Browsing Tag:


Emotional Health/ HEALTH/ Love/ Spiritual

Oceans of Grace When Discouraged, Depressed, Sad or Mad

Oceans of Grace

This is how God works with me.


I seek his face, my own expressionless, staring out the window

Smeared mascara, tears wiped away with a swipe of my wrist while doing dishes.


Heart sad, my spirit so discouraged.

My lack is in my face.


I go upstairs and gather my tools to enter into His presence.

Coffee, journal, blanket, fan, pen, books, phone…

A habit that carries me into the only thing that brings hope.

Continue Reading…

Healthy Eating/ HOME/ How-Tos/ RECIPES

The Perfect Vegetable Tray-Keep It Full In Your Refrigerator & Watch Your Kids Devour Their Vegetables!

This vegetable compartment carry along tray has been one of my most favorite recent purchases.  I just LOVE IT!  I was keeping cut up vegetables in mason jars in my refrigerator, and they were pretty and great for creating salads, but I didn’t like that I had to grab one at a time, open all the lids, grab the dip and then set them out for the kids to eat.  Too many steps, and I found we were not eating raw veggies as often as I liked.
I thought about how my girls devour their raw veggies when we are at parties with veggie trays.  I thought about why that is, and a light bulb went off as I figured figured out a few reasons why that is.

1. Easy to grab veggies.
2. Dip right there ready to go.
3. It is pretty
4. It is convenient.
5. They can choose the veggies they like and leave the rest.

I decided to search Amazon and the perfect vegetable tray, one with an area in the middle for dip, and one with a lid so I could store it in the refrigerator easily. 

I found this one.  The perfect one.  I love it.  It is easy to clean, easy to carry, easy to snap the lid right on and take it off. It is not too tall to fit on my refrigerator shelf.  It takes up a bit of refrigerator space but boy, it is worth it!  What else would I want taking up space in my refrigerator other than healthy, beautiful vegetables ?
I pull it out every afternoon when the kids walk in from school and set it out on our table.  They come by, grab a veggie and gobble them up.  If it is out and in sight, with dip available, they will eat their vegetables.  
I fill it at the beginning of the week and usually once more mid week.  I love grabbing it when making a dinner salad and adding veggies that are already chopped or just need a bit more chopping.  So easy!

The handle on it is a plus.  I have grabbed it and gone to the park and taken it to my inlaws pool house. The perfect healthy snack that is always ready to grab and go!
Get this!  You will love it.  

 Don’t Forget To Pin It

Drinks/ How-Tos/ RECIPES

6 Reasons Why You Should Drink Green Juice

mason jar of green juice surrounded by greens, parsley and broccoli



Along with raw food I adore my green juice.
Juicing is part of my everyday routine. It would feel some what strange not to have my green juice in my day.
I have lots of reasons why I love to juice:
1. I find it refreshing
2. It helps me add so many extra greens into my diet
3. It easier on my digestion 
4. Its very alkalising  (very important)
5. Quick release of nutrients into my body
6. Recipe combinations are endless
I like too keep my juices as green as possible. By this I mean my juice is about 95% greens and the rest are spices and lemon.
This is the way I like to make my juices, as I don’t wont to overload on fruit sugars each day. (Fruit is great, but I don’t need them in my juice so why add it.)
 I understand my combinations are not for everyone. So adding an apple is a great way too add a little sweetness.
Pictured below are the typical ingredients that go into my green juice most days. 
  • Kale
  • Celery
  • dandelion
  • aloe leaf
  • cucumber
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • lemon
woman drinking green juice and green juice ingredients
To make your juicers extend further and add extra nutrients I always add the following as a base for every juice I make

  • Lemon/lime
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
We have so many wonderful greens that are full of vitamins and minerals.
 So remember to think outside the box and add some different greens to your juices
You don’t always have to be stuck with kale or chard!
Here are some of the greens I like to rotate in with my juice
greens to juice, burnweed, dandelion, stinging nettle, marshmallow
Most kids love juice. So it’s a great way too sneak in some greens with fruit if you need to.
These days I do not need to sneak greens in. The kids see what goes in and they are fine with it as long as I add some
fruit to make it palatable for them. I often include an apple or pineapple along with celery, kale, lemon, ginger, turmeric and cucumber for them.
kids drinking green juice with green mustaches
Other great greens to add include:

  • Beet top greens
  • Radish top greens
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Aloe leaf

So If you don’t juice I hope I have inspired you to try it. Its a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen as they
love to help use the juicer and make something themselves with some supervision.


