Saute onion and eggplant in coconut oil until cooked (approx 10 mins). Add pasta sauce on medium heat for another 3-5 minutes.
Place cooked squash in a pasta bowl and top with veggie sauce.
Simple, easy and meat free!
The only "rule" to this party is that your recipe is completely meat-free. I do ask that you try to share only recipes using real food. We're all about healthy recipes here and I'd like to keep it that way.
From Natural News, "Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a naturally occurring rock made from the
skeletons of fossilized diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. When
ground into a fine powder, diatomaceous earth works mechanically to
destroy a wide range of pests, insects, parasites and pathogens by
cutting through the exoskeleton, absorbing bodily fluids and causing
them to die. Food grade diatomaceous earth is chemical-free and non
"Add diatomaceous earth to your diet to detox parasites that can
contribute to food intolerance, nausea, bowel discomfort, pain, itching,
asthma, sinus infections, Morgellon's disease, and a host of other
allergic-type reactions. DE detoxes mercury, cadmium, lead and
other heavy metals; removes poisons from chemtrails, radiation and may
alleviate the effects of GMOs. DE possesses antibacterial, anti-fungal
and antiviral properties.
In addition to detoxing and destroying
pathogens, diatomaceous earth helps to lower blood pressure and
contributes to the production of collagen to improve skin tone,
strengthening the tendons and joints." Consume only FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth. Never consume industrial grade DE which is what people use in their swimming pools.
From Melissa at Integrative Nutritional Therapies, "What I love most about DE is that it acts just like a scrubbing tool
inside your digestive tract and then breaks down and helps absorb all
Dosage for Humans 1/2 teaspoon for adults for the first week in the a.m. with a large
glass of water. After week one slowly ramp up to 1 teaspoon, then after
the second week, ramp up to 1 Tablespoon with a full 8 ounces of water
per day, preferably on an empty stomach. Be sure to stir your mixture
consistently as DE tends to settle to bottom of glass. Consistency is key for true results, plan to use for 30 days.
Diatomaceous Earth for Weight Loss
Our bodies produce natural toxins and we inhale or consume others on a
day to day basis. Accumulation of these toxins in the body tends to slow
down digestion and promotes the production of cholesterol in the body.
The toxins are stored in our fat cells and make it very difficult for us
to lose weight. Several studies have also linked the accumulation of
toxins to weight gain.
These studies found that toxins decrease our body’s ability to burn fat
which is why it is important to detoxify. Weight loss using Diatomaceous Earth is possible thanks to its detoxifying effects.
DE has been the easiest way for me to detox. I don't have to consume 20 pills a day or drink only liquids for a week. All I have to do is drink my "dirt" every morning before I drink my coffee or eat breakfast. That's it! Would you like to Detox with Diatomaceous Earth? Go get some!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure
or prevent any disease. But really, the FDA approved GMOs so do I really care about their approval? Nope!
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A recent mailing included the following:
The honey bee is responsible for 80 percent of pollination worldwide.
Bee populations have been falling fast around the world, and dropped an alarming 23% in the U.S. last winter.
A strong and growing body of evidence points to exposure to a
class of neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids — the
fastest-growing and most widely used class of synthetic pesticides — as a
key contributing factor to bee declines.
Food Revolution Summit speaker Michele Simon has issued a
new report in conjunction with Friends Of the Earth. She details how
three of the leading pesticide corporations — Bayer, Syngenta, and
Monsanto — are engaged in a massive public relations disinformation
campaign to distract the public and policymakers from thinking that
pesticides might have something to do with bee death and destruction.
P.S. Bees are responsible for pollinating apples, almonds,
berries, and many other things. It’s important to have the truth about
the pesticide company’s misinformation campaigns so you can be informed
and take action for the bees. Find out more here.
Do I have your attention??? The planet is being poisoned and (IMHO) the Honeybees are the "canary in the coal mine." I have shared honeybee deaths and CCD info here MANY times. There many ways YOU can help the honeybees. -Add Milkweed to your garden. GREAT for Monarch Butterflies as well
-WatchVanishing of the Bees and recommend to your friends and family. Heck, share it with strangers! It’s an amazing movie and you can find in on
Netflix and a short chip on youtube. -Stay away from using harsh chemicals in your garden and
yard. Most chemical pesticides also kill
-Support your local
beekeepers. Buying local honey is a
great way to show your support and is a delicious treat. It has been suggested that eating local honey can help with seasonal allergies.
