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Apple Cider Vinegar Cold Remedy

natural-cold-remedyWell I’m sick. Boo! I almost never get sick, and here I am sick as a dog for the fourth time since Luke was born (4 months ago). Now before you say my immune system is probably down due to lack of sleep I have to say that God blessed me with one of those fabled, magical, unicorn babies who has slept through the night since birth! I figure He decided to throw me a bone after all I went through. I digress.

I guess its probably just one of the joys of the postpartum phase where my body is unrecognizable and nothing works the way it used to, including my immune system.

Since I’m breastfeeding I was leary to take any over the counter medications lest I negatively affect my milk supply. So I got to thinking and googling and came up with this super awesome get-better-soon-elixer.

organic-raw-acv-apple-cider-vinegarHere’s what you need:

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Raw unfiltered organic

Honey (preferably organic, raw and local),

and a shot glass.

Raw unfiltered ACV is known to have dozens of health benefits not least of which is its ability to act as a natural expectorant by thinning mucus and draining the lymphatic system. You have to use the raw unfiltered kind, pasteurized ACV does not work as well. I found the Bragg brand at Target and you can also get it on Amazon (click on the image).

The honey not only serves to coat and soothe your sore throat, but raw local honey has wonderful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, and works naturally to strengthen the immune system. I buy a big jar of it at the local farmer’s market, but I was fresh out when I took the picture (hence the store-bought variety shown).

To make the Elixer:

Simply pour half a shot (1 TBSP) half a shot of ACV and microwave for about 8 seconds. Add half a shot of honey to the hot ACV. Stir and the shoot it down the gullet. I find its better to just chug it back rather than sip it because the ACV is a bit strong on the nostrils. The honey makes it go down smooth, and warming it up makes you feel all soft and cozy inside. I promise you will feel better after trying this! Do it 2-3 times a day and you’ll be back at it in no time.

A spoon full of HONEY makes the medicine go down in the most delightful way. 🙂

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Now I’ve got to stop writing and go back to bed. Hope this works for you!

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Honey Pecan Brie Bites


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Some time ago I stumbled upon one of the easiest most delicious and -best of all- super impressive, little appetizer recipe. This recipe has become my go-to take along for parties because it is always a huge hit! I’ve made other things before that were good, but never have I made a treat so spectacular that I honestly have NEVER had leftovers on this one. Every single delicious bite is gone whenever I bring this along. So what is it you say?

HONEY PECAN BRIE BITES.

They are impossibly easy to make, and sinfully delicious. Your guests will devour them!

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 boxes (45 pieces) of Pre-made miniature filo shells (in the freezer section by the pie crusts)
  • 1 log of brie cheese
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Honey for drizzling.

Here’s what you do:

Cutting Brie

Slice off the ends of the brie log. Cut in half so its easier to handle. Using a vegetable peeler, peel off the white rind on the outside. (Don’t worry if there are a few little pieces you can’t get to.) Slice the logs in half length-wise, then cut into pieces a bit less than half an inch (So like 1/3 of and inch). If you cut them this way you will have exactly enough cheese for 45 bites.

pecans and butter

In a skillet (I like nonstick for this) melt together the brown sugar and 1 T butter. Add the pecans, 1 T butter cinnamon and salt. Stir thoroughly to make sure all the pecans are coated with the brown sugar mixture. Cook on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes until the pecans are lightly toasted. You will smell the sweet nutty aroma when they are ready.

pecan bitesPlace all of your shells on a greased cookie sheet. (The only reason you need to grease it is because sometimes the brown sugar and honey will spill out and it will cause the bottom of the pan to become sticky and you won’t be able get some of the shells off.) Place a piece of brie into each shell. Top each shell with a generous sprinkle of the pecans, then drizzle each cup with honey.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Allow to cool then serve! These are yummy even at room temperature, so you can make them a couple hours in advance if you like.

Get ready to be asked to bring these delicious treats with you every time! They are so yummy and so easy to make!

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