If you are looking for something delicious to serve for dinner, why not try this yummy recipe my husband has named "Thanksgiving in a Squash".
4 Small- Med Acorn Squash (this also gave us a whole one for leftovers) Cut in half and the seeds removed.
1lb organic free range ground turkey
1 package of portabello mushrooms
1 Leek, slicked thin
Salt & Pepper
Fresh or Dried Sage 1 T, 2 if you like a lot of sage.
Coconut Oil or oil of choice for sauteing
2T dried cranberries (optional)
1 Cup of Sharp Cheddar Cheese (leave out if dairy free)
Directions for the squash:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place a Tablespoon of melted coconut oil onto a baking sheet.
Season each acorn squash half with salt and pepper
Place the squash cut side down onto your baking sheet and bake for 45-50 minutes until fork tender.
Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Add 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil. Turkey is a little on the dryer side, so we're going to build flavor. You're also going to want to cook it a little slower to help keep the turkey moist. Cook your ground turkey fully, until crumbled.
Add the diced mushrooms and leaks, and saute until tender and slightly browning.
Add salt and pepper to taste, fresh sage and your minced garlic. Continue to cook until the garlic has softened. Add cranberries at this time if you choose to add them.
Bringing the squash and filling together:
Flip each squash over so that the cavity is ready to be filled. Fill each squash with the turkey mixture (top with a sprinkle of cheese at this time if you wish). Bake an additional 5 minutes until the cheese is gooey and melted.
This isn't the greatest photo as this was one of the halves on the second day (I love this for lunch). I completely forgot about getting a picture of all of them filled and ooey gooey. Everyone here couldn't wait to eat them.
For those of you with toddlers, I thought I would start a new feature here at VI " Bite Sized Recipes" I'm always looking for new ways to create yummy foods for our one year old daughter who is grain free, sugar free and mostly dairy free (she occasionally has organic butter and a small bite of cheese here and there). We've decided to introduce those things to her later when her gut has had the chance to mature a bit longer.
She loves all kinds of foods though, eggs, veggies, meat etc. She likes food with flavor, just like we do. When we're headed out for the day, I'm always fixing up a little cooler for her so she can have yummy food on the road. Sometimes, figuring out what to take can be a challenge and I'm always looking for new ideas. Maybe we can swap ideas?
For the most part, she eats what we eat. She's a whole foods baby. That just means she's never ate out of a baby food jar. We tried those new pouches awhile back and she liked them for a day and then wouldn't have anything to do with them. It was nice to have on the sandy beach though.
For the record she has 14 teeth and has two more coming in as we speak. You'll have to judge whether these foods would be safe for your child. You also need to be sure they're fully able to chew their food and handle it. For more information on this whole foods approach or "Baby Led Weaning" check out the Baby Led Weaning Website.
Recipe: Bite Sized Sauteed Zucchini
2 Small Organic Zucchini
1T Organic Coconut Oil
Pink Sea Salt
Dash of Basil
Dash of Oregano
Dash of Garlic Powder
To make: Heat a small skillet on medium heat, add 1T of yummy organic coconut oil. Add the sliced zucchini and spices accept for the salt to the pan. Sautee until just fork tender. Remove from heat and add a pinch of salt.
If you are looking for an excuse to get together some good friends or family. Why not host a supper club? We hosted one a few months ago and it was a lot of fun.
It was easiest to come up with a theme. For our group we chose an appetizerr and chicken wings. Each couple was to bring an appetizer that would go with their chicken wings. As you can see we had all different kinds of wings. Breaded, herbed, buffalo hot, sweet Asian and garlic butter.
To keep costs low, each couple only needs to make enough chicken wings for everyone in the group to try at least two of them. As the host, I made homemade blue cheese dip and another dip for wings with some crunchy celery.
How to host your own supper club:
1. Create a guest list. Family, friends, neighbors. Keep children in mind if you'd like them to come along you'll have to plan enough food for them.
2. Come up with a theme.
3. Pick a date and time for your supper club.
4. Send out invites (we use an online e invitation service, so easy)
5. If you're hosting, figure out if you'll need plates, napkins, tea, water, and any other condiments.
6. Have fun, remember you can make the supper club as upscale or scaled down as you would like.
Other theme ideas for a supper club:
- All Appetizers
- Italian Dishes
- Mexican Dishes
- Desserts Only
- Your favorite sandwiches
What about you? Have you ever hosted a supper club? What was your theme?
