d.i.y.friday ~ Make Homemade Stevia Extract  

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Here is an easy sugar-free sweetener that you can make at home!

Last Sunday I popped some fresh stevia leaves in a jar and covered it with vodka and today I strained them out and simmered the liquid for 30 minutes to make a homemade stevia extract to naturally sweeten our smoothies (if needed)!

I truly should’ve made this after 36 hours of soaking but – I forgot.

And it seems fine but the longer you soak, the more bitter it may be.

You can also avoid more bitterness by not letting it boil when you are heating it up.

Here’s a video:

And that’s all there is to it!!

Bottle it up, put on your proud smug face, and then tell all your friends!

Lookie what I just did!!


Happy DIY-ing!!!

Sadie @allnaturalme 

d.i.y.friday ~ Make Homemade Greek Yogurt

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DIY Friday!! Let’s make some homemade greek yogurt!

  
It’s super easy, especially if you already know how to make regular yogurt – Greek yogurt is just plain yogurt with the whey strained out.

I personally love whey in my diet but I also love food that makes my taste buds delight!!

Therefore, greek yogurt needs to happen regularly around here!!

The kids LOVE it too!!

  

Heal Your Relationship with Food

So just this week I had 3 incidences that surfaced some emotions about my own personal struggle with food.

First, my mom gave me hell about not wanting to go to our family reunion. Then, my neighbor expressed how she misses having us over for lunches. And today at the library, my children deeply expressed their desire to eat pizza next week at a reading party.

Now if you’re new to my world – we haven’t been eating any sugar, grains, wheat or starch for just about a year! Why? To heal some SEVERE skin issues that my daughter and I had, along with some digestive complaints of the other two kids. Did it work? HELL YEAH. It worked miracles and set us so straight that I’ve become religious about eating clean and feel unable to compromise perfection.

The problem now is that last part – the unable to compromise perfection part – the part that makes me unflexible with my food choices and turns me into a psychotic asshole.

And that makes me feel like it’s time to heal my relationship with food and return to feeling more positive about eating.

I’m listening to this video playlist tonight:

I am finding so much healing in these videos because I feel like I need to nurture myself back into feeling easy about food and let go of the stress about how I *should* be feeding myself and my family.  I need to let go of any shame/guilt/fear I have towards food.

I feel like I landed in crazy crazy extremist town with my strict healthy eating ways, AND, took everyone screaming and kicking with me. Generally, I don’t mind being a dietary dictator but recently, my ruled subjects are becoming restless and I hate the idea of being a mother they resent because I wouldn’t let them have a slice of f’n pizza at the library book reading party.

Ya know – the kids are getting older and it’s getting easier and easier to hate on mom…. and, OMG! I can’t handle it!! Even this week with limiting their screen time, you’d not believe the negative vibe towards me!! I hate it. LIKE I’M FEELING DONE WITH ALL THIS REGULATING THE CHILDREN SHIT.

(ahem, excuse me)

I really do yearn to be in a balanced state of life and see my family thriving in balance and peace and contentment. I like feeling good. I like having fun. I like eating food. I like offering nourishing meals to my family. I like everyone feeling great! I like everyone following their own path. I like everyone being independent and thinking for themselves.

My intentions are of course to be healthy, but first and foremost, BE HAPPY.

Wanting to always make the right dietary choices all the time gets my vibration in trouble big time when I find myself pushing against social situations and justifying my stance to friends and family. And when I get into a state of resistance and pushing against – I feel an undeniable glitch in my energy that cannot be healthy for me (regardless of what I’m putting into my body).

I still definitely want to treat my body as a temple and a machine that I respect but I guess I’m just in the mood to lighten up a little bit (seriously like ever so slightly! lol, but at least it’s some movement downstream for my rigid ass).

And most importantly, (besides just settling the F down about food in general) I intend to lighten up on my hold of dictating my children’s eating choices so they can trust their personal judgement towards foods that will benefit them, and to allow them to hear their own guidance system inside!

