Posted in Natural Products for the Home and Body, Real Food & Nutrition, Uncategorized, tagged coconut oil, healthy living, healthy recipes, learning to live healthy, live better, live frugal, money saving tips, natural health, natural remedies, wellness, whole living, whole living with stephanie on May 21, 2012|
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Lovely Coconut Oil. I love it. And you should too!
It’s thick and creamy. It offers substantial health benefits. It works wonders on detoxifying the body. And even helps curb appetite.
For your health –
- Is antibacterial therefore, helps fight infection
- Take a spoonful 20 minutes before eating to curb appetite
- Assists with weight control
- Use to strengthen immunity
- Helps treat arthritis
- Improves thyroid function
- Increases energy
- Improves digestion
- Treats and prevents acid reflux, heart burn and indigestion
- Treats sore throats and ear infections
- Even been known to help ADHD and Autism
Coconut Oil is for more than cooking with!
Coconut oil is also great for your hair and skin! For real.
For the hair –
- It is great for all hair types
- It works especially well on dandruff
- It offers incredible shine and softness
- Great for color treated hair
- Used to treat lice
- Removes gum from hair
For the skin –
- Heals burns fabulously
- Is antibacterial so works wonderfully for cuts and scrapes
- Is nourishing and moisturizing
- Offers sun protection
- Is a fantastic eye make up remover
- Treats rashes, fungal and yeast infections like ringworm and athletes foot
- Soothes stings and bites
- Softens cracked rough feet
- Strengthens nails
- Treats eczema and psoriasis
You love coconut oil now, too, don’t you? I told you you would!
Over the next few weeks I will offer a tremendous amount of tips on using coconut oil throughout your life. Stay tuned!
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Posted in In the Kitchen and Recipes, Kitchen Alchemy, Natural Health, Real Food & Nutrition, Uncategorized, tagged fermented food, fermenting, healthy living, healthy recipes, kombucha, kombucha mother, learning to live healthy, live better, live frugal, money saving tips, natural health, wellness, whole living, whole living with stephanie, wild fermentation on April 29, 2012|
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I have had made just about everything you can imagine at one point or another. But there are two things I have yet to add to that long list…
Beer and Kombucha
Seriously! You’d think I would have done this by now.
Well, let’s change that shall we?
Starting Kombucha Mother is really quite simple. You can purchase SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) at a number of health food suppliers, but why bother? Besides being more expensive – the average mother is around $20, this way will cost you about $3.50 – it’s easy and you get to say you made it yourself!
Here’s what you need –
- A bottle of Organic Raw Kombucha (right from the grocery store)
- 1 cup of sweetened tea
- A large glass jar ( a wide mouth mason jar is perfect)
- A kitchen towel or cheesecloth
- A rubber band
First, steep your tea – one tea bag in one cup of water. You can use any kind you like. For this batch I am using a black and orange pekoe blend. I will experiment with others next.
Sweeten your tea while it’s warm. For this you want to use regular sugar. One tablespoon. From all of my research, all other forms of natural sweeteners will cause the kombucha to be bitter. The sugar is only food for the bacteria.
Add the bottle of kombucha to the room temperature tea and cover. You want the cover to be thin enough so it can breath, yet keep out any bugs and what ever might be floating around the kitchen. Place it on the counter or in a cupboard.
Now you wait.
That’s it! I told you it was easy. My kombucha mother has been brewing for a few days now. The temperature of your house will determine just how long it takes for the mother to be ready. A thin layer will begin to form on the surface. This is the SCOBY. You are looking for a layer about 1/4 inch thick. When you have achieved this, you’re mother is ready and you are ready to make kombucha! It could take a week. It could take 3.
I will give you an update when mine is ready.
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I’ve acquired many new readers here lately.
Thank you, New Readers!
And long standing loyal readers too!!! You are all so very much appreciated. Without you, I would be talking to myself. And I already do that enough!
So, in the spirit of welcoming those new, I am compiling a list of some of my (and apparently your) favorite posts of the past.
And a couple of my favorite random old photos too…
Dreaming of last years bounty
And new shed doors
Green Your Home – Bathroom Cleaner – Hands down. The. Best. Bathroom Cleaner. Ever. ….Still.
Lemon Honey Gargle – This is one of my most viewed, most searched for posts.
Quinoa and Sweet Potato Cakes – This is my most viewed recipe and I have found it on Pinterest more than I ever expected.
Bento…. What? – I love this stuff. I have seen it work magical wonders.
Winter Sown Gardens – Because these things are great! And I love gardening.
Wild Fermentation – Because everyone should make their own sauerkraut. Or you could buy some from me.
Getting Your Mojo Back – Because we all need some serious inspiration now and then. Or a good swift kick in the ass.
Today I’m – Making Laundry Powder – This one is fairly recent, but a definite fave. It’s so easy, saves tons of money and rids our homes of more unneeded chemicals.
That’s Not Really Olive Oil – Because everyone should know.
A Day In The Life… – It’s sappy and wordy, but there is tremendous meaning behind my words. And a considerable amount of emotion. Lot’s of others seemed to like it too.
And hoping for good news today
Even if he does leave the window sills a mess
I write mostly about stuff I love, so there is no shortage to choose from. Now it’s your turn…
What has been your favorite post?
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What a fabulous weekend here in The Shire.
Friday and Saturday were gloriously and unseasonably warm. Sunday was perfectly drizzly and stormy. I couldn’t have asked for more. There was some serious production and accomplishments. A bit of a visit with one of my favorite people, a stroll through a perfect cemetery (I’m jealous) and a spin in the orchard (ditto). And there was some serious relaxation too.
