4 Reasons You Should Add Spice To Your Life

Cayenne pepper, most commonly used in its powdered form, is a very spicy addition to any meal. On the Scoville Scale (the scale that rates the potency – spicy heat – of peppers) cayenne pepper rates in the middle at 30,000-50,000 heat units.

Native Americans have used cayenne pepper in their food and medicines for over 9000 years. I prefer cayenne to other hot sauce types, as it has a kind of heat that enhances flavor without sacrificing taste.

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1. Cayenne Pepper contains vitamins E, C, A, and B6, potassium, riboflavin, and manganese.

2. Cayenne Pepper is full of capsaicin. Various health benefits are attributed to the capsaicin found in cayenne peppers such as cinching your waistline. It can also be used topically for pain relief.

3. Cayenne Pepper helps produce saliva.
Having the correct amount of saliva is important to digestion and maintaining oral health.

4. Including cayenne pepper into your meals, especially breakfast, lessens your appetite throughout the entire day. Boost your metabolism and burn excess fat by consuming it daily.

 

A little cayenne pepper packs a lot of heat in recipes and even more in sauces. Adding this spice to your meals is very easy and surprisingly delicious.

Sweet And Spicy Carrots

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Sweet And Spicy Carrots

  • 4 carrots, skinned and chopped into rounds
  • 1 cup 100% orange juice of choice
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or vegan preference)
  • Pinch of ginger
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

In a small sauce pan on medium/high heat, simmer all the ingredients together until the juice evaporates and the carrots are soft, or about 20 minutes

Enjoy!

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Tip Tuesday

 

For a “freshness” boost, add a splash of vinegar to your load of laundry while it is in the washer. Just a splash! It will help cut undesirable scents and also helps reduce static cling!

 

 

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10 Reasons To Use Coconut Oil Everyday

When was the last time that you had an amazing go to substance that was natural, economical and had countless uses?  Coconut Oil! Once you start using this, you will see what the hype is all about and want it on hand all the time too.

 As a natural moisturizer

Coconut oil is great for your skin and as natural as it gets. Make sure to only use a small amount to start until you get used to it

 Coconut Oil as a makeup remover

Using this oil to remove your makeup works great and will moisturize the sensitive area around your eyes as well

 Sunscreen of SPF 4

Coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4 and therefore acts as a (low) sunscreen

 To help rid your hair of frizz

Rub a dime sized amount onto your hands and then run through your hair while it’s damp

 Chapstick

Smear on your lips for a great moisturizer and natural chapstick

 Allergy Reducer

Rub oil on the inside of your nose to help decrease symptoms from allergies

 To Cook

This oil has a high smoke point and is great to use in recipes for cooking and baking alike

 Use on your hands to reduce dry skin and on cuticles to increase nail growth

Oil used sparingly on your hands creates a great defense against dry skin and helps your nails grow

 For dry heels

Before bed – apply a substantial amount of coconut oil to your feet and then cover them with socks. Your feet will feel smooth and silky in the morning

 As a shave cream and an after shave

Coconut oil creates a smooth feel and because of its moisturizing properties, it is great to use pre and post shave 

 

With these uses and so many more, coconut oil is a daily staple. Coconut oil is easily found online and in stores everywhere. If you haven’t tried using this oil yet, make today the day!

Tip Tuesday

Tuesday’s Tip Of The Day

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When you are cooking burgers, push a hole into the middle of each burger (almost all the way through but not quite) to keep them from shriveling up!

Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables, it’s so versatile and can take on different flavors and textures. In this recipe, cauliflower is mixed with garlic and olive oil and roasts up nutty and delicious.

Roasted Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped or sliced and broken up into pieces20160504_195431
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil (to coat)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine ingredients together in a bowl. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper (for the fastest and easiest clean up!) and spread cauliflower evenly on the baking sheet. Bake until it begins to brown on the outside or to your preferred texture for about 25 minutes. Enjoy!

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Wine Me

 10 elements to consider BEFORE deciding to become a Winemaker

    1. You have to buy a deluxe kit- that includes everything you need- except for the rest of the things that you need.

    2. You will read through the directions and have a clear idea of the steps, equipment and processes- because you googled each word you didn’t know within the steps, a picture to go along with the name of each piece of equipment and what exactly the directions meant for each process.
    3. You will have to return to the brewing store- several times.
    4. You will test and monitor the temperature of the room you now refer to as your laboratory- morning, noon and night- for weeks in anticipation of thinking of considering to maybe think about considering starting your first batch of wine.
    5. You will make a plan and read the instructions, then reread the instructions, and read them over a final time- as while in the process you can ONLY touch things that have been sanitized. This means if you are doing this yourself or don’t know the next step- you have to start ALL OVER. Leading me to sanitation..
    6. IF YOU DON’T SANITIZE EVERYTHING TO THE EXACT DETAIL AND SPECIFICATION -all of your time, energy and money will go down the drain with your yucky wine.
    7. Sanitation is the most important part of this process and you need to be sure that everything is properly cleaned and then sanitized. Each piece of equipment, including the bucket and carboy, need to be fully submersed within the the sanitizing solution for no less than 2 minutes. Disclaimer- several pieces of equipment float…
    8. And last but not least in regards to sanitation- the bucket and carboy, both of which are 6 gallons need to be fully filled with sanitation solution as to be correctly sanitized- and the “Easy Clean” solution included in your kit is a mere 8 oz. For each gallon of STORE BOUGHT OR SPRING FRESH water, you need a tablespoon of solution. Therefore- the amount of cleaner in your kit is not enough to see you through primary fermentation, much less secondary fermentation, stabilizing and clearing or bottling of your wine.
    9. Plan to spend several hundred on the equipment and the kit and the extras (that you don’t need because everything you need is in your deluxe kit).
    10. Lastly, PRAY that the time and effort and money invested into your new passion were not squandered within the first step of this process- due to improper sanitation.

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 This experience will be stressful enough to cause need for drinking wine prior to your wines completion.

All jokes aside, this was my first experience with wine making. I started drinking wine after college due to urging from a friend that, “Moscato is SOOO delicious.” It in fact, is. I now am a connoisseur of all types of wine and last summer attended a wine making class in which I left proclaiming that I would soon be a master the art of fermentation and that would be my new profession. Haha. For my birthday I was gifted said wine (Cabernet) deluxe kit. Cab is one of the hardest to make due to the temperature necessity and the aging process.  I love my new kit and am excited to make more batches of wine for consumption