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]
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!
I dream of being more creative than I am. In fact, I have piles around our office, awaiting my moments of creativity. The reality is I am just too practical. If there is a need to be creative, I will seize the opportunity, but if that need does not arise, the creativity piles before me often collect dust and then sadly retire to a Rubbermaid storage bin. A few months ago, my practicality had the opportunity of merging with creativity. Lacking commercial stuffing, my daughters and I filled homemade pillows with the only thing we had on hand — buckwheat hulls. [by Tracey Vierra]
Welcome to the fourth issue of Voices! One Sunday per month, we give you the floor to share … whatever is on your mind. In this issue, Janet shares her recovery from chronic illness and the new (busy!) life she leads at the age of 70. Christine tells of the changes she and her husband are making one step at a time. So, pour yourself some tea, come on in, and visit with us!
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!
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.
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]