3 Ways to Blossom Right This Second

In the spirit of living your best life wherever you are, i.e. Everblossoming, without waiting for the perfect friend, job, house, or dress size to come along, I’d like to share a few ways to shift your mindset from negative to positive (or at least… more positive) without denying how you really feel.

We all find ourselves discouraged at times. We all feel anxiety about the future. But there are better ways to deal with that than to play society’s collective game of “EVERYTHING IS FINE!”

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Ask yourself: what’s really bothering me? What am I really afraid of?

Then ask yourself, “What is the worst that could happen?” And then plan out what you would do in that situation.

I used to feel a lot of anxiety over money. I let it eat me up – I always felt like we never had enough! My husband never had this issue. He asked me, “What are you so afraid of?”

I thought about it… and being homeless came straight to my mind. We were never anywhere near being homeless. But I lived in a shelter for a short time when I was a kid, so it always felt like a possibility in my mind.

I was stressed about money in general, which came up in things like not being able to buy organic food and having unpaid medical bills and pinching every penny. But when I followed those worries… I ended up at the worst money scenario, which, to me, was being homeless. So I thought that through, and it turns out it really wasn’t all that bad.

This thought process made me realize that even if my  worst fear came true, I would still be okay. We would stay with family. We would work like crazy to save money. We would stay in a shelter if we had to. Drive down south and sleep in a tent until we were back on our feet. But we would be okay.

Even though being homeless was not even a real risk, knowing what I would do if it ever did happen helped me feel more at peace in general.

Take a step to improve your situation.

Take it one step further and take a tangible step toward improving the whole situation around whatever it is you’re anxious about.

For me: this meant getting a better system for budgeting and feeling more in control about money. We ended up following Dave Ramsey’s baby steps, which literally changed our life. There are a lot of great “money programs” out there, but his has been great for us. The main game-changers were making a zero-based budget (as opposed to pay the bills that are past due and spend whatever’s left) and saving an emergency fund.

Anxious about money? Make a budget. About your weight? Do a quick workout. Feeling overworked and overwhelmed? Stop everything right now and just sit and breathe, read a book, or do something you actually enjoy. (The world will not actually fall to pieces in your short absence, I promise.)

Realize that your needs are important and recognize when they are not being met.

Most of the readers here are women. One thing I can say about all the women know is that we tend to meet everyone else’s needs before our own. But this isn’t healthy and we could really do better.

Flight attendants say, “In the event of an emergency, please secure your own oxygen mask before assisting others.” I’d really like to see studies done on female flight attendants on whether they are more balanced in life after internalizing that message.

Because life can sometimes be one big emergency, baby, and that’s what we have to do. Meet our own needs first so that we actually keep having something left to give.

We all have basic human needs:

  • Physical needs
  • A need for respect and affection
  • A need for rest
  • Mental challenges, creativity
  • Spiritual needs
  • A sense of identity and beloning

There is a widely accepted scale of human needs that most of us could look at and see where something is lacking. There might be a couple or even, oh no, a few – in which case I would try to feel which lack was hurting the most and do whatever I could to meet that need right now.

I don’t think it’s actually possible to have perfect balance in life all the time, but even actual blossoms are a little crooked.

5 Ways Anyone Can Give Back to Their Community

We’ve all heard of people who have gone through a medical crisis, or a near-death experience, who pull through tragedy and start really living life to the fullest. Many people find their purpose and start living a life that truly serves others.

Through the Bakken Invitation, Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken is honoring people who are doing just that after being given a “second life” with the help of medical technology. Each year, Medtronic grants 10 such honorees $20,000 toward their cause.

Serving all over the world in places as near to me as Minnesota and far away as Japan, their stories are a true inspiration. Talk about making a comeback! #LiveOnGiveOn: http://ooh.li/c8e2b29 5 ways to impact your community - and a $100 giveaway to benefit your cause! http://buff.ly/1woRmw9

The thing is, we don’t have to wait until we go through something “big” to start living the life we were put on this earth to live.

In fact, that’s why I write here: because we can blossom right where we are.

I used to think that as soon as I got a good routine down, I’d be all set. I’d be on my way. Life would finally run smoothly!

