Not so ‘pure’ after all

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In November one of the bloggers I follow made a post on Facebook about making your own vanilla extract. It wasn’t until I started looking into how to make it that I realised that vanilla extract is just vodka (or rum apparently) and vanilla beans. Intrigued by how simple this seemed we set out to make our own.

Tom and I were married in May 2011 and went to Jamaica for our honeymoon. While we were there we got on a Caesar fix and when we got back we needed to carry on our addiction to these drinks. This required us buying a bottle of vodka which we would never drink normally. Well shortly after buying this bottle we found out we were expecting our first child. So my Caesars became virgin if I had them and Tom lost interest. For 2 years this bottle sat untouched until we decided to make our very own vanilla extract. It was quite handy to have on hand. We bought our vanilla beans from Costco and set out to make our own extract following these instructions .


We’ve been very impressed with the results of our own vanilla extract and knowing exactly what’s in it is a bonus. While we were waiting for our own vanilla extract to be ready we ran out of what we had and needed to buy more. While at Costco we saw ‘pure’ vanilla extract on sale. I thought ‘awesome! Pure vanilla extract means no additives, no sugar and nothing artificial!’ Yeah right! I flipped the bottle around to see that there was in fact sugar included in this ‘pure’ extract.

I don’t know why I was so surprised to see this. I know that the food companies are often misleading in their labelling. I know sugar is in practically everything you buy that’s prepared. It still surprised me and upset me to see what was supposed to be pure as not so pure after all.

This definitely opened my eyes and reminded me to look twice at the ingredients when buying prepared foods and not taking the companies words for truth. So the next time your shopping and think something is pure take a look and see what’s really included.



CSA Feedback

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If you haven’t been a part of a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) before, the idea of signing up and committing to receive produce for 21 weeks this summer may be scary. Not knowing what to expect product wise and quality wise can be scary. While you could take our word for it that the food is amazing and delicious (check out that picture below!) we thought we would share with you some feedback we have received from our customers about the bins. For more information on our CSA program click here.

A CSA bin from 2013 summer season.

A CSA bin from 2013 summer season.



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There is pretty much a supplement for everything you can possibly think of! Looking at a list it can be overwhelming but chances are at some point we’ve either been told by a healthcare professional to take one or have made the decision ourselves to look into taking one.


The goal is obviously to get everything we need through food as much as possible. This isn’t always possible which is where supplements come in to help us find a balance in these areas where we may be lacking. Here in Canada, for example, most of us are deficient in vitamin d because we just don’t get enough sunlight.

One of our goals when we set out in this business was to help families, like ourselv
es, be able to live healthy for less. With that in mind we have a great list of high quality supplements available for great prices. You can find our list of supplements and prices¬†here. The list isn’t complete yet as we have a few more standard items to add as well as more details. Most of the supplements we have available are gluten, and GMO free. I will be posting the specifics about each soon. If there is a supplement you are currently taking or want us to look into let us know and we can contact our suppliers and see about getting it for you.

**Pleae note we are not doctors. Please contact a healthcare professional prior to taking any supplements.**