Beautiful, easy, probiotic rich fermented pickles!- Scratch Mommy

Easy Fermented Pickles

So, what’s the Big Deal with Fermentation? I’m sure at this point in your life you’ve heard of fermentation, like these easy fermented pickles. It’s all the rage in the “health” food world *real* food world. The funny thing is, fermentation has been around (literally!) for centuries. In fact, if you eat sauerkraut, drink wine, or enjoy yogurt—you already know …

Lemon Basil Pesto Recipe

Lactofermented Lemon Basil Sundried Tomato Pesto Recipe

  Pesto is the perfect complement to many meals and snacks. Of course with pasta, but also as a dip for fresh veggies, to elevate a turkey sandwich, or on eggs. It’s delicious, bright, green, and bursting with flavor. You know what makes pesto even better? Lactofermenting it. By allowing it to ferment, probiotics build up in the pesto and …

Late Summer Produce Recipe Roundup

I have always loved this time of year. The weather is great. Hot, yes. But, I like it that way. As a kid, I really looked forward to getting back to school. I spent lots of time carefully picking out new clothes, getting folders and pencils organized, and dreaming up lunch box ideas during the weeks leading up to the …

Cooking with Cocoa Butter: Why it isn't just for skincare!

Cooking with Cocoa Butter + Sprouted Hazelnut Cocoa Butter Recipe

I could not be more excited about writing this post! Why? Cocoa butter is suuuper healthy and yet under-utilized in the cooking world. Perhaps many of you have used cocoa butter in DIY skin care products. Yes, it’s a nourishing butter for our bodies. But not just for our external bodies. Internally, too, cocoa butter has a delicious nutritional profile! When …

Learning how to brew kombucha is actually easier than it sounds and once you start, you'll be hooked. Goodbye $4 kombucha bottles!

How To Brew Kombucha and Add Flavors

Anyone who has ever been to the store Whole Foods has seen their iconic display of brightly colored kombucha gracing the checkout lanes. You can get flavors like ginger pomegranate, blueberry chia seed, or grapefruit. The price tag always gives me a bit of pause though — at almost $4 a bottle, it’s an expensive habit to have. But what …

You would never believe how easy it is to make raw milk yogurt. AND the benefits outweigh pasteurized yogurt any day. Learn more here.

How to Make Raw Milk Yogurt

I began my real food, #LifeFromScratch  journey in middle school; the same time I stopped shaving my legs and wearing make-up. My mom called putting on make-up putting on her “face.” She’s a beautiful lady but didn’t want people to see her without make-up. I didn’t want to be ashamed of my real face and I didn’t want to buy …

Water kefir is loaded with vitamins, minerals, beneficial enzymes, and it's a great alternative to soda. Plus, it's super easy to make water kefir. Learn how here.

How to Make Water Kefir

My journey into a #LifeFromScratch has been a slowly developing experience over the last 5 years. I’ve been addicted to gardening since I was a child, and I just assumed that veggies would be my sole gardening adventure. Then, about 5 years ago, my world was shattered with constant, daily headaches. After trying a myriad of pills (all with devastating side effects), …

Daily green smoothies are counter-productive for those who are seeking optimum health or healing. Learn more about the scoop on oxalates & green smoothies.

Why It Takes Rose Colored Glasses to Love (Most) Green Smoothies- The Inside Scoop on Oxalates

Friends, if you love green smoothies this article may touch a nerve. Many of us started drinking green smoothies in an effort to get healthier, but, sadly, daily green smoothies are counter-productive and ironic, for those who are seeking optimum health or healing. Many raw leafy green vegetables need to have their oxalates reduced through fermentation or cooking. They should …