Nursury & Home Disinfectant Spray

Instead of spraying harmful chemicals into the air you breath, consider making a natural spray using grapefruit seed extract, lavender essential oil, or tea tree oil. In a spray bottle, mix about 15 drops of oil and fill the rest with water. Then spray away! Also, vinegar is a great wash (diluted with water) if […]

Vanilla Extract

Since vanilla extract can be fairly expensive, why not make lots of it at a fraction of the price? Oh yeh, and did I mention that it tastes incredibly better than store bought vanilla? All you have to do is buy some whole vanilla beans and a large bottle of cheap vodka. With a sharp […]

Butter from Raw Milk

So you have extra farm milk and want to make butter? Here is an easy way to separate cow’s milk using a Vita-Mix. Set milk out till the cream is all on the top (usually at room temp). Skim the cream off and put it in the Vita-Mix. Blend until you hear the motor change. […]

Sprouting & Other Alternatives to Sourdough

Here is a question someone sent me: Question: OK, so I’ve been reading A LOT about sourdough, and I have a beginner’s understanding of the chemistry behind it and why it is more nutritious to eat bread leavened in this way. Could you give me a brief explanation of what my different options are for […]

Sourdough Wheat Bread Instructions

I have tried many methods and recipes for making whole wheat sourdough bread. However, I had little success until I learned the proper techniques of bread baking in general. To do that, I had to take a step back, if you will, from what I considered “good for you” bread and (Gasp!) learn using white […]

Carob Chip Cookies (Gluten-free)

Here is an easy recipe that your kids will enjoy. You will need a Vita-Mix or other good food processor. Ingredients: 2 cups arrowroot powder 2 cups almonds (soaked overnight and then dehydrated in a warm oven for about 8 hours or until crispy) 2 eggs 3/4 cup maple sugar or Rapadura sugar 1 tsp […]

Variety

My grandmother used to say that if you had a variety of colors on your plate, you were eating a well rounded meal. Then when I got married, my husband said that it meant: brown tater tots and chicken patties, a white bun, red ketchup, yellow mustard and some frozen green peas for good measure. […]

Travel Kits

Consider making yourself a “Travel Kit.” We travel a lot as a family, even more so as the summer months approach. In order to keep us from getting a junk food overload and to avoid sickness, I began bringing things with me that I know I will need. You can buy containers from here: http://www.containerandpackaging.com/itemlist.asp?itemtype=Dairy_Bottles […]

Infant Potty Training

A Healthy Way to Care for your Infant’s Elimination Needs There is another option when it comes to the diaper question; cloth or disposable.  Instead, learn your baby’s cues to go potty.  Just like a mom can learn her baby’s cues to breastfeed, she can also learn the cues for “potty.”   The window to train […]

Favorite Websites

Here are some of my favorite websites: www.westonprice.org www.mercola.com www.drbenkim.com www.herballegacy.com www.botanical.com www.factoryfarm.org www.sfbi.com (for information/resources on naturally leavened bread) http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html (“Dom’s Kefir making site” Most complete site on kefir making.) www.realmilk.com Also, if you missed the answer to last week’s quiz, here it is: Although “homemade 100% whole wheat bread made with freshly ground […]

Whole Wheat Quiz

Which is the best “staple of life”? A. Store bought whole wheat bread B. Store bought whole grain bread C. Store bought 100% whole wheat bread D. Homemade 100% organic whole wheat bread E. Homemade 100% whole wheat bread made with freshly ground organic wheat berries F. None of the above Answer: F Although “homemade […]

Creating a Non-Toxic Home

I always find it humorous when driving through a Starbucks that some people prefer to put organic milk in their lattes. Ok, so I’m not talking just to you…maybe I was tempted at times too! But, does it really matter what kind of milk you drink if it is saturated in coffee and refined sugar? […]

The SOP’s of Fighting Illness

C-omfort The first thing I do when one of the kids is sick is to comfort them.  This may mean holding them or just finding a quiet place on the couch that they can rest and still be close to you.  the key is to keep them near to you. O-il in the ears If […]

The Cold Season

Here are some recommendations to keep on hand for the “cold season”… – Homeopathic Aconitum – Elderberry Extract – Echinacea – Garlic – Chicken Soup (not from a can) For specifics on preparing the soup or the garlic or on when/why/how to use any of the homeopathic remedies, just let me know and I can […]

Post-Partum Soup

When Chris and I lived in Korea, I visited a friend who delivered a baby in a Korean hospital. I felt very sorry for her because all they gave her to eat was “seaweed soup.” Who would have thought that three babies of my own, later, I would endorse such a thing! Seaweed soup is […]

Cleaning Your Cupboards

The first rule of thumb is: don’t keep foods in the house that are made with white sugar, white flour and hydrogenated oils. If these foods are not in your cupboards, you cannot eat them or be tempted to give them to your little ones. Instead learn to make healthy snacks for your kids. One […]