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Well, it's been a while--time to get back on track!

1. The Nourished Kitchen.  A wonderful website with the right thought in mind.  Despite being in "traditional" medicine, I think there's something to be said for REAL food and having things as little processed as possible.  Also, I very much believe that anything home-raised, home-cooked, and well-balanced is better for you than even a diet of all Lean Cuisine and low-fat this and that.  As a disclaimer, it does feel like they're a bit more radical that I'd be willing to go on a daily basis, but the principles are there and they have some great recipes!  Enjoy!


2. Green House Cleaning.  I found this website and was initially shocked by the pricey-ness.  But it did have a helpful page on a home cleaning spray with little more than baking soda and vinegar.  I LOVE this idea.  It should help prevent some of the accidental bleaching that seems to always happen every time I drag out the cleaning bucket.  Here's Actual Organics' Bicarb Cleaning Spray.  Check out the link for more cleaning ideas!

ECO-FRIENDLY BICARB CLEANER

  • 750ml bottle, with a spray
  • 1/2 cup of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • Fill the bottle up (slowly) with water
  • 4- 8 drops of your choice of pure essential oil
Be careful: Mixing bicarb and vinegar can be exciting, as they foam fairly violently!  So please mix the water in first and then slowly add the vinegar to stop the mixture going wild.  I simply mix in a spray bottle for shower windows, mirrors and toilets.
 3. Stocks by Simply Recipes.  I've gradually been branching out into area of more "culinary prowess" over the past few years.  One is using fresh herbs.  The other is making stocks. Simply Recipes has great guides to both Beef and Chicken (and also shellfish, but we don't eat enough seafood to make it worth our while).  The thing I love about stocks--the use EVERYTHING and nothing goes to waste.  I was actually quite excited when I saw them calling for celery tops for the beef stock--I always hated tossing all those pretty leaves!  Now I know how I can use them! :)
4. Humanure and Composting.  Many thanks to FarmersAtHeart for this.  I very much admire them and their commitment to a simpler way of life.  In her recent blog post, Kristin talks about dealing with the lack of a septic system on their new farm.  Here are links to Joseph Jenkins' website, and his free, down-loadable PDF of his book!  Interesting reading!


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