Homemade Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Are you ready for a season of hot drinks and comfort foods? Can’t wait to bring you as many recipes as I possibly can for you to share with friends and fam. That’s why I’m kicking things off with a classic hot apple cider recipe. This one is for all you that want to try your hand at homemade treats—it’s super easy! And for you more advanced hostesses, it’s easy to dress up gorgeously for serving to a crowd.

Homemade Apple Cider Recipe - Tamera Mowry

Homemade Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon

The title says it all, here’s what you need…

Ingredients
4 cups apple juice or cider
1 tablespoon honey (more or less depending on whether juice is already sweetened)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (can warm up with a cinnamon stick if you don’t like the powder)
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions
Add juice/cider to a small pot over medium heat. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Serve warm.

Serve garnished with a cinnamon stick and apple slice, if you’d like!

What’s your go-to fall drink?

Xx,
Tamera

5 Unexpected Herbs to Grow in Your Garden

You probably know that we love the herb garden we’ve grown in our backyard. The basic home herb garden staples like basil, mint, and parsley have all served us well and flavored many a meal for the Housleys! But did you know there’s an entire world of unique herbs you can grow on your own and use when you want to switch things up? Here are a few to try:

5 Unexpected Herbs to Grow in Your Garden

Stevia. A healthier alternative to sugar that’s actually way sweeter (so you won’t need as much) you can add stevia to meals, teas, and coffee for a mild sweetener. It just requires lots of sunlight and moist soil. When growing, it’s recommended to begin with a starter plant. If you don’t have an outdoor space, no worries! This one thrives indoors near sunlight too.

Lemongrass. If you like to pick up lemongrass or citrus-y teas at your local café, this is the perfect unique herb to start growing. It has a light citrus flavor without the acid and you can add it to tea for a refreshing taste. It’s even great for soups. Lemongrass is grown best in sunny spots, but still needs lots of water, so make sure to plant it in soil with proper drainage.

Tarragon. Tarragon powder is often used as a seasoning but did you know you could grow it too? Grab a tarragon seedling like in the photo above and plant in well-draining soil with plenty of space. Be sure to plant it somewhere the sun won’t be too harsh. 

Golden Oregano. Another culinary herb, golden oregano is great for those with a warm, sunny environment to grow it in. You can also grow Italian or Greek Oregano, but golden will have those vibrant leaves that look great in the garden, and go amazingly with a variety of foods. This is also a pretty drought tolerant herb, which is great.

Lemon Verbena. The fragrant lemon verbena has a citrus-y twist, making it great for cocktails, teas, baked goods and more. Lots of light, room to grow, no overwatering make lemon verbena beautiful and yummy. You can get this and other unique herbs here.

Do you grow herbs? Share your tricks below.

Xx,
Tamera

10 Unique Finger Food Ideas for Little Ones

It’s no secret that Ariah loves her finger foods. Once we transitioned to them, there was no turning back. Since she’s at that oh-so-fun age of being curious about all types of foods, I’ve had to get creative…

Ariah Eating - Unique Finger Food Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Lunch time!

Unique Finger Food Ideas - Ariah

Grilled cheese, turkey, and lettuce… Always a hit.

Ariah Eating - Unique Finger Food Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Cereal and rice are great, but for those of you with more adventurous little ones, here’s a big list of unique finger food ideas.

10 Finger Food Ideas for Toddlers

1. Grilled cheese with the crusts cut off, cut into small cubes
2. Sweet potatoes, cooked and cut into small chunks
3. Salmon or white fish – you can cut it or flake it, just make sure it’s not one high in mercury
4. Tender spiral pasta, cut into small pieces
5. Scrambled eggs
6. If they’re teething, cucumber strips can help
7. Bits of turkey
8. Homemade chicken nuggets, cut into pieces
9. Bits of pita with small amounts of hummus on it
10. Cooked beans (various kinds) – make sure they’re cooked until tender

Any finger foods I should add to this list?

Xx,
Tamera

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

It’s almost officially fall, which means breaking out the slow cooker for the yummiest comfort foods and coziest meals to make as the temps outside get cooler and we spend more time indoors with our families. This slow cooker pork tenderloin is also a great way to switch up your slow cooker meals, if you’re used to a lot of chicken or beef recipes. Now, what to do…

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin - Tamera Mowry

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Ingredients
1 pork tenderloin
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon rosemary
½ tablespoon red chili flakes

Directions
1. Turn slow cooker on low, add chicken broth and pork tenderloin.
2. In small bowl, mix together balsamic vinegar, honey, soy sauce, garlic, salt, thyme, rosemary, and red chili flakes.
3. Pour over meat in slow cooker.
4. Cover, cook on low for 6-8 hours.
5. Remove pork and serve with remaining sauce.