Books/ Healthy Eating/ How-Tos/ RECIPES

19 Favorite Food Rules For Healthy Eating

Cover for Michael Pollan's book: "Food Rules"

by Micheal Pollan
I am a fan of Micheal Pollan. 
He was the first one that I have read who was able to take the incredibly complicated question of
 “What Should I Eat?”
 and answer:
“Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

“Eat food and avoid edible food like substances.”
 I read his first book, In Defense Of Food, a year ago and just really jived with it.   I was so happy to see that he came out with a short, easy to read, manual that expands on the answer. 
Each page gives a simple tip on what to eat.  I read the book in 30 minutes and loved it.

New Nostalgia yellow logo "Rules for Healthy Eating"


Here are some of my most favorite rules from the book:
#2 Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
(for example–neon colored tubes of flavored gel called Go-GURT!)
#3 Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry
(ethoxylated diglycerides??)
#4 Avoid food products that contain high-fructose corn syrup
(it is a reliable marker for a food product that has been highly processed)
#5 Avoid foods that have some form of sugar (or sweetener) listed among the top three ingredients.
(exception to this rule, are “special occasion” foods–see Rule 60)
#6 Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients.
(another sign that it is a highly processed food)
#7 Avoid food products with the word “lite” or the terms “low-fat” or “non-fat” in their names.
( Refined carbs can make you fat.  Sugar makes you fat.  Many low-fat or no-fat products boost the sugar and salt to make up for the flavor lost when removing fat)
#10 Avoid foods that are pretending to be something they are not.
(imitation butter-aka-margarine-is the classic example.  Artificial sweeteners..)
#11 Eat only foods that will eventually rot.
(real food is alive food…therefore it should eventually die)
#12 Eat foods made from ingredients that you can picture in their raw state or growing in nature.
(read ingredients on a package of Twinkies or Pringles and imagine what those look like raw or where they grow…ya can’t!)
#19 If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.
#22 Eat mostly plants, especially leaves
(antioxidants, fiber, omega- 3 fatty acids, energy dense!)
#23 Treat meat as flavoring or special occasion food.
(become a “flexitarian”–someone who eats meat only a couple times a week)
#25 Eat your colors!
(colors from nature are full of polyphenols, flavonioids, carotenoid, which all fight disease!)
#34 Sweeten and salt your food yourself.
(you will find you are consuming a fraction as much sugar and salt as you otherwise would–example oatmeal–buy plain not flavored, sweetened or colored!)
#36 Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.
( that one.  It’s kind of a “duh”)
#37 “The whiter the bread, the sooner you will be dead”
(I expand on that here)
#39 Eat all the junk food you want, as long as you cook it yourself.
(if you made all the french fries you ate, you would eat them much less often!  Too much work!)
#57 Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does
(Gas stations have become processed corn station.  Ethanol outside and high-fructose corn syrup inside!)
#60 Treat treats as treats.
(special occasion food is great as long as every day is not a special occasion.  Save them for weekends or for true special occasions!)
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
by Micheal Pollan


Gardening/ How-Tos/ RECIPES

Square Foot Garden Progress & What To Do With All Those Tomatoes!

Collage of herbs including dill and basil

Square foot gardening is one of the BEST projects I have ever done.  I cannot tell you how much joy it is to grow fresh herbs and vegetables with minimal amount of work!  I have two, 4×2 feet garden beds along the side of my home.  It is the only place other than our front yard that gets enough sun, so we were limited, but thanks to square foot gardening I can still grow an abundance of organic food for our family!
I built these beds 3 years ago, other than the initial work of building the beds and mixing “Mel’s Mix” (the KEY to square foot gardening & my gardening success), square foot gardening is one of the easiest things I have done.  There is next to NO weeding.  Watering is minimal as the Mel’s soil mix absorbs and retains moisture, and the only thing I do each season is add one bag of compost to each bed at before planting.  

