Thursday, May 21, 2015

REAL FOOD FRIDAY #89

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!

Please take a moment to read the guidelines below if you are unsure about what is considered "junk food" verses "Real Food."



Did you see my #realfoodchallenge article?
JOIN ME!
If you're GROWING FOOD this year, check out my
MAY Seed Planting Guide for the US by Region
Would you like to join one of our link-ups? We have openings for 
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
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 
Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo 
Joyce @ It's Your Life 
Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen  
Please welcome our newest co-host, Danielle @ Homestead McCoy

Please take a moment and follow your co-hosts on FB, Twitter, Bloglovin and/or Pinterest.  We appreciate it! 

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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NEW Seed Varieties added at Mary's Heirloom Seeds

We've been BUSY BEES lately!  The garden is doing well.  We're eating salads straight from the garden.  Delish!  Today was a long day spent on the computer updating Growing from Seed tutorials and now adding NEW Seeds to our site.

Bonus, I have the slow cooker going with a delicious stew.
Ingredients:
1 pound Pork Shoulder
3 cups 10 bean (beans and lentils)
1 cup rice
6-8 cups water (more if necessary)
5 tablespoons dried oregano, thyme, basil mix
Cook on HIGH for 4 hours, low for an additional 2-4 hours

So...On to the NEW STUFF!

First, I added Organic Dry Herbs including  Chamomile, Echinacea, Elderberry, GINGER and Mugwort.  All of these dry herbs are available in 1, 2 and 3 ounces and are certified organic.

Next, I added 5 NEW organic, non-gmo seed varieties!


If you are looking for a different flavor from traditional spinach, then this gorgeous combination of deep green leaves set against burgundy stems and violet blooms will be perfect in your herb garden. Edible leaves grown from Malabar Spinach seeds can be used throughout summer and will flourish in heat and humidity. Young leaves of this herb plant can be cooked and added to recipes and fresh leaves make a great salad. Climbing to 10 feet or more, Malabar Spinach is a lovely vine for trellises and arbors. It is also commonly referred to as Climbing Spinach Vine, Red Vine Spinach or Creeping Spinach. The Malabar Spinach herb is one of the very few garden herbs that is a vining plant.


Stevia is a rewarding plant to grow in the herb garden! It is a tender perennial that is native to subtropical regions. Wild Stevia plants often grow on the edges of marches or streams. The Sweet Leaf herb plant can be successfully grown in the herb garden in most any region. It prefers a well-drained sandy loam. Raised beds ensure that the roots do not have too much moisture, and organic compost and regular watering give adequate moisture and nutrients. In colder, northern climates, grow Stevia herb plants as annuals.

The leaves are 20 to 30 times sweeter than sugar cane, but with no calories or carbohydrates. Sweetleaf Stevia could even be considered a medicinal herb because it nourishes the pancreas and does not raise blood glucose levels.



Commonly called Rigid Goldenrod or Stiff Goldenrod, this perennial is easily propagated from Solidago seeds. This Goldenrod wildflower is very versatile, native to the United States and has many uses such as roadside plantings, providing wildlife with food and habitat, naturalized settings and wild flower gardens. Solidago Goldenrod is one of the best wild flowers for late fall blooming and is very showy with large heads and flower clusters. Butterflies, hummingbirds, goldfinches, and other small birds are attracted to Solidago and feed on its nectar and flower seeds. Not only are the flowers lovely, but the leaves are also attractive all summer long turning to a rose color in fall. The Rigid Goldenrod wildflower is best grown in full sun and well-drained garden soil.



This variety is commonly called Fern Leaf Lavender or Egyptian Lavender. Use them in fresh arrangements or dry them for dried floral arrangements, potpourri, and crafts. Fernleaf Lavender herb plants are tender perennials. In USDA zones 8 and colder this variety will grow as an annual.
Spanish Eyes Lavender will provide a lovely display all summer long, but to encourage continuous blooms, deadhead the spent flowers. Do not over water Lavender herb plants. Let the soil dry out between waterings. Place Lavender plants in full sun and in well-draining soil. If your soil holds water, plant the herb plants on a mound or in a raised bed. Spanish Eyes plants should be fertilized or composted with organic material regularly.



Once considered to be rather weedy, it now has improved cultivars and is grown throughout Europe and North America for an early spring nutritious herb. Corn Salad, also called Mache, grows from a basal rosette of rounded, spoon-shaped leaves. The succulent leaves that can be 6 inches long have a nutty, sweet flavor that is excellent in tossed green salads. The Mache herb is a nutritious addition to grow in the herb garden with leaves that provide vitamins and minerals, especially iron.
Corn Salad herb plants are easy to grow and require little care. It is a cool season annual, and it bolts once temperatures are above 80F. Corn Salad plants can tolerate frost and they can winter over especially if given some mulch for protection.



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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Growing Healthier, Stronger Plants Organically

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Recently, we've been asked more and more about how to grow healthier, stronger plants.

There are many ways to naturally boost plant and soil health.  Check out our recent educational articles at Back to the Basics.

Using AZOMITE and GREENSAND for healthier, stronger plants    


Our featured items of the week are
AZOMITE and GREENSAND
Both are on sale thru Friday, May 22nd

Using Azomite for Healthier Plants

-Give Plants the Vital Minerals They need to Thrive
-Great soil additive for all plants

Azomite rock dust is a naturally mined volcanic rock composed of over 70 minerals and trace elements that are essential for optimal plant health.  The rock formation in Utah from which Azomite is mined was formed when volcanic ash merged with sea water.  This mixture of volcanic ash ans sea water created a unique source of trace minerals and elements that moist soils are void of. 
Just like humans, plants require

many minerals to reach peak health and vigor.

For gardens, spread ¼ to 2 pounds per 10 ft and spade or rake into the soil. Use 1 teaspoon or 1 cup in watering can quarterly for house plants. In feed rations, 1-2 percent (do not exceed 2 percent) of the feed mixture and mix thoroughly with feed.  
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Using Greensand for Healthier Soil

-Greensand is a mined mineral, rich in soil conditioning glauconite 
-Contains Potash and other minerals from natural marine deposits 
-Excellent soil conditioner 
-Carrying a formulation of 0-0-0.1
Greensand turns dense, heavy clay into manageable soil. Greensand is a naturally-occurring iron-potassium silicate that
can increase soil's moisture absorption
by up to ten times.
 
There are more than 30 trace minerals and nutrients in greensand, with high concentrations of Iron (Fe), Potassium (K), Silicon (Si), Oxygen (O), Magnesium (Mg), Aluminum (Al), Sodium (Na), and Hydrogen (H).
These minerals release slowly into the soil in just the proportions that plants need.
Greensand must be broken down in soil and is not water soluble. As a general rule, mix 2 cups into the soil around each plant or tree.
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It has become a daily occurrence now of customers and potential customers asking about dirt. 
"Do we sell organic dirt?  Do we know where to buy organic dirt?"

It's official...We now offer
Coconut Coir growing medium for
your organic garden!

If you have additional questions please feel free to ask.  We usually reply to emails within a few hours. 
Thank you and have a wonderful week!

Happy Planting,


Beard Oil from Kelani Organics

With Father's Day right around the corner I thought I'd share a very popular item available at Kelani Organics.  I LOVE Kelani Organics.  So far, the Ache Away is my favorite but she offers so many goodies that you really need to check them out for yourself,

From Kelani Organics,



Beards need love just like your hair - washing, combing, moisturizing.

This Cool Autumn scent reminds me of a walk through the autumn forest just after rain. 
Moisturizing beard oil is one of my hubby's favorites and his skin and beard are now healthy, soft, and very kissable!

After my husband grew a full beard I noticed it was scratchy and itchy when we kissed so I started researching what could be done.

He also often had irritated flaky skin underneath his mustache and beard areas.

Well... I found the answer and wanted to share with all you gentlemen and ladies who are experiencing the same thing.

VoilĂ !!! 
This 1 fl. Oz. Cobalt Blue Glass dropper bottle is hand mixed and filled with pure natural ingredients to make yours or your man's beard soft, touchable, and kissable and it smells great too!

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Ingredients in Order of Volume:
Grape Seed Oil is super absorbent and doesn't leave it feeling greasy.

Apricot Oil helps moisturize dry brittle hair.

Avocado Oil helps moisturize the skin underneath.

Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis) is widely used for hair care because of it's purported ability to stimulate hair follicles making hair grow longer and stronger and also slowing down premature hair loss along with helping with dry flaky skin and dandruff.

Bergamot Essential Oil (Citrus Aurantium Bergamia) has a sweet citrusy top note scent and is antibacterial and antiseptic. 
A Few Words of Caution: Bergamot oil must be protected from sunlight, because bergaptene, one of its components, becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why the oil should always be stored in dark bottles in dark places. Exposure to sunlight should even be avoided after it is applied or rubbed onto the skin, at least until it absorbs into your skin.

Vetiver Essential Oil (Vetivera Zizanoides) is anti-inflammatory to assist in any skin irritations and has a very pleasant, mild, earthy, and musky smell which has a cooling effect on the body and the mind.
This is one of my very favorite essential oils to use!

Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha Piperita) has a wonderful cool mint scent and has been said to help reduce dandruff. Dandruff actually clogs the hair follicles and prevents hair growth. It has a cooling effect and also is stated to help increase blood flow and healthy blood circulation.

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Standard Legal Notice : These claims have not been reviewed by the FDA. I do not make any claims about the health benefits of any products. These products are intended to support general natural well-being for a holistic lifestyle. This information is for educational purposes only and it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition.
Please take a moment and like KELANI ORGANICS on facebook!  Tell her Mary sent you!  Aloha!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

REAL FOOD FRIDAY #88

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!

Please take a moment to read the guidelines below if you are unsure about what is considered "junk food" verses "Real Food."



Did you see my #realfoodchallenge article?
JOIN ME!
LAST CHANCE to enter Mary's Heirloom Seeds Giveaway!
Would you like to join one of our link-ups? We have openings for 
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
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 
Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo 
Joyce @ It's Your Life 
Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen  
Please welcome our newest co-host, Danielle @ Homestead McCoy

Please take a moment and follow your co-hosts on FB, Twitter, Bloglovin and/or Pinterest.  We appreciate it! 

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.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Homemade Salsa Recipe

In honor of the Mary's Salsa Garden Pack Giveaway that starts today at Back to the Basics I'm going to share a SUPER simple Salsa recipe.


This recipe was originally posted in Create a Salsa Garden at Back to the Basics!

source
Fresh Salsa

Ingredients
5 large tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tomatillo, diced (optional)
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
Directions
In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, tomatillo, and salt to taste. Mix well. 

Add 1/2 of the jalapeno pepper, and taste. If you desire your salsa with more of a kick, add the remaining 1/2 jalapeno. If you are satisfied with the salsa's heat, do not add the remaining jalapeno pepper. Cover the salsa, and chill until ready to serve.

Friday, May 8, 2015

REAL FOOD FRIDAY #87

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!

Please take a moment to read the guidelines below if you are unsure about what is considered "junk food" verses "Real Food."



Did you see my #realfoodchallenge article?
JOIN ME!
If you have a moment, Check out my
MAY Seed Planting Guide for the US.  SO much great info!

Would you like to join one of our link-ups? We have openings for 
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
Please welcome our newest co-host, Danielle @ Homestead McCoy
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings 
Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo 
Joyce @ It's Your Life 
me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen  

Please take a moment and follow your co-hosts on FB, Twitter, Bloglovin and/or Pinterest.  We appreciate it! 

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, May 6, 2015

Tuesdays with a Twist #109

Good Morning and welcome to another No Rules Party! 

Is it Tuesday again? This month I've decided to try something NEW.
Each week I will share 2 features: Most Clicks and Most Likes
I'd like to encourage ALL of you to visit different links that have been shared and like all of your favorites.  SHARE this party on your social media to get more people to see what you've shared!

Did you seed our HUGE Heirloom Tomato Seed Sale?
I am SO excited.  Check out Growing Tomatoes from Seed to Harvest.
GREEN ZEBRA TOMATOES

Are you ready for the party?   We're your hosts 
Back to the Basics

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59am.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 
Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features.   And now for the party!