Thursday, August 28, 2014

Real Food Friday #53 Link Up Shea Butter Giveaway

Welcome to another REAL FOOD FRIDAY!
This week we have another GIVEAWAY!


The Baraka supply company has generously donated 2 kg of Shea Butter for us to give away. That comes out to 4 lbs!!! So, we have decided to divide up the Shea into 1 lb giveaways. This company is helping the people of Ghana.

Joyce from It’s Your Life had the pleasure of doing some freelance work for this amazing company. She says that the women from Ghana create this butter from scratch. Through the use of old and new techniques this Shea is the best she has seen. Knowing that this product profits the village of Ghana and is 100% pure has impressed her

The word Baraka means thank you in Wali, a Ghanaian language. From the company’s mission statement, Baraka Supplies was originally the idea of husband and wife team, Wayne Dunn and Gifty Serbeh-Dunn (one Canadian/Irish, one Ghanaian/Canadian). At its heart are people and partners who share a passion for helping local women generate income to develop their own communities.

As with all truly natural products, traditional methods are always the best! Our Baraka Shea Butter is completely organic, untainted by modern chemicals, and wild-crafted in the traditional way by the Wali women from northern Ghana.

No processing, no refining with added chemicals and no industrialized production methods! Baraka's product is quite simply as nature intends - fabulous, natural butter with just the faintest sweet aroma from the fires used in its preparation.

The Shea Butter Giveaway is open to all US Residents. Giveaway is LIVE 8/28/2014 and Ends 9/4/2014 at Midnight.
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On to the PARTY! We're your hosts
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings
me...Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo
Joyce @ It's Your Life

Mary’s Kitchen
If you're interested in co-hosting let us know!
You can email Mary at mari_backtonature@yahoo.com

I know "Real" food may not seem like as much fun as the sugary, chemically, DIY recipes out there on the internet. This is why REAL Food Friday is so unique. This is the place to share your unprocessed, gmo-free, locally grown and/or fair trade posts.
We are trying to make a difference 1 recipe at a time!
Here's a great reference from Food Myths:

If your post includes items like *margarine, *granulated sugar, *food dye, packaged baking mixed with ingredients that you cannot pronounce (betty crocker, duncan hines, pillsbury) then it WILL be deleted.

Here are my features from last week's party.

Love Samosas from the Simple Life Mom.





How about a Zucchini Fritter with Fried Egg from Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen?

 



Link up your Real Food posts!
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.
Please follow your hosts and consider adding the Real Food Friday button.

Scrambled Veggies With Sun Dried Tomatoes


Last Saturday we attended Bible study at a friend's house. She made zucchini, squash with dried tomatoes it was delicious on my salad. Others had it with noodles, but I don't eat 'em. So, I got an idea of my own from her.

I bought some zucchini and squash, and then cooked them up with some mushrooms and onions in butter. As I went along I seasoned them with salt, garlic, pepper, and all purpose seasoning. I put them away for the night to eat the next day. Southern man and I have the same conversation every morning he is not working. "What are you having this morning?" "I don't know what are you having?" "I don't know?"

Well this particular morning I said "Hey!!" "How about I take the vegetables I made yesterday and put them in with some eggs?" "Yeah that sounds good?"

I know it doesn't look real good, but it was here is what I did.

1 Medium zucchini
1 Medium squash
Mushrooms
Onions
Butter
6 Organic cage free eggs
Sun dried tomatoes

Peel the skin from the zucchini and squash, or not. In a pan melt enough butter to cover the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with salt. Put the zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and onions in the pan. Add other seasonings to taste and stir, continue to stir occasionally so it will not stick or burn.

Scramble 6 eggs in some melted butter and season as you normally would. If you just add salt and pepper consider adding some garlic and all purpose seasoning. Once the eggs are done add the vegetables and some sun dried tomatoes, and mix together, Serve and enjoy something different.






Monday, August 25, 2014

Motivation Mondays

We all need some motivation sometimes. It might not be to workout, or eat healthy, it could be to clean the bathroom, yes I need motivation to clean the bathroom. It's like get ready, set go, for me I don't know why, but that is just how it is. So, today I want to share with you some motivation quotes that can be used with anything you need motivation for.

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I hope you found something here to just motivate you, but also inspire you, have a blessed day.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Real Food Fridays #52 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. If you have been featured on any of the blogs hosting/co-hosting this link up your post will be shared on the Facebook group, shared on g+, and pinned to the Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Party runs Thursday night through Sunday at midnight.

Please grab the button, and put it somewhere on your blog so others can find us.

Features coming soon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beachbody Products on Sale

There is always something exciting going on with Beachbody and this month is no different.

