Sunday, November 30, 2014

Streaming, Cable Or Satellite

I have seen the light! When Blu Ray players first came out, the motion picture companies created the three pack DVD sets: Blu Ray, DVD, and Ultra Violet. I saw the advancement and technology and bought my first Blu Ray. Since that moment, I have spent every year buying dozens of Blu Ray 3 packs. I created an account on Flixster and started uploading Ultra Violet (UV) codes into my account. Needless to say, hundreds of movies later I have hundreds of movies of Flixster. The only problem was my way of watching those movies. I use to access my account through my iPad or laptop, but I quickly realized this was too much of a hassle.

When I first came to Ohio, my then boyfriend (now husband), Daniel, had Time Warner Cable, which, at first was not bad. We had telephone (because of a Fax Machine), internet, and cable. Time Warner decided to raise their prices, which quickly became expensive. Our initial bill was $100, but quickly rose to $200. That accompanied with horrible customer service and it was a receipt for disaster. Considering we were not under a contract we decided to look elsewhere. Before moving to Ohio, I always had Direct TV and could not live without it. With Direct TV, we had the best package we could get, along with NFL Sunday ticket. The deal we contracted with was for $150 a month. Months later, we noticed our bill kept rising for no reason. We found out that paper per views were being added to my account without my authorization. I called repeatedly about this, but nothing was ever done about it. Daniel listens to a radio show that created its own television network as well. We called Direct TV about adding this network, but they refused. Months later, they added a television show we are adamantly against. We called once more to complain and they said nothing can be done, since the decision to add or remove channels is decided higher up the food chain. Once we hung up with Direct TV, we looked into Dish Network and decided to go that route. Under Direct TV, our bill reached $210 a month, but with Dish Network our bill has never touched $180 with the same equipment. Needless to say, we are glad to be Dish customers.

One night, Daniel and I were going over bills and decided to cut more from what we owe. We were looking at the guide and saw all the channels we didn't watch. It is amazing to see all the channels you are paying for without actually watching them. That is when we came to the conclusion that we have to find another way to fulfill our television needs. We started researching other options for our television pleasure and quickly found a new world! For all the Apple loyalists, we found the Apple TV. For Android users, we found Roku, Amazon, and Chromecast. While, having an Android or Apple phone does not mean you get one or another, the choice is entirely yours. The method of streaming television, compared to satellite or cable is much different, but in some ways much better. For Apple users, the Apple TV allows you to purchase music and movies at the iTunes Store, then watch it on your television. You can even watch your Apple TV on your iPad or iPhone, then mirror it onto your television. The Apple TV is a one time purchase, easy install, then lots of enjoyment. Roku, Amazon, and Chromecast offer the same service as Apple TV, but from different makers. Before, I mentioned my dilemma with Flixster. Apple TV does not offer Flixster, but Roku does and better a much simpler package in comparison. Roku has introduced the Roku Stick, which is a thumb drive with all the software needed to implement all the apps you need to enjoy streaming, as you would from an Apple TV. I recently purchased the Roku stick with the purpose of enjoying Flixster and my thousands of movies. Below, I will leave links for you to see for yourself the awesomeness of streaming.

After we purchased our first of many Apple TV's, we called Dish and dropped our package to the lowest we could, and still have the channels we wanted. Be aware though, that buying the Apple or any other streaming device, you still need to have the channels on television in order from them to work on the streamer.

Buy Here:

Apple TV
Roku
Google Chromecast
Amazon

Monday, November 17, 2014

Organic Chicken Salad


1 Cup Organic Baby Spring Mix
1 Cup Organic Spinach
1 Organic Heart of Romaine
5-8 Organic Chicken Breast (Stage 3 from Whole Foods Market)
1-2 Organic Avocados 
2 Organic Tomatoes
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Organic Chili Powder
Organic Garlic Powder
Organic Onion Powder
Organic Raw Mil Cheddar Cheese
1/4 Cup Organic Butter, unsalted
2-6 Organic Carrots (shredded, optional)

Directions:

1. Wash your salad mix, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes. Shred {or} slice carrots, cut broccoli tomatoes and lettuce. Cut avocados (use this)
2. In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium high heat.
3. Cube chicken, and season with; garlic, chili, onion powder, salt and pepper.
4. Once chicken is done, about 6 minutes per side, toss everything in a big bowl, and shred cheese on top; mix together.
5. Mix together 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar and a pinch of salt (all organic). Toss in the salad and mix thoroughly.

