Easy Blueberry Jam

Blueberry Jam

This past Saturday, my husband decided we needed to have an on-a-whim family outing! We went to a local u-pick blueberry farm, since Little Man loves blueberries. Plus, there is SO much you can make with blueberries!

Blueberry Picking

After we got home and I washed them all, I found a recipe that I could….sorta follow. 😉 Since I don’t like following recipes to a T, I decided I’d share with you all this super simple, so easy, small-batch blueberry jam recipe!

Jam

Ingredients:
4 cups blueberries
1/2-3/4 cup sugar (I erred on the side of less sugar)
6 drops Young Living’s Lemon Vitality oil (you could use about 2 tsp of lemon juice)
sprinkle of cinnamon (believe me, this helps make it!)

Directions:
Mix all the ingredients on medium heat in saucepan, stirring continually. Continue stirring for 30 mins. Don’t stop stirring, or it will begin to stick and burn to the bottom. Yes, I understand not leaving the stove for 30 mins is difficult. It will be worth it. After 30 mins of cooking, pour into glass jar- my batch made 1qt and 1/2 cup of jam. Refrigerate until at least cool for it to firm and turn into jam consistency. Enjoy!

My men loved this on a batch of homemade zucchini bread and a batch of zucchini bread where I added blueberries to the top. Yum!

What’s your favorite blueberry recipe?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Other Blueberry Recipes:

Coconut Blueberry Cake Lemon Blueberry Muffins Blueberry Banana Muffins

 

Top 5 Posts of 2016

Okay, y’all…I know we’re almost done with January (where has the time gone?!?), but here are the top 5 posts of 2016 for Through the Lens!

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Even though it’s one of my oldest posts, this post on how to use essential oils with horses is one of my most popular!

4) Detox Naturally

These 3 Ways to Naturally Detox {even while pregnant} helped keep me feeling good through my pregnancy!

 

3) wdding-reception

My post on How to Have a Simple, Tasteful & Inexpensive Wedding Reception was a favorite of mine to do. I loved putting our reception together and then the post gave me all the feels. ❤

2) Strawberry Lemonade

This Good Girl Moonshine is STILL our favorite…we make it weekly!

1) Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins

These Healthy Chocolate Muffins were #1 on the list again for this year! I think I’m going to have to make them again soon….

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Speedy Peppermint Brownies

Y’all, just like fall means everything pumpkin, to me, winter time means everything peppermint! And even though winter doesn’t start for a few more weeks, it’s December now, so we can pretend, right?

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I love me a good, warm, chewy brownie. Brownies are so easy to whip up in a hurry, so it’s my favorite go-to thing to make for a pitch-in or party! And during the winter….I have to make them peppermint!

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Speedy Peppermint Brownies

Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cup flour (I’ll even add some whole wheat and no one notices)
1/2 cup cacao powder (if you use regular cocoa powder, scale back some of the sugar)
1 tsp. salt
5 eggs
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla
5-10 drops of Young Living’s Peppermint Vitality oil
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Recipe:
In mixing bowl, combine first 8 ingredients & beat until smooth. Pour into greased 13×9 baking pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips (and Christmas sprinkles if desired!) over the top. Bale at 350 for 30 minutes or toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10-15 mins and enjoy!

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See how quick and easy that was? What’s your favorite dessert to make during the holidays?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Blackberry Crisp

Blackberry Crisp

What’s better than spending a warm summer evening blackberry picking? A couple weeks ago when Luke was working late, I packed up Little Man and went to my in-love’s place to do just that! It was lots of fun riding in the back of trucks, smelling the warm breeze and spending time with family. Plus, I got a little more than 1/2 gallon of blackberries!

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{My sister-in-law, Myra & me, baby-wearing while picking blackberries!}

Of course I wanted to make something with those plump, juicy blackberries….but all the recipes I had were non-THM, and that wouldn’t do! So I put together a few different recipes and came up with this one! It’s super yummy!

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Blackberry Crisp “E”

Ingredients-
Blackberries (I used around 5 cups for my pie plate)
1/8 tsp. xanthan gum or glucomamman
6 drops of Young Living‘s Lemon Vitality Oil
1 cup oats
1 cup oat flour (oats ground into flour)
1/4 cup of THM‘s Sweet blend (or 6 stevia packets from Walmart)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. butter
2 tbsp. water

Directions-
Preheat oven to 350. Pour blackberries, xanthan gum or gluccie and lemon oil in pie pan and gently stir together (this saves using another bowl!). Mix the remaining ingredients gently & thouroughly. Spread over blackberries and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!


Luke was so excited I made this, and it was SO simple, easy and yummy!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Chocolate Salted Caramel Frappe

Happy Monday, lovely people! Did you have a good weekend? I hope so! Ours was low-key and easy going…just what we needed after a crazy week! Today for Trim Healthy Mondays I was to share with you a favorite protein drink of mine….

Chocolate Salted Caramel Frappe

The past couple weeks in the south have been BLAZIN’ hot, so cooking or warming up food for lunch just has not been on my radar. But, sometimes I just get stuck in a “smoothie rut”. Do you feel the same way? I make the same ol’ smoothie over and over again, then get sick of it! So I’ve been browesing Pinterest and making up some new smoothie recipes so I can mix them up! This Chocolate Salted Caramel Frappe is an “S” for Trim Healthy Mamas…and sugar & dairy free! Yay!

Trim Healthy Mondays

Ingredients-
1.5 cups almond milk
9-12 coffee ice cubes (if you don’t like coffee, just use regular ice cubes)
1 scoop chocolate protein power (I use Young Living’s)
1 teaspoon caramel flavoring
1 farm-fresh (or really nice store-bought) egg yolk
1 teaspoon MCT oil
Pinch of sea salt
sweetener to taste (I use liquid stevia drops)

Directions-
Blend together almond milk, caramel, sea salt, egg yolk, MCT oil, and sweetener. Add ice and protein powder and blend until desired consistancy. Enjoy!
Now, don’t freak out that the egg yolk is there! It has so many healthy benifits, you don’t taste it and it makes it so creamy! If you can’t stomach it, just up the MCT oil to 1 TBSP and omit the egg yolk.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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{An intro to} Trim Healthy Mondays!

Happy Monday! Today I am starting a new series called Trim Healthy Mondays! If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram, you know I am a big Trim Healthy Mama fan. I’ve been doing THM exclusively for over a year now, and my husband and I feel great! There have been a few cheats here and there, but it’s a plan not a diet, so I just give myself some grace, and start back 3 hours later. 🙂

Trim Healthy Mondays
I’ll do different things each Monday….I might share tips, a look at my day, recipes, my journey, ect. Of course if there’s something you want to know or see, just let me know!
I do want to just give some tips for starting out, and some good resources to get you started!
* If you haven’t already, read (buy, borrow from a friend, rent from the library) one of the plan books (either the original or the new one). The cookbook can come later. Everyone always thinks you have to have the cookbook to succeed. It’s not true! I started with the original book with picture-less recipes. It CAN be done without the cookbook. But, you HAVE to read the plan!
* Check out Gwen’s Nest starter guide. Print it out and memorize it. SUCH good info here!
*Start slow! I think that’s so many people’s main problem. They jump in head first without reading the book, get confused, frustrated and stop. Read the book and take it slow!
*Focus on real foods first! Don’t try making all the new recipes if you feel overwhelmed. Just make normal, regular meals with protein and either a carb or a fat. Starting off, this makes it a lot easier!
*Plug into the main Facebook group, and any off-shoots. Join the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook group, and the Beginner Group! They also have a Pregnancy & Nursing Group, and an Allergy-Friendly Group.
*Also, check back here next week to get some meal ideas! 😉
What would you add? What helped you stick with Trim Healthy Mama?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Happy Thursday, y’all! Did you check out my post on Caleb’s “must-haves” for teething? There are some winners in there for sure! I wanted to let you in on a little secret…Sara and I have teamed up on Instagram to give away a Teething Toy & Teething Lovey and a 5mL Lavender oil! So head over there now to enter!

Today I want to share with you a muffin recipe I whip up if I want to make Luke really happy. It combines two of his favorite things….lemon and blueberries! Plus, it’s perfect for Spring (or to have for an Easter Brunch!) and they are so pretty!

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Plus, I add a little secret ingredient to it….Lemon oil! But what’s so cool is that Young Living came out with the Vitality line, which means it’s FDA approved to use internally! Yayyyy!!

Lemon Vitality

So, without further ado, here’s the recipe….


Ingredients:
1.5 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or fresh, I use frozen)
1 egg
1 cup milk (I used 1/2 goats milk and 1/2 almond milk)
10 drops of Lemon Vitality

Directions:
Mix by hand all together. Do not beat. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy the lemon-y goodness!


What’s a favorite snack during the Spring for y’all? Who else is super excited about the weekend? We have a wedding to go to, so that’ll be fun!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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