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Biodynamic – The Real Deal

Have you ever wondered what Biodynamic farming is all about?
Well I had the privilege to actually go to one of their farms years ago. Found it absolutely fascinating. It is a real commitment to very healthy and pure food and farming.

So if you see the name on any products you can be assured that they are the best and purest food you can buy.
I found this article in the “Health and Nature” magazine and if you are interested in good nutritious food it is worth reading.
These type of farms are all over the world not just Australia



What does being a biodynamic farmer mean? It means that we provide the best possible value in our dairy products for our customers. It also means that we care for the environment in the best possible way. We do not pollute waterways, and we farm with the least water usage and waste possible. We care for our animals in the best possible way – for example, leaving calves with cows as long as they drink milk; not using anything artificial in animal husbandry, and running a bull with the herd to avoid artificial insemination; and by not using hormones, antibiotics, or chemical drenches. We use preventive methods, like herbal creams for udders to prevent mastitis,  herbal and mineral-based products in drinking water to prevent infections or parasites. We use biodynamic preparations made from herbs, manure and minerals on the soil, which provide nutrients that soil microorganisms need to be balanced, so that plants growing in that soil will be healthy and fertile. We try to keep a natural balance between native vegetation and crops to feed the cows. We run monthly study and discussion groups for interested farmers or home gardeners, and two-day workshops where people can learn to make the homeopathic preparations. For us, biodynamic farming is the only sustainable way of farming. Biodynamic farming means our kids can experience chemical-free farm life and grow up in a natural environment with friendly, happy animals.

How does biodynamic farming compare with conventional farming? It is similar to organic farming, in that both farming styles do not use chemicals, do not plant genetically modified crops, and follow strict rules as to how animals are treated, and what with. The difference is that in organic farming, one can take a fairly conventional approach, for example, if there is a weed problem they can use a spray or other method to get rid of the ‘problem’. In biodynamic farming, we instead regard this ‘problem’ as an indicator of where there is an imbalance. We then use natural methods, like weed teas made with herbal concentrates, to restore balance in the environment so that the problem becomes minor and eventually disappears. The same applies with treatments for the animals: we try to prevent problems by providing balanced feed rather than boosting milk production with a higher protein intake. In biodynamics, the long-term goal is healthy, long-living cows, which bear healthy calves without problems, and provide average, balanced production of unhomogenized milk. There is evidence from Europe that continuous consumption of homogenized milk is liked to heart disease; it may also lead to intolerances, as the body has difficulty dealing with proteins that can’t be digested and attempts to reject the unwanted fat molecules.

What is the one thing you want our readers to hear? Support local farmers to the best of your ability – this keeps our food chain alive, keeps Australian food being produced in Australia, and prevents productive land from being destroyed. Companies like ours need consumer support at the cash register. If supermarkets are made to understand that if products like ours are taken off the shelves and replaced with cheap imports or home-brand products that they will not be purchased, they will take notice! Vote with your dollar, and use the complaint pages on supermarket websites to have your say.
Find out more at www.bdfarmpariscreek.com.au

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The Benefits of a Himalayan Salt Lamp

I have had a Himalayan salt lamp for years and also got one each for my GrandKids. I bought it for the reasons below and if nothing else the ambiance for a bedroom is quite peaceful. I found it interesting the benefits of these lamps so thought would pass it on.

You do need to be aware that there are many fake salt lamps on the market. I have seen them at dollar stores and farmers markets that are quite cheap so I suspect they are not the real deal.


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SkySaver – Building Escape Backpack

If you live in a ‘High Rise’ building I think this is a great investment. Even this morning there was 7 deaths in an apartment fire which maybe, who knows, one of these backpacks may have saved some lives.
They are not cheap but if your intention is to live in apartments then I think they are a must. Beats jumping.


SkySaver 80 – Building Escape Backpack, Up to 80 Feet

SkySaver 260 – Building Escape Backpack, Up to 260 Feet

SkySaver 160 – Building Escape Backpack, Up to 160 Feet

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Does this not look fantastic. This actually is the ultimate healthy breakfast. It is one of my favorite. Avocado’s are quite cheap at the moment so it makes for an economical meal. Good for the heart and cholesterol.

Healthy Breakfast. Avocado and poached eggs

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Make Your Own Pizza With Your Own Pizza Maker

I bought a pizza maker about 6 months ago and it was the best and most well used purchase I have made in a long time. It makes a quick and nutritional meal in no time. Depending on what you put on your pizza it makes a cheap meal.
I often keep a pack of 2 pizza bases in the freezer for the unexpected. We probably have a pizza once a week and I love to use fresh basil and other herbs and fill it with prawns or meat, onions,mushrooms, sometimes just vegetarian.
I occasionally make my own pizza base out of whole-meal flour, or I may do a gluten free base. Depends who is home to eat. You can also make a base like the recipe below.
This is the pizza maker I bought from Amazon, it is called a National Presto 03430 Presto Pizzazz Pizza Maker. It cost about $45 and sometimes there is free shipping.

Cheese Pizza Recipe

Serves: Prep: 10min Cook: 20min Total: 30min
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tube (10 ounces) refrigerated pizza dough
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Coat a large round pizza pan with nonstick spray. Sprinkle with the cornmeal.
In a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, combine the oil and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, basil, and salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until the tomatoes are soft. Remove from the heat.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll into a 12″ circle. Place on the prepared pan. Spread the tomato sauce over the dough to within 1/4″ of the edge. Sprinkle with the mozzarella.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.


Recipe Source – Prevention

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Good Laugh For Friday

Cheap Flights!!!

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Saving Tip For Today

Chicken: Chicken drumsticks are a great cheap meal. Packages of 12 – 15 drumsticks can be purchased for as little as $3.00 – $5.00. The leftovers are great cold for lunch the next day.
I mix honey, soya sauce, minced garlic, minced ginger, marinate the drumsticks overnight and are ready to cook when you get home from work. It is delicious with a salad and is a healthy meal.

Source: Simply Fantastic – Living Better On Less

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Top 10 Cheap Health Foods,



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Kidney Bean & Beef Chili- cost less than $2 per serving


Prevention Magazine – Recipe of the day

Take comfort food to the next level with this low-cal, fiber-rich recipe. This chunky chili combines the perfect mix of lean beef, kidney beans, bell pepper, and crushed tomatoes, seasoned with a blend of spices. Shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream top it off. Costs less than $2 per serving!


Serves: Prep: 5min|Cook: 7hr 0min |Total: 7hr 5min

6 oz lean beef top round, cut into chunks
1 tbsp olive or canola oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
4 tsp sour cream
4 tsp grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese

1.Pulse beef in food processor 1 minute, until coarsely ground. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef and onion until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Add bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, tomatoes, and broth. Stir.
2.Cover. Cook on low 4 to 6 hours. Add beans and cook on high, stirring occasionally, 1 more hour. Serve topped with dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with cheese.

Nutritional Facts per serving


FAT 9.8 G








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