Category: Food & Home

Link Round-up: Buffalo Chicken Salad, DIY Sachets, Free Printables, and More

Posted on May 26, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a buffalo chicken salad recipe, DIY lavender vanilla sachets, free printables, and more.

The Gracious Wife shared a buffalo chicken salad recipe.

Aunt Peaches showed us how to upcycle an old tray into a photo display.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make a lavender vanilla sachet.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make spinach and artichoke fondue.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a free printable for a summer plaid monogram.

Creative Green Living showed us how to make a pretend doctor kit.

An I Love to Create contributor explained what the Scrunch Shibori technique is and showed off a new duvet she used it on.

Photo credit: The Gracious Wife and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Small but Effective Home Makeovers, a Patriotic Wreath, DIY Jewelry, and More

Posted on May 21, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has DIY home makeovers that are easy but powerful, a patriotic wreath, DIY cracked marble nail polish jewelry, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us 10 easy makeovers for your home that have a powerful effect.

Kleinworth & Co. shared a recipe for a blackberry fauxjito.

Craft Klatch showed us how to make cracked marble nail polish jewelry.

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Kenarry showed us how to make a burlap red, white, and blue wreath.

The Gracious Wife shared the 10 best marriage books.

Makeup and Beauty Blog reviewed The Body Shop’s matte kajals in white and black.

Scary Mommy talked about parenting from the couch.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Loneliness, a Silhouette Idea, DIY Lightweight Cement Side Tables, and More

Posted on May 19, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has thoughts on loneliness, the how-to behind lightweight cement side tables, a silhouette monogram idea, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared a silhouette monogram idea.

Scary Mommy talks about loneliness and motherhood.

Kleinworth & Co. showed us how to make the ultimate ice cream float.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a lightweight cement side table.

The Gracious Wife shared a recipe for easy bruschetta linguine.

Makeup and Beauty Blog reviewed the Tarte Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make beachy cottage slat style frames.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Recipes, Detox for Bladder Health, Connect with Your Partner, and More

Posted on May 14, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has recipes, a detox for bladder health, ways to connect with your partner, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared information about a cranberry juice detox water for bladder health.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared the beauty advice she has for her daughter.

Idealist Mom offered a few ways to connect with your partner.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for a spring roll salad with spicy peanut dressing.

Mind Body Green shared why facials and massages aren’t just for pampering yourself.

The Spring Mount 6 Pack told us how to treat bee stings.

Peas and Crayons shared a recipe for cheesy chicken and broccoli stuffed peppers.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and A Beautiful Mess

New Health Benefit Attributed to Chamomile Tea

Posted on May 13, 2015 by No Comments

I’ve used chamomile tea as a natural sleep aid for years. It’s not really made of tea leaves, but the herb chamomile that looks like a little daisy.

It’s an herb that’s been used in folk and traditional medicine and is known for its health, cosmetic, and nutritional benefits. Now, according to a recent study, it has one more benefit to add to that list. It may lower the risk of thyroid cancer.

This study was conducted by researchers in Greece. They took a closer look at cancer rates and the dietary habits of 113 patients who were admitted to hospital for thyroid cancer between 1990-1993, and then compared them to 138 people without thyroid cancer, who were either healthy or had some unrelated condition, and also compared them to 286 people with benign thyroid disease.

They found that people who drank more chamomile tea over longer periods of time were less likely to develop thyroid growths whether malignant or benign, compared to those who didn’t drink it.

Up until now, it has been believed that chamomile tea is good for hyperthyroidism, but these findings take the benefits toward a healthy thyroid even further with some saying its consumption lowers the risk of thyroid cancer.

Not everyone is ready to go that far, but these findings do add to the growing body of evidence that the Mediterranean diet which is common in Greece, in combination with the tea, offers potential health benefits.

“The finding was not surprising to me because many aspects of the Mediterranean diet have been shown to be protective towards cancer in general.” – co-author Dr. Athena Linos (an environmental health researcher at Prolepsis in Greece)

To put it into perspective, 1.6 out of every 100,000 people in Greece are diagnosed with thyroid cancer each year, a much lower ratio than the average 13.2 and 5.2 per 100,000 people in the U.S. and Europe, respectively.

