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.

Satuday Bargains

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It’s been a quite day here. I savored the rain and cleaned house while Sarah and her family went camping in the freezing weather with some friends. Despite the cold I think it sounded fun. It’s been WAY too long since I last went camping.

Enjoy these Saturday bargain deals. Remember these are affiliate links and the prices are subject to change at anytime, so always double-check the prices.

emma

This sweet movie is only $5.69 right now. I remeber watching this with friends back in high school,  I still love it today!

spiralizer This spiralizer is a quick and easy way to turn vegetables into noodles. Or to make your salad really fancy. Either way it’s 64% off right now!dear mr knightleyThis Kindle book maybe one of my top favourite fiction books of the year. Hat tip to Emily Gardner for sharing it with me. It is only $2.99 right now. That’s 81% off.
blendtecCostco has a great deal on the Blendtec Total Blender Classic with Wildside Jar and Twister Jar. Through tomorrow (11/23/2014), it’s only $359.99. It usually retails at $799.99. I bought this same model (in red why? because it’s so fun) from Costco last winter. I LOVE it!! It is worth the investment. I eyed it for about 4 years before taking the plundge.strawsI have these straws and love using them. I also love how it reduces the amount of plastic my family is exposed to. Right now they are 73% off.

mayflowerOnly $5.38 right now. Take a historical look with your kids at what it would have been like to sail on the Mayflower.
nourishing traditionsThis book is a must read. It completely changed the way I view fat and really helped propel me into the world of real food. It is much more than a cook book. Right now it’s 32% off. It was my first “big step” into nourishing foods. It is definitely a book that is handy to have around at all times to use as a reference.

ina may I have never read this book, but it is definitely one that is on my list. It’s 28% off right now at only $12.99.vanilla steviaThis vanilla stevia is made with real vanilla and a glycerine tincture of the Stevia herb (not the processed powdered stuff). It’s 48% off for a pack of two. Remember, a little bit goes a looooooong way. I LOVE using it in my Americanos.

pilgrimsThis looks like a fun way to learn about the pilgrims with your kids. Only $3.99.

thanksgivingThis one is also only $3.99.

night before thanksgiving

We have this book and my children LOVE it. They love the pictures and the rhyme, even though they aren’t familiar with the original Twas the Night Before Christmas poem. It’s also only $3.99.lodgeWe never would have survived our camping trip if it wasn’t for our cast iron. I won’t divulge just how much bacon and eggs we cooked over the camp fire, but our cast iron never lets us down. This set is currently 57% off. krupsThis espresso maker is 68% off. You can never have too much espresso. Yes you can. No you can’t. (This is the conversation I have in my head everyday.)address Right now Zulily is having a sale on a bunch of really fun and trendy address stamps. They are $19.99 each which is discounted from the original $50 price (although who would really spend $50 on a stamp?! Not this lady!). I think these would make a fun stocking stuffer for family and it would definitely reduce the amount of time it takes me to address Christmas cards! The way Zulilly works is you have to make an account with your email address to look at the deals. Don’t worry, they won’t spam you. Once you’re in just type stamps in the search bar on the top right and they should pop up. After you create an account, if you share it with your friends, you can get a $15 credit if your friends buy something. That would practically pay for the stamp! Here’s my link: http://www.zulily.com/invite/kstanley602

30+ Recipes for Celebrating a Nourishing Real Food Thanksgiving

30+ Recipes for Celebrating a Nourishing Real Food Thanksgiving- www.modernalternativemama.com

Thanksgiving is all about traditions. There’s the turkey, rolls, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie; I could go but you get the picture. Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, thankfulness and food. Loved ones gathering around the table to enjoy one another’s company is near to my heart.

It is a hard time to be a real foodie. It’s easy to want to just go for it and dig in since it’s one time a year. At the same time there is something that screams in my body,  “This is NOT what food is supposed to be like!”

Have you been there? Rest assured that many of us have. Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with learning how to recreate your family’s tried and true favourites to be real food that nourishes the body? There are so many real foodies out there that have paved the way for you! Find links to all the recipes at Modern Alternative Mama!

Simple Apple Cider Syrup

Apple Cider Syrup aka Apple Cider Concentrate

Looking for a fun way to give your pancakes or coffee a fall twist? Then apple cider syrup is your answer. It is one of the easiest things I have ever made. It has 1 ingredient, apple cider. It can’t get easier than that right?

I wish I could take credit for this awesome syrup but really it was inspired by a dear friend of mine when we were living in Mexico. She made pumpkin pancakes drizzled with apple cider syrup for the kids one year. They were so amazing that I still remember how they tasted almost 10 years later!

This simple apple cider syrup is straight apple cider simmered for about two hours until it has reduced in size forming a concentrate. It is wonderful syrup but it is also a handy way to keep apple cider in the fridge when you don’t have a lot of shelf space. When you want a cup of cider you simply add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the syrup to a glass of water and there you go, apple cider! You can always add a dash of cinnamon for an extra special fall treat.

Apple Cider Syrup- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Simple Apple Cider Syrup
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Ingredients
  • 2 quarts apple cider
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized pot simmer the apple cider until it has reduced in size to 1½- 2 cups. Stir occasionally.
  2. Strain and save in a glass jar.
  3. It will stay fresh in the fridge for at least 1 month.
  4. Use on top of pumpkin pancakes, in coffee or to make apple cider/juice.
  5. To make apple cider stir 1-3 tablespoons of the syrup into 1 8oz glass of water.

