Pennywise Platter Thursday 12/18

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It’s time to share your frugal and nourishing tips and recipes! Where do you shop for quality food at a lower price? What recipe saves a penny? How do you balance a budget with nourishing food? Share here.

Please read through the three simple rules for those participating. This helps keep the quality of our carnival. Please read them through before linking and thanks again for your continued participation.

1. No linking to giveaways or promotions for affiliates or sponsors. One thing that I’ve noticed increasingly on Pennywise Platter is that I am getting more and more promotional pieces for affiliates or sponsors and a lot of giveaways. I’ve decided to keep Pennywise less “commercial” and more in tune with the spirit of the carnival by not allowing these links anymore. There was nothing wrong with those of you who linked to them, I just think that it will protect the integrity of our carnival better without them. Plus, it makes our links valuable in the future as well. A link to a giveaway three months old isn’t going to be worth browsing in three months time, but a link to a recipe for a frugal soup would be. I will be deleting any giveaway links or promotional links.

2. Keep the ingredients “nourishing” such as whole grains, meats, vegetables, legumes, unrefined salt and sugars, chicken, etc. I am not going to be an ingredient police every week, but if there is a link to a post that is obviously not filling any of the criteria for healthy (for example, a white flour, white sugar birthday cake), I will delete that link. However, feel free to post vegetarian, vegan, raw, low-carb, paleo, etc.

3. Link back to the carnival. This is common carnival courtesy. And more then that, it helps build the community of the carnival as you are sending your readers to others participating. And please, as a blogger, check out other’s posts and leave a comment as well! I know that we would all love to hear from each other. Please limit yourself to three entries each week, and also remember that we are concentrating on, although not entirely limited to, frugal and nourishing recipes. Thanks!

Good Eats and Good Reads 12/13

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Good Reads

Chemical Phthalates in Food Packaging Linked to Lower IQ Kids 

“Kids whose moms had the highest levels of certain chemicals in their bodies during pregnancy had markedly lower IQs at age 7, researchers said Wednesday.
It’s the latest in a series of studies linking the chemicals, called phthalates, with health effects ranging from behavioral disorders to deformations of the sex organs.
While the study doesn’t show for sure that the phthalates damaged the kids’ brains during development, the researchers say they did everything they could to filter out other possible effects and they still found the link between some — but not all — of the phthalates and IQ.

Congress tweaks the food rules for schools, yet again, and the EU makes changes to help improve  transparency on what’s really in packaged foods.

Could low fertility be a sign of other health issues for men? Traditional societies linked overall health to fertility. This new study supports that idea.

“Poor semen production can interfere with a couple’s ability to conceive, but new research from Stanford suggests it also may be connected to a variety of health problems unrelated to fertility, including high blood pressure and other harbingers of heart disease.

A study of more than 9,000 men who sought help for infertility found that those with low sperm counts, poor sperm motility and other impaired semen production were at greater risk of having certain heart and vascular problems, plus skin diseases and disorders relating to the endocrine system. In fact, the more defects in the men’s semen, the more likely they were to have other health problems.”

Good Eats

How to make a Traditional Wassail (Bring on the Dicken books!)

Roasted Chestnuts with Sage Browned Butter: This combines three favorite ingredients of mine: browned butter, sage leaves, and chestnuts.

Coconut Quinoa Bowl: A light and flavorful vegetarian main dish

Why you should put lard in your biscuits: Amen.

Pennywise Platter Thursday 12/11

Pennywise plater
It’s time to share your frugal and nourishing tips and recipes! Where do you shop for quality food at a lower price? What recipe saves a penny? How do you balance a budget with nourishing food? Share here.

Please read through the three simple rules for those participating. This helps keep the quality of our carnival. Please read them through before linking and thanks again for your continued participation.

1. No linking to giveaways or promotions for affiliates or sponsors. One thing that I’ve noticed increasingly on Pennywise Platter is that I am getting more and more promotional pieces for affiliates or sponsors and a lot of giveaways. I’ve decided to keep Pennywise less “commercial” and more in tune with the spirit of the carnival by not allowing these links anymore. There was nothing wrong with those of you who linked to them, I just think that it will protect the integrity of our carnival better without them. Plus, it makes our links valuable in the future as well. A link to a giveaway three months old isn’t going to be worth browsing in three months time, but a link to a recipe for a frugal soup would be. I will be deleting any giveaway links or promotional links.

2. Keep the ingredients “nourishing” such as whole grains, meats, vegetables, legumes, unrefined salt and sugars, chicken, etc. I am not going to be an ingredient police every week, but if there is a link to a post that is obviously not filling any of the criteria for healthy (for example, a white flour, white sugar birthday cake), I will delete that link. However, feel free to post vegetarian, vegan, raw, low-carb, paleo, etc.

3. Link back to the carnival. This is common carnival courtesy. And more then that, it helps build the community of the carnival as you are sending your readers to others participating. And please, as a blogger, check out other’s posts and leave a comment as well! I know that we would all love to hear from each other. Please limit yourself to three entries each week, and also remember that we are concentrating on, although not entirely limited to, frugal and nourishing recipes. Thanks!

Good Eats and Good Reads 12/6

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a copy of my cookbook, Ladled: Nourishing Soups for all Seasons, and check out this fun list of homemade gift ideas with so many options (I’ve even included “cheater” options for when you don’t want to make everything yourself!). There is something for everyone there.

Good reads

Citrus juice higher 10 times higher in antioxidants than previously thought
“The antioxidant activity of citrus juices and other foods is undervalued, experts say. A new technique for measuring this property generates values that are ten times higher than those indicated by current analysis methods.”

Can you keep your bones healthy without dairy, calcium supplements, and grains?           Read this interesting article on how eating a paleo diet can be a great bone building diet.

Superbugs resistant to all antibiotics kill Indias’ babies and pose a threat overseas
“A growing chorus of researchers say the evidence is now overwhelming that a significant share of the bacteria present in India — in its water, sewage, animals, soil and even its mothers — are immune to nearly all antibiotics.”

Longer breast fed babies may help protect infants at risk for obesity 

Fascinating!

“The findings were published in the January print issue of Pediatrics.

The study could not prove that breast-feeding caused the reduced risk for obesity. But there are several reasons why the link between breast-feeding and lower obesity risk may exist, the study authors noted.

‘Breast-feeding an infant may allow proper development of hunger and satiety signals, as well as help prevent some of the behaviors that lead to overweight and obesity,’ Carling said.

‘Breast-feeding, especially on demand, versus on schedule, allows an infant to feed when he or she is hungry, thereby fostering an early development of appetite control,” she said. “When a baby breast-feeds, she can control how much milk she gets and how often, naturally responding to internal signals of hunger and satiation.”

Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter, a professor of pediatrics at Cooper University Hospital, in Camden, N.J., pointed out that in addition to better self-regulation in eating, the composition of breast milk is less likely to lead to obesity as well.’ “

Good Eats

Black Bean and Avocado Salad Starter: This would make a great party dish!

Stuffed Pepper Soup: This flavorful soup sounds fantastic

Cookbook: Real Life Paleo: 175 Gluten Free Recipes, Meal Ideas and an Easy 3 Phrased Approach to Lose Weight and Gain Health, by Stacy Toth and Matthew Mccarry
This beautiful cookbook is full of practical and delicious recipes that are gluten free/grain free, and is perfect for those wanting to move towards a grain free diet but don’t know where to start, and for those who just need new recipes!

Good Deals

Coffee Press ($29.95 instead of $68): On my Christmas List: I unfortunately broke my coffee press after years of good years of use from it (it was my fault entirely that it broke). I use these to make both excellent plastic-free coffee, and pots of brewed loose tea. I have my eye on this beautiful coffee press.

Speaking of Christmas, here is a “manly” gift idea for you.

My husband has been served some delicious (cold and hot) drinks in cups like the below copper mugs on our dates. They aren’t just for Moscow Mules! One of his favorites, Spiced Buttered Rum, was also served in this type of cup. These two options have a copper outside, and a stainless steel interior, or are all stainless steel. Why not give one with a bottle of good rum, some nice grassfed butter and a recipe for hot buttered rum for a lovely gift (perfect for BOTH men and women who appreciate a good stiff drink ).

Maybe I will get one for myself to drink my hot homemade broth with. ;-)