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School Lunch Pasta


1 lb Organic Turkey (lunch meat)
1 lb Organic Cheese (I love Provolone)
1 lb Organic Ham (lunch meat)
1 Head of Organic Broccoli
1 Box Organic Rigatoni Pasta
1 Organic Carrot
1/2 Bottle of Annie's Natural Italian Dressing
Pinch of Salt (for noodles)

Directions:

1. Dice the lunch meats, you can use any you wish it is up to you; this is just what we enjoy. 
2. Boil water, salt generously; while water comes to a boil, cut broccoli and shred or peel carrot.
3. Once the noodles are finished, place everything in a big bowl, mix together, place a lid on top, and refrigerate for a couple hours.

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Organic French Toast Sticks


1 Pound Organic Bread
1 Dozen Organic Pasture Raised Eggs
2 tbsp Organic Cinnamon (click here)
4 tbsp Organic Sugar

Directions:

1. Pull bread out of package, trim off ends on the sides, and cut in half {these are your sticks}. Preheat skillet over medium high heat, turn on medium once preheat. 
2.Crack eggs in a large bowl, whisk together well. Add cinnamon and sugar (or do not it's your choice) and whisk to combine. Dip each stick and place on skillet, cook roughly 3-4 minutes per side. 

**Enjoy now, or freeze for later; place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze 1-2 hours**

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Fun Shaped Biscuits


4 Cups Organic All-Purpose Flour (or organic whole wheat flour)
1 Cup Organic Butter, room temp
2 tbsp Baking Powder (Bob's Red Mill)
1 1/2 Cup Organic Raw Whole Milk
1/2 tsp Salt

Directions

1. In your stand mixer, add butter and mix until better is fluffy. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; blend until coarse crumbs (looks like cornmeal almost)
2. Drizzle in the milk, and mix until combined. Turn onto a floured surface and knead a couple times. (Cut dough in half, makes it work easier)
3. Roll dough out to about 1/2 thick (I like mine a bit thick because when they cook they will rise a bit bigger yum!)
4. Cut with any cookie cutter shape (cookie cutters). I normally let my children pick the shapes it makes it easier for them to eat the biscuits.
5. Line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper, preheat oven to 425 degrees.
6. This step has two options:
a. Bake for 8-10 minutes or
b. Place in the freezer and freeze completely (1 to 2 hours). When ready to eat, take out let them thaw completely and bake according to (A).

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Pizza Dough

Whenever we make pizza I LOVE, I mean I LOVE, making homemade dough to go along with the pizza. It is so simple, fast, and you really cannot mess it up; at least with my recipe you cannot. The crust is fluffy, and sweet (not over powering but settle). I forgot how lovely, easy, and delicious homemade pizza dough could be; this is because while we were moving we would just buy Whole Food Market pizza since it was 2/$20.00 and made with good quality ingredients. No excuses! Homemade is the way to go! Make my simple homemade dough and follow along with the video to get the BEST crust ever!

You Will Need:

5 Cups Organic All-Purpose Flour
3 tsp Organic Butter, melted
2 tsp Real Salt (real salt brand)
2 Cups of warm water (110-115 degrees)
4 tbsp Organic Honey 
4 1/2 tsp Active Yeast (Bob's Red Mill)



Place warm water, honey and yeast in a bowl


Whisk lightly and allow to bloom for 5 minutes.. It will get nice and bubbly


Place dry ingredients with softened or melted butter into a separate bowl, set aside


Add wet to dry ingredients and mix until dough forms; knead for a couple minutes to pull together (I use my hands not a stand mixer-but you can definitely use a stand mixer)


Grease a bowl, and top of dough- allow to rise 1 hour or until double in size


Here is my finished dough- punch down and knead a couple times, roll out and use the dough for your own personal pizza.

I have been asked how I get my crust so thick and fluffy- watch below! 


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Homemade Pizza




1 Ball Organic Pizza Dough (homemade)
1/2 Cup Organic Pizza Sauce (homemade or store bought)
1-2 Cups Organic Raw Cheddar Cheese
Organic Uncured Pepperoni's

Directions:

1. After dough rises, roll ball our on floured surface, to fit your pizza stone (I use a cast iron one, greased with coconut oil).
2. Pour pizza sauce on dough and spread evenly. Top however you wish...
3. Bake 425 degrees for 20-35 minutes or until golden brown and cooked thoroughly


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Bacon-Cheese Pancakes!


2 Cups Organic All-Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Baking Powder (Bob's Red Mill)
2 Organic Pasture Raised Eggs, room temp
1/2-3/4 Cup Organic Raw Whole Milk
1 Cup Organic Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
1 Cup Organic Bacon, chopped & cooked (Applegate)
4 tsp Organic Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt

Directions:

1. Place flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, and cheese into a mixing bowl, and mix to combine. Place eggs and milk into a measuring cup and whisk until eggs are mixed thoroughly. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until no more flour is visible, a couple chunks is fine {do not over mix or you will activate the gluten in the flour and have bread}.
2. Preheat a skillet on medium high heat, on hot, add bacon and cook until crispy. Grease off bacon and fold in to pancake batter. 
3. Using an ice cream scooper, scoop even amounts of the batter onto an ungreased griddle and cook 1-2 minutes per side or until done. 
4. Place on a baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper and freeze 1-2 hours; place in Ziploc and label.

**Fry up an egg, and add some bacon gravy (recipe here) yumm**

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Plain/Vanilla Pancakes


1 Cup Organic All-Purpose Flour
1 Organic Pasture Raised Egg, room temp
1 tbsp Baking Powder (Bob's Red Mill)
2 tsp Organic Vanilla
1/2-1 Cup Organic Raw Whole Milk

2 tbsp Organic Agave, Honey or Sugar

1 tsp Salt


Directions:

1. Place all your dry ingredients into a big mixing bowl, and mix until combined. Place your milk, 1/2 cup at a time, into a big measuring cup, add eggs, vanilla, and honey or agave (if using sugar place in dry ingredients) and whisk with fork.

2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a whisk to mix together until no more flour is seen; do not over mix or you will activate the gluten in your flour and make bread instead of pancakes. 

4. Using an ice cream scooper, measure your scoops and place on a griddle (no oil or grease needed). Cook 1-2 minutes per side, or until done.

5. Eat now, or place on a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and freeze 1-2 hours. Place in Ziploc and label.


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Organic Chocolate Chip Pancakes

1 Cup Organic All-Purpose Flour
1 Organic Pasture Raised Egg, room temp
1 tbsp Baking Powder (Bob's Red Mill)
2 tsp Organic Vanilla
1/2-1 Cup Organic Raw Whole Milk
2 tbsp Organic Agave, Honey or Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1/2-1 Cup Chocolate Chips (Buy Here)

Directions:

1. Place all your dry ingredients into a big mixing bowl, and mix until combined. Place your milk, 1/2 cup at a time, into a big measuring cup, add eggs, vanilla, and honey or agave (if using sugar place in dry ingredients) and whisk with fork.
2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a whisk to mix together until no more flour is seen; do not over mix or you will activate the gluten in your flour and make bread instead of pancakes. Fold in chocolate chips
4. Using an ice cream scooper, measure your scoops and place on a griddle (no oil or grease needed). Cook 1-2 minutes per side, or until done.
5. Eat now, or place on a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and freeze 1-2 hours. Place in Ziploc and label.

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Bacon Breakfast Gravy

Often enough my family, children included ask me to make them this gravy for breakfast; who are we kidding it is amazing, and super simple to make up. Plus I make bunches extra and store them in a ziplock (1 cup to 1 1/2 cup measurements) and place them in the freezer. Easy, peasy! When I want biscuits and gravy, I have it! I hardly make this gravy because it is hearty and can be a bit munch (on the waistline)! Nonetheless it is super yummy and a must have in your recipe folder!

You Will Need:

4 tbsp Organic Bacon Grease
4 tbsp Organic All-Purpose Flour
3/4 - 1 Cup Organic Raw Whole Milk
Organic Bacon
Salt & Pepper, to taste


Heat your bacon grease


Add flour and whisk for 1 minute


Heat your milk before adding to the grease and flour mixture


Whisk, whisk whisk.. Continue cooking until desired thickness


All done!


Super easy, and super delicious 

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Organic Steak Stir Fry w/ Fried Rice


2 Cups Organic Rice
2 lb. Organic Grass Fed Steak (or Stew Meat, cut thinly)
1 tbsp Organic Garlic Powder
1 tbsp Organic Onion Powder
1 tbsp Organic Chili Powder
2 pkg Organic Stir Fry Blend (Thai & Chinese)
2 Organic Pasture Raised Eggs, room temp
1 tbsp Organic Lemon Jucie
1 tbsp Organic Coconut Oil (Buy Here)
4 tbsp Organic Butter, unsalted
1/2 cup Organic Coconut Aminos (Buy Here)
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Start by bringing water to a boil, and your skillet (or wok) to heat; put on medium high heat and melt coconut oil. 
2. Cut steak to bite size pieces, season steak and place in your hot pan; you should hear a nice sear when steak hits pan. Add lemon juice and a splash of coconut aminos to pan while cooking. Cook 5-6 minutes or until your desired done-ness.
3. Once water is boiling add rice in and cook according to package (all rice is different, mine cooks 10 minutes only). Drain and set aside.
4. Once steak is done, place on a clean place and set aside. Place butter in pan and melt; place your stir fry blend in pan and season. Cook until done.
5. Again, remove stir fry blend, set aside
6. Add rice to your hot pan, and fry for 1-2 minutes, stirring. Add in your stir fry blend, season, and cook. Then stir in steak, coconut aminos and allow to heat for 5 minutes. 
7. Make a "well" in the middle of the pan; whisk eggs, and place eggs in the middle, scramble eggs.
8. Once egg are half way scrambled, stir them through the rice and continue to cook another 5 minutes. 
*Serve with coconut aminos on top* 
(I cut this recipe in half; you can double or triple this according to your needs! Believe me, this is amazing so make extras!)

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Organic Graham Crackers


5 Cups Organic All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Organic Sugar (or Organic Coconut Sugar)
2 tsp Baking Powder (Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 tsp Salt (Real Salt Brand)
1 Cup Organic Pasture Raised Butter, unsalted & melted
4 tbsp Organic Raw Honey
3 tsp Organic Vanilla
1/2 Cup Cold Water

Directions:


1. Place all your dry ingredients in a bowl, and stir until combined thoroughly. Mix the wet ingredients in a mixing bowl.

2. In your stand mixer, pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until a nice ball forms, may need a couple extra tablespoons of water; continue kneading until ball forms.
3. Wrap your dough in bpa-free plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
4. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface (and I mean LIGHTLY!!) thin, as thin as you can manage without splitting the dough; I rolled mine a bit thick and learned my lesson for sure (lol).
5. Place crackers on a baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper, and bake at 350 degrees for 12-16 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and cool for 1 hour, before consuming; as hard as it is, wait!!

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Organic Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake


1 Homemade Graham Cracker Crust
16 oz. (2 pkg) Organic Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 - 3/4 Cup Organic Pumpkin Puree
1/2 Cup Organic Sugar (or Organic Coconut Sugar)
1 tsp Organic Vanilla
1/2 tsp Organic Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Organic Nutmeg
1/8 tsp Organic Cloves
2 Large Organic Pasture Raised Eggs, room temp

Directions:

1. Mix the cream cheese, and sugar until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add vanilla and 1 egg at a time, and mix to combine. Scrape sides down, and mix a bit more.
2. Pour half the mix in your pie crust.
3. Add pumpkin puree, and spices to the other half of the mixture, and mix to combine; do not over mix. Spread over the plain cheesecake, and slowly spread out to cover the plain cream cheese. 
4. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until the center is almost completely set. Turn the oven off and all the cheesecake to cool in the oven, door closed, 1 hour. Then open and cool another hour. Refrigerate for 3 hours, or overnight

**Serve with homemade whipped cream on top and a bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top**

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Graham Cracker Crust

Having a graham cracker crust recipe in the back of your files is always important! You never know when you will need one for baking strawberry pie, cheesecake, or something else that requires a good graham cracker crust. This is super simple to make that you will never need to buy another from the grocery store; plus buying from the grocery store has so much added junk in it, that you just do not need in your crust. Enjoy this pure ingredient recipe! Share with friends and family this Holiday Season!


You Will Need:

1 1/2 Cups Homemade Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/4 Cup Organic Coconut Sugar or Regular Sugar
Pinch of Salt
1/2 Cup Organic Unsalted Butter, Melted


Melt the butter


Blend, or crush your graham crackers; I used my Vitamix Blender; mix the butter into the crust, adding sugar and salt, mix well


Press into the pan VERY well, you want to make sure it is press down extra tightly.
*No Bake- Chill in refrigerator for 2-3 hours
**Bake- Preheat oven to 325 degrees, bake 10 minutes or until golden brown- cool completely before filling

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Organic vs Non-Organic

There has been a debate between my mother and I (go figure) about what foods to buy and feed my kids. This discussion often gets rather heated and ends with hanging up each other. The argument is this, is the traditional way of feeding your family better or worse than the new way of doing the same thing. There is no argument; organic foods are more expensive than non-organic. The argument rests in whether these two separate food groups are really better than one another. Here is the way I see it, organic foods pay for themselves, they taste better (in my opinion), and lead to better overall health. It is truly a question of quality over quantity.

Organic foods pay for themselves in the context of health benefits. My children do not enjoy drinking milk. The taste of it was watered down and just all together disgusting. We drank it because we grew up drinking regular milk and really did not know any different. However, my husband and I were in a Whole Foods Market one day, for the first time, and we were walking around, looking at everything. We saw Hartzler Milk in glass half gallon jugs and read on the bottle some information. We put the jug down and started to look on Google information. What we found was startling and life changing.

Soon afterwards, we had a shopping cart and were filling it with groceries. We found that organic foods are not grown and processed in the same manner that normal foods are. For example, the federal regulations state that milk has to be homogenized for at least 22 seconds before it can be packaged and sold. Mass producing companies, like our grocery stores homogenize their milks for much longer, which actually does more harm than good. Hartzler homogenizes their milk for 22 seconds only, which still leaves much of the nutrition still in the milk. Grocery store chains produce their milks so that their shelf life is much longer. Hartzlers’ milk shelf life is much less, but much better for you at the same time because of the cream and processing. The cream that rests on top of the milk is packed with ingredients and minerals that are naturally occurring and help with immune systems. The processing allows for the freshest amount of milk to be bought as quickly as possible. Not only is the milk better for you, but when the milk expires you have another week to consume it before you have to throw it out; with regular homogenized milk you cannot do this, you have to dump it on the date, or you will become sick.

Organic foods cannot be cooked in the same manner regular foods are, as they do not have additives or added preservatives for taste or shelf life. Therefore, a different preparation is needed. For example, instead of using soy sauce (not healthy) I use coconut animos (healthy) in the same manner. Instead of using canola or vegetable oil (not healthy), I use coconut oil or palm shortening (healthy). I do understand that people have allergies to things I am saying are healthier for you, so it is up to you to find viable options. Palm shortening is oil extracted from palm trees. Honey or agave is much healthier than regular sugar. As you walk through a grocery store, whether it’s a Whole Foods Market or grocery tailored to organic foods or not, look around and see what all the alternatives are and don’t be afraid. You’ll end up enjoying the decision.


For every ailment, there is a medicine. For every medicine there is a substitute. For every medicine and substitute, there is an organic counterpart. Medicines are often processed to cure more than one illness, while not curing the entire illness. For example, during the flu season, people often get runny noses, sour throats, and ear infections. These sicknesses often work hand in hand with one another. Organic remedies may include, but are not limited to, vitamins and foods that increase immune systems. The point of this article is to inform people, that organic foods are just more effective, if not more effective than regular foods. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Flu Shot...Or Not.... That is the Question!


There have been a lot of talk going on lately regarding the 'flu shot'; do we get it? Should my kids have the shot? Should my kids have the flumist? Should I get the shot or mist? What should I do? That is the question...

The answer is very simple, in my opinion; which is not in any way made to push on to others or change what others believe, it is just merely me being a parent and protecting Kristopher & Kailee the best I can; no you should not, your children should not get the flu shot or flumist (PERIOD!). Here is why.

When Kristopher was 6 months old, he was due for his routine doctor visit and of course the horrific shots that come with the visit. Nurse asked me "Melinda, do you want Kristopher to have the flu shot today?" 'No, simple response, I do not'. Nurse started going off on me, yelling at me, telling me I am a horrible parent; she then left the room and went to the doctor who turned around and did the same thing. Now, me being 19 years old at the time, I knew no differently. Doctor comes in the room where we are waiting, me cuddling my little man as I know he is about to get shots, which horrifies me beyond anything. She tells me 'why do you not want Kristopher getting the flu shot?' I tell her because I just do not trust it with him being so little and new. She than goes on to tell me and I mean she pushed her case to me. 'If you do not get this shot for him and he ends up in the hospital dying, you will know then that you should not have been so stupid and put your wants over his needs'. I broke out in tears, I was all alone, my parents were at work, and I did not have anyone to help me figure this out. So, I felt horrible and thought... how can you put your child at risk!? You are so awful like the nurse and doctor are saying, get Kristopher the shot and protect him. So, I went a head and got the shot against my will, honestly, but the doctor pushed and pushed her case until I said yes. Fast forward...

6 in a half years later, Kristopher (and Kailee) have never had the shot ever again. About 2 years ago, we changed the way we eat, and look at foods amoung other things. Both my children used to get sick pretty often, with ear infections, sore throats and such nothing ever like the flu. After changing the simpliest of items from my childrens diets I seen such a grave improvment on their health in general. Kailee was always on the heavier side, where as Kristopher was always Mr. Silm. I never really thought about putting much effort into milk; hey how can a company screw that up?! Wow! I learned.

I live out in Dublin, Ohio as many of you know from my FaceBook page and such. I started to think, what is raw milk? what are the benefits of raw milk? can children have raw milk? Is raw milk legal to sale? All my answers came from www.hartzlerfamilydairy.com/. To my surprise, raw milk is illegal to sale in Ohio, but Hartzler Family Dairy does it to where the milk is only pasturized for 22 seconds, the legal low limit, and at the lowest setting legal. This allows for all the additives of the milk to still be in the milk; the cream on top, the vitiamins and minerals. Once my husband, Daniel and I switched our family to this milk, the changes were stunning. Kailee started to thin out (amount cutting junk snack foods too and all pasturized canned items) and both Kristopher & Kailee's health improved!

I can safely say it has been 2 in a half years since I last took my children to a doctor for anything more than a bug bite or weird butt rash. I recently took them to their doctor (of 3 years) for a well child check up. She remembered us, and could not believe how different the children looked, how more alart they were, how healthy they were. She asked me, "what have you done to keep them from getting sick?" My answer simple, I cut out fast food (yuck!), I cut out canned goods, I cut processed foods, no more junk snack foods, I switched to all organic, and started making my own homemade bone broth that I simmer for 2-3 days in a crock pot. She looked at me and said "very well done, I am very proud of you and your succes" I felt amazing.

So, in all this I hope you gather, you do not need a flu shot or flumist to keep your child(ren) from being ill. All you need to do is change how you eat, honestly that is it. I give my children homemade bone broth once a week as it is getting colder outside to keep them warm (they drink it right out of a mug and they have told me 'mom and dad look we have 'coffee' too'.

Healthy Eating Takes Gold! Hands down!!!

Let's Decorate a Mug!

Hey Guys!

I have had some requests for 'kid-friendly' crafts for Holiday, when kids are off school and for snow days!! Woo Hoo snow!!! Anyhow. I figured this mug would be the best gift because; 1 it is cheap to get (markers are expansive but last a long time), 2 kids love making these, and 3 you can give them as gifts! It a well rounded craft that goes with anything; birthday gift for grandma or grandpa or parents, Christmas gift or a treat for your young ones. Kristopher and Kailee LOVE (crazy love honest) making these. If I could buy all of the dollar stores white mug they would so decorate them all. {lol} Anyhoo heres what you need...


1. Big Letter Stickers (Dollar Tree has these) 
2. Shape Stickers too (Dollar Tree)
2. White Mugs or Plates (Dollar Tree)
3. Sharpie Oil-Based Markers (Michaels, Jo-ann Fabrics or my shop)
4. Your child... (lol) or self...

So, basically all you really do is take your plate or mug place whatever saying or shapes sticker on the mug, and start making dots on the mug. Once you have dotted the mug all up, get EXTRA around the letters or shapes; let dry 10 mintues, remove the stickers and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Allow these mugs to cool in the oven 2 to 4 hours. Once cooled, wash and enjoy your favorite hot tea, hot cocoa, or coffee. {The markers will not run off! I tested this}



Kailee did her nick name, Kai. 


After she did her dots and colored the handle... We let dry 10 minuts, and bam!!
Do not forget to bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes; then leave in oven 3 to 4 hours to cool!!


Here they all are. You can see Kailee's in the back right, Kristopher did 'Dog' back left, I did an H or Daniel (our last name) and the work 'hey'. 

Give this a try! You will be impressed how easy and cheap this is!! If you try this or any other crafts, please send us a picture to Twitter or Facebook and hashtag #organicmominthekitchen and #craftysunday!! I wanna see your creations and your children!