December 2009

As a Diabetic myself this video has helped me realize there are natural ways to help keep Diabetes under control…


From powdered seasonings to sushi to candy corn to mayonnaise and pretzel bites: we enjoy encouraging you to cook foods you might not otherwise think to try at home.
Here’s a look back at some of these DIY-style posts and recipes, with instructions and recipes for chutney, coffeeshop-style lattes, Girl Scout cookies, corndogs, and more!

… is a series of practical household budget-cutting tips aimed at southeast Michigan families who are losing jobs, dealing with lengthy layoffs, or otherwise have less money to live on than they used to.

If you are one of my national readers and the local examples I share don’t pertain to your own community, then use them as ideas as to what to look for in your hometowns.

Going from two incomes to one

How to Grocery Shop
In addition to gluten free, organic wholesome recipes, you will also find the following at Elana’s Pantry:

* good food
* non-toxic homemaking
* ecological conservation
* consumer protection
* social activism
* superior products

After trying some 50 arrangements of household objects, researchers have come up with a new low-cost, homemade bed-bug detector…
In tests in real apartments, the homemade setup detected bed bugs as well [as], or better [than]…two brands of professional exterminating equipment, [Wan-Tien Tsai of Rutgers University] said December 16 at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America.

The parts…cost $15 and don’t require any special skills for assembly. “Everyone can do it,” she said…

A Family in the City
An Urban Homestead
A Homegrown Revolution

Path to Freedom is a grassroots, family operated, original urban homestead located in the midst of Pasadena

Surrounded by urban sprawl and just a short distance from a freeway, the Dervaes Family have steadily worked at transforming this ordinary city lot into an organic and sustainable micro-farm.

This website documents the many steps the Dervaeses have taken and hopes to inspire fellow travelers on their own life-changing journey. Be inspired to take the first step…

Fruit smoothies can actually be used as a meal replacement if you pack them with enough ingredients.

Depending upon what you put in them, they can contain anywhere between 400 and 600 calories which will keep you full for hours.

The benefit to this kind of snack is you can get fruit, protein, fiber and dairy all in one delicious serving. The choice is up to you.

Lisa’s Tip: If you live near a Smoothie King this is the best place to go! Not only do they have tons of flavors, but you can even ask for extra protein/whey powder (great for toning your stomach) and many other healthy ingredients that will give your drink a healthy boost.

Another Note: If you’re watching your sugar intake, please understand that smoothies are very high in sugar – even though most of it is natural.

Sugar turns into fat when it’s not burned off so I wouldn’t eat a smoothie everyday. If you really find yourself enjoying them, see if you can order a “light” or “low sugar” smoothie. Many places offer that option.

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