Ookie Monster

This was a good week for my little Spice Baby.

The most important reason for the recent changes to Cardamom & Cloves was a need for my little one to spend her entire day with her peers. She is what her speech therapist calls a “non-verbal communicator”. Meaning that she goes out of her way not to use words. She has lots of other ways to communicate with us – but words are not her thing. Yet.

Sending her to daycare wasn’t in our budget. Ask a current caregiver, and they will let you know that full time child care is no cheap thing. This led me to opening a home daycare in November. Now I have other little ones that come spend the day with Spice Baby. Reading, singing, eating, playing and TALKING! Their weird little baby talk, but children have a way of learning from each other that can’t be replicated by parent’s lessons alone.

Yesterday she broke out a brand new word. Ookie. It took a lot of prompting, patience, peer examples and obviously a cookie bribe, but a new word for SB is a big victory. It also confirmed that this change was best for our family.

While I miss the daily order filling and retail side of Cardamom & Cloves, I’m so grateful to be able to keep connecting with you and sharing my love of spices. I’m also thrilled to be able to have the time share more of myself, my family and our journey to a happier, healthier life.

Thank you for being here.

Try this diffuser blend next time you need a little reward and a reminder to trust your intuition.

Oatmeal Cookie Diffuser Blend
2 drops cinnamon
2 drops cedar wood
3 drops tangerine or orange

Love & Spices,

Classic Cream of Tomato Soup

I love this soup. It’s super easy to make and takes almost no ingredients and absolutely no prep time. I make it almost every other week – it is inevitable that I will end up distracted playing, reading or dancing along with the three toddlers I watch through the day. These days I need an incredibly fast, healthy, lunch because hangry kids are mean.

A toothpick swirl of fennel or dill adds all kinds of digestive health benefits along with a delicate liquorice flavour. I included the recipe for the Tomato Soup Spice is below as well! It wasn’t fair that I never offered this blend through the old e-shop, then tempted you with this absolutely incredible recipe.

Classic Cream of Tomato Soup

1 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP butter
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1/2 TBSP C&C Tomato Soup Spice
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 toothpick swirl of Young Living Fennel or Dill Essential Oil 

Heat oil and butter over medium-low heat and sweat onions for 15 minutes. Add the garlic, a big pinch of salt and C&C Tomato Soup Spice and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally.

Increase the heat to medium and add tomatoes and their juices to the pan crushing them roughly. Cook 10 minutes and add the broth or water and bring to a simmer. Cook until the tomatoes begin to fall apart, about 15 minutes.

Remove the soup from the heat and cool slightly and purée until smooth; using an immersion blender or counter top blender. Add toothpick swirl of Young Living Dill or Fennel Essential OilHeat soup over low, add cream and stir to combine. Adjust seasoning to taste and enjoy!

C&C Tomato Soup Spice

2 tsp of Spanish paprika
1 tsp garlic granules
1 tsp onion flake
1/4 tsp dried oregano

Combine all spices in a spice grinder and pulse to grind to desired consistency. I prefer mine powdered.