Good Reads and Good Eats 2/28

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Good Reads

Pros and Cons of Juicing: Chris examines both sides of juicing

Wild Alaskan Salmon on the Increase:
“Yet across Alaska in recent years, record-breaking salmon harvests have coincided with record-breaking returns of fish to their spawning grounds. Alaska has more salmon in its waters now than when it started keeping track more than a century ago, and prices and demand are high.”

Updated EWG Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen Lists:
EWG just updated their produce lists containing the cleanest and dirtiest produce you can buy in regard to pesticides. Once again, apples are the most important to buy organic. But if you avoid GMOs avoid a couple of the items on the clean fifteen list such as papaya and sweet corn.
If you can’t afford to buy everything organic, this is a great resource for knowing which produce items to try to source organically.

Feeding babies peanuts to avoid peanut allergies later on? A fascinating study shows that early introduction to foods may help prevent allergies.

Vaccines, PR and the News Cycle: I’ll never be able to look the same way at a Starbucks celebrity photo.

Good Eats

(Theme: Healthy and Fun Snacks!)

Vitamin C Gummies: Made with orange juice, and dried fruit powder!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars: Gluten-free, kid-friendly, yumminess

No Bake Toasted Coconut, Date, and Nut Bars: Easy method, simple ingredients.

Shamrock Mint Copycat Shake: Dairy-free, healthy, and dye free

No Cook Homemade Caramel: Smart use of ingredients for healthy and easy caramel!

Good Reads and Good Eats 2/20

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Good Eats

Conflicts of interest and fraud in research. “Recent reports have revealed that conflicts of interest and research fraud are rarely reported in the scientific literature or announced to the general public, which raises questions about the integrity of clinical trials and the reliability of public agencies like the FDA and CDC.”
Read more in this well reasoned, but unfortunately alarming look at fraud in the scientific world. 

Should vaccines be mandatory? Heather takes a look at this important issue through the eyes of a concerned parent.

How to use clearance produce: With expensive prices on fresh produce, the clearance bin can be a real God send. But how do you use slightly over ripe produce effectively? Erin has some ideas for you here.

Adrenal Fatigue Recovery Plan: It is easy for us all to overdue it. A blogging friend shares her plan for recovery.

Good Eats

Caramelized Grain Free Apple Dutch Baby: High Protein!

Zucchini Fettuccini with Rosemary Butternut Crème Sauce: Dairy-free, grain-free comfort food

Chickpea Pizza Crust: grain free, protein rich, and made on the stove!

Rosemary and Garlic Sweet Potatoes Medallions: A lovely combo of sweet, salty, and herbs

Korean Rice Bowl: An easy gluten free dinner dish that the whole family can enjoy

Welcoming Larkin to the Family

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How do you introduce a young soul to the world? This little bundle of sweetness joined us for her first venture outside the womb this last Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. She is pure cuteness. And as always you find your heart expanding with plenty of room to love another child. I love her dearly.

Larkin 2

She is doing very well (her discharge papers noted that she did “exceedingly well” during our two day stay), and I am slowly recovering. I typically have longer recovery times after labor and delivery. And we are happy.


Larkin with us an hour or two after birth after lots of skin to skin time with mommy!

For those wanting to know details, she was 7 pound 5 ounces when born (my biggest baby!) and 20 inches long. I was having contractions here and there for a week and a couple of days, and I wondered how long it was going to take to really kick into gear, when my labor suddenly and rapidly took off. My contractions went from here and there, to ten minutes apart, to minutes part in a short hour. We raced off to the hospital, and she was laid on my chest about a half and hour after arrival. It was very surreal in a wonderful sort of way.

Since I am going to be busy in a new way this next while, look for some lovely guest posts coming your way! And, just because I can’t help myself, I may do a couple of baby related posts as well. ;-)

Pennywise Platter Break

Pennywise platter

Hey All! It has been so much fun keeping Pennywise Platter going for the last several years. But with a baby coming soon, and less participation in it, I’ve decided to take one more thing off my schedule for a while. If I revive it in the future, I will re-do some things to make it even better (so send me your ideas, if you have any!). But meanwhile, thank you so much for your support and participation of Pennywise.

And, I appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we get ready for baby. :-)