Enjoy!

Xx,
Tamera

How to Start an Exercise Regimen

You know what they say: the hardest part of anything is getting started. But it’s even harder when you don’t know how or where to start. If it’s been awhile since you worked out regularly or you’re new to the game, you probably have a lot of ideas swirling around your head about what a fitness routine looks like. (Any stereotypes coming to mind right now?) But once you get over the mental hurdle of what you think you can or can’t do and know that you’re capable of starting and sticking to a routine, you’ll be ready to dive in.

How to Start an Exercise Regimen - Tamera Mowry

So, where to begin? In starting an exercise regimen, there’s a few things to consider:

What are your goals? Write down why you’re starting a regimen and what’s important to you. Be specific; instead of saying “to be stronger” you might say “to be able to lift my child” etc. These will help when you choose the type of regimen!

 What types of activity do you like? Don’t think strictly workout, but what kinds of actions you’ve always enjoyed, like hiking, walking, sports, etc. You can translate this into a real regimen soon.

How much time + money can you commit? Think about how often you’ll realistically commit to a workout, such as 30 minutes a day or an hour three times a week. Also think about whether you can afford a gym membership, fitness classes, or personal training sessions. If they’re not in the budget right now, that’s totally okay—there are plenty of free ways to get active.

Now that you’ve sorted out your “musts”, you can begin exploring regimens. I won’t go into crazy detail here, but I definitely suggest taking all of the above into account. If you like outdoor activity, for example, consider jogging in your neighborhood or morning hikes as an option—especially if you’re looking for free ways to get in shape. Or, if you have a budget and want to learn a very specific type of exercise, research classes you can take to build your skills.

Lastly, here are three more tips for when you’re ready to begin:

Talk to a pro. Consult a doctor, personal trainer, teacher, or even just the friendly faces that greet you at the gym—so you can begin with confidence. If you’re a generally active person, you may not think it necessary, but remember that they’re trained to know all the ins and outs. Even simply taking the introductory tour at a gym can put you at ease when it comes time to climb on those machines.

Find a buddy—if you want. Some people like working out solo to clear their heads and focus inward, but if that’s not you (or something you want to work up to), that’s fine! Recruit a friend who will encourage and motivate. If that’s not an option, consider group activities such as Pilates or Spin class—though they’re completed individually, the energy from the group setting will inspire you.

Take it slow. Working out is all about working up. There are plenty of areas in life where you can just dive in and see what works, but when it comes to physical health, you want to do it right—trust me, it’s not worth an injury! Find a balance between pushing yourself and knowing your limits and you’ll find it easy to make this lifestyle change truly stick.

Once you figure these things out, you can narrow it down and tailor your regimen. Click here to read my tips on finding the right fitness routine for you.

What’s your workout regimen?

Xx,
Tamera

Ariah’s Favorite Foods

You know that I think the #1 way to know exactly what’s in your baby food is to make it yourself. But that doesn’t make it any easier to figure out what type of foods your baby will love – especially when they’re constantly changing. With both Aden and Ariah I had to pick up on their signals (and believe me there are lots) to discover what would keep them happy and well fed…

Ariah's favorite baby food

The baby food you make at home become more substantial over time.

Babies at 4-6 months begin eating solid foods, such as simple 1-ingredient purees, which I’ve talked about before. For the first six months I had Ariah only eat veggies with the occasional brown rice and cereal. That way, she got all the nutritional benefits, but wouldn’t crave the sweet stuff early on (I learned the hard way with Aden!). Now that she’s older, she loves so many different foods so I lucked out there.

Baby Food- Tamera Mowry

Getting fancy! This one is a creamy chicken and broccoli dish.

After about a year, littles start to transition out of those plain veggie mashes and get curious about “big people food”. Months ago, Ariah decided she would have nothing to do with pureed foods anymore! Finger foods all the way with her.

ariah's Favorite baby food - tamera mowry

Girl is serious about her food. Lol.

You always know when babies are ready to expand their palette – they’re less interested in having the same foods over and over (who is?), and even get distracted at mealtime! When that happens, it means it’s time to introduce a few more flavors. Besides the pics I shared above, another one of her staples is a puree of sweet potatoes, green beans, and chicken. Both of these create a different consistency and flavor than those simple meals from early on, yet they’re still simple and nutrient-dense.

What are your little ones’ fave foods?

Xx,
Tamera