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Top 5 Ways to Save: Buying Organic on a Budget

Buying organic food doesn’t have to be expensive. You can buy organic food on a budget with a little work. These are some easy tips to help you stay on budget while buying organic food. 

Top 5 Ways to Save, Buying Organic on a Budget

Using coupons does not mean you are stuck eating processed foods. While it does take a bit more creativity, buying organic on a budget is entirely possible. Simply applying basic money-saving techniques can land you big savings at the register and big health benefits as well.

Buying Organic on a Budget

  1. Use Coupons: While it may appear most coupons are for processed, conventional foods, you can find coupons for organic products as well if you know where to look. Visit the manufacturer’s website directly, sign up for newsletters and call your favorite companies as well.  A simple phone call to customer service asking for coupons could have a big payout. MamboSprouts.com also offer printable coupons for organic products and WholeFoods has an app with mobile coupons, as does Sprouts.
  2. Timing: When it comes to strategic shopping, timing is everything. Instead of using a coupon the very second you cut it out, wait until your item hits its rock bottom price. When you see an amazing sale, that is the time to use your coupon!
  3. Stockpile: When your items are at their lowest price, use your coupon and stock up. This means you will need multiple coupons (you might want to pick up a few extra papers). Don’t worry, you do not have to stock up for 2 years, just keep enough until your item goes on sale again which is typically every 6-8weeks. If you like organic produce, purchase fruit in season and freeze it so you can use it all year long.
  4. Menu Plan: Planning your menu around sales, coupons and your stockpile will bring in the most savings. Sales are store loss leaders, those items bring the most savings in the store each week. When you combine your coupon with those, you’ll get double the savings. Planning your menu around simply those two savings methods can easily cut your grocery bill in half without much effort at all! Don’t let your stomach tell you what to eat, tell your stomach what to eat and plan around those sales!
  5. Organization: Once you learn how to get multiple sets of coupons, you must find a way to organize those coupons that will work for you. Pick up a 3 ring binder and organize your coupons using baseball card holders. This will allow you to see your coupons clearly which will help you use them before they expire. You can divide them up into sections such as beverages, frozen, cereal, etc.

No matter what types of food you purchase, you can save a bundle by learning how to shop smart. It is not as hard as it looks and certainly does not mean you’ll be eating junk food. Companies producing organic products know you need to save now more than ever, hunt down those savings and let the healthy eating on a budget begin!

If you would like to learn more about strategic shopping, check out Couponing 101 on MoneySavingQueen.com.

 


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Recycled Halloween Crafts

These recycled Halloween crafts are adoreable and easy to make. Many are easy enough for kids to make.

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Looking for some easy Halloween craft projects? We have gathered some great ones that use materials from your recycling bin!


It’s a great way to save on craft supplies and be a bit greener this Hallowen. It’s amazing what you can make with things that were headed to the landfill.

These recycled Halloween crafts are perfect for different ages and skill levels. They would also be fun to do at a school Halloween party.

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Start saving up your recycling to use in these great crafts. It’s a great way to upcycle your trash and help the planet.

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Autumn Apples- Paleo Friendly Dessert

Looking for a great paleo and Whole30 friendly fall dessert? These apples are delicious, easy, and perfect for a healthy dessert.

Autumn apples, paleo dessert, whole30 dessert, healthy dessert

I’ve been a little crazy for ghee since I did my first Whole30 this year. I did another Whole30 in August and actually completed it. During that month I was on Instagram often, sharing pictures of my meals and gaining inspiration from other paleo foodies. I noticed almost all of them were using OMGhee and raving about it.


I placed my order for my first jar last week and received it this morning. Can I just say, WOW! I immediately opened my jar, feeling like a kid on Christmas morning, and had a little taste. Caramel. No joke, this is one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. I started dreaming up ways to play on that delicious flavor.

Although in Oklahoma we don’t seem to get fall until October or sometime even November or December, the minute September hits I start obsessing over all things pumpkin and apple. As the days grow shorter these things come into season and are the freshest and best of the year. So there is my story and here is my recipe.

Autumn Apples

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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cut your apples into bite-size chunks.
  2. Over medium heat melt your ghee and toss in your apples.
  3. Squeeze the lime juice onto the apples.
  4. Add your pumpkin spice and continue to cook the apples until soft. It only takes about 5 minutes. Now you enjoy. Easy (and delicious) as pie.

