Pinwheel Cookies with Herbal Powders (4 Ways)

Pinwheel cookies (also called spiral cookies) have been a holiday tradition for decades. Often made with vanilla and chocolate or red and green food color, they show up on cookie plates throughout the season. I like traditions like this… and I also like to see how far I can push those traditional recipes to accommodate more flavors and spices.

This classic “icebox” cookie recipe (modern world translation: refrigerator cookie) is essentially the same one my great grandmother—and thousands of other people—used to make in the 1930s and it’s remained a standard ever since. It’s a dough you can easily change into a variety of different cookies with small additions like spices, nuts, dried fruit, crushed candies, etc. And it’s also an accommodating dough for rolling and cutting. These two qualities make it an ideal choice for delicious pinwheel cookies infused with herbal powders!

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Posted by Heidi

Herbal Simmer Pots + Stovetop Potpourri Recipes



This time of year, scent is an important part of my home. Seasonal aromas make autumn feel more alive and more celebrated. It makes coming home all the more enjoyable and brings added seasonal awareness to the two teens in my household. To achieve this, many of us DIY folks craft up our favorite diffuser blends, wax melts, and DIY candle recipes. While I like to make all of those things, I have recently added simmer pots to my repertoire. I have really enjoyed this new avenue of bringing fresh and fragrant smells to my home, so I thought I would share some of my family’s favorite combinations.

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Posted by Jessicka

Homemade Caramel Apple Slices with Herbal Chocolate Glaze

Caramel apples have always been one of those mixed-feelings food experiences for me. I love good caramel and I love apples, and when the two things come together in a perfect synergy, it is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Unfortunately, a typical caramel apple falls short. First, the caramel is often too sweet rather than buttery-delicious. Second, I want caramel and apple in every bite, and once I work my way around the caramel-y outside, I’m left with a lot of apple and no more caramel. Finally, I don’t like that I end up with caramel all over my face and in my hair every time I eat a caramel apple on a stick. Recently, however, I found the solution: caramel apple slices! So, of course, down the caramel apple rabbit hole I went and I’m so glad I did!

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Posted by Heidi

Elderberry Gummies Made with Agar

There are a number of effective and delicious ways to bring the nutrition and immune benefits of elderberries into our diets.* Tincture, tonic, syrup, tea, and culinary recipes abound. And, of course, there are gummies! I’m a big believer in putting fun into our lives when and where we can, and an elderberry gummy is a morsel of fun that also provides support for our immune systems. Most gummies, however, contain gelatin, which is a hard no for vegans and followers of some religious faiths. We set out to create an elderberry gummy that anyone can enjoy. How do you get a gelatin-type gummy without the gelatin? It all comes down to agar-agar powder.

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Posted by Heidi

Roasted Squash Seeds Recipe: A Tasty Way to Upcycle Squash Seeds

If I had a quarter for every time I’ve found myself guiltily staring down at the seed-speckled mushy remnants of a squash I freshly gutted, I’d be retired and roaming somewhere around the Oregon Coast by now. “What in the world am I supposed to do with all these seeds?,” I’d grumble to myself as the seeds seemingly stared back up at me with a desperate look of maybe, just maybe, this will be the day I use them to their full potential. Repurposing seeds that would otherwise be destined for the compost bin can feel intimidating, time-consuming, and messy (full disclosure – the messy part is true!).

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Posted by Hailey

Taco Bowl with Roasted Butternut Squash and Black Beans

I love taco bowls. These deconstructed tacos are packed with nutrition, big on flavor, and easy to customize for a variety of palates, even on a weeknight when you don’t have much time. I generally look to my garden for what to include, so they change by the seasons in our home. This autumn-inspired taco bowl is an annual favorite, combining winter squash or sweet potatoes with black beans for a hearty protein- and fiber-rich bowl that pleases everyone in the family.

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Posted by Heidi

Elderberry Shrub + Mocktail Recipe for Immune Support

Herbal beverages are among the easiest ways to enjoy the power of plants. The combinations of herbs are virtually limitless, and you have the flexibility of adding a pinch of this or a dash of that depending on your flavor and wellness goals. I love that they aren’t a big-time commitment like other herbal preparations and when you pair them with a menstruum like apple cider vinegar, you get the added benefit of gut support.

