Jello Pudding: Healthy and Homemade (plus video how-to)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

strawberry kiwi jello pudding

Jello pudding made with unprocessed ingredients is an easy, fast and yummy treat that is the perfect dish to take to cookouts and potlucks. It pleases junk food and healthfood fans alike.

People sometimes get a puzzled look on their faces when I suggest jello as a healthy treat for kids.

This is understandable, because boxed jello pudding from the store, which is almost without exception the type of jello anybody sees anymore, is one of the nastiest, most artificial concoctions on supermarket shelves. I literally cringe anytime I see an adult serving this frankenfood to a child.

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The Place To Be This October

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

We’ll enjoy memorable meals together on the beautiful front lawn of the villa.

Have you ever had an opportunity that you knew would be life changing and would probably never come around again? Even if it was a little inconvenient to make it work, did you go for it anyway?

I had an opportunity like that years ago after I finished graduate school. I had a couple months off and a few thousand dollars in the bank before I started my full-time career in IT consulting. An opportunity to go to Japan and China with my college best friend suddenly presented itself, and while it was a little tricky to pull off, I made my plane reservations and went for it. My parents were terrified – there were no cell phones or email then.

Am I ever glad I went on this trip, though, because those weeks traveling around Asia were more than life changing.  The things I experienced and the conversations I had with the many amazing people I met on that trip continue to affect me even today in a very positive way.

Another rare opportunity presented itself recently, and it took only a millisecond for me to decide to go even though the timing wasn’t perfect. The trip is to Tuscany (Lucca), Italy this October on an exclusive getaway which is so one-of-a-kind that I decided to take one of my children with me, whose recent studies in school segue perfectly. My son is most excited about seeing a real raw milk vending machine in action (yes, there’s one right in Lucca!), riding bikes on top of the famed walls of the city, and seeing the architecture and artwork he has studied in school when we visit Florence and probably Rome too. Depending on the weather (which is the best of the year), I want to plan a day trip to the the Cinque Terre as well, voted one of the most beautiful coastal areas in the world by National Geographic magazine.

The best news of all is that you can go too, and I would really love to have you join me!

The trip to Lucca, Italy this October on a Jovial Foods Culinary Getaway is with my friends Jenny of Nourished Kitchen, Kristen of Food Renegade and the twenty or so other people who choose to join us. We’ll spend time learning traditional Italian techniques for making einkorn pasta and breads, taught by Carla, the founder of Jovial Foods. We’ll be staying in a luxurious, 18th century Tuscan villa with large, spacious grounds (including a solar heated swimming pool fed by mountain springs) and visiting spectacular sites like Pisa, Florence and Siena which are just a short distance away.

You really must consider coming along (I’m told there are only 4 rooms left)!  Click here for more information, the planned schedule, and to register for this once in a lifetime culinary getaway in Tuscany.  I am so excited about this!

The picture below is one of the spacious rooms will bring you back in time to the 18th Century when the villa was used as a vacation retreat.

The spacious rooms will bring you back in time to the 18th Century when the villa was used as a vacation retreat.

Below is an email from a Mom of three who just recently decided to come on the getaway. She sent me this message which she gave permission for me to reprint.

Hello Sarah,

I have been a regular reader of your blog for a few years now and you have literally changed my life. Thank you!

When I read about the holiday to Tuscany it sounded amazing but I thought it would never be possible!

However, I have an amazing husband, who decided I should book the week away and leave him in charge of the 3 kids for the week!

So I am really excited that I will be joining you on this holiday to Tuscany in October! I booked a room a few weeks ago and will be coming with another friend!

I am actually British but live in Munich in Southern Germany with my half German husband and 3 kids! So I will be driving together with my friend, down to Tuscany – it takes about 7 hours, and that way I get to stock my car up with all the goodies that are on offer to buy there!

I am so thrilled to get the chance to meet you (and Jenny and Kristen!) in person and thank you for the major changes you have encouraged in mine and my family’s life! I’m also excited to get the chance to chill and relax in the wonderful villa and grounds and I have heard amazing things about the town of Lucca (like cycling the old walls on bikes!)

Keep up the amazing work you do – you are such an inspiration to so many!

See you in October.

With warm regards,

Rachel Heinicke

So, are you in?  Really, really hope to see you there!

Here are some more photos to tantalize you :)  Click here for more photos of the getaway.

Expansive sitting rooms will provide you with the space you need to relax and unwind.

Expansive sitting rooms will provide you with the space you need to relax and unwind.

 

Everyone’s favorite spot! The solar-heated pool is fed by a local spring from the surrounding mountains.

Everyone’s favorite spot! The solar-heated pool is fed by a local spring from the surrounding mountains.

 

Cooking classes are warm and inviting, very hands-on and informative.

Cooking classes are warm and inviting, very hands-on and informative.

 

You will have full access to the kitchen for cooking meals. You’ll love to cook in this amazing space.

You will have full access to the kitchen for cooking meals. You’ll love to cook in this amazing space.

 

Enjoy soul searching walks in the expansive grounds or take a hike through olive groves up to the nearby mountain.

Enjoy soul searching walks in the expansive grounds or take a hike through olive groves up to the nearby mountain.

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All Purpose Comfrey Salve Recipe

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

all purpose comfrey salve

When it comes to salves, I much prefer one that will work for nearly all situations and challenges the skin may encounter. This simplifies things considerably and means the kids know exactly what to grab and use when they have a skin problem as opposed to a medicine cabinet full of tubes and jars that they need to fish through to find the right one.

A couple of years ago, I discovered a comfrey salve that functions in this manner. I originally purchased it from a local herbalist-in-training and over time, have found it to be the most effective salve I have ever tried.

My family and I have discovered that this comfrey salve works so well that we basically don’t use anything else when we have a skin problem, whether sunburn, bruise, insect bite, windburn, mild rash or a kitchen scalding. In fact, anytime I bump or burn myself, I get this salve on the area as fast as possible as more often than not, it will prevent any sort of bruise or burn from forming.

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The Toxic Effects of Water Birth on Mom and Baby

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

nursing after water birth

Water birth has become an established practice in parts of the United States where midwifery is strong and natural childbirth is popular. It is also gaining momentum in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Advocates of water birth say that it is safe, offering Mom drug free pain relief and better oxygenation during labor and a calm, peaceful entrance into the world for baby as the warm water simulates the intrauterine environment. In addition, the umbilical cord pulsates longer after a water birth, helping to remove damaged red blood cells from the baby’s circulation which reduces the risk or neonatal jaundice.

I birthed all three of my children naturally in a freestanding birth center with only a midwife and a birthing assistant in attendance. I chose to use a birthing tub briefly during labor with my first child. I did experience some pain relief from the experience, and I was grateful to have the birthing tub available as an option during the challenging transition phase.

The decision to give birth in a tub is a lot more significant than the decision to labor in one, however, and if I had a do-over for that labor and delivery, I would forgo the water birthing tub even for pain relief purposes.

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Family Doesn’t Get Your Real Food Habit? Here’s Why

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

real food acceptance

One of the most common questions I receive by email relates to the lack of acceptance of friends and family, even a spouse, regarding the decision to eat Real Food or otherwise make healthy changes in the home.

The abandonment of margarine, Egg Beaters, pasteurized dairy, and GMO and additive-ridden processed foods can trigger a lot of debate, discussion, and stress within the home environment at first.

This pushback is to be expected and is totally normal. You should in no way be confused, distracted, discouraged, distressed, or derailed by this type of reaction.

Most importantly, never take this type of thing personally because it has nothing to do with you.

Why?

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