Or, as soon as I ate a 100% healthy diet and worked out at least 3 times a week, I would have the energy and mental clarity needed to finally achieve all my goals.

If only I could remember to take my vitamin and drink 8 glasses of water every day, I would finally feel well and be able to get it together.

As soon as I organized my home, I would finally be able to show hospitality to others and build friendships and connect with my family more.

See a pattern here?

I was putting off life until things were just right.

Now I know better.

Now I know that life is a big mess. Now I know that as soon as I get the hang of one season in life, it will change. Now I know that I don’t have to get it right all the time for life to be sweet.

It’s never going to be perfect, but it can always be beautiful. We can blossom right where we are.

We can start living and giving right where we are, too.

  1.  Teach what you know, whether it’s as simple as teaching a new mom how to swaddle her baby or organizing a class on how to eat healthy on a budget.
  2. Buy a few extra items on your grocery trip and drop them off at your local food bank.
  3. Reach out to the elderly in your community and offer to mow lawns, run errands, or move snow.
  4. Offer to babysit for young families and parents on a budget.
  5. Pick up trash, plant flowers, or make needed repairs to make your neighborhood a more beautiful place to live.

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Eating Healthy in A Rural Food Desert

Did you guys know that I live in a rural food desert? 

It’s true. Solutions for eating healthy when food sources are far away.

The USDA defines a food desert as:

urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options. The lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

 

It IS possible for us to eat healthy food, though, and because I’m a believer in blossoming where you are, I do my best to keep my house stocked with food that nourishes us rather than food loaded with artificial ingredients that might keep well but doesn’t do our bodies or minds any favors.

Here’s my situation: there is no grocery store in the town I live in. There isn’t even a convenience store or fast food restaurant serving unhealthy options! The nearest grocery store is just over 20 miles away. Most of the food in the store is highly processed. There are some fresh foods, though there isn’t a great selection. There is no organic produce, and the conventional options that are there are priced at the same as organic in the nearest cities. We don’t shop there often.

We live in rural North Dakota, right between Grand Forks and Fargo, both of which are about an hour away from our home. We usually go to Fargo, because we have more ties there and usually have other errands to run and people to visit. In Fargo, we shop at:

  • Costco, which has a lot of affordable healthy options, including organic food.
  • Cash Wise, a local chain with a natural foods section that is the bomb.
  • Tochi Products, near the downtown area. We aren’t downtown a lot anymore, but when we are I like to pop in and check out the sales at Tochi. I also buy herbs and spices in bulk here. It’s the first health food store in town!

Cash Wise also delivers to our area every Thursday, which we take advantage of when we have no reason to go to Fargo for a few weeks. The delivery out here is $22, which about what gas would cost to go to Fargo and back, so it’s very much worth it.

Growing our own foods is a bit of a buffer in the warmer months, but as you can imagine, not practical when ND is frozen for so much of the year. We are still eating squash and apples from this fall, though!

Without the option to run to the grocery store a few times a week for fresh food, I also have to really plan out what I buy, when we’ll eat it, and how I store food. It takes a lot of planning! The main habits I rely on are:

  • Eating the fresh food with the shortest life first. Avocados, greens, grapes, bananas, etc.
  • Freezing food that won’t get eaten right away to preserve nutrient content. Yes, I use my freezer a LOT!
  • Soaking grains, nuts, and beans. Because we rely a lot on these storage-friendly staples, I like to soak them overnight to be as gentle on our digestive system as possible.

Another way I like to fill in the gaps with healthy foods is by ordering certain foods online. I recently became aware of Thrive Market – Leah from Mamavation calls it “Costco meets Whole Foods online.” I am loving what I see from them so far. They only carry truly natural products and offer everything at 25-50% below retail. What I really love, though, is their social mission:

Our mission is to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone.

Three Thrive Promises:
1. Only the highest quality healthy and natural products
2. Always at prices 25-50% below retail
3. Always committed to sustainability and social justice

Other online sources I use for buying healthy foods online are Vitacost and Amazon.

And, of course, I love Mountain Rose Herbs for herbs, spices, and other supplies!

Do you live in a food desert or face any other challenges providing your family with healthy food?

