We’re moving full steam ahead with our small, but fun, little urban homestead. We got our Tower Garden started, and I can’t wait to keep you updated on it. (Don’t forget to contact me if you want to get a Tower Garden for yourself!)

Urban Homesteading: Tower Garden ~ Real Food Family

First you have to sprout seeds in little moss/foam cups. *This year we started our seeds in store-bought seed starting pods and I’m anxious to see if they’re going to work. They are made of a fake dirt, but I’m hoping the material doesn’t get into the Tower Garden water base and clog the pump. I would recommend sticking with the Tower Garden pods to avoid this problem.

Urban Homesteading: Tower Garden ~ Real Food Family

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Thai Coconut Soup ~ Real Food Family

I am sort of obsessed with good Thai Coconut Soup. There is a local Thai restaurant that is amazing, and I order this every time I go there. I typically advice people to never order soup at a restaurant because it is typically made with a “soup base” which is some sort of MSG or major chemical concoction that is completely unrelated to real food. Rarely will a restaurant make a soup truly from scratch- meaning the broth is made from slowly simmered bones, vegetables and herbs (like my homemade chicken stock). I’m one of “those” customers that asks how they make soup if I think I want to order it. Restaurants like this one appreciate people like me because they take pride in their perpetually simmering stocks made from fresh bones and end meats as well as special spices and vegetables scraps. Their faces lit up when I asked this question because they told me all about how they stick with important traditions- like stock making- when they make their food. This made me fall in love with them even more and find any excuse I could to stop by the restaurant, especially to pick up a to-go order of my favorite coconut soup.

Not all Thai coconut soups are made equal. I’ve been to a handful of other recommended Thai restaurants and have always been disappointed with their versions of this soup. It’s like they took a can of coconut milk, brought it to a boil, then simmered some cabbage, shrimp or chicken, and cilantro in it to serve. Bland, boring, and obviously missing important Thai cooking techniques. When you search recipes online you find many that resemble this description. I finally gave up on recipes online and have made a few batches of the soup- doing my best to mimic what I taste from my favorite restaurant, and I think I’ve developed a pretty good (my whole family thinks it’s incredible) recipe!

Thai Coconut Soup ~ Real Food Family

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The Real CA Milk LIE

by Roz on March 17, 2014

The Real CA Milk LIE ~ Real Food Family

We’ve all seen the commercials- at least those of us living in California. “Happy Cows Come from California” is the slogan and you get brilliantly creative animations of real cows getting foot massages from our famous CA earthquakes or “valley girl” cows grazing on plush green grass gossiping over the newcomer cow who talks about “snow” with a weird (Wisconsin) accent.

If you truly believe that “Real California Milk” comes from happy cows living on plush green pastures, then I have bad news for you. It’s all a lie.

The Real CA Milk LIE ~ Real Food Family

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Dealing with Infertility? Unconventional Ways to Naturally Improve Fertility- and Discover Why You're Having Problems Getting Pregnant ~ Real Food Family
Photo credit: Lindy Rojas Photography

We just announced that we are pregnant with our third baby! Pregnancy is such a blessing and it’s so fun to share the whole experience with other people.

But right when I clicked “publish” for our little announcement, my heart immediately sank for all the women and men out there who are crushed by infertility. The most recent data from the CDC shows that 6.7 million women struggle with fertility issues- either the inability to conceive or bring a baby to full term. [click to continue…]

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The process of lacto-fermentation is an ancient preservation method used in many cultures that transforms vegetables and fruits into ultra-nourishing foods, full of beneficial bacteria and enzymes.  Proper fermenting methods cause lactobacilli, bacteria that occur on most living things, to proliferate and produce lactic acid that preserves food and inhibits putrefying bacteria.  The proliferation of lactobacilli in fermented vegetables enhances their digestibility and increases vitamin levels while producing antibiotic and anticarcinogenic substances. Lactic acid also promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout the gut. Lacto-fermented vegetables and fruit are not meant to be eaten in large quantities, but as condiments, such as with meat, fish, or properly prepared grains.  Once you master the basic method of lacto-fermentation, the flavor possibilities are endless with various types of vegetables, fruits and spices.

Salt is used to start the fermentation process, but fresh (not dried) whey made from fresh raw milk or quality yogurt will reduce the amount of salt needed, as well as reduce the amount of time needed to ferment and help ensure successful preservation.  Salt may be used alone for vegetable fermentation, but whey is essential for fermenting fruit. (This information can all be found in the book, Nourishing Traditions.)

Homemade Sauerkraut from Real Food Family on Vimeo.

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It’s been 4 months since we left the homestead and the homesteading bug hit my husband and I like a ton of bricks this past weekend. Now instead of 3 acres we have a tiny little yard but that doesn’t mean we can’t still homestead!

First I cleaned up a little strip of garden space we have and went to the nursery to buy started herbs and vegetables. Seeds are always the more economical choice, but I like the instant gratification of started plants and my kids always mess up the dirt where we plant seeds anyway. So here’s the makeover:

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essential natural remedies for common infections ~ Real Food Familypinterest_pin-it_icon

Besides eating a nutrient-dense diet and taking daily supplements that support immunity and overall wellness, we all still get sick. Diet and good supplements can definitely help you prevent and fight illness, suffer milder symptoms, and help you recover faster, but we still have to get through illnesses every so often and it’s always frustrating and uncomfortable no matter who you are.

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3 Supplements Everyone Should Take Every Day

by Roz on February 11, 2014

3 Supplements Everyone Should Take Every Day ~ Real Food Family

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Because I’m a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner- meaning I’m extensively trained on using specific supplements (and diet) to address specific health problems and deficiencies- I have a ton of supplements in my house. If you’ve ventured into the “natural health” world for any amount of time, you’ve probably developed an endless list of “must-have” supplements, vitamins, essential oils, and more. But there is a big difference between supplements that are “beneficial” and those I would consider “essential”. [click to continue…]

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Fresh and Light Spring Salad

January 15, 2014

I’m excited to offer this lovely salad recipe as a guest post for Modern Alternative Mama! Click here to see the recipe with all the beautiful pictures! PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. […]

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News!

December 27, 2013

I had about 20 posts planned for December, but I ended up  publishing 2…including this one. What happened?! Well…if you follow my facebook page then you know that… I’m pregnant! PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services […]

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