Whether you found your first cosmopolitan as a result of a certain TV show set in New York City, or you have been a fan since before they came into vogue, this pink drink is all it’s cracked up to be. Cosmos are one of the most drinkable cocktails around, and the flavors are simple and clean.
But if you order a Cosmopolitan at a bar or restaurant, chances are the ingredients are not the cleanest around. Alcohol manufacturers are not required to label added dyes and flavors, so you can never be sure that you are drinking something without a little extra “something” that doesn’t qualify as real food at all!
Good thing I have figured out how to make clean cocktails, huh? Yep! Continue reading
I love taco seasoning! Especially when I get pounds and pounds of grass-fed ground beef that I use throughout the year. And since I grew up in California and now live in Arizona, you’d better believe that I love me some Mexican food.
I use this taco seasoning not just on ground beef, but ground turkey as well. It’s perfect for making tacos, burrito bowls, tostadas, and even flavored sour cream! I use about two tablespoons of taco seasoning for 2 cups of sour cream and we use it all the time to flavor various Mexican dishes we make. Continue reading
Hives are the common name for the condition called urticaria, which is usually caused by an allergic reaction in the body. Hives are a skin rash characterized by raised pale red bumps on the skin that are itchy. They can be both acute or chronic, depending on the cause.
Hives are frequently caused by allergic reactions; however, there are many nonallergic causes. Most cases of hives lasting less than six weeks (acute urticaria) are the result of an allergic trigger. Chronic urticaria (hives lasting longer than six weeks) is rarely due to an allergy.
The majority of chronic hives cases have an unknown (idiopathic) cause. In perhaps as many as 30–40% of patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria, it is caused by an autoimmune reaction. Acute viral infection is another common cause of acute urticaria (viralexanthem). Less common causes of hives include friction, pressure, temperature extremes, exercise, and sunlight. (source)
Fortunately, we have antihistamines that we can use to treat hives and other allergic reactions. But antihistamines can bring their own problems, the side effects of which range from sleepiness to just plain feeling weird (that’s a technical term I like to use.) And really, an antihistamine is useful, but doesn’t have to be the only treatment you use.
These photos are from last night, when I should have posted them! Courtney from The Polivka Family is driving through Phoenix again, this time with her cute hubby Frank, and we got to go to Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe, AZ last night to enjoy the yummy bar food and the amazing handcrafted beers made right here in my city!
Fish and Chips and Hefeweizen (not pictured) for Kendahl
Courtney and Frank Polivka, in the flesh!
There are many ways to prepare yourself for children, from emotional awareness to spiritual reflection. But as far as your physical body goes, there are some guidelines to follow that should make you feel better and also increase the likelihood of your baby having incredible health.
- Sleep a lot! Sleep helps keep your stress levels low, and your hormones and metabolism happy, so you can grow that baby
- Eat happily and well!
- Take lots of cod liver oil and butter oil for vitamin A, D, and K2. (See why vitamin K2 is so critical here and here.)
And when I say “vitamin A and D” I am referring mostly to animal sources like liver, seafood, etc. The best and most thorough rundown on pregnancy nutrition is from the Weston A. Price (WAPF) site. Here are several links to the best dietary advice on the web for new mamas: Continue reading
Mojitos are light and refreshing: bright lime and mint mixed with homemade bitters, mineral water, and light rum. And all lightly sweetened with homemade honey syrup, a real food mojito is hardly something to consider
Every year when it heats up I want to have a mojito. Or any time I get my hands on some mineral water. Or mint. Okay, fine, I just really want a mojito pretty much any time I can manage it! (After all, I wrote the book on real food cocktails, and it’s time to shake one up!)
So if you have a patch of mint growing in your backyard, grab a handful and let’s get cracking! Continue reading