 

Real Food Chocoalte Whipped Cream

Real Food Chocolate Whipped Cream- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Light, chocolate goodness. A bit of heaven in a bowl. It is amazing on its own, delicious on cup cakes and let just say it’s taken my coffee to a whole new level. I can also see myself dipping strawberries in this cream in the spring.

It is simple to prepare and full of wholesome ingredients that there is little guilt in indulging in this mildly sweet treat. Raw cream is always best but it’s not possible then a second best is low-pasturized cream. This real food chocolate whipped cream is so good that it might not last long in your house!

I used an iSi cream whipper but you can also make this by hand.

Real Food Chocolate Whipped Cream
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Ingredients
  • 1 pint cream
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp real salt
Instructions
  1. Gently fold the ingredients together.
  2. Pour in your isi whipped cream canister or whipped on high with a hand held mixer until light and fluffy.

 

Saturday Bargains Christmas Edition

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The Advent and Christmas season is one of my favourite times of year. I love the time to focus on intentionally celebrating Jesus, the hope we have in him, family and friends. Over the past few years Advent has been a beautiful and meaningful time for my family of girls in Mexico.

We always welcomed the Christmas season with decorating the house, putting out our Advent wreath, Advent “Calender” and reading our Jesse Tree Devotional. Even though I was in a house of deaf girls I enjoyed blasting my Christmas music none stop. :) When I was packing to move back to the States one of the things two of the girls asked me to leave was the Advent wreath. We never know the impact our intentional traditions will have on our children.

In light of this Sarah and I thought it would be fun to search out Christmas deals, so this is the Christmas edition of Saturday Bargains. Please remember that these are affiliate links and the prices are all subject to change at any time, so always double check the price before purchasing.

Nativities

willow tree nativity

This is the nativity set that Sarah owns and loves. I think the Willow Tree characters are so simple and beautiful. This set is 31% off right now. I also almost bought it myself. nativity fabric calendarIsn’t this the cutest thing? I love the pockets and the advent style of this nativity. It’s 49% off right now. I could easily see this being a great conversation starter with kids each day as you talk about the different parts of the nativity all culminating in the birth of Jesus.little people nativityThis nativity set by Little People is 46% off. It’s a #1 best seller. I know my kids would love to have this. I could see them reenacting the nativity story for many years to come.nativityHere is another one for the kids. It’s 33% off with great Amazon reviews.

Books

christmas carolThis Christmas classic is FREE on Amazon right now. These free books don’t last long.

joy of giving berenstein bears

The Berenstain Bears are very popular at our house. This book on the Joy of Giving is only $3.03 right now.

humphrey's first christmas

I have never read this book before, but after reading the review and comments I really want to. It’s a story about a camel named Humphrey who is upset that his blanket is missing. He later finds out the very special reason his blanket is missing, and it has to do with a baby. Only $4.63 on Amazon right now.

legend of st nicholas

Here’s a fun resource for teaching your children about the history of Saint Nicholas. 22% off right now.

legend of christmas tree

Why do we decorate Christmas trees? This book explains the legend. 23% off.
legend of christmas stocking

Ever wonder why we stuff stockings at Christmas? This book gives a beautiful story that will help your children focus on God this season. 24% off.legend of candy cane

Noticing a theme here? Here’s a great story that we actually reference in our Christmas devotional that gives a fun explanation for the stripes on a candy cane. 25% off.crippled lamb

This story is absolutely beautiful. Sarah and Scott reference it in their Christmas devotional and it is part of their giveaway right now. It is part of my personal collection and it’s one of the best Christmas books out there, in my opinion. 27% off. Years ago I helped write and direct a play based off the story so it holds and even more special place in my heart.

engaging father christmas finding father christmas

Robin Joes Gunn is one of my favourite authors. You may remember me mentioning the lesson in grace that I learned from her. These two delightful books are each 60% off. A couple meaningful lessons from these books have stayed with me since I first read the books.advent storybook

This advent storybook with beautiful illustrations is 30% off.

the best christmas pageant

If you have children old enough to read chapter books, this is a must-read. It’s 38% off right now and sure to be a hit. My mom read it to us almost every year growing up!

greatest gift

This devotional has all 5 star reviews and is written by the same author as the highly popular book 1,000 Gifts. It’s currently 37% off. It’s on my wish list this year!

MTAH Giveaway Bundle

Right now you can enter this giveaway to win a copy of Sarah’s  Christmas devotional and three children’s books that go along with it. This giveaway ends today, 11/15/2014 and has low entries. Enter here.

Movies

nativity movie

This beautiful portrayal of the nativity story is a tradition in many households. Right now it’s 50% off at just $7.49.It’s favourite of my girls that made an appearance throughout the year.

the christmas candle

This sweet movie by Max Lucado is 47% off.

charlie brown christmasThis movie needs no explanation, except that it’s 55% off right now.

christmas classics

I grew up watching these classics and I know a lot of you did too. Right now they are 40% off. This was my Karen’s favourite movie until she turned 12!

Decorations

jessie tree

This is a wooden Jesse tree and can be used along with the Jesse tree devotional. It’s only $3.75 plus shipping.

frontier

Right now on Vitacost, all Frontier items are an extra 15% off. Stock up on spices and flours for your Thanksgiving and Christmas baking. I used this discount to order a bunch of organic herbs for making our own vitamins. You seriously can’t beat this deal. If you have never used VitaCost before, you can sign up through my link and get a $10 off a $30 coupon which makes the deal even sweeter. Once you log in, click on the deals link on the top right hand corner and then scroll down until you see the Frontier deal.

Music

wow

Listen to your favorite Christmas songs from the top Christian artists. Only $8.15
rudolph

So nostalgic. Only $4.99.josh groban

Beautiful Christmas songs, only $8.48.