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Food For Thought- Like to know your food Indiana? Then you’ll love this book!

[pinit count="horizontal" url="http://harvestofdailylife.com/food-for-thought" image_url="http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/373115_410593395637107_1396286705_s.jpg" description="Like to know your food Indiana? Then you'll love this book!" float="right"] Hoosiers supplying Hoosiers with the best the local food movement has to offer is the focus of a new, conversation-starting coffee table book titled Food for Thought: an Indiana Harvest. It is such a cool idea for a coffee-table book and it turned out very nice.. More than 80 Hoosiers are profiled in the 200 plus pages, giving you a glimpse into the burgeoning local food renaissance now underway in Indiana. In 2010, Indiana Humanities launched the Food for Thought program designed to help Hoosiers think, read and talk about food. From Indiana farmers, restauranteurs, even distillers, Food for Thought follows the new, up and coming Hoosier food chain from field to plate. These first person accounts will share the...

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Cream of [whatever] condensed soup mix. A dry, homemade, wholesome recipe

I don't know about you, but I've been on the journey to eat better. I've smaked a few walls along the way, one being the incessant use of premade ingredients in recipes. Recipes that call for "a package of crescent rolls" or "a can of cream of mushroom soup" drive me crazy and make me feel quite limited when it comes to cullinary adventures. Since we secured a years worth of local, grass fed, organic ground beef recently I've been exploring many ground beef recipes, predominatly casseroles. Problem is they all call for those darn cans of condensed soup! I've stumbled across a variety of recipes for dry, condensed soup mix...

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Seriously?! An Electric Toothbrush Turned This Mouth Snob Around! #ad

Being the child of an "oral hygene professional" means I've always got someone on my case about my teeth and that I've been exposed to an array of dental products. I remember as a kid, like in the 90's, we had one of those old school electric toothbrushes. It was nasty and strange. The darn thing vibrated my head so bad that it made me sneeze, get a runny nose and watery eyes. I've never really been a fan of putting a motorized device in my mouth, not at home and not at the dentist. I hated using that darn manual toothbrush with a passion but my mom hounded us each night and forced us to use it. The torture! So, you can imagine my joy when my husband got his Oral-B Professional Care SmartSeries 5000 Toothbrush in the...

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Firing the machine back up and CHIGGERS. Gah!

We just returned from a much needed family vacation (aka. break from the homestead hooligans & technology). We went to Slade, Kentucky for some outdoorsy, mountain fun. Nathan planned the whole thing complete with a cozy cabin rental, a sky ride and hike to a natural bridge, some swimming and lazy area exploration took place. We stopped many times on the way to and from destinations for preschool potty breaks and baby nursing/ changing needs. We also needed to stretch our legs and run some steam off at times so we would pull over, lay out our picnic blanket in a public area, eat and relax before continuing our road trip. After the first night in the cabin we both awoke to itching and reached for the bite cream. By the second...

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Brewing Homemade Kombucha: A DIY Healthful, Homesteading Adventure Shared

I am pleased to share the next step in our homemade kombucha adventure and our recipe. If you are wondering what got us started on the kombucha and fermented foods craze you can find out more here or why kombucha is known as the miracle health elixir read more here. As I wrote about previously, before you can brew your own batch of kombucha you need a starter. You can either buy one somewhere online (which apparently isn't as good since live bacterias are killed off in transport), get one from a friend/ company locally or simply grow your own. Since a kombucha SCOBY is a raw live bacteria culture that can easily be contaminated with unknown mater I felt better being 100% responsible for the growth and sanitary conditions of mine...

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Digestion issues in baby could be leaky gut in the breastfeeding mother.

Back when Addie was about a month, at my own chiropractic visit I was describing her digestive issues to my chiropractor Dr. Lamb and he mentioned in passing that it might be the results of a little bit of leaky gut action in me. For whatever reason, likely because I didn't fully understand what leaky gut meant to a nursing relationship, I never thought much about it again. Now, Adalyn is 6 months old and I'm really doing my research (on leaky gut in a breast-feeding mother), I can't believe that it's taken me this long to fully learn about how healing a leaky gut could possibly make our lives a whole lot easier. Leaky gut in a breast-feeding mom means that your food isn't properly being digested and furthermore that the...

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Kombucha: Digestions Friend & How You Can Grow Your Own Kombucha Starter.

