Most of you know my Mom has cancer. It's been pretty tough since she was first diagnosed in early June, and keeping on top of her pain and nausea has been very difficult — she's in the hospital again right now. 🙁 Thankfully I've been able to be with her a lot, but I've had very little time to work on the computer. Kent assures me, “You've got your priorities right, Kel“, and I know he's right. (I thank God for my super supportive husband for saying and doing all the right things, and for our kids who are pretty good at ‘rolling with it'.) However, since I haven't been posting as much, if you would share recipes or posts from my archives with friends and family or on social media I'd really appreciate it. Also, anytime you can shop for real foodie stuff through my resources page, that helps to keep things running around here, too. I appreciate all of you faithful reader friends, and thanks for your prayers, especially as we get through such a sad time.
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Now on to my weekly update and link mix-up, here's what I've found for you this week…
- I don't know about you guys, but I can rarely bring myself to order meat at restaurants anymore, unless I know where it came from. (Find healthy meat here.) Read an excerpt from an article about factory chicken farms: “Western Kentucky is an example of a nationwide problem. In Warren County, in northern New Jersey, Michael Patrisko, who lives near an egg factory farm, told a local newspaper that the flies around his neighborhood are so bad, “You literally can look at a house and think it's a different color.” Buckeye Egg Farm in Ohio was fined $366,000 for failing to handle its manure properly. Nearby residents had complained for years about rats, flies, foul odors, and polluted streams from the 14-million-hen complex. At the same time, Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson was threatening to sue Arkansas poultry producers, including Tyson Foods, saying that waste from the companies' operations is destroying Oklahoma lakes and streams, especially in the northeast corner of the state.” (Source: The Hidden Cost of Cheap Chicken.)
- In case you're wondering, yes, this DOES bring to mind one of my most favorite Portlandia scenes! Watch it here:
- I always love reading cute kid notes, don't you? The first one is this: “Girl's Delightfully Old-Fashioned Letter Gets Her Dad A Week Off From Work At Google“. 🙂
- This Today Show article and video made me chuckle a little because they're getting closer but not quite there yet with comments on how saturated fats are “neutral”; at least “they” are starting to come around and not say they're bad for us as much as they used to, but won't it be fun when they finally say what us real foodies know, that healthy fats like real pastured butter, whole fat dairy, poultry skin, etc., is actually protective?!
- Finally a study–not funded by Big Pharma–on diet as a cancer treatment! I pray that many more of these types of studies get funded and off the ground. It's time for answers. Read more from Real Food Forager.
- Cobb salad is the perfect main dish salad for summer! See this recipe from Musings of a Housewife. And here are a whole bunch of tasty salad recipes all in one spot, if I do say so… 🙂
- This conversation on FB last week about building an all-natural pool had me interested, until someone mentioned the possibility of swimming with snakes?????? Guess I'll pass on that idea. No different than a lake or pond though I guess… Read more and see the picture here.
- Did you see this FB conversation with my request for help on what in the world to do about parental controls on electronic devices? It's such a dilemma! I hope you'll add your thoughts/suggestions to the mix, because there's a lot to figure out here. I'm hoping to do a post on it soon. UPDATE: I now use this program and it is wonderful. I don't have to worry anymore about
Have a great week!