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Posted by Jessicka

DIY Foaming Hand Soap: Fall Scent    

   

I’m a sucker for seasonal scents. As soon as fall arrives, I begin making homemade wax melts, diffuser blends, roll-on perfumes, and natural skincare recipes to match the seasonal shift. I was recently inspired by my dear colleague Heidi’s autumn spice lotion recipe and I thought a foaming hand soap would make a great compliment.

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Posted by Jessicka

Homemade Lotion Recipe: Warming Fall Spice Blend

It’s the season for everyone’s favorite autumnal spices. Crisp fall scents and flavors are in our lattes, our pastries, our diffusers, our perfumes, and more. They’re also in one of my favorite Mountain Rose Herbs lotion recipes! Although I love thicker creams and body butters for everyday moisturizing, I like to keep lotion in a pump bottle by the sink to use after hand-washing. This DIY lotion recipe is so easy to make, which means it’s simple to switch up the scent to match the seasons or my current mood. This time of year, it’s all about the satisfying aromas of autumn.

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Posted by Heidi

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe With Pumpkin Spice

I will admit that I was a latecomer to the pumpkin pie spice trend. I still have not had a pumpkin spice latte, for instance. I have been starting to come around though. My turning point came after I tried one of our very own blog recipes, pumpkin pie spice roasted mixed nuts. Ever since that day, I have felt the undeniable pull towards this seasonal favorite. As the days grow shorter and cooler, the warming spices seem to offer the perfect comfort and sense of wellbeing. Naturally, I wanted to celebrate the arrival of pumpkin spice season this year with a recipe variation!

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Posted by Maia

Herbal Bath Vinegar with Juniper & Rosemary

If I told you there’s a pantry staple that can soothe sore muscles and calm irritated skin, would you guess it’s vinegar? It’s true! From minor aches to dry or itchy skin, I turn to herbal vinegar baths. On its own, a cup or two of vinegar in the tub will leave skin soft and rejuvenated with a healthful glow. But herb-infused vinegars take this concept a step further, using plant constituents to boost the already impressive benefits of a vinegar bath.

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Posted by Kami- Guest Writer

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Pinwheel Cookies with Herbal Powders (4 Ways)

Pinwheel cookies are a beloved holiday favorite. Did you know you can color and flavor them with organic herbal powders?
WRITTEN BY Heidi

November 3, 2023

Herbal Simmer Pots + Stovetop Potpourri Recipes

Learn how to use simmer pots for natural household fragrance, read about their pros and cons, and find two recipes to get you started.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

November 2, 2023

Homemade Caramel Apple Slices with Herbal Chocolate Glaze

It’s caramel apple season! Make this once-a-year tradition even better with caramel apple slices, homemade cinnamon caramels, and herb-infused chocolate!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

October 26, 2023

Elderberry Gummies Made with Agar

Vegan elderberry gummies are easy to make and work exceptionally well in candy molds. What a fun way to give your body some immune support!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

October 24, 2023

Roasted Squash Seeds Recipe: A Tasty Way to Upcycle Squash Seeds

Learn how to repurpose and roast squash seeds with dulse powder and discover why organic is a favorable choice when using squash for culinary creations.
WRITTEN BY Hailey

October 13, 2023

Taco Bowl with Roasted Butternut Squash and Black Beans

Eating what is in season makes sense for health, the planet, and our wallets. This fall, try a delicious taco bowl with roasted butternut squash and black beans seasoned with chili lime salt!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

October 13, 2023

Elderberry Shrub + Mocktail Recipe for Immune Support

Try this simple herbal shrub that contains seasonal antioxidants and immune-supporting herbs. It takes about 20 minutes to make and uses commonly stocked apothecary ingredients.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

October 5, 2023

DIY Foaming Hand Soap: Fall Scent    

Making a homemade foaming hand soap is easier than you might think! Try this simple recipe for a seasonal upgrade to your next hand wash.
WRITTEN BY Jessicka

October 4, 2023

Homemade Lotion Recipe: Warming Fall Spice Blend

This homemade lotion is easy to customize to match the seasons. This time of year, we’re all about the aromas of autumn.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

September 29, 2023

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe With Pumpkin Spice

Try this decadent chia pudding recipe for a healthful start to your autumn mornings.
WRITTEN BY Maia

September 26, 2023

Herbal Bath Vinegar with Juniper & Rosemary

Vinegar extracts beneficial constituents from herbs and can support a healthy skin microbiome. Make this easy bath soak to pamper yourself.
WRITTEN BY Kami- Guest Writer

September 6, 2023