Fermented Food Guide: the basics + 19 beginner recipes

The Importance of Self-Care for the Modern Woman

As a woman, I’m sure you can relate to what it’s like to live a full life. Between looking after your kids, partner, work, home, causes, friends and family, it can be challenging to keep all the plates spinning all the time. When you’re in the habit of expending all of your energy outwards and constantly put your care, your rest and your play, last, you’re bound to end up tired, grumpy, uninspired and overwhelmed. We all know those feelings. You can’t run on an empty tank!

After-Sun Soothing Spray

Yesterday, my family and I returned home from the beautiful Garden Island of Kaua’i, after a 10-day long vacation. Prior to leaving, I don’t think I’ve ever needed a vacation more I my life… but now that I’m home, I feel like I never want to leave again! As wonderful, sunny and warm the trip was, travelling with children is no joke. If you’ve ever caught a red-eye flight with two whiny/crying/over-tired kids and two adults sharing three seats… then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

After-Sun Soothing Spray

How to Make Naturally Sweetened Almond Milk

A decade ago, making almond milk was just one of those weird “hippie things” that mom used to do. When I’d go over to her house for a visit, more often than not, there would be almonds soaking in a bowl on her window sill and I’d think she’d gone nuts… Flash forward several years, and now I’m the nutty one. Making almond milk is a very regular task in our house. Just like doing laundry or vacuuming – it’s got to be done and part of our weekly routine.

DIY Disinfecting Glass & Surface Cleaner

This DIY Disinfecting Glass & Surface Cleaner is much more than a brilliant solution to disinfected floors and sparkling window. No, for me, it represents a major milestone in my life! “Did she just say that her floor cleaner represents a major milestone in her life?” Yup, I did! I remember the day clearly…. I was pregnant with my daughter, and washing my floors with a commercial floor cleaner that was purple, reeked of artificial fragrance and was giving me a splitting headache. And at that moment it hit me! “Breathing in this toxic, cleaner CANNOT be good for my baby…or…
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How to Make Powdered Sugar

Have you ever come across a recipe that called for powdered sugar, or icing sugar, and realized that all you have is plain ol’ sugar? Well, you’ve almost solved your problem… I never have icing sugar on hand because I only generally use raw cane sugar, honey and pure maple syrup as sweeteners, but once in a while, I come across a recipe that calls for it. Recently, it was required in a recipe for a lemon glaze that I wanted for on top of my Lemon, Zucchini, Raspberry Loaf. I was just about to skip the glaze all together, when…
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How to Make Powdered Sugar

No Knead Dutch Oven Spelt Bread

You’d never know it now, but baking didn’t use to be my thing. I loved to eat the delicious creations coming out of my Mother and Grandmother’s kitchen, but wasn’t interested in making my own until my early twenties when my Naturopath tested me for food allergies and wheat came up with a big red flag. My Mom and I scoured the local grocery stores for any kind of wheat free bread that didn’t look or taste like a doorstop, however, there simply wasn’t anything out there.

5 Ingredients to Keep Out of Your Diaper Bag

From the moment we find out we’re going to be parents, whether it be our first child or our last, there’s always an overwhelming amount of emotions that flood us. The love we have for our children from the moment we hear they will be in our lives is almost instant. We as parents will do almost anything to keep our little ones safe. Yet sometimes it can be a little tricky when deciding what products to use and to keep around, especially in the diaper bag.

Quick and Easy Pizza Crust Recipe

I often envy those “meal planner moms” who have the week’s dinner all mapped out by Sunday. I’ve tried that route a few times, and even made it my New Year’s resolution last year, but for whatever reason, meal planning just never sticks. The times that I did meal plan, I’ll admit – it was really great! I shopped with a detailed, meals-for-the-week ingredient list, and felt organised once dinner rolled around. But unfortunately, meal planning only ever lasts a week or two in our house. All of the other 50 weeks a year consist of last-minute dinner ideas, inspired by whatever…
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Probiotic Melon Popsicles

Why does summer bring out that urge to consume high calorie, surgar filled foods that we would otherwise steer clear of in the winter? Ice-cream, freezies, cold beer, margaritas–all high in sugar and guilt. All the while, we’re trying to rock our best bathing suite bods. It just doesn’t seem fair. But, today is your lucky day, because I’ve created a guilt-free, healthy, ice-cold treat, that will satisfy your sinful cravings (maybe not for a margarita, though…you’ll still probably want that.) What makes this popsicle heathy? Let me introduce you to some of the ingredients: homemade yogurt, organic gelatin, honey and…
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Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

As warm and wonderful as it is, summer certainly tests our will-power at every level. Although it’s both convenient and satisfying to slam back a cold, cola, sports drink or beer on a hot, summer day (speaking from experience here), they’re not good for your bikini-bod or health. Thankfully, there is an alternative, and it’s just as thirst-quenching – there really won’t be anything more refreshing and nourishing than naturally fermented, homemade, Raspberry Lemonade for your August long-weekend. The Benefits of a Naturally Fermented Beverage Fermentation is a beautiful thing. I can be seen talking about it at social events, parties…
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