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October 10, 2014

The Sweet Benefits of Dark Chocolate

By: Leanne Ely   The love of my life made itself known when I was mere child. A little tiny child. Young, vulnerable, happy and yet missing something. What was it? Chocolate. That beautiful, silky, gorgeous experience of a food. Chocolate. OMGosh. Today, I’m talking specifically though, dark chocolate. Once upon a time, I was… Read more

7 foods to lower inflammation in your body

October 9, 2014

7 foods to lower inflammation in your body

By: Leanne Ely   While getting regular exercise and reducing the amount of stress in your life are key components to reducing the inflammation in your body, we can also add certain anti-inflammatory foods to our diet, (all the while cutting out sugar and processed food), to optimize our health. The following seven foods are… Read more

Swiss Chard-K

October 3, 2014

Which leafy green contains more than 8 times your daily required amount of Vitamin K?

By: Leanne Ely   Swiss chard is still making a big appearance at my local farmer’s market…how about yours? If you’ve been wondering about whether or not you should pick up some of these leafy greens, I say, do it! Swiss chard is sometimes known as white beet, strawberry spinach, Chilian beet, leaf beet, spinach… Read more

kitchen staples you can easily make (1)

October 2, 2014

7 kitchen staples you can easily make yourself

By: Leanne Ely   There are very few bottled items in my refrigerator that I have not made myself. I enjoy making my own condiments because I can tell exactly where each ingredient came from! I also like to make condiments that use up the bounty of my garden. Currently that would be tomatoes! The… Read more

Two honey bees on dahlia flower

September 29, 2014

Could your honeybee an impostor?

By: Leanne Ely   I can’t remember the last time I bought a jar of honey. I’ve had no need to since I started raising my own backyard bees! My honeybees amaze me every single day and every July, they provide me with all of the honey I could possibly need for the year (and… Read more

Beet greens2

September 26, 2014

Don’t Throw This Away!

By: Leanne Ely   Do you toss away the tops of your beets when you’re preparing the roots for your meal? Or do you eat them, too? Many people don’t realize that the red-veined leaves of the beet root are not only edible, but they’re also chock full of all kinds of nutrients. You can… Read more

Squash Blossoms1

September 23, 2014

Squash Blossoms (great trick)

By: Leanne Ely   I enjoyed a bumper crop of zucchini this year from my garden, but I’m definitely over the beautiful orange squash blossoms for this season, sadly. Today, we’re going to give you a trick, a tip and a great recipe to use with squash blossoms (and you can use any blossom, from… Read more

Eat Organ Meats-

September 22, 2014

Eat Your Heart Out (literally!)

By: Leanne Ely   Organ meats. Do you eat them? Or does your stomach turn at the thought of eating another creature’s . . . well, stomach? Eating tongues, hearts, livers and kidneys may seem pretty gross to most people, but way back when our hunter/gatherer ancestors would bring home a kill, the offal was… Read more

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September 16, 2014

Do you know how to make celery stay fresh for a month?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a trick, a tip and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s focus is on: CELERY I’ve done my time with celery. Those “diets” that make you eat a lot of celery… Read more

7 edibles- pumpkin blossoms

September 15, 2014

7 edibles you might be ignoring

By: Leanne Ely   I am willing to bet there are some plants in your yard that you didn’t even know you could eat. Now, I’m not suggesting for a minute that all of these food items are delicious (because some of them aren’t) but your kids will surely enjoy making a meal out of… Read more