Culinary Delights, Environment, well-being, What is Organic

Organic Gardening Can Pave a Path to Self Sufficiency

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I want to wish everyone who reads this a happy and healthy 4th of July. We are celebrating our democracy and freedom in the midst of uncertain and unprecedented times.

Some of us may be unemployed or underemployed. Some of us may be wary of going into the stores to purchase food. Many of us are nervous about going back and enjoying restaurants.

My life has changed so much, and some of it has been for the better. I have more time to write, cook, exercise, and, much to my surprise, garden! Never before have I thrust my hands into so much soil nor cherished worms and pollinators.

Not only does gardening save me money, but it helps me connect with my husband and the soil beneath my feet.

Planting an organic garden is my path to self-sufficiency, and I’ll tell you why.

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Culinary Delights, well-being, What is Organic

Just in Time For the Fourth of July: Make Your Outdoor Space an Organic Haven

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During these times of social distancing, the space we have outside has become more important than ever. The Fourth of July is almost upon us, and with it comes the urge to frolic outside with friends and family. To eat and drink, perhaps to dance and sing. While we must be mindful of this very human desire, there still exists the real danger of spreading the virus unwittingly.

There are a few ways to make our space an organic haven of love, camaraderie and safety if we do it right. Continue reading “Just in Time For the Fourth of July: Make Your Outdoor Space an Organic Haven”

Culinary Delights, Travel, well-being, What is Organic

How Can Food Help us Reconnect with Someone Important?

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The relationships we have are not static; they are always flowing and evolving. Just like a good sourdough starter, a friendship will not grow and rise to the occasion if you don’t tend to it. If we forget about that loaf and don’t feed, knead and touch it, it will flatten and die. It will become a remembrance of something fragrant and delicious.

During these times of isolation, we may have let some of our friendships become stale. Be it an old friend, a distant family member or even our close beloved ones, it’s important to reconnect and keep the relationship alive.

One of the best ways I have found to connect with my community is through food. Because it’s an essential and primordial part of being human, it can make us closer on a very deep level. Continue reading “How Can Food Help us Reconnect with Someone Important?”

Culinary Delights, well-being

4 Tricks to Improve your Relationship During Times of Stress

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Photo by Alex Iby on Unsplash

While many of us have been hunkering in place with our beloved, it may be just a little too much closeness. Some of the things we loved about that person when we first met are now exacerbated—even irritating.

Maintaining a healthy relationship during these times—whether you’ve been together for two months or twenty years—takes love, commitment, and respect. It also takes work and ingenuity.

Believe me; I’ve practiced a few tricks with my husband to help maintain and build a strong, loving bond. Continue reading “4 Tricks to Improve your Relationship During Times of Stress”

Culinary Delights, Social Implications in Agriculture, well-being, What is Organic

3 Reasons Why Everybody Should Practice Mindful Eating

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The term mindfulness was first coined by a Buddhist scholar at the beginning of the 20th Century. He was searching for a word to help us pay attention, slow down and be fully present with the things we are doing. It’s really hard to slow down and notice things in this busy world.

Practicing mindfulness is a little like throwing yeast and flour at a baker—if she doesn’t practice, she’ll never discover the perfection of focaccia.

Being mindful is actually a lot simpler than you think. It means bringing your attention to whatever you are doing at that moment. Instead of stressing about the buns in the oven or worrying about fallen cookies, you focus on whatever you are doing in the now. Now is all we ever have. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why Everybody Should Practice Mindful Eating”