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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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Our Real Food Philosophy | myhumblekitchen.com

At My Humble Kitchen, We believe that real food, free of man made chemicals and processed ingredients, gives vibrant life that we may live fully. We nourish ourselves so that we may live out our calling according to God’s will with perseverance and endurance, that we may finish our lives into the warm embrace of Jesus.

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Organic Gardening 101 - How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden | myhumblekitchen.com

My gardening plans for 2014 have already begun. The boys and I have started a tray of seeds, ordered more, and I’m now in the process of sketching out my garden plans for the year. It looks like I’ll be adding a bed or two and this incredible vertical wooden box planter to my urban homestead this year. I’d like to plant mesclun lettuce, herbs, and maybe even radishes in these vertical planters.

Organic Gardening 101 - How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden | myhumblekitchen.com

You can find the design for this planter at The Owner Builder Network. Once I finish my garden plans I’ll make sure to share them with you. I enjoy being able to reflect on them over the years.

One of the things I enjoy most about organic gardening is that it brings such peace and serenity. I especially enjoy pursuing this hobby with my children. If you take a look at my organic gardening archives you’ll see that they’ve been helping me in the gardens since they were itty bitties. It brings me such joy to share this passion with them and I especially love that by them being a part of growing their own food it has helped them appreciate and enjoy their vegetables.

As I busily work on my garden plans for the year, I tend to forget that there are still many people that need a crash course on how to start their first organic vegetable garden. I’ve heard this especially from the great folks over at our 25 Day Grace Filled Journey to Real Food facebook group. If you haven’t joined our group, I’d encourage you to. There’s a lot of gardening chat going on.

So, for all of you that are eager to grow your own food and reap from the fruits of your labor, I wanted to share with you my Gardening 101 series that I started many years ago. I plan on continuing in this series this year, so make sure to sign up for my email subscription below this post or if you’re a newbie seeking to know more about real food, sign up for my 25 Day Grace Filled Journey to Real Food email list here. You’ll get all of my email updates on organic gardening as well.

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spaininiowa

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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How To Make Milk Kefir - A Probiotic Yogurt-Type Drink | myhumblekitchen.com

It wasn’t until last year that I started incorporating milk kefir into my family’s diet. It took me so long because I was already settled into my yogurt making routine and honestly, I had tried kefir years ago and I remember thinking it was much too tart for my taste buds.

Oh goodness, what years of adding fermented foods to your diet will do. From sourdough, kombucha, natural pickles, beets, and kraut, I now can’t get enough of anything fermented with a bit of fizz – tart and tangy. So last year when my friend Elisa gave me some kefir grains, I couldn’t wait to start brewing this nourishing probiotic rich drink at home.

How To Make Milk Kefir - A Probiotic Yogurt-Type Drink | myhumblekitchen.com

Kefir is a fermented milk product that originated in Southern Russia. Kefir (pronounced keh-FEHR) is much more than just bacteria but is also made up of yeast. Just like a kombucha scoby, kefir grains are also a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. The benefits of the yeast and extra bacteria make it a much more powerful probiotic than yogurt as it may colonize the gut more thoroughly. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my sweet delicate yogurt, but in my family we are now consuming much more kefir than yogurt.

Besides the probiotic benefits of yeast and bacteria to the gut, kefir is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. It contains high levels of thiamin, B12, calcium, folate, and Vitamin K2. It contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous. It also contains biotin, a B vitamin that helps assimilate other B vitamins. For women deficient in B vitamins and magnesium, kefir is a great fermented drink to add to your diet that can help ease stress and anxiety.

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Meet Our Partners: Jovial Foods - Culinary Getaways | myhumblekitchen.com

As My Humble Kitchen continues to grow, one aspect of this website as a business that I enjoy is working with brand partners that I truly love and support – I would purchase their products regardless if we worked together or not.

Jovial Foods is one of those businesses that I truly admire and respect. Founded by Carla and her Italian husband whom have a deep commitment to support small-scale, sustainable economic model that focuses on farming first and then considers the entire process all the way to the shelf. You can read their story, mission, and a bit about their farmers here.

I am so blessed to have partnered with Jovial for my 25 Days Grace Filled Journey to Real Foods email subscription and am so excited to be partnering with them again, right here on the My Humble Kitchen website. What I enjoy about partnering with brands is that I get the opportunity to work with them closely. It allows me a little behind the scenes look at how much work these companies do to provide us with nourishing foods and products that we can feel proud about serving to our family. As a means to be transparent to you, my readers, I am planning on sharing these amazing companies with you each time I partner with a brand for an extended period of time.

If you’d like to learn a bit about their einkorn flour, I wrote a post called, The Tangled Web of Bread, that talks about this ancient grain. Besides their amazing einkorn and gluten free products that they offer on their online store, today I wanted to share with you a bit about their culinary getaways. I’ve had my eye on this culinary getaway ever since Jenny of The Nourished Kitchen led an einkorn class at the Jovial Villa in Lucca last year.

Meet Our Partners: Jovial Foods - Culinary Getaways | myhumblekitchen.com

This year in May, Carla, the founder of Jovia, will be leading a traditional einkorn class at the Jovial Villa.

Meet Our Partners: Jovial Foods - Culinary Getaways | myhumblekitchen.com

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