Welcome to the Nourishing Pin It Party #3

Welcome to the Nourishing Pin Party! You may link up any pins that have to do with Nourishing Living (recipes (real food only), DIY, how-to, gardening, wellness, natural parenting, etc.). We will choose the top three pin links and feature them next week at the pin party, as well as post them on our collaborative board. Happy pin linking!

Featured Pins from last week’s Pin Party:

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

 

Kraut Juice
Kraut Juice
Creamy Coconut Yogurt
Creamy Coconut Yogurt

 

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If You’re a Mom, Wife, Homeschooler, or Foodie, You’ll Want to See This!

I am more excited than I can express to share with you about a monumental ebook library that will be going on sale beginning on Monday. I have already read several of the ebooks and I am doing my best to pour through the rest before next week, so I can give you detailed feedback. But there are not only ebooks! There are eCourses and bonuses as well! You will find these books to be inspiring, encouraging, and educational. There are so many resources here that there is something for everyone.

For 6 days only, more than 75 widely-known bloggers and authors in the homemaking sphere have joined together to offer 97 of their most popular eBooks and eCourses, valued at just over $600, for the incredibly low price of $29.97!

I am more excited than I can express to share with you about a monumental ebook library that will be going on sale beginning on Monday. I have already read several of the ebooks and I am doing my best to pour through the rest before next week, so I can give you detailed feedback. But there are not only ebooks! There are eCourses and bonuses as well! You will find these books to be inspiring, encouraging, and educational. There are so many resources here that there is something for everyone.

For 6 days only, more than 75 widely-known bloggers and authors in the homemaking sphere have joined together to offer 97 of their most popular eBooks and eCourses, valued at just over $600, for the incredibly low price of $29.97!

This library of homemaking helps include topics such as mothering, organization and cleaning, recipes and kitchen helps, home education, spiritual growth for both moms and kids, home décor and DIY, pregnancy and baby care, frugal living, health and fitness, and even work-from-home and financial tools. See the complete list of books, resources, and bonuses here.

To sweeten the pot, we’ve also teamed up with 10 companies to bring you over $140 in bonus offers, giving you an affordable opportunity to get products you’ll use and love for only the cost of shipping, or in some cases, entirely for free! Plus, we will be holding a giveaway for a Kindle Fire HD during the sale!

eBooks are wonderful additions to any library. I love them because they are portable, they don’t take up any (physical) space–remember I live in a bus, they are easily searchable, they include links to other fun stuff, and best of all they don’t need dusting. We use our Nook every day for homeschooling, to free reading, to doing research, and more.

Don’t have an eReader like the Kindle or Nook? Not a problem! You can still enjoy ebooks.

If you have a smart phone like the iPhone or Android you can download an eReader app, Nook app or Kindle app which will allow you to read the ebook on your phone any place!

Surprisingly, statistics tell us most people read eBooks on your home computers.

Here are a few recommended eReader softwares to help you manage your digital library on your desktop/laptop:

  • Calibre – Works with almost all eBook formats. Requires install on your home computer. REALLY nice organization. Can also convert formats. Highly recommend.
  • Google Books – Manage your eBook library online, which means no installation on your home computer. You can access your library on any computer by signing into your Google account on the browser. Can only access what’s available on Google Books though.
  • Firefox ePub extention – If you’re running Firefox this plugin allows you to read ePub format ebooks that you’ve downloaded in a browser. No software to download.
  • Kindle for PC – software to read Amazon Kindle eBook formats. Syncs with Kindle account online.
  • Nook for PC – software to read ePub formats and PDFs. Syncs with B&N account.

Be sure to subscribe to our RSS or subscribe to our email newsletter so you don’t miss the sale or the  giveaway for a Kindle Fire HD we will be doing to accompany it! Next week I’ll cover several of the books so you can really see what’s being offered in more detail.

 


Welcome to The Nourishing Pin It Party #1

Welcome to the first Nourishing Pin Party! You may link up any pins that have to do with Nourishing Living (recipes (real food only), DIY, how-to, gardening, wellness, natural parenting, etc.). We will choose the top three pin links and feature them next week at the pin party, as well as post them on our collaborative board. Happy pin linking!

Wait! Before you start linking up, if you’re a mom, homeschooler, wife, DIY-er, or foodie, you’ll want to see this! Woot!

 

Welcome to the first Nourishing Pin Party! You may link up any pins that have to do with Nourishing Living (recipes (real food only), DIY, how-to, gardening, wellness, natural parenting, etc.). We will choose the top three pin links and feature them next week at the pin party, as well as post them on our collaborative board. Happy pin linking!

 

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Announcing the Nourishing Pin It Party

Attention bloggers AND non-bloggers!

We are excited to host a brand new, super-fun even at Eat Nourishing that will begin this coming Wednesday morning. We will be hosting what is called a link-up party, only different. What makes this link up party extra special is that instead of linking up to posts on your blog, you will link up to awesome pins from Pinterest! This means that bloggers and non-bloggers can participate! This is a great way for bloggers to showcase their recent work and for you to find new blogs to read and new pins for your Pinterest boards! Ever get the feeling that you’re seeing the same things over and over again on Pinterest? Not now! You will have plenty of new, awesome pinners/bloggers to follow.

Attention bloggers AND non-bloggers!

We are excited to host a brand new, super-fun event at Eat Nourishing that will begin this coming Wednesday morning. We will be hosting what is called a link-up party, only different. What makes this link up party extra special is that instead of linking up to posts on your blog, you will link up to awesome pins from Pinterest! This is a great way for bloggers to showcase their recent work and for you to find new blogs to read and new pins for your Pinterest boards! Ever get the feeling that you’re seeing the same things over and over again on Pinterest? Not now! You will have plenty of new, awesome pinners/bloggers to follow.

Each week we will choose three of our favorite pins and feature them on the post as well as on our collaborative Pinterest board for this party. Oh decisions, decisions.

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Homemaking Bundle FAQ

Are you experiencing troubles or do have questions about The Ultimate Homemakers eBook Bundle? Take a look through these frequently asked questions and maybe we can help you out. 🙂

Receiving Your eBooks and eCourses

How do I receive my eBooks?

After your purchase was completed through Paypal, you should have received an automatic email containing the download links. This email goes directly to whichever email account is connected to your Paypal account.

Sometimes these emails wind up in spam folders, instead of in your inbox. Before you worry that you didn’t get the email, make sure you take a good look at your spam folder first. It’s a pain, but it happens.

How do I receive my eCourses?

In the email that you receive when you purchase the bundle, there will be special links and/or coupon codes that you will use to access your eCourses.

Downloading, Devices (eReaders, iPads, phones, etc.) and Other Technical Issues

How do I download the ebooks to my computer?

In the email that you receive, there will be links that you will use to download all of the book files. In total you will find around 70 download links, but within these links are all 90+ eBooks included in the sale.

Many of the books are sent as individual files and you will click on the specific link to download each book.

For some of the books, we have put them together into .zip files, with a handful of eBooks in each file (these are noted by the words “folder contains X number of ebooks”). You’ll simply download each .zip file onto your computer, then you can open those files up and you’ll find all of the books, which you can then save into the appropriate files on your computer.

Note that if you have an older or slower computer, or a slow internet connection, you will only want to start downloading one .zip file at a time to prevent the download from timing out. If your computer/internet connection is fast, you shouldn’t have any issues with it.

Can I download them on my iPad, iPhone or any other eReader devices?

Yes, but there is a step you need to take first. Due to the size of these files, they can only be downloaded onto a regular desktop or laptop computer.

If you try to download directly onto any type of smaller device, the files will not download properly.

So first, open up your purchase email and download all files onto your regular computer. Once this is done, then you can proceed to transfer them to your devices.

For Kindle, you can use the “Send to Kindle” app. It works on PC or Mac. It can send files (once they are downloaded) to your Kindle app on your Apple device (ie. iPad or iPhone), Android device, or Kindle.

For other ebook readers, you’ll have to do it however you normally do for that device. Usually this involves downloading them onto your computer first, then transferring the files via USB or WiFi to your device after they have been downloaded.

Can I put these eBooks on my Kindle/Nook/eReader?

Yes, you can! But, note that as these are being sold as .PDF files, and not in any specific eReader file type (each eReader uses a different file type, so it would be impossible for us to address all of the various devices and file types out there).

Because they are in .PDF format, some of them will look/work better on an eReader than others. Most eReaders can accommodate these files, they just might not be perfectly formatted to look as good as a file that was made specifically for that device (for example, the font might be slightly small), but most of them should be readable regardless.

For the ones that aren’t, they can all still be read on your computer with the use of a Preview program, or whatever you usually use to view .PDF files.

What are .zip files and how do I open them?

We’ve used .zip files for some of the books simply because they compress files and there are just SO many files included in this bundle. This helps to make it a bit easier and faster to transfer and download the books, even though many of them are still individual downloads. 90+ eBooks is an awful lot!

For both Windows and Mac users, take a look at this very helpful WikiHow tutorial, which will show you exactly how to open .zip files, without a fancy program. As long as your computer is relatively new, you should be able to open the files up without the help of any extra software.

If you have an older computer without this capability, this tutorial gives some ideas of other unzipping software that you can download for free. One way to open .zip files is with a program called WinZip. You can download a trial version here for free.

How long will my download links work for?

The links in your purchase email will work for 4 weeks, which gives you plenty of time to make sure that you get all of your files downloaded and stored properly on your computer.

I would advise that you download them immediately, regardless of the 4 week deadline. It’s easy to forget about this sort of thing, and I wouldn’t want you to be disappointed to realize that your links no longer work!

You must be sure to download all files before June 1st! (This is important!)

Also, just in case you experience a download error, you have 9 download attempts to make sure that you get all of your books!

(You shouldn’t need it, but if for some reason your download attempts run out before you have all of your books, simply email us at bundles@keeperofthehome.org, include your name and Paypal transaction number, and we’ll give you more attempts.)

Bonus Offers

How do I access the bonus offers?

All of these details will be included in the email that you receive after you purchase your bundle. We will give you specific instructions on how to redeem each one of the bonus offers.

Most of them involve visiting the website of the specific company, and then accessing your bonus offer either through a special link we’ll give you, or with a coupon code included in your email.

How long will the bonus offers be available?

All bonus offers will be available for 2 weeks after the sale ends, through May 18th. There will be no extensions on the bonus offers.

These companies have offered what amounts to a significant amount of their inventory, and so for their sake (because we’re really grateful for our amazing bonus sponsors!), there needs to be a finite deadline, so that they can prepare adequately to be able to follow through on honoring the bonuses that they’ve offered.

Do I need to pay shipping?

All of the bonus companies have agreed to honor their regular shipping policies, which means that if they have free shipping at $25 or more, or whatever they usually offer, they’ll allow you to get that shipping rate. In other words, a lot of online “special offers” will bump up the shipping in order to compensate for whatever it is they’re giving you for “free”. Our companies are not doing that.

There are also several items that are digital items (Plan to Eat, ListPlanIt, etc.) and for these bonuses, there is no shipping involved.

What if a company is out of stock or can’t honor the bonus offer?

Although we carefully vet each company making a bonus offer and make it clear to them how many redemptions that we expect to receive through this sale, occasionally things happen and a company may possibly run out of stock and be unable to fulfill an offer. We’ve never had it happen yet, but we’re mentioning it because we know that it is a slight possibility.

It’s important to remember that this bonuses are simply that… a bonus. They are not the product that you are buying. What you are purchasing is the eBook and eCourse bundle, and the bonuses are offered to sweeten the pot and help to introduce you to some fantastic new companies and products.

The organizers of this bundle are not responsible for any individual company’s ability to follow through on the redemption of bonus offers, and each offer is subject to product availability on a first come, first serve basis.

Can I share these bonus offers with my family or friends?

Unfortunately, no. You’re welcome to tell anyone about the bundle or these fantastic new companies you’ve discovered, but these offers are made available solely to those who have bought their OWN eBook bundle, and are not able to be used multiple times.

When you go to redeem your bonus offers, it is likely that companies will require a Paypal transaction number from you, as proof that you have purchased a copy of the eBook bundle. Please be prepared to present them with this information so that they can verify your purchase and honor the bonus offer.

Replacing Lost Files and Sharing Files

What if I lose my eBook files down the road?

Please remember to back up your files (on another computer, on a backup hard drive, on a web-hosted “cloud storage site“). Keeper of the Home and the authors cannot send you copies of eBooks that have been deleted or lost.

Can I share these eBooks with my friends or family members?

Each of the eBooks in The Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle is copyrighted by the original author. Your purchase does not entitle you to share the files or upload them anywhere online where others can access them.

Sharing eBooks is theft and steals from the authors who work so hard to create these wonderful resources, so please make sure that you are respecting their copyrights (and you can always point others in the direction of their websites- share the love!).

