Easy Tips for Grilling Vegetables Perfectly!

If you are looking for healthy barbecue ideas, these tips for grilling vegetables will come in handy this summer. With grilling season starting soon, everyone is throwing hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. What about grilling vegetables? I rarely see slabs of eggplant or skewers of bell pepper on the grill at my neighborhood pool party. When you imagine a meal cooked over the grill, most people usually think of steaks, burgers and hot dogs. One way to reduce your carbon foot print this summer is to learn how to grill vegetables instead of … [Read more...]

Should You Drink Raw Milk? Well…. Maybe, Maybe NOT!

There is a lot of news in the food industry right now on the health benefits and/or health risks of drinking raw milk. Once upon a time, this was the only kind of milk people drank. So, should you drink raw milk? Didn't our ancestors survive just fine on it? Well, that question is a little bit complicated so here is some raw milk info you might need before you decide.   What is Raw Milk? So, what is raw milk exactly? Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. It can come from any animal. In this post I am … [Read more...]

Tips to Eat More Local Food This Year

These tips to eat more local this year have been sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed are my own.  I spend a lot of time eating. Seriously, I probably spend TOO MUCH time eating but food is more than just sustenance to me. I enjoy growing it, finding creative new recipes and exploring new flavors. Besides being a necessity of life, food can also have a huge carbon footprint. The way it is grown, transported, and produced, can really impact our planet (for good OR … [Read more...]

Wildcrafting Tips: How to Start Foraging for Food in the Wild

At the top of many people’s minds is reducing their grocery bills. I’m sure you’ve heard people talk about clipping coupons, shopping on sale, cooking from scratch and growing your own garden. But have you considered the concept of eating  the food that’s right outside your front door? No, I don’t mean in your garden. I mean the food that grows wild in the fields and woods and by streams in your neighborhood, otherwise known as foraging or wildcrafting. If you love the idea of eating local foods, you should start wildcrafting! Why Harvest … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Making Your Meatless Monday Campaign a Success!

Will you be joining the Meatless Monday Campaign this year? While we are by no means vegetarian, we do many meatless days during the week. Reducing your consumption of meat can be healthy for both you and the environment. However, it can take a bit of getting used to at first. Going meatless, even for one day, may challenge what you have learned about assembling a meal. I grew up with the idea that dinner included a meat and two sides. What happens when you take away the meat? Without changing a few ideas you have about meal preparation and … [Read more...]

Tips for Cooking in Natural Clay Cookware

I am pretty picky about the pots, pans and assorted cookware I bring into my home. I try to avoid things like artificial non-stick coatings or other questionable types of cooking vessels. Natural materials like cast iron, stainless steel, and natural clay cookware are my first choice when cooking. Of course, you sometimes have to play around with recipes when you are trying out new types of cooking vessels in your kitchen. I thought I would share a few tips on how to cook in natural clay cookware in case this is something you want to try in … [Read more...]

Delicious Honey Gift Ideas to Help Support the Pollinators!

Honeybees are struggling to survive. The overuse of pesticides and dwindling habitat for flowers are causing declines in their population at an alarming rate. Without honeybees, our food system will crash and burn! Choosing a few of these delicious honey gift ideas this year will help support the farmers, beekeepers, and other individuals who are working so hard to protect this threatened organism. I encourage you to support the pollinators. Do a little bit of mindful shopping and then check out my posts on making a honeybee watering station or … [Read more...]

How to Support Local Farmers and My Georgia Agritourism Experience

Last week, I was lucky enough to go on a 2 day Georgia Agritourism trip with a few other local bloggers. It was an amazing experience that I am so thankful I got the chance to participate in. I learned all about Georgia agriculture, the purpose behind the agritourism movement here in Georgia, and a few tips about how to support local farmers. I thought I would share my experience with you so that you can bring these tips into your own lives and improve the support of the farmers in your own communities. How to Support Local Farmers Let me … [Read more...]

Tips for Cooking with Quinoa and 5 Easy Quinoa Recipes

I discovered quinoa a few years ago and it is a wonderful addition to a healthy pantry. It tastes good, is super healthy and it's incredibly easy to cook with. Before you dive into this amazing ingredient, however, you should read these tips for cooking with quinoa for guaranteed success! I encourage you to start with a few easy quinoa recipes and see how delicious this ingredient can be! This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. … [Read more...]

Disturbing Chewing Gum Facts and End of World Survival Uses

Have you ever wondered exactly what your chewing gum is made of? Want to know a few chewing gum facts before you stick that minty fresh substance in your mouth? I never really stopped to think about chewing gum too much before I had children. Other than being amazed when MacGyver used it for a few end of world survival episodes, I rarely gave chewing gum much thought at all. Then I had kids and I needed to rethink my gum habit! This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small … [Read more...]

How to Grill Seafood for a Mouthwatering Meal Every Time

Living in the south, my husband and I grill out almost year round. However, once the weather gets warm, we definitely start looking for more meals to cook on the grill. Having grown up in New England, I am a passionate seafood lover. We had to learn a few seafood grilling tips very early on once we got our own grill. Seafood is incredibly healthy. Grilling is much healthier than batter frying your fish fillets. If you are looking to eat healthier, throwing your seafood on the grill is a great way to lighten up your meals. Not to mention the … [Read more...]

How to Start Saving Money on Organic Food

If you learn how to start saving money on organic food, you will be able to feed your family healthier without totally destroying your food budget. Will you be able to do all of your family's grocery shopping for only a few dollars like you see on those extreme couponing shows? No. I'm sorry but that is very unlikely. It's extremely frustrating that it is cheaper to eat junk than healthy foods but that is the reality of our current food system. It seems like whenever the grocery store has a sale on cereal it's only the colored ones with … [Read more...]

Reasons to Support Sustainable Palm Oil Suppliers

A couple of days ago I received an email from Change.org asking me to sign a petition to encourage the Girl Scouts of America to remove palm oil from its list of ingredients due to environmental concerns. Why? Because none of the palm oil in them comes from sustainable palm oil suppliers. My daughter is a Girl Scout...thus requiring me to buy and eat large quantities of said cookies but I signed the petition anyhow. As long as my Samoas are still tasty I am all for making them more environmentally friendly! Then, I started wondering...what … [Read more...]

Why Should I Buy Organic Meat? Well, Here’s Why!

Have you ever asked yourself ' Why should I buy organic meat?'  I would like to give you a few reasons that I hope will convince you to make the switch. Recently,  I made a trip out to my local farmer to pick up some eggs. I love being able to watch the hens foraging and see the pigs wallowing in their favorite mud puddle. I have been buying all of my beef, pork and eggs from local farmers for the last several years and I have been thrilled with the quality of everything I have purchased. Is it CHEAP? No! Is it worth every penny is spend? Most … [Read more...]

Sustainable Seafood Companies and the Importance of Sustainable Fishing

Having grown up on the coast of New England, I know a thing or two about seafood. I know that lobster is ridiculously expensive but tastes divine. I know that absolutely nothing tastes better than a fresh clam roll with tartar sauce and lemon. And I know that no pantry should EVER be without a few cans of tuna. But, guess what I know that is even more important than any of those things. Can't guess? Well, I also know that our oceans are in danger and when we support sustainable seafood companies, we are doing our part to protect the future of … [Read more...]

Buy Free Range Chicken and Take the #ChangeYourChicken Challenge!

Over the years, one of the things I have become most passionate about is the humane raising of animals for food. Yes, I know I could just stop eating them and solve the problem completely. However, we choose to limit our meat consumption and support farms that raise their animals humanely. All of the pork and beef I buy comes from a small local farmer who raises them out in the field as humanely as possible. One of the meats I have the most trouble finding locally is free range chicken. I usually end up buying something called 'naturally … [Read more...]

How Do You Decide What Organic Products to Buy? #TATT

With the cost of groceries on the rise and concern over ingredients rising even faster, I find myself struggling with decision  making at the grocery store. What organic products are the most important to buy? Is it more important to buy organic produce and 'regular' cereal or should I make sure that all my corn based products are organic to avoid possible exposure to GMO ingredients? Do I put my money into organic meat to ensure that it was raised humanely or am I supporting 'agribusiness' by not buying my meat from a small, local farmer? And … [Read more...]

Tips for Making Homemade Bread

Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the posts I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. Bread is a staple in our house, and, with hungry, growing teens, it is a great way to fill them up without spending a fortune. Making your own bread is an inexpensive and healthy option that also reduces your carbon footprint, since many pre-packaged food items can create a lot of waste. Although I am not an expert at baking bread, I have seen quite a lot of improvement in my skills over time. If you’re up for giving homemade … [Read more...]

25 Popular Recipes from Turning the Clock Back and My New Year Food Goals

This post about my most popular recipes has been sponsored by Glam Media but all opinions expressed here are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while you will have learned a few key things about the type of foods I enjoy. In my popular recipes this year I have tried to show my readers how to reduce the fat in things by adding yogurt instead of more fattening ingredients  I have showed you ways to hide nutritious things in your recipes so your kids don't know they are eating healthy. I have shared my love of desserts, my passion … [Read more...]