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Lip balm lip balm lip balm….

My Shea Butter lip butter balm flavors have changed over the years due to flavors becoming obsolete or just not a favorite. I started this business making only lip balms as I LOVE a GOOD lip balm–I keep one in my car, purse, bedside and pocket!


I love my newest flavor: Isle of Apples, named after the Isle of Avalon.  King Author, them all!  This lip balm has a green tart apple flavor that is far from boring, I’m really happy with it!

Another flavor is Herbal Tea, which includes essential oils of peppermint, rosemary, and a hint of eucalyptus. My friend who had a cold sore said it cleared right up after using this lip balm. I was actually trying to duplicate Burt’s Bees and did a pretty good job, though mine is not as minty strong; people just didn’t seem to like it.

Wild Cherry Blossom is a yummy black cherry flavor that is my personal favorite!

Lemongrass is a fav for many, just simple lemongrass essential oil added.

Strawberry Fields has been out since the beginning, as Herbal Tea. A flavor/smell like a sweet strawberry pie!

Sunshine Orange lip balm I really like, like fresh OJ in the morning, refreshing! Reminds me of the sweet tangelo juice in Florida!

Raspberry Ice is made special for a lovely local author who lives near me. Series is called Charity Moon. Here is the link to buy this book:

Banana-rama.  I stopped making this one for a while, then after popular demand, brought it back. A nice tropical flavor that reminds me of a banana daiquiri. 🙂

banana rama

Posted in Homeschool rocks

Thyme for cough syrup & the holidays

My son and I have had a cold for what seems like forever now. Taliesin has had a cough for a week and I have found this thyme recipe that does help.  Simmer a small handful of dried thyme (larger handful for fresh) in a cup of water, simmer for a half hour at least, strain, then stir in a quarter cup of honey into the ‘tea’- give or take a tablespoon. Store in fridge about a month.  Honey is wonderful for the throat anyway, so this really soothed us! A friend named Tammy spoke of Colloidal silver.  I am reading up on it!

holiday soaps 2014It is not too later to order some great soaps for stocking stuffers!

My Solstice, and Frankincense & Myrrh have really sold well this year!  *Thank you so much for a wonderful year* ❤

Great karma comes immediately in so many seen and unseen ways when you buy from local, small owned business!

On Thanksgiving my step-mom and dad come down for a fun feast: Turkey, sweet potato casserole, roasted rosemary potatoes, apple coleslaw, rolls and broccoli casserole. YUM! Of course, the traditional spinach dip too, and nuts galore.

For the December holidays it is just us; hubby and son- nice and quiet…opening gifts by the fire and burning the Yule log for a bright new year…and a non-traditional dinner of homemade bread, lasagna and salad-served on a formal dining table with pine tree plates. 🙂

Zulu found his way to the top of the shed..

***HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!***  luv, the Faerykissnaturals family    ❤ Teressa

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How cool is this! A little fluff and cutouts from Christmas cards to make captured (and unharmed!) fairies!
Posted in Homeschool rocks

Praying mantis and our silly black cat

Weather here in southern North Carolina in October could be 85 one day, and 68 another day…as this week predicts. We have been spending time outdoors on the deck hitting the books and drinking some tea. Taliesin prefers almond milk with Ovoltine! Sounds yummy to me.

OK, it is VERY east to get distracted on the deck…birds, squirrels after the corn we put out, and a praying mantis today:


Nature teaches! 🙂

Leaves here are still pretty green, so I don’t have any nice recent pics to share yet of that scene.  Here is one of Zulu, our cat, having a little fun. He is like dog more than cat, I swear. He meows to be let out, and uses the tree line in the behind our house as a litter box, then literally knocks on the door, or jumps to grab the doorknob, to be let in!  Woo hoo, good boy! He frolics (for real) around the yard, jumping and skipping around. Well, that is what it look like! Love our kitty.  I hear black cats are especially bright, I have no idea, this being our first black cat.IMG_4159

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Asheville and Deodorant

Yummy goodies!
Yummy goodies!

