Ahh-chooo!

Crisp air, crunching leaves, and below-freezing in the blue-hued morning.  Squirrels eat saggy pumpkins forgotten on front porches.  Halloween has sprinted by with it’s sugary sweets, making immune systems all the more vulnerable.  This is fall in New England.

For my family this year, it meant colds all around.   We’d just returned from a  warm-climate vacation, and our defenses were down.  Although frequent & recurring colds are rare when living a nourishing lifestyle, even the most nourished person can get the occasional cold.  Whatever the reason, our noses were running here in Boston last week.

True to form, our medicine came from the fridge.  Whenever anyone in my household gets sick, I mix up this concoction and they drink it down several times a day.  The cold is kicked within two days.  I sweeten it up a bit more for the kids, but we all manage to drink some “tea” and kick our colds outside!

Whats so beneficial about this drink?

Garlic & ginger are antioxidant power houses, sea salt has antibiotic and anti-viral properties along with trace elements & minerals to help maintain hydration.

Lemons have antibacterial & antiviral properties, and coming in last is honey with antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant.  Not so bad for a few items you have hanging around the fridge, eh?

Here’s the recipe for this Cold Remedy Tea:

  • 1 coffee-mug full of water
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped roughly
  • 1, 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled & cut in chunks
  • honey to taste
  • salt
  • fresh lemon juice
  • Optional: a small splash of hot sauce, just for fun

Put water, garlic and ginger on the stove to simmer.  Leave for around 10+ minutes at a simmer.  Pour into coffee mug through a strainer. Add salt, lemon, honey to taste.  Drink hot.

Enjoy, and let these natural powerhouses kick your cold outside into the cold!

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Cinnamon-Plum Ice Cream!

I’m in a “use what you have” phase of life right now, which extends very nicely into the kitchen.  In lieu of finding a recipe and then going out and getting specific ingredients, we instead see what we have and what we could make with it.

When my kids wanted a treat and we all wanted something beyond vanilla, we looked no further than the fridge where a few plums had been forgotten, and I almost always have raw milk & cream on hand.  The taste of plums alone can be quite mild, so we added in some cinnamon for a spicy treat that has a host of health benefits.

Here’s how we did it:

3 plums, diced
1 cup of cream (you can add in up to 1 cup more for even richer ice cream, as desired)
1 cup of raw milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup raw honey, the more mild the better
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 pinch of salt
a splash of water

Place the plums and water in a small sauce pan, and simmer.  Leave on heat until plums are soft.  If all the water cooks off, add a bit more to cover the bottom and prevent burning but be careful not to add too much- it will wash out the plum flavor and make the ice cream too watery.  At the end of the simmering process, add honey after the heat has been turned off.  Mix & set aside to cool.

In a separate bowl, or while the plums are simmering, mix all the rest of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl, then place in the refrigerator.

Push the plum & honey mixture through a fine sieve, pushing the contents through with the back of a spoon, spatula or other utensil.  Continue until only the skins are left in the sieve. This may take a while, especially if the plums were not very ripe, but do not skip this step!  The smoothness of the ice cream is well worth the effort.

Add the plum mixture to the ice cream mixture and combine.  Place all ingredients in an ice cream maker until thick.   I like to top with shredded coconut or crispy almonds.  Enjoy!