Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Year End Bang Sale!

Celebrate the 2015 year end with our Bang Sale! 
Visit and use coupon code 2015Bang to buy one and get one free
on our unique aromatherapy products and original spice rubs. Sale 12/30/15 to 1/3/16.

#aromatherapy #essentialoils #herbs #livinggreen #naturalhealth #noordinarychick #rubs #spices

Saturday, December 26, 2015

What Herb & Spice for What Health Use


Herb & Spice                        Health Uses

Basil                                       anti inflammatory, nausea, indigestion, fever, headache

Black Pepper                         colds, coughs, poor circulation, improved digestion, relieves gas

Cardamom                             appetite stimulant, digestive aid, lowers blood pressure

Cayenne                                 hay fever, lung congestion, poor circulation, speeds metabolism

Chives                                    colds, poor appetite, aids circulatory system

Cinnamon                               poor digestion, colds, nausea, poor circulation, boosts memory

Dill                                          heartburn, indigestion, hiccups, respiratory disorders, insomnia

Fennel                                    anemia, stomachache, flatulence, colic, menstrual disorders

Fenugreek                              fever, weak digestion, high cholesterol, reproductive disorders

Garlic                                     colds, flu, infections, parasites, reduce blood pressure

Ginger                                    stomachache, morning sickness, motion sickness, colds, coughs

Parsley                                   diabetes prevention, poor appetite, water retention, arthritis

Rosemary                               headache, indigestion, stimulates circulation, boosts memory

Sage                                       sore throat, laryngitis, anti inflammatory, expectorant

Thyme                                    coughs, bronchial congestion, stimulate blood flow, relieves stress

Turmeric                                 arthritis, tendinitis, swelling, protects the digestive tract

#basil #blackpepper #cardamom #cayenne #chives #cinnamon #dill #enchantments #fennel #fenugreek #garlic #ginger #health #herbs #livinggreen #noordinarychick #parsley #rosemary #sage #spices #thyme #turmeric

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dress up your dish with Marinated Roast Peppers

This recipe works well with any pepper color combination, and any volume multiplication.

From the Pantry or Shopping List:
2 or more Orange, Red, or Yellow Peppers
Head of Garlic
1 or more Lemons 
Olive Oil
Balsamic Vinegar 
Fresh or Dry Sage
Sea Salt & Black Pepper

First: 2 Orange, Red, or Yellow Peppers
Roast Peppers on a barbecue, over an open stove flame, or in an oven/broiler until well charred. Sweat for a few minutes in a bowl with a lid to loosen the skin. Peel and clean Roast Peppers of all skin and seeds, draining any juice you may have into the bowl for marinade. Slice the Peppers into thin julienne strips and add to their juice.

Next: 2 large Cloves of Garlic, blanched
1/4 cup + Olive Oil
1 heaping Tablespoon Capers
4 large Sage Leaves chopped finely, or 1/2 Teaspoon Dry 
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
Fresh Lemon Juice to Taste
Pinch of Sea Salt & Fresh Black Pepper
Mash Garlic into Peppers with a Garlic Press and stir. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Taste to adjust flavor. Refrigerate at least 2 hours to Marinate. Best served at room temperature. 

Sliced Sundried Tomatoes or cooked Chickpeas are a wonderful addition.

Keep your marinated peepers well covered in the refrigerator and they will last about a week.

#flavoring #livinggreen #marinated #naturalfoods #noordinarychick #peppers

Monday, December 14, 2015

Festive Fresh Herb wrapped Pork Loin

This year the weather has been much milder than usual here in the northeast and all of the herbs in our greenhouse, and a few in the outdoor beds are still growing well enough to give some wonderful winter bounty, fresh herbs galore!

A lot of the local farm markets, health food stores, and specialty supermarkets now carry fresh herbs all year round in the produce section so the fresh herb ingredients for this festive dish are easily available.

You can do any size or multiple pork loins depending on the size of your holiday gathering and the method is the same… Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and cut some baking cotton twine pieces, setting aside.

Clean some fresh garlic cloves and fresh oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, and thyme branches to taste, for 2 bundles to tie onto each pork loin.

Rub the pork loin/s with olive oil and sprinkle with No Ordinary Chick ‘Too Tasty Beef Rub’ which lends itself wonderfully to this dish. Available online at

Next place the baking cotton twine pieces on a piece of butchers paper or parchment; add one bundle of your herbs and garlic (first so it will be out), place your prepped pork on top, and add your other herb bundle tying the twine pieces to secure. Spread herbs and adjust garlic to finish.

Place your finished herb wrapped pork loins on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in an unopened 425 degree oven 20 minutes; then reduce the temp to 375 and continue to bake for 10 minutes more per pound of pork, until internal temp is 145 degrees.

Remove from oven and hot baking sheet immediately as pork continues to cook as it rests 10 minutes until its sliced and enjoyed. We love stone ground mustard served with this dish too.

#festive #gardening #garlic #herbs #holiday #livinggreen #naturalfoods #noordinarychick #oregano #porkloin #sage #savory #thyme #tootastybeef

Monday, December 7, 2015

Essential Oils and Yoga

Use of essential oils with your yoga practice can help you visualize your movement and quiet your mind. They can also help you gain centered and focused thought, inner strength, confidence and awareness.

Essential oils can be inhaled, combined with water as a spritz or combined with skin care oils and applied topically to certain areas of the body to enhance your experience.

       #aromatherapy #chakra #essentialoil #livinggreen #naturalhealth #noordinarychick #yoga

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Tis the Season for Hot Cocoa

Nothing is nicer on a cold winter day than freshly made hot cocoa… whether you like cinnamon or mint these unique holiday cocoas will bring a smile to your face. 

The recipes are easy and you can even have the kids help… just gather supplies; pretty jars, a piece of your theme material and ribbon, your favorite organic cocoas, cinnamon sticks, and mint candies.

For Cinnamon Cocoa place 2 cinnamon sticks in your jar, then pour your favorite cocoa mix (we used Equal Exchange Organic Dark Cocoa Mix) over them. Fill and top jars, then let them sit at least 24 hours to infuse before following the hot cocoa instructions.

Mint Cocoa has a bit more prep work; unwrap the mint candies (we used YumEarth Organics Mint Drops) and them place in a freezer Ziploc bag, then crush with the flat side of a kitchen/meat mallet. Mix your favorite hot cocoa mix (we used Equal Exchange Organic Cocoa Mix) and your crushed mint candies in a bowl to combine, then fill jars and let sit at least 24 to infuse hours before following the hot cocoa instructions.

For gifts just cut squares of your favorite material; cover jars and tie with ribbons, and your holiday cocoas are ready to give and enjoy!

#cinnamonsticks #equalexchange #holidaygifts #hotcocoa #livinggreen #mintcandy #naturalfoods #noordinarychick