Mama's Twig & Blossoms Blog

Carrot Juice Pulp Muffins

We love to make fresh juice and have tried various recipes over the years to use the pulp leftover from juicing. My family has gamely tried countless varieties of raw crackers (some of them really delicious), and we've suffered through many a terrible muffin recipe in the name of using our pulp, in lieu of just composting (thought composting feeds us in a d...

Taco Rice Bowl

I love to make my family healthy meals, but let's face it, fast and easy meals are where it's at. Nowadays, though, it's never been so easy to marry fast and easy with healthy, and I love rice bowls because you can make a hearty yet healthy meal that the whole family loves. I usually start by making a big batch of brown rice (or other yummy whole grains) at...

Dandelion Pesto

Many, MANY years ago my sister made Dandelion Wine. There was some unfortunate sediment, and it wasn't the most delicious beverage, but it was the first time that I became aware of dandelions being something more than an aggravation in the yard (or for us kids, a complete wonder, because blowing dandelion seeds was SO MUCH FUN!). Fast forward to last week (...

White Beans with Rosemary

OK friends, it's been a few weeks since I've posted (but since then we've visited several additional states, so....) and I thought I'd treat you to one of my favorite recipes for today's comeback. This white bean recipe is about as good as it gets, in my opinion. If you've ever been to Zöe's Kitchen and had their white beans, this may taste familiar. I fell...

Pickled Beets with Fresh Mozzarella

I have not always loved beets. In fact, I still do not always love beets. But this amazing dish, to which I was introduced about 6 years ago, had me moving forward in relationship with a vegetable I'd spent the duration of my life, till then, ignoring. I've punched it up a bit with the addition of Wild Orange Essential Oil and even my kids ate it!! This is...

Chocolate Orange Brownies

Have you ever tried those orange-shaped chocolates that usually come out around this time of year? You know, they have segments, taste like an orange (OK, they taste like chocolate with orange essence), and are so easy to eat that before you know it, it's gone and you have a tummy ache? Yeah, I don't know them, either. This is so much better for you, easy t...

Lemon Blueberry Smoothie

OK, for the second recipe post in a row, you might feel like I'm cheating a bit (traveling!). But again, I implore you to give it a try, it's so good! And I'll give you something a bit meatier soon, promise. This smoothie is super yummy and full of goodness. My kids loved it, and for those mornings (we do this for snacks, too) when we need to do something q...

Basil Hummus

This "recipe" is going to leave you thinking I don't take seriously my commitment to post a tasty new recipe more often than not. I do, friends, believe me, and if you trust me for just a moment, you will see the beauty in what you're about to read. I love hummus. We use it on crackers, veggies, as a substitute for mayonnaise, and sometimes, just by itself...

Moroccan Rice

Last week (er, maybe it was the week before) I shared with you a recipe for Moroccan Chicken with Lemon and Olives. The flavors of the chicken were so incredible that I wanted to recreate it in another dish and found the recipe for this delicious rice over at Food.com. For this recipe I used an Instant Pot. Never heard of it? It's an electric pressure cook...

Moroccan Chicken with Lemon & Olives

The traditional gift for a 6th anniversary is candy/iron (an odd combination, if you ask me) and it just so happened that during this period of time in our marriage, my husband and I happened to discover the beauty of Le Creuset cookware. And that was why, for our 6th anniversary, we gifted ourselves with several pieces of Le Creuset (cast iron, enameled co...

Paleo Lemon & Blueberry Scones

This recipe is one of our favorites for breakfast (or afternoon tea) and I couldn't be happier that Cassy Joy from Fed and Fit was so willing to let me share the goodness! It's clean and easy, and my littles love it!! Lemon and blueberry pair wonderfully together, so we add dōTERRA Lemon Essential Oil for a nice twist. Ingredients 1 ½ cups Cashews (or...

A Word to the Wise about Cooking with Essential Oils

We LOVE to cook with Essential Oils!!! Has there been a learning curve? Yes, yes there has been. But once you get the hang of the "how," it's both easy and fun, and of course...tasty! The general rule of thumb for cooking with Essential Oils is that for stronger spices you dip a toothpick in the oil and swirl the toothpick in your recipe. Remember, 2 drops ...