20+ Natural Health Tips for Winter

Winter provides ample opportunities for using plants to heal, provide nourishment, and provide immune support. Whether you’re new to herbalism or a seasoned pro, you might find some new ideas for using plants to stay healthy this winter in this roundup! A collection of natural winter health tips!

Elderberry provides fabulous immune support – it’s a well known remedy for the flu. Sunflower Press offers a comprehensive guide to elderberry.

The holiday season can be stressful! Check out Happy Mothering for a list of essential oils you can use for stress relief during the holidays.

Essential oils are perfect for stress reduction, and for helping you feel more relaxed and at peace. -Happy Mothering

A Proverbs 31 Wife has a handy chart for determining whether you’re dealing with a cold or flu, as well as which essential oils to have in your arsenal for when they hit.

Red and Honey has some cold and cough remedies that can help, too.

I find that the pharmaceuticals that people use (that I used to use before having kids) only prolong the illness. They don’t treat the problem, they only mask it, which suppresses the body’s natural fighting mechanisms. -Red and Honey

You may have heard about how amazing the “thieves” blend is this time of year – Whole New Mom has a copycat recipe you can try!

Simple to make. Just as effective. Cheaper than buying a blend already blended. -Whole New Mom

Check out this recipe for “fire cider” and some other winter health tips at Nature’s Nurture.

The Pistachio Project share her tips for surviving the cold and flu season, including a Cinnamon remedy that was new to me!

Ear infections are the worst! Teach Them Truth uses Garlic Oil to treat them.

I have been absolutely amazed by this recipe! We have used it multiple times now at the first sign of an ear ache. Each time it only took 2 applications for the ear ache to be gone. -Teach Them Truth

Have you heard SlightlySteady’s 5 Weird Tips for baby cold care?

I read, and stumbled across a lot of strange advice. Some of it sounds too easy. Some I’d just never thought of. Some sound downright silly. Whether or not these tricks work depends on whom you ask – but one thing is sure; all are so gentle and natural that they’re safe for even your littlest sniffler. I’ve tested all of these and came out a believer – and I’m not the only one! -Slightly Steady

Try my homemade vapor rub with only TWO ingredients for congestion.

If you have congested babies, though, check out The Hippy Homemaker’s more little-one-friendly “cool vibes” recipe, which doesn’t have Eucalyptus.

Last year, when Robert Tisserand’s newest edition of Essential Oil Safety  hit the shelves, everyone was surprised that it was now advised not to use ANY form of eucalyptus and rosemary on children under the age of 10 and peppermint on children under the age of 6 years old because of the menthol and cineol content in those essential oils. My first thought was, well now I have to re-think my vapor rub! -The Hippy Homemaker

Finally, here are even more natural immune support tips on another post of mine.

What are your favorite remedies and herbs to use during the winter?

Refined vs. Unrefined Shea Butter

Shea butter is one of my favorite butters to use in my homemade beauty products and medicinals. It’s super versatile, very nutrient-dense, and it doesn’t cost a lot.

There are three main types of shea butter you can find: yellow, white (refined), and unrefined/raw.

“Yellow shea butter” is probably not actually shea butter – and if it is, it is probably dyed. Most yellow butter marketed as shea butter is actually African butter, which comes from a completely different tree. DuchessGabrielle on YouTube explains the difference. As she explains, African butter is still good for your skin and hair – it’s just not shea butter.

I like both refined and unrefined shea for different purposes.

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Refined (left) and unrefined (right) shea butter.

Refined shea butter is gorgeous. It’s creamy and smooths easily into the skin. It has a lighter odor so it doesn’t overpower scented hair care and body butter recipes. It does have a lower nutrient content, though, due to the refining process. I use it in cosmetic, body care, and hair care recipes.refined vs unrefined shea butter

Raw or unrefined shea butter has a “grittier” texture and a creamier color. It also has a stronger nutty, earthy odor. I don’t find the odor too unpleasant, but many people do. Raw shea butter has a much higher nutrient content than refined shea butter, and for this reason I use it in hair and skincare for dry skin and in medicinal recipes.

Aren’t refined fats BAD?

I certainly don’t like to eat refined oils/fats/butters, but when it comes to using them externally, I don’t have a problem. I just choose raw butters when I really want to get the most nutrient-dense bang for my buck.

That said, when purchasing refined shea butter it’s wise to look for one that is processed without chemicals, but those that are refined using clays and natural minerals.

I buy unrefined shea butter from Mountain Rose Herbs.

I get my refined shea butter from Amazon. 

Have you ever used shea butter to make beauty or health products? What kind do you prefer?

Easy DIY Balm with Shea Butter + Essential Oils

love balms! They are so versatile + portable – and super easy to make! Here’s an easy DIY balm method that you can make with just shea butter and essential oils. Easy method for medicinal balms with shea butter + essential oils

Why shea butter?

Most balms contain beeswax, but I don’t usually include it anymore because the shea butter stays solid well enough. If you live where it is very hot, you might want to add a little beeswax to keep your balm solid.

If you follow this recipe to the letter, you’ll end up with a soft balm that is very easy to work with.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1/4 cup of shea butter
  • 1/8 tsp (12-13 drops) essential oil

CHOOSE YOUR OIL

You can use one essential oil or a blend of oils, depending on what you want to use the balm for! Here are a few ideas:

  • Muscle relaxer: ginger, cedarwood, peppermint (go easy – it can be harsh on the skin!), tea tree, rosemary
  • Burn soother: lavender, rose
  • Owie healer: tea tree, lavender, rosemary
  • For thirsty skin: lavender, chamomile, rose, geranium, sandalwood
  • For congestion: eucalyptus, tea tree, rosemary

I love keeping two simple balms on hand: lavender balm + tea tree balm. They are both pretty versatile, so I find that I can use one of them for pretty much anything I might need.

CREATING YOUR BALM

  1. Melt your shea butter using a double boiler. Heat it just until it’s all melted, to preserve the nutrients as much as possible! Once melted, add it to the container you’ll be storing it in.
  2. Allow the shea butter to cool enough to where you can touch it comfortably. It will start looking a bit cloudy, but still be liquid. This is when you want to add your EOs. The reason you want to wait for it to cool a bit is so that the hot shea butter doesn’t destroy the beneficial compounds of the essential oils you’re using.
  3. Gently stir your balm – I use a chopstick :) – or seal your container and swirl it around – don’t shake! Be gentle. :)
  4. Put it somewhere cool to set.

That’s really all there is to it! This method of using essential oils is much safer, as they are already diluted properly. Win 4 essential oils + 4 oz  shea butter from Mountain Rose Herbs!

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Nourishing Your Mind: Are you reading junk food or real food?

When you invest in a company, the hope is that the business will do well enough to profit – turning your money into more money. If you don’t think the company would do well enough to profit, you wouldn’t invest in it. Investing in yourself is believing in yourself – in what you have to offer the world – enough to know that you are worth investing in.

Those words are why I never feel guilty about time or money I spend reading!

Reading is an investment you make in yourself. It takes quite a bit of time (unless you’re a speed reader, in which case, TEACH ME!!!) and the cost can even add up, especially if books are your thing.

I read at least 50,000 words per day, usually more, (#livingthedream) and it’s amazing how different my mindset can be based on the quality of what I’m reading. I have quite a few habits I’m not particularly proud of, but  you’re never going to find me trying to cut back on my reading. In fact, according to Forbes, “inhaling information” is one of the most common habits among successful people. While information overload can be a problem, it’s more from not being intentional about what information you’re consuming rather than how much.

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I read a lot about health, nutrition, parenting, environmental issues, social media and blogging, business, and marketing, because those are the types of things I’m interested in and that help me in the work I do. Lately, I’ve been learning more about wine and gourmet cooking. I used to read a lot of  Christian theology but have realized that I’m better off just reading the Bible, which I should do more.  I read very little fiction, but I’m started to realize I should read more of it, because it’s fun and I need that.

I have cultivated a few tactics that help me stay super intentional about what I’m reading, so I don’t veer off and spend the whole day reading about what giraffes eat or the average number of tail feathers a peacock has.

My husband introduced me to the Pocket app – it is truly revolutionary! When I’m working online and come across an article I’d like to read, I “Save to Pocket” to read later instead. The app works across your browser and mobile device so you can access the content you save from anywhere. I love this, because at the end of the day I can delete things that I might have just saved on a whim and only read what I’m really excited about. I also tend to focus better when I’m reading on my phone, since the multiple tab function on my phone is clunky, so I don’t click all the links unless I’m really interested in the information. I also love Pocket because it’s just really pretty and pleasant to read from! I’m not distracted by the design of different websites. It also has a text-to-voice feature that reads TO you if you’re into that sort of thing. The robo-voice is a little awkward, but I like the option to listen to articles while I’m cooking or working out.

I also try to limit most of my reading to certain parts of the day – in the morning and evening. I haven’t perfected this habit by any stretch of the imagination, but when I stick to it, I get a lot more accomplished.

You guys told me you love books with pages much more than eBooks and I get that, but my love affair with digital content continues. I love the idea and nostalgia behind reading a real, turn-the-pages, smudge-the-ink book. Practically, though, I keep going for the eBooks. I love they they are right there in the Kindle app on my phone, I love that I can search them, I love that I can instantly buy and read a book that I want. I feel like it’s the really cool thing to be all about “real books” but since when am I cool? #ebooksforever

You can learn about pretty much anything you want to by reading – and with the plenitude of information online, it’s never been easier. I have loved reading ever since I was a tiny child and new worlds were opened up to me through books and later, the internet. I want my children to have the same opportunities to learn, which is why we focus so much on reading in our early-years of homeschooling.

You obviously already read. You are here, reading my blog! My hope is that my thoughts here will encourage you to read smart and really think about how what you read is affecting your thought life. It’s important!

What are your favorite things to read about? What kind of information are you investing in yourself?

Caring for Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

I geek out hardcore over microfiber cleaning cloths and that’s because they just plain work, really well! Caring for microfiber cleaning cloths isn’t exactly a no-brainer, though, so here’s some handy info to help you keep them in good shape for as long as possible.

Microfiber cloths are composed of extremely fine, densely-woven fibers, which makes them more absorbent and adhesive than ordinary cloths. Because they are reusable, and work without using detergents or cleaning chemicals, they are an eco-friendly way to clean. There are various kinds of microfiber cloths for different jobs. Here are some of the different types, what they are used for, and how they work.

Bath towels and washcloths

With a texture reminiscent of terry cloth, microfiber bath towels are reputed to absorb water from hair and skin more efficiently and quickly than traditional terry towels. Microfiber washcloths clean the skin gently and thoroughly without harsh cleansers, making them ideal for acne sufferers.

For make-up wearers, removing such substances from the skin can involve a lot of time, scrubbing, and cleanser. But microfiber washcloths are said to facilitate make-up removal without extensive use of soap or other cleansers. Proponents claim that they also air-dry faster.

They come in a variety of colors to suit most bathrooms as well.

Microfiber “suede” cloths

These kinds of microfiber cloths are ideal for dusting. They have a velvety, suede-like surface that is good for computer screens and table tops. They also work to clean CDs and DVDs.

Optical microfiber cloths

These also have a suede-like feel, and will clean optical lenses without chemicals or scratching. Like the suede microfiber cloths, they are also good for CDs and DVDs. These are convenient for a purse or pocket, and you won’t have to find a water source or chemical cleaner when you need to see more clearly.

Waffle-weave microfiber

This soft and absorbent kind of microfiber weave can be used to dry your skin as well as hard surfaces like boats and cars.

Mops

Usually held onto the mop head by Velcro, microfiber mops can be used to clean hardwood, vinyl and linoleum flooring, as well as cars, boats, and RVs. caring for microfiber

Caring for Microfiber

Microfiber cloths can be washed and reused, but bear the following tips in mind when washing your microfiber cloths:

-Hand or machine washing is fine.
-Do not use bleach (it damages the fibers).
-Do not use fabric softener, as it creates a film on the fibers.
-Be careful when drying them with other clothes, because they can pick up lint from other fabrics.
-Dry on low heat or air dry.

