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...]

How to Pack an Eco-friendly Lunchbox

This post on how to pack an eco friendly lunchbox has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions express are my own.School is finally back in session, and with that comes the task of preparing my children’s lunch each morning. There are several benefits that come with preparing your children’s lunch, including reducing your carbon footprint. Come check out my post on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog to help you green your child’s lunch this school year! Disclaimer:  I am compensated for the articles I write for SC … [Read more...]

Handy Tips for Freezing Produce #SCJGreenerChoices

These tips for freezing produce have been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own.One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of fresh produce available. If you are not a fan of gardening yourself, farmers markets make it easy to find locally grown fruits and vegetables. Stocking up on fresh produce during the summer and freezing it can save you quite a bit of money as the prices of produce go up during the winter season. If you enjoy gardening, freezing your harvest can be helpful if you don’t have a … [Read more...]

How to Freeze Zucchini

The other day, I went out to the garden and discovered two gigantic zucchini hiding under the leaves. Of course, I already have several zucchini in the refrigerator just waiting for me to make something delicious with it. During the summer it seems like everywhere I look I see tons of zucchini and it is incredibly cheap to buy. It makes sense to learn how to freeze zucchini so that when winter rolls around you can still be eating locally raised zucchini instead of vegetables imported from overseas. Once you learn how to freeze zucchini you will … [Read more...]

Preserving Blueberries: My First Attempt at Canning! #sponsored

This post about preserving blueberries is sponsored by Fagor America. I received their pressure canning kit at no charge to facilitate this post but all opinions are my own.Eating local, in season produce is easy when you live only a few hours from Florida and it is the peak of summer. I go to farmers markets and even out to my own back yard and there is an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available. When winter gets here, however, all the produce is coming from Chili or South Africa and I refuse to buy things that are not grown … [Read more...]

Do you know where your Easter ham came from?

Easter is coming soon and I am really looking forward to cooking and spending time with my family. Ham has become the traditional Easter food here in the US. Back in the olden days, pigs were slaughtered in the fall. Since there was no refrigeration, the pork that wasn't eaten during the winter was cured for spring. This curing process took a long time and the first hams were ready right around Easter. This made ham a natural choice for Easter dinner. Many people will be heading out this weekend and  picking up an Easter ham for their fancy … [Read more...]

Bread Making 101: Tips from King Arthur Flour

Over the years, I have tried my hand at bread making many times. Note, that I do not state that I have made GOOD bread! Most of the time it comes out crumbly or collapsed in the middle or it takes 3 hours to rise and I get tired of waiting and toss the whole thing in the trash! In expressing my frustrations with the King Arthur Flour staff, they offered to help and for this I am extremely grateful! I decided to share their Bread Making 101 interview with me readers!With a few of their products and a recipe from their cookbook I made a … [Read more...]

Support Eco Conscious Crop Biodiversity for a Stable Food Supply

According to The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, only about a quarter of crop diversity is left.  One dozen species now gives 90% of the animal protein eaten globally. In addition to that, just 4 crop species supply half of plant based calories in the human diet. Eco conscious crop biodiversity needs to become a major concern for a stable food supply. Eco Conscious Crop Biodiversity “In other environmental issues we tell people to stop something, reduce their impact, reduce their damage,” states US Ecologist … [Read more...]

Will You Boycott Blueberries Over Child Labor Concerns?

If you are against child labor, you may have to boycott blueberries after you read this post. Did any of you see the MSN article about the crackdown on farmers who hire underage children?Did you know that current laws allow children as young as 12 to be employed in the fields? When we go to the grocery store and see all those lovely little baskets of blueberries, they look so inviting. Ever stop to think how much work went into getting them to the store in those nice little packages?Child Labor in the Farming Industry In no other … [Read more...]

The Dirty Six: Worst Practices in Agribusiness

If you are worried about the worst practices in agribusiness, there are a few that are worse than others. In the food industry, those are called the dirty six. The absolutely worst 6 agricultural practices according to people who care about such things. I am one of them. If you are equally concerned about the state of our food production system, this post may help.Food, Inc. is Eye Opening I have been reading the companion guide to the movie Food, Inc. I have not seen the movie yet since I wanted to read this first and it has been quite … [Read more...]