Noelle from Bayberrywoods Candles and myself had a blast at the Organicfest in beautiful Asheville, NC. Our tents were near a large, spouting fountain..I mean really, a lovely city!  I’ve been here before, but only then for fun!  Yet this was just as fun! The people were so nice, happy, and I made record sales! All my deodorants sold out and I brought so many!   Thank you so much, Asheville, for your warm reception.

asheville 2014 organicfest
My first and most memorable customer of the day! He wanted to use his new deodorant right then and there! LOL!
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Kick ass coleslaw..finally!

colelslaw1coleslawI love coleslaw. I have a Japanese friend who makes a great one with rice wine vinegar and I could eat the whole bowl, really. I would love to learn more about vinegar based slaws.

 My hubby, Mark found a dressing recipe from the wonderful Wolfgang Puck that I HAVE to share.  I just didn’t want to buy premade dressing!

I’ve never really made a good coleslaw until I made the one on the left..I love adding apples to this, adds a nice, sweet crunch!

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Sushi Sunday

I know on Sundays many ladies are in the kitchen cooking food for the next couple of days or even a week! They freeze containers of lasagna or soup or whatever to last them. I always admired those who did that, as I do not!  If I had more children, I bet I would though. Cooking takes up a LOT of time so this summer I am trying my hand at making sushi on Sundays to last a few days.sushi 2

3 cups of uncooked rice made enough for 7 rolls, so about 42 sushis total! (actually I think these have TOO much rice in them, so make that 8 rolls)

Tali will eat the ones with cucumber only. I also have some with spicy (not too spicy) bamboo shoots, kimchi, carrot, even spam or a bit of cream cheeese. Sometimes imitation crab when we have it. Mark LOVES spicy bamboo shoots. You can buy them in any Asian market in jars. I finally tried them, then kicked myself for not trying sooner! 🙂 Delicious! What have we all been missing out on??

I also have been making kimchi pancakes, which are awesome too! A 1/3 cup of rice flour, a 1/3 cup of regular flour and a cup of kimchi and can about 5-6 pancakes. That was another dish I wasn’t sure I would love, but it’s soooo tasty!

So this has been a year of Theresa getting more creative and learning more recipes from around the world. This summer I am going to focus on Mexican/South American ‘street’ food, and this Fall, African dishes.


tali sushi

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So Funny! To all us ladies who have waxed…

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Yeah, so I just about pulled something in my neck laughing at this..I just had to share. (I highly recommend that you DO NOT drink anything while reading.)

My night began as any other normal weeknight. Come home, fix dinner, and play with the kids. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours: ‘Maybe I should pull the waxing kit out of the medicine cabinet.’

So I headed to the site of my demise: the bathroom. It was one of those ‘cold wax’ kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hand, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them to your leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off.

No mess, no fuss.

How hard can it be?

I mean, I’m not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out. (YA THINK!?!)

So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other stuck together. Instead of rubbing them together, my genius kicks in so I get out the hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees. (‘Cold wax,’ yeah…right!)

I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull.

It works!

OK, so it wasn’t the best feeling, but it wasn’t too bad. I can do this! Hair removal no longer eludes me!

I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire.

With my next wax strip I move north after checking on the kids, I sneak back into the bathroom, for the ultimate hair fighting championship.

I drop my panties and place one foot on the toilet.

Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (it was a long strip) ..

I inhale deeply and brace myself…RRRRIIIPPP!!!!

I’m blind!!! Blinded from pain!!!!….OH MY GAWD!!!!!!!!!

Vision returning, I notice that I’ve only managed to pull off half the strip.


Another deep breath and RIPP!

Everything is spinning and spotted.

I think I may pass out…must stay conscious…must stay conscious.

Do I hear crashing drums???

Breathe, breathe…OK, back to normal.

