Posts made in July, 2013

July Link Love 2013

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Blog, Monthly Link Love | 0 comments

July Link Love 2013

While I generally restrict the contents of the Creative Simple Life blog to real food recipes and resources, my monthly Link Love posts offer an opportunity for me to share those events in my life that deserve mentioning. This July has been a significant time for me and my family. It has been dedicated to saying goodbye to a beloved family member who recently lost a two year battle with mesothelioma lung cancer. It has been a difficult month that has offered me an opportunity for self-reflection. During the past month, I’ve revisited what it means to live a creative and simple life. It is easy for me to get caught up in the excitement (and sometimes pressure) of the next recipe, next blog post, or next project. Over the past few weeks I’ve tried to really tune into what I need on a moment-to-moment basis and take the time to rest, heal, and recuperate from the effects that grief, air travel, and transition have on my body. I’ve noticed myself slowing down more and accepting that what I need is o.k. I’ve taken a break from all of the things I feel I “should” be doing. This practice in self-awareness has helped me to take better care of myself and those around me. Moving forward into August, I’d like to continue this practice in self-awareness and self-care. For me this may mean doing less at times while doing more at others. Above all it means that I will strive to accept myself where I am. All of this helps me to tune into my needs and take better care of myself. I encourage all of my readers to do their best to take care of themselves this coming month and always. Below are some articles to encourage your self-care journey. Summer Self-Care Tips Simplify your life (and you mailbox) by stopping your junkmail. Bonus: you save trees as well! Soothe stress and anxiety using aromatherapy by learning How to Blend Essential Oils. Beat the heat this summer with these 5 Ways to Keep Cool. If you struggle with headaches you will like these tips for how to get rid of them naturally. Make your own thai summer rolls using fresh and natural ingredients. Enjoy slowing down to make this nutritious snack/meal. You’ll feel great eating them too. Stay hydrated with a watermelon agua fresca or a watermelon lemonade. Take yourself blueberry picking. Getting outside and connecting with nature is a great way to wind down and relieve stress. When you get home use your freshly picked fruit to make some yummy treats. For inspiration, check out this great list of blueberry recipes. Add some probiotics to your diet. Your tummy and gut will thank you, plus probiotics help support for your overall health. Check out my recipe for probiotic pickles, make some probiotic coleslaw, or try some chia kombucha blender jam. I wish you all a relaxing next month and beyond. Take care of yourselves! You won’t regret...

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Probiotic Pickles: A Fermented Year-Round Recipe

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Blog, Fermentation, Recipes | 38 comments

Probiotic Pickles: A Fermented Year-Round Recipe

There’s nothing quite like a lacto-fermented half sour pickle! They are crisp, crunchy, and refreshing with just the right amount of tang! Plus they pack a hefty probiotic punch! It’s a win-win.

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Grand Opening: Creative Simple Life Etsy Store

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Blog, DIY Beauty, Promotions | 4 comments

Grand Opening: Creative Simple Life Etsy Store

Drum roll, please….. The Creative Simple Life Etsy store is officially open! After many weeks of planning, researching, testing recipes, and writing product descriptions, I’m excited to announce that the new Creative Simple Life Etsy store is finally open for business! Please stop by and check it out: http://www.CreativeSimpleLife.Etsy.com A Bit of History Shortly after beginning this blog, I decided to expand my interest in making food from scratch to experimenting with creating homemade skin care products. I found the process to be equally as rewarding and, after many months of reading, research, and trial-and-error recipe and product testing, the Creative Simple Life Etsy store was born! Just as the process of creating homemade skincare products has nourished me, I hope my customers will find my skincare line to be an equally nourishing part of their daily self-care practice. At the new Etsy store you can find homemade face serums, salves, all-natural deodorant, scented moisturizers, lip balms, cleansers, body oils, and more! Many of these items are already posted on Etsy, while others are being fine tuned in my at-home test kitchen and will be available shortly. It’s been such a fun adventure to learn about the process and ingredients that go into homemade cosmetics and I’m so excited to finally be ready to share all of my creations with you! Store Preview Here are a few items that you can currently find at the Etsy store (more to come): Special Discount As a thank you to all of my loyal Creative Simple Life subscribers I’m offering a special newsletter subscribers only discount! Keep an eye on your inbox for an e-mail from me with your exclusive coupon code. If you aren’t already signed-up for our newsletter, you can join...

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Cucumber Lemon Water: The Perfect Antidote to Hot Summer Days

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Blog, Recipes | 5 comments

Cucumber Lemon Water: The Perfect Antidote to Hot Summer Days

In an effort to stay hydrated in the dry heat of Colorado summers, I’ve started to get creative with my water intake approach: enter Cucumber Lemon Water. Cucumber water is simple, takes about 5 minutes to make, and will definitely perk up your hydration regimen. When my water tastes and feels special, I notice I’m much more likely to drink it. So not only do I stay cooler and more hydrated, but I feel like I’m doing something special for myself in just a few minutes a week. If you haven’t tried cucumber lemon water, it doesn’t get much easier. You’ll need: 1 organic, unwaxed cucumber 1 organic lemon A pitcher or mason jar (even a drinking glass works in a pinch!) Choosing Fruits I recommend choosing organic cucumbers and lemons since they will soak in the water and continue to impart their refreshing flavor over the course of several days. If you don’t have access to organic varieties, you can peel the cucumber and simply squeeze the lemon juice into the water without leaving the rind in to soak. The Process is Simple: Start by thinly slicing the washed cucumber and lemon. For a 1 quart container, I used a third of a large cucumber and a half of a lemon, but experiment to see what you like. Place the sliced fruits in your pitcher or jar and cover with cold water. Place your cucumber lemon water in the fridge for a 5 to 10 minutes and it’s ready to drink! That was easy! You can continue refilling your pitcher with water over the course of several days, leaving in the cucumber and lemon slices. The cucumber and lemon will continue to impart their flavor to the water. Depending on how much water you drink, you may find that the cucumber and lemon slices last 3 days or more! When they start to look translucent, are no longer floating, or your water is not getting the flavor you desire, remove the old cucumber and lemon and add some fresh slices! Keep this process going all summer and you’re sure to be cool, refreshed, hydrated, and...

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