Happy New Year

Finally. Your new year probably started a couple weeks ago. But our first week felt like a hiatus between the lines of time. Now we are looking ahead at travel plans to NYC for the Gift fair. Excited to get back on track with yoga and exercise… you know that momentum of righteous resolution. After days of barely having any appetite my buds re-calibrated post holiday to not needing so much sweet and I already dropped my holiday mid waist luggage.

We nursed a gnarly flu with the following arsenal… This is how we do it.

herb pharm herb blend Herb pharm echinacea goldenseal blend. I’ll take this 2-3x dayIsland Thyme respitory balmLocal Island Thymes‘ respiratory balm. Made by friends of mineflu remedies Digital thermometer- I’m obsessed with taking my temp. And a myriad of items for symptoms.Hoffman honey Loads of this honey in fresh ginger and lemon tea. Strong and spicy and soothing.Emergen-C Sucking the Emergen-C’s down every few hours. I’m not too concerned with the extra marketing of ‘joint health’ but we like the citrus flavor:)Manuka honey The honey loquat syrup is great for chest and coughs. The Manuka honey from New Zealand, supposedly high in healthy anti-bacterial microbes.fresh lemon and gingerThe fresh ginger I peel and slice thin and boil/simmer in water. I’ll add juice of 1/2 to 1 whole lemon and a couple tablespoons of raw honey. I drink it hot. I love that stuff.

quick chicken soupWhen I’m really down and out I eat homemade applesauce. My first meal this week was some chicken stock from the freezer thawed with the addition of a little chicken breast, carrots, shitake mushrooms, carrots and spinach. Maybe a little left over rice in there too.

Then I moved onto a healing beef bone broth with spinach, mushrooms, kimchi and a poached egg and avocado. This was a lovely meal I won’t wait till I’m sick to make again. I made the bone broth overnight in the crockpot with short ribs and soup bones and the general aromatics- onion, carrot, celery, parsley, bulb of garlic, peppercorns. I’ll cook it 12 hours overnight and strain. I then just shred a little of the short rib meat to add in to the broth. Healing and tasty.

Hope your 2015 is off to a good start!

bone broth, kimchi, poached eggLast but not least one little farm shot. Not our farm but some baby calf buddies nearby. They are still skiddish but so sweet!

baby calf buddies

white bean, kale and sausage soup

This is just a little something to ground you between the inevitable highs and lows of the holidays. Kale, white bean and sweet italian sausage from Skagit River Ranch It’s a moment to go to something simple, familiar – we aren’t re-inventing the wheel here. Maybe use a little of that soup stock from the turkey bones. I made about 6 quarts from two turkeys. It’s important to keep eating healthy for a majority of the time through this season. And honestly, we enjoy the holidays more if we don’t feel like we’ve completely fallen off the cliff with eating habits.

White bean kale sausage soup @wendyellenthomas.com-5The kale is holding out but has had a couple good hits from freeze. I actually think I could plant more next year. Never enough kale right?

White bean kale sausage soup @wendyellenthomas.com-3I uncased three links of the sausage and saved one to slice. Ground sausage unlinked is a little more convenient if you have a quality source. One link I sliced in to have some chunks for garnishing but that’s optional

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Pulled my last few leeks from the garden as well and sautéd two of them with 1 medium yellow onion along with the 3 links of the sausage with casings removed. From here I added a little carrot and about 1 large bunch of kale cut in large strips and the chicken stock.

White bean kale sausage soup @wendyellenthomas.com-2My go to white beans are Great Northern Beans from Eden Foods

White bean kale sausage soup @wendyellenthomas.com-4Put it all together… and garnish with a little grated parmesan. Warming, hearty but not too… time for a little holiday reflection and shopping:)

Side note: This fun laundered linen is from Couleur Nature and can be found at Chez Chloe online.

White bean kale sausage soup @wendyellenthomas.com-7And a couple real life shots of our Thanksgiving. We moved our living room furniture into the dining room and brought the table out to the living room and added another big table and 2 picnic tables. Tablecloths, candles, flowers and a little adornment made for some beauty and warmth. We sat down and gave thanks with so many great friends.

Thanksgiving dinner 2014

Thanksgiving dinner 2014-2

cheers… wendy

 

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