Monday, September 30, 2013

My latest Article on Toxicity!

Good Morning!!!  
Today at Back to the Basics I shared about Stress and Toxicity.

Here's a little snippet:
I have written a few articles on Nutrition and Chiropractic over the years.  Sometimes I wonder...What's going On?  Why you ask?  Because some days I feel like Poop!  Most of the time it's because I overindulged the day before or even several days in a row.

Most of us go through ups and downs both emotionally and physically.  Financial stress and Family stress are probably the most common factors.  As my chiropractor says "There are 3 types of stress: Chemical, Physical and Emotional."        
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Real Food Friday #7

Hello and Welcome to another REAL Food Friday!  Each week our little linky is growing.  I LOVE all of the fresh, REAL Food posts shared each week. 
There's a BIG Pumpkin Seed Soaps Giveaway at Back to the Basics!

We're your co-hosts
Joyce @ It's Your Life
Courtney @ The Delinquent Crunchy
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen
And me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen

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In case you missed "What is Real Food" here's a recap...

Here's a great reference from Food Myths:
Do you ever think about how far the food you eat travels?  Who grew it?  Who picked it? How much in processing it's been through before you took a bite?

Mary’s Kitchen


Real Food is:
-Supports fair farmworker wages
-GMO Free
-Little to no processing/processed ingredients
-Supports local markets/vendors and isn't transported long distances to get to my plate
-Honors fair trade principles when I buy from othr regions
-Meat and dairy should be humanely raised and on real food themselves-Not genetically engineered feed, drugs, hormones and antibiotics.

Link up your Real Food posts!  Processed and "junk food" posts will be deleted.
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.  If you're interested in co-hosting let us know! 
Please follow your hosts and  consider adding the Real Food Friday button.





Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Trying Something New: Sorrel

Have you ever tried Sorrel?  I had not until this weekend.  One of the booths very close to me sells REAL homemade juices and teas.  On Sunday I drank one of the varieties of juice containing beets, carrots, avocado, apple, carrot, banana, ginger, tumeric and MORE but I can't remember.   It was delicious!
Sorrel
The tea was another amazing concoction with Sorrel, ginger, lemongrass, tumeric, cinnamon, clove, citrus, lavender and MORE.  Again...I can't remember.

Which brings me to Sorrel.  I purchased a pound of homegrown, dried Sorrel to make my own tea.

From webmd:
Sorrel is used for reducing sudden and ongoing pain and swelling (inflammation) of the nasal passages and respiratory tract, for treating bacterial infections along with conventional medicines, and for increasing urine flow (as a diuretic). Sorrel is also an ingredient in the herbal cancer treatment Essiac.

In combination with gentian root, European elder flower, verbena, and cowslip flower, sorrel is used orally for maintaining healthy sinuses and treating sinusitis.

From Healthzine:
The sorrel plant contains nutraceleuticals, which are said to be helpful to people’s health. Nutraceleuticals can help prevent and treat several diseases including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer. A group of compounds known as flavonoids are present in red sorrel, which are known to be anti-oxidants. The flavonoids are also what makes is a good deterrent against specific types of cancer. The immune system is also enhanced due to the flavonoids. Sorrel contains high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.

The anti-oxidant properties in the sorrel plant can help fight the signs of aging. It can help protect against free radical damage that can leave the skin looking aged and wrinkled. Free radicals also have a hand in causing stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, along with many other problems.

When used as a dried herb, the leaves of the sorrel plant can be used to treat itchy skin, fever, scurvy, and ringworm. Sorrel can be cut thinly and sprinkled over soups and salads to help relieve these ailments. Even if you don’t suffer from these issues, sorrel makes a great addition to a meal. Sorrel can be incorporated into meals as a sauce, that can go over fish or chicken dishes.

When taken in the form of a tea, this herb is helpful in treating jaundice and kidney stones. The liquid that comes out of the leaves can be used to help certain rashes. When the leaves are consumed dry and fresh, it acts as a diuretic and can clear out the body’s system. As a result of this “cleansing” the prostate benefits and can work more efficiently. Sorrel has also been used to treat hemorrhages when combined with the seeds and roots of the plant.
 
And there you have it!  Stay tuned for my Sorrel Tea Recipe!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Real Food Friday #6

Hello and Welcome to another REAL Food Friday!  Each week our little linky is growing.  I LOVE all of the fresh, REAL Food posts shared each week. 

In case you missed it... There is a BIG Autumn Giveaway going on!
AND I announced NEW Goodies at Mary's Heirloom Seeds!
Did you link up at the Facebook AND Bloglovin Party?

