A Jam Recipe: Peach and Blackberry Jam Spiced with Cardamom | myhumblekitchen.com

Have I ever shared with you how much I enjoy cardamom? It’s one of those spices that’s a bit difficult to describe. It’s made from the seed pods of an Asian plant in the ginger family. I can see that as it has a bit of spice (not much) with deep floral undertones. Maybe a bit smoky. It lends itself beautifully to both sweet and savory dishes.

I’ve recently found out that cardamom can take an ordinary batch of jam and turn it into something sensational.

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Our Homeschool Mission: Making God Real in the Lives of Our Children | myhumblekitchen.com

I remember the day that I gave my life over to God – I was probably 10 or 11 years old.

I was at a youth campout at the beach (the benefits of growing up in California). I remember watching our entire group sitting around the campfire, eyes closed, singing praises. I could hear the sounds of the waves in front of me softly breaking onto the shoreline. In that moment I could feel his presence…his peace…his comfort. I knew, I just knew that God was there…that he filled me with his Holy Spirit.

I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to get home to share everything I had learned with my mami and papi. I was completely filled with Jesus and overflowing with joy.

Somewhere between then and my early teenage years, I became stagnant. Growing up in a christian home can sometimes make a living God seem fake. As I started to grow into my own reasoning and questioning, I started to see a lot of hypocrisy within the church. Where there should have been freedom, there was law. Although my family attended a non-denominational church, there was a lot of you can’t do this and you can’t do that. To a teenager, like myself, that created bondage. Something I didn’t like.

As I started to see influential people fall into sin I really started to think that this whole church thing was a joke. I still believed in God and knew Jesus but I lost hope in people.

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It’s Simple Lives Thursday!

My favorite day of the week where you share your tips and recipes for living a simple life. Whichever blog that you choose to link up your post, it will show up on all 4 sites! As a reminder, this blog hop is a way to share with many people your posts on what you are doing to live a simple life. Whether that’s gardening, raising urban chickens, homeschooling, sewing, making your own deodorant, or cleaning supplies… we want to know about it! If you’re into homeopathy, ways to save $ by conserving energy or other ways to live frugally… we want to know about it! If you bike, cook real food, homestead or farm… we want to know about it!

Your Hosts

  1. Millie from Real Food for Less Money
  2. Diana from My Humble Kitchen

Please read and follow the Simple Lives Thursday bloghop rules

1. If linking real, traditional and simple recipes, please make sure all ingredients used are whole. Such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, meats, even sugar. In order to keep the integrity of “nourishing” food, we will delete any recipes that utilize processed, boxed foods. We are definitely not going to be ingredient policeman, however, please note that this is a hop hosted by advocates of the real, local and sustainable food movements.

2. Please link your posts back to one of the hosting blogs. This is a common blog hop courtesy. This link helps build the Simple Lives Thursday community by sending your readers to all of the other participants posts. We all end up sharing and learning from each other.

3. No giveaway away or otherwise primarily advertising oriented posts. Keep your topics to fit our simple living theme of “consume less, produce more.” We will delete posts that don’t fit.

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A Late Summer Recipe: Turkish Pilaf | myhumblekitchen.com

One of the things I love about Mediterranean cooking, especially in late summer, are the abundance of recipes that use nightshade vegetables which include tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.

Eggplant is a common vegetable that many people do not like. I know this because my hubz cringes every time I start to harvest them from my garden. However, as much as he turns his nose, he never complains once they’re cooked in a rich bechamel or fried and topped with homemade tomatoes, herbs, and cheddar cheese.

It’s all in the cooking. Adding herbs, cheese, and mixing it in with other vegetables can turn the pickiest eggplant eater into someone that can appreciate their flavor and texture.

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Humidifier and Essential Oil Bundle Giveaway - myhumblekitchen.com

Essential Oils are a powerful tool in any home. You can use them all over the house for safe and natural cleaning. Apply them to cuts, bruises, scrapes, and burns to help soothe pain and speed healing. Message them onto your feet and muscles to help facilitate sleep, relaxation, and help soothe aches and pains. Or diffuse them using a humidifier to help purify the air of particles and toxins, kill odor, and make your house smell awesome!

Positively Real Media Network (for like-minded “natural” Christian bloggers) is giving away a Blue Rose Ultrasonic Humidifier and a bundle of essential oils to use with it {worth over $380} to one lucky reader!

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