Local honey is also eco-friendly as it does not have to travel
thousands of miles and possibly contain nasty chemical additives.
-Learn more about
bees, beekeeping and CCD. Have you ever
considered backyard beekeeping? Now
would be a great time to learn more!
tend to all like the same growing conditions: full sun, and well
drained soil full of organic matter. Organic matter, organic matter,
organic matter… Are you sick of hearing about it yet? Organic matter
contributes to the health of the soil: gives soil nutrients, aerates
soil for better root growth, helps soil retain moisture, while at the
same times allows soil to drain better.
So, for the health of your plants, make sure your soil has organic matter. I wouldn’t keep saying it if it weren’t important.
The easiest way to add organic matter is to
just work a little compost into your soil. Get a composter (or make your own) and make
your own by recycling kitchen and yard waste. Or, buy compost or a soil
amendment will do the same thing. But, it’s cheaper just to go ahead and make your own compost.
How to Plant Summer Squash
how many summer squash plants you need. It just takes a few plants to
feed a family. Plant summer squash in a container, or a garden. Here’s
For planting summer squash in
containers, make sure your pot is at least 12 inches wide, that’s about a
5 gallon pot. Pots will dry out fast. That will be your biggest
container gardening obstacle. Consider using a fabric pot or a self
watering planter, so help control the soil moisture level.
Soil temperature should be about 70 degrees
Fahrenheit before you plant your summer squash. Plant seeds ½ inches
deep and six inches apart. Thin out after seedlings after they emerge,
but will need at least two leaves to keep growing. Mature bush summer
squash plants should be 20 inches apart in rows that are spaced 2 feet
apart. If growing a vine variety, planting in hills works well. Plant
about 5 seeds per hill. After seedlings emerge and are established, thin
to three plants. Stake or provide a trellis for vining varieties.
Transplanting is a good idea with summer
squash, too. Start seeds indoors
about four weeks prior to the last frost date. Don’t forget to harden
off your seedlings, meaning slowly adjust them to the outdoor climate
Consider staggering you plantings of summer
squash too. Planting two weeks apart can keep you harvesting summer
squash a little longer. And, don’t forget you get a lot of summer squash
from one plant. I think that is why sometimes squash gets a bad wrap.
It’s a great tasting vegetable, and easy to grow.
Beans, corn, cucumbers, icicle radishes,
melon, mint, onions and pumpkin. Helpers: Borage deters worms, improves growth
and flavor. Marigolds deters beetle. Nasturtium deters squash bugs and beetles.
Oregano provides general pest protection. Dill may repel the squash bug that
will kill your squash vines. Generously scatter the dill leaves on your squash
plants. Keep squash away from potatoes.
Maintaining Your Summer Squash Plants
watering is key with summer squash. Mulch helps a lot with maintaining
soil moisture. So, put a good layer of mulch down around summer squash
plants. Provide a trellis for support for vining summer squashes to
You might need to assist with pollination.
If you are growing just a few plants, you might have to help. Here’s how
to do it, and no, you probably didn’t learn this in school. The first
flowers that bloom are males. These appear about 40-50 days after
planting. A week later the female flowers develop, which will produce
the fruit after fertilized by the male flowers. So, to help: pick the
first male blooms and brush them against the female bloom. This will
help increase the output of summer squash.
When to Use Organic Fertilizer
an organic fertilizer on summer squash at the time of transplanting.
Fertilize again, in about a month. Organic fertilizer is important. We
need safe, healthy foods. But also, you don’t want to endanger any
beneficial insect helping you with your pollination duties.
Harvesting Summer Squash
summer squash early. They will taste better when tender, and you’ll
want to keep the fruit off the plant so it keeps producing. So, pick
when the summer squash is about 2 inches in diameter, or 6-8 inches
long. Pattypan squash is best when it reaches 3 inches in diameter, and
is still a little pale. If your Pattypan squash gets a little larger,
those are great to stuff.
Summer Squash Pests and Diseases
forget to check summer squash plants for pests often. Squash bugs will
set in pretty quickly. They will be your biggest pest problems. Ok,
cucumber beetles like summer squash plants, too. Neem oil is a great
organic choice to get rid of these bugs. Use DIATOMACEOUS EARTH from the very beginning to deter bugs!
Keep an eye out, too, for these pests and diseases: bacteria wilt, squash vine borers, mosaic virus, and mildew.
