Graze Box Review

I am very much a grazer. I love to snack and would rather snack all day than eat just 3 meals a day. I was excited to give the graze box a try when my friend recommended it to me.

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All opinions here are my own. This is not a sponsored post. I received this sample box for free because my friend recommended it to me. If you use my code I might receive discounts or free products for recommending you.

Setting Up Ordering

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First things first. Graze may not be suitable for those with allergies. I do have allergies and I was able to pick out some snacks that were safe for me to eat! If you have severe allergies I wouldn’t risk it.Continue reading →

The Rush to Save Patriot: An Adoption Story

Adopting a dog is a big decision and it’s not always an easy one either. There’s so much that goes into getting a dog especially if you don’t already have dogs. Sometimes, it’s the difference between life and death for a dog if it doesn’t get adopted.

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I’ve been following some groups on Facebook that advocate for dogs that need to be adopted in shelters around Columbus, Ohio for a while now. I remember one occasion where there was this overweight beagle that was absolutely adorable. I obsessed over him for a few days but we couldn’t really afford to get a dog and he was in foster care. I figured he’d get adopted at some pointed and resigned myself to the fact that we couldn’t get the dog and that he’d find a forever home elsewhere.

However, that is not the case for many dogs.Continue reading →

Harvesting & Cooking Ginkgo Nuts

Most ginkgos that are planted are male trees. Sometimes you might run across a female tree full of nuts that can actually be harvested and eaten!

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The reason we don’t see many female ginkgo trees is due to the fruit they produce, which is rather smelly. One female tree can produce a lot of seeds that will drop to the ground in the fall and get stepped on and run over, creating a big smelly mess. I personally think they don’t smell as awful as people say they do. My husband says they smell like trash that’s been in the garbage can for a few days. They do smell better than roadkill!

Ginkgo Nuts

Ginkgo nuts aren’t actually nuts. They are actually gymnosperm! Gymnosperms are “naked” seeds found in the conifer family as well as a few other families. The ginkgo nut is not a tree nut and may be closer to a pine nut.Continue reading →

Crickets: The Lost Protein

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Crickets: The protein of the future.

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Entomophagy: the human consumpton of insects

Have you ever eaten an insect?

I’m sure your immediate answer may be “No! Never!” or “Not on purpose…” but everyone has eaten an insect before. You may be eating them more often than you think. Eating insects are not very popular in the United States or in Europe but it’s a common ingredient in many countries all around the world.

There are some products that we use that are derived from insects. Natural red dye 4, also known as carmine or cochineal extract, for example. This red dye is made from the female cochineal insect and is added to food suck as fake crab meat, soft drinks, candies, and in medicine. However, most of the insects that we end up eating are from our everyday food and the amount the FDA allows to be in our food.Amount of Insects in Food (1)Continue reading →

WWOOFing in Wales Part II

My husband and I spent two weeks in the country side of Wales for free. If you haven’t already, check out WWOOFing in Wales Part I to learn about WWOOFing, how much it cost us to get to the UK and our first week on the farm.

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Day 8

We started the day off with putting down top soil and grass seed in one of the areas we had been clearing days before. Peter went into town to buy groceries. While he was gone we worked in the barn again cleaning it out with the power washer. It rained most of the day so being in the barn was nice other than the fact that we were spraying high pressured water at cow dung to get it off the walls. We ended up blowing the fuse again and couldn’t figure out how to fix it. We rinsed things down and went back to the caravan to watch the food network and call it a day.

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There were a lot of snails especially when it rained. They’re considered a pest and we were supposed to step on them but I just couldn’t. They were too adorable so I would pick them up and relocate them. Sshhhh.Continue reading →

What Is A Keto Diet?

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A keto diet is not based on a moral obligation, such as veganism, or on an idea of what our ancestors ate but based on how our body burns sugar and fat for energy.

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Keto is short for Ketosis, a natural process that all our bodies are capable of. Our bodies like to burn glucose (simple sugars) for energy but the keto diet forces your body into a state of ketosis which makes your body burn fat for energy rather than glucose.

The Keto Diet

The goal of the keto diet is to get your body to burn fat and your fat storages rather than glucose. Foods like fruit, milk, bread, and pasta are broken down into simple sugars and this is what your body will use as energy. These are things you don’t want to eat if you’re wanting to burn fat.Continue reading →

Ferret Buckeye Bash 2017 – Columbus, OH

Do you love ferrets? The Ferret Buckeye Bash held in Columbus, Ohio is a great way to fulfill all your ferret needs as well as competeing your ferrets!

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Ferret Buckeye Bash 2017

Where: Northland Performing Arts Center 4411 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229
When: August 19, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Entrance Cost: Adult $5, Children $1, Family $12
Dog-Friendly: No
Family Friendly: Yes

The Ferret Buckeye Bash partnered up with the Heart of Ohio Ferret Association. All proceeds benefited HOFA and their ferrets.Continue reading →

History, Identification, & Uses of Peppermint

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Peppermint is one of the most popular mint flavors today. It not only does it have a great flavor and scent but it also has medicinal uses.

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Peppermint is actually a naturally occurring hybrid of watermint and spearmint! It has been used since the time of the ancient Egyptians but wasn’t cultivated in Europe until the 17th century.

The genus Mentha is named after the Greek nymph, Minthe. Minthe fell in love with Hades, the god of the underworld, and they started an affair. Hades’ wife, Persephone, found out about the affair and decided to take revenge against Minthe. There are a few endings to this story. Out of anger and jealousy, Persephone murdered Minthe and Hades brought her back in the form of a mint plant. Another ending says that Persephone tried stomping on Minthe with all her might and instead of killing her, she actually turned her into a mint plant. Either way, in the end, the nymph Minthe was turned into a mint plant.Continue reading →

WWOOFing in Wales Part I

In 2016 my husband and I spent a month in England. The first two weeks of our time there was practically free. How? Through WWOOFing.

WWOOFing in Wales

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms connects volunteers with farmers all over the world. You first pick your country, pay for a membership, and then you will receive a directory of farmers in that country to choose from. Once a farmer agrees to let you volunteer on their farm they also agree to provide you a place to stay and food to eat, at no cost to you. All you have to do is get yourself there.

We decided that we wanted to go to Wales after I graduated college so we got a membership to WWOOF UK and picked a few farms we were interested in volunteering at. Not too soon after contacting our first choice farm we were scheduled to help them for two weeks in the beginning of May.

It took us quite a few months to plan our trip and get all the logistics figured out. Next thing we knew I was graduating and then we were flying to London, England a few days later.Continue reading →

10 Items Every Herbalist Needs

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As an herbalist, you’ll need more than just herbs and oils to make herbal remedies.

10 Items Every Herbalist Needs

There’s a lot of equipment that is needed to make infused oils, salves, tinctures, and more. Some of these things are quite simple and even have more than one use. How many of these do you use?

1. Scales

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It’s very important to have a scale when making and administering herbal remedies. Most homemade recipes are done in small batches so smaller scales that measure down to the smallest ounce are the best to use.Continue reading →