I am finding lots and lots of foods that make me feel amazing and keep me in improving health – I just need to remember that what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for others and I – I – I —

Ugh! This is so hard!! I – I – I need to work on…. Minding my own business.

Yep, just a little bit…. So I don’t take up permanent residence here alone in crazy crazy town.

I guess…

 

Although here in crazy town!!

There’s lots of clear skin, raw milk and fantastic muscles!

*sigh*

Win Free Seeds ~ Homemade Pickles Cucumber

I think you are fairly familiar with homemade cucumber pickles made with vinegar, but did you know you can make them with a salt brine that will actually be better for your gut health?

Let me have Tom explain:

How to Make Lacto-Fermented Vegetables from Whole Life Nutrition on Vimeo.

Tom the Nutritionist shows how to make lacto-fermented vegetables without whey, using only a salt brine. With only a few minutes of prep time and a week of fermentation you’ll have sour, salty, crunchy vegetables full of beneficial microorganisms to keep your gut healthy and immune system calm.

Now you can even do this with just cucumbers for pickles or have a look at Nourishing Meals for vegetable and spice suggestions!

And as always – the best cucumbers are organic and grown yourself!!

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Cucumber, Homemade Pickles

(100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)

  • The Homemade Pickles variety is one of the best cucumber varieties you can grow to make your own home-grown pickles.- Extremely strong plant – resistant to common cucumber diseases– Produces a large amount of delicious small to medium sized cucumbers on a compact vine- Produces a lot over a long season

    – Ideal for container gardening and for anyone with limited growing space!

 

And for the next 3 days (hurry hurry) You can enter to win a free pack of the seeds!  Click my face!!!

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Thank YOU for participating and Happy Cucumbering!!

d.i.y.friday ~ Sprout Lentils to Eat

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Time for DIY f’n Friday!!!!

I feel myself being more interested in food lately than crafting…. *GASP* I know.  But it’s Spring Fever to the max here so when I’m not cleaning and purging this house of STUFF accumulated – I’m planting seeds for my summer garden. WHICH IS FUN, although I’m really getting interested in QUICK FOODS and that means SPROUTING.

Did you know that you can sprout lentils?  Like even the plain ol’ buggers you buy at the grocery store will work!!

If you’ve sprouted before – shout out your favorite seed, bean or legume in the comments!

Win Free Seeds ~ Orange Horizon Sweet Bell Pepper

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Is there anything better than sweet orange peppers? To me – they are the BEST!!

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Orange Horizon Sweet Bell Pepper (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)

* Large yields of orange sweet peppers that have mild flavor.

* Thick walls.

* Easy to grow.

* Grows well in a 5 gallon container.

* Perfect for culinary dishes.

* Day to Maturity | 75 days

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One large bell pepper contains 209 mg of vitamin C, which is almost three times the 70 mg of an average orange!!!

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And now let’s have a British guy show you how to cut a peppah!

 

Ready to WIN SOME SEEDS?
(click my face)

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http://allnaturalme.seedsnow.com/pages/win

Thanks so much for entering the giveaway, telling a friend *wink wink*, AND learning about all these amazing vegetables we can grow in our gardens!!

Win Free Seeds ~ Purple Cayenne Pepper

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Oh my gosh!!! MORE PURPLE PEPPERS!! Watch out now – these ones are HOT!!!

* (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO)

* These cayenne pepper seeds will produce a plant with excellent yields of of 2 Âľ” long by ½” wide hot purple peppers.

* They are very hot but have excellent flavor. Great for culinary creations.

* Grows well in containers and smaller spaces.

* Turns from green -> to purple as they continue to mature.

* Days to Maturity | 85 days

 

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 The Pioneer Woman grew a peck of purple peppers in her garden & she says:

…these peppers have been my garden’s glory this year. I mean…I mean…they’re purple! Purple peppers! They’re not only fun to grow, they’re fun to say.

And tonight, they’re going to be fun to eat.

(Which is really what gardening’s all about.)

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Pretty Pretty!!

