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Healthy and Affordable Food Delivered to Your Door- (FREE TRIAL next 3 days ONLY!)

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If you’re in the U.S. and want clean, non-GMO, affordable and organic food delivered to your door – you are going to get REALLY excited about this. (Keep reading – there is an exclusive, limited time offer only for my readers!)

I love local food from local growers, and I love supporting local farmers and locally owned businesses. But not everyone has access to fresh and healthy food from within their community. That’s why I’d like to introduce you to Green Polka Dot Box (GPDB). If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you’ve seen me mention them before.

GPDB is an online retailer that delivers a wide variety of natural and organic foods that are 100% non-GMO. GPDB makes it easy to filter your order by specific dietary needs (such as vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, etc), so you can order exactly what you want, from the convenience of your home.

Because of their exclusive buying power, I find that GPDB’s prices are always lower than what I’ll find in a retail store and even lower than Amazon. They also offer complimentary shipping for orders of $75 and above for club members. Unfortunately, they don’t yet ship internationally, so at this point this is a U.S.-only resource.

GPDB is a buying club, so there is a $50 annual membership fee.

BUT…….right now, for 3 days only, they’re giving my readers a FREE “test drive” membership! (follow directions below).

Now you can place ONE ORDER with them to see how their whole system works, with no membership charge at all!!!

This is an exclusive offer and I had to convince them to allow it, but they finally said YES! (I’m so convincing). :-)

If you like the ease of shopping with them,  you can then become a member and order as often as you’d like.


Here’s how to take advantage of this 3-day offer:

1) Click here to go to the GPDB site.

2) Check out their site, filter to look for the things you want, and add what you want to your shopping cart.

3) Click on a Checkout button.

4) In the Discount Codes field, enter: FREETRIAL

5) Then you’ll see the price for your test drive membership drop to zero.

6) Go ahead and check out and voila – your order will be shipped to you promptly.

I REALLY think you are going to love them. In some areas of the U.S. they will even ship produce and refrigerated products. Their prices are the best I’ve seen and the convenience is unbeatable. I save money simply NOT having to go to the store (that’s where all of the impulse-buying gets me in trouble).

Don’t wait – get shopping now as you only have 3 days to take advantage!! Ends at midnight Saturday, June 7th!

What are you waiting for?! I hope you all take advantage of this great FREE TRIAL – come back and let me know what you ordered!


Green Polka Dot Box is a natural and organic buyers collective that makes healthy and GMO-free foods available with a low price guarantee, delivered straight to your door, anywhere in the United States. Find out all about it and sign up here. 



Disclaimer: I have an affiliate relationship with GPDB and therefore earn a small commission for people I refer. Thanks in advance – it’s things like this that enable me to keep my blog running!

Back to Butter: A Traditional Foods Cookbook Review (and Giveaway!)

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As a blogger and Real Food eater, I come across LOTS and LOTS of books. Sometimes, they are even mailed to me (in hopes I will read them, review them and write a blog post).

Occasionally I will get an email asking if I would like to review a book and also offering to give one away to my readers.

Honestly, I don’t say “yes” to many of them. I’m pretty picky about what I spend my time reading/reviewing and if it isn’t Real Food or Holistic Health-related, I say a polite “no thanks”.

That being said, I promise you that THIS BOOK was worth reviewing.

And it’s worth me saying “yes” to the authors giving one away to one of my readers.

The authors, Molly Chester and her mom Sandy Schrecengost, have changed their health using traditional foods. After trying every other diet and fad out there, they finally turned to Traditional Foods. They saw their GERDs (acid reflux) and PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian System) slowly disappear.

Without medications.

Just real, Traditional Foods.

Red Cabbage Kraut with Fresh Dill

Red Cabbage Kraut with Fresh Dill


These changes prompted them to give up their high-paying jobs and buy a 160-acre farm in southern California. This makes me a little jealous.

What are Traditional Foods, you ask? Thinks like Fats/Oils, Sustainable & Pastured/Grassfed Meat, Full Fat/Raw Dairy, Nuts/Seeds/Beans/Grains that are prepared properly, Natural Sweeteners and Fermented Foods.

Sometimes books on Traditional Foods end up being a little textbook-y. You know, so much detailed info that your head hurts when you read it. But NOT this one.

The authors are succinct and no-nonsense in their approach to sharing info. They provide valuable, researched nutrition info. The authors do a GREAT job at explaining in common terms what Traditional Foods are, how to prepare them and WHY!

And not only that, but the pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!!

Roasted Shrimp Salsa

Roasted Shrimp Salsa


Even within the recipe portion they include little tidbits of helpful information for those aiming to eat more Traditional, Real Foods. Nutrition-dense foods are what our bodies need and crave!

