Food on My Face!

Have you ever had food on your face? I am sure we all have at one time or another, I mean….ON PURPOSE. :)

I have not put a face mask on in a few months and with all this winter weather and dry indoor heat, I was definitely needing some pampering. A couple days ago, I got an incredible amount of organic bananas, like 5 pounds or maybe 6, A-LOT! We do eat a bunch a week, no pun intended but I did not want them to go bad so I made 2 dozen banana chocolate chip muffins, put a few pounds of the bananas out for us to eat, froze a pound or two and then used one for a mask.

Bananas are wonderful for your face, especially dry, aging face with wrinkles. Along with the bananas I mixed in honey and plain yogurt sooooo if I got hungry while applying the mask to my face, I could eat it! Hee Hee…except I do not like yogurt – shuddering…

Yes you get to see me with the mask on.

Here is the recipe: Banana Face Mask

1 banana smashed up

1 teaspoon honey 

1 -2 teaspoons plain greek yogurt.

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Mix it all, do the hokie pokie(just kidding.)



AND apply it to your clean face.



Leave it on for 20 minutes looking like someone from the Walking Dead with a melted face. After the 20 minutes wash off with warm water and a face cloth. NICE soft glowing skin!



Enjoy –


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Rose Petal & Cocoa Infused Red Wine

Did that title intrigue you? Wine and roses and cocoa…..all in one drink? Delicious!


It was incredibly easy to do and I did not have a specific recipe but I will show you what I did. Also read more about the medicinal benefits of each ingredient besides the sweet deliciousness.

Rose Petals(Rosa Rugosa)

The rose was one of the most valued medicinal plants in the monastery gardens of medieval Europe. Rose petals suitable for medicinal purposes must yield a deep rose-colored, astringent, and fragrant infusion when boiling water is poured upon them.(Annie’s Remedies)

Roses are known for their beauty, their perfumey scent and their ability to calm. They are also :

  • cooling
  • astringent
  • uplifting
  • anti-inflammatory
  • helpful for pms and menopausal symptom

Cocoa Nibs (Theobroma cacao)

Cacao beans and nibs have a long and colorful history, beginning in Central and South America before 1500 BC. The entire cacao fruit was used medicinally by the Mayan, Olmec and Aztec civilizations. These early American peoples also enjoyed consuming chocolate as a beverage; each culture adding its own mix of spices and flavorings to the drink. After the Spanish conquest in the 1500’s, cacao made its way to Europe and began to spread worldwide.

The beans are rich in magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium, and are a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid.

Caffeine, flavonoids, phenylethylalamine, anandamide, magnesium, sulfur, oleic acid, theobromine, tryptophan,

Cacao beans and nibs contain more flavonoid antioxidants than most other vegetables and fruits, with up to four times as much concentrated antioxidants as green tea.(Mountain Rose Herbs)

Red Wine

  • Lowers your cholesterol
  • Protects your heart – On top of lowering bad cholesterol, polyphenols—the antioxidants in red wine—can help keep blood vessels flexible and reduce the risk of unwanted clotting, says John Folts, PhD, a professor of cardiovascular medicine and nutrition at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. THAT does not mean drink all you want. :)
  • Controls Blood Sugar – The skin of red grapes—a rich source of red wine’s natural compound resveratrol—may actually help diabetics regulate their blood sugar, finds recent research published in the journal Nutrition. Study participants who took a 250 mg resveratrol supplement once a day for three months had lower blood glucose levels than those who didn’t take the pill. Plus, resveratrol-takers also had significant decreases in total cholesterol and systolic blood pressure.
  • Keeps your brain sharp – yep that resveratrol helps your brain!!!

So here is your recipe – easy peasy, anyone can do it!

Rose Petal & Cocoa Infused Red Wine

2 cups of your favorite red wine – I used a cabernet savignon

3 Tablespoons of Organic Rose Petals(not knockout roses!!)

2-3 Tablespoons of Roasted Cacao Nibs


Get a pint glass jar. Put in the rose petals and cacao nibs in the jar(next time I would add more cacao nibs and crush them a little)


Pour wine over the herbs leaving space at the top for shaking. Place a lid on top of jar and leave the jar somewhere that you will see it every day. Shake daily for two weeks.


Strain and enjoy!

Flavor has a floral and rich taste to it. Try experimenting with cinnamon and rose, or lavender and vanilla beans.

Hope you enjoyed the post today! Have you ever infused a wine before? Let me know. :)


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What’s Your Favorite Seeds?

Today is cold and windy and just blah! Or it could be blah because I have company in my house that has been here for over two weeks now!!! :D

Only about 60 days til Spring – yippee!

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I am digging out my seed catalogs to narrow down my selections of what to order. What’s your favorite seed to order? Ha, or should I say what are your favorite SEEDS, cause you can not just have one….like an m&m, no one can eat just one m&m.

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I have a Seed Savers Catalog and a Horizon Herb Catalog and now I am about to venture into the web site of Botanical Interests. Have you ever bought their seeds? I have a couple from them and they come highly recommended so if you check out all of their wonderful choices!

I have a giant wish list from Botanical Interests!!! Here is one that I am going to order:

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Bring Home the Butterflies Seeds (LG)

Assorted Genera and species

Item #7009


Annuals, biennials and perennials. It’s easy to convert your garden into a private retreat for native butterflies. Butterflies use plants during each stage of their life cycle – egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis) and adult (butterfly). This mix includes plants for their entire life cycle, and will attract a great number and variety of native butterflies.


Mexican Lupine (A) . . 30%
Purple Coneflower (P) . . 3%
Mexican Sunflower (A). . 7%
Calendula (A) . . 7%
Cosmos (A) . . 7%
Camellia, Balsam. (A) . . 6%
Pincushion Flower (A) . . 2%
Borage (A) . . 5%
Sunset Flower (A) . . 4%
Parsley (B) . . 3%
Cornflower (A) . . 4%
Clover, Crimson (A) . . 4%
Blazing Star (P) . . 4%
Coreopsis, Lance-leaved (P) . . 2%
Prairie Gayfeather (P) . . 2%
Sweet Sultan (A) . . 2%
Sweet William (B) . . 1.5%
Aster, Rainbow Mix (A) . . 1%
Black-Eyed Susan (A) . . 0.5%
Dill, Common (A). . 0.5%
Snapdragon (A). . 1%
Yarrow (P) . . 1%
Sneezeweed (P) . . 0.5%
Bishops Flower (A) . . 0.5%
Lemon Mint(A) . . 0.5%
Rocky Mtn. Bee Plant (A) . . 0.5%
Verbena, Tall (A) . . 0.5%

A-Annual, B-Biennial, P-Perennial

Also I just ordered from Le Jardin du Gourmet because you can buy tiny seed packages when you want to try certain plants without investing tons of money. The sample packs are only 40 cents each – amazing!!! They are not in fancy packages, very plain envelopes. Some do not have planting instructions and you must check on their web site on how and when to plant but heck, for that price, who cares!

I am going to grow all of these this year – some I already have but want more!!!

Echinacea, Lavender, Chamomile, Holy Basil, Lemongrass, Ashwagandha, Hibiscus,

Butterfly Weed, Lemon Verbena, Burdock, Comfrey, Calendula, Sunflowers,

Garlic, Roses, Mints, Rosemary, Bee Balm, all culinary herbs, oh my and sooooo much more. :)

Meanwhile, I will look at my catalogs and make a nice herbal tea maybe a mix of peppermint, rose and hibiscus, mmmmmmmm!

What will you be growing this year?

Enjoy your day today –


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Day 13: Make ________________ instead of buying!


I was searching for some recipes for Budget 101 and came across this post from our challenge back in August. Enjoy the recipes and inspiration! :)

Originally posted on Bella Vista Farm:

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In all of our efforts to spend less and save more we find ourselves making a whole lotta stuff from scratch and not just food! Over the course of four or five years I learned how to make almost all of my spice and seasoning blends, soup mixes, salad dressings, herbal remedies, tea blends, cleaning formulas, insect repellents, carpet deodorizers, beauty products… oh the list can go on and on and on. If you would have told me 15 years ago that I’d be doing this now, I would have laughed soooo hard!

I was a spendthrift to some extent. I always used coupons and stuff but never, never did I make my own anything nor did I know better that there were chemicals in my household products. Seriously I did still do all of the cooking and we did have a garden that John tended to mostly, but I…

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Herbs in Chocolate

Chocolate, Cocoa, Cacao….however you say it, it is delicious! On Saturday I taught a class here on Herbal Chocolates. You heard me right HERBS and CHOCOLATE together. :)

First of all if you did not already know, Chocolate or Cacao(Theobroma cacao) is medicinal all in it’s self. It elevates mood, stimulates(only half the caffeine of coffee), increases seratonin levels, high in nutrition, when eaten as raw cacao and here is a new one that I had no idea about: Chocolate relaxes bronchial spasms! WOW! So yes your chocolate can be in your cough syrup too!

