Thursday, October 16, 2014

REAL FOOD FRIDAY #60

Hello and Welcome to REAL Food Friday!
I'd like to thank all of the conscious bloggers who followed the guidelines and 
shared REAL FOOD recipes and organic gardening and posts. Thank you for sharing!

Did you see my #realfoodchallenge article?
JOIN ME!
Would you like to join one of our link-ups? We have openings for 
Meatless Monday, Tuesdays with a Twist and REAL Food Friday!
Send me an email to mari_backtonature@yahoo.com


On to the PARTY!  We're your hosts
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 
me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen 
Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo 
Joyce @ It's Your Life 

Mary’s Kitchen  
If you're interested in co-hosting let us know! 
You can email Mary at mari_backtonature@yahoo.com

In case you missed "What is Real Food" here's a recap...
I know "Real" food may not seem like as much fun as the sugary, chemically, DIY recipes out there on the internet.  This is why REAL Food Friday is so unique.  This is the place to share your unprocessed, gmo-free, locally grown and/or fair trade posts. Here's a great reference from Food Myths.
 We are trying to make a difference 1 recipe at a time!

If your post includes items like *margarine, *granulated sugar, *food dye, packaged baking mixed with ingredients that you cannot pronounce (betty crocker, duncan hines, pillsbury, bisquik, general mills) then it WILL be deleted.


Time to link up your Real Food posts!  
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.
Please follow your hosts and consider adding the Real Food Friday button.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ALERT: Agent Orange on your Food!

It's official...the EPA has approved 2, 4-D!

From IRT,
While over a quarter million citizens signed the whitehouse.gov petition to stop the approval of Dow Chemical’s new “Enlist Duo” herbicide, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved it today.
“Enlist Duo” is a mixture of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup) and the even more toxic chemical 2, 4-D, a component of Agent Orange that is said to contain unregulated amounts of the highly toxic compound, dioxin.
In response to the growing superweeds issue resulting from organisms that prove to be resistant to Roundup, this chemical will now be used in conjunction with Dow’s very own “Enlist” genetically engineered corn and soybeans.  Like Roundup ready genetically engineered organisms, these crops are designed to withstand “Enlist Duo” while the weeds are killed by the chemical application.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved Dow’s genetically engineered corn and soybeans last month.  Yet there was hope coupled with significant outcry and complaint by scientists, lawmakers, healthcare professionals and good citizens like you, to stop this final needed step of approval by the EPA for this herbicide.
Unfortunately our collective voices were ignored and Dow’s “Agent Orange Ready Crops” are headed into the food supply and onto the dinner plates of many unsuspecting humans, as well as into the air we breathe.
IRT will be supporting The Center for Food Safety’s Legal initiative to stop this new approval. 
As well, we will keep you informed about further developments and how you can get involved.



What’s more, while we support CFS in their effort to reverse this decision, we at IRT will focus on the very real health and environmental risks associated with this crop and bring you firsthand interviews and research from reliable, non-biased, responsible scientists, and experts in this field.
We already know that exposure to 2,4-D has been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems. It’s already the 7th largest source of dioxins in the U.S. and while dioxins exist in our environment, and 2, 4-D has been used in some countries, by the EPA’s own estimation, approval of “Enlist Duo” will lead to an unprecedented 2 to 7 fold increase in the use of 2, 4-D, thus grossly increasing the presence of dioxin.  Our founder, Jeffrey Smith, currently believes dioxin to be the most harmful aspect of 2, 4-D to both our bodies and our planet.
We will bring you the science behind why this is and support solutions to keep you safe.
Let’s face it we’ve been down this road before…
Even scientists concur that like Roundup, use of “Enlist Duo” will only increase the prevalence of herbicide-resistant weeds -- meaning that to continue killing weeds, Dow will have to engineer crops resistant to even more herbicides, and more toxic chemical cocktails to apply to them. 
The federal government failed YOU.
The US federal government failed the voice of the people in approving the use of this chemical cocktail on Dow’s genetically engineered crops, they ignored OVER A MILLION public comments, letters from scientists and health care professionals, and a letter signed by 60 Members of Congress.
The federal government is clearly listening to the chemical companies and not the scientists, doctors, lawmakers and citizens who know that more chemicals are not prudent on many levels, most significantly for the health and wellbeing of all living creatures and this great planet we call home.
Now more than ever, we need to band together and organize our actions, and we need to keep informed about what is in and on our food, and in the air we breathe. 
We need to get educated about what to avoid and where to find, and support healthy options in the face of an increasingly reckless and irresponsible agricultural system aided by our government’s compliance. 
 
