Newest in the Kitchen – It will blend, even better!

I am so excited about the new Twister Jar for the BlendTec. This jar will do your thickest concoctions, like nut butters, easy peasy. Load it up with up to 16 oz. of nuts and in 35-45 seconds, nut butter (as compared to 4-5 minutes in the regular square jar.) The Twister Jar is $99.99, and there is Limited supply on this first run of jars, so hurry quick if you want to get started blending your thick recipes like nut butters, Hummus, baby foods, dips and dressings, even FASTER! Click for more info or to order. However, this introductory first run of Twister Jars is not BPA free – the second run will be. So I am waiting to order mine.


Handel’s Messiah

I listened to an audiobook, Handel’s Messiah: Comfort for God’s People, not too long ago. I love the music, and thought it would be interesting to learn more about it.

This audiobook certainly gave me a much deeper understanding of Messiah, everything I never knew – or had even thought – about this great music work. In depth info about the music itself, the history of it, the context of the times, the composer, and more. I truly learned and am thankful for the knowledge, but some of it was just beyond what I held great interest in. All in all, it was not wasted time, but I wish more music was interspersed.

I reviewed this audiobook under the christianaudio Reviewers Program. You can find the audiobook here.

Coconut Oil

Need a great source for great coconut oil at a great price? You probably know that bulk is the way to buy good, health promoting foods to get them down to prices that are more affordable.

But, do you know why you should be using coconut oil? Raw, Extra Virgin, Organic Coconut Oil is one of the absolute best oils, with great health benefits. In fact, I’m still adding to a book I’m writing on it that I thought I had done almost a year ago. There is just so many wonderful things to share about Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. But for this post, I’ll let you read a bit about it from someone else – with impressive initials after their name. 🙂 Then, at the end of this post, I’ll let you know how you can get GREAT Coconut Oil at a GREAT price!

“A common question that many people have is whether or not food should be eaten uncooked. I personally believe that consuming a majority of your food uncooked is a cornerstone of optimal health.

“Typically, the less processed and heat-treated the food is, the more nutritious and healthier it is going to be.

“Nevertheless, most people prefer to cook their food, at least occasionally. When you do, you’re going to cook with some form of oil.

“The question is, what’s the best, healthiest type of oil to use when cooking?

“Dr. Rudi Moerck has studied oils for a long time, and offers some intriguing insights in this interview.

Cooking with Tropical Oils – Your Healthiest Alternative

“I have, for many years now, recommended coconut oil on the basis and the supposition that it doesn’t contain much unsaturated fat. As a result, it’s not going to be damaged by heat and create trans fats like some other oils. (Another tropical oil that is very similar is palm oil.) …

“Earlier this week I published an entire special report on the health benefits of coconut oil, which include:

  • Promoting heart health
  • Promoting weight loss, when needed
  • Supporting your immune system health
  • Supporting a healthy metabolism
  • Providing you with an immediate energy source
  • Keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking
  • Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland

“Part of what makes coconut oil such a healthful oil for cooking is that 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid.  This is also one of the features that distinguishes coconut oil from other saturated fats.

“Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.

“In addition, coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs.  These types of fatty acids also produce a host of health benefits.

“Best of all, coconut oil is stable enough to resist heat-induced damage, which you cannot say for other oils. In fact, it’s so stable you can even use if for frying (although I don’t recommend frying your food for a number of health reasons).

“I recommend using coconut oil in lieu of every other oil, whether your recipe calls for butter, olive oil, vegetable oil or margarine.”

The way to get Raw, Extra Virgin, Organic Coconut Oil (with the best health benefits) at the best price is to buy it in 5 gallon buckets. This will last you quite a while, but it will keep well (2-3 years.) If you have a very small family and don’t use much, you can share a bucket with friends and all enjoy the savings. (Although you should be using raw coconut oil regularly for all it’s health benefits. It is a GOOD fat!)

