Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Grow Sprouts: For the Health of It!

Tips on raising bean, alfalfa and other nutritious sprouts right in your kitchen ... organically!

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Grow Sprouts: For the Health of It!

We get cravings for greens this time of year. Sure, you lucky gardeners with indoor growing systems or hot houses may be eating home-grown kale or lettuce or spinach here in the dead of winter. But what’s a renter without his own garden patch to do? Grow sprouts.


Sprouts are one of nature’s most nutritious foods, full of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids as well as a great source of roughage. Lentil sprouts are 26% protein; soy bean sprouts, as you can guess, even higher. Radish sprouts contain large amounts of vitamins C and A as well as being a good source of calcium. Sunflower sprouts have lots of vitamin D. Clover sprouts are a good source of cancer-fighting isoflavones and alfalfa sprouts contain phytoestrogens needed for hormonal balance. If you’ve been scared away from sprouts because of contamination incidents with store -bought products, there’s a simple solution. Grow them yourself.


It’s easy to enjoy the health benefits of sprouts - whether it’s greens and grasses, beans, nuts or grains - in your own home with our seed sprouting kits and supplies. No more high grocery store prices! Need help? Visit our Sprouts & Micro-Greens Blog for tips on sprouting seeds - indoors or out!


Growing sprouts indoors is among the easiest things you can do. Don’t make it too hard. When we were young back in the early 19(garbled)s, we read a health store handout that said planting sprouts in soil significantly increased their nutritional content. This claim may have been only partially true, hinging on the meaning of the word “significantly.” But the planting, watering, and cleaning after harvest — not to mention replacing the soil — turned this easy task into a chore and for what? We decided that rather than go to all the muddy trouble of washing dirt from the spouts to gain 5% more mineral content we’d just eat more sprouts.


Of course, you’ll want to use the freshest seed you can find. And you’ll want to make sure it’s organic… you’ll be eating your sprouts seeds and all. If the seed isn’t designated “for sprouting” steer clear. Your germination rate — you want it as high as possible — and assurances that the seed hasn’t been treated will otherwise be suspect.


The glass jar technique is the easiest. You can buy screen lids that allow you to easily rinse your sprouts or use cheesecloth to cover the jars. Seeds must be soaked first; the larger the seed, the longer the soak. Alfalfa seeds can soak for as little as three hours. Soy beans should be soaked overnight. Make sure you give your sprouts plenty of room to grow. Two or three tablespoons of seed in the bottom of a jar will be sufficient. Once the seeds have soaked, drain and rinse. You’ll see the first sign of growth, depending on the seed, in a day or so. Rinse them every six hours and drain well.


Once they’ve all sprouted, put them in a sunny window to encourage the formation of chlorophyll, another healthy component for us humans. Don’t let them go too long. Sprouts are at their healthiest in the first day or so of growth. Once they’re well-sprouted, rinse and drain well and then put them in the refrigerator for storage. Most sprouts will keep two or three days. But they seldom last that long; we tend to eat them up right away. Put them on salads, sandwiches, and in stir fries (larger sprouts take especially well to cooking). Stagger your batches every two or three days to ensure an uninterrupted supply. And get your kids involved. We find they love watching seeds they’ve soaked sprout and develop. It might even make a good science project.

By E. Vinje https://www.planetnatural.com/grow-sprouts/

Thursday, September 10, 2020



On the road with Cats- the Dogs think they have all the fun but what about the Cats

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

7 Common Sense Hacks for Staying Cool When Working in the Heat

7 Common Sense Hacks for Staying Cool When Working in the Heat

How to Stay Cool Outside in Extreme Heat

1. Set up a shade canopy

The first summer on our property, we had absolutely no shade. Whether we were working on food preservation, making root beer or working on our DIY hot tub, we were in full-sun. All day long.

This year, we smartened up a bit.

Jesse already had a 10×10 shade canopy, so we set it up!

We also purchased a larger 10×20 canopy for the extra shade. Guests love it when they’re over for a visit.