If you’d like to purchase and give an eBook bundle to someone, that is perfectly fine! Simply purchase one specifically for that person and then “gift” it to them by sending them the download email. 🙂

Note that we will not be offering refunds (but we WILL make sure that you get what you’d paid for!).

Did we miss anything? If you have a question that we haven’t answered, contact us by email at bundles@keeperofthehome.org, and make sure to choose the subject “eBook Bundle”. Including your Paypal transaction number helps us to serve you more easily.

What’s the Difference Between Gold Label and Green Label Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil? {Review & Giveaway}

Coconut oil is the number one oil we use in our home. We don’t just use it for cooking either. Oh no! There are literally over a hundred uses for the stuff. We consume it daily by the spoonful, use it in our baking and cooking, rub it on as a moisturizer, use it as a hair treatment and even make candy with it, like this Raw Peppermint Coconut Oil Fudge.


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Tropical Traditions is our favorite brand of coconut oil because they carefully source out the oil and support small family producers in the Philippines where it is imported from. Not only this, but the quality and taste of their Virgin Coconut Oils is uncompromisable.

The trouble is that Tropical Traditions offers several varieties of quality coconut oil and it can often be confusing to the consumer. There is their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, the Green Label Virgin Coconut Oil, the Organic Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil and the Non-Certified Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil. So what are the differences?

Before we discuss the differences, let’s take a look at the similarities:

  • All of Tropical Traditions’ coconut oils are Non-GMO
  • All of Tropical Traditions’ coconut oils are not hydrogenated and contain zero grams of trans fat
  • All of Tropical Traditions’ coconut oils are processed without the use of chemical solvents (a common factor in some coconut oil brands for deodorizing)
  • All of Tropical Traditions’ coconut oils are high in Lauric acid

Basic Differences

  • All of the coconut oils are USDA certified organic, except the Non-Certified Expeller Pressed, which is still grown by natural practices
  • All of the coconut oils are machine-made at a central location, except the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil which is Hand-Made the traditional wet-mill way, using the pure coconut water from inside to extract the coconut oil, which produces less yield. Recent studies show that the hand-made coconut oil contains the most anti-oxidents.
  • The green label and gold label virgin oils are made from fresh, high-quality coconuts, whereas the Expeller pressed are not made with fresh coconuts.
  • The green label and gold label virgin oils are both unrefined. The Expeller pressed oil has been refined, mostly to remove the smell and taste of coconuts. The Green and Gold label virgin coconut oils still have the flavor and smell of coconuts intact.

Is there really any difference between the Green Label and Gold Label Oils?

Yes! They are both very high quality, but the main difference is in how they are made. The Green label is machine made in large volumes using the quick-dry method of cold pressing the oil out of dried coconut, which results in a higher yield. The Gold label is produced in smaller batches by families using the wet-milling method, which produces a lower yield, but higher anti-oxidants.

My family has been purchasing the Green Label Virgin Coconut Oil for years. I had never had the opportunity to try the Gold Label oil until Tropical Traditions sent me some to review.

On a side-by-side taste test by spoon here are some of my observations:

  • The Gold label oil has a stronger, more distinct coconut flavor (though this can vary from batch to batch according to Tropical Traditions), whereas the Green label oil has a more mild coconut flavor.
  • The Gold label oil has a stronger aroma of coconuts than the Green label oil.
  • The Gold label oil is more delicate on the tongue and has a more velvety mouth-feel. It seems thinner and I believe it may have a slightly lower melting point than the Green label oil.

I also made a batch of some of my favorite homemade coconut butter using a little bit of the Gold Label oil in place of the Green label I usually use. The taste and texture were both different than usual. The coconut butter tasted more coco-nutty and the texture was finer. I also had a bit of separation when it cooled, which doesn’t usually happen, and some of the oil rose to the surface. The flavor was really nice though. I imagine that this oil would also be really nice in this Chocolate Coconut Bark.

For baking purposes, Tropical Traditions says that both kinds of oils should mostly lose their coconut flavor when baked with. I didn’t have the opportunity to test the Gold label for baking, but I do know that I love to bake with my Green Label coconut oil and often replace the butter that is called for in recipes with it. I have not noticed my baked goods having any coconut flavor really.

