health

Bone Broth

I love making bone broth…it is so nice to have once it starts to get cooler outside…and it has many nutritional benefits as it is loaded with minerals, it helps aid with digestion and the collagen helps to rebuild joints – these are just to name a few!

I have been using organic chicken necks and backs which I get through TK Ranch. Here is how I make it 🙂

I first roast the chicken parts I use for about 45 minutes..this will help to make the broth more flavourful.

Then I put the chicken parts  in a stock pot filled with water and add about 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar…I let it sit there for about an hour..the apple cider vinegar helps to pull the collagen and nutrients of the bones out of the chicken.

Next I add some chopped vegetables and spices to the broth – then bring it to a boil and simmer on low for about 24 hours..and then voilà it is done…almost! All you will need to do next is strain the chicken and vegetables from the broth…let the bone broth cool to room temperature and then put into mason jars..make sure to leave about 3 inches space in the mason jar…as the jars can crack if they are filled to full. Enjoy 🙂 I often will drink bone broth for breakfast and as a snack throughout the day…delicious 🙂

 

 

 

Dear Diary… <3

Hello….it is me…Janelle..and I am writing a blog entry! I am going to make more of a concious effort to update our wonderful blog that Justin worked very hard to make! Today is Sunday…I enjoy my Sundays as I usually am working Saturdays…I am just relaxing…went to hot yoga earlier…I love Moksha Yoga studio where I go…I think I am going to try doing an energy exchange program there to make it easier on myself financially and I think it is a nice way to contribute to the studio 🙂

We are currently getting ourselves ready for a trip to Manitoba to visit family, we are really looking forward to seeing everyone as we haven’t seen everyone in over a year and we miss them!

And because I love photos here are some photos of some food from our garden…the stars are KALE and BEETS!!! (my juicer has been never been happier)

 

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Have a wonderful week!!! <3

Love,

Janelle

Top 10 items to donate to the foodbank!

I’ve been seeing this list floating around for quite some time with different people taking “ownership” of it so not sure who to give credit too….but I really think it’s great to put this out there….I’m doing a ginger bread house thing the week before Christmas and would love if everyone attending followed this:

1. Spices

Much of the food donated to food banks comes in the form of canned goods, rice and other long-lasting but somewhat bland items. So naturally, adding flavor via spices is quite helpful. Oregeno, basil, allspice, mixed Italian seasoning, cumin, chili powder, salts and peppers all go a long way to making everything taste better.

2. Feminine Products

Buying bulk quantities of pads, tampons and panty liners for donation is a wonderful way to help food-bank patrons get important help they may be embarrassed to ask for.

3. Canned Meats and Jerky

Some of the volunteers reported that giving their patrons enough protein can sometimes be challenging.

4. Baby Food and Supplies

Do we even have to say anything else here? Baby food, diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, soaps and shampoos are always wonderful things to donate.

5. Toiletries

As one volunteer explains, “The ladies who ran [the local food bank] told me that they wished they received more toilet paper and basic toiletries like toothpaste. She said that many of the people who used the food pantry were also on Food Stamp programs, and those programs [in some areas] do not allow for people to buy toilet paper or any non-food items.”

6. Soup Packets

Sometimes it’s hard to make full meals out of the items picked up out of a food bank. Hearty soups solve that problem quite handily.

7. Can Openers / Dish Soap

It’s very difficult to open canned goods without a can opener. Luckily, good ones can be had for relatively little money. Dish soap and other basic cleaning supplies are also in demand.

8. Chocolate

Of course, it’s not essential. But wouldn’t you like to have the tiny luxury of a little dessert along with your meal once in a while?

9. Socks

Proper foot care is more important than many people realize, and often very difficult for homeless people. A clean pair of socks can really help make somebody’s day better.

10. Cash

It’s obvious, but it’s so important it’s worth restating: Cash donations are very helpful to local food banks because it lets them buy the exact items they are short on at any given time.

 

Vegetarianism

Hello all,

Janelle and I have decided to end our experimentation with vegetarianism. Don’t get me wrong…you’re not going to catch me wolfing down on some pub chicken wings or steak’s anytime soon…but after 16 months we decided to reincorporate poultry back into the diet….mind you we sill need to know that it’s ethically raised stuff…

which is awesome as we have made some pretty good connections out at Greens, Eggs & Ham and think we’re going to source a fair amount of turkey and duck from them…

I think at most we are still planning to only do the poultry thing once a week…if that…and while I might do a hamburger or two this summer I don’t think I’ll ever do the pig again…those things are just too darn cute and awesome to eat imo anymore.

I’ve decided that people still eat far far too much meat in their daily diet…but also that some meat provides a tremendous source of nutrients and health to people…I don’t want to say it’s directly related but since I’ve already noticed a difference in my energy levels in the last two weeks…a few months ago I could run my hands through my hair and come away with a bunch of loose hairs but got to say that even my hair feels thicker and healthier.

I still really like a lot of the people I have met through the local veggie meetups so I hope I won’t get judged too harshly and can continue to participate with them sometimes.

Onwards and forwards peeps!

Ohhh in other news I got a .49 cent refund when I did my taxes…while it’s better than the 20k+ bill I got back in 2010 one of these days a refund would be ohhhh so nice.