Here is a delicious cough syrup remedy that is decadently delicious.

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Chocolate Cough Syrup

2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

2 Tablespoons Raw Honey

120 drops of a Lung Support Tincture I used one from Sprout’s – here is a pic to show the herbs in it:

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Mix it all together in a 4 ounce jelly jar. Start to finish, about 2 minutes. Dose is 1 teaspoon 3 times a day to help coughing. Children can take this too but depending on age, you would have to reduce the dosage. 

A good rule for children’s dosages is: Add 12 to the child’s age then divide the child’s age by that number. Example: 4 year old child. Add 4 to 12 = 16 Divide 4/16 = .25 so a four year old’s dose is 1/4th an adult dose.

We also infused dark chocolate with herbs, see recipe here

Our next chocolate creation – and I am so sorry I did not take pictures of each step but when I make them again this week, I will add the photos. :D

Here is our finished product:

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Chocolate Stress Balls – recipe adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s Zoom Balls

These are a great way to take your herbs – and to hide them from our family in delicious chocolately form. ;)

3 cups Tahini

1 cup almond butter

2 cups honey

2 ounces Eleuthero Root powder – helps stress, increases stamina and endurance, good for adrenal fatigue and strengthens the immune system.

1 ounce Nettle leaf powder – high in vitamins, protein and iron, for energy, hair loss and is a blood tonic

2 ounces Ashwagandha powder – for fatigue, reproductive health, longevity, hypothyrodism

1 ounce Hawthorn Berry powder – heart tonic!

1 tsp. ginger

2 tsp. cardamom powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ cup chopped dried fruits

¼ cup mini chocolate chips

½ cup chopped nuts

2 ounces cocoa powder – enough to thicken

½ cup dried or toasted coconut

Mix tahini & almond butter. Add honey – you want it sweeter than you think at this point. Add the herbs one at a time and mix well. This does take awhile. Add the cocoa powder but not all at once! You want it thick, good consistency to roll but not gooey. Add fruits and nuts. Roll into balls – 1” size or golf ball size. Roll in cocoa, coconut or hawthorn berry powder. Eat two small ones or 1 large one per day. Keeps in airtight container in the refrigerator for a couple weeks. Makes approximately 80-90 balls.
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Enjoy these recipes, do you have any herbal chocolate recipes to share?


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Herbal Recipe For Vitamin C Pills

Do you take a vitamin C supplement each day? Do you REALLY know what is in that vitamin C or how much real fruit is in there? Hmmm… if you are like most of us, the answer is probably a big fat no.

While I do know medicinal plants, I do not really know the full scoop of vitamin supplements. Could be because I prefer to take my vitamins in its natural state – FOOD! We need vitamin C, especially this time of year to support our immune system. My husband must have vitamin C for his arthritis. My mom told me that years ago, many years ago and I kind of poo pooed it. Well yes it is a fact vitamin C will help alleviate arthritic symptoms. I didn’t know better back then. :)

After talking to my herbal teacher and friend, she informed me the brand we had was no good – it was Sundowners Naturals 500mg. Oh no! This is what she said “That is not very good quality Vitamin C nor is it a good type. You want Vitamin C with bioflavanoids, time released. Dosage to reduce inflammation, given his weight, should be about 2,000 mg twice a day. Now too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea so start with 500 mg twice a day and increase by 500 mg every two days till he is taking 2,000 2x/day. ”

I was lost at the health food store with all of the choices so that night up came the post from Learning Herbs for a recipe “How to Make Your Own Vitamin C Pills”. Perfect!

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Here is the original post from them if you would like to check it out – HERE. Learning Herbs is a wonderful resource.

The recipe uses Rose Hips, Acerola, Amla, Honey and Orange Peel Powder.