Two months change in a square foot garden
Impressive results, huh?  Every year the garden has performed beautifully and I have just had a ball with it.  Right now I am harvesting the sweetest tomatoes, lots of herbs, and patty pan squash.  My banana peppers are about a week away from harvest. I will be going to my local garden center and buying some kale starter plants for a cool fall harvest, as we live in Nebraska and the time is right.
Collage of tomatoes grown from garden

I’ve been eating tomato sandwiches, making fresh marina sauce, and eating lots of tomatoes on toast (my version of bruschetta.)  I even have enough to share with neighbors.  I’ve just started a Tomatoes! board on Pinterest that has lots of great ideas, so check that out if you, too, have an abundance of tomatoes.
{Tomatoes On Toast–Click here for recipe}

Do you garden?  What is your favorite thing to grow?  Have you ever thought about square foot gardening?
All New Square foot gardening- grow more in less space!
This is the book I used.  Best way to garden! 
Click here to order, and I will get a small percentage.
Thank you!!
More on Gardening From New Nostalgia:

Frugal/ How-Tos/ Meals/ RECIPES

6 Steps To Eating Well On A Budget

How to eat well on a budget


by Meghan Newsom
Health & Gluten Free Recipes Contributor

It’s no secret that it’s expensive to eat well. It’s even more expensive if you are on a strict gluten free diet. The thing I hear most from friends and family as to why they don’t put better food inside their body is because it’s just too expensive.

 While eating an organic plant-based diet IS a bit more expensive than the normal American diet, I have found lots of tricks to keeping our grocery budget low while still being able to enjoy a healthy whole foods diet in our home.

 These 6 tricks to eating well on a tight budget have helped our family, and I know it will help yours as well!

1. PLAN PLAN PLAN!- Always plan ahead of time. Know what you are going to eat each night for dinner, and plan for lunches and breakfasts as well. While you are planning your menu, keep a piece of paper beside you to jot down specific items you will need from the grocery store. Take an inventory of your pantry as well and jot down any staple items you will need to re-stock for the week.

 2. Budget– With our household, we keep a strict budget to keep us on track. We pay for things in cash and this really helps me not overspend when I go to the grocery store (since it’s the only place we are really allowed to spend money!). Taking cash with me helps me know that I’ve got to be extremely mindful of what I put into my shopping cart. It’s kind of embarrassing when you get to the check-out and you don’t have enough money to pay for everything!

 3. Keep Staples On Hand- This little tip has helped me eliminate about $20 dollars a week from our budget. I keep brown rice, quinoa, dried beans, sushi rice, lentils and gluten free pasta on hand. By buying these items in bulk when our budget allows for it, I always have “filler” items for times when our budget runs out. Notice that I said DRIED BEANS instead of CANNED BEANS. Buying dried beans and cooking them in the crockpot then freezing them saves our family so much money. I also love that I know exactly what goes into our beans- just beans!! (no preservatives from the cans).

 4. Make Your Own Snacks- Instead of buying processed, pre-packaged foods, I always make our own snacks. I make our own granola bars, pop our own popcorn and make our own “ice cream”. Whenever we have deserts, I either buy a Bob’s Red Mill mix that is on sale at Big Lots! OR make my own. The only pre-packaged snacks we buy are high-protein granola bars for my husband’s bike rides. 

5. Produce- There are several ways to save on produce, and none of them involve shopping at a health food store or even your local grocery store. We have saved money by joining a local CSA, shopping at farmers markets (the best time to do this is when they are closing down and the farmers want to get rid of their produce), and recently shopping at locally owned grocery stores. There is a store in our area that sales only organic produce that they buy off of farmers at farmers markets. We are able to get a HUGE box of produce that will last us 2 weeks for only $35.00. I have several friends who are able to save money at co-ops as well as costco.

 6. Stay Away From Pre-Packaged Foods– This little tip is especially helpful when you are on a gluten free diet. Gluten Free packaged foods are a lot more expensive than their gluten-contaning counterparts. When you can, stay away from prepackaged foods and opt to make your own. I do this in our home by making our own dressings, our own popcorn, french fries, salads etc. There are some prepackaged foods that are staples in our home like cereals and condiments. But, as a general rule pre-packaged foods can really add onto your grocery bill.

 Do you have any tried-and-true ways you help your family save money on your grocery budget? We’d love to hear your ideas!

Meghan Newsom
Health & Gluten Free Contributor
Meghan’s site: make.
 You can follow her here: