Health

  • Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe

    I’ve mentioned before about my love of Italian food. While our family eats a lot of different ethnic dishes, Italian was one of the first I experimented with. This homemade Italian seasoning mix is the perfect way to season everything from pasta sauces to soups to meatballs. Italian food is a classic weeknight dinner in many American households with our…

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  • The Amazing Benefits of Collard Greens

    Renowned for their thick leaves and earthy flavor, collard greens are a culinary staple and a powerhouse of nutrients. They’re one of the first vegetables to pop up in my garden in the spring and I love incorporating them into soups and stir-fries. Here’s more on their health benefits and how you can make this versatile leafy green taste great…

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  • How to Start a Garden 101

    Gardening was once a normal part of life for most people. Not so many generations ago, neighbors exchanged fresh produce over fences (too many zucchini again!). And most people knew their local farmer. Many of us also have fond memories of grandmothers opening a can of homemade pickles or jam. If you’re looking to get started with your own little patch…

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  • Simple Pickled Ginger (Gari) Recipe

    If you’ve ever been to a sushi restaurant you’ve probably seen the little slices of sushi ginger served alongside the meal. They’re used as a palate cleanser in Chinese and Japanese cuisine. You can also find jars of them at your local grocery store, but homemade pickled ginger tastes so much better! Pickled Ginger (Gari) Known in Asian cuisine as…

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  • Why Opt for a Green Burial?

    As moms, we focus a lot on births, but death isn’t something we talk a lot about. It’s not like we share death stories over coffee like we do our birth stories. And we certainly don’t talk about whether we want a traditional vs. green burial at playdates! I recently shared that this past year I’ve been able to witness…

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  • After-Birth Sitz Bath Herbs DIY Recipe

    I’ve always thought that after labor, women should be able to look forward to a nice quiet vacation and recovery time. Instead, we get a precious baby and the lack of sleep that often accompanies them. This DIY sitz bath recipe is at least a little healing and pampering to look forward to during postpartum recovery. Postpartum Sitz Bath Herbs…

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  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning Recipe

    I’ve found I really like using fresh lemon juice in many of my recipes, like chicken piccata. Especially since our family lives in a place where fresh citrus is widely available. This lemon pepper seasoning blend was born when I wanted to find a way to use all of those leftover lemon and lime peels! I use leftover peels in…

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  • The Best High Fiber Foods (and Why We Need Them)

    Improving fiber intake should be a top priority for many of us. But fiber doesn’t need to be a stir-in fiber supplement from the local drugstore. Many of the healthiest diets naturally include fiber – except the carnivore diet, of course. It’s just a matter of knowing which foods are high in fiber and when to include them. Here’s what…

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  • Rose Body Scrub Recipe

    Many years ago I realized how easy (and inexpensive!) sugar scrubs were to make. Since then I’ve played around with many different versions of exfoliating body scrub. This rose body scrub smells heavenly and leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed. Sugar Scrubs It’s not hard to find body polish with a rose scent, but the ingredients aren’t always the best.…

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  • Greek Shrimp Saganaki Recipe

    Many years ago (and before I had kids) I had the chance to tour Europe and sample some of the different cuisines there. The delicious Greek flavors are some of the dishes that stuck with me the most. I’ve since been able to travel more overseas and try even more traditional foods. I’ve recreated several of these dishes at home…

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