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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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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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Naturally Sweetened, Honey Salted Caramels | myhumblekitchen.com

This post is sponsored by Real Salt – A natural sea salt with more than 60 trace minerals, a unique taste, and reports of health benefits around the globe.

If you’re a regular reader at My Humble Kitchen, you are probably familiar with my favorite pink speckled salt from the good folks at Redmond. Un-refined and filled with trace minerals, I use it in all of my cooking and baking needs.

Since its been nearly 2 years since I’ve written about refined versus un-refined salt, I thought I’d touch on it again. If you subscribed to my 25 Day Grace Filled Journey to Real Food, you should already be familiar with much of this information. If you haven’t subscribed, you can do so at any time.

Refined salt is what you’re familiar with as white table salt. It’s brined in a solution which can include sulfuric acid or chlorine and heated to a point which removes all of its minerals and elements useful to our body. Anti-caking and conditioning agents are added to give it a shelf life without an expiration. In contrast, unrefined salt contains all of its trace minerals and other elements that are naturally a part of its origin and is never exposed to harsh chemicals. Unrefined salt is a whole food product which is easily utilized by the body providing minerals (plus other important trace minerals) that help improve all bodily systems including the immune system, glandular system and the nervous system.

As a culinary use, unrefined salt also has a unique flavor and adds great texture to many different kinds of dishes. In this post I share with you the difference between fine and large granule (kosher) salt to cook with.

Because of the wonderful benefits and taste to un-refined salt, I don’t use it sparingly.

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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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Einkorn Flour, Naturally Sweetened Pumpkin Bars

I’m so happy to be able to share a couple of pretty exciting things today.

Contributing Food Writer at MomAdvice!

First, I’m really thrilled to be over at MomAdvice today sharing my first contributing post. That’s right, I’m one of their new food contributors. I’m really excited to be a part of the MomAdvice team and have been delighted in getting to meet new mama’s with so many different talents.

For my first post, I developed einkorn flour, naturally sweetened pumpkin bars. Let me tell ya… these are good. Really good.

Einkorn Flour, Naturally Sweetened Pumpkin Bars

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