A nice bowl of soup on a cold day really hits the spot. Well, really any old day. I like cream of broccoli soup but I have been thinking lately about making a batch of Cream of Asparagus Soup. We often have steamed asparagus as a side dish and sometimes waste the tough ends. I always save the tough ends of broccoli and cauliflower for making vegetable puree for soups or whatever else sounds tasty. When pureed and mixed with the other vegetables, it gives you a nice batch of soup with extra for another meal. That’s what got me thinking about saving the tough ends to add to broccoli or cauliflower soup. Or, better yet, make Cream of Asparagus Soup.

This soup was a hit with my hubby so I will be making this one often.


You will need:

1 pound fresh asparagus
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery with green tops
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons butter
3 cups chicken broth
4 ounces cream cheese
2 drops Lemon Vitality Essential Oil, or to taste
2 drops Black Pepper Vitality Essential Oil, or to taste
salt
You could try other Vitality Essential Oil flavors like Lime, Thyme, Basil, Oregano.

Directions:

In a steamer, steam the asparagus until bright green and just tender. No more than 5 minutes. Cut the tips off asparagus.
About one inch long. Set those aside.

Cut the remaining asparagus stalks into 1 inch pieces. Cut celery in 1 inch pieces.

In another saucepan, celery, cook onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened.
Add asparagus pieces and salt and pepper to taste, then cook, stirring, 5 minutes.

Add 3 cups broth and simmer, covered, until asparagus is very tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Puree in a blender until completely smooth. Return mixture to pan. Reheat soup while slowly stirring in cream cheese and butter.
Season to taste with salt and Vitality Essential Oils. Toss in asparagus tips and stir in.
Optional: Garnish with a few pieces of celery leaf.

Serve hot or chilled.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

I can hardly believe it is March already. The seasons seem to fly by so quickly. I guess it feels that way when we are getting old.

Another Spring will be here soon. Spring is a time for renewal and freshening up around the house and even our mental state. We have been indoors and running the furnace. That may be why the Spring season makes us want to open the windows and let the fresh air flow in while we do a little spring cleaning.

It is a good idea to diffuse during any season but especially in the winter season when the air becomes stale. Some Spring Diffuser Recipes will surely help freshen the air and also help get in the frame of mind for the coming Spring season.

Spring Fresh Diffuser Blend
3 drops Purification
3 drops Eucalyptus Globulus
3 drops Pine
2 drops Ravintsara
1 drop Petitgrain

Spring Garden
5 drops Lavender
3 drops Jasmine
3 drops Ylang Ylang
3 drops Hyssop
1 drop Elemi
1 drop Geranium

Wipe away those winter blues while disinfecting and deodorizing the kitchen, bathroom, or work area:

4 drops of rosemary
8 drops of lemon
4 drops of eucalyptus
8 drops of lavender
1/2 quart distilled water
1/2 cup alcohol
Mix in a spray bottle. Shake well and continue to shake well while using to keep the oils and water from separating.

Lemon oil is an amazing essential oil for cleaning and freshening up most anything. You can add several drops to your cleaning solutions to clean and purify your kitchen and bathroom. Lemon is tough on dirt but it also smells wonderful.

Make a spray bottle of water with 15-25 drops of lemon oil to sanitize bathroom or on kitchen surfaces.
Add lemon oil to freshen and sanitize your dish sponge or cloth.
Use 1-2 drops lemon oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
A few drops of lemon will make your wood furniture glow.

One oil I really love using in diffusing and in cleaning is Abundance oil, especially in my office and other areas in my home where I do business projects. Abundance oil is great to put you in a feeling of abundance but also is uplifting and smells awesome!

Cleaning Floors
1/8 cup Thieves Dish Soap
1/8 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water
Mix ingredients in a bucket. Use to mop floors.

Furniture Polish
16 ounce spray bottle
Two teaspoons olive oil ( preferably the light kind)
15 drops of essential lemon oil
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water
Spray formula on your rag or directly onto the furniture. Wipe it dry immediately. The olive oil conditions and the vinegar cleans. You can also squirt some on your dust mop for your hardwood floors

Mirror and Glass Cleaner
3 cups water
5 drops Citrus Fresh
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner
Combine in a spray bottle.
Spray mirrors with solution and wipe clean with a lint free cloth.


Tub Cleaner

Make a thick paste with Thieves Household Cleaner and baking soda. Apply to tub and scrub with sponge or a soft cloth. Let sit 15 minutes, then rinse.

Healthier Bleach
1 cup peroxide
1 cup water
20 drops lemon
Mix and use.

Essential Oils Good For Cleaning:
Thieves
Purification
Citrus Fresh
Cinnamon
Clove
Eucalyptus
Thyme
Spruce
Lemon
Lemongrass
Grapefruit
Melaleuca

One of the most overlooked natural cleaners available is vinegar. Vinegar is used by many for cleaning purposes, as it’s natural and doesn’t contain the toxins that many store-bought cleaners contain. Vinegar is effective with mold and is a natural antiseptic and fungicide. Just put it in a spray bottle and go. The smell with dissipate within a few hours. There are so many ways to use vinegar around the house. Here are just a few ways that vinegar will become a staple in your cleaning routine!

