About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is a dorm “mama” to a gaggle of amazing girls ages 10 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She believes that life was meant to be lived barefoot with lots of open space to roam and play. Katie is passionate about nourishing food, herbs and simple living. She can often be found with a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of dark chocolate while she writing, reading and living life.

Nourishing Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Nourishing Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer- www.thenourishinggourmet.com

There is something lovely about wrapping your hands around a cup of hot coffee – it is soothing for the soul. Hot drinks always make me feel a sense of calm, whether it is in the quite hours of the early morning, with a friend or on a hectic day when kids can’t seem to get along. Just that brief moment of lifting the mug to my lips and taking a sip makes everything right, even if only for the moment.

I love adding creamer to my coffee but I don’t care to use the ones from the store since they are fillled with many fake ingredients. Instead I like to make my own like this Nourishing Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer I sharing at The Nourishing Gourmet.

Win a Royal Berkey Water Purifier

My guess is that you are blessed with access to clean running water. We don’t really worry about getting parasites or other waterborne diseases when we turn on our tap. Living in Mexico for 10 years really opened my eyes to the need for clean water and made me realize how blessed those living in the States are.

But while we are blessed with clean water coming through indoor plumbing, are you aware of some of the environmental contaminants that are frequently found in that water? Traces of heavy metals like mercury and aluminum, pesticide residues, and volatile organic compounds can be found in our drinking water!

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This is why the bloggers of Positively Real Media are so excited to be teaming up to bring to you a Royal Berky 3.25 Gallon Stainless Steel Water Purifier giveaway sponsored by United Environmental Solutions!

About The Berkey

Berkey water purifiers are truly unique water purifying systems. According to UES, they are able to remove red food coloring from water while still allowing beneficial minerals to remain!

As free-standing units that put the power of gravity to use, the Berkey systems don’t use any electricity. This makes them excellent systems to have on hand while camping or during power outages.

Positively Real Media is giving away a Royal Berkey

While whole house filtration systems can be fantastic solutions to the problem of residual water contamination, they are simply out of the budget for most families. However, a Berkey system is a fraction of the cost and can filter 4 gallons of water per hour, making it a great fit for families!

If you want to ensure that your family’s drinking and cooking water is as clean and pure as it can be, a Berkey may be just what you need!

Win A 3.25 Gallon Royal Berkey!

The bloggers of Positively Real Media, a network of naturally-minded Christian bloggers, are thrilled to be able to offer one of our readers a 3.25 Gallon Royal Berkey Stainless Steel Water Purifier, valued at $300! Many thanks to United Environmental Solutions for providing this fanatic prize to one blessed reader.

Just use the Rafflecopter form below to get your entries in!

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Soaked Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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I woke to a gentle rain this morning! As the weather cools I like to resume my baking that gets put aside for the majority of the hot months. There is nothing like the warm smell of cinnamon wafting around the house, tickling your nose. It makes me feel cozy and want to curl up with a good book!

As fall settles in apples start to ripen on the trees begging to be picked and made into all sorts of delights! Picking apples is a fun autumn activity with children. I still remember climbing up the apple tree at my parents house to help with the harvest. We used to pick bushels of them until the tree died. We used them to make apple cider, apple sauce and apple butter.

Join me at Traditional Cooking School to learn to make Saoked Apple Cinnamon Muffins!

Simple Meals Friday

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Welcome to Simple Meals Friday!

There is nothing like having a collection of simple meals to throw together in a slow cooker in the morning or in a skillet as a quick, last-minute dinner. What are your favorite to prepare slow cooker meals, skillet meals, freezer meals, soups, salads, drinks and desserts?

We want to know the foods to turn to when you are short of time. It’s great to learn from and be inspired by others. When you share your recipe on this link-up it will show up on all 3 of the host’s sites. If you don’t have a blog, no problem, you can also share your recipes in the comments.

 

Meet Your Hosts

  1. Katie Mae of Nourishing Simplicity
  2. Katie of Simple Foody
  3. Sarah of Simple Life Abundant Life

Please Read and Follow these Simple Meals Friday Rules

  • Keep the foods “nourishing”, such as homemade chicken stocks, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats (lard, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, tallow), unrefined sugars, flours and salts and meats.
  • Please don’t include recipes using processed oils such as soy and canola oil, msg laden bouillon and other highly processed foods. If I notice a recipe using these ingredients it will be deleted. Try to incorporate traditional methods of preparing foods like, sprouting, soaking, sourdough and lacto-fermentation.
  • Link back to this blog hop, it is a common linking courtesy. It helps to build a stronger blogging community. That way we can all learn and share with each other.

We enjoyed reading all your submissions. The hosts will pick a favorite post to feature on next week’s Simple Meals Friday. If you want to be featured please be sure to link back to this blog hop. Our favorites will be featured on facebook and pintrest!

Featured Simple Meals

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Shreded Chicken with Asain Ginger Sauce from Avocado Pesto

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Nourishing Homemade Chick-fil-A Sauce

Nourishing Homemade Chick-fil-A Sauce- www.NourishingSimplicity.org

Ah, Chick-fil-A, there’s nothing like it right? I love having a stash of my homemade strips in the freezer when the craving hits. I kind of feel like I left you hanging with sharing my nourishing homemade “Chick-fil-A” strips and nuggets with you but not sharing the sauce. Okay, I didn’t kind of leave you hanging, I did leave you hanging, like a carrot in front of a donkey. ;)

If you are a fan of the sauce then it was worth the wait. This homemade version is about 1000 times better for you. It is also super tasty too. While I wasn’t impressed with the ingredient list I was happy to find how many things on there I had at home that I could modify to my own taste and health preference.

If you make the strips (or nuggets) in big batches to keep in the freezer you can literally have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes. All you have to do is warm the chicken in the freezer, pull out some carrot sticks and whip up this sauce. If you keep homemade fries in the freezer you are a better person than me. That would really make this an awesome meal!

You’ll notice that the sauce calls for mayo, mustard and barbeque sauce. I do make my own mayo but I haven’t perfected my mustard or barbeque sauce. If you have more power to you! Maybe you can share your recipes with me?

Nourishing Homemade Chick-fil-A Sauce
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup homemade mayo
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 2 tsp barbecue sauce
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • ¼ tsp powdered garlic
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a jar. Mix with an immersion blender until fully incorporated. You could also you a blender.

Dreams Do Come True- Nourishing Chick-fil-A At Home

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