Jennifer is in sunny Arizona, but most of us on the east coast are gearing up for spring and summer weather. When the fruit is ripe and the warm sun is heating things up, this delicious recipe will have your kids begging for a healthy treat like Jennifer's Organic Fruit Popsicles. Please help me give Jennifer a warm welcome to Vintage Indie and while your'e at it stop by her new blog Homemaker Gone Natural full of fabulous recipes, natural cleaning tips and more.
Do your children love popsicles in the summer? Mine do, so I came up with a healthier version that we make right here at home, and the great thing about them is they are organic and healthy!
Organic Fruit Popsicles
All ingredients I use are organic.
Mix together honey and orange juice. Divide fruit up evenly into 4 popsicle molds top off with orange juice mixture. Freeze over night. Serve.
|Jennifer Hoover began HomemakerGoneNatural.com after discovering the benefits of a natural, organic lifestyle. She was diagnosed with several chronic health issues that prevented her from continuing in her then current field. Thus she began her endeavor as homemaker and discovered that with some extra effort in the kitchen, she could control her health and live life without being constantly medicated. She is sharing with you her journey of learning to take control of eating and living a natural and chemical free life at www.homemakergonenatural.com|
I'm always looking for new ways to use quinoa. It is such a yummy grain (seed actually) and so good for you. Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. This has to be one of my favorite recipes. I even had it for breakfast the next day. Enjoy!
1 cup quinoa
2 cups organic chicken stock low sodium or veggie stock
1 bay leaf
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into small chunks
2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted on your baking sheet to coat the pan
1 small organic yellow onion chopped finely
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
3 ounces curly kale, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1-3 T cup chopped toasted almonds
Prepare the quinoa; 1 cup of quiona to 2 cups of liquid. Use what you have if you like veggie stock, use it. If you like chicken stock, use that. If you don't have either, use water! Add your bay leaf to the stock and quinoa. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer/cover for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Sweet Potato Asiago Frittata
I have an obsession with popcorn. . . Morning, noon, night, regardless of the time of day, I could pick up a handful of popcorn and go to town; sometimes I just rule out dinner and have popcorn. More recently I have taken to just popping large batches on the stovetop and putting it in bags in the pantry so I don't have to pop some at all hours of the day, I mean who really wants to stand over a big pot waiting for those precious kernels to work their yummy magic when they get a case of the munchies. There is nothing like grinding your own sea salt and peppercorns with a mortar and pestle and sprinkling that freshness over the hot popcorn. Chocolate chips tossed into the warm goodness then allowed to cool makes the best movie companion a girl could ask for. There are so many things you can do with popcorn, its a wonderful open plate for tons of flavor combinations. . . So go to town, have fun and mix your favorite flavors, just do it with popcorn, its always better with popcorn!
Summer is upon us and I refuse to think about winter, so I'm here with navy blue summer fashions, handmade by SevenBlooms.
Call me weird but I find handmade artisan soaps to be very art like. Afterall it is a skill and a process to create beautiful handmade soaps. Today, I'd like to introduce you to PrunellaSoap. Handmade, Vegan & Organic Soap from Portland, Oregon.
Top Left: Lavender Vanilla Soap Sticks. What a clever idea for traveling. A soap stick is just the right amount of soap for one time use, perfect for camping and travel if you're sensitive to commercial made soaps.
Bottom Left: Peppermint Poppy. Sounds very refreshing!
Top Right: A Sample of Guest Bars
Bottom Right: Perfect for gift giving, soap favors!
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We've been home with our little bundle of joy now for a couple of weeks (more on her soon) and we're starting to get the hang of things, including nightly breast feedings. During my research for night lamps, and the perfect accessories for the nursery, I came across Solay Wellness Salt Crystal Lamps.
Himalayan Salt Lamps are something unique, as well as a beautiful conversation piece for any room.
"All organic matter resonates at a certain frequency. Their natural resonance frequency makes our medium-size Solay Himalayan Crystal Salt lamps ideal for neutralizing EMFs (electromagnetic fields) in your workspace while filling your room with healthy, ion-charged air." - Solay Wellness
You may not realize it but the electronics in your bedroom, alarm clock, iphone, cordless phone, television, computer etc. all produce electromagnetic fields in the room that they are in. These are not ideal for sleeping. To aid in cleaning the air and creating a restful night's sleep it is said that these salt lamps; freshen and ionize air,aid for modern ills, can help mitigate EMF fields. With baby in our room, it gives me piece of mind since we do sleep with an alarm clock close by.