I truly think this is a very helpful and real-life book that every Real Food eater should have in their library. While I haven’t been able to try any of the recipes yet (bad timing as we just sold our home and are packing things up), I cannot wait to try some of the mouth-watering recipes like this one:

Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Parmesan

Roasted Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Parmesan


AND, I am so excited that the authors are giving away ONE COPY of this book to one of my readers!

Enter to win below! And if you aren’t feeling lucky, you can hop on over to Amazon and buy the Kindle version for $11.99 or the paperback version for $15.99 now!


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Mountain Rose Herbs Giveaway – win 3 “Epicurean Organics” items!

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MRH giveaway One of my new(er) favorite companies is Mountain Rose Herbs! I love the fact that they offer organic spices plus:

♦ Organic teas

♦ Herbs & spices

♦ Containers and Herbal capsules

♦ Herbal extracts

♦ Vegetable, Carrier  and Essential oils

♦ Bulk ingredients

♦ Herbal Oils & Salves

♦ Hydrosols & Aroma Sprays

♦ Facial & Body Care

Mountain Rose Herbs supports small, organic farms that use sustainable practices. They are a great affiliate and I’ve chosen to highlight them this month on my blog and facebook posts. I’m SUPER excited that they are offering a fun little giveaway for one of you, too!

Above, you’ll see the 3 products they are giving away to one lucky reader. Here is a little more info about each of them:

Avocado Oil, 8.5oz

This ultra rich organic oil is a delightful treasure containing high amounts of Vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E. Also contains amino acids, sterols, pantothenic acid, lecithin, and other essential fatty acids. Highly prized to those with skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and other skin ailments and our variety makes a lovely salad oil for dressings and condiments. Highly recommended to those with sensitive skin, problem skin and other irritations that require vitamin rich oil. Now Fair Trade Certified. – Mountain Rose Herbs website

* I’ve used this drizzled on pasta topped with sauteed/steamed veggies and shrimp!

Himilayan Pink Salt, 4.5oz

Himalayan Pink Salt is one of the purest salts available for culinary, therapeutic and cosmetic uses. This delectable salt has beautifully formed crystals which range in color from off-white to a lustrous pink, which indicates a quantifiable amount of 84 trace elements & iron. The benefits are endless but Himalayan Pink Salt is primarily used for gourmet cooking and in bath preparations. Available in retail bottle or bulk refill. – Mountain Rose Herbs website

* Good in any recipe that calls for salt or kosher salt!

Lemon Pepper, 4.5oz

This piquant and invigorating seasoning blend has just the right zest to add a memorable flavor to poultry and seafood. Our Lemon Pepper seasoning has a well rounded flavor that will not disrupt the taste, color, or texture of your dishes. Contains: organic Onion, organic Garlic, organic Black Pepper, organic Lemon peel, Sea Salt, and organic spices. (The blend in our retail bottles contains citric acid). Available in retail bottle or bulk refill.  - Mountain Rose Herbs website

* Sprinkle on fish or chicken!

Entering is easy – please follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. I think you’ll love their products as much as I do. You can feel confident in the educated decision you will make as you shop with Mountain Rose Herbs as source for herbs, spices, teas and more!

You should also know that they offer bulk buying options as well:

5-9 lbs – 10%

10-24 lbs – 15%

25+ lbs – 25%

You can mix and match pounds of different products to get to these totals!

Check out all of their fabulous products by CLICKING HERE…and then enter the giveaway! Good luck to you!

*Disclaimer: As an affiliate of Mountain Rose Herbs, I do earn a commission if anything is purchased from them via one of the links I provide in my blog posts. Thanks in advance, as these small commissions help keep things running around here to be able to offer you FREE recipes, info and so much more!

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Black Friday Giveaway

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This week, to kick off your holiday shopping, we are giving away a basket of hand made products from The Holistic Mama AND a holiday gift set from Just So. The basket from The Holistic Mama includes a Renewing Facial Serum, Oil Cleanser, Body Butter, Body Mist, and a Lip balm. All of these products are hand made in small batches with Organic ingredients. The holiday gift set from Just So includes a Healing Blend Lip Balm, 3 Luxury Soap samples, and 1 Shea Cream sample. The products from Just So are also natural, chemical free products.

