November 2013 Highlights: Posts I Enjoyed


It’s been a very busy month for me, and I’m hoping December treats me better! I still had the opportunity to squeeze in reading some awesome posts by my fellow bloggers. Since it is the end of the month, I’d like to share some of my favorites from October.

Can you believe I still haven’t tried making homemade ketchup? I really need to try that and mayonnaise. I loved this round-up of real food condiment recipes–sooo many to choose from! Another thing I want to try is making these whole wheat peanut butter cookies sourdough. I used to have a peanut and peanut butter obsession–no joke! They look so yummy, and maybe I could just sub out some of the honey for the starter. These grain-free ginger snap cookies look awesome, too!

I never even considered using the delayed timer on our oven to make mealtime a breeze when I’ve got to run, what a great idea to make meal planning work! I enjoyed learning more about the importance of sustainability. I cook from scratch ALOT, but I’m sure there’s soooo much more that I could be doing! Here are five tips for sustainable eating. Maybe I could start living more sustainably by making this DIY laundry detergent. Or even this DIY nail oil recipe–how neat! Baby steps…

It was interesting learning why this mama doesn’t use fermented cod liver oil in her household anymore. I definitely don’t agree, it is expensive but we’ve only seen health improvements while taking it! I always buy it when they have one of their big sales and usually try to get in on a co-op order to boot so that I get the price of 12+ items and save on shipping!

The first time I tried asparagus, I was way less than pleased. I must admit…it was also the last time! These asparagus fries make me want to give them one more try before giving them the eternal boot. I also discovered this great post on bone broth, and I’m happy that it’s something we include in our diets on a regular basis. If you really can’t stand the taste, click here for more ideas on how you can use it!

Since we don’t get flu shots and the icky season is upon us, this post about nature’s flu shot was very welcomed. And of course nutrition is an important part of staying healthy–families on foodstamps/ebt deserve to eat well, too!

I wish I could do more homesteading, in the meantime I can only read about all the great things others do on their farms. This blog includes tons of great pictures! I feel like I’m really there when I read her blog posts :)

Fertility is something I plan to blog about soon, it has so much to do with what we do (or don’t) eat! One of the easiest ways to help balance hormones is drinking fertility teas. This mix looks amazing, and I bet it smells and tastes wonderful as well. While we’re talking teas that sound yummy (and useful), check out this sleepy time honey that you could use to make herbal tea! Sarah also shared a great DIY on making your own pain relieving salve–I really enjoy her blog!

Do you know the warning signs of magnesium overdose? Get familiar with it if you supplement magnesium. It could save you from having miserable side effects that actually could lead to death.

Have you had luck kicking your soda addiction to the curb? If not, click here to learn how this lady kicked hers. And consider trying ginger bug sodas…

Until next time!

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