I also used some of the Gold label to make my favorite moisturizing/healing oil that I use daily. It consists of coconut oil, Argan oil and Tamanu Oil. I use it all over and then use the leftovers on my hands to rub into the ends of my hair. I didn’t notice any difference in the consistency or results with this from the Green Label I usually use.

Who Should Purchase Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil?

  • Those who want to support small family producers. The Gold Label oil is the only oil that is produced by small family businesses in the Philippines using the traditional, by-hand extraction method.
  • Those who want the freshest, highest-quality, small batch oil.
  • Those who consume coconut oil raw and want the highest anti-oxidants. According to recent studies, the Gold label oil has the highest anti-oxidents of all the other oils.

Want to see the difference of the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil yourself? Enter the giveaway below using the RaffleCopter widget to win some Gold Label Coconut Oil for yourself!

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Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Disclaimer:Tropical Traditions sent me 2 pint sized jars of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut oil for purposes of this review. I was under no obligation to write a review or to write anything specific, and everything written in the post is completely my own opinion or based off of my research. I was also not obligated to run a product giveaway in return for the free product. If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

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21 Tips to Avoid Plastic for Real Food Kitchen Storage

avoid plastic food storageHave you seen this article about BPA plastic simply being replaced by its cousin BPS?

It seems more important than ever to learn how to keep our kitchens and food as plastic free as possible. The problem is that plastic products have become so convenient and second-nature that many of us don’t have any clue as to how to store our food without it. With that in mind, I came up with this list of 21 ways to avoid plastic when storing food in your real food kitchen. Most are ways to store your food completely plastic free and others are hacks for how to store your food in plastic if it becomes necessarily.

  1. Use mason jars to freeze solid foods like beans, rice, meat, fruits and veggies. Don’t fill to the top to avoid the food touching your reusable lids. After food is frozen solid, add about 1/4″ of water on top of the food to keep more air out.
  2. Freeze meals in food-safe Pyrex dishes without a lid. After food is solid add about 1/4″ of water on top of the food. Place a tight fitting lid, or top first with parchment paper or butcher’s paper and then cover tightly with aluminum foil (you can reuse the aluminum foil many times!).
  3. Wrap breads, waffles, pancakes, muffins and other dry foods carefully with parchment paper or butcher’s paper (trying to get as much air as possible out) and tape closed with freezer tape. Then wrap tightly in aluminum foil to keep air out (you can reuse the aluminum foil many times!). Do not use waxed paper as most are waxed with paraffin.
  4. Freeze foods that are purees, soft, or liquid by first freezing in mini muffin or regular sized muffin tins. Pop out of tins and store them in mason jars or a cheap plastic freezer container lined with parchment paper.
  5. Freeze soft, pureed or liquids directly in pint freezer-safe mason jars. Leave extra head space and add 1/4″ of water on top once frozen.
  6. Wrap fresh meat for the freezer in butcher paper and freezer tape. Then, wrap tightly with aluminum foil to seal out air. (Reuse that aluminum foil!)
  7. Line freezer safe ziplock bags with parchment paper before filing with food of choice.
  8. Line and wrap food with parchment paper before placing in a plastic storage container to freeze.
  9. Of course, if you have the cash you could always try these stainless steel containers or even the glass storage containers to freeze your goods.
  10. Make your own waxed boxes to freeze or refrigerate food in by brushing a thin layer of melted bee’s wax on the inside of used gift boxes. Allow to dry. Fill with food and seal edges with freezer tape to keep air out. Carefully wash them to reuse by using cold water and mild soap on a rag on the inside. Rinse with cool water on a rag and allow to air dry. Another option for waxed boxes would be to purchase some paper clam-shell type to go boxes like these and wax them with bees wax. Again, always with the intention of reusing them as many times as possible.
  11. Make  your own reusable waxed fabric to wrap cheese, leftovers, and baked goods in. My friend Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS does this to age and store her cheese in.
  12. Make your own reusable waxed fabric bags to store food in the refrigerator or room temperature.
  13. Refrigerate leftovers in mason jars or reclaimed jars.
  14. Short-term store leftovers in the refrigerator in the stainless steel pot the were cooked in with the lid on.
  15. If really pressed for a container to store in, use a glass or stainless mixing bowl with a plate on top for a lid. If you want to keep more air out, use a layer of plastic under the plate and be sure that the food is low enough not to touch the plastic.
  16. Store food in Chinese take out boxes (I would personally rewax the inside with bees wax to avoid parafin). They can be reused several times by washing with mild soap and water and allowing to dry. You can freeze  (even liquids) in them by sealing all the openings  on top and bottom with freezer tape. Or check out these cute silicone versions.
  17. For packed lunches, nothing beats these divided stainless steel lunch boxes or a paper bag with the waxed fabric bags mentioned above.
  18. Store beverages in glass jars, glass carafes, or reclaimed glass milk jugs.
  19. Store fresh fruits and veggies in paper bags, cardboard boxes, baskets or in mason jars with some water. Read this post from My Plastic Free-Life for a more complete list of how to store specific fruits and veggies without plastic.
  20. Store dry foods in the pantry in stainless steel canisters or (you guessed it!) mason jars or other salvaged glass containers.
  21. Spices and seasonings store well in 8oz mason jars or these stainless steel spice tins (which mount nicely on your refrigerator with magnets.

