A Year of Herbs: Ginger

Image by vieuxbandit As I went to write this next post for my Year of Herbs series, I had been thinking of doing comfrey or yarrow. However, I’ve really been enjoying learning about herbs that we all have right at our fingertips (like garlic and onion, or fennel and dill). Ginger seemed a perfect choice to study up on next! Truthfully, I had never, ever thought of ginger as a “herb” (or at least, a medicinal one) until I began studying up on herbs. Suddenly […]

Organization in the Real Food Kitchen: Menu Planning

Of all of the things that I spend time planning, the one that I feel probably has the biggest payoff in saving me time, frustration and even money would have to be menu planning! I’ve been menu planning faithfully for about 3-4 years now. Every once in a while I briefly slip up and go a week or two without proper plans in place. I always, always regret it and wished I had taken the time to plan. Life has been moving at an even […]

Valuing the Nutritional Wisdom of Past Generations

Image by Beverly & Pack One of my sets of grandparents hails from Newfoundland, Canada (that’s on the East coast, in the Maritimes). This particular Papa used to work on a fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean after they moved to the Vancouver, BC area, many years ago. Though many of the things that I grew up on were not so healthy, one of the nutritional highlights of my childhood was a whole lot of fish. Fresh fish. Amazing fish. And thankfully, I became a […]

Safe and Natural Children’s Toys

Wooden car made by Bajo Why We Care About the Toys We Choose It all started a little over two years ago. Recalls on toys (particularly from China) were coming out left, right and center. Our little guy was about 5-6 months old and just starting to put absolutely everything in his mouth. I found a recalled toy among our bunch- a very non-threatening looking set of cloth baby blocks made by Baby Einstein. There was too much lead in the paint designs on it’s […]

Breaking the Habit with Coffee Alternatives

Image by ali edwards My love affair with coffee began at the tender age of 13. I started making myself a small mug after my Dad had his cup first thing in the morning. Soon I graduated to Iced Frappuccinos and Tim Horton’s English Toffee coffees with my high school friends (I know the Americans out there don’t know what Tim Horton’s is- this donut/coffee shop is as quintessentially Canadian as maple syrup, hockey, Loonies and bacon). By university age, I had moved to the […]

Making Healthy Changes When Your Husband Isn’t on Board

Image by nutmeg There are a lot of things that my husband does that I know very little about. For example, buying and installing more ram for our computers. Or writing a marketing proposal and presenting a sales pitch to the CEO of a company. Or how to set up a set of drums, much less teach aspiring musicians how to play them. There are a lot of things that I know about that my husband isn’t so well versed on. Like all of the […]

Homemade Cough and Cold Syrup

Since mentioning and tweeting about this syrup I made, I’ve had many requests to share the recipe, so here it is! It comes from a book I mentioned briefly before called 10 Essential Herbs by Lalitha Thomas. This is a rare (I believe because it’s out of print) book from 1996 that my mother-in-law stumbled upon somewhere. It’s very interesting because Lalitha is not a “certified” anything when it comes to herbs, but it’s clear as you read through the book that they are very […]

Getting Sick= Good Practice with Herbs!

Wouldn’t you know it, that within days of posting on garlic and all of its healing properties, we would come home from a weekend away with several sickies (including myself)? I’ve spent the last 4 days on a computer fast, as suggested by my wise and loving husband. He knew that I was a bit burnt out and needed some screen-free time to just regroup and rest. I thoroughly enjoyed taking a break and was eager to come back from the weekend with lots of […]