Archive for April, 2010

Have you seen the movie Food, Inc.?

Check out the website and if you have never seen the movie you are missing out.  It’s a documentary about where our food comes from in the United States.   If you are looking for one good thing to do for your family and the Earth this Earth Day, then I would suggest finding out where your food is coming from.

“In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. ” (excerpt taken from

Sign a petition to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act.  Let’s demand that federally funded child food programs offer our children the healthy food that they deserve!




Kombucha Tea

18 years ago now, I was in Carmel, California visiting my dearest friend Erin and her family.  I remember Erin and I were going out to lunch with her Mom, who I loving refer to as Mother Bean.  Well, Mother Bean is an Herbalist and used to own her own herbal medicine shop.  She was always trying out her latest and greatest concoctions on herself and her family and friends.  I thought it was so strange at the time, she was carrying this old glass jar around with her, in her purse.  Inside the jar was this brown liquid.  Mother Bean was sipping off this liquid, which looked pretty nasty to me.  Of course, I had to ask what it was and she told me it was Kombucha Tea.  I of course needed further explanation and she told me that she was fermenting a mushroom and making a health tonic.  She said that she just added ingredients to the mushroom and would sip it everyday.  Yikes, I smelled it and it smelled BAD!  I refused to taste it as well.  (Love you, Mother Bean)

Well, today Kombucha Tea is extremely popular and is sold in local health food stores.  It’s not inexpensive either.  I have been drinking it all week this week to detoxify my system.  It is said to have many health and healing benefits.  It contains live cultures that are supposed to be good for your digestive tract.  It comes in a lot of flavors, but all of them have the undertones of vinegar.  If you are a seasoned Kombucha tea drinker and would like to try to make your own, I have a recipe for you:

4-6 Tea Bags (at least 2 black tea)

4 liters filtered water

10 ounces white sugar

1 Kombucha Tea fungus (Don’t buy one, just buy a bottle of Kombucha from the store)

You will need 1 3/4 cup of Kombucha tea (Mother tea)

Boil the water in a stainless steal pot.  Add sugar and stir until dissolved.  Turn off heat.  Add tea bags and steep for 15 minutes.  Remove tea bags and allow to cool.  Add 1 3/4 cup of Kombucha tea, your Mother tea and pour into a sterile glass jar or glass container which can be covered.  Let brew for 1 week.

Now your ready to drink your homemade Kombucha!  Remember to save some Mother tea for your next batch.


Reusable tote bags, a funny story

By now many people are on the bandwagon for bringing their reusable totes to the grocery store.  They are great, because you can use them for other things besides groceries.

My friend Nik was telling me a story the other day about one night she stopped at the grocery store to grab some groceries.  She and her boyfriend were going to cook a romantic dinner together.  Nik said she grabbed her grocery totes out of the trunk of her car and brought them into the store.  She was feeling excited for dinner with her boyfriend and she admitted that she was feeling pretty sexy, because she had done her hair and make-up perfectly and was wearing a “naughty librarian” outfit, complete with dark rimmed glasses.

Nik said she shopped and went to the check out where a young man was working.  Nik noticed that he was very attractive, possibly 15 years younger than herself.  She was feeling pretty sexy as I mentioned before and she was enjoying his attention, as he seemed to notice her “naughty librarian” outfit.  Nik said he as he was bagging her groceries he looked up at her and gave her a big smile.  Then he told her to have a great night and she agreed that she would.  Later when Nik got to boyfriend’s house, she was unpacking groceries and realized that in the bottom of one 0f her bags was her new matching purple satin and lace bra and panties.

Oops, reusable totes are good for shopping at department stores, too.  Just make sure you remove your unmentionables before you go grocery shopping.