My favorite part about this salt lamp is the warm glow it gives to the room. When nursing time strikes in the middle of the night, the dimmer is a perfect addition to the salt lamp. It creates the perfect amount of light to see baby girl to change her diaper and to nurse peacefully. I think my husband also appreciates the lamp when he's trying to get his beauty rest during our nightly feedings.
If you're curious about the benefits of the Himalayan crystal salt lamps, visit Solay Wellness's health benefits information page. There is also quite a bit of research and information available online about the wonderful benefits of these lamps.
A special thank you to Solay Wellness for providing this salt lamp for our review.
Truth in Review/ The above salt lamp and shipping for the item was provided free of charge for our review from Solay Wellness. We were not paid for any content in our review or sponsored feature. The review is that of our personal opinions. - Gabreial Wyatt, Editor. Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure Page for more info.
I'm sure most of you have heard of a chia seed, ya know those little seeds to grow "pets" out of. They were all the rage in the 80s and you can still find them on store shelves today. Today, I'm not talking about growing them, I'm talking about eating them!
Chia seeds have amazing qualities and attributes that make them a great addition to your pregnancy.
Doctor Oz and Michael F Roizen, authors of "You: Having a Baby: The Owner's Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy," suggest eating chia seeds during pregnancy as one way to slow how quickly your body absorbs sugar. He also has " The Ultimate Pregnancy Smoothie" on his website which contains chia seeds.
I've recently discovered a little trick with the chia seeds for heartburn. Mix 1 Tablespoon with 1/2 cup-Cup of water. Let sit for 15 minutes and drink down the now gelatinous chia seeds. The seeds soak up the acid in your stomach to help ease painful mild heartburn.
Image Copyright © MoonlightMicroFarm
Please note, I am not a medical doctor and am only sharing information I've found based on my personal research. As with any food, supplement, please consult your own physician.
MoonlightMicroFarm (photo above) is a sweet little etsy shop offering seeds, sprouts and more. Give them a visit :)
So I have this thing for iced or blended coffee right now. The problem is that most of it is probably not healthy (I get decaf so baby isn't bouncing off my ribs) and most of it is not healthy for my budget! I thought I would try my hand at making something similar to my favorite coffee "bucks" place and try to satisify my cravings on a healthier and more budget friendly way.
So for you, I have my Blended Iced Mocha.
What You'll Need:
1/4 Cup warm/hot water
2 t Instant Decaf Coffee, I use Trader Joe's ( or full caf)
1T Organic Sugar
1T Organic Trader Joe's Midnight Moo Chocolate Syrup
1/2 Cup of Almond Milk
1 Cup of ice (plus a few extra if you like it thick)
Splash of Organic Heavy Whipping Cream
Dissolve the instant coffee in your warm water. Add the remaining ingredients with the coffee to the blender and whip it up!
(ps. I can fill that glass up about 3 times with this recipe, maybe I need a bigger glass)
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When it comes to sunscreen, I let the experts at the Environmental Working Group guide me to what is safe for my family.
If you don't know, sunscreens are so full of chemicals that many of them have been linked to cancer themselves, which defeats the purpose of the sunscreen in the first place!
A few interesting and important points on sunscreen.
"Which sunscreens are best and why?
An ideal sunscreen would block both UVA and UVB rays with active ingredients that do not break down in the sun (so that the product remains effective) and would contain active and inactive ingredients that are proven to be safe for both adults and children. Unfortunately, there is no sunscreen on the U.S. market that meets all these criteria, and no simple way for consumers to know how well a given product stacks up on any of these measures. That’s why EWG created this guide to safer and more effective sunscreens. To see how we conducted our analysis and ranked products, read our methodology." - Environmental Working Group.
"Doesn’t the government ensure that sunscreen protects us?
No. After 34 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year issued sunscreen rules that have the force of law. The FDA will allow American sunscreen makers to claim their products are “broad spectrum,” even though they offer much poorer UVA protection than is provided by sunscreens sold in other countries. Based on the products in our 2012 database, EWG calculates that half of the products that pass muster with the FDA would not be sold in Europe due to inadequate UVA protection. There, manufacturers voluntarily comply with a European Union recommendation that all sunscreens provide meaningful UVA protection in relation to SPF. And still legal under the new FDA rules are products with sky-high SPFs that prevent sunburn but leave users at risk of UVA-related skin damage. The FDA still permits powder and spray products that can be harmful when inhaled. The agency has not approved sunscreen ingredients that are widely available in other countries. The U.S. is decades behind in sunscreen safety." - Environmental Working Group
What can you do? Visit the Environmental Working Group:
- Download the EWG Sunscreen App
- Read up on the Best Sunscreens 2012
- Visit the Hall of Shame and toss the offenders.
Thank you Environmental Working Group for putting this together for consumers!
- I'm not affiliated with EWG. They don't know me from Eve, I just appreciate this resourceful tool every year for my families health, and I hope you do too!
NaturoKits is one of those companies that I stumbled upon and knew from the beginning that it would be a perfect fit for the VI household. I've already been able to use so much in the first aid kit during the past month that I'm splitting this feature into 2 parts.
To prepare you for my review and to find out more about NaturoKits, I'm pleased to have had the opportunity to interview NaturoKits first hand about their products.
Can you tell us how you started NaturoKits?
NaturoKits was founded by two naturopathic physicians and mothers: myself and Padeen Quinn, ND. Years ago we used to compile rough versions of NaturoKits’ natural first aid kits for ourselves, friends and family, and patients to have on hand for home, school, and travel use. We assembled these “kits” because the remedies that we would choose and use ourselves weren’t available conveniently assembled together anywhere.
Then we realized that there are many more people who would benefit from having high-quality, doctor-selected, naturopathic remedies assembled into convenient kits. We imagined that people would greatly appreciate having detailed instructions on how to use each remedy (an area that is often touted as being scary or confusing for those not familiar with naturopathic remedies). And we could see that busy folks (especially moms) would love the portability and simplicity of NaturoKits’ package design.
By developing NaturoKits we saw that we could help consumers make better personal health care choices by providing them with products to treat their symptoms in an effective, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly way.
NaturoKits is a company that empowers families everywhere to take charge of their personal health in a holistic way with safe and non-toxic natural medicines. It is our desire to make naturopathic medicine widely available, easy to understand, and simple to use.
What is your favorite product in your First Aid Kit?
This is a tough question to answer because depending on the situation, each remedy has the potential to be my favorite in that instance! And I truly use and wholeheartedly recommend all the remedies as they've been selected to be safe, effective, and applicable to multiple situations. But overall the remedy that I probably use the most is the Activated Charcoal for all sorts of stomach and digestive complaints. It works so well! Even my son asks for "black applesauce" (applesauce with a charcoal capsule emptied and mixed into it) when his tummy is bothering him. Having said that, my favorite remedy as far as formulation goes is the Crisis Calm. It's made from Columbia River Gorge Flower essences (local flora for Oregon) and it works superbly for emotional calming and centering.
How can your customers learn more about Naturopathic Medicine?
For a better understanding of what naturopathic medicine is, what the training entails, which states offer licensure, and to find an ND in your area, please check out the website for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians [http://www.naturopathic.org].
Some books that I would recommend for someone interested in natural remedies but an absolute rookie are:
Naturopathic First Aid – a Guide to Treating Minor First Aid Conditions with Natural Medicines, Karen Barnes, ND- includes a concise introduction to naturopathic medicine – nutritional, botanical, acupressure and homeopathic – then applies these practices to treating common first aid conditions.
Doctor Mom’s Natural Healthcare for Children: Alternative Medicine for Injuries and Diseases, Kathy Duerr – a great little introduction to natural healing for parents and others who care for children. The author, Kathy, was the bookstore manager at National College of Natural Medicine when we were students there, and she relies on her experience of raising three children using natural remedies as a foundation for this book.
Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines , Stephen Cummings, MD and Dana Ullman, MPH - A popular guide, this book teaches step by step how to select the correct homeopathic remedy for numerous common aliments and injuries.
See our Resources page [http://naturokits.com/resources.html] for a longer list of books and articles.
Do you have any suggestions for families just getting started in Naturopathic Medicine use in their home?
I would suggest starting with some of the basic remedies that address some of the most common benign situations. Purchasing remedies from a trusted source and getting information about how to use them correctly from an experienced, knowledgeable professional is very important. We at NaturoKits created our first aid kits with precisely these parameters in mind. We are here to help people learn about and experience the benefits of using naturopathic medicines with confidence!
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A special thank you to NaturoKits. We appreciate the interview. Stay tuned for our product review of this summer must have!
Vintage Indie is thrilled to bring you another giveaway for our Virtual Baby Shower. We welcome Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps! If you didn't catch my review on their Sal Suds, be sure to go and read it. I've inlucluded many helpful links for choosing safe products for your skin.
This giveaway is perfect for anyone, not just moms and babies!
Items included in the giveaway;
2 Baby Mild Liquid Soap - 8 oz. - DESCRIPTION:
Our unscented baby contains no fragrance so is great for people who have allergies or sensitive skin. Of course it is great for babies as well. All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
1 2oz Organic Fair Trade Hand Sanitizing Spray Lavender - DESCRIPTION:
Certified under the same National Organic Program that certifies food, our hand sanitizer is free of gmo-alcohol and petro-carbomer thickener.
2 Baby Mild Body/Tattoo Balms - DESCRIPTION:
Certified to the same USDA National Organic Standards that certify foods, our baby balm is based on pure organic oils and beeswax free of petrochemically modified ingredients. The organic jojoba oil with organic beeswax avocado and hemp oils soothes baby’s dry anywhere. Available in 0.5 oz container.
1 Lavender Bar Soap 2oz - DESCRIPTION:
A relaxing fragrance for tired and stressed-out souls lavender calms the nerves and soothes the body. Perfect just before bedtime or to start your day out with a tranquil peace of mind.All oils and essential oils are certified organic to the National Organic Standards Program. Wrapped in 10% hemp-flax / 90% post-consumer recycled paper from Living Tree Paper Co.
2 Sample Size Baby Mild Liquid Soap
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Truth in Review/Giveaway: The above products were provided free of charge for our giveaway. We were not paid for any content in our review/giveaways and the review/giveaway is that of our personal opinions. - Gabreial Wyatt, Editor. Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure Page for more info.
It's week two for our virtual baby shower! Things are all abuzz with babies here as we're expecting our third. With all of that buzzing we're talking about things like what to use on her skin as a newborn and what to use on my skin pre/post par-tum. We've also talked about Nursing Bras 101 and giving away a gift certificate to boot!
We haven't talked a whole lot about preparation and all of those other chemicals you bring into your home and onto your skin. Have you thought about that in awhile? Sometimes we get into the motions of every day life, and pick up whatever cleaner is easiest, premade and ready to be sprayed and scrubbed without thinking about the harmful effects on our bodies. Today, I hope to change that thinking a bit and give you some options.
I've touted the wonderful resource that is the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database before and I can't recommend it enough to you again if you're expecting. This is a great place to start when researching the chemicals that are in every day products, even name brand baby wash that is full of nasty things.
When preparing for a new baby, I like to make sure everything is as clean as possible in my home. It doesn't mean it is going to be perfect, but I like to try to make sure bathrooms, kitchen, counters and things are clean and fresh. It helps me to relax and not worry about the dirt when I'm home trying to concentrate on the important first week of bonding and nursing the baby. I was truly excited to team up with Dr. Bronner's to review some of their products for you and to see if they "really worked".
Up first for my review was Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds or what I like to call my "everything" cleaner. First there are No Preservatives, No Added Color and complete ingredient disclosure so I can be confident that even my children can use it.
Other wonderful facts about Sal Suds:
- Only 1-1/2 teaspoons per gallon of water will clean your whole house. While I haven't tried this, I have used it to clean just about every surface in our home and I love it. It is a very mild smell for cleaning, but pleasant enough to enjoy that clean home smell.
- Mix with baking soda and you have yourself an awesome foaming, scrubbing soap wonderful for bathtubs, ovens, and any tough grime. A little elbow grease and a sponge and you've got yourself a deal!
- I love that you can clean all day with Sal Suds and your skin isn't damaged, burning and dry and crackling from harsh chemicals.
From Dr. Bronner's Website "Sal Suds is a balanced formulation of naturally derived surfactants with pure fir and spruce essential oils: it cleans and rinses with exceptional power yet is mild and gentle on the skin. Sal Suds is not soap-based and is formulated especially for all-purpose hard-surface cleaning. Available in 32 oz. bottle. Perfect for general household cleaning: dishes floors laundry etc. Equally effective in hard or soft water rinsing freely hot or cold. Concentrated and self-preserving: no hidden preservatives or ingredients. No synthetic dyes or fragrances: all ingredients fully disclosed and described. Biodegrades rapidly after doing its job. Pure high-quality fir and spruce essential oils: no cheap harsh pine stump oil. No animal testing: Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics certified."
I have found I like to use Sal Suds to do a sink full of dishes. It does the job, cuts grease and is effective. After all, easy cleaning is what we all want right?
I hope you enjoyed this review from Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds and I hope you'll start thinking more about the chemicals your bringing into your home.
Want to know how all of this pertains to our Virtual Baby Shower?
Stay tuned later today for an awesome giveaway from Dr. Bronner's! Perfect for anyone!
Truth in Review: The above product was provided free of charge for our review. We were not paid for any content in our review and the review is that of our personal opinions. - Gabreial Wyatt, Editor. Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure Page for more info.