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We are starting a NEW party here at Mary's Kitchen every Friday.


Join us Friday, August 16th for the very first party!…



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Added by Marianne Smith on August 9, 2013 at 8:12am — No Comments

Facts about America's Drinking Water

Originally posted at Back to the Basics

From the NY Times " Millions in the US Drink Contaminated Water"

More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems…

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Added by Marianne Smith on August 8, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Genetic Roulette

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

GMO Free Worldwide on fb

If you have been following my blog for a while you should know that I am adamantly against…

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Added by Marianne Smith on April 24, 2013 at 6:58pm — 4 Comments

Sprouting Mung Beans

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

This is the second round of Mung Beans here at Back to the Basics!…

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Added by Marianne Smith on April 5, 2013 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Sprouting Hard Red Wheat

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

Homegrown sprouts are amazing!  Sprouts are nutrient dense, living foods.  Growing your own sprouts not only saves money but also ensures the freshest, nutrient-packed, raw food.  

**I'm also over at…

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Added by Marianne Smith on April 5, 2013 at 9:49am — 1 Comment

Health benefits of ACV

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

Have to ever tried Apple Cider Vinegar?  By itself?  It's probably not the most pleasant thing to drink but I know that it's good for me.  Apple cider vinegar is one of the main ingredients in my Apple…

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Added by Marianne Smith on March 11, 2013 at 8:25pm — 1 Comment

Growing Garden Huckleberry

Originally posted at Back to the Basics:

This is the second year that I've grown Garden Huckleberry from seed.  The first year I only planted 2 and had an okay crop but then I let the plants die.  Ooopps! …

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Added by Marianne Smith on March 8, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Fresh Basil Tincture

Originally posted at Back to the Basics:

So far I have shared Chamomile tincture and Cayenne tincture recipes.  You can read about Basil…

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Added by Marianne Smith on January 29, 2013 at 7:06pm — 2 Comments

In the Garden Spotlight: Basil

Basil is by far the easiest plant I have grown...EVER!  Basil needs sun, water and room to grow.  If your plant gets too tall or bushy, chop of a piece and add it to your salad, make pesto or even Basil Lemonade!…

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Added by Marianne Smith on January 3, 2013 at 9:11am — No Comments

Favorites of 2012!

I've been bouncing around different topics lately.  Have you noticed?  When I started this blog over 3 years ago I wasn't interested in followers, pageviews or recognition.  My goal was to educate myself and others about health and nutrition.  I never intended to post about controversial or political topics.  But you know what?  Life (and health) is controversial!  …

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Added by Marianne Smith on January 3, 2013 at 9:09am — 1 Comment

Eat to Beat Cancer! (part 2)

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

I planned to get started on this post several days ago but I was sidetracked by the recent Meningitis Outbreak due to contaminated steroid injections.  So, on to Breast Cancer Awareness!…

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Added by Marianne Smith on October 20, 2012 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Eat to Beat Cancer! (part 1)

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

As you may know, October is Breast Cancer awareness month. 

What you may not know is there are many foods that fight cancer.…

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Added by Marianne Smith on October 11, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Homemade Chicken Calzones

Originally posted at Mary's Kitchen:

Homemade Chicken Calzone

adapted from TLC

Ingredients

1/2 packet of dry yeast (approx 1 1/2 teaspoons)

1/2 cup and 1 tbsp warm water

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup…

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Added by Marianne Smith on September 25, 2012 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Health benefits of Chamomile

I love tea!  My sisters and I grew up drinking English tea with our Gran so every time I brew a cup I think of Granny.  With the start of several new businesses I have found that it's important to take a few minutes to relax and clear my mind so my "tea time" has become very important.



What new businesses?  Mary's Basics 

vegan and natural lip balms, Doc's Herbal Tea…

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Added by Marianne Smith on August 22, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

First Aid Kit Essentials

The events of the week have made me appreciate being prepared.  Maybe not prepared for everything but at least the "regular stuff."

On Tuesday I managed to injure my finger…

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Added by Marianne Smith on August 8, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Health benefits of Lemon and Basil

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

I love Basil!  It grows like a weed and you can trim a little or hack off a bunch when you need it.  Did you know that Basil is great for people with inflammation or asthma?…

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Added by Marianne Smith on July 11, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Are you having trouble transplanting seedlings?

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

Recently, I received a question at Mary's Heirloom Seeds and I think it would be great to share.



I am always happy to answer gardening or seed questions (even if you bought seeds elsewhere).  If I don't know the answer I'll look it…

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Added by Marianne Smith on June 22, 2012 at 4:52pm — 3 Comments

Tips for Gardening in Small Spaces

Posted at Back to the Basics!

You don't need a farm or even a yard of any size to have a garden.



Do you have a balcony or patio that gets several hours of sunlight each day?  Do you have a windowsill that gets several hours of sunlight each day?  Container gardening can be very simple to start herbs or flowers and even a few vegetable varieties.…

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Added by Marianne Smith on June 15, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Making Brandy at Home

Have you ever tried homemade liqueur or liquor?



Lemoncello is easy enough to make and I might post a recipe tomorrow.  Today we're making Brandy!



I found this 8 simple steps to making Brandy at wikihow.com and it's "oh so simple."  The only problem I have with the recipe is there is no specific amount of yeast.  I have NO idea how much yeast to use (but I found…

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Added by Marianne Smith on June 6, 2012 at 10:57am — 2 Comments

Create a Salsa Garden

Who doesn't like Salsa?  There are so many variations of Salsa, mild to hot, mango to jalapeno and even green tomato salsa.  Creating a Salsa Garden is easy!



My first suggestion, Peat Pellets!  I don't care where you get them from but they make seed-starting "oh so easy."  Before you just go crazy and start planting all of the seeds it's important to…

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Added by Marianne Smith on June 1, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

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