We’re not going to sugar coat it, this time in history is not easy for those like us who care about the health and well-being of ourselves, our loved ones, future generations, the planet and all who live on it, but we can’t call defeat, we can’t give up, we must soldier on.  In this together! 


 
SAFE eating begins with INFORMED eating!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FALL in the Garden - News & Updates

It's official...We have added MORE NEW SEEDS for 2015 at 
Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  We are also going to offer "SHOP HOURS" on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday starting in November!



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On Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3pm-6pm
This was previously a pre-order pick-up only location.

You can still find us at the YGFM on Saturdays & Sundays from 8am-4pm!


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October 14, 2014
Dear Mary,

You may have noticed a few slight changes to our website about 2 weeks ago.  Well, I wasn't totally satisfied with the changes.
Mary's Heirloom Seeds has been completely updated!  We've added NEW heirloom varieties and Seed Combo Packs 

Seed Planting in October


There's still PLENTY of time to plant Fall SEEDS!
Check out our
 October Seed Planting Guide for the US by Region
for what to plant in YOUR area!

**Organic Garlic is now Out of Stock**

Recipe for your GREENS Harvest

NEW SEEDS FOR 2015



All of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid, non-patented,  untreated,
heirloom garden seeds.
Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge!  
Most seed orders placed Monday-Thursday
are shipped within 24 hours, (except for holidays)
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask.  We usually reply within a few hours (unless we're at the farmer's market). 
Thanks you and have a wonderful day!
Happy Planting,


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Meatless Monday Stuffed Zucchini

I Love Meatless Mondays!

About 80 days ago I cut out meat completely.  In the last 14 days or so I have eaten a few bits of chicken here and there (not gonna lie).  I have enjoyed not eating meat on a daily basis.  I feel great!

My soy-free meat-alternatives are my Black Bean Patties and Red Bean Burgers.  A few weeks ago I made this Portobello Burger for the first time and it was love at first bite.  Even my carnivore husband liked this "burger."  

Today I made Stuffed Zucchini using ORGANIC Zucchini from the farmers market and left over ricotta mixture.
 
Stuffed Zucchini ready for the oven

Ingredients:
1 large zucchini: slice down the middle and then scrape out the seeds.
1 cup organic ricotta cheese
2 eggs
garlic powder, to taste
italian seasoning, to taste
Hollowed out Zucchini ready to be stuffed!
Mix ricotta, eggs, garlic and seasoning in a small bowl.  Fill the zucchini with cheese mixture.

Bake at 375 degrees for approx 25 minutes.  Serve hot.


Joining me for Meatless Monday is Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 


Are you ready to PARTY?
This party is LIVE for an entire month!!!  Each week you'll have another chance to add your meatless creations to the party.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Shop Hop #1

There's a NEW LinkUp in town. Join the Shop Hop!

So here's the deal...This is a link party for all of you with Etsy Shops, small business sites and all things SHOP!  **Even tips to improve your Shop** 

We'd like to encourage everyone to shop small this year.
"Research shows that over 90 percent of small-business owners contribute each year to their communities through volunteering, in-kind contributions, and/or direct cash donations. That means your purchase of a good or service at a small business is a great way to “pay it forward.”

Please share your shop link below then share this party through your social media!  Tell your friends and followers where to find the Friday Shop Hop.


The Friday Shop Hop is live every Friday @ 11 am and closes on Wednesday @ 11:59 pm. 
Below the link-up you'll find the code for this "hop" if you'd like to share on your own blog.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

REAL FOOD Friday #59

Hello and Welcome to REAL Food Friday!
I'd like to thank all of the conscious bloggers who followed the guidelines and 
shared REAL FOOD recipes and organic gardening and posts. Thank you for sharing!

Did you see my #realfoodchallenge article?
JOIN ME!
Would you like to join one of our link-ups? We have openings for 
Meatless Monday, Tuesdays with a Twist and REAL Food Friday!
Send me an email to mari_backtonature@yahoo.com

AND...Don't forget to VOTE for Mary in the American Made Awards.  Vote Daily!