Me & My House has 5 gallon buckets of Extra Virgin (Raw) Organic Coconut Oil at great prices for you, and we can have our supplier ship them directly to you to avoid higher shipping costs.  Extra Virgin Organic Centrifuge Extracted Coconut Oil (highest quality, and very mild tasting – excellent in everything) is currently $225 for a 5 gallon bucket or Extra Virgin Organic Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil (still raw, just slightly more coconut-y taste – awesome in raw desserts and other recipes) is $205 for a 5 gallon bucket.  Plus Shipping – which we offer at subsidized (reduced) prices. We also offer smaller sizes for those wanting a cheaper up front price (but more expensive per ounce.)

You can order on our Whole and Living foods catalog page.

I know that can be a large chunk all at once for some of you, but this amount lasts our large family over a year and a half, and the 5 gallon bucket saves you about $100 over the 1 gallon price, which is a big savings over the small jar price. So if you can’t swing the full amount, find a couple friends to share a bucket with, and order more often.

I’ve used several different company’s extra virgin/raw organic coconut oils and I am very pleased with this one. It comes from Wilderness Family.

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So Sew!

Homestead Blessings: The Art of Sewing

The West Ladies are back—Vicki, Jasmine, Hannah, and CeCe—in The Art of Sewing. This inspiring and educational DVD teaches a wide-range of fun and useful sewing skills.

Expand your knowledge of sewing with the helpful and down-to-earth instruction The West Ladies are known for, and develop a wide assortment of useful skills that will assist in making wonderful sewing creations.

This program is full of useful sewing instruction and tips that will inspire and teach seamstresses of all levels. From pillow cases, to baby blankets, to blouses, skirts and rag quilts, viewers will learn a host of techniques. If you are just starting out, or expanding your skills with new tips and ideas, The Art of Sewing is the perfect tool.

Order Franklin Springs’ latest DVD in the Homestead Blessings series Today!

Raising Real Men

I can’t believe the way time gets away from me, but it’s happened again. I wrote a pre-pub testimonial for Raising Real Men, after I read the book several months ago. I sent it to the publisher, but never got it posted here.

The book is now available and it’s high time I get to telling you about it.

Although the process of Raising Real Men is not always “fun”, reading the book was a delight. As a mother of 4 sons (and 6 daughters), I was encouraged as over and over I caught myself saying, Yes!, to both the description of the behavior and wiring of boys and the proper biblical response and direction they need.

If you’ve got sons, you should read Raising Real Men.

A few others, whose opinions I value, agree:

“Hal and Melanie Young have six sons and are disciples of Jesus. They know how to raise real men. This book is a treasure trove of practical tips to help you to raise your sons right. It will answer your questions, help you avoid mistakes, bring them up in the Lord, and understand them. I highly recommend it.”

Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel at Home School Legal Defense Association
Author of The Right Choice and Homeschool Heroes
Father of 2 sons and 5 daughters

“Hal and Melanie have put together a wonderful, warmhearted, and practical little book on raising sons into men of God – a must-read for any parent blessed with boys.”

Kevin Swanson
Father of five children
Director of Generations with Vision

“Raising boys can be a tremendous challenge for parents, especially when you have more than an few. We know that God designed them much differently than girls because of the role that He has chosen for them in life. Hal and Melanie in RAISING REAL MEN, have approached this subject from a Biblical perspective and have been true to the Biblical principles laid down for raising boys. However, once the principle has been laid out, then they bring a unique practical aspect to raising boys where the rubber meets the road. This is a book that will give parents a clear road map to follow for having the greatest possibility of success as parents prepare boys for their God-given role in adulthood. This is a book that every family should have no matter the number of boys and even those families without boys as the book gives tremendous insight into understanding how boys think and why they act as they do. This book meets a crying need in an area where there is very little specific direction. Thank you Hal and Melanie for this outstanding work of the Lord.”

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, Home School Legal Defense Association

Order Raising Real Men today!

Growing Greens and New Resources

Gardening for Wimps has just been re-released! Reformatted, Revised, Updated and Expanded.

