These homemade gluten-free cinnamon rolls are just like you remember them—small, warm rounds of springy dough bursting with cinnamon and topped with an old-fashioned sugar glaze.
Cranberries deliver a bright pop of color and flavor to this festive coffee cake but nearly any fruit can be used. Perfect for Christmas morning, the aroma of this recipe warms up the house. This cake can also be made in a lightly greased and dusted 8-inch round cake pan. Bake it 40 to 45 minutes or until done. It can be made egg-free; see instructions.
Making your own beef bone broth is not difficult. The key is to use high-quality ingredients (grass-fed beef and fresh, organic vegetables) and to have the proper cooking equipment (a large stainless steel or ceramic-lined cast iron stockpot, a strainer, a ladle and storage containers) on hand. Consider making a large batch and freezing it in 1- to 2-quart glass containers and BPA-free ice cube trays for easy access when you need it.
You’ve shopped and wrapped gifts all day and now friends are stopping by for a glass of wine and a nosh. What to serve? Take a few minutes and whip up these holiday mini pizzas. Pair a gluten-free pizza crust mix with your favorite toppings for an appealing hot appetizer that’s home-baked and delicious. The perfect accompaniment to a glass (or two!) of cheer.
Soaking and sprouting legumes is a magical experience. With just a little fresh water and time, you can transform a seed into a seedling that’s alive and growing. Not only does the process turn hard lentils into plants, it makes them easier to digest and releases valuable nutrients, like calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc, so your body can more readily absorb them.
Winter is the time of year when our hair could use a bit of TLC. Cold weather outside and heated air inside dries out the locks, making hair more brittle, prone to static electricity and harder to manage. A weekly deep conditioner can make a difference, bolstering hair’s shine, flexibility and overall health.
Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) has been a part of everyday life since ancient Egyptians used it as a simple cleanser and soap. Today, it’s a household staple. There are few commercial products that compare to baking soda in terms of versatility, effectiveness and overall safety. This natural beauty aid can be used head to toe to keep your skin, hair and body looking and feeling their best. It’s mildly abrasive, which makes it a gentle cleanser for skin, nails and teeth. It neutralizes acid, keeping your body’s natural pH level in check. It’s also a powerful deodorizer, which is why it’s an ingredient in many commercial foot powders and deodorants. Here are a few easy ways to use this natural ingredient.
Gardening is one of life’s simple pleasures. You don’t need a big yard to experience the joy of tending a plot. A large container filled with good soil in a sunny spot will do. That’s all you need for a beauty garden, a sampling of common garden plants you can use to create your own bath and beauty products. These easy-to-grow plants are favorites, well known for their “personal care” properties. If you don’t want to tend a garden, you can still reap benefits by buying these plants fresh from your local farmer’s market.
For Valentine’s Day, give the gift of natural skin care and loving touch. Think indulgence and relaxation. Create your own affordable, all-natural beauty products to pamper your sweetheart and yourself. Label each jar with an ingredient list and instructions on how to use it. Put together a basket filled with a few handmade items and tie it with a decorative ribbon. Then tuck in a love note, along with a promise to enjoy the items together.
Imagine a whole day just to yourself. Start out the morning with a quiet walk or solitary yoga. Nibble on fresh fruit and vegetables and sip cooling beverages and herbal teas throughout the day. Enjoy spa-style treatments customized to your needs—a facial, body scrub, manicure and pedicure. At the end of the day, you feel pampered and refreshed. No appointment necessary. No travel involved.