I am loving this temporary two day heat wave before we go back to rain on Friday.  Tyson and I actually enjoyed a 2 mile walk without 6 layers of clothing on.  The whole time I felt like I was forgetting something because I didn’t have to take a hat, gloves, neck warmer, and puff coat.  It was so great! We walked down to the police station to drop off some paperwork regarding a door repair (long story), but about two months ago, I basically thought someone broke into my house.  I called 911 and while I hid in the bathroom with my pit bull, an entire squat team descended onto my home, broke down my door, and trampled to my rescue.

It was kind of like that scene in Chevy Chase’s National Lampoon Christmas Vacation when cousin Eddie kidnaps Clark’s boss and you see the cops jumping off the roof, swinging through the windows, and into the living room.. That’s pretty much what it was like accept, no one broke into the house.  Somehow the wind managed to trip the alarm which doesn’t make any sense because the alarm didn’t go off as if it were tripped, it went off as if someone entered into the house, and didn’t bother to disarm it.

You have no idea how embarrassed I was when the cop knocked on the bathroom door to tell me I was safe and I came out carrying my 75 pound pit bull in my arms.  In all fairness to Tyson, I could not put my little angel in harms way.  Anyway, when I dropped the paperwork off today, the cop was like.. your the girl who thought someone was in the house.. LOL! I’m like, yep.. hysterical (sarcasm)! It was even funnier when I had to call my father who’s a builder to tell him I accidentally thought a homicidal maniac broke into my home and now I no longer have a front door in the middle of a wind storm.

On a more serious note, I must admit the cops in my town are AWESOME! Thankfully it was nothing and they were kind enough to laugh it off (I was really embarrassed), but they showed up in warp speed, and were really sweet.. I love my town.  The more time I spend here, the more I love the convenance and benefits that an urban area has to offer, and we just got an awesome write up in a popular magazine because so many parts are under redevelopment and so many historical sections are being preserved.  It’s actually kind of cool, but enough about that.. let’s talk about bone broth for a sec.

Bone broth has incredible benefits and even if you are not an avid drinker of it during flu season, I always recommend making your own, and having it on hand when your favorite recipes call for some stock.  It can be the foundation to so many delicious soups.. not to mention, it boosts the immune systems, restores gut health, helps you maintain healthy skin, boosts detoxification.. And last, but not least, it delivers a wide range of essential and non-essential amino acids, and nutrients that support brain health, and that’s just to name a few.  Just remember, you can freeze this, so it’s always on hand when you need it, and for those who do love to sip a mug of broth from time to time, try storing the broth in ice cube trays.  This makes it super accessible whenever you’re in need of it.

You can use whatever bones you have on hand.  I love using the left over prime rib bone from Christmas Day because it’s so incredibly flavorful, some people like to mix chicken and beef bones, but when I’m making bone broth from scratch, meaning I’m not using any leftover bones in the freezer, I typically use Butcher Box soup bones and I mix them with a slab of spare ribs.  You can also use this recipe for chicken stock by replacing the meat bones with either a whole chicken or a whole bunch of chicken bones.  Both versions are incredibly healthy and flavorful.

Immune Boosting Bone Broth

makes 10 cups

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs soup bones
  • 2 – 2 1/2 lbs spare ribs, separated
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 dried chili’s or a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • whole bunch of sage
  • whole bunch of parsley
  • whole bunch of dill
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 garlic bulb, sliced horizontal
  • 4 celery stalks, cut in half
  • 4 carrots, cut in half
  • inch of horseradish, peeled
  • 2 inches of ginger or a small claw, peeled
  • 10 cups of water

Instructions

  • Bring to a hard boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cover
  • Allow to cook for about 3 hours or until the meat falls off the bone when you touch it with a fork
  • Strain the broth into a separate pot and allow it to cool (discard the meat and veggies)
  • Transfer broth to storage containers

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