On to the PARTY!  We're your hosts
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 
me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen 
Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo 
Joyce @ It's Your Life 

Mary’s Kitchen  
If you're interested in co-hosting let us know! 
You can email Mary at mari_backtonature@yahoo.com

FEATURE:

Creamy Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie  from Del's Cooking Twist

In case you missed "What is Real Food" here's a recap...
I know "Real" food may not seem like as much fun as the sugary, chemically, DIY recipes out there on the internet.  This is why REAL Food Friday is so unique.  This is the place to share your unprocessed, gmo-free, locally grown and/or fair trade posts. Here's a great reference from Food Myths.
 We are trying to make a difference 1 recipe at a time!

If your post includes items like *margarine, *granulated sugar, *food dye, packaged baking mixed with ingredients that you cannot pronounce (betty crocker, duncan hines, pillsbury, bisquik, general mills) then it WILL be deleted.


Time to link up your Real Food posts!  
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.
Please follow your hosts and consider adding the Real Food Friday button.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Meatless Monday Favorites and LinkUp

I Love Meatless Mondays!

About 80 days ago I cut out meat completely.  In the last 14 days or so I have eaten a few bits of chicken here and there (not gonna lie).  I have enjoyed not eating meat on a daily basis.  I feel great!

My soy-free meat-alternatives are my Black Bean Patties and Red Bean Burgers.  A few weeks ago I made this Portobello Burger for the first time and it was love at first bite.  Even my carnivore husband liked this "burger."  

This week I'm going to share a few of my favorite Meatless Meals from past link-ups.
Pumpkin Pie Pancakes from Fuel Your Future
Spinach and Mushroom Quiche with Spaghetti Squash Crust
 
Peanut Noodles from Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

Grilled Vegan Margherita Pizza from Strength and Sunshine

Caprese Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Joining me for Meatless Monday is Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen 


Are you ready to PARTY?
This party is LIVE for an entire month!!!  Each week you'll have another chance to add your meatless creations to the party.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Protect your Health with Organic HERBS and FOOD!

Ginger Basil concoction
Around our house we don't usually get sick.  Why?  Healthy foods and Immune Boosting organic herbs are a priority for us.  "The common cold" is only common because people allow their bodies to become susceptible to "bad bugs" or have a condition the weakens their immune system.  
Ebola scares the crap out of me so we're doing everything we can NOW to give our bodies what they need to fight off infection.


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October 2, 2014
Dear Mary,
Mary here! When I'm not assisting people grow the healthiest, organic garden available I am assisting my husband in his wellness-based, chiropractic office.  
We educate patients about the benefits of getting healthy and staying healthy.

My research has shown that there many reported health benefits of both culinary and medicinal herbs. You might be growing a few in your garden at the moment.

Below is a recent article we publish on our blog Back to the Basics. Please enjoy and if you have any questions please feel free to ask.

Protect Your Health with FOOD!

With Fall here and Winter around the corner, NOW is the time to boost your body's immune system.  Giving your body the proper nutrients to allow the body to heal naturally is the simplest way to avoid harsh and sometimes harmful pharmaceuticals.  

I am in no way implying that you throw out your prescriptions and go totally herbal.  This is not intended as medical advice but as a tool to help boost your immune system and to assist your body in the healing process.

Now, with a recent diagnosis of Ebola within the United States it is imperative that we are all proactive in a healthier lifestyle.


Powerful Herbs to Fight Viruses

ALOE
Not only is this one of the more helpful herbs for fighting viruses, this can also work as an astringent and has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Taken internally, it is good for easing the symptoms of AIDS and for digestive disorders. Use only the pulp from the inside of the succulent leaves of the aloe plant.

Astragalus, a mighty member of the bean family, has been shown to boost the immune system and inhibit certain viruses, such as the Cocksackie B virus. It enjoys a long history of preventing and treating colds and various other respiratory-related conditions.

