I’ve Moved!!!!

Hello lovely readers, Exciting news…this blog has moved!!!!  It is still the same ol’ blog, I just moved it over to rpapothecary.com so that it is a part of my website and not a separate thing.

During the move a few things got shuffled around, so please be patient while I work out issues like broken links, missing pictures etc….and please contact me if you find anything that needs fixing!  I can be reached at admin@rpapothecary.com

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If you love my blog, here are some others you may wish to find and follow on bloglovin’ :-)

-The Apartment Wife
-This Rawsome Vegan Life
-Oh! She Glows
-Deliciously Ella
-A Beautiful Mess
-The Dainty Pig

Happy blog reading everyone!!!!
  Thank you all for being such lovely and kind readers!!
Let the herbal healing fun continue <3

Happy International Herbal Tea Day!

Hello lovely readers,
happy International Herbal Tea Day!

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In honor of this special day, I’ve rounded up some of the wonderful herbal tea recipes I have shared previously, and that I looove <3.  So go put the kettle on, cozy up in your favorite chair and allow yourself to spend the afternoon sipping herbal goodness while watching the world go by!!

Moroccan Mint Tea

Happy Tea

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Winter Warming Tea

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Also check out these herbal tea related posts!!

Blending herbal teas – This one holds the most simple keys to successfully blending your own herbs at home

Caffeine: Friend or Enemy – This one discusses the common negative side effects of caffeine and also talks about my favorite coffee alternatives!

I wish you a most magical day of tea drinking, herbal learning, and all other Earthly delights!
<3

My Favorite Simple Noodle Soup

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This soup is a classic stand by for me.  I almost always have the ingredients on hand, it is quick, and it is super nourishing.  Basically, it is miso soup jazzed up!!

Quick and Nourishing Noodle Soup 

1 package Udon noodles
1 big handful of ripped up kale
1/2 block of tofu, cubed
1/4 cup. wakame (that has been re-hydrated)
3 cups water
2 tbsp. miso paste
juice of 1/2 lemon
splash of tamari
top with gomashio

Bring 3 cups of water to boil in a medium sauce pan.  Add the noodles and tofu to the boiling water, reduce heat slightly, add kale, and cook until the noodles are al dente.  Once the noodles are done to your liking, add in the wakame, tamari, and lemon juice.  Take a small amount of broth out and mix with the miso to create a paste.  Add this paste to the soup and stir until combined.  Remove from heat and serve!  Top with gomashio :-)

Play with this recipe.  I love it because it is great for cleaning out the fridge.  Mushrooms, carrots, bok choy, onion, scallion, leek, cabbage…almost any veggie would be great here!

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Miso soup is amazingly healing for the body and has been proven to help prevent cancer, specifically breast.  It is full of live probiotic enzymes, so eating a bowl of this soup is like eating yogurt.  It is very easy to digest and full of healthy vitamins and minerals.  In Japan it is tradition to eat miso soup for breakfast every day to maintain good health.  It may sound like a strange breakfast at first, but seriously try it!  Most days that is what my husband and I eat, and we love it.  Especially in the winter times it becomes valued for its ability to warm from the inside out.  Perfect on a day like today (1 degree?! C’mon Iowa!!)

Hoping everyone is staying warm and enjoying this beautiful new year :razz:

Happy New Year

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You won’t have to look long before you come across a “reflection of 2014″ blog post…it seems everyone has been doing one.  Truth be told I was on my way to doing one, when I realized this was pointless, old news, done before! Sure, there are plenty of moments I would like to touch back on and remember- opening the R.P. Apothecary shop, getting married to the coolest man around, and traveling to Amsterdam…but why rehash what has already come?

We are not in the past, we are not in the future, we are simply here now

Dwelling in the past/future has always been something I struggle with.  I tend to either be obsessing over old, painful memories or stressing over illegitimate fears for the future.  No freaking point. Seriously.  The magic which we humans hold only works in the present moment.  Our words, actions, thoughts, emotions…all of these are magical tools with which we build and shape our life.  Presence releases us from the bonds of time and enables us to intentionally say, think, feel and act.  Living in the past will only bring regret, sorrow and a case of the “coulda woulda shoulda”.  Living in the future will only bring stress, fear and anxiety.  A case of the “what if’s”.

So I have decided to make 2015 the year of the now.  Whenever I catch myself looking back or looking forward I will simply bring my attention back to my breath, back to the present moment.  I will take each day as it comes and will not fear what tomorrow may bring.  The truth is that life is not made up of either/or but of both/and.  There will be good days and there will be bad days.  I will feel happy at times, and at others I may feel sad. We humans, I included, have a very bad habit of only liking the happiest moments and of running or hiding from the worst moments.  Good and bad are just two sides of the same spectrum.   Accepting this notion is very important.  Maintaining presence allows us to get an objective look on the way we are feeling, why we feel that way, and what we may be learning from that feeling.

My goals for 2015:

Be Present
Be Kind
Be Open 

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See you all next year!

DIY Brown Rice Milk

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As someone who eschews dairy from their diet, I am always looking for the best alternatives.  I love many store bought varieties of almond, hemp, and coconut milks but I don’t always love the ingredient lists.  All of these contain additives, preservatives, and other not so healthy things.  This was my first attempt at making milk at home, and I am really happy with it so far!  Next I will definitely be trying it with soaked cashews, soaked almonds or even a blend of soaked grains. Rice milk is a great staple milk for those who don’t drink cows milk.  It is the least of all the milks to trigger allergies.  It is very easy to digest and assimilate, and is even great for babies!  Brown rice is deeply nourishing to the organs and tissues, and it is also very soothing to the nervous system.

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It was really super easy to make, and I have had success using it in my morning coffee/tea, in baking, and drinking it straight up with cookies :-)  Rice milk is, in general, a bit thinner than other milk alternatives, so don’t expect it to be super creamy.  That being said it still is really delicious and it definitely makes me feel good to know that there are no icky ingredients in there!  The recipe below makes about one quart of milk and that will stay fresh 3-5 days.

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Homemade Rice Milk

1 cup cooked brown rice (I blended sweet brown and short grain brown)
3 cups water
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree about 1 minute, or until it seems smooth.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer (I used a coffee melitta filter!) and store in a clean glass jar in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.  It is really that simple :-)

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