Oct20 Sweetest Day 2012

Today is Sweetest Day. When I think of Sweetest day I think of this:

Girlie things, pink, lace, sparkles, cake…we are the sweetest aren’t we?

But it’s actually about appreciating the people you love, and giving them candy.  Apparently it’s mostly known in the midwest areas so this is my first time hearing of it.  I love the idea because I obviously love candy.  So go do it!!! Get some candy and give it to the people you love, and if you love me send me candy!!!

Also, if you’re supermom you can make your own candies which would be extra special. You can find a tutorial on how to make these wonderful peppermint patties HERE.

Photo Credit: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // Peppermint Patties

Oct01 How to make PlayDough 2012

play dough from Brooke Hoehne on Vimeo.

Music: The Killers
Hand Modeling: My Mom ;)

Sep26 Hippie Mom: Natural Cold Remedies 2012

Well Friends, with fall fast approaching we begin to prepare for the change in weather, the leaves changing colors, excitement for the holidays, and unfortunately the nasty colds that come along with it and give our little kiddos the sniffles. So we’ve researched some of the natural methods for avoiding and treating the common cold.

First up:
Apple Cider Vinegar has been known to be one of the greatest contributors to health. Research shows it’s benefits internally and holds many qualities including:
Rich in enzymes & potassium
Helps support a healthy immune system
Helps control weight
Promotes digestion & ph Balance
Helps soothe dry throats
Helps remove body sludge toxins (that doesn’t sound good)

What you Need:
¼ teaspoon Cayenne
¼ teaspoon Ginger
1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar (an organic one, like Bragg’s, is preferred.)
2 Tablespoon Water
1 Tablespoon Honey (use a locally produced raw honey, if possible.)

Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well. Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough.

You can find out more HERE

Tumeric Milk
Tumeric has attracted a lot of attention for it’s healing powers, which has always been recognized as that in places like India. It’s helps with things like skin problems, colds, toothaches and many other ailments. You can read more about it HERE

What you Need:
2 cups fresh whole milk
1/2 – 1 tsp turmeric powder
2-3 whole black peppercorns
2-3 whole cardamom pods, cracked
1/2 inch ginger, roughly chopped
Pinch of saffron, optional
Sweetener like honey

Heat the milk along with the spices for 2-3 minutes. Add the sweetener to taste if using. Let it cool until its warm. Strain and serve.

Elderberry Echinacea Syrup

Elderberry contains many healthful properties (including antioxidants, tannins, vitamins A, B, and C, flavonoids and more), which could help strengthen the immune system. But it’s best known for knocking out the flu right when it starts, so it’s important to take it immediately upon having symptoms, or every day really.  Echinacea has been shown to be helpful with all sorts of ailments, and honey is antibacterial and a natural cold symptom remedy, plus cinnamon and ginger root which are also very helpful in fighting the nasty flu (just cinnamon and honey together are often used as well). Read more in riveting detail, HERE

What you Need:
ginger root
The BIG MOMA (I named it that)

“Ginger and cayenne are warming to your system, while onion, horseradish and garlic help to kill any bug that is attempting to assault your body. Sage and rosemary dry up any mucus that might be tempted to drip, and your body will benefit from the boost of minerals that apple cider vinegar provides. As scary as it sounds, it’s actually quite tasty, too.” Read more about the recipe and how to combine ingredients HERE

What you need:
1/4 c. ginger root, freshly grated
1/4 c. onion, freshly chopped
1/4 c. fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 c. fresh sage leaves, chopped
1/4 c. grated horseradish
4 cloves of garlic (you can up it to 6, if you feel adventurous)
2 Tbsp. ground cayenne pepper
organic apple cider vinegar to cover


And if you can’t swallow any of the above, much less get your kiddos to do so, here’s another option.

Koreans make a medicinal “marmalade” with just fresh lemon and honey. “The lemon will cut through mucus (because of the acidity), kill bacteria, and also help numb tender, sore spots. The honey coats your throat and sweetens up all that acid that’s working in the lemon”, plus the other things we just learned about it, we’re such smarties.

Cut up 2 lemons, drop them in a small mason jar and pour honey over them until it filled up about 1/3 of the jar. You can immediately see the juice from the lemon being drawn out by the honey and the two swirling together. If you let it sit in the fridge, over the next couple of months the lemon will darken and the mixture will thicken. The peels and pulp will break down as well and leave behind a golden, lumpy marmalade that you can scoop into a cup and poor piping hot water over.  Easy as Pie!

This post is part of our new hippie mom series which will help the organic mom find tips in how to be as grass-roots, organic, tree hugging, well, hippie mom as possible.

Apr25 Recipe: Strawberry Leather 2012

I found this recipe from The Little Red House, and I HAD to try it. It was so much fun, really easy, and the end result…AMAZING!!! You have to try it. Your kids will have fun doing it with you since it’s so easy, and then you can all munch on your snacks once you finish.

Here’s a little video I made of how to make Strawberry Leather! Enjoy your preservative free Fruit Roll Ups :)

Music: She & Him



Buy Some YUMMMY strawberries.  They can be really ripe since you’ll be cooking them down.

I used 4 of those little green boxes they come in (yes, I’m clearly very good with accurate measurments)

Put them in a pot, and let them cook over low heat for 15 minutes

Add some honey if you would like

Puree your strawberries (I used a hand blender, BEST INVENTION EVERRRR)

Pour strawberries over parchment paper on a cookie sheet (I had enough for two cookie sheets)

Place in the oven at 150 for 6-8 hours (I left them in all day while I ran errands, and my house didn’t even burn down. I avoided telling my husband that part of the story). When they are finished it should come off the parchment paper really easily.

Take them out, roll them up YUM YUM YUM