Both of these sets make great gifts, or are even better if you keep them for yourself of course. The Renewing Facial Serum from The Holistic Mama is a popular product because of it’s ease of use, relaxing scent, and it’s ability to lighten scars and even skin tone. It is a natural alternative to expensive chemical laden serums and face creams that actually works. Many bloggers have tested and reviewed this product with great results, read some of the reviews on Your Thriving Family, Naturally Knocked Up and Our Eventual Homestead. All of the luxurious soaps from Just So are made with nourishing natural ingredients like shea butter and flax oil to nourish and moisturize the skin instead of stripping it dry. A healthy natural soap is an important part of your personal care routine.

In addition to the selection of personal care products, the lucky winner will also receive a copy of Katie Kimball’s eBook, Better Than a Box. This eBook is so perfect for this time of year because there are so many holiday recipes that contain boxed or canned ingredients in them. The book includes 20 recipe reverse engineering demonstrations, 35 remake resources and 25 ready-to-cook recipes make cooking family-favorite recipes using whole foods a whole lot easier. Get rid of the processed foods and make dinner better than a box!

This giveaway is being hosted by several natural health bloggers. Take a minute to check out their sites as well, you will be happy you did. Our giveaway hosts include:

Roxanne from The Holistic Mama

Andrea from Just So

Katie from Kitchen Stewardship

Jennifer from The Entwife’s Journal

Bonnie from The Not So Modern Housewife

Amanda from Attached Moms

Ashleigh from Gluten Free + 2

Sara from Your Thriving Family

Angela from Spinach Tiger

Alix from Blessed in Homemaking

Jaime from Zest and Zeal

Sarah from My Joy Filled Life

Melissa from Real Food Eater

Ling from Slideberry

Just in case you don’t win this giveaway – or if you don’t want to wait to try some of these products – The Holistic Mama, Just So and Kitchen Stewardship are currently running Black Friday Sales.

  • Receive 25% off your order at The Holistic Mama by entering the code GIVE2013 at checkout.
  • Get the Holiday Gift Set from Just So for $16 instead of regular price of $20 now through Monday December 2nd (discount automatically applied).
  • All eBooks on Kitchen Stewardship are 50% off, use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout

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Cheesy Sausage Potatoes, Real Ranch Dressing, and Creamy Avocado Dip (Harvest Your Health)

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NEW Crock-On-Cookbook First of all, I’m guessing most of you think this whole deal really sounds TOO GOOD to be true….or maybe you are sick of me mentioning it?

I just HAVE to be sure you all check this out and see the incredible value that it is. And after maybe 1 more post, you won’t hear about it again, promise!

Normally priced at $1037, this group of 71 E-books, 3 Meal Plan subscriptions, 3 Online magazine subscriptions and 21 product/food discount codes is ONLY $37 until Mon., Oct 14th. This “Harvest Your Health” bundle sale is an incredible deal!

I have one of the bundles and I have some new favorites I wanted to highlight. It’s so fun to start going through the books and pulling out new info and recipes!

To see the ENTIRE list of books/services included and to investigate them further you can click the button below to learn more (be prepared to be overwhelmed and blown away – in a good way!):


Here are my 3 favorites so far:

(I have 67 more books to look through yet!)

1.”Crock On” by Stacy Meyers

This is a crockpot cookbook with 40 never-published recipes. Last Sunday we tried the Maple Honey-Baked-Apples-and-Pears-400x267 Sesame Chicken. DELICIOUS!

Next, I want to try the Cheesy Sausage Potatoes <——–CLICK for a sneak peek and the recipe that Stacy is willing to share with all of you!

And after that, I’ll probably try these Honey Baked Apples and Pears….yum! ————>


2. “Restocking the Pantry”, by Kresha Faber

Restocking-the-Pantry Imagine having recipes to make any and every condiment you’d ever need PLUS knowing they are nourishing your body?! This book has it all – condiments, sauces, dressings, dips and more.

I am looking forward to making my own ketchup (it looks pretty easy, actually), mayonnaise and this REAL RANCH DRESSING. The author said I could share this recipe with you! I hope you’ll check out this book and all the others in this bundle sale. There are SO MANY great things in it!

REAL Ranch Dressing:

(Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups)

This kid-favorite salad dressing and dip features fresh herbs and nutrient-dense eggs. It’s a crowd-pleaser whether you’re serving it to toddlers at lunch or next to a crudité platter at an all-adult party. And here’s a time-saving tip: this recipe starts by making fresh mayonnaise, so if you’re in a hurry or would prefer to use your favorite store-bought mayonnaise, just substitute 1 cup of mayonnaise in place of the egg yolk, vinegar, and olive oil.


1 pastured egg yolk
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup cultured buttermilk or sour cream
1/4 cup (combined) minced fresh herbs (parsley, dill, & chives)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil or sunflower oil
2 tablespoons fresh whey OR sauerkraut brine (optional)

Combine the egg yolk with the apple cider vinegar, garlic, buttermilk, herbs, black pepper and sea salt in a blender or food processor. You may also whisk this by hand, but it will take the fortitude of an ox.