Basil, especially as an extract or oil, is known to have exceptionally powerful antioxidant properties that can protect the body from premature aging, common skin issues, age-related problems and even some types of cancer. The herb also contains the flavonoids orientin and vicenin, which are plant pigments that shield your cell structures from oxygen and radiation damage.
Both fresh basil and basil oil have strong antibacterial capabilities. In fact, basil has been shown to stop the growth of many bacteria, even some that had grown resistant to other antibiotics. Basil can be applied to wounds to help prevent bacterial infections.
In Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil is used as a tea or a tincture. Among its many medicinal uses are lowering cholesterol, as an immune booster, and lowering blood glucose levels

Cayenne pepper's bright red color signals its high content of beta-carotene or pro-vitamin A. Just two teaspoons of cayenne pepper provide 47% of the daily value for vitamin A. Often called the anti-infection vitamin, vitamin A is essential for healthy epithelial tissues including the mucous membranes that line the nasal passages, lungs, intestinal tract and urinary tract and serve as the body's first line of defense against invading pathogens.

Echinacea is a classic member of the antiviral herbs. Not only does it fight viral and bacterial infection, it also stimulates the white blood cells and is good for the immune system. Use both the leaves and the roots of this plant.

Black elderberry (Sambucas nigra) is another herbs to keep handy during the cold and flu season. Elderberry has antiviral activity against influenza viruses and enhances immune function. A proprietary elderberry extract (Sambucol®) significantly shortens the severity and duration of influenza.

GARLIC
Garlic (Allium sativum)has broad activity against a number of organisms and also promotes immune function. People around the globe have used the bulb as food and medicine for thousands of years. Four French thieves added to garlic's fame by staying alive as they either robbed or interred (the story varies) victims of the plague. Their alleged secret? Internal and external use of a vinegar made of garlic and other antimicrobial herbs. This 'vinaigre des quatre voleurs' is still sold in France.

Garlic has antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Proteus, Pseudomonas, Mycobacterium, as well as species associated with diarrhea (Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Clostridium, Klebsiella, Bacillus subtilis). Happily, though somewhat mysteriously, garlic interferes with disease-causing bacteria, rather than the "friendly" bacteria such as Lactobacillus that colonize the intestines.
Garlic also tackles fungi (Candida, Cryptococcus, Trichophyton) and parasites such as (Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica,Trypanosomes, Leishmania).

Genuine licorice root, not that red candy that shares the same name, has been a key ingredient in most Chinese herbal formulas for more than 3,000 years. Research indicates that licorice's two primary ingredients-glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetinic acid-boost production of interferon. Active ingredients- hypericin and pseudohypericin, are phytochemicals that display strong antiviral properties enough to overpower herpes simplex viruses type 1 and 2, certain flu viruses (influenza A and B), and EBV.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has scientific backing as an anti-nausea agent. It may offer other benefits to those stricken with infections diarrhea. Alcohol extracts of ginger are active against bacteria that infect the intestinal tract (Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli, Vibrio cholerae Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Helicobacter pylori), skin and other soft tissues (Staphylococcus aureus), and respiratory tract (Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae). Ginger has antifungal activity against the yeast Candida albicans. It also discourages intestinal worms. Because studies have shown that heat deactivates the antibacterial effect, it may be best to consume ginger raw, or in tincture or capsule form.

Yarrow is one of the antiviral herbs that is also anti-inflammatory, improves blood clotting and increases perspiration. Use the entire yarrow plant except for the roots.


We have now added even more Certified Organic Herbs @  Mary's Herbal Organix.  These are VERY popular and we expect to sell-out quickly.  Orders available now!  Organic Herb orders will ship within 4 business days of purchase.  Orders of 2 or more herb varieties will ship via USPS Priority Mail.

DIY Tincture Kits are also available and ship via USPS Priority Mail.

Important note: This article is not intended as a substitute for the advise of a health care professional. Some microbes are incredibly virulent. And some people are more vulnerable than others. Microbes innocuous in hardier folk can be lead to life-threatening infections in people with compromised immunity. Newborn babies are vulnerable because their immune systems are immature. Elders face declining immune function. In the face of overwhelming infection, antibiotics can save lives. In other instances, antibiotic treatment may help prevent complications. 
 


Shipping on Heirloom Seeds is FREE!
$10 minimum order
All of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid, non-patented,  untreated,
heirloom garden seeds.
Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.  
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask.  We usually reply within a few hours (unless we're at the farmer's market). 
Thanks you and have a wonderful day!
REMINDER: The YGFM is closed this Saturday, Oct 4th.  Not to worry, we'll be OPEN on Sunday, Oct 5th with a HUGE celebration!
Happy Planting,