I want to see my trophy – a wax covered strip, the one that has caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair. I hold up the strip!

There’s no hair on it.

Where is the hair???


Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet. I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip…it’s not! I touch. .. I am touching wax!!

I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and matted hair. Then I make the next BIG mistake…remember my foot is still propped upon the toilet? I know I need to do something. So I put my foot down.

Sealed shut! My butt is sealed shut. Sealed shut!

I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself ‘Please don’t let me get the urge to poop. My head may pop off!’

What can I do to melt the wax?

Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!!

I’ll run the hottest water I can stand into the bathtub, get in, immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right???


I get in the tub – the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war or sterilize surgical equipment – I sit.

Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together, is having them glued together and then glued to the bottom of the tub…in scalding hot water.

Which, by the way, doesn’t melt cold wax.

So, now I’m stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cemented myself to the porcelain!! God bless the man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom!!!!!

I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some secret of how to get me undone. It’s a very good conversation starter ‘So, my butt and hoo-ha are glued together to the bottom of the tub!’

There is a slight pause.

She doesn’t know any secret tricks for removal but she does try to hide her laughter from me. She wants to know exactly where the wax is located, ‘Are we talking cheeks or hole or hoo-ha?’

She’s laughing out loud by now…I can hear her. I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box.

YEAH!!!!! Right!! I should be the joke of someone else’s night.

While we go through various solutions, I resort to trying to scrape the wax off with a razor. Nothing feels better than to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shaving the sticky wax off!!

By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I’m pretty sure I’m going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event.

My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace….the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax.

What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub some on and … OH MY GAWD!!!!!!! The scream probably woke the kids and scared the dickens out of my friend.

Its sooo painful, but I really don’t care.


It works!!’ I get a hearty congratulation from my friend and she hangs up. I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and despair…?


So I recklessly shave it off.

Heck, I’m numb by now.

Nothing hurts.
I could have amputated my own leg at this point.

Next week I’m going to try hair color……

Now share this one and give your friends a good laugh!

(Facebook source – original writer not know )

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Springtime homeschoolin’ & fruit water

Taliesin is really studying hard for his finals (CAT) coming up in June:

tali homeschool 2014


Fruit water is SOOO easy to make, and it’s so pretty! Last year I was adding fruit to large pitchers of water and stashing them in the fridge..they kept alright but I like this way better: I simply add fruit to each glass plus some sprigs of mint from the garden. Sometimes I add a little touch of sugar and then mash it a bit with a potato masher to release the juices (if I do mash it I have the fruit in a bowl). Then add some water from our Brita pitcher and all done!  I got the idea of the strawberries from Belmont NC by the park on Main Street. They have a vendor there with the BEST fruit water ever!


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Kimchi making (doesn’t smell!)

After watching Kimchi Chronicles on Hulu I was open to a new exciting type of food: Korean! It helped watching Korean drama like Shining Inheritance, and Baker King (Korean soap-operas are the best!!) and loving the lifestyle and beauty of South Korea.

Grand Asian Market in Charlotte is the best place I have found for asian cuisine, including huge jars of kimchi. I eat it on warm days with cold rice, really delicious, healthy, and refreshing!

I decided to make it myself, and have done so, twice! It’s easy, plus you are adding what YOU want, making it as hot or mild as YOU wish!  I want to show you here, and point out a mistake I made so I, or yourself, don’t repeat it.

I cut up 2 heads of napa cabbage and soaked it in water for 3 days. I couldn’t fit all the cabbage in one pot.  If you can, that is best. One cup of salt too. I use sea salt. I put about a half cup in the smaller pot (too much?).

