vinegar that goes into the single serving.

You might not know this, but not all ACV is created equally. This is literally the ONLY brand I will buy because it always has the “mother” with it. I can’t remember what that means right now (super tired fighting a cold myself), but I know someone told me a long time ago it’s important, so I just go with that. Plus, it’s organic and unpasteurized, right up my ally!

Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial properties and definitely is the key ingredient in the throat relief this tea provides.

sore throat and cough relief

Lemon

I usually don’t have fresh lemons on hand, but when I do that’s what my go-to is for this concoction. I definitely always have an organic lemon juice in my fridge, and food-grade lemon essential oil so one of those are typically what I grab when I feel that sore throat coming on.

Aside from being tasty and fantastic for your immune system, lemons have many other known benefits and uses (list sourced from gbnews):

  • Prevents bacterial growth & infections
  • Relieves nausea
  • Treat throat infections (from the common cold to tonsillitis)
  • Loosens chest congestion
  • Treats urinary tract infections, as a result of lemon’s diuretic properties
  • Lowers the effect on blood sugar levels, when consumed with a meal
  • Regular use can relieve joint pain, lemon juice is an anti-inflammatory because of its anti-oxidants
sore throat and cough relief

Raw/Manuka Honey

Not only does this add some delicious sweetness, it is soothing and aids in healing from illness. Using Manuka honey will give a major extra boost, if you choose to use it!

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Enjoy the Relief!

Don’t want to take it from me? Read this review for more thoughts:

[This] sore throat tea remedy works awesome! When a sore throat hits me, I’ve always had to ride it out in a lot of pain. I used this tea twice in one day and I am here to tell you I did not ride it out this time! My pain and sore throat were both gone. On day two, just as a precaution, I had another cup full and “poof” I was almost as good as new! Followed up by an extra few spoonfuls of Cultivating Motherhood’s Elderberry Syrup that day I was well and feeling great again.

-A Happy Reader

Some Other Immune Boosters I Use

I usually pull out all of the stops when either I, or one of my crew starts getting the sniffles. Over the last 9 years, I have gathered an array of information that helps support our bodies when we are ill.

Here is a simple list of the numerous things I keep in my cabinet/fridge/freezer, and things I do to help support our bodies during illness (or when exposed to illness):

  • elder berry syrup – all we use is my recipe, get yours free right here!
  • vitamin C – not all created equal, please do your research on which ones are best absorbed
  • vitamin D – liquid only in my house, again…research this for yourself!
  • bee propolis – one of nature’s many natural “antibiotics”
  • fermented cod liver oil – numerous benefits, I use Green Pasture Cinnamon Tingle Flavor
  • OnGuard, Breathe, and Serenity essential oil blends – I currently use dōTERRA, and recommend only other therapeutic grade oils like Young Living, etc.
  • homemade bone broth – for sipping, and for soups
  • limit sugar intake – illness feeds on sugars, fresh fruit only when we have the yuckies
  • increase dark leafy greens
  • encourage rest – naps for the whole house
  • stay home – the last thing I want to do is expose someone else to what we have, and/or expose our active immune responses to something else to fight off
  • and more – I’ll add more here as I remember!

I hope the next time you need relief from a sore throat and cough, this will do just the trick! Print the recipe below to use now or to save for a rainy day!