How to Make Real Indian Masala Chai Tea in 5 Minutes

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Written by Stephanie Langford My first taste of Indian chai was accidental. Making our way through the crowded, dusty, vibrantly colorful, animal-filled cacophony known as the Pushkar Camel Fair, we found what our children had been talking about for months on end… a brightly arrayed camel, lovingly decorated for the festivities. Just right for a camel-back ride across the fair grounds. As I followed along on foot, taking in the sensory overload of it all, I didn’t realize that the camel owner had led us […]

Host An Afternoon Tea Party! {includes Classic Tea Sandwich recipe}

Host An Afternoon Tea Party

By Kelly, Contributing Writer Hosting a simple, yet elegant afternoon tea party is a delightful way to celebrate the special women in our lives whether it’s honoring our moms on Mother’s Day, hosting a bridal or baby shower, or just sharing a fun afternoon with good friends. Simply dress up your table with some pretty linens and fresh flowers. And don’t be shy about borrowing extra china or serving platters from friends. Personally, I love the eclectic look of mismatched dishes and platters. Keep the […]

Homemade Teething Tea for Babies

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer I have tried all kinds of methods for soothing teething. With my oldest two, we relied on Hyland’s teething tablets and then either chamomilla (my oldest) or belladonna (my second).  These worked.  We have also used an amber teething necklace with both my second and third.  The amber necklaces definitely seem to take the edge off for them, but when they’re just about to get a new tooth, they’re just irritable and achy enough not to sleep well and […]

Simple and Frugal Soft Drink Recipes

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In my house, the beverage option is usually simple: water.  It’s always there, it’s very cheap, and my kids know to ask for it (and not ask for other stuff). Of course, this gets boring sometimes.  Who wants to always drink water?!  I know I don’t.  However, buying drinks is expensive.  I know that when we are at Grandma’s house, my kids could go through a $4 bottle of juice in about a day (granted it’s a special treat there and […]

Favorite Winter Herbal Remedies: Colds and Coughs, Stomach Viruses, and Headaches

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer It’s winter time (already!  I’m still in denial!) and we’re in the thick of the “sick season.”  In fact, we’ve just gotten over our first round of “major” colds.  That’s no fun. We choose not to use any form of over-the-counter or other pharmaceutical products in our home — at least not without an excellent reason (and we haven’t found one in the last three years).  Certainly we don’t for the run-of-the-mill winter blahs, like colds, flu, stomach viruses, […]

Herbs I Have and What I Do With Them

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Herbs fascinate me. These timeless plants have been used by various healers over thousands of years in order to treat symptoms, ease discomfort, improve mood or mental function, fight infection, and so much more. It seems to me that many Christians steer away from herbalism, using conventional medicine instead. I have come to appreciate herbs, though, as a gentle healing gift from God. Every time we drive down to the town of Lynden, WA, I notice that sign from the herbal supplement company Flora, that […]

3 Simple Methods for Making Herbal Iced Tea

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It may surprise you to know that growing up and into my young adult years, I was quite the fan of Nestea powdered ice tea mix. The super sweetened kind that tastes only vaguely like tea, and mostly like tea and lemon flavored sugar water. Ever the poster child for bad nutritional decisions until I hit my early twenties and had a health crisis, I loved drinking that sort of fake iced tea. It all changed when I dropped sugary drinks like iced tea and […]

Dry to Preserve: A Quick Guide to Dehydration

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Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer So you’ve started your garden, and other than a few minor hiccups (which always seem to happen regardless of skill or experience), things are probably going pretty well, right? Are you preparing to preserve the fruits of your labors (pun intended)?  Preserving your own food is an inexpensive and healthful way to feed your family, prepare for emergencies and practice self-sufficiency. There are many options available to those wanting to preserve their own foods.  Some experienced in food preservation […]