Linos points to her findings “suggesting that it may be something in the Greek diet – such as tea – which accounts for this difference.”

The benefits showed up in people who drank chamomile tea two to six times a week. They were about 70 percent less likely to develop thyroid abnormalities. People who drank the tea for thirty years or more reduced their risk by about 80 percent.

But it is important to note, it’s not just drinking the tea that made a difference. It’s drinking the tea and eating a healthy Mediterranean style diet.

Photo credits: Nicola Sapiens De Mitri

Link Round-up: Patriotic Desserts, Working Out, and More

Posted on May 12, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has patriotic desserts, tips for getting the most out of your workout, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make strawberry cheesecake dip.

Quirky Inspired shared a shrimp fettuccine alfredo recipe.

Idealist Mom offered tips for stopping your kids’ whining.

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Kenarry shared a recipe for patriotic parfaits.

Cupcakes and Cashmere showed us how to wear cute patterned playsuits.

Mind Body Green shared tips for getting the most out of your workouts.

Spaceships and Laser Beams shared nautical themed BBQ ideas.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Frosted Peanut Butter Snack Cake, Teacher Appreciation Gifts, and More

Posted on May 7, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has frosted peanut butter snack cake, Mediterranean table settings, teacher appreciation gifts, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for frosted peanut butter snack cake.

Flour on My Face shared a recipe for caramelized onion bacon cheesecake bites.

Creative Green Living shared 10 DIY teacher appreciation gift ideas.

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Carolyn’s Homework showed us how to put together a Mediterranean table setting.

One Good Thing by Jillee taught us how to clean an electric kettle.

Mama of 3 Munchkins shared the ultimate kitchen cheat sheet.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared a one-minute contour look.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Carolyn’s Homework

Link Round-up: Vegan Marshmallow Fluff, Cinco de Mayo Recipes, Pet Tags, and More

Posted on May 5, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has Cinco de Mayo recipes, healthy vegan marshmallow fluff, hand-stamped pet tags, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make healthy vegan marshmallow fluff.

Tone It Up shared some healthy Cinco de Mayo recipes.

Musings from a Stay at Home Mom showed us how to make a simple spring wreath.

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A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make hand-stamped pet tags.

Create Craft Love shared a DIY skin moisturizer recipe.

Our Small Hours shared her thoughts on why her husband doesn’t make her happy—and why that is okay.

One Good Thing by Jillee taught us how to make brick chicken.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Herb Garden Both Pretty and Practical

Posted on May 4, 2015 by No Comments

In the past, I had a small herb garden in the house, but now that I live in the South I’ve transformed one of my front flower beds to an herb garden. It not only looks good, it’s aromatic and functional, too. It’s right out my front door, which makes it convenient when I need a sprig of dill or some fresh chives or basil for a recipe.

This year the winter was rather harsh even here in the South. I lost one of my bushes, and I wondered about how my perennial herbs would fare. To my surprise the sage and mint survived. The sage is planted in the ground and the mint in a container because it can be invasive.

My girlfriend’s two year old, remembers the mint from last year and is already plucking a leaf off as he walks by and just pops a leaf in his mouth and chews! Yes, remarkable for a two year old in my book, but his mother has raised him to enjoy vegetables. He eats cucumber slices like they are chips.

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Now that the weather has finally turned nice, I’ve planted my herbs for this year, a little wiser than last year. I mostly stick to herbs I use most in cooking like basil, Thai basil, oregano, dill, sage, mint, rosemary, and stevia.

This is only my second year with the outside herb garden, and I learned a few things last year. Like how large sage actually grows! It grew into a bush last year. Those are the kinds of things you want to know when planting an herb garden in the front yard and you have neighbors who spend all their free time manicuring their lawns.

Yes, I want it functional and practical, but I also want my herb garden to look nice. This year I’ve placed the sage closer to the house with lower growing herbs in front of it. I’m still learning about size and placement as I experiment, but I love having a herb garden outside the front door.

Photo credits: Personal photos used with permission