Now, whether we’re milling lumber with our portable sawmill or fine-tuning our solar power system, we have a place to retreat to!

2. Reduce heat by setting up a misting system

In addition to the canopy, a tip for working in the sun is to try setting up a mist cooling system to keep the heat at bay.

We were able to build our system for $15 or so from a local garden store.

While this obviously doesn’t cool down the temperature of the air, it can help to moisten your skin and cool you down by evaporating.

You’d be amazed how a little mist to the face boosts morale on a hot summer day!


3. Get to know the shade schedule on your property or work site

For us, we have a lot of projects to do all around the property, so it pays to know what will be in the shade and when!

When we were finishing up our off grid water system, there were portions to do at the bottom of the hill (sunny in the day) and top of the hill (shaded most of the day)… so we chose to work in the shade, but never stopped working!

Work smarter to avoid heat exhaustion.



4. Wear hot weather clothing

This is something we’re passionate about – wear the right clothing for working in the heat. Chose clothing that’s lightweight, wicking, light in color and even long sleeve shirts that protect your skin from the sun.


Hot Weather Clothing for Men

Here are two of Jesse’s go-to clothing articles for the summer. Can you tell? He wears them daily! Proof is in the videos!

 Armachillo Sun Cape Hat – Jesse doesn’t like wide-brim hats (he feels they limit his vision), but a baseball cap doesn’t provide enough coverage. He was happy to find this cape hat to protect his next! The best of both worlds!

 Armachillo Long Sleeve Cooling Shirt – Jesse was skeptical about this shirt because it was so lightweight (usually means it’s not durable), but low and behold, it’s standing up to the test of time. Jesse’s been wearing this daily for almost two months, and even though the shirt has been abused, it’s holding up well! This is just ounces in weight, comfortable, flexible, and keeps the sun off Jesse’s skin

Hot Weather Clothing for Women

Finding quality work-wear for women has been a particular challenge. Luckily, we were introduced to Duluth Trading Company and Alyssa’s needs for the heat have been met!


What we love about Duluth is that not only is their clothing highly-functional (they take great care to incorporate their customers’ feedback into their designs), but dare I say, it’s even fashionable. I might even call it flattering which is a huge bonus in work-wear.

 Dry on the Fly Slim Leg Pants – I’ve previously had bad luck with these lightweight wicking pants, so I was hesitant to order these, but I’m in love with these. I love that these are slim leg (less bulk in the calves), they’re stretchy, ironically great to work in, lightweight and wicking. I have another pair of these on the way in khaki.

 Armachillo Cooling V-Neck T-Shirt – This is my favorite shirt to-date. Lightweight, synthetic, wicking, and flattering in all the right places. I love the v-neck, gusseted back and definition in the waist… all things that make otherwise boring work-wear flattering on the female body!

 Action UPF 50 Shirt – This is another summer favorite. I despite sunscreen, but by wearing this, I’m able to protect my precious skin from the rays of the sun. Duluth has more options in their summer lineup… check them out for a shirt that fits your needs and style.

 Outdoor Research Sombriolet Sun Hat – We’ve had these for over a year now and love them (me more so than Jesse)! Highly durable, UPF 50+, wide brim, ventilation and a draw string. What more could you possibly want?

5. Try products to stay cool in the heat

These things sounded gimmicky to us at first, but we’re happy to report that these things do feel good when on your body!

  Frogg Toggs The Original Chilly Pad Cooling Towel – We this thing once and it will stay cool for hours. We tested this out the other day and were surprised with how cool the towel gets and stays. It does have a cooling effect as the breeze moves over the towel, and it’s nice to just push against your check when you’re over-heating!

     Cooling Bandanas – A similar option to the chilly pad, cooling bandanas are reusable and provide a constant cooling effect.

6. Avoid working in the heat of the day all-together. Try to find indoor activities

Easier said than done when trying to build a house as we are, but use this free project management software to organize our lives. We have task lists for “evening work” and “heat of day work”.

We recently got an RV air conditioner and let’s just say it’s really upped our productivity.