Mold and Mildew Spray
2 cups distilled white vinegar with 2 cups water
Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray on infected area. The smell will dissipate in a few hours (open a window to speed up the process).
Helpful Hint: For areas with persistent mold problems, use tea tree oil instead of vinegar, combining 2 drops of tea tree oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.

Cleaning Moldy Windows
Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water along with two caps full of Thieves Household Cleaner. Use a small towel to apply the liquid and a squeegee to clean it off. Floor-to-ceiling windows sparkle in minutes!

Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Vinegar works great on bathroom floors, fixtures, and faucets to remove hard water stains and buildup. Use a 50/50 blend on most hard water spots. For harder to remove stains use a 2:1 ratio of vinegar to water. For an additional cleaning boost, add 2 drops lemon or orange oil for every cup of water used.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips
Drains and garbage disposal, pour 1/2 cup baking soda followed by 1/2 cup white vinegar and cover tightly with a plug or wet rag. Let mixture sit for five minutes, then flush with boiling water.

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Ingredients

1 cup cacao nibs
1 cup Young Living’s Organic Dried Wolfberries
1 cup hemp seeds
3/4 cup coconut butter
2 tablespoons Young Living’s Blue Agave
Dash of sea salt
Dash of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
2 drops of a Young Living Vitality essential oil of your choice (See recommended Vitality essential oils below)

Recommended Vitality essential oils: Lemon Vitality, Cinnamon Bark Vitality, Clove Vitality , Orange Vitality, Tangerine Vitality

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a food processor except for the cacao nibs and hemp seeds. Process until completely broken down into small pieces. Add the cacao nibs and hemp seeds into the process. The cacao nibs should break down to about half their size. The hemp seeds should be visible. Form into bite-sized balls with a small ice cream scoop, place on a baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm.

This recipe was originally featured in the January 2014 issue of the Essential Edge News.

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Ingredients
Cookies

1 cup almond flour
1 cup Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour
1 cup natural sweetener – I used Swerve
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
3 drops Jade Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
(option: 2 cups almond flour instead of 1 cup each einkorn and almond flour)

Frosting

1/2 cup confectioners/powdered sweetener Swerve has both granular and powdered confectioners)
3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 drops Jade Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Other oil options: lemon, orange, tangerine, lime, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, peppermint, ginger

Instructions

Cookies
Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sweetener. Add eggs, vanilla extract and mix until combined. With the mixer running on low, slowly add baking powder, salt, einkorn and almond flour, beating well after each addition. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough into balls and place on baking sheet; flatten dough balls to form discs covering with plastic wrap and lightly pressing. Space cookies 2 inches apart.

Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack.

Frosting
Whisk together all frosting ingredients until smooth. Whisk in additional sweetener as necessary. When cookies are completely cool, spread frosting onto cookies using butter knife.

Serving size: 1 serving (Total recipe makes 16 servings)
Protein 3.65g, Fat 16.88g, Cals 170, Carbs 3.09g, Fiber 1.50g — NET CARBS: 1.59g

Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour

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Peppermint Vitality Chocolate Chip Ice Creampeppermint-vitality-chip
2 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
optional 2-4 tbsp coconut milk
3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil
chocolate chips or cacao nibs

Directions:
Start with bananas that are beginning to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas into a blender or food processor with 2-4 tbsp coconut milk for smoother blending if desired.

Add 3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil (or more if desired), and stir in chocolate chips or cacao nibs after blending. Optional, blend in a small handful spinach for color and an extra nutrient boost. Blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture.

Serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.



Chocolate Peppermint Vitality Ice Creamchocolate-peppermint-vitality
2 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
3 tbsp cocoa powder
optional 2-4 tbsp coconut milk
3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Directions:
Start with bananas that are starting to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas into a blender or food processor with other ingredients including 2-4 tbsp coconut milk for smoother blending if desired. Add 3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil (or more if desired). Blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture.

Serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.



Banana Orange Vitality Ice Creamorange-vitality
4 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
1/2 cup of orange juice, frozen
3 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil

Directions:
Start with bananas that are beginning to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) Freeze orange juice in ice cube tray. To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas and frozen orange juice into a blender or food processor. Add 3 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil (or more if desired).

Blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture. You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.



Mango Lemon Lime Vitality Ice Cream
2 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
2 Mangos peeled, cored and cut into pieces or 1 10 oz bag frozen mango
3 drops Lemon vitality essential oil
3 drops Lime vitality essential oil

Directions:
Start with bananas that are beginning to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 2-3 frozen bananas and frozen mangos into a blender or food processor. Add 3 drops Lemon and 3 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil (or more if desired).

Blend until you achieve a soft-serve texture. You can serve immediately, or transfer to a container and freeze an additional 30 minutes, then scoop out with an ice cream scoop.



Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
3 Frozen Bananas cut into small chunks
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch salt
2-3 tbsp peanut butter
1 scoop Pure Protein Complete Chocolate
optional 2-4 tbsp coconut milk
Directions:
Start with bananas that are starting to turn brown. Peel and cut into large pieces, then freeze in an airtight bag or container. (You can freeze a whole bunch at once so they’re ready whenever you want to make banana ice cream.) To make the ice cream, throw around 3 frozen bananas into a blender or food processor with other ingredients including 2-4 tbsp coconut milk for smoother blending if desired.

Optional: 1 or 2 scoops Pure Protein Complete can be added to any of these recipes. Either the chocolate or vanilla Pure Protein Complete



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