I had no idea what Acerola and Amla were so I investigated further. They are fruits just like the rest, we can’t possibly know every fruit in the world, right? :D

Here is a bit about each fruit:

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Rose hips(Rosa rugosa) are the fruit that appears after the roses are finished flowering. Do not use the hips from Knockout roses, you need the Rosa Rugosa species. I know this from experience but with the roses because I decided I wanted a rose infused lotion and use the knockout roses to infuse my water – yucko. Not a nice smell – at – all. Rose hips are very high in vitamin C


Acerola(Malpighia emarginata) FROM *Mountain Rose Herbs – *Acerola is a fast growing bushy shrub or small tree with small pink and white flowers. The fruits are round and ovoid with three lobes, and are said to have a pleasant, tart taste. They are bright red when ripe, and come to maturity approximately 25 days after the first buds appear. The fruit of the acerola is the richest known source of natural vitamin C in the world. They are usually picked when still green, because in this state they have almost twice as much vitamin C as when fully ripened. Known as extremely high in vitamin C and antioxidants, acerola fruit is also high in iron, calcium, beta carotenes and phosphorus.

By the way I read that IF you have an allergy to latex, you COULD possibly have an allergy to Acerola – be forewarned.


***I found the above Amla info although I do NOT know anything about the company associated with the picture***

Amla(Phyllanthus emblica) or Indian Gooseberry is a green berry that has a sour, bitter and astringent taste. High in vitamin C.

The Orange Peel Powder is optional to roll your little pills in, it is good so don’t leave it out. :) AND Honey – well it is HONEY!!! Just make sure it is raw. Here is the recipe:

Recipe For Vitamin C Pills

1 Tablespoon Rosehip Powder

1 Tablespoon Amla Powder

1 Tablespoon Acerola Powder

1-2 Tablespoons of honey – maybe more

About 1 Tablespoon Orange Peel Powder


this recipe is so easy, the longest part of it is rolling the little pills. Enlist the family and you’ll be done in no time.

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I had to use my coffee grinder for two of the ingredients – the orange peels and the rosehips. Easy to grind – probably could have gotten the orange peels finer.vit c2 (1024x576)vit c3 (1024x576)

Measure out all of the ingredients: I doubled the recipe.

Take the honey and warm it a bit on the stove just to make mixing easier and I believe it helps it blend more. Pour honey, a little at a time, over the powders and mix well. If you need more honey just add a tiny bit at a time so you don’t have to add more powders.

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Next take pea sized portions and squish them together, I found this easier than rolling although maybe more honey would help?

Drop them into the bowl with the orange peel powder and toss to coat.

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Continue until they are all done. One batch will make approximately 45 pills, I made 90 since I doubled the batch, actually I stopped counting after 65. :D

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Put them in a jar and store them in a cool, dry place. Eat 1-3 per day. More than that may cause you to visit the bathroom a bit too much!!! We are starting with 2 per day. I like the taste, my hubby does not but he eats it. I THINK I will lower the portion of Amla next time and see if it makes a difference.

Enjoy your day today!


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Recipe for Amazing Peppermint Mocha Hot Cocoa

With the new year, we all – well many start to think about shedding the unwanted weight from the holidays. I know I can stand to lose 5-10 pounds for sure!

Last January I began the Trim Healthy Mama plan and did pretty well on it but it only lasted for a couple months. Sigh…However I will not beat myself up over it because I restarted it again but somewhat modified. Regardless of what type of food plan you do to stay healthy or lose weight, just keep the food real – no franken foods!

The hardest part of dieting is the indulgence of something sweet and decadent and warm. Not necessarily cookies, candies or cakes just something good so I found a cool recipe for hot chocolate and modified it a bit.

It is beautifully thick and rich and frothy..oh …my…goodness!

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Holy moly this is crazy delicious!!! You THINK you are being bad but it is not. Of course you can add whipped cream and more shaved chocolate. :D

It fits into Trim Healthy Mama too. ;)


Peppermint Mocha Hot Cocoa

Make two 10 ounce cups of cocoa

1 cup of hot coffee

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon Maca powder(super food) – this may not be THM?

2 heaping teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon glucomanann powder(not necessary but the THM folks use it for thickness, weight loss etc) Try it!!

splash of vanilla extract

1 drop peppermint essential oil OR 2-3 drops peppermint extract (but many of these have crazy ingredients unless you make your own)

1 packet of truvia

1 scoop of vanilla or chocolate whey powder(low sugar)

OK first heat up the milk and coffee until really hot. Add to a blender along with maca powder, glucomanann, if using, vanilla, peppermint, cocoa powder and truvia. NOT the whey yet.

Blend up really well – like 1 minute. You NEED the gluccie to mix in well otherwise it will gel.

Now add the whey and blend again another minute until it is thicker and frothy. Add homemade whipped cream(mine sunk to the bottom) and shave some super dark chocolate on top. Oooohhhh you will think you died and went to heaven.



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