We're your co-hosts
Joyce @ It's Your Life
Courtney @ The Delinquent Crunchy
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen
And me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen

Follow on Bloglovin


My features for this week are:

Real Food Lunch in a Jar from Gluten Free A-Z


Freezing Tomatoes from The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

In case you missed "What is Real Food" here's a recap...

Here's a great reference from Food Myths:
Do you ever think about how far the food you eat travels?  Who grew it?  Who picked it? How much in processing it's been through before you took a bite?

Mary’s Kitchen


Real Food is:
-Supports fair farmworker wages
-GMO Free
-Little to no processing/processed ingredients
-Supports local markets/vendors and isn't transported long distances to get to my plate
-Honors fair trade principles when I buy from othr regions
-Meat and dairy should be humanely raised and on real food themselves-Not genetically engineered feed, drugs, hormones and antibiotics.

Link up your Real Food posts!  Processed and "junk food" posts will be deleted.
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.  If you're interested in co-hosting let us know! 
Please follow your hosts and  consider adding the Real Food Friday button.





Facebook AND Bloglovin PARTY!!! No Rules!

Good Morning!!!   
I'm getting ready for ANOTHER link-up tonight...Real Food Fridays
Pepper Seedlings from my Seed Starting Made Simple Workshop last night
 














I had a great time teaching the workshop last night.  Seedlings for everyone!   

This is me last night in my Supreme Growers shirt...The NEW soils amendments available at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  They are natural, organic and NON-GMO.  Winning!!!

Have you entered the Autumn Giveaway?  Only 2 days left!

Enter your FACEBOOK link HERE!  You might need to pull the picture from your computer if it doesn't show up.




Enter your BLOGLOVIN link HERE!  Whoohoo!  Party time!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

Last week I really wanted something sweet.  I didn't have any chocolate but I knew I had canned peaches so I opted for a simple version of peach cobbler.  Enjoy

Easy Peach Cobbler
from Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup milk
1 (15 ounce) can peaches
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or more)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a one-quart baking dish or 9 inch pan, cream together sugar and butter.  Mix in Flour, milk and cinnamon until smooth.  
Pour peaches and their juice over the top.





**I did not use the juice from the peaches**
There are several ways to "tweak" this recipe:  Substitute honey for white sugar and/or apple sauce for butter.  
I added plenty of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon homemade Vanilla Extract.


Don't forget to enter the Autumn Giveaway.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Real Food Friday #5 Just for YOU!!!

Hello and Welcome to REAL Food Friday!  Each week our little linky is growing.  I LOVE all of the fresh, REAL Food posts shared each week. 

Thanks for stopping by.  We are on our 5th Round of REAL Food Friday and I'm having a BLAST! Would you like to Join us???
We are looking for several bloggers that would like to participate!

In case you missed it... There is a BIG Autumn Giveaway going on!
AND I announced HUGE Heirloom Seeds Sale with NEW Seeds!

We're your co-hosts
Joyce @ It's Your Life
Courtney @ The Delinquent Crunchy
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen
And me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen

Follow on Bloglovin


My features for this week are:

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Packets from Queen of the Red Double Wide



In case you missed "What is Real Food" here's a recap...

Here's a great reference from Food Myths:
Do you ever think about how far the food you eat travels?  Who grew it?  Who picked it? How much in processing it's been through before you took a bite?

Mary’s Kitchen


Real Food is:
-Supports fair farmworker wages
-GMO Free
-Little to no processing/processed ingredients
-Supports local markets/vendors and isn't transported long distances to get to my plate
-Honors fair trade principles when I buy from othr regions
-Meat and dairy should be humanely raised and on real food themselves-Not genetically engineered feed, drugs, hormones and antibiotics.

Link up your Real Food posts!  Processed and "junk food" posts will be deleted.
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.  If you're interested in co-hosting let us know! 
Please follow your hosts and  consider adding the Real Food Friday button.





Autumn Giveaway JUST for YOU!!!

Yesterday I announced a BIG Heirloom Seed Sale along with Planting Seeds in Your Region for September. Now I'm sharing to a HUGE giveaway!

I have joined up with several amazing ladies so check it out...Enter to win and tell your friends!!!

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We're joined by the hosts from The Creative Home & Garden Hop this week to bring you this awesome

Autumn Giveaway!

Alison @ Mumtopia

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen

Lisa @ Little Homestead on the Hill

&

The hosts of The HomeAcre Hop...

Nancy @ Prudent Living On The Home Front

Ann @ Summers Acres

Jenny @ Black Fox Homestead

Sandra @ Clearwater Farm

Mary @ Homegrown on the Hill

Kathi from Oak Hill Homestead

and Lisa @ The Self Sufficient HomeAcre!

