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.

6 Steps to Shortening the Common Cold with Herbs

6 Steps To Shortening The Common Cold With Herbs | BulkHerbStore.com

Herbs are one of the greatest gifts God has given us. I am daily in awe of the blessing of having herbs for everyday use. There is hardly a time that herbs are not incorporated into my day, they are kind of like coconut oil and gelatin, one of those essentials that I don’t skimp on.

When the sore throats, stuffy noses, and coughs hit it’s easy to grab a bottle or jar of over-the-counter meds from the store. Sadly most of these only ease the systems for a time while not actually healing your body. Herbs can heal and ease symptoms at the same time!

It is a good idea to prep your herbal medicine cupboard before the cold hits. That way you will be ready to treat your family when the need arises. Here are 6 steps that you can take to shortening the common cold with herbs. You can read more about it at Bulk Herb Store.

How to Make Fresh Apple Cider

How to Make Fresh Apple Cider- www.NourishingSimplicity.org

Fresh apple cider. My tounge tingles at the thought. Who doesn’t enjoy a glass of the sweet treat at least once during autumn? It’s fall in a cup, I know I say that all the time but it truly is!

Apples have held a dear place in my heart for as long as I can remember. Growing up we had a Golden Delicious tree. I was the one that got picked to climb the high branches to get the ones close to the top. What kid doesn’t like to scale a tree bare foot? My parent’s dreamed of moving back to the Mid-west and having a small Jonathan orchard. Life changed and that never happened but my dad being a sweet heart let me pick out a new apple tree for our back yard in the city. Being a Fuji lover, that’s what I picked. The Golden Delicious tree long since died, my Fuji is still there, sadly this year it decided not to bare fruit. (I’m blaming the drought, hopefully next year it will be in full force again.)

Then there was the year we hauled a bunch of apples home from “Apple Hill” an amazing place in Northern California to make apple butter and fresh apple cider. My parents have a thing for antiques, so they happened to have a cider press sitting around, because who doesn’t? They were awesome about hands on learning activities. Being the little girl I was, I put on my 1800’s dress and helped make cider like they did in the “old days”. It was so much fun for the kids but a lot of work. From there on out I think they bought cider at the store.

A couple of years ago while living in Mexico I started to miss “Apple Hill”, apple cider and fall in general. I had apples on hand from Azure Standard so I decided to try my hand at making my own apple cider. As long as you have a good blender like a Blendtec it is very easy to make a bit of fresh apple cider at home. If you are making a huge batch you might want to use a Champion Juicer or make it in your washing machine like this family did.

Apple juice from the store doesn’t hold a candle to fresh apple cider made from home. You can also make a spicy hot apple cider or ferment the cider for a sparkling version. Thanksgiving is never complete for me without sparking cider. Making your own apple cider requires only 4 things, apples, a bit of water, a blender/juicer and a tea towel. Are you ready to give it a try and learn how to make fresh apple cider? If you decide to use a juicer follow the instructions that came with it.

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How to Make Fresh Apple Cider in a Blender
  • Apples
  • Water
  • Blender/Juicer
  • Tea Towel or Cheese Cloth
  1. Cut each apple into 8 slices, removing core if desired.
  2. Add ¼ of a cup of water to the bottom of the blender.
  3. Add enough apple slices to fill the blender. ⅔ of the way full.
  4. Blend on high until the apples are completely smooth.
  5. Pour the apple puree into a cheese cloth/tea towel lined pitcher or bowl.
  6. Twist the cloth and squeeze the liquid out.
  7. You can bake with the pulp, discard it, feed it to your chickens or compost it.
  8. Pour the cider into glass jars and save in the fridge for up to a week.



12 Tips for Stopping a Cold in its Tracks

12 Tips For Stopping A Cold In Its Tracks

It’s that time of year again. The weather is cooling off and more people are spending more time inside. It’s also that time of year when candy, cookies, coffee drinks and all sorts of other sweets seem to be consumed in greater quantities. All those sweets make it hard for immune systems to function well, the more that is consumed the more weakened that immune systems become. Weakened immune systems combined with more time inside with people who may already be sick leads to even more people getting sick since your immune system has a difficult time fighting the illness off.

What’s a person to do? Follow me over to Modern Alternative Mama to learn 12 Tips for Stopping a Cold in its Tracks.

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!

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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!

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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.

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