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Jennifer Feeney
NW Indiana's premier custom photographer.
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Several years ago when the signs for the tours of Fair Oaks Farms, a local dairy producer, showed up along the highway, I couldn't wait until the kids were big enough to go. How cool is it to go behind the scenes of a real dairy producer, see a calf... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Life is Beautiful
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Thanksgiving is coming, and most people have already bought there turkey. I'm picking up a fresh organic turkey from a farmer in Michigan next week. But I'm also looking towards our turkey for next year and the raising and breeding of heritage turkeys. The standard turkey that you get at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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Did you know that pigs are efficient rototillers, bushwhackers, fertilizers, tree-choppers...not to mention tasty meat? We have about 5 acres (maybe more) of pretty thick forest. After spending a few days trying to manage it with chainsaws and tree-trimmers, we decided to do it the natural way...with pigs. Yes, we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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I can't call it a recipe. It's really more of a bread-making system. And no, it's not a bread machine. You are making bread, completely by hand, that produces beautiful loaves (hand-shaped artisanal breads, sandwich bread in a bread pan, flat bread, cinnamon swirl bread...you name the possibilities are endless).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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WE are going on vacation soon, and hate to give up all of the fresh, locally grown food we are getting these days. Am I forced to eat grocery store fare and fast food? NOPE! The local food movement is huge! We are going to Virginia, so I googled local... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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I've been trying to find healthier options for cleaning supplies, and shopping at the store is very complex. Which is really greener, healthier, better for my crawling baby who puts everything in her mouth? Better for my daughter who gets a stuffy nose and headache when there is a heavy... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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We have some meetings scheduled, and activities planned to help bring about better food choices for our kids and families. It's SO exciting to be working with others towards a common goal and to bring about big local changes. E-mail or FB message me if you want to be involved...Jennifer Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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I just had someone say they thought lemonaide drink mix and chocolate milk are healthy beverage choices for kids, and that junk food at school was not a problem. Questioning my assertion that they are NOT healthy choices, they asked me to put together some information that proves my point.... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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Along the lines of my previous post, we ran into a lunch stumbling block when I realized that everything I had typically prepared for lunches would no longer fit the bill. I definitely wanted my kids to eat better, more variety, fresh fruits and veggies, and definitely didn't want any... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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No cereals. No toaster waffles. No pancake mix... Well then what the heck do you have for breakfast?? I seriously had that thought after I first announced "No Processed Foods!" I made the new rule, but then stumbled when it came to what to make for a quick breakfast, school... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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I am lucky. I grew up making bread. When I was young, my Mom made 4 loaves of homemade bread each week. My Grandmother had my sisters and I over one day when I was about 10 to teach us how to make bread. I have been making bread without... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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When I tell people that my family is eating no processed foods, I'm always asked WHAT DO YOU EAT THEN? In particular, Mom's have wanted to know what to do about tomato sauce (and I totally understand this because spaghetti is the easiest meal with kids). Yes, from the store... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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It is Spring (hooray!!) and time to start talking about all things growing. Seriously, the best way to stay healthy, control what you are consuming and get your kids to buy into it too is to grow it yourself. Someone recently pointed out to me that our grandparents all had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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Chickens. That is what my family has been talking about a lot lately. First it was, "How can we find good free-range eggs?" Then it became, "Why can't we grow our own eggs?" Laying hens in my backyard...why not? I can actually visualize the collective scratching of heads (and shaking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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Mar 15, 2010
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Herbivore, carnivore, omnivore...locavore? Here's the "official" definition: Someone who seeks out locally grown and produced foods. The word locavore was the New Oxford American Dictionary word of the year for 2007. www.mrcog-nm.gov/index2.php When you are a locavore, you reduce carbon emissions because your food is not being trucked across the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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Cheap food is everywhere...navigating the grocery store, deciding how best to spend your hard-earned dollars, can lead you down a dangerous road. It is a road filled with high fructose corn syrup, soy derivatives, fillers, preservatives and petroleum-derived chemicals all designed to make your food last longer, make you want... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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This is it! Absolutely what I have been looking for. A winter farmer's market that has local produce ONLY (all produce, meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods, honey, preserves from a 300 mile radius around Chicago). NOW we are talking sustainable! I contacted the market to see just what they have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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When you start to look, resources start popping up everywhere! Here's a site I stumbled upon and like a lot. Sustainable Table provides you all kinds of information about sustainable eating. Information about the issues in the sustainable movement, education resources, shopping guide, recipes. It is very much a feel-good... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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If you are interested in growing your own garden this summer, Creme de la Crop(an organic farm in Valparaiso, IN) is selling seedlings this year for purchase...herbs, peppers, heirloom tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, melons, squash, strawberries, potato seedlings and more! Order early as quantities are limited. Plants will be available for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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I have always eaten a fair amount of vegetables (sometimes more than others). I always assumed that those vegetables were good for me, and they tasted pretty good too...until I bought a CSA share from Creme de la Crop, an organic farm in Valparaiso, IN one year. I have never... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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First, you must not pay attention to the cheesy video clip on the home page (Tony is a self-proclaimed organic rockstar!!??). From Timber Creek Farms you can get local organic produce, free-range organic poultry and dairy, and free-range grass-fed beef delivered to your door. You are not locked into quantities... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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To the best of our ability, our family is opting out of industrial agriculture and food. "What??" you may say. "That's too much work!" or even "You're crazy!" Here's my thing - I am appalled by the way it all works...the use of vast monocultures; intense use of pesticides and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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Wow. Understanding chicken labeling is WAY more complicated than it should be. It's not like you have a long string of complicated chemicals and preservatives. But it is the simplicity of the labeling that makes it so complicated. "Natural." What's simpler than that? There are a lot of assumptions in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2010 at Life is Beautiful
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Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been in the news a lot lately. It's an additive in SOME #7 plastics (not all #7's) and has been linked to a number of health problems including cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hyperactivity, sexual dysfunction and asthma. Where can you find BPA? In the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2010 at Life is Beautiful