All winter squash
varieties are easy to grow, and butternuts, buttercups and other types
with dense flesh can stand in for carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes
in any recipe.
combine rich flavor and smooth texture with natural resistance to
squash vine borers. These bottle-shaped fruits have buff-brown rinds and
will store for six months or longer.
In spring, sow seeds in prepared beds or hills after your last frost has
passed, or sow them indoors under bright fluorescent lights. Set out
seedlings when they are about three weeks old. In Zone 6 and warmer, you
can plant more winter squash in early summer, using space vacated by
fall-planted garlic or early spring lettuce. Stop planting winter squash
14 weeks before your expected first fall frost.
How to Plant Winter Squash
squash grows best in warm conditions, in fertile, well-drained soil
with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5. Choose a sunny site and prepare
3-foot-wide planting hills within wide rows, or position them along your
garden’s edge. Leave 5 to 6 feet between hills. Loosen the soil in the
planting sites to at least 12 inches deep. Thoroughly mix in a 2-inch
layer of mature compost and a light application of balanced, organic
fertilizer. Water well. Plant six seeds per hill, poking them into the
soil 1 inch deep. After seeds germinate (about 10 days after sowing),
thin seedlings to three per hill. Set up protective row covers as soon
as you’re done planting.
are ripe if you cannot easily pierce the rind with your fingernail.
Never rush to harvest winter squash, though, because immature fruits
won’t store well. Unless pests or freezing weather threaten them, allow
fruits to ripen until the vines begin to die back. Expect to harvest
three to five squash per plant. Use pruning shears to cut fruits from
the vine, leaving 1 inch of stem attached. Clean away dirt with a soft,
damp cloth, and allow fruits to cure for two weeks in a spot that’s 70
to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Store cured squash in a cool, dry place, such
as your basement, a cool closet or even under your bed. Check every two
weeks for signs of spoilage.
Winter squash face challenges from squash
bugs, squash vine borers and cucumber beetles. To defend your plants
from all three insects, shield them with row covers held aloft with
stakes or hoops until the plants begin to bloom. Big, healthy plants
will produce well despite pest pressure. Among diseases, powdery mildew
is a common problem best prevented by growing resistant varieties, which
often have “PMR” (for “powdery mildew resistance”) after their variety
names. In addition, a spray made of 1 part milk and 6 parts water can
suppress powdery mildew if applied every two weeks during the second
half of summer.
Winter Squash Growing Tips and Ideas
varieties so you can save your own seeds for eating and replanting.
Only choose hybrids if you need a space-saving bush habit or a special
form of disease resistance.
Try growing winter squash in an old compost
pile located along the edge of your garden. Small-fruited varieties do
well if allowed to scramble up a fence.
Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party! Have you ever considered going Meatless on Monday? I have decided to go back to eating meatless on Monday...Check out my recipes at Mary's Kitchen Meatless Monday.
Did you know that 70% of store-bought honey is fake? Did you know that if you purchase honey from the store that it has been pasteurized? Like most food items, boiling kills the beneficial nutrients. The benfits of raw honey are amazing!
With increased usage of chemicals and pesticides, humans are killing bees at an alarming rate. This is one of the many reasons I recommend you grow your veggies and fruits using organic methods. Companion planting is the simplest form of pest control and requires NO CHEMICALS!
According to Florida Dept of Agriculture: "Colony Collapse Disorder, also known as
Fall-Dwindle Disease, is of great concern to beekeepers worldwide.
Beekeepers are reporting the sudden loss of adult bees in their
colonies – few, if any, adult bees are found in or near the dead
colonies. Queen and baby (brood) bees remain in the colonies, but the
adults are not returning to provide food, so the colonies collapse or
die. Over 22 US states reported significant colony losses in the fall
of 2006. Similar reports are coming from Europe as well. Researchers
are considering viruses, bacteria, fungi, weather, food loss, and other
stresses as possible causes."
Find out more about CCD. So next time you decide to purchase honey, buy Local! Next time you plant a veggie garden, consider planting a few flowers and herbs for the BEES. And PLEASE, stop using chemicals and pesticides in your garden!
So today we bring you a GIVEAWAY!
This opportunity is open to US Residents and ends 6/30/14.
This first prize is the Florida Honey 3-pack and the Second winner will receive the Homemade-Style Apple Butter. That's 2 chances to WIN!