Some much needed relaxation, for big things are about to break. Months, of work – many, many years of planning and dreaming – are about to collide. Dreams realized. Fears faced. Worries, well, mostly conquered.
I have been working on something big for you all! And soon I will be able to deliver. But first I must make sure it’s perfect. This lovely weekend, was the calm before the storm.
Take a look….
I foraged and treasure hunted near the sea
And what a bounty to be had
I prepared another sweet gift for you dear readers
She bloomed while I was away
I dined on the porch
Botanicals were created, sealed and delivered
I lounged on the couch with the Mister and sipped Sauvignon Blanc
I played with the goats
The Mister did too. He is in love.
She wanted to come home with us
I fell in love with these babies
And remembered why I don’t want pigs
I hope your weekend was as lovely as my own!
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Posted in Adventures, Gardening, Kitchen Alchemy, Natural Health, Real Food & Nutrition, Uncategorized, tagged eat healthy cheap, foraging, Gardening, healthy living, learning to live healthy, live frugal, natural health, nutrition, sustainability, wellness, whole living, whole living with stephanie, wild edibles, wild greens on April 21, 2012|
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I am fairly well versed in wild New England Edibles. I love to spend time, basket slung over my arm wandering the woods, fields and riverbanks of New Hampshire foraging for greens and berries and the like.
There is something inspiring, comforting and even exciting about making a meal from things found. Last year, while the Mister and Macala were fishing, I gathered berries. I made a lovely black raspberry crostada. Many Summer nights we enjoyed salads of wild greens found in my travels.
My thirty six years, though, have not been sufficient to leave me anywhere near an expert in such things. Perhaps under other circumstances. Perhaps were we in a time when survival meant being so. Perhaps, no, certainly, then I would be schooled by a ten year old in the matter of wild edibles.
But I press on! I am determined to learn more.
So what will be next?
I’m spending some time with my favorite guide this lovely, warm Spring afternoon in the Shire to pick.
My feeling, pick something and learn as much as you can about it before moving on to anything else.
I wonder what it will be this Spring?
I’ll let you know as soon as I choose.
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Posted in Fitness, Natural Health, Uncategorized, tagged eat healthy, fitness, fitness tips, fitness training, healthy living, journey to wellness, learning to live healthy, live better, lose weight, natural health, nutrition, personal trainer, weight loss tips, wellness, whole living, whole living with stephanie on April 21, 2012|
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Weight loss is on many minds most of the time, but with beach season.. and bathing suit season…. just around the corner it’s everywhere.
Here are my 3 favorite tips to remember when starting your weight loss adventure.
Eat Your Vegetables
So often I hear my clients say “I eat lots of vegetables. Tons.” Only to find their food journals show a very different situation. Often, vegetables are consumed at lunch and at dinner. And that’s it. But if you make sure you are eating at least one vegetable at each of your 5-6 meals, you can drastically change your health and your waistline. When building your meal or your snack start with vegetables. It should be the largest portion on your plate.
Bonus tip – Don’t forget the protein. Protein is essential for building muscle. And muscle burns fat! Be sure you are getting protein with each meal also.
Drink More Water
Again, people often think they are getting plenty of water, but the reality is that most people spend their lives dehydrated. Staying well hydrated is essential for proper body function. Keep water in your car, your bag, your desk, next to your bed and drink, drink, drink.
Bonus tip – Oolong tea has the ability to help boost metabolism and keep you well hydrated. It’s great warm or cold. Try adding a cup or so a day.
Sneak in Extra Exercise
You are going to the gym 4 – 5 days a week. You are eating healthy. You are drinking lots of water. You want to see bigger results. Perhaps you don’t have time to get to the gym as often as like. Try squeezing in bits of exercise through out your day. Do some squats while brushing your teeth. Take 3 minutes to do a few Burpee’s. Do some static lunges in the kitchen while cooking dinner. Find ways to work in some extra exercise and you will start seeing bigger results.
Bonus tip – I keep free weights under my coffee table. During those rare occasions I’m watching tv I can pull them out and do bicep curls, overhead extensions, shoulder presses… all from my couch.
A healthy body isn’t all about vanity. To live well, we must be well.
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There are so many skin care products on the market these days. Thousands.
Many of them are cleaner and less toxic than others. There are some really great products out there that are made from all natural products. But they are often very pricey. You can use simple ingredients, many you will find in your kitchen already, to replace most of these. For cheaper. With less chance of contamination or added harmful preservatives and toxins.
We’ve been over this a few times before, haven’t we?
There are two simple items that work great for removing eye makeup.
Both can be simply applied gently and removed with a cloth or cotton ball.
Using Coconut Oil
I buy coconut oil in large batches. Then I scoop out containers for different areas of the house. I keep one next to my bed and one in the bathroom for removing eye makeup and a few other uses you can read about in For the Love of Coconut Oil. (coming soon)
To use coconut oil as an eye makeup remover take a small amount… I mean small. Like half a pea size and place in the palm of your hand. Rub it in a very small circle with the tip of your finger to soften it. Now gently spread it over the eye and work it in small circles. Then simply wipe off, gently moving from the outside of the eye toward the inside corner with a cloth or cotton ball.
Using Jojoba Oil
This might be a bit easier than coconut oil only because it’s one less step. But different skin types take to different ingredients… differently. We are all different.
With Jojoba oil simply dab a bit on a cloth or cotton ball and gently wipe across the eye from the outside corner to the inside.
There are lots of other options for eye makeup remover, like vitamin E oil, and well, many other oils too, but these two are my favorites. Right now anyway. These things change now and then.
Isn’t it nice knowing there is only one safe, edible ingredient in the things you need and use? How about knowing you can save a ton of money over the course of a year switching to that one safe ingredient?
What is your favorite eye makeup remover?
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