Blogging Vacation Time

Thumbnail image for Blogging Vacation Time Hi All You might have noticed that the posts here on Granny’s Vital Vittles have slowed down considerably in the past few months. Rest assured all is well in my part of the world, just have tons of projects going on in my work life leaving me little time for my hobby blog unfortunately. So I’ve decided to take an official blog vacation until I’ve got my work related projects in the rear view mirror. I hope to be able to fire Granny’s Vital Vittles back up during the winter months, with a slightly new editorial slant :-). You know, the more you do and read in the real food world, it changes your perspective somewhat.…
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Feeding Baby in Less Than Ideal Circumstances

Thumbnail image for Feeding Baby in Less Than Ideal Circumstances NEW We all agree that breastfeeding of babies whether they be cats, dogs, cows, goats, horses, or people for that matter is the best thing for baby. Let me repeat that: Breastfeeding is Best. Absolutely no one is disputing that at this point. Not me and certainly not Sally Fallon Morell in her book Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care. I state that emphatically at the beginning of this post because the subject of breastfeeding has become such a flashpoint of hostility that many casual readers of this post will assume that discussing what to do when breastfeeding isn’t working out is the same thing as telling women not to breastfeed at all.…
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How Did Your Great-Grandmother Feed Your Grandma When She Was Little?

Thumbnail image for How Did Your Great-Grandmother Feed Your Grandma When She Was Little? How many generations of babies do you think the world has known? Too, too many to count! The birth and successful rearing of children to adulthood has been the domain of women since time immemorial with all the little must and must-nots handed down from mother to daughter for thousands of years uninterrupted, that is until recently. The specifics varied according to the mother’s culture and what kinds of foods were available to her. But the fact of mothers and grandmothers deciding and providing their cultures whole and healthy foods to her baby did not vary in the least. In modern times though parents rely heavily on medical experts and the makers of nutritional formulas and foods to know how to provide sustenance for their young children.…
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Spend Less Time in the Kitchen with Master Recipes

Thumbnail image for Spend Less Time in the Kitchen with Master Recipes What if I told you that you could learn a handful of recipes and be able to makes hundreds of different things all from your own pantry? No more hunting around for recipes that match what you have, no laborious detailed meal planning, just simply walking into your kitchen and starting to cook? Sound too good to be true? Well, all this can be yours if you learn a handful of simple flexible recipe templates, or master recipes as chefs call them. Now, when a chef calls something a “Master” recipe it’s intimidating, like you’ll need to be a master of cooking to be able to do them.…
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Making the Most of Granny’s Free Meal Plan

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Last week I released my first meal plan as a free download for anyone signing up for my mailing list. The meal plan has a page devoted to getting started with the plan but that is necessarily brief, so I wanted to share a few more thoughts with everyone on how best to work the plan. In general, I’m not a big fan of meal plans. I have friends who have made business’s out of creating them, making software so you can create your own, or providing somewhat flexible plans for people eating real food. I think all this is a sizable improvement of traditional static plans.…
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Three Spice Snickerdoodles

Thumbnail image for Three Spice Snickerdoodles This funny sounding cookie is believed to have originated in New England in the 1800’s. So not only did your grandma likely eat these cookies, but your great-great-great grandma may have had them too! Supposedly the older recipes used cream of tartar and baking soda to make the cookies rise, while the newer recipes just use baking powder. In keeping with tradition, these cookies use cream of tartar. Typically snickerdoodles are made with cinnamon, but this recipe also has ginger and nutmeg for an additional kick of fall spices. They’re soft and cakelike with a slight, buttery tang. These are perfect with a glass of cold milk.…
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Baked Butternut Squash

Thumbnail image for Baked Butternut Squash If you’ve been making most of your buttered vegetable side dishes on the stovetop according to The Granny Plan well, here’s a new twist for you in the side-dish department! If you have just a little more time at home and can wait for something to bake in the oven this kind of recipe will make meal prep just a little easier for you. And, this one is a great side dish for your Thanksgiving table. You can put it in the oven with your turkey just an hour or two before the turkey is done. Saves room on the stovetop for sure.…
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Two Meat Crockpot Chili

Thumbnail image for Two Meat Crockpot Chili This set-it-and-forget-it crockpot meal is sure to please the guys in particular this fall. But then who doesn’t enjoy a hot steaming bowl of comforting chili on a cool night! In a nutshell all you do here is brown the meat on the stove, add the remaining ingredients and pour into your slowcooker. Then turn it on and when you get back home you’ll have a hot meal at the ready. Just make a buttered veggie and add rice or a good bread on side and you’re done!…
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