For us, there’s ALWAYS work to be done whether it’s inside or outside work, so when the heat is really unbearable, or we’re not under a strict deadline, we try to take advantage of air conditioning!


7. Hydrate DAYS in advance

It’s a no-brainer to stay hydrated when you’re working in the heat. However, not everyone knows that to be adequately hydrated, you must drink plenty of water days before you’ll need it!

We try to drink copious amounts of water maybe three days before we’ll be working in the sun.

Also, be sure to have water next to where you’re working. If water is near you, you’re more likely to drink it!

If all else fails, throw in the towel to have some fun!



Thursday, August 27, 2020



Today I have a yummy fudge recipe for you.  It is so simple and foolproof plus it only takes 2 ingredients.  It is similar to the foolproof peanut butter fudge recipe I shared with you at Christmas.  That one used a tub of vanilla frosting and peanut butter.  This recipe uses strawberry or lemon frosting with a package of vanilla chips.


You can make it any flavor just based upon the flavor of frosting you use.  I thought lemon and strawberry flavors would be perfect for Mother’s Day.  You could even make a batch of each and swirl them together for a strawberry lemonade version.  Out of the two flavors lemon was my favorite.  To package the fudge, cut the pieces of fudge into small squares and place them in mini muffin liners.  Then place them all in a container tied with a bow.  This is another item that would be perfect to serve at a baby/wedding shower as a dessert or favor too!


-1 (12 oz) bag of white or vanilla chips

-1 tub (1 lb) Strawberry or Lemon Frosting

-Food coloring, if needed 

    (I add 2 drops of yellow to the lemon version for a brighter yellow color)


1. Line a 9 x 9 inch dish with foil and set aside.

2. In a microwave safe bowl, add the vanilla chips. Microwave for 30 seconds followed but 10 second intervals until smooth stirring each time.

3. Add the frosting to the melted chips and stir until well combined. Add food coloring if needed.

4. Pour into pan and spread until even. Allow to set for 30 minutes.

5. Remove fudge from the pan using foil and cut into squares.


-For long term storage, keep in the refrigerator. Then bring out of the fridge about 30 minutes before eating.


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Monday, August 24, 2020

How to Grow Sprouts in Your Kitchen - and Why You Should

How to Grow Sprouts in Your Kitchen - and Why You Should

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“A total hippie food”… that was what I thought as I looked down at the turkey, sprouts, and avocado sandwich on flax bread that my friend had insisted I “had to try.

This was well before my transition to real food and I wasn’t enthralled with the rather dry sandwich, but I really liked the texture of the sprouts.

These days, if sprouts are hippie food, I must be a hippie because I have some growing on my counter right now.

Turns out, sprouts have a lot of health benefits and are an inexpensive and easy-to-grow local superfood.


Why Grow Sprouts at Home?

Sprouts are soaked and germinated seeds, nuts or grains that are full of beneficial enzymes, vitamins and amino acids. They are also incredibly easy to grow at home on a kitchen counter with plain water and minimal equipment.

I prefer to sprout any beans or grains that I consume to make the nutrients more bioavailable and to reduce lectins and phytic acid. I also like sprouting certain seeds and nuts for adding to salads and stir frys.

Sprouts are incredibly nutritious and inexpensive, and take only a few days to grow. Sprouting increases the nutrient content of seeds and legumes and makes them easier to digest. If you’ve never tried to grow sprouts at home, you are missing out on an easy way to have fresh food year round.


The most common seeds used to grow sprouts are:


-Broccoli Seeds

-Red Clover Seeds


-Mung Beans

-Pumpkin Seeds

-Sunflower Seeds

-Chia Seeds

Supplies to Grow Sprouts

There is equipment specifically designed for sprouting, like sprouting trays, which make sprouting easier and allow for more growth at once, but all that is really needed are:

-A wide-mouth quart size or half gallon size mason jar

-A Sprouting lid or a piece of cheesecloth and a rubber band

-A bowl or box to help the jar stand upside-down at an angle

-Organic Sprouting seeds (I buy mine in bulk here) – Make sure they are specifically labeled “sprouting seeds” and “organic”


How to Grow Sprouts

1. Wash hands well and make sure that all equipment is clean and sterile.

2. Pour one type of seed into the jar. Use about 1 teaspoon of small seeds like alfalfa or broccoli or 1/4 cup of beans and lentils (for a quart size jar).

