What Would Summer Be Without Fresh Vegetables and Healthy Marinades?

What Would Summer Be Without Fresh Vegetables and Healthy Marinades?

What Would Summer Be Without Fresh Vegetables and Healthy MarinadesIt is not officially summer until you start marinading and grilling in the back yard, right?

Taking advantage of fresh summer vegetables is only smart.

There is definitely no comparison between a fresh tomato and one from the grocery store.  Fresh vegetables are something we add to every meal in the summer months and Lord willing we will have the same occur this winter with our greenhouse!  🙂

In addition to marinades, I LOVE making my own salad dressings too…  Be sure to stay tuned for my post sharing my favorite dressing recipes… ♥

Something else that excites me is to add the benefits of essential oils to your marinades, dressings and food.  Essential oils have SO many healing properties and to receive additional healthy benefits from a home cooked meals is just over the top for me!  I LOVE taking good care of my family and knowing that we are being good to our bodies and adding oils with healing abilities to our already wonderful wholefoods diet is nothing short of amazing!   I have not felt this good in a long time….

Balsamic Rosemary Marinade

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp salt

2 tsp pepper

2 drops Rosemary essential oil

* Recommended with beef

Rosemary essential oil stimulates the memory and opens the conscious mind.  Rosemary was considered sacred in many civilization.  It was used to protect against plagues and infectious illness and is commonly known to aid in alcohol addictions, antioxidant, arterial vasodilator, vaginal infections, vaginits, viral hepatitis, arthritis, Bell’s Palsy, cholera, club foot, constipation, detoxification, diabetes, diuretic, fainting, fatigue, flue, greasy or oily hair, hair loss, headaches, inflammation, kidney infection, lice, low blood pressure, memory, muscular dystrophy, osteoarthritis, schmidt’s syndrome and sinusitis.

 

I LOVE fruit on the grill too so the next one is a perfect blend of all my favorite things; cinnamon and pineapple….  You have to try this… ♥
Grilled Pineapple

1/2 cup Organic Sucanat or coconut palm sugar

1/2 pineapple peeled, cored, and cut

1 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 drop Cinnamon essential oil

Mix sugar and cinnamon in a ziplock bag and add the pineapple.  Shake until all pieces are fully covered

Grill 3 to 5 minutes per side.

Cinnamon essential oil is an antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, light antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, immune stimulant, purifier, sexual stimulant, and warming.  So I know why I feel so good when I am making these kabobs and my pumpkin pies in the fall. 🙂

 

Honey Lime Fruit Dip

1 cup plain yogurt

2 tbsp honey

1-2 drops Lime essential oil

Lime essential oil has a fresh, lively fragrance that is both stimulating and refreshing. Aromatically, Lime oil is helpful in overcoming exhaustion, depression and listlessness.  Internally, Lime oil is great for colds, fevers, energy, purification and sore throats just to name a few.

Something wonderful with this dip is that you can use a wide variety of oils such as Wild Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit to make a nutritious and cleansing fruit dip all in one.  Something else I enjoy doing is adding our homemade canned jellies and jams to the above recipe to even kick it up a notch!

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Solar Cooking Benefits and Basics

Solar Cooking Benefits and Basics

Benefits-of-Solar-Cooking-GNOWFGLINS-800This summer I have been experimenting with solar cooking. What an amazing experience! We live off-grid and solar power is our only form of energy, so being able to cook with the sun in the summer months is a huge advantage. I don’t know about you, but I avoid using my propane stove and oven as much as possible in the summer — they just heat up the house too much.

The other options, of course, are cooking outside over an open fire (which I love doing) or using a rocket stove. Open fire cooking is not always an option due to the risk of forest fires in the summer.

Thus, I have discovered a new love: cooking in a solar oven! I love solar cooking for so many reasons:

  • When using the sun to cook our food, we are using a free, renewable energy source.
  • Solar cooking is sustainable and betters the environment.
  • It has all the benefits of a slow cooker meal, without the need for electricity!
  • My family and I are able to work hard all day and then relax with a delicious meal just waiting for us.
  • It is simple, easy, and achieves tremendously flavorful meals.

I haven’t been able to make fried foods in my solar oven, but anything else you can cook on your stove or bake in your oven will work wonderfully!

When cooking meat via the sun, just like when using the slow cooker, you must place your dish in the sun at an early hour, and rotate the oven every half hour to allow your meats to cook at a low heat all day long. I season my meat with minced dried garlic, dried onions, fresh basil, and homemade seasoning salt. I also add a bit of water to the bottom of the dish to create a nice meaty broth.

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I’d like to clear up some misconceptions about solar cooking so to continue reading join me over at GNOWFGLIN’s for all the tips and tricks to solar cooking.   Click HERE to visit GNOWFGLINS and continue reading!

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Foraging for Morels

Foraging for Morels

Morel-Mushroom-GNOWFGLINSAlthough we may still see a frost or two, spring has finally sprung here in northern Idaho. Our most favorite thing to do this time of year is forage for morel mushrooms!

I’m thrilled to share our morel excitement with you (and I hope it’s contagious) plus give you ideas for eating and preserving morels — but let’s get two items of caution out of the way first. :)

Two Warnings

First, I am not trying to scare you off foraging but rather to make sure you’re aware of the vital importance of proper identification!

Many plants and mushrooms have an “evil twin” — a look-alike that’s either toxic, poisonous or deadly. So it’s very important to forage with care and knowledge, and to be absolutely sure in your identification. You can do this through informative books or perhaps online or local classes. However, my best recommendation is to begin foraging with someone knowledgeable. No matter what, you want to be absolutely certain you’re finding the benevolent (the right) version of each plant.

And second, be sure to forage edibles away from roadways. Often, sprays or toxins are used on roadways and these may also land on the wild plants nearby. Stearing clear of these traffic areas will net you fresh, pure, and healthy wild edibles.

And with those warnings out of the way, a wonderful bounty awaits!

The Joy of the Hunt

Not only do we get to feast on tasty morels at the end of the day, we also enjoy the hunt — very much. It’s addicting and our eyes actually get sore focusing on the forest floor. Who wants to leave even one behind? On a good day, a little friendly family competition inevitably develops — to see who can get the most.

So today, I’m sharing our morel adventures over at GNOWFGLINS.

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Staying Fit On The Homestead

Staying Fit On The Homestead

Homestead-Fitness-1Eating healthfully with whole foods, properly raised and prepared, is very important. However, there’s another side of the coin: it’s also very important to stay healthy through activity and fitness.

Why? First, we are aging and we need to keep up with our homestead’s work load. Second, in the case of an emergency, we need to fend for ourselves, confront challenging situations, and sustain a high level of endurance despite possible injuries.

I and my family don’t require a gym to stay fit. We live in a very remote location with a long walk ahead of us if our truck were to break down. We’ve been snowed in for eight and a half weeks before — one of our biggest struggles was the ten-mile round-trip hike to the mailbox to pay the bills! It was an invigorating and adventurous experience and made me think: the original homesteaders’ greatest skill was in their improvisation, adaptability, and ability to overcome difficult situations.

Staying Fit on the Homestead | Eating healthfully is very important. However, there’s another side of the coin: it’s also very important to stay healthy through activity and fitness. We are aging and we need to keep up with our homestead’s work load. Also, in the case of an emergency, we may need to fend for ourselves, confront challenging situations, and sustain a high level of endurance. Here’s how my family and I stay fit on the homestead — no gym required.

Every day, at least a few chores provide ample manual labor. And we always enjoy it, whether it’s pulling weeds in the garden, chopping firewood, or hauling a hay bale out to the goats. Anything that keeps us outside in the fresh air gets a thumbs up from me! (Plus, we get to invest our time and love into projects that later we can survey with pride and joy.)

When we hike to the post office, we carry our pack frames on our back. Sometimes they’re empty, but often my son will carry back 25 pounds, and I’ll take 45 pounds. We get an all-body workout, but it isn’t exhausting because our day-to-day life prepares us for challenges like these. We make it our business to prepare for the unexpected.

So today, I’m sharing more over at GNOWFGLINS.

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Below please share – What’s your favorite form of homestead exercise?

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Immune Boosting Tea

Immune Boosting Tea

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What with the rough winter weather, the storms, and the temperature fluctuations, many sicknesses and germs are sticking around longer than usual. There’s a constant battle waging against our immune systems. However, our own backyards, wild meadows, and even bulk herb stores on the internet yield much more to preserving our health more than you may think. My family and I forage herbs from the wild (for instance, dandelion in the spring), we grow many plants in our garden and greenhouse, and on occasion we purchase herbs online from Mountain Rose Herbs.

We focus heavily on our health because, sick or not, animals need feeding and the chores sure don’t do themselves. One of my favorite ways to prevent sickness is an immune-boosting tea, shared with me by my friend George over at North 60 Alaska Living.

Now, I’m sure we’ve all come across a medicinal tea that leaves much to be desired in the taste and smell department… But never fear, this tea is healthy and tasty. Not to mention, it makes your kitchen smell cinnamon-y, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a good whiff of cinnamon. ;)

So today, I’m sharing the Immune Boosting Tea recipe over at GNOWFGLINS.

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Homemade Peppermint Patties | Today, I'm really thrilled to share my homemade peppermint patties -- a treat my family loves. Only I've made them a little more nutritious. Enjoy the minty freshness -- not only will you catch the attention of your loved ones' taste buds, you given them a relatively healthy sweet treat! | GNOWFGLINS.com

Do you remember the peppermint pattie commercials where a person would be swept away by the sensation of a cool minty breeze? Those images are still stuck in my mind! And great memories, too – I remember sharing peppermint patties with my Pap.

I love preparing food for my family because I know we’re making memories woven from tantalizing smells, scrumptious tastes, and who’s there enjoying the good food together. I share so many wonderful memories with my men and my besties, often involving food and specially-prepared coffee or tea in some way or another. To me, good people and good food go hand in hand!

Today, I’m really thrilled to share my homemade peppermint patties — a treat my family loves!

Only I’ve made them a little more nutritious. :) Instead of using commercial confectioner’s sugar, I make my own by grinding unrefined sugar in my grain mill (you can also whizz in a blender). And the dipping chocolate is homemade, too, and based with coconut oil.

Enjoy the minty freshness! Not only will you catch the attention of your loved ones’ taste buds, you’ll give them a relatively healthy sweet treat!

So today, I’m sharing my Homemade Peppermint Candy recipe over at GNOWFGLINS.  ♥

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