I am sure this is not a complete list. What are some ways you have avoided using plastic in your kitchen. Share your tips and ideas with us in the comments!

This post was shared on Real Food Wednesdays and Homemaking Link-Up

What You Should Really Be Feeding Your Baby and Toddler: Super Nutrition for Babies

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Rice cereal first? Veggies only? Pureed meat first? Conflicting nutritional information for infants and children abounds. But just what are the best foods to feed an infant and toddler for optimum nutrition, growth and development? According to the USDA, an infant’s first food should be fortified infant cereal given as early as four months old. The USDA also advocates giving infants fruit juice as early as 6 months old, along with more fortified infant cereal and pureed fruits and veggies.  Are these options really the best way to nourish our children?

Authors Katherine Erlich, M.D. and Kelly Genzlinger, C.N.C, C.M.T.A address this question and many more in their new book Super Nutrition for Babies:

We see children’s health getting worse with each subsequent generation. Our children today are at grave risk, and parents’ worries are both many and valid. Tragically, the most recent generation of babies is slated to have shorter lifespans than their parents. This is unacceptable!

Erlich and Genzlinger propose that many contemporary diseases and illness are caused by our modern world which is full of toxins and nutrient-deficient foods. All of the toxins and nutrient deficiencies wreak havoc on our well-tuned bodies in multiple instances, thereby making pinpointing a diagnosis and giving proper treatment puzzling for modern medicine, which likes to look only at parts instead of the entire body. But take heart! Erlich and Genzlinger claim that by following the Super Nutrition program outlined in their book, these problems can be prevented, improved and in some cases cured.

Erlich and Genzlinger outline a nutritional program a la Weston A. Price that is based in the traditional wisdom of food preparation methods and diets. This wisdom directed parents to feed their babies the most nutrient-dense foods available. Such foods consist of poultry and red meat–including the fat and organs, eggs, wild game, fish, raw dairy, cultured foods, bone broths and sometimes insects. They would accompany these foods with what fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts and legumes that they could find seasonally.

The authors have organized the chapters of the book to coincide with the child’s age and development. Each chapter includes research-based information about the foods recommended to take and to avoid, helpful tips, additional resources and several recipes.

Even better than the wonderful organization is the humorous, yet apropos way the authors classify foods in the book. Erlich and Genzlinger have grouped the foods discussed in Super Nutrition into four categories using the acronyms CRAP (Chemical, Removes body’s nutrients, Addictive, Processed), OKAY (Ordinary, Knockoffs of real food, Adequate–not optimal, Yield sub-par health if fed exclusively) , PURE (Pasture based, Unadulterated, Rich in nutrients, Enzyme Containing) and POWER (Protective, Optimal nutrition, Wisdom of the ancients, Enriching, Regenerating). Each of these acronyms accurately describes the foods categorized within them both with their names and what they stand for making the guidelines very simple for anyone to understand and implement.

Written with the warm voices of concerned parents rather than removed health practitioners, the authors inform their readers with plainly stated research without bombarding them and encourage their readers with helpful tips, tricks, easy to follow, simple and delicious recipes, real life suggestions for specific scenarios and candid remarks.

Implementing and practicing Super Nutrition is not easy…if you want easy, stick with the Standard American Diet–its entire premise is convenience. If, however, you want optimal health for your baby, then you’ll have to give up some conveniences.


