Food as Medicine, Superfoods

Giving Chocolate Some Love

Valentine's Day is about love. And in this day and age, we tend to express our love through gifts. And the most popular gift on this day is chocolate. But you don’t have to save chocolate just for Valentine’s Day – scientific studies have shown that a bite of dark chocolate (milk and white chocolate… Continue reading Giving Chocolate Some Love

Land & SEAsonings, Mermaid Recipes, Recipes, Seaweed

Hot Roasted Garlic Black Bean Soup for the Cold Weather Months

We ran across this wonderful recipe on the website Ava Jane’s Kitchen, a lovely site with some unique food products and recipes. We couldn’t resist this soup recipe because garlic is extremely healing and black beans are one of the more nutrient rich legumes. Plus this was the perfect recipe for adding our Land &… Continue reading Hot Roasted Garlic Black Bean Soup for the Cold Weather Months


Welcome to 2020 – A Simple Way to Implement Some of Your Resolutions!

It's the time of year that we all make New Year’s resolutions be more fit, get healthy, eat better, be nicer, save money, spend more time with family and friends and more. We get caught up in our own schedules and our kids’ schedules and so we often find ourselves eating out since it’s more… Continue reading Welcome to 2020 – A Simple Way to Implement Some of Your Resolutions!

Food as Medicine, Health, Herbs

Insights from Ojai Part 2: Community Garden Tour

(Note: Part 1 of our adventure is covered in the previous blog, "Wellness and Beauty Insights from Ojai") The Ojai Herbal Symposium had a few optional choices for herbal use/applications. Ruth chose to do the Herbal Walk just a few miles away from the Theosophy center where most of the classes were held. We shared… Continue reading Insights from Ojai Part 2: Community Garden Tour

Events, Food as Medicine, Herbs, Wellness & Beauty

Wellness and Beauty Insights from Ojai

Kathleen Note:  This blog was primarily written by my friend Ruth Redenbaugh. Ruth and I recently attended the 2019 Ojai Herbal Symposium in California ("The Wisdom of the Body") and we wanted to share some of our learnings and a few adventures with you! My friend Ruth is left, I'm on the right Best Laid… Continue reading Wellness and Beauty Insights from Ojai

Food as Medicine, Health, Toola for Success, Uncategorized

8 Ways to Limit Your Intake of Processed Foods

According to most nutrition experts, the key to an overall healthy diet is to limit your intake of "ultra-processed" foods. We all know this, but it’s so easy not to do it. Unfortunately, they make up about 60% of total calories and contribute 90% of calories from added sugars. We also all know that we… Continue reading 8 Ways to Limit Your Intake of Processed Foods

Health, Inspirations, Toola for Success, Uncategorized, Wellness & Beauty

Look Good. Feel Good.

What promotes our efforts to look and feel good and what undercuts our efforts? What are these dream destroyers that undercut our real goal of improving ourselves or maintaining our recent past improvements? Is it our attitudes or our outlook on change? One deterrent is perfectionism, the other is fear. These two traits can then… Continue reading Look Good. Feel Good.

Recipes, Superfoods, Uncategorized

Fermented Cranberry Salsa

Recipe excerpted from The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen by Devon Young. from Page Street Publishing Co., 2019. We saw this Fermented Cranberry Salsa recipe online (written by Devon Young) and had to check it out. It's an herbalist-favorite fermented cranberry salsa for gut health. As the article points out, cranberries are a classic example of food… Continue reading Fermented Cranberry Salsa

Land & SEAsoning, Mermaid Recipes, Recipes, Uncategorized

Mermaid Sweet Potato Soup

Soup is already pretty healthy, so it’s easy to make substitutions that make the recipe really nutrient-dense, especially when we add our Land & SEAsoning and make potato soup with sweet potatoes. Plus sweet potatoes and our all-purpose seasoning really go well together. We put Land & SEAsoning on roasted sweet potatoes, on baked sweet… Continue reading Mermaid Sweet Potato Soup