Jul 29, 2015

Blueberry Tangerine Jam

Our family has an annual tradition of picking blueberries.  We brave the hot sun with no shade relief to pick pounds of blueberries.  We have blueberries coming out of our ears FOREVER.  The weeks that follow have us eating blueberry pie, muffins, pancakes, smoothies, ice cream, and my favorite: blueberry jam.

Canning has been on my bucket list forever! Three years ago, I finally faced my fear of killing off my family with botulism and canned my first batch of blueberry jam!  Since then, I have branched out to tomatoes, salsa, and jalapenos.  Although time consuming, this process has satisfied a deep longing in my soul to be able to provide nutritionally packed summer foods for my family in the middle of winter!

Here is my tried and true blueberry jam recipe.  And because I love incorporating essential oils into almost everything now, this year I have added Tangerine Essential Oil for an out-of-this-world flavor combination.

10 cups blueberries (about 3.5 lbs)
1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
1/2 cup water
4 1/2 cups sugar
11 drops Tangerine Essential Oil*
1 box no sugar pectin

1.     Sanitize jars and lids.
2.     Measure out 10 cups of raw blueberries.
3.     Crush the berries to end up with 6/7 cups berries.
4.     Measure out the sugar. 
5.     Mix the pectin with ¼ cup of the sugar.
6.     Stir the pectin, water, and lemon juice into the blueberries and cook to a hard boil.
7.     Add the sugar and cook at a hard boil for 1 minute.
8.   Stir in the Tangerine Essential Oil*
9.     Fill the jars to within ¼ inch from the top.
10.  Wipe rims and put lids and rings on the jars.
11.  Process in a boiling water bath for 5-10 minutes.
Here is a great website that got me started with canning.  It has all you need to know about the equipment needed as well as the process itself.  PickYourOwn.org

If you are not wanting to dive into the full-blown canning experience yet, then this recipe can easily convert into a refrigerator jam.  Simple complete steps 1-10, then store your jam in the refrigerator for about 1-2 months.

*Only use therapeutic grade essential oils, which are safe to ingest.  Most essential oils that you buy in stores are not pure and could do harm if ingested.  Do your research as to which oils are safe.  I have spent hours upon hours of looking into Young Living and I fully trust their process in extracting essential oils without harsh chemicals or high temperatures.  Want to know where to get them?  Follow this link HERE.

my blueberry picking crew!

Finally, this month, I'm participating in a blog circle with some amazing and beautiful women. Click on Joyfully Full of It and see what is happening with Tiffany this month.  You can follow the links back around to me! 

Jul 17, 2015

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

 We are on a full blown smoothie kick at our house.  It is TOO HOT to warm up the oven or stove top.  My people will take a smoothie any day for breakfast.. or snack time!

This smoothie is so easy to make.  With just a few simple ingredients, you have a dairy-free, healthy treat.  Enjoy!

1 banana
1 cup coconut milk
(You could use dairy or almond milk.)
1 scoop Young Living Balance Complete
3 drops Orange Essential Oil*
1 cup ice

*Only use therapeutic grade essential oils, which are safe to ingest.  Need to know where to get them?  Follow this link HERE.

Want to know more about Young Living's Balance Complete?  Here is the description:

Balance Complete™ is a super-food-based meal replacement that is both a powerful nutritive energizer and a cleanser. Offering the benefits of Ningxia wolfberry powder, brown rice bran, barley grass, extra virgin coconut oil, aloe vera, cinnamon powder, and our premium whey protein blend, Balance Complete is high in fiber, high in protein, and contains the good fats, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals needed for a nutritionally dynamic meal. Balance Complete also features Young Living's proprietary V-Fiber™ blend, which supplies an amazing 11 grams of fiber per serving, absorbs toxins, and satisfies the appetite while balancing the body's essential requirements.

Follow this link for more info: Young Living's Balance Complete


Jul 9, 2015

Why should Ningxia Red be your daily supplement?

For the past two months, I have been drinking 1 oz of this super juice every morning with breakfast.  I started drinking it because I wanted a to boost my energy level and health without adding harmful, chemical ingredients to my diet.  I have loved the results and I can feel the effects of missing a morning now.  It has replaced nearly all of my daily supplements and I look forward to it being part of my morning routine.

Tomorrow, I am starting a 30 day challenge.  I am boosting my daily amount to 2 oz just to see if it changes anything.  I will post results at the end of this post.  Here is more information about NingXia Red:

 NingXia Red combines the extraordinary wolfberry superfruit with pure Orange, Yuzu, Lemon, and Tangerine essential oils, along with blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices to deliver a whole-body nutrient infusion. This powerful formula includes wolfberry, which is known for its health-supporting benefits, while ongoing research continues to reveal exciting new properties on this ingredient. Enjoy NingXia Red daily to energize, fortify, and revitalize the body and support overall health and wellness, from head to toe.

• Sustain energy with the combination of select wolfberries and other superfruits. Contains powerful ingredients which are involved in many antioxidant processes and may help prevent against oxidative stress.
• Balanced ingredients make NingXia Red a whole-body nutrient infusion for health and wellness support
• Delivers citrus essential oils containing d-limonene, a powerful component in citrus oils.
• Halal and Kosher certified in 750ml bottles (Halal Certified in 60 ml sachets)
• Powerful formula includes wolfberry which is touted for its health benefits

Product Tips:

• Best served chilled.
• For an additional flavor boost, add a drop or two of your favorite Young Living essential oil.  See the following graphic for some great ideas!!
• To enjoy NingXia Red with an extra cognitive boost, combine with 1 tube of NingXia NITRO.


Proprietary NingXia Red Blend 29g Ningxia Wolfberry Puree, Blueberry Juice Concentrate, Plum Juice Concentrate, Cherry Juice Concentrate, Aronia Juice Concentrate, Pomegranate Juice Concentrate Proprietary Essential blend 50mg Grape seed extract, Orange EO , Yuzu EO, Lemon EO, Tangerine EO Other ingredients: Tartaric acid, natural blueberry flavor, pure vanilla extract, malic acid, pectin, sodium benzoate/potassium sorbate, natural stevia extract.
Supplement Facts:
Serving Size:: 1 fl ounce (29.5 ml) Servings per container:: About 25 Calories: 20 Total Carbohydrates: 5g Dietary Fiber: <1g Sugars: 2g Sodium: <5mg

If you are new to Young Living, you can sign up as a wholesale costumer by purchasing a Ningxia Red starter kit.  After your initial purchase, you can buy any Young Living products at 24% off retail price.  It's an amazing deal!!  You can sign up HERE.  This is what comes in the kit: