Friday, July 24, 2015

REAL FOOD FRIDAY #98

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

JULY 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.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Do You Have a Food Storage Plan?

There are many reasons to stock up on Long Term Food Storage items.  In elementary school, we were required to pack an "Earthquake Kit" every year of canned food.  Living in California, Earthquakes are always a possibility and it's best to be prepared Just In case.

Growing Organic food from Seeds can be easy.  we are here to help!

Food security is a serious concern.  Food prices have skyrocketed and "clean food" is even more expensive.  This is one of the many reasons we suggest people grow their own food using heirloom, organic seeds.  If you grow enough, can and preserve your extras.

Political unrest is another reason people stock up on food.  With so much going on in the world, storing a bit of extra food is an excellent idea.

Economic crisis is one of the most important reasons to store a bit of extra food.  GREECE is the perfect example.  I've read quite a few articles about the situation in Greece and most of them picture the BARE store shelves as people have rushed to purchase what they can.  If they had a bit of food in reserves, Or GROWN their own food, then they would not have to worry about feeding their family.

Economic crisis doesn't have to be a complete country meltdown.  It could be a loss of job, sickness in the family of an unexpected expense that leaves you short on income for a month or more.  If you have additional food storage, those unexpected occurrences wouldn't keep you from feeding your family.

Below is a video series (3 part) for storing food long term.  These are not my videos but I have found them useful.  This is a great way to store items such as RICE, BEANS and WHEAT 10+ years.  I used this method to store RICE and it worked PERFECT!




And now, for SUPPLIES.  For this project, I used  Buckets with Lids, Mylar bags with Oxygen Absorbers and Organic Rice in bulk.  I don't have one of those fancy bag sealers so we used an Iron.

My suggestion for BUCKETS is to go to your local hardware store.  Preferably not a "big box" store but a local shop.  Buying buckets online can be pricey.  **Links below are Amazon affiliate links.  If you use these links to purchase items, I might make a small commission.  Every penny helps!**

Next is the MYLAR and OXYGEN ABSORBERS

(10) 5 Gallon Genuine Mylar Bags (Made in USA) with 2000cc Oxygen Absorbers




Now you need FOOD to fill your buckets/bags!

Lotus Foods Organic Brown Jasmine Rice - Mekong Flower, 25-Pound Bag





Rice, Brown, Short Grain, Organic, 25# Bulk





Lundberg Eco-Farmed California White Jasmine Rice, 25-Pound

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Lundberg Eco-Farmed California White Basmati Rice, 25-Pound




Great River Organic Milling, Organic Whole Grains Hard Red Spring Wheat, 25-Pound Package




Great River Organic Milling Organic Whole Grains Hard Red Spring Wheat, 50-Pounds





Great River Organic Milling, Organic Whole Grains Corn, 25-Pound Package



As I've said before, There may come a time that only those growing their own food will have food.  Growing your own and storing up a bit extra is a necessity.  If you have additional questions please feel free to ask!

Friday, July 10, 2015

REAL FOOD FRIDAY #96

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

JULY 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.

Friday, July 3, 2015

REAL FOOD FRIDAY #95

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

JULY 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, June 23, 2015

Tuesdays with A Twist #116 is LIVE!

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!

In case you missed it, Mary's Heirloom Seeds has announced our
JUNE Seed Planting Guide for the US by Region


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!


Friday, June 19, 2015

REAL FOOD FRIDAY #93

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

JUNE 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.

Friday, June 5, 2015

The Perfect Starter Kit

Getting started in the Garden and in the Kitchen!




 
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Whether you're growing Veggies, Herbs or SPROUTS, we offer Starter kits to suit your needs.
If you're interested in making your own herbal home remedies, our DIY Tincture Kits are perfect!
**Most orders are shipped within 24 hours**
 
The Perfect Starter Kit
An excellent starter pack!  Includes 10 varieties of organic, non-GMO seeds (25 seeds per pack), Coconut Coir seed starting pellets,  Plant Markers, organic plant food and detailed growing instructions
Seed list HERE 
8 ounces Organic Plant Food 3-4-4
Your choice of  24  OR 50 Coconut Coir Pellets



Medicinal herbs are among our oldest medicines and their increasing use in recent years is evidence of public interest in alternatives to conventional medicine. 
Includes one packet of each: 
Echinacea Purpurea,  German Chamomile,
Mugwort  and Yarrow
 
***SALE thru 6/7/15*** *Mortor and pestel not included*


Sprout Jar

**ON SALE thru 6/7/15** Save $5 
This one quart sprouting jar is everything you  need to learn the basic aspects of sprouting.   A perfect way to get started. Grow your own sprouts for a delicious and nutritious meal or snack! 
**NOW WITH ORGANIC MUNG BEANS**  Mung Beans are arguably the easiest sprouts to grow!

Each Kit Includes:   wide-mouth glass sprouting jar (quart size),  lid & screen, 2 ounces of organic SEEDS and detailed sprouting instructions.  


DIY Tincture Kits include:  1-32 ounce glass jar with lid, 1- 2 ounce Amber bottle with dropper top,
2 customizable labels, 1 ounce of Organic Herb of your choice and Details Instructions.
Organic Ginger Kit ON SALE thru 6/7/15 
 
    

Mary has signed the Safe Seed pledge.    
Most seed orders placed Monday-Thursday are shipped within 24 hours, except for holidays. 
*$10 Order minimum*
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask. 
 
Sincerely,                                   
Mary
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
Thomas A. Edison 
 "The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway."
Michael Pollan