The ideal emergency preparedness food: Sprouts

The ideal emergency preparedness food: Sprouts

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Healthy Eating, Self Sufficiency
Sprouts are THE ideal emergency preparedness food! Given the rapidity with which critical global events are unfolding, preparedness just makes good sense. The question isn't whether or not to be prepared - it is what to be prepared for? Earthquakes, nuclear accidents, tsunamis, power outages and gasoline shortages have been on this week's menu. Each, of course, has its own specific type of preparedness protocols. But, no matter what kind of unexpected event looms large, there is always a need for food. Food shortages could result from any of the aforementioned potential scenarios, as well as from any number of scenarios that I haven't mentioned. There are any number of ways to approach food shortage preparedness, but my preferred method is sprouts! Sprouts are, in my mind, the number one,…
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Cooking with Fire Cider

Cooking with Fire Cider

Healthy Eating, Using Herbs
To make this perfectly clear, I am NOT a food blogger. I enjoy and make good use of all the many food blogs and recipes sites out there, make NO mistake, but I never intended to blog about the food I make... until today. Interested in finding out how to cook lamb shanks, I hit the internet. Tough meat, lamb shanks, I mean, this animal walked on that leg all day every single day of its life on our farm; every single day of its life. So that meant long cooking time. Many recipes I looked at called for a balsamic vinegar (which I didn't have) or a number of other ingredients not on the list of what I was trying to clear out of my fridge. But vinegar kept…
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Veggie & Fruit Superfoods to Enjoy in the Fall

Veggie & Fruit Superfoods to Enjoy in the Fall

Healthy Eating
Everyone loves festive foods. Fall time foods are some of the most exciting foods that people look forward to every year because of the special occasions that they represent. With so many great things for everyone to try, it might become difficult to make a choice about what you will make, or this might your first time making a dish for a family meal. If that’s the case, you’ll be excited to know that this article has been put together so you can get a few ideas about what you can share with your loved ones. Brussels Sprouts [caption id="attachment_3530" align="alignright" width="284"] brussels sprouts grow in a unique way![/caption] These tiny cabbages are a wonderfully versatile and delicious food that can be incorporated into wide variety of dishes. Brussels sprouts…
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Healthy Food Swaps Using Fall Superfoods

Healthy Food Swaps Using Fall Superfoods

Healthy Eating
If you want to eat a little healthier in the fall, it doesn't require completely changing your diet. So often, you can just make a few substitutions with the foods you already enjoy, and will have lower-fat foods that are tasty and nutritious. Here are some healthy food swaps that use fall superfoods. Use Pumpkin in Cake Mixes One of the easiest healthy food swaps you can do with your fall superfoods is to use pumpkin puree with cake mixes. This turns your cake or cupcakes into just 2 ingredients, including the cake mix of your choice and pumpkin puree. The pumpkin replaces all other ingredients you would have mixed in with the cake mix, like oil and eggs. This is often done with a spiced cake mix that goes…
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Healthy Fall Snacks to Make Ahead

Healthy Fall Snacks to Make Ahead

Healthy Eating
Eating healthy is often on everyone's mind, but convenience often wins out. If you want to use super-foods for healthier snacks, making them ahead of time can really encourage you to use them more often. The following snacks are easy to make and allow you to grab-and-go whenever you need to. Cinnamon Apple Chips If you are looking for chips to enjoy in the fall, but don’t want to fry up potatoes, why not use apples? Apples are a wonderful superfood fruit to enjoy in the fall, are inexpensive, and filled with nutrients and antioxidants. Plus, they are low in fat and calories. You can make cinnamon apple chips by slicing apples thinly, coating with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, and baking them until crisp. You can also just…
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Vegetable Gardening Made Easy

Vegetable Gardening Made Easy

Gardening Methods, Growing Food, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
Growing your own vegetables is both fun and rewarding. Lets break it down together and get the most food, enjoyment, and nutrition from our gardens! 1. feed the soil 2. efficient use of space 3. keep food moving 4. continuous harvest 5. good record keeping 6. resources feed the soil All you really need to get started is some decent soil and a few plants. But to be a really successful vegetable gardener, and to do it organically, you'll need to understand what it takes to keep your plants healthy and vigorous. Here are the basics. 'Feed the soil' is like a mantra for organic gardeners, and with good reason. In conventional chemical agriculture, crop plants are indeed "fed" directly using synthetic fertilizers. [caption id="attachment_2197" align="alignright" width="211"] observe your garden…
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Grow Lettuce in Containers

Grow Lettuce in Containers

Container Gardening, Growing Food, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
Why grow lettuce in a container? In my case it is because the snails and slugs will not let me enjoy fresh, tender lettuce, straight from the garden. For some reason, they have not yet discovered it when grown with this method. Another reason is that it is weed free, making a cut-and-come-again harvest a snap. Still another benefit is that you may move them around as the seasons change. More sun in the spring, more shade in the summer. In many areas lettuce may be grown most of the year this way. The cut-and-come-again harvest is really the key to this type of planting. Here is how you do it: [caption id="attachment_2252" align="alignright" width="300"] lettuce is easy to grow in continers[/caption] Step 1 Plant a blend of leaf lettuce…
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How to Grow Lettuce

How to Grow Lettuce

Growing Food, Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening
Lettuce is a most poplar garden crop. Lettuce is easily grown and adds color and beauty to the home garden. One good reason for its popularity (aside from the fact that it tastes good!) is that lettuce is hardy and can be planted as early as the soil can be worked. So when you start getting the heebie jeebies because you have't had your fingers in the dirt for months, you can start lettuce as early as just about anything. It is a cool weather crop and makes its best growth at temperatures of 60-65°F (16-18°C). Careful variety selection is important for hot weather crops. Sow every 3 weeks for a continuous supply of fresh lettuce. There are four types of lettuce. Crisphead types form heads and include the popular…
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The Benefits of Organic Food

The Benefits of Organic Food

Healthy Eating, Organic Gardening, Soil & Compost
A Growing Body of Scientific Evidence Many people purchase organic food because they believe it is healthier than conventionally grown food. The organic industry is constantly told that there is no evidence to support these claims. This article looks at published information that shows that organic food is substantially healthier than conventional food. Research published in a 2001 study showed that the current fruit and vegetables in the United States have about half the vitamin content of their counterparts in 1963. The study was based on a comparison of published USDA figures. A scientific study published in the Journal of Applied Nutrition in 1993 clearly showed that organic food is more nutritious than conventional food. Organically and conventionally grown apples, potatoes, pears, wheat and sweet corn were purchased over two…
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Organic Garden Yards – Oh the Controversy

Organic Garden Yards – Oh the Controversy

Community, Healthy Eating, Sustainable Landscaping
If you are not allowed to grow and eat your own food, then the legality of any other basic right is up for grabs. While it seems to be a new concept in the United States, it is not a new concept; who controls the food supply, controls the people. I have sat on my hands regarding this topic for some time now... but this heartbreaking story, explains a situation that is becoming disturbingly common in America today. Will they be coming for your lemon verbena and catnip next? Where will they draw the line, you can't grow squash because the squash bugs will become a neighborhood nuisance? In case you are not aware of Karl Tricamo, from Ferguson, Missouri, USA, he was involved in a Front Yard Garden Controversy…
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