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On day 3, I cut up carrots, spring onions and some cucumber. After I drain the cabbage I added all this to it. The cabbage will be tasty already and still a bit crunchy. The salt pulls out the water of the cabbage, so it really shrinks in size! That is why it is good to use 2 head of cabbage. I added some leftover juice from a jar of kimchi we had eaten already, so I kinda cheated there. Like any popular recipe in a culture, there are as many recipes for kimchi as there are Koreans, I think. Here are some I have found:

tablespoon grated garlic (about 5-6 cloves)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon sugar
2-3 tablespoons seafood flavor or water
1-5 tablespoons Korean red pepper flakes


1 cup of fish sauce, 2.5 cups of hot pepper flakes (depending on your taste), 1 cup of crushed garlic, 1-2 tbs of minced ginger, 1 cup amount of minced onion.

I would add WAY less hot pepper flakes, as I prefer it mild. NOW here is the mistake I made! I think I let it soak for too long. Last time I let it soak for 24 hours. 3 days apparently made it too salty. I will come back here after I make it again. Also, I find online ‘quick kimchi’ recipes which do not soak at all.

Koreans, unfortunately, have a high risk of stomach cancer. It is found to be from the kimchi eaten. Please remember that their kimchi is very hot, and they eat it basicly every single day.

Ciao for now! 🙂


March 27th: UPDATE! 🙂   I am trying this recipe. She says do not soak cabbage, and I did use too much salt apparently.  I will let you know how this turns out!

Posted in Healing...

Filipino chicken stock

I LOVE, LOVE our library. LOVE the cookbooks. I have one out about Filipino cooking.

I was feeling really achy today (women stuff!) and decided to have some of this simple stock I made yesterday. I feel SO much better already:

Boil some free range organic chicken with bones for 5 minutes. Drain. (this gets rid of any ‘impurities’, the book says).

Then: simmer the chicken along with a thumb size hunk of peeled ginger, a bay leaf, a blade of lemongrass (I didn’t have any lemongrass, I should have picked some up at our Grand Asian Market in Charlotte) and pepper. I added a bit of salt too. Simmer 4 hours covered, then strain it. I picked apart the meat and added it to the broth. That’s it! Of course you can add onion ,carrots, etc.  I just made it as the recipe said. I am sipping it now out of a mug. I feel a ton better. Medicine! 🙂


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Homemade perfume UPDATE

Remember my post about 6 weeks ago on Homemade perfume? Well, I am using it and loving it!

I don’t own a spray perfume bottle, so I am using a small glass blue bottle spray I’ve had forever. I knew it would have a great purpose someday.

The amount of alcohol to water to oil ratio is perfect. The scent does last too. Remember, you don’t need expensive essential oils, even just lavender is wonderful, or maybe cedarwood? Check my past blog posts to find the Homemade perfume and try it yourself! Even with the more expensive essential oils you could save a ton of $$ (I love a nice perfume and they are not cheap!) plus, make some for gifts.

Ciao for now!

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DIY liquid soap

Making liquid soap
Making liquid soap

I love a large bar of soap.  I rarely get asked about making a liquid soap to sell, but many people prefer a liquid soap by the kitchen sink. I agree. There are ways to make it by scratch. Liquid soap is made with potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide normally.  Now is not the time in my life to bother with two types of soap (no time!), but I have made liquid soap with my bar soap which is working out nicely for us!

Try this: 

Using a grater on a smaller side, shred your bar of soap (use homemade soap for nice, homemade liquid!). Bring to a boil on the stove with 6 cups of water then turn to low for about a half hour. Keep watch on it, mine boils over sometimes! Cleans the stove nicely though!  Stir frequently with a whisk. Turn off the heat and let rest and cool. Pour into soap dispensers.  I did this today with my Beeswax Honey soap and have done it in the past with my Lavender soap. Scent keeps nicely! Water and oils naturally separate, so every so often (twice a week at least) you need to shake it up in the dispenser. Will immediately become a nice consistency, and will thicken over time.

