Wool blankets, cozy slippers, candles, and pumpkin all walk hand in hand when autumn rolls around up here in the north. Days might be labeled gray, cold, and miserable by some, but when you have a long winter season fast approaching, we think it’s best to take a cue from the leaves and keep our speech beautiful. A rainy and dreary day becomes a cozy candle kind of day perfect for warm drinks and pumpkin muffins. Isn’t so much of life colored by our perspective? Keep things cozy this fall and winter with creative colorful words and tasty nourishing pumpkins treats! [by Erin Vander Lugt]
Archives for October 2013
In our homeschool, one of my seven-year-old daughter’s favorite classes is Cooking Class. Yes, it is a big official name for an activity that most of the time is merely her helping me make dinner. But she feels important and we DO do special cooking projects as well. Last week, she and I sat down and made a list of what foods tend to grow in autumn. She then matched up her favorite recipes with that food list and we chose five to share with you. [by Kresha Faber]
For fun, my family and I did an experiment for the month of August. We talk a lot about eating local food, and were already purchasing quite a bit from local sources – but could we buy only locally produced food for an entire month? We wanted to find out, so we gave it a try. Boy, did we learn a lot! [by Jenny Cutler]
Do you ever wish you could cut your kitchen time in half — and at the same time double, triple or even quadruple your output of traditional, nutritional foods? Try a culture swap! Here’s how one set of friends joined forces to swap cultured and traditional foods with delicious success. They each made large batches of one or two lacto-fermented items and then traded — so that each ended up with more variety in less time. [by Sonya Hemmings]
Good morning! We’ve had a blessed week. The sun shone most of the week (please keep shining) and we celebrated a birthday. Before I share some pictures, I want to let you know who won the free pass to the Food Blogger Online Summit on November 2 and 3… and remind you if you didn’t win, you can save $90 on your ticket through Sun 10/27. I hope to see you there!
In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, my special guest is KerryAnn Foster from Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). When I heard about her new Family Preparedness Class, I knew it was time to ask her to be a guest. Why? She’s been prepping with real foods for many years. Twice her family has had to rely on food storage to get them through difficult times lasting up to a year. She really knows her stuff, and not only that, her plans have been put to the test and passed with flying colors. In this episode, KerryAnn shares her family’s story of how they became real food preppers while working around intolerances and allergies, she gives tips for newbies to real food storage (super-duper tips), and she unveils her brand-new and absolutely awesome Family Preparedness Class — which is on sale through Friday, November 1, 2013. Plus… the tip of the week!
We’re heading down home… to your farms! Urban, suburban, or rural — whatever you’re growing and doing, we want to see it. Today you get to visit Shellie and her family at their farm in Southwest Missouri. They have 15 acres — a combination of hills and pasture.. and rocks! They raise chickens, turkeys, and Belted Galloway cows.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to finish up our three-part series on Real Food Sports Nutrition. If you engage in an activity that works up a sweat and a craving for real food and drink, you’ve come to the right place! Is there a nutrient-dense snack bar that will refuel our loved ones during recreational or physically demanding events? Could there be more than one? Yes and yes. You can make and package your own portable snack bars with few ingredients and little time! [by Jenna Ettlich]
Yesterday I shared with you some principles that guide me through the holiday season and all the sweets and food it brings my way. Today, I am continuing the conversation by sharing some practical tips that help me make the best choices for my family. You will notice that those principles I mentioned yesterday — walking by faith, loving others, and not casting judgements — undergird these practicals. As with pretty much every aspect of life, having a plan is crucial to success. Don’t let the Great Sugar Deluge take you out! Take a few minutes now to come up with a plan for how you will handle the inevitable. So you can meet it head-on with grace, joy, love, and faith. [by Christy Greer]