September Book Klub

Often times we read things that come from a single source. They are often slanted to the viewpoint of the writers. But in The Nature Fix, author Florence Williams brilliantly walked into her journey merely seeking answers to questions she really didn’t understand. Just as many of us don’t really know why being outdoors makes us feel good but we would like to know why. Wouldn’t it be great to learn how to harness Mother Nature and have her wisdom in our ear whenever we need it? The Nature Fix will give you just that.

The Nature Fix is so much more than a boring book about how nature can help you. Florence Williams takes us on a journey through countries and time as she unravels the mysteries that nature has over us mortals. Her witty outlook on her epic date with Mother Nature is a true delight. You will be captivated to learn and read more.

SO grab your cup of bark tea (if you dare), find a beautiful meadow and enjoy this lovable, knowledge packed book into why nature is good for your life brand.

Thanksgiving Sides

Let your side dishes be the star of your Thanksgiving meal!

Let your side dishes be the star of your Thanksgiving meal!

 

Savory French Onion Dip

Savory French Onion Dip

2 tbls. butter

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 onions, sliced

4 shallots, sliced

1 tbls. rosemary

2 tsp. sage

nutmeg, grated to taste

¼ cup red wine, sweet

1 cup beef stock

2 tbls. flour

4 cups gruyere cheese, grate

 

Heat medium size saucepan over medium-high heat. Melt butter, add next 6 ingredients. Sauté until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Deglaze pan with wine. Add beef stock and stir. Once mixture is warm stir in flour. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in cheese. Serve warm with toasted baguette or pita chips.

Serves 8

Bacon Bourbon Cranberries

Bacon Bourbon Cran

4 strips bacon

2 tbls. brown sugar

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

16 oz. fresh cranberries

¼ cup bourbon

1 orange, juiced and zested

2 apples, peeled and diced

 

Preheat oven to 350°. Place bacon on baking sheet. Sprinkle brown sugar over bacon. Bake for 15 minutes. When bacon is golden and crispy set aside and let cool. Heat medium saucepan over high heat. Bring sugar and water to a boil. Add cranberries, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Stir occasionally. Once berries pop open reduce heat to simmer. Add bourbon and orange juice. Cook for 30 minutes or until mixture has thickened slightly, stir often. Add apples and zest. Let simmer for 10 minutes, stir often. Place cranberry mixture into serving bowl. Crumble candied bacon over mixture. Serve warm.

Serves 8

Bacon Bourbon Brussel Sprouts

Bacon Bourbon Brussel Sprouts

3 tbls. roasted garlic olive oil

6 cups brussel sprouts, peeled and halved

8 garlic cloves, peeled

2 strips bacon, chopped

½ onion, diced

¼ cup bourbon balsamic vinegar

 

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients on a large sheet pan. Spread out ingredients so they lay evenly, in one layer, on the pan. Bake until soft, about 15 minutes. Serve warm.

Serves 8

We hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that these delicious Thanksgiving Sides are a hit! Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Enjoy, y’all!

Boost Your Health with 5 Healthy Foods for Fall

Fall is the best time of year, with pumpkin carving, hay rides and fashionable sweaters. Of course, we must not forget the sweets and treats. Sadly, those delicious caramel apples and the warm slice of pumpkin pie with cool ice-cream are not so friendly to our figures. While we can cover ourselves with baggy sweaters and fluffy coats during the Fall and Winter, the same can not be said for Spring and Summer. To keep our bodies from going into hibernation mode we have collected a list of delightful healthy Fall foods. Add these yummies into your diet and you will be ready for the impending swimsuit season.

Boost your health this Fall!
Boost your health this Fall!

First on our list, pumpkin! Pumpkins aren’t just good for carving and decorations. According to Real Simple Magazine, “one cup of mashed pumpkin contains a whopping 245% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, plus 19% of your Vitamin C and 8% of your iron.” The vitamin A found in this Fall classic is good for your vision. Pumpkin will also help to boost your immune system; allowing you to feel full of vigor and strength. Checkout Eating Well’s charming Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup.

Apples are another powerful Fall health food. Your Mother always told you that, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” In 2012 a study, by The Ohio State University, found that eating an apple a day reduces the LDL cholesterol by 40%. LDL is the bad cholesterol that hardens your arteries (Working out will also help to raise your HDL levels, which will knockout the bad LDLs.). Apples are also great for a multitude of other healthy cures, like, weight control and whiter teeth. Who knew that eating an apple would whiten your teeth! If you get tired of eating the same old boring apple everyday Cooking Light has compiled a list of 31 deliciously nutritious apple recipes. You will never get bored with all of these possibilities.

Beetroots are becoming a very popular super food in many foodie communities. Not only are they yummy, pickled or fresh on a salad, but they are good for you too. Beets are great for those suffering from inflammation, as the betanin and vulgaxanthin are anti-inflammatory agents. Beets also carry a plethora of other vitamins in their vibrant red bodies. For something out of the ordinary try this scrumptious Beet and Cheddar Risotto from Food & Wine.

Winter squash such as acorn squash, butternut squash and spaghetti squash are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is more commonly known to be found in fish like salmon. However, winter squash provides an additional type of the omega-3. Eating this Fall food will help with asthma, depression and much more. Stock up on your winter squash this Fall because their hard exterior allows them to last for several months. Acorn Squash and Kale over Penne, from Health, is a cozy light meal for a cold Fall day.

Lastly, on our list of Fall health foods are chestnuts. Maintain your beautiful glowing skin through the cold harsh winter with these vitamin B packed nuts. Chestnuts are also great to help keep your weight in check with their high amounts of fiber. While this Fall super food is crammed full of good for you nutrients, remember, nuts are high in calories too. Eat them in moderation or add a few to a dish. For Thanksgiving try Chestnut Sausage and Fennel Stuffing from Good Housekeeping, instead of your typical stove-top stuffing.

These are just a few of the lip-smacking healthy foods from Fall to choose from. Have fun and experiment with exciting ways to eat all of your delectable healthy fares. With so many amazingly healthy and tasty foods, you are sure to have a radiant Fall.