Have you ever fallen into a soup rut? I have. I’m guilty of making the same old soups over and over again in part because my tried and true soups are pretty darn delicious but also because I’m familiar with the recipes and very little creativity is necessary. The soup I’m about to share with you, however, does not fit into the category of my rut soups. In fact, this very soup has inspired me to put a bit more thought and creativity into the soups coming from my kitchen this winter. Like so many of my recent recipes, this one is an Instant Pot soup, but that’s not to say that it couldn’t be created on the stovetop, or even in a slow cooker. In any case, you should definitely pin this Instant Pot Mexican Meatball and Barley Soup recipe, or bookmark it for later. It’s really quite delicious.
In my house we use essential oils just about every day of the year. From homemade, natural cleaning products to soothing topical applications or diffused blends, I’ve quickly become a huge fan of essential oils. I turn to my growing collection of essential oils for so many different uses and I’m always seeking not only additional oils but also new uses for the oils I have. As I mentioned, we use our oils almost daily, but I definitely have seasonal favorites. Today, I’m sharing my favorite winter essential oils and some of the ways we use them.Continue Reading
I can only speak for myself here but my pants seem to be fitting just a tad snug. While it may be because the dryer is shrinking my clothes I suspect it probably has more to do with what I chose to sustain myself on over the holidays. Sigh. Fudge and Chex Mix aren’t super compatible with the trim physique I’m after and so, alas, I’ve returned to my pre-holiday eating habits. The good news is that even healthy eating habits can feel indulgent. My Warm Winter Salad with Orange Maple Bourbon Vinaigrette is proof. We dreamed this up on the way to the grocery store last week and I’m happy to report that it exceeded my expectations. I suspected that returning to healthy eating would feel disappointing after cheat eating for so many weeks but this salad came to the rescue big time.Continue Reading