For the freshest, cheapest, healthiest, organic fresh produce grow your own. It’s easy. It’s quick. It’s Gardening for Wimps! Introductory price only $3!

We’ve also added an affiliate partnership with Steve Meyerwitz, the Sproutman. We’ve always recommended Steve’s books as THE books on sprouting, now we’re able to offer them directly from him.

Several new resources have been added on our Good for You-Naturally!™ books page – from Paul Nison and Hallelujah Acres.

Food Glorious Food

We’re far from starving here, but I always get excited when it’s “food day” – the day that I hate to love, when our monthly food order comes in. I love getting a new supply of fresh, wonderful, Good for You food. I hate getting up early and going out in the cold and dark to unload the truck. But I guess that beats going out to the Walmart zoo to buy groceries. (I do that as little as possible.)


Part of this month’s food order

We order much of our family’s food from Azure Standard, an organic farm and natural food supply company based out of Oregon. We’ve been doing so for about a couple years now, ever since our local food buying club, that I’d been a member of for over 25 years, started dwindling out. It has been a great solution for us.

We get great foods, mostly organic. They have a good assortment of organic fresh fruits and vegetables, all except the delicate, highly perishable ones. They have organic of most everything – nuts, dried fruits, raw honey, grains, spices, pasta, and frozen vegetables. Buying this all in bulk saves us a great amount of money. They have raw goat’s cheese, organic olive oil, and the few organic “processed” foods we buy – organic canned tomato products, organic all-fruit spread, and this time of year, organic canned pumpkin. We don’t live in a city, so we can’t find most of these things organic locally. But even what we can, we usually can’t afford to buy them in the small package sizes and with the health store operating mark-up.

Azure Standard is a family farm dedicated to raising a standard worthy of their name. Azure is a shade of blue associated with law, justice, and honesty. In 1971 they converted their farm to organic, cold-turkey – both commercial and personal crops. In 1987 Azure Standard was born. In addition to products they raise themselves, they’ve sought out other farm-grown natural products, mostly organic, to offer their customers. We believe they live up to their standard. We’ve been very happy with the quality of food and service (except that early morning truck.) 🙂

Getting our food couldn’t be easier (except for that early morning truck.) 🙂 Once a month (before the cut-off date for our delivery) we browse their online catalog. (Actually you can mark your “favorite” items and have them placed in a Favorites List. I basically shop from that list that I’ve made up of the things we order. I also check the current produce and specials.) Fill your virtual shopping cart and check out with a debit or credit card, and your order shows up at your door few days later.

You can order for UPS delivery (not all items available for that.) Or you can check to see if they make deliveries in your area. I am on their route, down I-80, and am a drop point. A semi-truck brings my order (and the orders of those who have joined my drop point) to my driveway. (Of course, he has a lot of other orders on that truck too.) To set up a drop point you need a minimum order of $550. You can have as many people on your drop point as you want to make up that minimum. Each must place a personal minimum order of $50.

Azure has proved itself to be so much easier than my previous co-op buying club. Everyone places their own order, and pays for it online. No compiling orders, no collecting money. Everyone’s order comes boxed individually. No dividing case lots. (Did I mention you don’t have to order in case lots? Another plus.) Everyone comes to delivery and helps unload the boxes right off the truck, takes theirs and leaves. We’re done in about 10-15 minutes. (Then I get to go in and put it all away.)

Azure Standard is a super answer for our family for buying quality, organic food at affordable prices. (When you go to their website, create an account. The prices will be cheaper than what you initially see.)

Thank you Azure Standard for providing us Food Glorious Food. And Thank you God for giving us the blessing of Azure Standard. (And no, I don’t get anything for this endorsement. I just love Azure and want to tell everyone about it, so they can see if it is available to them to meet their Good for You-Naturally!™ food needs.)

Announcing! It will blend!

Me and My House ministries is now an authorized affiliate for Blendtec® super blenders.

Because we emphasize that the Vitamix® (another popular high performance blender in the same class as the Blendtec®) is NOT a juicer – AND because we very highly recommend juicing, and purchasing a good juicer as the #1 needed kitchen appliance – some get the false idea that we are against super blenders, such as the Vitamix® and Blendtec®.

