I've had a serious hiatus. Life can get in the way sometimes of the things we are most passionate about. But we will always find our way back to what calls our true heart and soul.
I am back. I am well. Ready to share again.
It seems we're all short on time these days. The biggest complaint I hear from those struggling to make nutritious food for their families is a lack of time to invest in it.
Preparing nutritious food for my family is one of my biggest priorities so spending a lot of time on it is no biggie for me. However, I realize this is not the case for everyone.
I invest half of my spare time in learning about healing foods, phytochemicals, and whatnot. The other half is spent creatively working on ways to incorporate those foods into my family's diet.
Then, once I've habitually incorporated the nutritional goodness, I work on ways to shorten the time spent on preparing the meals so that I may share the recipe with others.
I'll never forget the first time I walked into a garden store and asked for some straw bales for my garden. The folks practically laughed me out the door, scoffing at the fact that I wanted straw to nurture the ground floor of my garden, and that I hadn't planted my plants in perfect rows. They said I would be back to get weed killer. Weeds would love the straw and overgrow, and then I wouldn't be able to weed around my plants because they weren't lined up in neat rows. They didn't mention that weeds (like chickweed, which my yard is full of) are edible. They only gave me the same homogenized thinking that I was trying to break away from when I purchased my straw.
It's no wonder that so many people have taken up hang drying laundry again. Personally, I have a romanticized vision of it. The way the clothes billow in the breeze along with the smell of fresh air and sunshine infused into my clothes, not to mention the general feeling of doing things naturally, sends me into my happy place.
If you've ever tried having reusable water bottles and feel like you've failed because you ended up buying disposables anyway, listen up. You may be doing it wrong.
Yesterday I saw this oven cleaner YouTube video. It looked great so I thought I would give it a shot.
Guess what. It actually worked. And there are pictures to prove it.
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing,
We are all guilty of buying or making our beloved reusable bags, and then at one point or another, we go into the store, and forget them.
If you're anything like me, you feel so incredibly guilty about this, that you've had them put YOUR ENTIRE GROCERY CART FULL back into the cart for you to take out to your car, sans bags. This might have happened so many times you don't even mind the looks anymore.
Okay, if you're trying to morph into a zero-waste kitchen, it takes a lot of work to get there. The first step is to reduce the food waste you are creating & try to incorporate more whole foods. Once you have a good selection of whole-food-based recipes, you can work diligently to reduce your packaged food consumption. This is the best method for incorporating the zero waste lifestyle into busy families.
So I've crafted these 5 easy and applicable tips using food scraps you would normally compost or toss.
Some time not so long ago, horrible news broke out about dog treats from China killing dogs. It became such a problem that Petco, one of the major pet supply stores in the U.S. pulled anything on their shelf that came from China.
I've got two dogs. They are my family. I would be devastated if this happened to them, or any of the dogs in families I know for that matter.
But, luckily, I make all my dogs treats, and it's incredibly easy so I'm going to share the secret: