Where Do I Buy…?

How many of you are like me and have asked the following questions of a trusted friend?

Where do I buy…?

What do you use?

Which one do you recommend?

Not only have I asked these same questions but I receive frequent emails containing these very questions.

For me, it helps knowing that someone I trust uses a particular product or brand and recommends it. So, I have added to the menu bar across the top of Cultured Palate a new tab – Shopping Guide.

This Shopping Guide is a list of items I use in my own kitchen and recommend from companies I trust. Everything from kombucha scobys, herbs and spices, starters to olive oil.

I hope the shopping guide will help provide you with quality products for your healthy, traditional/real food lifestyle.

Week in Review

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Can you believe it is only four days until Christmas? I have already planned my menu which is the same from year to year so, there is really nothing to plan. How about you, do you have a traditional menu?

Smoked Turkey takes front and center on our table along with stuffing, Broccoli Nut Casserole, Sweet Potato Souffle, mashed potatoes, creamed onions and Pumpkin Pies. We do have a Christmas birthday boy so birthday cake (Lazy Woman’s Cake) is also on the menu.

I am an early shopper and like to begin my shopping in the spring. I know it is early but this allows me to take advantage of sales throughout the year. Wrapping, though, is another subject. Often, I am up most of Christmas Eve wrapping – coffee works wonders!

Our second oldest son and daughter-in-law arrive for the festivities this afternoon and my mother and sister will arrive Christmas Eve. Are you staying home or travelling for the holidays?

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Week in Review – November 23

Le Creuset Jar Scraper

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week?

I don’t know about you, but I am already getting prepared – my menu is ready (not that it changes that much from year to year) and groceries are bought.

I really enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, a time set aside to remember all our blessings and what we have to be thankful for – not to mention the time spent together as a family. So, with the season in mind, this Week in Review will give seasonal links around the blogosphere.

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Week in Review – July 27


This week has been a change from vineyard work – we helped our son and daughter-in-law stack the ICF (insulated concrete forms) blocks for their new house. And, the best part is, their land is adjacent to ours – nothing like having all your chicks close-by!

So, besides laying up the ICF and filling the walls with concrete, we have continued applying the EIFS (exterior insulated finishing system) to our basement – or it will be the basement when the rest of the house is completed. If you remember, we have put off doing the EIFS since it will be temporary – what are now exterior walls now will be interior walls in the final plan. But, we are having water leaks and the EIFS is a great water proofing so, we are doing it now!

Here on Cultured Palate, I have been reviewing old posts. In my reviewing, I am excited to see how my photography has improved thanks to online classes through the Institute in Photographic Studies! So, much to my family’s excitement, I have been cooking and taking new photos – they love it! So, among other photos that have been replaced this week are Butter – Make Your Own and Pumpkin Pie. Butter is not so exciting to them because we have it all the time but the pumpkin pies in the middle of July were a treat!

Around the blogosphere there have also been a lot of great reads and recipes – here are a few of my favorites:

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Week in Review – July 20

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July is quickly coming to a close and my birthday is only 30 days away! Not that I am counting any more but ….

This week was filled with rain, both inside and outside! As you can read here, we now know where the water is coming from and are taking steps (even as I type) to fix it! Even though we rarely have rain here in west Texas, when we do, we have to mop up the incoming – I will be glad when we don’t!

For us this rainy week has meant a couple of “pajama days” – you know, you stay in your pajamas for most, if not all day! While we could have used the time wisely and done some schoolwork, we opted for the lazy option of watching Hawaii Five-O‘s, doing some baking (bread and doughnuts) and just generally relaxing and having fun!

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Week in Review – July 13

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My week was a combination of errands, vineyard work and cooking.

I think the most exciting thing that happened this week was … our 15 year old son took and passed the test for his learner’s driving permit. That’s right – Watch out!

Buckle up!

Pray for us!

All kidding aside, he is very responsible and has really studied. Nevertheless, prayers are appreciated!

It has also been busy around the blogosphere and here are some of the highlights – many of which I have shared on Facebook this week – so, if you haven’t joined us now is the time Cultured Palate of Facebook.

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Favorite Things – April

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April went by like lightning – but then this whole year is whizzing by!

I think this has been one of the most challenging months since beginning the vineyard! We have had temperatures in the high 80F’s most days but then dropping below freezing for the last 3 weeks and each week has been on a Wednesday! There was even snow – which you do NOT want to see in a budding vineyard!

We finally finished pruning the vineyard and that meant catch up time for me with things in the house – working so much in the vineyard, I let things slide in the house! So, I enjoyed getting organized in my pantry and even my spices again.

One of the most exciting things that happened in April was beginning work on the greenhouse again – we poured the ICF walls and started the EIFS on the exterior.

I have been privileged to become a monthly contributor to The Nourishing Gourmet and shared How to Cook Nourishing Food for a Large Family. Join me there, where I shared five of my tips for preparing nourishing food for crowds.

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Favorite Things – March

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March was an exciting month for us! The biggest happening was our house in Alabama sold! After 5 years on the market, it actually sold! We had put it on the market just as the housing crisis hit. We took a break from pruning, made a trip back to clean out the rest of our belongings and sign papers. Now, we are Texans for good – I hope!

After returning from Alabama, we immediately jumped into planting the 2013 vines. Before leaving, John had prepared for planting by expanding the underground drip irrigation. So, when the grapevines arrived, we were ready for planting. We planted 5 acres total – 4 acres of Montepulciano and 1 acre of Aglianico, both Italian reds. Apart from harvest, planting is one of the most exciting times in the vineyard! Once planting was finished, we returned to pruning. We only have about 2 1/2 acres left of heavy pruning – YEAH! My hands will be thankful when it is completed!

The week before planting, we had fun hosting Courtney from The Polivka Family blog. She was returning from a trip to California and stopped by on her way home. Not only did we have fun visiting with her and getting to know her, we even put her to work in the vineyard! You can read more about our visit in her post, “Courtney’s Blogger Tour – Dina-Marie’s farm @ Cultured Palate“.

I was privileged to guest post at my friend’s Kristen blog, Food Renegade about foods causing inflammation. This is a subject I am very familiar with having suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for many years. It is amazing the healing power of REAL food! Elsewhere …

  • I have started thinking about our garden which usually gets planted in May. I have not thought about planting other perennial vegetables but it would be nice to have more carefree vegetables like my asparagus!
  • I am a frugal person by nature. I do not like to see waste. I even wash out my Ziploc freezer bags after each use unless it held meat or has a hole in it. I do this not because they are so expensive, but because they are still good and I don’t want to waste. I know there are many more ways I could live green and make more use of what I have. How disconnected from our food are you?
  • I have been taking coconut oil daily in an effort to help balance hormones. Balancing hormones naturally is definitely a subject that interests me!
  • I just ordered refined coconut oil for soapmaking. How do you know which to purchase, refined vs. unrefined coconut oil, what is the difference? Looking for coconut products? Click Here.
  • Are you confused about which fats to use? This post gives a print out guide for choosing and using good fats(where to buy healthy oils)
  • Do you use bronzer? Here is a recipe for homemade bronzer that sounds very easy!
  • How about some food for thought – Homesteading and the Big Machine.

March has definitely been a whirlwind month for us – I hope you had a good one!


Photo Credit © Depositphotos.com/megastorm

Favorite Things – February

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I think I say it every month, but this month has flown by!

While we have been busy pruning, we have also taken time to care for the wine from our last harvest and even the cows enjoyed tasting the leas from it. John and the boys spent 3 days in El Paso helping our second oldest son and daughter-in-law lay oak flooring in their new house. This left the girls and I to enjoy some girl time of shopping and chick-flicks!

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People think that since I have 10 children, I had an easy time with pregnancies. Unfortunately, that is not the case at all! I never seemed to have trouble getting pregnant but maintaining the pregnancy was a different story. In fact, not only have I had 5 premature babies but also multiple miscarriages. Our premature babies were as early as 2 1/2 months – that was no picnic!

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