AND for the next 3 days, you can enter to win some free purple pepper seeds from allnaturalme.seedsnow.com/pages/win

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Hurry!  It’s a time to start yer pepper seeds fer sure!!

(uh oh, Redneck Sadie is here…. RUN FER YER LIFE!!)

Win Free Seeds ~ Yellow Paris Pumpkin

 

Name five things (other then pie) that you can do with pumpkin!

  1. Smoothies
  2. Muffins
  3. Curry
  4. Fruit leather
  5. Soup

Wow!  And I didn’t even mention how you can make cake and custard and dehydrate it to make a homemade  pumpkin Lara bars!  I thought for sure when I to got the last one, I would just put down pie, lol – but there really is so much you can do with pumpkin!  Share your best recipe link in the comments!

Imagine all the foods you can make with a very BIG pumpkin!!

The yellow Paris pumpkin is an heirloom from France and it grows fast and it grows big! 

Like it could easily get to 100 pounds!  AND – it’s beautiful.

 

Let’s learn more about pumpkins & growing them & helping them pollinate & saving their seeds!

Feeling lucky?  We’re giving away a Free pack of Yellow Paris Pumpkin Seeds at allnaturalme.seedsnow.com/win Enter NOW!!  And thanks so much for dreaming big & growing green & being all natural with me 🙂

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Local Seed Sharing 

 

I am sitting, looking at a package of Congo watermelon seeds, with the obvious thought, “umm, I don’t need 100 watermelon seeds.”

Following in very quickly with the next thought – “I’ve got so many f’n watermelon seeds – that I’m going to be able to share these f’n watermelon seeds!

OMG, I CAN SHARE THESE!!

OMG – OMG – WATERMELONS FOR EVERYONE!!!!”

 

So besides having the revelation that I could be the official Watermelon Queen in town – I realized that I have many many many many many many many many more seeds then I need for my garden and I really am so excited and willing to share them with anyone who may NEED seeds!  I know there must be some folks who do not grow a garden because they don’t think they can afford the seeds.  Or who is reluctant to buy something new, let alone an entire pack of the unknown.

This year, there really is no reason to skip out on gardening.

And this year – IF YOU WANT TO GROW A WATERMELON PLANT – You are going to!  All you need is one seed right?  and I’ve got a f’n 100 🙂

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I am going to do a little seed inventory and list my extra seeds right here on this post – so bookmark it and check back in a couple weeks – and if you see something that you need or want or know of somebody that could use my assistance in the local area – send them my way!

Let’s empower anyone and everyone to grow their own food! 

Or some flowers 🙂

 

Or peppers!??  Which should actually be started now in PA – so if peppers apply to you – connect with me asap!

But of course, if you have the means – then you’re more than welcome to buy your own damn seeds lol

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No excuses this year!!  Growing food is for everyone!!!

d.i.y.friday ~ Make a 2 Bucket Garden

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Bad dirt? Surrounded by pavement? Live in a dry area? Want to just do something new and fun?

Grab 2 buckets – you’re going to build your own bucket garden!

Thanks to the 2 Brothers from globalbuckets.org for the easy DIY that literally could change the way food is grown and help with world hunger!! I love what they are about!!

Benefits of the 2-bucket system:
1) 50% to 80% reduction in water usage.
2) 100% reduction in weeds…never pull a weed or use herbicides.
3) Once planted, very little attention is required.
4) Foolproof: People with very little training (like us!) can reap bountiful harvests.
5) All you need are a few square meters of space…even rooftops, industrial wastelands, etc

What do you think? Could you handle the hole drilling?

These guys drew some instructions:

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Max & Grant recommend making your own growing medium (dirt in the bucket) and they offer several recipes on globalbuckets.org; along with fertilizer instructions and ideas on watering!

Here’s the recipe I will probably go with:

Recipe #1: Sphagnum Peat
70% Sphagnum Peat
20% Vermiculite
10% Perlite

 

They even explore other methods similar reusing plastic bottles, colanders and even cloth shopping grocery totes!

Plants don’t need much – they will even grow in a bag!!

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