We are in love with this custard. Let me say that again. We are in love with this custard! And what’s not to love about it? It’s thickened with mineral-rich and digestive-supporting gelatin (we use Great Lakes gelatin). Also, it’s allergy-friendly. You can use whatever milk you’d like, so dairy-free is an option. And it doesn’t need eggs (thanks to that gelatin). It’s arguably even gluten-free — and can be easily made grain-free. Make it now and it will be chilled by dinner time! [by Wardee Harmon]
Every year I give away gifts of food to many of my neighbors and friends. I know I’m not alone in this as I also receive many food gifts from friends and family during the holidays. With the onset of gift bags and red and green plastic storage containers, I’m afraid the art of wrapping and presenting gifts is becoming a dying art. Today I want to encourage you to resurrect this art this holiday season with the gifts of food you give — through ideas for frugal and simple wrappings for bottles, jars, tins, boxes, and more. [by Christy Greer]
In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, my guest is Julie Behling-Hovdal, a reflexologist and essential oil expert. Through her site, Essential Survival, Julie teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death during crisis — lack of access to medicines. Julie herself has an incredible story of getting off prescription medicines and healing from chronic disease using essential oils and other holistic healing methods. Julie is the author of (the-book-everyone-should-own-in-hard-copy) The Essential Survival Guide to Medical Preparedness. Plus… the tip of the week (elderberry tincture)!
Rosemary is one of my favorite winter-time herbs. With the cold weather and low light levels of the winter months, very few herbs will grow here, inside or out. Although I long for a full kitchen herb garden that provides fresh herbs all year long (perhaps with the aid of a grow light) for now I have to be content with what will survive in front of a sunny window. This is the first in a new series: Spotlight on Herbs. [by Andrea Sabean]
At first, all I saw were big, fat dollar signs. When I began my Traditional Cooking journey four years ago, I was surprised that my “fully stocked kitchen” wasn’t as fully stocked as I thought. Like changing our way of eating, it’s been a process to get the right tools. Some of them cost us a pretty penny and required advance planning and saving before we could buy them. Others were less expensive and were purchased on a regular trip to the store. Still others were gifts given by thoughtful friends and family who know that kitchen equipment is the way to my heart. You might find that the holidays are the perfect time to tell your husband/parents/in-laws/friends that you want some new toys — kitchen toys, that is. And, if you’re like me and just can’t decide what to ask for, this list might help narrow down your choices a bit. [by Lindsey Dietz]
I would like to tell you about elderberries, specifically Sambucus nigra. Elderberries are known for fighting the influenza virus, H1N1, helping keep the immune system functioning properly, and many other things. Elderberries are high in vitamin C, and contain a moderate amount of vitamin A, vitamin B6, and iron. They are also a mild anti-inflammatory. Making elderberry tincture is really easy. Don’t let the idea intimidate you, because the process is simple! [by Katie Baldridge]
Today in the U.S. we’re celebrating Thanksgiving. Though we give thanks daily for the many blessings God gives our family, it feels right to take extra special thought and care to name and reflect on the good gifts that God gives. You are among those gifts! Also in this post, a Thanksgiving gift for you!