Meal Prep the Ecopiggy Way

I don’t know about you, but when I’m super busy I can tend to not eat very well. This is not really a good thing for anyone, but especially so when you have little ones that you are tending to. I have worked in a few kitchens over the years and they always have something in common: lots of prepped ingredients ready to use for recipes. So, what if you spent a 1/2 hour, twice per week doing some meal prep to make your life a lot easier when it comes to making healthy meals?


Natural Halloween: Face Paint + Treat Recipe

Looking for a natural and easy solution to upgrade your child’s Halloween costume? Or maybe just a fun fall creative activity to do with your little one? How about some eco-friendly face paint and a homemade Halloween treat?! We have you covered here at Ecopiggy with our wonderful natural face paints made locally, here in Ashland, Oregon, with simple ingredients from nature that are completely non~toxic and safe to use on delicate young skin, and clean up with gentle soap and water.


Sisters

These are my “little sisters”.  While most small children were asking Santa Clause for ponies, barbies, and ant farms, I was asking Santa to please bring me a sister.  And at the age of five, my wish came true.  Born the day after Christmas was my first sister Nicola.  Three years later, Antonia joined our family too.    While I missed out on some of the early years of mischief, and at times was the target for their mischief, these two women will forever be my cornerstone.   They spied on my first kisses, they read my diary, they killed my fish, they were present at both births of my children, and they’ve been with me through this past year of divorce.  


Pantry: Nourishing Bone Broth

Bone broth is like the SUPERHERO of winter foods.   “What makes bone broth so special?” you ask.  “Isn’t stock, broth, bone broth all the same?”  NO!  Let me tell you why…  A TRUE bone broth can be simmered up to 48 hours.    During this time the bones and marrow are cooked down, releasing collagens (gelatin rich in amino acids),  minerals (calcium and phosphorus), electrolytes (magnesium, sodium and potassium),  and proteins.


Life is Peachy.

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Summer is only complete when I’ve had sufficient quantities of corn on the cob, watermelon, berry crumble, and peaches. (This is only my edible list…and really, it has a few more items than listed, like endless amounts of blackberries freshly picked and directly consumed.)  Last summer went by and I realized I had missed farm-stand peaches.  Sure I could still purchase peaches at the local co-op, but the peaches you buy direct from the farmer at the side of the road, those are true summer peaches.  They include more than just peachy-flavor, they include experience and connection.