3. Cover with 1 cup of filtered water and put lid or cheesecloth over the jar.

4. Allow to soak for up to 12 hours. It is often easiest to do this at night and soak overnight.

5. In the morning, strain off the water. This is easily done with a sprouting lid. If you are using a cheesecloth, strain through a fine strainer and return to jar.

6. Rinse well with filtered water and drain again.

7. Place upside down at a slight angle so that excess water can drain off and air can get in. I find a dish rack or medium size bowl is perfect for this.

8. Re-rinse the sprouts several times a day with filtered water, returning to the tilted position each time.

9. You should see sprouting in a day or two and most sprouts are ready to harvest in 3-7 days.

10. When done sprouting, rinse thoroughly in cool, filtered water and store in a covered container in the fridge for up to a week.

There are some important notes about growing sprouts. Please read this article for cautions and specific instructions. Some seeds (like walnuts and pecans) do not sprout and some beans (like Kidney beans) are dangerous and should never be eaten sprouted. Also, special care should be taken to avoid bacteria growth in sprouts.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020



A fat belly is linked to various diseases as it is the most harmful fat in your body. Aside from working out, avoiding junk food and alcohol are among the ways to get a flat belly. Additionally, check out these tips for how to burn belly fat in less than a week.



1. Include aerobic exercises in your daily routine

If you want to burn fat fast there is no getting around cardio training. Studies find that this is the most effective form of exercise to reduce belly fat. 

By burning many calories your general health will improve. Hence, start doing high-intensity workouts of running, swimming or aerobic classes, but keep in mind that frequency and duration are essential for satisfying results.



2. Reduce refined carbs 

One should avoid consuming refined carbs to lose fat around the abdominal area and have good metabolic health.

It is not necessary to stick to a strict low-carb diet, however it should be replaced with unprocessed carbs. Instead of white bread, white rice and sodas, eat more vegetables and whole grains.



3. Add fatty fish to your diet

Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines or tuna is a high-quality protein and rich in omega-3 acids. By eating 2 to 3 portions a week you can reduce the risk of illnesses like heart disease and also burn your belly fat.

Studies revealed that Omega-3 fats have the ability to reduce visceral fat that is around your abdomen.



4. Start the day with a high protein breakfast

Start your day with some Greek yogurt, protein smoothies, scrambled egg whites or porridge. After eating proteins in the morning, you will feel full until lunch without any hunger pangs.

Proteins increase your metabolic rate while retaining muscle mass during weight loss. You can also add proteins such as eggs, fish, chicken, beans or dairy in every other meal.



5. Drink enough water

Even if you don't want to lose weight, staying hydrated is important for your general health. Drinking 4 to 5 liters of water each day is recommended and will burn more calories.

Also, drinking right before eating reduces your appetite as well as calorie intake. Make sure to avoid any other beverages containing lots of sugars and calories.

Drinking warm water with lemon in the morning on an empty stomach helps kickstart your metabolism and digestive system as well.



6. Reduce your salt intake

Consumed salt retains water and makes your belly feels bloated. Before making a purchase always make sure the nutrition label does not mention high sodium levels since processed food consists of salt, added sugar and unhealthy fats.



7. Consume soluble fiber

Similar to proteins, soluble fibers make you feel full for a few hours so that you don't have to consume unneeded extra calories in your meal.

Soluble fibers absorb water and form a gel that lowers fat absorption -- a good thing for someone seeking to lose weight. You can find them in barley, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils.




Friday, August 7, 2020



If you like Mango – you may like the following other smear-proof lip colors, lip stains,  face blush and eye shadow products that are related & that are close to that color: