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Cut Grains, Not Baking with New Cookbook {RECIPE: Almost Oatmeal Cookies}

January 24th, 2015 · Recipes, What to Buy

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If you emailed me in the past few months, you’d get one of a few somewhat comical “vacation responses” bouncing immediately back. In October it was something like, “I’m preparing for baby, so you’ll likely get buried.” Then the “baby imminent any day now” version.

In November and December, it was, “Gabriel Thomas is more important than your email…there’s a really good chance you won’t get a reply.” And now it’s, “There’s not much space left in this inbox…”

When Kelly of the Nourishing Home emailed to see if I wanted to review her new cookbook, coming out in January, she got one of my bounces and immediately emailed back an apology. Of course I wouldn’t have time to review a new cookbook…

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I probably surprised her when I emailed back fairly quickly with a “but maybe I want to see your new book!”

For a sweet friend like Kelly, I could make the time.

Besides that, a new mama needs some beautiful food pictures to drool over when she’s nursing that newborn now, doesn’t she?

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Is Your Home’s Air Making You Sick?

January 21st, 2015 · Big Changes, Call to Action

This post is from KS contributing writer Jamie Larrison of How To Just About Anything.

Who doesn’t love the smell of a good stinky gym bag, or a dog kennel, or even your great aunt’s old couch from the ’70′s?

While you may think it’s ridiculous that anyone would enjoy taking a whiff of these stinky smells, did you realize your home’s air could be just as bad for you?

Outdoor air has natural filters, like plants and rain, that are constantly cleaning the air. Unfortunately because of factories, cars and other pollution sources, the outdoor air isn’t as clean as it could be.

Purify the air in your home with these simple, nontoxic methods :: via Kitchen Stewardship

Indoor air, though, has none of these natural filters. You could subject your home to a rain shower with the garden hose, but there’s no ground for it to seep into, just your carpet. And then you’re growing mold. Kind of defeats the purpose.

Dirty air vents, pet dander and hair, dust, mold, mites and chemical gasses are just some of the pollutants we’re exposed to in our homes. Even if you clean your home daily, there are air pollution exposures.

Can it really be that bad? I mean, what’s the worst that could happen by breathing in slightly less than pristine air?

Radioactive Gas in Your Home

According to the Environmental  Protection Agency, radon fumes are a major cause for concern for many homes, schools and businesses. Nearly 1/3 of the homes tested had levels that exceeded maximum limits.

“A family whose home has radon levels of 4 pCi/l  is exposed to approximately 35 times as much radiation as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would allow if that family was standing next to the fence of a radioactive waste site. (25 mrem limit, 800 mrem exposure)

An elementary school student that spends 8 hours per day and 180 days per year in a classroom with 4 pCi/l of radon will receive nearly 10 times as much radiation as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission allows at the edge of a nuclear power plant.(25 mrem limit, 200 mrem exposure).” (source)

This gas can be found in groundwater, soil and building materials and is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking.
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Are Babies and Toddlers Getting the Nutrients They Need?

January 20th, 2015 · Food for Thought

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For better or for worse, I’ve always turned down the Vitamin D drops that docs say infants should take from birth to six months.

I might be completely wrong and haven’t done research on it for quite a number of years – which I’ve recently learned is not a good practice, post on that lesson coming later this week! – but I try to take lots of fermented cod liver oil when I’m breastfeeding infants and call it good.

Honestly, part of the “decision” is pure laziness, because I truly can’t imagine adding drops that are going to be difficult to get baby to swallow and which stain clothing into our over-packed daily routine.

So vitamins and infants and I have a tedious relationship to say the least.

Do infants need more than just breastmilk? Do toddlers need more than their often picky palates grant them?

It’s very possible.

With our nation’s denatured, dying soil, the distance our food travels and the time it might sit in our refrigerators, we may not be getting the nutrients that used to be available to those who ate good, wholesome foods. And if that’s true, that humans in general could benefit from a little supplementation, then the question to ask is:

What’s the best vitamin or probiotic supplement for infants and toddlers?

If you’re picturing Fred Flintstone’s chewable vitamins from your childhood (or at least my childhood), you might be a little off the real food path.

This post is sponsored by WellFuture.

Well Future, Not Prehistoric Past

Fred’s a little out of his time in our modern age, and his vitamins are too.

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Monday Mission: Breathe Deeply

January 19th, 2015 · Monday Missions

Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to do something positive about your indoor air quality.

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Winter is a particularly important time to think about your indoor air since you’re so trapped in it – no one in my state of Michigan, at least, is regularly airing out their homes.

If you’re using natural cleaners already, that’s a great first step in avoiding some of the chemicals that can make many homes more toxic than one would expect for day-to-day breathing.

But there are so many things that impact our indoor air quality that we can’t really avoid: paint and carpet, pressed board cupboards, unknown mold and mildew, furniture and mattresses and more.

It’s more than I want to think about, to be honest.

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I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.

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