Microfiber cloths can be used wet or dry, depending on the job at hand and the kind of cloth you are using. They are an economical alternative to paper towels, and a more effective and efficient cleaning option than typical cloths or rags.

My Favorite Brands

One tip I have for buying them isn’t brand specific, because it seems to me that they’re all quite similar and the brand just depends on where you get them. BUT if you look for microfiber “auto care” cloths, these are great for cleaning in the home as well. And they’re cheap!

My husband’s grandparents actually gave them to us all as sort of “stocking stuffers” one year and I think that is just fantastic.

If you are looking for more of a premium cleaning towel, the e-cloth is uh-mazing. I love it because it has a little scrubby corner for super-gunky situations.

Do you use microfiber? What are your thoughts?

How to Make Yummy Homemade Bone Broth

Homemade bone broth is one of my favorite things about fall. I never make it during the summer, because it’s just too hot. I store my bones and veggie scraps in an ice cream bucket in the freezer (okay, we end up with about 5 ice cream buckets each fall) and then when the weather cools down, it’s like a homemade broth extravaganza around here.

But you can certainly just make small batches with leftovers from a chicken roast meal and that would be just fine. The process is the same, the only thing that changes is the size of pot you’ll need. How to make homemade bone broth, tips, recipe.

In fact, we’re not even going to use real measurements in this guide, my friends. You just grab your favorite pot and carry on.

You’ll need:

  • A pot with a lid
  • Chicken bones
  • Veggie scraps
  • Spices you luuuuuurve
  • A splash o’ vinegar

So anyways, this isn’t even a real tutorial because all you really have to do is put all the things in a pot and then set it on a low-ish temperature for a day.

Practically: if your stove has settings that 1-10 numbers, I’d go with a 2 or 3. If it’s that low, medium low, medium, medium high nonsense, I’d go with medium low.

COVER IT!

Stir in once in a while.

Some notes:

  • You want your pot to be about half full with bones and veggies and things and then filled just about to the top with water when you begin.
  • You don’t have to do this every time you have chicken, okay? If you want to put it off, just toss bones and veggie scraps (think pepper stems, carrot heads, and whatever kind of peels you have in a container or ziploc bag in the freezer. No big deal. You can do biiiiiiiiiig batches when you have a bunch of scraps piled up. That’s what I do.
  • The splash of vinegar, I’ve read, is supposed to help leach the minerals from the bones, making a more nutritious broth for you. I don’t know if it’s true, but I figure a splash of vinegar doesn’t hurt flavor any, so I do it.
  • Add whatever spices seem good to you here. Are you a new cook? Do salt and pepper and 1 weird thing. It might be good, it might not. You’ll learn. Salt and pepper are safe. (Celery seed is good.)
  • On veggie scraps: I don’t know what else you cook. But say you’re making tacos, and you have some onion peels and pepper heads after  chopping your veggies. Don’t throw those out! Put them in your stock bucket! Celery ends are always good. Carrot heads. Herb stems.

I actually don’t even do mine on the stove. I put it all in a roasting pan and stick it in the oven (covered) on 200 degrees for about 12 hours. Sometimes more like 24 hours because I’m a little flaky. It’s not really a big deal. Add water if you need to.

When you’re all done cooking, you just strain it, (which, yes, is kind of a pain in the butt with a roasting pan) and let it cool. There’s lots of ways to store it. You can:

  • Put it in jars and stick them in the fridge (they’ll last for a week or two, longest if you don’t skim the fat.)
  • Put it in ziploc bags and freeze it.
  • Can it.
  • Use it right away.

The uses for homemade bone broth are endless.

Uses for Homemade Bone Broth

  • Make soup, duh!
  • Cook rice with it, it’ll have a lot more flavor than if you’d just made it with water.
  • Add it to hot dishes with a little cream in place of “cream of” canned soups.
  • Use a tiny bit to saute veggies and stuff.
  • Use in place of water in savory recipes to add more flavor

It’s not just yummy, either. There are load of health benefits of bone broth, including:

  • The minerals from the bones include calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
  • Gut-healing
  • Good for hair and nails
  • Good for detoxifying the liver.

What’s not to love? Basically all from a food that you’re making from what could be considered garbage. Do it.