We are also joined by:

Meredith @ Green Circle Grove

Carol @ Everything Home with Carol

(Carol will be back to hosting The HomeAcre Hop soon!)
 

Here's our list of Fabulous Prizes!

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We apologize for the inconvenience, but this item cannot be shipped outside the US.

'Harvest Time' Tea Towel from Expressive Creations

This lovely towel from Expressive Creations could grace your kitchen for autumn and Thanksgiving! Expressive Creations offers a great selection of handcrafted towels, pillows, gift tags and holiday items made in the USA!

 
Check out this awesome quilted Rooster Bag!

Rooster Tote/Purse from Green Circle Grove!

What a fun and delightful bag to carry with you on shopping excursions! Show your love of the barnyard with one of these great bags! Green Circle Grove has a wonderful selection of totes and handmade soaps, handcrafted in the USA!
 Lessons from the Homestead Ebook bundle - perfect for Homeschoolers going Back to School!

Lessons from the Homestead Ebook Bundle from Everything Home with Carol

Homeschooling lesson plans, complete with crafts and real life problem solving skills, from our very own co-host, Carol! Great for homeschooling families or families who wish to augment their public or private school experience!

  Wheat grass sprouting kit, great for indoor kitties!m

Wheat Grass Sprouting Kit from Mary's Heirloom Seeds

Everything you need to grow a healthy harvest of wheat grass for you or your kitties! Wheat grass is a great way for indoor kitties to get their veggies. Just plant, water, and let them at it!

Here's how to enter!

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Facebook Party!

Another random linky to start your week!  
Happy Monday!!!
Hollywood Beach, Florida
My birthday is this week and I have a HUGE goal!  I'd like to hit 1,000 likes on Mary's fb page.  I'm pretty close already @ 930.
Link up your fb page...Like my page and I'll return the like!  Thank you!!!



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Real Food Friday #4 Is LIVE!

Hello and Welcome to REAL Food Friday!  Each week our little linky is growing.  I LOVE all of the fresh, REAL Food posts shared each week. 

Thanks for stopping by.  We are on our 4th Round of REAL Food Friday and I'm having a BLAST! Would you like to Join us???
We are looking for several bloggers that would like to participate!

I also have a very special request this week.  Next Wednesday is my birthday and I would LOVE to reach 1,000 likes on Mary's fb page.  Can you help me?
On top of all the party stuff we are expanding our Apothecary StoreRead more

We're your co-hosts
Joyce @ It's Your Life
Courtney @ The Delinquent Crunchy
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen
And me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen

Follow on Bloglovin


My features for this week are:

Grain and Gluten free!




Zucchini Quiche from On the Home Front


In case you missed "What is Real Food" here's a recap...

Here's a great reference from Food Myths:
Do you ever think about how far the food you eat travels?  Who grew it?  Who picked it? How much in processing it's been through before you took a bite?

Mary’s Kitchen


Real Food is:
-Supports fair farmworker wages
-GMO Free
-Little to no processing/processed ingredients
-Supports local markets/vendors and isn't transported long distances to get to my plate
-Honors fair trade principles when I buy from othr regions
-Meat and dairy should be humanely raised and on real food themselves-Not genetically engineered feed, drugs, hormones and antibiotics.

Link up your Real Food posts!  Processed and "junk food" posts will be deleted.
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.  If you're interested in co-hosting let us know! 
Please follow your hosts and  consider adding the Real Food Friday button.





Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Thin Crust Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza

STILL on a Pizza kick!  This time I decided to try my original recipe but with whole wheat flour instead.  This was definitely a delicious "tweak."

I made this completely vegetarian but you can add whatever toppings you like.

Are you ready to try making your own pizza?

Flat Bread Dough recipe from Simple Nourished Living 

Ingredients: 
1 cup whole wheat flour, plus more for rolling out the dough
½ teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
 ⅓ cup warm water, plus more if necessary 
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
 
Toppings:
red onion, sliced thin
zucchini, sliced thin
yellow crookneck, sliced thin
tomato sauce
grated cheese
Directions:
Mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir together the water and oil and pour over the flour mixture. Mix until a soft dough ball forms. If the dough is too stiff, add another tablespoon of water and continue to mix until the dough is well kneaded. 

Lightly dust your hands and a clean surface with flour. Turn out the dough onto the lightly floured surface and roll it out.  Sprinkle with a bit of flour if it gets too sticky.

Bake on 400 for approx 10 minutes.  Pull out of the oven.  Top with whatever you like and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
 
In case you missed it...We added an Apothecary Store at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  We are in the process of adding varieties of "kits" at the moment.  Stop by if you get a chance and let us know what you think.