As noted on our Juicer page of our Recommended Resources, we believe these super blenders are great machines – just not juicers. And we don’t believe they take the place of juicers or produce a food product of higher quality than juice extractors. (Therefore we aren’t too thrilled with their promotions of blending food being better than juicing. We don’t believe it.)

But, we do believe they can be a great addition to the Good for You-Naturally!™ kitchen, especially for those desiring to eat a high percentage of G.O.D. foods. These super blenders can do in short order what your normal blender cannot do well, or cannot do for very long without burning out.

Why Blendtec®? Blendtec® and Vitamix® are both great high performance blenders. I think most would be happy with either one. There are a few differences, and those led me to go with Blendtec®. This is nothing against Vitamix®, just our choice at this time for Blendtec®.

Both are super blenders that operate at well over 200 miles per hour (29000+ RPM) and have high (2-3+) horsepower. (The Vitamix® is 11.5 amps and 1200 watts and the Blendtec® is 13 amps and 1560 watts. Regular blenders may have 300-500 watts.) These super blenders get the job done – and do it quickly – whether you are wanting a truly smooth smoothie or great almond milk. This high performance blending breaks down cellular walls in foods, allowing us to get greater nutrient quantity out of them. Both can make everything from frozen ice cream to hot soup. Both have 64 oz. BPA-free jars. Both are used in juice bars, coffee shops and restaurants, such as Jamba Juice, Starbucks, and Panera Bread. (There’s growing competition as some switch from Vitamix® to Blendtec®. I believe all those listed now use Blendtec®.)

Here are my reasons for going with Blendtec®.

1) The Blendtec® is shorter. It fits on your counter under your upper cupboards. The Vitamix® is about 5″ taller and doesn’t fit under standard cupboards.

2) The Blendtec® has an electronic “keypad” operation, rather than knobs and switches. Makes for easier clean up. It also is “programed” with 6 different cycles that automatically shut off, in addition to 10 manual speeds and Pulse.

3) The Blendtec® has a square jar design, and a 2-winged blade, making it easier to clean out. Get every last bit of that expensive food out easily. The blade design (curved up at the tips) also creates a vortex pulling food down into the blades better. The Vitamix® blender is small at the bottom, and has a 4-winged blade, making it harder to clean out, and uses a tamper to push the food into the blades.

4) The Blendtec® has a bit smaller footprint and is a lighter in weight (7# vs. 11#.) The first is important to me in my horribly undersized kitchen for our large family that prepares all food from scratch. The second is important for taking it along with me when traveling. (This is also a plus for having a blender separate from my kitchen center.)

5) The price of these super blenders is usually pretty comparable, but the Blendtec® is generally a bit cheaper (about $50 less.) (I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Vitamix® cheaper than the Blendtec®.) It also doesn’t need a second container for dry blending, which the Vitamix® does – and costs extra.

6) I have owned and sold the Blendtec® predecessors and was very happy with them. We used to use and sell the K-Tec® flour mill and the Champ® kitchen center, with blender. That blender was a workhorse that I never had any problems with. I remember our youngest daughter at the time being so impressed by the video. She said, “Get one of those mama!” If you want to be impressed by videos too, go to Will It Blend and watch Tom, the CEO of Blendtec®, blend all sorts of things you shouldn’t try at home.

7) Just to round things out, but not a really good reason. I like the looks of the Blendtec® better. Not so industrial looking. AND the red goes great in my kitchen!

Sooo – if you already have a good juicer (Champion or Green Star) and you are planning to up your percentage of raw G.O.D. foods, a Blendtec® high performance blender may be next appliance you want to look at getting (or a good dehydrator.) It would make a great Christmas present for your family, so you can get started in the New Year with your new Good for You-Naturally!™ way of eating.

And there is a GREAT sale going on right now, until Dec. 21st (2009.) Get the Blendtec® with 2 containers for the price of 1. Get the regular 64 oz. jar and also the new 3 qt. jar with 4″ blade for even better blending!

Order (or just learn more about) BlendTec blenders here.

Living Foods Books – On Sale

CBD is adding health and recipe books from the Christian ministry, Hallelujah Acres, that we’ve recommended for years. AND offering them at great prices.

Learn about the Hallelujah Diet, get some great recipes – one of the recipes books is even specific for the holidays.
Order yours today!

42321X: The Hallelujah Diet The Hallelujah Diet

By George Malkmus with Peter & Stowe Shockey / Destiny Image

Based on a biblical foundation, The Hallelujah Diet has caused people from all walks of life to reconsider their daily food consumption habits. Stressing the healing power of food and how its proper use restores the body to a natural, healthy state, this book provides life-changing and life-saving information, recipes, and eating plans that have been proven safe and miraculously successful. Hallelujah! is a diet that ties food and health together with common sense.

61903X: Recipes for Life from God"s Garden Recipes for Life from God’s Garden

By Rhonda Malkmus / Hallelujah Acres

Recipes for Life…From God’s Garden with its more than 400 nutritious and delicious recipes will show you that healthy food really does taste wonderful! It also has important chapters on how to feed children, young adults, and even babies. It includes daily menu suggestions, index lists, and a glossary of ingredients. All recipes are vegan and most are raw, in keeping with the 80% raw, 20% cooked ratio of the Hallelujah Diet. 358 pages; spiral bound.

619226: Hallelujah Holiday Recipes from God"s Garden: A Collection of 300 Recipes Hallelujah Holiday Recipes from God’s Garden: A Collection of 300 Recipes

By Rhonda J. Malkmus & Friends / Hallelujah Acres

Holiday entertaining is a breeze when you treat your friends and family to the delicious holiday dishes created by Rhonda Malkmus and friends. In this sure to be classic book, Rhonda shares over 300 recipes – from Curried Butternut Squash Soup to Sweet Potato Casserole to Raw Apple Pie among other savory favorites. Even those not on the diet will enjoy this festive fare.Also includes “Helpful Kitchen Tips,” and a handy “Guide to Planning a Holiday Party,” and a section on creative gifts you can make. So start a new healthy holiday tradition for your family! Or inspire someone else to begin The Hallelujah Diet by giving this book as a gift!

423090: Why Christians Get Sick Why Christians Get Sick

By George Malkmus / Destiny Image

With a diagnosis of colon cancer, George Malkmus launched an intensive biblical and scientific search to find out why he, a Christian, got sick and to possibly find an alternative treatment to the medical profession’s usually unsuccessful ones. With more than 150 Bible verses, this book shows how we can avoid sickness and disease and experience superior health through a natural diet and lifestyle.

619110: Salad Dressings for Life Salad Dressings for Life

By Rhonda Malkmus / Hallelujah Acres

Salad Dressings for Life…From God’s Garden contains 117 great recipes that will make your salads livelier than ever. Includes healthy recipes for salad dressings of all types: oil-based; seed- and nut-based; vegetable-based; apple cider vinegar-based; fruit-based; and avocado-based. You can have lots of variety on The Hallelujah Diet., and Rhonda will show you how. Spiral Bound.

See our books page for more Recommended Resources that are Good for You-Naturally!™

Free Holiday Recipe Book

Well, I’ve already conceded. This year is not going to allow enough time to get a Good for You-Naturally!™ ThanksGiving recipe book done and ready for you. But here’s another Holiday Recipe eBook you may want to check out. Its different than my recipe books, and may be quite different than what you are used to, but expand your horizons and take a peek. The recipes are beautiful and quite Good for You. AND it’s FREE!

29 pages, complete with photos, of Holidays Recipes from the Raw Gourmet, Nomi Shannon.

I have a couple of my recipes (both cooked traditional foods, but Good for You ingredients) posted from last year, and will at least try to get a couple more posted before Thanksgiving.

What’s your favorite holiday food? And how are you making it Good for You-Naturally!™?