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Deiss Julienne Peeler Review

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Occasionally I am asked to review products. And I’m pretty picky about what I say “yes” to – I tend only to review the ones that are food or kitchen-related and this is one of them.

This Deiss Julienne Peeler is so cool. It’s made by Deiss Kitchenware, a small family-owned company in Germany. That in and of itself makes it cool!

My first reaction when I took it out of it’s fancy box….

front box

…was that it was heavier than I had anticipated.

I figured this meant it would be clunky to use.

But I was wrong.

The added weight made peeling a breeze!


Here are some of the other highlights:

- you can peel in any direction

- you can peel in any direction

- one blade peels

- one blade cuts julienne strips

- one end can remove the “eyes” of potatoes

- the other end can make long/thick slices


back cover

The ONLY complaint I have had while using it is that you have to learn to peel a little differently than a “regular” peeler. I found that it worked best when I put the flat end of a veggie down on a cutting board or hard surface and then peeled downward. But, this is probably just habit from using a regular ‘ole peeler and I am sure the more I used this one, the easier it will be.

All of these benefits and features are topped off with the fact that it’s very reasonably priced at $13.79!

So, for all of those real foodies in your life (or just those that like to cook), this could make an excellent stocking stuffer or Christmas gift!

As always, shopping through my Amazon links helps me earn a little extra commission to keep things going around the blog, so thank you! You can find the Deiss Julienne Peeler here!


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Emile Noel Walnut Oil: Non-GMO Month Review and Giveaway!

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I’ll be honest with you all. I had NEVER tried Walnut Oil before now.

Have you?

So, when I was able to do a walnut oil review for Emile Noël Artisan Oils I did what I do when I’m not familiar with something – I googled it.

I found all sorts of recipes and other suggestions as simple as drizzling over pasta along with salt, pepper and fresh parmesan.

And so I tried it that way – drizzled over Costco tortellini (don’t judge) with some salt, pepper and parmesan. Ooooh, yummy.

And then I tried it in a homemade salad dressing instead of olive oil. Wow! I loved the creamy, nutty flavor it added.

Prior to trying walnut oil for the first time, I had never heard of Emile Noël artisan oils. But, I’m a new fan. It’s a family-run oil mill founded in 1920 in the south of France.


Here is why I am a new fan of Emile Noël artisan oils:

♦ they were the first oil millers in France to press organically-farmed seeds

♦ they have ONLY ever produced and marketed organic and non-GMO products – and organic foods have higher levels of Vitamin C and E, essential fatty acids, magnesium and more! *They have also gone on to become Non-GMO Project verified. Learn more about that here.

♦ they operate an organic-sesame supply chain in the north-east of Africa (fair trade)

♦ their oils are first cold-pressed virgin oils – this retains the value of their fatty acids and their vitamins



A Variety of Oils

Emile Noël offers over 20 organic virgin vegetable oils, including blended ones:

Fair trade sesame oil

Fair trade toasted sesame oil

Sunflower oil

Hi olieic refined sunflower oil spray

Pumpkin seed oil

Fair trade hazelnut oil

Walnut oil

Macadamia nut oil

Sweet almond oil

Olive Oils – 2 types


To help celebrate non-GMO month, they are offering one lucky reader a FREE bottle of one of their oils.

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Happy GMO-Free Month: Rumiano Cheese Review AND Giveaway!

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Happy GMO-Free Month!!!

Do you try to shop GMO-Free? This is something I really am trying to focus on more and more these days.

Do you know what GMO’s are? I used to think they were a mix of 2 plants…but found out I was misinformed. That’s actually known as a hybrid. GMO’s are very different. If you aren’t familiar with GMO’s, please read a bit more about them at The Institute for Responsible Technology’s website.


To help celebrate GMO-Free month, I’m offering a giveaway from Rumiano Cheese Company!

I absolutely LOVE their cheese. When I lived in Washington state, I was first introduced to their raw milk cheddar…mmmm. And guess, what? Their cheddar is white. Did you know that’s the color of cheddar before coloring is added to make it yellow/orange?


What makes Rumiano Cheese special? Here are a few:

- they are California’s oldest family-owned cheese company

- they are the first non-GMO verified organic cheese

- their cows graze year-round and have milk rich in both Omega 3 fatty acids and beta carotene

- their cheese is rich, creamy and so flavorful

A few members of my family excitedly tried the array of cheeses you see in this picture:

rumiano cheese

Medium Cheddar – Colby – Pepper Jack – Mozzarella slices – Sharp Cheddar

My daughter gobbled down slices of the medium cheddar and wanted MORE. That girl has love cheese since the time she stated eating solid foods. My husband said “This is REALLY good cheese”. And because I like spicy things, I loved the tangy, slightly-hot bling of the Pepperjack. The Sharp Cheddar made GREAT grilled cheese sandwiches and I have yet to use the mozzarella slices, but I’m thinking they will be perfect on sprouted grain english muffins with some homemade pizza sauce.

And now here’s the good news. Rumiano Cheese Company is giving away 5 VIP certificates to one of my lucky readers!!! If you win, they will mail you the VIP certificates that you can use at any store that sells Rumiano products. You can check if you have a store near you to use the certificates at by visiting their store locator websiteEach certificate is good for $4.99 worth of products, so it’s about a $30 value!

Good luck!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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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