Nutritious Chocolate Coconut Drink

Nutritious Chocolate Coconut Drink | aDelightfulHome.com
One day soon I will write a post about the health benefits of coconut!  In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy this little recipe.  It is one our family’s favorite healthy drinks. Thick like a milkshake, this beverage truly satisfies. The basic recipe contains coconut milk, bananas, cocoa powder, maple syrup and vanilla. It is sweet, but not too sweet.  Creamy, cold and chocolatey, it’s perfect for a summer afternoon. The ingredient amounts may vary to suit your tastes, and the liquid portion is adaptable to whatever you have on hand. Originally made with half kefir and half coconut...
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A little morning update…

A few weeks ago I set out to maximize my mornings. It has been a bumpy ride, but most new habits encounter some resistance at first. I’m not giving up yet!  This post is a little update. (And a true testament to just how un-with-it I can be.) Before I start, can I just say how much I love the picture my daughter drew for this post? The momma looks so happy! At this point, it is almost impossible for my mornings to look how I want them to. I felt a little frustrated at first, but have since reminded...
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Rainbow Rice Salad

Rainbow Rice Salad | aDelightfulHome.com
Yesterday I mentioned that Almond Brown Rice would be lovely as a base for rice salad.  Well, today I tested out that theory and am pleased to report that it was proved true.  The following is the recipe I used to make the salad in the above picture.  It could easily be adapted to your taste:  include other vegetables, increase or decrease some of the ingredients, and so on. Rainbow Rice Salad This recipe is adapted slightly from the Rainbow Rice Salad in Nourishing Traditions, page 473. 4 cups cold Almond Brown Rice 1 red pepper, seeds removed, diced 1...
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Almond Brown Rice

Almond Brown Rice | aDelightfulHome.com
Almond Brown Rice is a simple, yet surprising variation for brown rice .  It can be used in most recipes calling for plain rice.  Lovely as an accompaniment to chicken and vegetables, it is also great in casseroles and excellent as a base for rice salad.  The addition of wheat berries or wild rice makes this very unique. Almond Brown Rice Adapted from Sue Gregg’s Main Dishes Cookbook (page. 206). Yields 4 cups. 1 cup brown rice 2 3/4 cups water 1/4 cup wheat berries (grain) or wild rice 1/4 cup almonds, sliced, slivered, or chopped ½ to 1 tsp....
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How to Peel a Peach

With canning season upon us, it seemed like  a good time to share this little tutorial. I was so happy to learn this new skill a few years ago.  It is much easier than trying to cut the skin off a fresh peach, and saves a lot of  time! Step One Put a large pot of water on to boil. Once boiling, immerse the peaches in the water for about 30 seconds (this is blanching).  Make sure each peach is mostly covered by the water. Step Two Remove with a slotted spoon or tongs (Not your hand! I was working...
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Parenting: Part Love, Part Guerrilla Warfare!

Parenting: Part Love, Part Guerrilla Warfare! | aDelightfulHome.com
The picture above is of my parenting and marriage books.  It shows how much help I have needed along this journey called “motherhood” (and wifehood)!  I think most of them were purchased on bad days when I felt completely overwhelmed and at a loss of what to do.  Judging by the amount of books I own, there have been quite a few of those days! Parenting is hard work. Kids don’t come with an instruction manual.  Parenting books can be very helpful, but reading too many gets confusing!  Sometimes it is better to let them go and ponder on what...
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Kiss Vicks Goodbye – DIY Chest Rub

Homemade Vapor Rub | aDelightfulHome.com
When we are sick, many of us reach for the Vicks Vapo Rub.  I often have, hoping it would ease my congestion.  Over the past few years I have grown more wary of using any petroleum-based products, and have sought more natural means of dealing with colds and congestion. I was going to save this post for the winter months, but my daughter just came down with a summer cold and I thought some of you might too. (But hopefully not!) With the surge in skin-based medicines such as the birth-control patch and the nicotine patch, it has become increasingly...
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Watermelon and Feta Salad

Watermelon and Feta Salad | aDelightfulHome.com
Watermelon and Feta Salad has intrigued me for some time.  Even though I thoroughly enjoy both watermelon and feta separately, combining them was not something I could imagine. Finally deciding to give it a try, I was pleasantly surprised.  It is fresh, sweet, and salty. My five year old son also enjoyed it.  However, I can’t say the same for my daughter and husband.  I guess it is an acquired taste. If you are daring enough to give it a try, I’d love to hear what you think of it. Watermelon Feta salad This recipe is a hybrid of Deborah...
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For A Season

The early years of raising children can be extremely challenging.  Sweat and tears flow as we strive to teach our little ones.  Nights go unslept as we cradle a sick babe in our arms.  Physical and mental exhaustion creep in as we go without rest and recuperation. As a new mother I remember feeling weary and confused.  My daughter didn’t sleep for more than half an hour at a stretch and screamed all day!  It was a difficult time for me. I wanted to be a mother so desperately, but when my turn came, I felt so ill-equipped.  Some days...
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