 I really love doing this as I don’t need to be dependent on the grocery store.  You can also pour into a plastic shampoo type bottle and use as a body wash in the shower..but I save my bar soaps for that. Recipe will fill at least two dispensers and I keep leftovers in a glass jar for future use. You could make this and give as a gift in a mason jar with a bow. Pretty and sincere! Make sure you use homemade soap for a true all-natural gift.

Click here for making a mason glass jar soap dispenser. I think it adds some down home whimsy whether you live in a mansion or a shack. 🙂  As you can see below I don’t have one of that type at the moment.  Ciao for now!


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Nettle tea (yum!)

Southern North Carolina is getting more snow than usual. They don’t plow our side streets, so we have been stuck for a few days. My family wouldn’t mind a little, but we are counting our blessings since we lived in northern Ohio and experienced some really bad winters! Weather like that can really make people hardy – that’s for sure. I remember driving to or from work in Cleveland in -10 wind chill with a blizzard going on at the same time, I hardly believe it! Then we moved to the coasts of Florida which we do miss now even more than before. 🙂

Nettle infusion,  echinacea  tincture

Nettle infusion, echinacea tincture

Here is pic I took of an infusion andtincture I made that Susun Weed swears by.  I made a nettle infusion, which to me is like a strong tea, and am drinking it cold today. Since the Holiday season I have been stuffed up, watery eyes, just feeling weak. I hate this, especially when I am used to feeling pretty energetic. This nettle flavor is not bad at all, but a bit grassy.  I would never add honey or sugar though, it just doesn’t need Here is a posting from Susun on the type of infusions she likes to create:

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) builds energy, strengthens the adrenals, and is said to restore youthful flexibility to blood vessels. A cup of nettle infusion contains 500 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of bone-building magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron, and zinc. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A, D, E, and K. For flexible bones, a healthy heart, thick hair, beautiful skin, and lots of energy, make friends with sister stinging nettle. It may make you feel so good you’ll jump up and exercise.

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) reduces high cholesterol, increases libido, and strengthens the nerves. A cup of oatstraw infusion contains more than 300 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of many other minerals. Its steroidal saponins nourish the pancreas and liver, improving digestion and stabilizing moods. Oatstraw is best known however for its ability to enhance libido and mellow the mood. Do be careful whom you share it with, or you may find yourself sowing some wild oats. In Auryuvedic medicine, oatstraw is considered the finest of all longevity tonics.

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is better in every way than its cousin soy. It contains four phytoestrogens; soy has only one (isoflavone). Red clover infusion has ten times more phytoestrogens than soy “milk,” fewer calories, more calcium, and no added sugars. Red clover is the world’s leading anti-cancer herb; soy isoflavone encourages the growth of breast cancer cells in the lab. Red clover improves the memory; Japanese men who ate tofu twice a week doubled their risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Soy beverage can contain up to 1000 times more aluminum than milk, according to Sally Fallon, lipid researcher and fat specialist. She believes that “the highly processed soy foods of today are perpetuating . . . nutrient deficiencies. . . .”

Comfrey (Symphytum) leaf is free of the compounds (PAs) found in the root that can damage the liver. I have used comfrey leaf infusion regularly for decades with no liver problems, ditto for the group of people at the Henry Doubleday Research Foundation who have eaten cooked comfrey leaves as a vegetable for four generations. Comfrey is also known as “knitbone,” and no better ally for the woman with thin bones can be found. And, don’t forget, comfrey contains special proteins used in the formation of short-term memory cells. Its soothing mucilage adds flexibility to joints, eyes, vagina, and lungs.


I simmered a quart of water and placed in 2 small handfuls of nettle. Yeah I’m bad like that, I don’t always measure in the kitchen. I let it steep for only 2 hours. Susan says 4 hours is best, but it was after midnight. I am drinking some now… tasty. I will update you soon on how this makes me feel – hopefully more vibrant!  ☆  The echinacea tincture is made with vodka. This is the first one I have made myself and I can’t wait to try it. ButI’ll have to wait since it must sit for 6 weeks before I can bottle it.     Oh, I found another wonderful article from Susan to share!                         ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥ !Goddess Blessings! ☆.¸¸.

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Homeschool Winter time!

My son, nickname Tali, had a splendid idea of creating one diorama each month, starting with Neanderthals and forward to modern times. Oh we’ll have a Triassic or Cretaceous dinosaur period as well.  Netflix has an AWESOME 2 episode show called Walking with Caveman.  We are BoTH learning so much. We both find it pretty fascinating. I wonder what we will evolve to in a million or so years? 🙂

Neanderthal diorama (not finished yet)

Neanderthal diorama (not finished yet)

Some of my favorite study material for my son and Spectrum Workbooks, found on Amazon.  He has been wanting for years to become a Game programmer when he grows up, and help create video/computer games.  After some research, we found that an Associates in Computer Science (then a Bachelors if he chooses) is the key to great jobs including game creating. Maybe as he grows up maybe he’ll change his mind. He is also interested in Archeology, which is super cool also (myself and my mother were always interested in that, so it must run in the family??). If I could go back in time, that would be my first choice of interest..the closest school for this is at Chapel Hill University, only 2 hours away. Might be the one and only Archeology degree on the east coast!

Now…8 year away IS the furthest from my mind..but it is fun to research. When a child has a dream, it sticks!!

A few children in my son’s homeschool group has their own 4H group. This is new to us and I am really excited about it. They will be volunteering soon in Agricultural areas. I always think of horses and cows when I think of 4H. :)


I’ve been homeschooling my sweet son since he was 5. He did half a year of kindergarten in which he just really didn’t feel ready for (his bday is in August) plus I really didn’t like the teacher…she would give poor grades, sad faces and such, if the children didn’t ‘color in the lines’ in the school coloring books. Talk about taking the love of learning out of the kid!! My friend homeschools her 4 children and loved it, so I thought I’d give it a go!  He loves being home and we joined a homeschool group of a bunch of lovely ladies and happy and fun kids. He also takes dance class and preformed in the Nutcracker this year as the Mouse Prince!

Taliesin at school

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Soup, Cornbread and More

Quinoa sushi with cucumber and avocado, The other has kimchi!

Quinoa sushi with cucumber and avocado, The other has kimchi!

There’s a recipe floating around Facebook about making sushi with Quinoa instead of rice. I thought I would give it a try. I prepared it like sushi rice: a little sugar and rice vinegar. It held *Ok* but not as good as rice would. The taste was fine, but you might want to put the chopsticks away on this one as it can get messy! I think I will use rice next time.

My sis in law got me some chili mix the Women’s Bean Project. Corn bread mix too! :) This organization is based in Denver, Colorado, and helps unemployed women get back on their feet financially with confidence.

Chili and Corn bread, organic from Women's Bean Project


Goat cheese tomato soup, salad with a soft boiled egg and homemade bread from my friend Corinne at LadyBug Farms.   I actually made this around Halloween (can you tell??) and it is really good!! A simple blender soup of an onion sauteed in some butter, a bit of garlic, vegetable broth, then put in blender with chopped tomatoes and goat cheese, also a bit of chili flakes. Really takes the chill off!!

Homemade goat cheese tomato soup, salad and my friend Ladybug farms bread!
Homemade goat cheese tomato soup, salad and my friend Ladybug farms bread!
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Banana Sushi?

This is a year of Theresa (me!) trying new things…one is healthy, tasty recipes, so I hope to post some that I really liked and review them. Maybe you’ll give it a try!

banana 'sushi' with hemp seeds.

banana ‘sushi’ with hemp seeds.

This is ‘banana sushi’ which is super easy and VERY TASTY!  Unpeel a banana, cut it in half, and spread a nut butter all around it. Yeah it gets a little messy. Roll in shelled hemp seeds, slice, and viola’!  This will be a staple in my house, healthy and yummy! You could also toss in some mini chocolate chips.