Somewhere along the way we discovered kombucha at a natural food store, it was actually Nathan and his love of tea. He was surprised when he took his first drink because of how different it tasted. Very much fermented with a hint of vinegar. He had me try it too, I wasn't a fan but he managed to finish his entire bottle that day. Kombucha is a probiotic rich, fermented tea beverage. It is considered a raw food that is beneficial because of all the probiotics and antioxidants that it contains. It's great for digestive health and is also said to be a powerful detoxing beverage. It contains lots of essential vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B1, vitamin B3, vitamin B12. It also contains antioxidants including EGCG, Glucuronic...

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Reflecting on the past then looking forward and planning ahead

There are only 4 months left in this whirlwind of a year! Remember all that madness? Need a recap? Last August we were living in Flagstaff, AZ and N proposed to me on the top of the San Francisco Peaks. Then we packed up a moving truck, the RV, said goodbye to all our family, friends and we drove cross country in our RV with our zoo of animals. N got a new job and we relocated. Once we got here we settled in and less than a month later we learned of our surprise pregnancy. We had been trying for almost 2 years before relocating with no success. We were planning our wedding when we discovered I was pregnant, I had just purchased my wedding dress. Once the pregnancy was confirmed we...

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Almost 3 inches of rain and a contest winner to announce…

Hope you all had a nice holiday weekend! Here we set record rainfall totals with our weekend long storms. For many plans to grill were scraped. We didn't let a little rain ruin our fun though. We waited for a short break in the storms, it was very late at night but we grilled burgers and were happy. Last night was the worst of the storms. We had a crazy night with power flickering, lightening flashing and thunder shaking the house. Everly was startled many times by the lights and sounds of the storm before we crawled in to bed. Once we were both in the bedroom and trying to sleep she calmed right down though. She's a pretty good night sleeper, even in crazy storms! We were pretty motivated to get more...

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… and the special continues…

... with a living room fail courtesy of the cats. Here is what we woke up to this morning: I am not sure how we didn't wake up to the loud crash. It seems we are only conditioned to wake for Everly's sounds or something. Also, how in the heck did the cats manage to do this? That glass table top is heavy as were the books sitting on it... Despite my ant filled bra and other unfortunate happenings I did have something to be pleased about: My students first halftime performance of the year....

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It's been a special day…

... and I don't mean special in a good way! Yesterday I sprayed lotion in my hair instead of hair spray. I did it right as we were about to walk out the door too so I had the pleasure of enjoying greasy lotion hair all through the afternoon and evening. Special! Today has been just as great. First one of our pet finches got his abnormally long toenails stuck in the store bought wicker nest. Luckily he was rescued and went unscathed unlike the female finch we had back in the day that got stuck and lost several toes as a result. It is a game day for the colorguard I teach so we rehearsed this afternoon and I was a flying ant magnet! I retrieved several of them from my cleavage,...

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Gorgeous Girl summer pampering gift set, twitter giveaway

This new mom is trying to reduce her custom gift business inventory. It is time for us to purge and organize! Now that baby Everly is here I just don't have the time or energy to sell my stuff at craft shows anymore and I've got so much inventory taking up valuable space in the garage. The result: I am giving this huge gift set away to one lucky twitter follower! The set includes everything needed for a fabulous summer! A wicker tote contains foot pampering goodies, a yoga mat, straw hat, a freezable cooler cup to keep you hydrated and fun bath items that will have you feeling energized and ready for fun in the sun...

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First time parent shock and adjustment (it really does get easier)

Just 10 short weeks ago I was literally living in bed. Recovering from childbirth and around the clock newborn care left little time for regular person stuff like showering, getting dressed for the day and cooking. I was crying at the drop of a hat (for no particular reason) and I was sure I (as a person) was gone now that the baby had arrived. I particularly remember crying and feeling like the world was ending the first day N went back to work and left Everly and I alone for the day. Many told me that things would get back to normal following Everly's birth and I didn't believe them. I thought for sure I would forever be a sleep deprived, tunnel visioned shell of a person who was just living...

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BPA and Bloggy Makeovers…

Don't be alarmed of you see some strangeness here at Harvest of Daily Life over then next few days. I helped N with his bloggy makeover and now I am jealous of the purdyness and decided my blog also needed a purdy makeover. Bloggy makeovers are never easy though and I am picky so it might take much theme playing until the transformation is complete. Thanks to a comment on this post I am now just a tad BPA paranoid. After Wendy's comment I checked out the type of plastic on the yummy fruit bowls and was sad to find that they were a number 7 plastic. She has a good point about recycling that type of plastic. Also, number 7 plastic is the plastic to avoid because of BPA. I was...

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