Backed by science and time-honored wisdom, Erlich and Genzlinger offer parents a priceless baby shower gift in Super Nutrition for Babies. Basic to understand, yet a wealth of invaluable information, Super Nutrition for Babies is a foundational resource for expectant parents and anyone who has children of any age for that matter. These nutritional guidelines surpass infancy and should be adopted into the lives of anyone seeking optimal health.

 

This book has become my new standard baby shower gift. I am astounded by the clarity and heart with which this book is written with and only wish it were available and gifted to me seven years ago when I was pregnant with my first. I fed my first child a diet mainly consisting of OKAY foods and CRAP foods. My good intentions only got me so far. –Jami

 

Make the Cheese You’ve Always Wanted! GNOWFGLINS Cultured Dairy eBook Giveaway

Homemade Cheese
Photo Credit: J.W. Hamner

Maybe you’re like me and dream of giant wheels of cheese aging in a specially cooled room alongside links of fermented salumis, hanging country hams and jars of lactofermented vegetables because you want to do it all! Perhaps you want to learn to culture dairy for health reasons or self-sufficiency. Maybe it just sounds fun. Whatever your reason, learning to culture your own yogurt, kefir, soft cheese and hard cheese can seem like a task that’s not for the faint of heart, after all there’s the special equipment, the special ingredients, precise measurements and careful techniques.

Making your own cultured dairy is worthwhile for several reasons:

  • To ensure that all the dairy you consume is made with the best quality dairy you can afford/get.
  • To retain enzymes, vitamins and good bacteria in the dairy that are lost in their commercial counterparts due to the high processing heats which translates to a healthy gut and better functioning digestion and immune system.
  • To be able to consume quality dairy devoid of additives, preservatives and synthetic ingredients.
  • To use up all of that lovely milk from your dairy cow or goats!

 

But take heart! You don’t need to go it alone. Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS has put together an amazing 119 page, 18 – Lesson Cultured Dairy and Basic Cheese eBook.

This eBook includes:

  • Simple, well-articulated lessons that are easy to follow
  • Complete ingredient and equipment lists for each lesson
  • Color photos
  • Tips on where and what equipment to purchase
  • Suggested schedules
  • Tasty recipe suggestions to use your creations in
  • Troubleshooting tips

The Cultured Dairy eBook Covers these topics:

  1. About Cultured Dairy and Cheesemaking
  2. Sour Cream and Whole Milk Buttermilk
  3. Cultured Butter and Buttermilk
  4. Traditional Yogurt
  5. Clabbered Milk and Cheese
  6. Just-Like-The-Store Yogurt*
  7. Beyond Kefir: Kefir, Kefir Cream, Kefir Ice Cream, Kefir Cheese, and Kefir Cheese Balls
  8. Ricotta* and Soft Cheese
  9. Cottage Cheese
  10. Feta Cheese
  11. Middle Eastern Fresh Cheese
  12. Queso Fresco Cheese
  13. Fresh Cheddar Cheese
  14. Traditional Mozarella Cheese*
  15. Propagating Mother Cultures
  16. Bonus! Waxing Cheese
  17. Bonus! Cultured, Flavored Cream Cheese
  18. Bonus! Molding Soft Cheese
  19. Appendix 1: Dairy Kefir (from Fundamentals eCourse)
  20. Appendix 2: Soft Cheese (from Fundamentals eCourse)

*Not raw.

Perhaps you want a little more assistance in your cheesemaking endeavors. In that case, you may want to do the Cultured Dairy and Basic Cheese eCourse (this is a different product than the eBook, but covers the same topics above and comes with more amenities) which comes complete with videos that show step-by-step how to make everything from creamy yogurt, to cultured butter, to fresh cheddar. Plus, you will have access to the private forum where you can ask any questions and get help quickly, not to mention mingle with some awfully nice folk. 😉 And when you become a GNOWFGLINS eCourse member, you not only get access to the eCourse you originally were interested in, but you gain access to ALL of the eCourses. That is something to smile about.

I highly recommend you pick up a copy of the Cultured Dairy and Basic Cheese eBook. I have been making my own cultured dairy for some time now and had to learn with many mistakes, research and time consuming Googling. I wish Wardeh had this eBook out when I began. The copious notes and detailed step-by-step along with the science behind it all wrapped up in one perfect package was exactly what I had needed.

Here’s your chance to win a free copy of the Cultured Dairy and Basic Cheese eBook!

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