Pulse one or two times to mix ingredients. Then, with the motor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the dressing is well-emulsified.

To Ferment:
Stir in the fresh whey and let the dressing sit at room temperature for about six hours before moving to the refrigerator.


3. “The Veggie Book”, by The-Veggie-Book Shay Tate Worth

The author describes her book by saying: “Helping you turn the veggies you want to serve into the veggies they want to eat. Featuring 10+ veggies in over 150 pages of recipes, nutrition and storage information for veggies that many of us grew up eating out of a can.”

Love it! To be honest, I haven’t tried any recipes yet, but this is one of the next ones on my list – looks like a great snack option for kids. (which mom isn’t looking for more of those?!).

Shared with permission from the author, here it is:

Avocado Dipping Sauce

The author says, “My kids love to dip vegetables. However, this dip they usually finish with a spoon and beg for more. I am fine with this; it is incredibly healthy — full of avocado, probiotics via cultured dairy, and healthy fats for growing bodies. At least I use it as a dip! I usually serve it with vegetables or meatballs.

2 avocados

1⁄4 cup sour cream

The juice of one lemon or lime

Water or milk

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder OR 1 clove finely minced garlic

Mash the avocados, add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until fully combined. Ideally let sit for 30 minutes to let the flavors mingle (but I am never patient enough for that). This is a dense dip. If you want it a little thinner for more delicate dipping items, thin with a few tablespoons of water or milk.


***In addition, I am really looking forward to the practical advice and information in this mostly non-food book called “A Practical Guide to Children’s Health.

A-Practical-Guide-to-Childrens-Health I started scrolling through the Table of Contents and she covers things like:

♦ food issues like allergies, snack ideas and recipes

♦ health topics like vaccines, prescriptions, fevers, boosting the immune system, common childhood illnesses and how to deal with them, sleep problems, when to call the Dr.

♦ environmental topics like bedding, personal care products, television and schooling


To check out these 4 books mentioned above and to learn more and/or purchase the ENTIRE bundle of 71 e-books plus more,

please CLICK HERE.

You’ll be glad you did!


This post contains an affiliate link. If you click it, you will be taken to a page where you can learn more about the bundle sale as well as to a link to purchase it if you so choose. If you purchase through my links, I will earn a commission (so thank in advance!).




It’s Time to “Harvest Your Health”!

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Cooking-and-Preparing-Real-Food Harvest – it’s a word synonymous with this time of year.

All sorts of pictures, smells and food come to mind when I hear it…. defines it:




1. Also, har·vest·ing. the gathering of crops.
2. the season when ripened crops are gathered.
3. a crop or yield of one growing season.
4. a supply of anything gathered at maturity and stored: a harvest of wheat.
5. the result or consequence of any act, process, or event: The journey yielded a harvest of wonderful memories.


So, it’s perfect that starting TODAY, Oct. 7th thru Oct. 14th,  theHarvest Your Healthsale is happening. If you think of it in terms of “harvesting” your health, it would mean that it’s time to gather info and store it up, right?

Well-Fed-Paleo-Recipes-For-People-Who-Love-To-Eat-150x150 Maybe you have been thinking about eating healthier for a while and just haven’t taken that first step.

Or maybe you HAVE taken that first step(s) but are at a point where you need a little kick-in-the-pants to take it up a notch.

AND, you might be someone who has taken it up a few notches and you just need some extra encouragement, ideas and/or recipes (along with some great discount codes and services!)

Crock-On-Cookbook-150x150 If you fall into any of those categories, this Harvest Your Health Sale is incredibly valuable to you! Think of it as info you can store up and use when you need it. All of it valuable and use-able.

I’ve just started going through a few of the books. I’ll be sharing more about a few of them that are new favorites in my post later this week, including one that’s all about SLOW Cooker/Crockpot Meals <——every mothers’ dream!). And it’s called “Crock-On”. HA!

But for today, I’ll just give you all a general overview so you can see all of the AWESOME stuff that’s included in this sale (click this big picture below to be taken to the main site to LEARN MORE!)


Those that put this sale together wanted to keep it affordable to everyone – so it’s only $37 this week! (Normally, each of these bought separately would add up to $1037!!). This is a 95% value!


I’ll be highlighting some of my favorites later in the week. For now, take a look to find out more about the e-books, meal plans, online magazine subscriptions and discount codes included!

PLUS, you can check out the authors and individual books, as well. Just CLICK TO LEARN MORE!



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