Watermelon is the official state vegetable of Oklahoma. Yes, I'm serious. (source) It's also more or less the official fruit of late summer picnics, pool days, snack times and barbecues.How can both of these things be true? It's simple. While watermelon is part of the cucumber and pumpkin family - Cucurbitaceae (Citrullus genus) - it's also [...] Continue Reading
Ahhh, grilling - who doesn't love the way it creates a feeling of relaxed celebration? I love the sound of steak or chicken sizzling and the smell of caramelized onions wafting through the air, but not quite as much as I love knowing that my kitchen will still be clean when dinner is over. Priorities, right? :)When I posted a photo of shish [...] Continue Reading
It's the secret ingredient in many healing balms and skincare products, and for good reason. Calendula petals are rich in compounds that nourish, hydrate, and support skin healing - they've been used for centuries to help with everything from pinkeye and sore throats to skin irritations. But don't think you need a cut or scrape to make use of it - [...] Continue Reading
Five years ago, my husband came home from work and told me he wanted to go grain-free. Like, right that minute. I looked at the gluteny stuff in my pantry and then I looked at him . . . and then I decided to give everything away before he changed his mind! :)Later that night, I emailed my good friend Cara of Health Home & Happiness for some [...] Continue Reading
Once upon a time, there was remarkable a boy we shall call The Immunity Gladiator. He stayed well through the harsh winters of Dunedin, New Zealand year after year . . . after year. When curious researchers decided to find out why, they discovered that he carried a rare strain of bacteria - S. salivarius. Now, if you're saying to yourself "S. [...] Continue Reading
Have I told you about the summer I walked around with a smile burned onto my huge pregnant belly? Yep, during a particularly challenging cooking session - which I call "mindfully maneuvering in a small kitchen while small animals confuse my midsection for a planet" - I bumped into a hot cast iron pan with my belly. My "go to" honey burn salve [...] Continue Reading
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I'm Heather, aka The Mommypotamus. I’m a wife, mom, real food lover, research geek, and amateur homesteader. And potamus... obviously.