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Tricia
Hunter Valley, Australia
Learning to live better with less
Interests: simple living, sustainable living, conservation
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Isn't finding the meaning in our food wonderful. I'd love a cow one day too. Having a beautiful jersey cow is on my bucket list :-)
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Pass The Butter Knife at Life With The Crew
Hi Katie. Having a pet dog while pregnant or while an infant is one of the factors that has been found to reduce allergies and asthma - so your house full of pets is good for the kids :-) She jumped in that puddle without any prompting from me. I couldnt believe it when i turned around and saw her lying in it. Made me very happy that she was comfortable to do that :-)
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We evolved with microbes. And it’s starting to look like we don’t function properly without them. Here's 5 tips to boost your good microbes. 1 Play in the dirt. 2 Grow your own food organically. 3 Buy fruit and vegetables that have been grown on small organic or family farms. 4. Enjoy fermented foods. 5. Repeat. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at little eco footprints
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There's plenty of opportunities to learn skills for sustainable living in the Hunter Valley this month. There's courses in wildcraft, hemp masonry, biodynamics, medicinal herbs, grass identification, and making goats milk soap. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at little eco footprints
They are such handy foods to have in the fridge arent they Fiona. Im yet to try Kimichi. Its next on my list. Tricia Hogbin http://www.littleecofootprints.com/ mob. 0403462543
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Id love to hear how it goes moomoo. Enjoy. T
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My pleasure Pretzel. Enjoy those fermented oats :-)
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Fermented foods are gaining popularity - and rightly so. Laden with probiotics, beneficial enzymes and vitamins - they are great for our digestion and health. They are also easy to make and extremely frugal. Here's how to make simple sauerkraut. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at little eco footprints
Hi Bec. Finding that balance between bills and generosity can be tricky. For now, our household is taking the approach of my husband earning the money, and I focus on the areas of our life that dont make money. We fortunately each have the role we prefer. Switching to a single-income family has been a challenge, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives. The moment you describe was one of my favorite moments in the movie. Priceless. Imagine if more of us were that generous and grateful. Everyone would know that no matter what - there would always be someone to help. It is such a beautiful movie. T
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Enjoy the mulling Kariane. Ive enjoyed looking for opportunities to remove money from the equation. Ive found that once you start looking - they appear everywhere.
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I think you are right Kate that it gets easier the more you do it. I think starting super small is a good idea. Look for ways to be generous. E.g Help carry an elderly persons shopping bags. Once you start looking - opportunities to be generous will appear everywhere. And you will realise how much you have to offer. I used to find it hard to accept generosity. Id try and return gifts or offers of help because I didnt feel I deserved them. But thats not fair on the giver. Ive learnt to be gracious in my gratitude - if that makes sense. Thank you do much for taking the time to share your thoughts Kate. T x
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Having a skill that is so easily traded is valuable Nic. Im guessing few could resist a massage :-)
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Hi Vicki. So true - sharing is a needed excuse to interact. I havent read The Moneyless Man - but am keen to. T
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Somewhere along the line, money took over our lives. The dollar became almighty. And now we’re paying for it. With our happiness, our health, and the environment. But it doesn't have to be this way. We can embrace the gift economy.... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Im so glad you like it Yanic. Enjoy.
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You sure can Alison. The dream pot is a thermal pot. A smaller single serve container may hold the temperature better if you are only cooking a single serve. But if you are cooking a couple of serves the dream pot will be perfect. Enjoy.
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Good luck Yanic. Id love to hear how you go. T
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Hi Jeff. The extra cost is due largely to the grains being organicall grown. Yes - you can get conventionally grown oats for much cheaper from your local supermarket. But I prefer my dollar to supoprt organically grown food - largely for environmental reasons. I wrote about it in this past post if you are interested: http://www.littleecofootprints.com/2014/06/environmental-benefits-organic-food.html Some things are worth paying a little extra for :-)
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Hi Pretzel. Soaking and fermenting the grains helps to neutralise some difficult to digest compounds. e.g. oats contain phytates - which can block mineral absorption. The fermenting neutralises the phytates. Many grains are designed (by nature) to stay instact as they pass through the difestive system - so that birds and animals can disperse their seeds. But this doesnt help us - given that we want to get as much nutrition as possible from our grains. I like to think of fermenting as a kind of pre-digestion - to help our digestive system get the most out of our food. I was glutern-intolerant until around 6 months ago when I increased the amount of fermented foods in my diet. I can now tolerate fermented grans (e.g. sourdough) - but not non-fermented grains. I hope that kind of answers your question :-)
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With a little preparation (and fermentation if you are game) - a bowl of nutritious and delicious oat porridge can be made in minutes. Here's four steps to making a frugal and healthy bowl of porridge. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at little eco footprints
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Im so pleased it worked Amy. Good luck experimentng and finding a loaf that suits your tastes and routine. I often have trouble guessing whether the inside is fully cooked. If Im uncertain - sometimes I turn the oven off and leave the loaf in the warm oven for a while. Enjoy
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Nothing wrong with being an idle parent ;-) I love your retort. I might borrow that next time. x
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2015 on Time to simply play at little eco footprints
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Sounds simply perfect Lisa. Its those kind of school holidays I remember most from my childhood. Thank you for sharing.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2015 on Time to simply play at little eco footprints
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What our busy over-scheduled kids need most is time to simply play. It seems counter-intuitive, but I find myself having to schedule and organise unstructured play. It's not a matter of simply ensuring my daughter has free time - because if she managed her free time she'd spend it sitting in front of a screen. Here are some of my favourite ways to encourage unstructured play: Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at little eco footprints
Hi Amy Well done on the bubbles. A healthy sourdough will have a strong yeasty smell. An alcohol smell may mean you are not feeding it enough. Maybe its ready. You could make a loaf and see how it goes. Once its ready it will need to be stored in the fridge to slow it down. Good luck. Tricia
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