You can easily increase this recipe and serve it this Thanksgiving or at holiday parties. It’s a nice break from the usually unhealthy treats we find around the holidays.

Looking for more delicious apple recipes? Try these 35+ Apple Recipes

Have a Greener Halloween

Halloween is a fun time of the year but it can also come with a lot of waste. Have a greener Halloween this year with these great tips.

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Halloween will be here before we know it and that means lots of candy with questionable ingredients and a lot of waste. So how can you stay green and still celebrate Halloween? All you have to do is rethink Halloween and we have tips to get you started.

Candy & Treats


Halloween Treats

Look for natural candy and when possible Fair Trade certified and/or organic candy to help avoid nasty ingredients and be a bit more gentle on the planet. A great place to look for these items is Natural Candy Store, just be sure to order in time.

You can also skip all of the sugary candy altogether and go with non-edible treats, like eco-friendly packs of crayons, little notepads made from recycled paper, and other fun things.

For Halloween parties and your own family consider making your own homemade Halloween treats using natural ingredients.

Costumes

Look for local costume swaps, borrow costumes from friends, make your own using tips from sites like Pinterest, and check out thrift stores, you will save money and avoid extra packaging. Be sure to also avoid costumes that contain PVC, which is toxic and often contains lead.

Carrying Your Treats

If you have brown paper bags around your kids can decorate them for their bags. They can also make one from a shoe box and magazines using this cute treat bucket tutorial. Or get a reflective reusable Halloween bag. It’s fun to use for trick or treating but also can be used as a reusable bag when not being used for candy.

Decorations

A lot of Halloween decorations are made of cheap plastic and don’t hold up long-term. They may also contain harmful chemicals. Instead, make your own decor, shop second hand, or shop the options below.

Have a greener Halloween, Eco-Friendly Halloween, Zero Waste Halloween

Don’t forget to place your Natural Candy Store Halloween candy order before the shipping deadline. 

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Things to Do This Fall in Oklahoma

Fall is a wonderful time of year to experience all that the beautiful outdoor activities in Oklahoma.

Things to do this fall in Oklahoma

Fall is here and it’s a great time to get out in nature with the family. Oklahoma offers a wide range of family-friendly outdoor activities. These are just a few of the ways to enjoy the cooler weather and some of the beauty Oklahoma has to offer.

  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area
    Chickasaw National Recreation Area is Oklahoma’s oldest national park area. It offers mineral and freshwater springs, a 2,350-acre lake, nature trails for hiking and cycling, many great fishing areas, campgrounds, picnic areas, a nature center, and more.
  • Tenkiller State Park
    Tellkiller State Park offers a lot of great family-friendly activities. Everything from playgrounds, picnic areas, three hiking trails, a kids’ fishing pond, to the Driftwood Nature Center.
  • Greenleaf State Park
    Stay in one of the park’s cabins or at the park’s campgrounds. Nature hiking trails, a discovery center, basketball and volleyball courts, miniature golf, fishing, and naturalist lead programs are just some of the fun activities found at Greenleaf State Park.
  • Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
    The 39,000-acre preserve is the largest protected area of tallgrass prairie on Earth. The preserve is known for the bison that calls it home. With a herd of 2,700 American Bison, it’s one of the largest herds in the country. It’s also home to white-tailed deer, beavers, bobcats, coyotes, woodchucks, over 300 species of birds, and more. You can drive the 15-mile scenic road to see the bison and other wildlife, visit the preserve headquarters and gift shop, have a picnic, check out the nature trail, visit the historic 1920’s ranch bunkhouse, and more.
  • Alabaster Caverns State Park
    The 200-acre state park offers the largest natural gypsum cave open to the public and the only gypsum show cave in the United States. There are daily guided tours of the cavern. There are also hiking trails, RV sites, picnic areas, a gift shop and more.
  • Pumpkin Patch
    Oklahoma offers many great pumpkin patches with lots of fun activities for the whole family.
  • Orr Family Farm
    The Orr Family Farm offers train rides on a historic train, pony rides, a vintage 1975 carousel, a playground, and so much more. September 20th will start the fall season for the Orr Family Farm.

Additional Resources: 35 Ways to Enjoy Fall for Free!
Oklahoma Road Trips

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10+ Perfect Fall Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkins are in season and it’s a great time to try some new pumpkin recipes. These are sure to make you excited about fall.

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It’s pumpkin season! Pumpkin is a very versatile ingredient. It can be used in savory and sweet dishes, and for any meal. It’s fun to try using it in many ways during fall.

Pumpkin farms are a fun weekend activity for the family. You can pick your own pumpkins, decorate a few and turn a few into some of these delicious dishes.


When craving your pumpkins be sure to keep the insides to use for some of these recipes. It helps prevent food waste and saves you money. Pumpkins a really healthy fruit that’s great for the whole family, even the dog.

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Throw an Eco-Friendly Football Party

Football is back and so is tailgating and football parties. Both can be a lot of fun but also create a lot of waste. This year try throwing an eco-friendly football party instead. 

How to throw an eco-friendly football party, eco-friendly tailgating

It’s football season and that means football parties and tailgating. Both are favorite past times of Oklahomans. We take our football seriously around here.


These parties can mean a lot of waste though. If you are trying to live more eco-friendly this can be really tough. You don’t need to ditch your parties though, just change them.

There are a lot of ways you can make your football parties more eco-friendly and still have a ton of fun supporting your favorite team.

Throw an Eco-Friendly Football Party

Better Food
Grilling is a popular option for tailgating and football parties but conventional food for grilling can have harmful ingredients like nitrates and the meat often comes from inhumane feedlots. There are better options though. Here are some great options for your next party.

Look for uncured hot dogs. Applegate Farm’s is a readily available brand. They have several great hot dog and dinner sausage options.

Throw an Eco-Friendly Football Party or Tailgate

 

Oklahoma has a lot of great local beef and bison that is perfect for grilling. The Oklahoma Food Coop is a great place to find local meat. Many natural food stores around the state also offer local meat. If you can’t find local meat, look for organic or pasture raised meat. Even Aldi often has grass-fed, organic beef.

Meat can have a pretty big environmental impact so it’s good to try and have some meatless meals as well, so if you are wanting a meatless meal or have any vegetarians coming why not make some homemade black bean burgers? Don’t forget the buns, check with local bakeries or make your own.

You will also need snack foods, there are great organic brands of chips and other snack and also some wonderful local options. Many local bakeries like Green Goodies in OKC use better ingredients in their delicious baked goods.

Additional Resource: Grilled Cheddar Sausage with Caramelized Onions Recipe

Dishes
If you are at home it’s best to use real dishes if possible. If you plan to have a lot of parties a good option for dishes is to check local thrift stores for a few cheap sets to have just for party use.

If real dishes aren’t an option look for recycled, compostable, plastic-free, or tree-free products.  Here are some more eco-friendly options.


Decorations

football party decor

Use things you already have around the house that are in your team’s colors. Also, check the thrift store for decorations. It’s a great way to get affordable decorations.

If you want some new items, take a look at Etsy for handmade options that are made to last. It’s a great way to support artisans and get great products.

How to throw an eco-friendly football party, eco-friendly tailgating

With these tips, you can celebrate your favorite team with friends without so much waste. Don’t forget to recycle and save your leftovers!

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Field Peas with Ham

Looking for a delicious recipe that is perfect for fall and winter nights? Try Field Peas with Ham. 

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Recently, I picked up a few things from local producers, Cattle Tracks and Rowdy Stickhorse Wild Acres. Both are family farms here in Oklahoma. I wanted to introduce you to these great local farms and share with you a tasty dish I made with their products. I created Field Peas with Ham with Dried Field Peas from Cattle Tracks and Ham Hocks from Rowdy Stickhorse. Simple, tasty, and great for this winter that just won’t end.


I created Field Peas with Ham with Dried Field Peas from Cattle Tracks and Ham Hocks from Rowdy Stickhorse. Simple, tasty, and great for cold nights.

Cattle Tracks/John’s Farm 

A family owned farm in Fairview, Oklahoma. They are Certified organic, non-GMO project verified, Animal Welfare Approved farm. They offer beef, wheat, flour, seasonings, and beef jerky. They have numerous retail locations around the state. I order their products through both the Oklahoma Food Co0op and at the OSU-OKC Farmers Market on the 1st Saturday of the month. 

Rowdy Stickhorse Wild Acres

A certified naturally grown family farm located outside of Covington Oklahoma. They offer Beef, Pork, Lamb, Goat, Eggs, Bird Feed, Goats milk herbal products (Soaps, Creams, and Laundry Powder, etc.) I have also ordered from them through the Oklahoma Food Co-op and the Oklahoma Farm to Fork Market truck.

This truck is an old yellow school bus that travels the state of Oklahoma (on a schedule).  A group of Oklahoma farmers gathers together to bring you farm fresh, clean food directly from their farms to you. You can find everything from local meat, cheese, bakery items, fruits, vegetables, canned goods, and household items like laundry soap with goat’s milk. I usually pick up at Mercy’s Heart Hospital North on Memorial in Oklahoma City Thursday afternoons.

Cooking Peas and Beans

The field peas from Cattle Tracks/John’s Farm were a combination of organic Black-eyes, Victors, Chinese Reds, Red Rippers. With any dried bean or pea, soaking overnight in water is the preferred method to remove make them easier to digest. You could also do the rapid soak method of bringing the peas to a rapid boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. 

Dried peas and beans can cause some to get a little gassy. I add a 2″ x 2″ square of dried kelp (seaweed) to all my beans and peas to help eliminate the “toot”. It doesn’t add any flavor to the dish and is removed before serving. You can pick it up at most large grocery stores or any Asian market. I get mine at Cao Nguyen on Military and NW 26th in Oklahoma City.

This dish, Field Peas with Ham is a simple and delicious dish I know you are going to enjoy. Serve it with cornbread, corn tortillas, or try something different with my Irish Soda Bread.

Field Peas with Ham

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried peas
  • 3 cups chicken broth + water to cover peas
  • 1 ham bone or 2 ham hocks
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or 1 Tablespoon dried cilantro
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2″x 2″ piece of dried kelp, optional
  • Garnish: freshly chopped cilantro, optional

Directions:

  1. Soak peas overnight.
  2. Drain peas and place them in a large Dutch oven. Add fresh water to cover them by 2″.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for 1 hour.
  5. Remove ham bone or ham hocks, kelp, and bay leaf. 
  6. Once the ham has cooled enough to work with, remove the meat and return to the peas.
  7. Spoon peas into individual serving bowls. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired and serve.

For more great recipes and family related articles, be sure to check out my website, Little Family Adventure.

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9 Foods to Avoid During Ragweed Season

Ragweed season is here. If you find yourself dealing with some new food allergies it may be oral allergy syndrome. Learn how to stop the symptoms.

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If you are experiencing allergies right now you are likely one of the 10-30% of Americans that suffer from hay fever, or allergic rhinitis. And of the most common causes of hay fever during fall is ragweed.


Ragweed is very common in Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic has been showing a rise in the pollen counts lately.

Symptoms of hay fever include-

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Cough
  • Sinus and facial pain and pressure
  • Decreased sense of taste or smell
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat

Treatments include antihistamines, corticosteroids, allergy shots, decongestants, and other over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Another way you can help reduce your systems is by eliminating some foods that may be causing you to have Oral allergy syndrome.

Oral allergy syndrome is caused by cross-reacting allergens found in pollen and in raw vegetables, fruits, seeds, and tree nuts. The immune system recognizes similar proteins found in these foods and causes an allergic reaction to it. Cooked forms of the foods don’t often cause the same issue. Ragweed is an allergen that suffers from oral allergy syndrome often have.

It’s estimated that up to a third of pollen allergy patients suffer from oral allergy syndrome. Most cases are mild but it can cause serious, even life-threatening reactions.

Common oral allergy syndrome triggers for ragweed suffers include-

  • Banana
  • Cucumber
  • Cantaloupe
  • Melons
  • Zucchini
  • Echinacea
  • Chamomile
  • Artichoke
  • Hibiscus

If you eat these foods take note of any symptoms after.

The most common symptoms of OAS include-

  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Tingling at the back of your throat
  • Itchy or swollen lips
  • Scratchiness on the roof of your mouth

If you notice any of these reactions be sure to let your doctor know and avoid the food. You can also avoid these foods as a precaution, as you may not be able to notice they are making your allergies worse.

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35+ Delicious Apple Recipes

It’s apple season and a great time to try some new apple recipes. Try one of these delicious recipes today with some local apples. 

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It’s time for apples here in Oklahoma and much of the US. Trying some new apple recipes is a great way to support local apple farmers and to get in the mood for fall.


With so many types of apples, the number of things you can make with them is endless. Everything from sweet treats to savory dishes are perfect with apples.

Be sure to look for apples at your local farmers’ market. It’s a great time to support local farmers.

Delicious Apple Recipes

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