First up is the 10 Minute Trainer from Tony Horton. Get a full body workout in just 10 minutes great for those busy days when you don't have time for a half hour or hour. Step up your game using the resistance bands, and cardio belt included with the program. Most programs focus on one muscle group at a time. Tony Horton combines all the muscle groups along with cardio, toning, and ab moves to give you a full body workout in just 10 minutes. You will also get a nutrition plan which includes 10 minute or less recipes. Along with recipes, resistance bands, and cardio belt you get.....



  •  5 10 minute workout DVDs.
  • Customized workout calender
  • 2- Day jump start plan
  • Tony's on the go workout cards
  • 3 additional Rapid-Fire workouts for faster results
  • 24/7 online support
  • Accelerated results calendar
  • Your choice of a month supply of Shakeology
On sale now for $160.00 and a savings of $70.00 available in English and Spanish. In reality you are getting this whole program minus the Shakeology for only $31.00. Sale ends August 31, 2014.

GET IT DONE: IN  25 MINUTES A DAY! Next up we have Focus T25 use this when you have more than 10 minutes, but not an hour. However, the program is designed to feel like an hour workout. This workout is designed by Shaun T who also brought us Insanity. There are modifications so no matter if you are just beginning or advanced this workout is for you. So, here is what you get.

10 High intensity 25 minute workouts.
  • Cardio
  • Speed 1.0 
  • Total body circuitA
  • Ab intervals 
  • Lower focus
  • Cardio core
  •  Speed 2.0
  • Rip't circuit 
  • Dynamic core
  • Upper focus
You also get a quick start guide, nutrition guide containing recipes using 5 ingredients that can made in 5 minutes for 5 daily meals, 15 lb resistance, and more. Plus Shakeology chose your flavor, don't forget vegan flavors are available. All this for $180.00, you save $90.00 until August 31, 2014, total cost for the program minus the Shakeology $51.00!!!!











Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Creating Shea Butter Naturally

Recently I had the pleasure of doing some freelance writing for Wayne Dunn owner of Baraka Supplies. He sells Shea butter along with Bolga baskets and accessories. My job was to create a write up about Shea butter, what it is, how it is made, where it comes from, you get the picture. You know one thing I love about freelancing? Not only do I make money, and get to write about topics I love, but I also gain knowledge.

Did you know that Shea comes from a fruit of a tree in both Western and Central Africa? I learned that the best Shea butter is created by the village women. They gather the fruit from July to August and there is a process of drying, which is done in the sun. Using a very large mortar and pastel the seeds are gently cracked open, separated from the shells by hand, and once again left to dry. The majority of the process is done by hand except for the grinding of the nuts.

Everything has to be washed before they start making the Shea or it will be contaminated. You should always wash your hands before touching your Shea for the same reason. The women in the villages spend up to two hours gently separating the Shea from the oil. This is all done by hand as they gradually add water to it. Once that is done they have a beautiful slightly yellow butter which is packaged up and sold. Wow!!! I could not believe it, it was amazing. Of course the Shea contained in store lotions goes through a more industrialized process which removes the healing properties from the butter along with bleaching.

Another interesting thing I learned is that when Shea melts and solidifies again it becomes gritty. Once it has melted it will not go back to having that smooth butter like texture. The ahhhh moment when I learned why the Shea butter I have is gritty and harder to apply then the Shea Wayne sent me. You should store your Shea butter in a dark cool place and it will last up to a year.


Oh yeah I almost forgot not only did this wonderful man pay me to write for him he sent me 4 kg of Shea butter. I almost died when I found out that is 8 lbs of butter!!!! I have been using the one from Baraka, which by the way means thank you in Wali a Ghanaian language. That is where they get their Shea butter from, Ghana, and let me tell you it is awesome. It is so smooth and creamy with no gritty texture, angels singing, I'm in love and will get all my Shea from him. Oh and I noticed it has just a hint of smokey fire, I love it thinking about all the work these women do to create it. I would love to visit with Wayne some day during the season and help them create this amazing butter.

I have not used it to create any homemade products I feel like it would be an insult. What I have decided to do is giveaway the other 4 lbs. So, Thursday during Real Food Fridays we will be giving away 1 lb of Shea butter. We decided to split up the happiness, so this will be one of three giveaways to come. What about the fourth lb, hey gotta spread the love to my Real Food Friday hosts.

Uses for Shea butter include.
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Prevents peeling from sun burn
  • Helps to heal surgery wounds quicker
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Heals cuts quickly
  • Great for various hair types
  • Moisturizer
  • And more

I have included two of the videos I watched while doing my research together they are about 20 minutes long, but worth it in my book.







Thursday, August 14, 2014

Real Food Fridays #51 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. If you have been featured on any of the blogs hosting/co-hosting this link up your post will be shared on the Facebook group, shared on g+, and pinned to the Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Party runs Thursday night through Sunday at midnight.

Please grab the button, and put it somewhere on your blog so others can find us.