Natural Family Friday- Weekly Linkup 8/22/14

Natural Family Friday - weekly linkup and blog hop for natural and real food bloggers


Welcome to Natural Family Friday where we feature information, how-to articles, and recipes that help our families live a bit more intentionally. Our goal is to help every family take steps toward creating a natural, Eco friendly home, utilizing natural remedies, eating healthy foods, and practicing positive, attachment based parenting. If you're a blogger, we invite you to share one of your articles or recipes that will help readers and fellow bloggers.

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The following blogs host Natural Family Friday every week. You are welcome to linkup at any of these blogs each week. If you linkup at one blog, your link will be displayed on all blogs!

This Week's Featured Articles:

Every week we feature the top 3 posts from the previous week's linkup. Make sure you vote for your favorites this week!
  1. Coconut Watermelon Popsicles from Raia's Recipes
  2. Raw Vegan Raspberry and White Chocolate Bark from Gluten-Free Vegan Love
  3. Avoid Defining Your Child by Their Disease from Kids Love Acupuncture

Natural Family Friday Linkup

Here's what to link to...
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  • Natural / Green Living Tips
  • Attachment Parenting Info
  • Organic Gardening Tips
  • Natural Health and Remedies

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How to Make Salt-Brined Salmon

Be sure and check out our GIVEAWAY while you're here.

I decided to call this recipe "Salt-Brined Salmon" because when I asked my friends, "hey, do you want to try some fermented salmon" their nose would get all wrinkly and they'd look at me like I was crazy. (Clearly, they don't understand or appreciate delicacies like muktuk...). 

But that's what this recipe is. Fermented Salmon. But don't let that scare you away. This recipe is absolutely AMAZING. Everyone who tried it said something along the lines "wow, that is REALLY good. You were right." Yes. Yes, I was. 

The way the salmon brakes down under the fermentation process makes it so that it simply melts in your mouth

I've made this recipe a few times now and have perfected it to my tastebuds. Feel free to experiment a little with how you like the ingredients cut, as well as play with the spices. 

The inspiration for this recipe can be found in my favorite book on fermentation, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fermenting Foods by Wardee Harmon blogger at GNOWFGLINS. The recipe has been changed from her version in the book, but credit is due for the inspiration. 

We love to serve the salmon on salad, crackers, sandwiches, with rice or just eat it plain. We even eat the lemon and onions! (Though I wouldn't suggest eating a lot of the raw onion at first as it can be intense on your digestive system!)

Simply Delicious Salt-Brined Salmon


  • 1.5 lbs raw Sockeye Salmon cut into ¼ in. pieces (where to find)
  • 2 tbs Celtic sea salt (where to find)
  • 4 tbs fresh dill 
  • 2 Tbs raw honey (where to find)
  • 2 small lemons, thinly sliced
  • 2 small fresh eating onions, halfed and thinly sliced
  • 1.5 tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves


Directions: Pour salt into mason jar. Add just enough hot water to cover salt. Shake well until completely dissolved. If water is very hot, add a little water to cool until it is warm. Next, add honey and stir to dissolve. In your mixing bowl, place salmon, onions, lemon, and spices. Stir to mix well. Spoon salmon mixture into your mason jar. Add cold water to cover ingredients, leaving 1 inch head space. Cover jar with lid. Turn jar over several times to spread brine/honey mixture around thoroughly. Leave at room temperature for 1 day before transferring to your refrigerator. Enjoy! Keeps for at least 2 weeks in the fridge.

Wanting to learn more about FERMENTATION? 

Check out these books I use and love!

Wanting to have on hand a simple guide to all things fermented? This is THE book for your kitchen. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fermenting Foods covers the basics of everything from simples cheeses, meats, vegetables, fruits, sourdough, simple beer, kombucha and much more. The recipes are very easy to follow, and most contain variations to give you room to play end experiment. I reference this book ALL the time for both information as well as recipes. I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you could only have one book on fermentation, this is the one I would suggest. 
This book, The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the Worldby Sandor Katz (author of Wild Fermentation) will take your grasp of fermentation to the next level and beyond. It is a veritable tome of fermentation knowledge. This is not the book to have if you are looking for recipes. It is however the book to have if you want to know a little more about all things fermentation. It contains history, lore, science, and a cultural overview as well as tips for making and selling ferments. I love this book. I use this book both as a reference for information and for kitchen inspiration.

True Brews: How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Homeis your go-to book for learning about beverage ferments. It covers everything from homemade ciders to beer, wine, kombucha, soda pop and much more. As the cover shows, it has absolutely gorgeous images that will inspire you! The recipes are laid out in a straightforward manner, and there are trouble-shooting sections that are very helpful when you have questions or when something doesn't go quite the way you thought it would in your fermentation kitchen.

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Review (and GIVEAWAY) of Vaccinations by Aviva Jill Romm

The vaccination debate. For some it's a no brainer. For others its one of the most charged issues they will ever face as a parent or pre-parent. (photo credit) (Can we call it a war instead of a debate? Because, honestly, that's the way it feels sometimes....)

When I was getting ready to have Little Owl I remember feeling terrified and unsure about where to start when it came to understanding the pros and cons of vaccinations. I know people I respect who stand firmly on both sides of this debate. As a new parent, or expecting family, the task of sifting through the seemingly conflicting and endless articles, books, and conversations can be overwhelming.

Enter the book Vaccinations by Aviva Jill Romm.

I can't remember who recommended this book to me. But I'm so glad that it came to my attention before Athena was born. I love this book. I love Aviva Jill Romm. Not only is she a MD, she is also a midwife, herbalist, mother and grandmother.

This book takes a charged issue and brings calm and clarity. It is balanced. I didn't walk away from the book think either "I'm vaccinating. No question" or "Vaccinations are evil. Never." This book examines the pros and cons fairly

Romm provides a comprehensive guide to each disease as well as the potential side affects to each vaccine. I felt empowered after reading this book. 

Not only was it a book I read once, however. It is a book that I continue to refer to (provided I haven't lent it to a friend!) because of the information on all the diseases and alternative remedies it provides. 

The vaccination debate is possibly one of the most difficult and charged decisions awaiting new parents. For me what was most helpful in the decision making process was calm, clear-headed thinking and presentation of the information available. This book was extremely helpful. 

But don't just take my word for it! Get a copy through Amazon for your home library or as a baby shower gift! Or, if you are feeling lucky enter the giveaway below! A big thanks to Aviva herself for providing a copy to one lucky reader! Be sure and stop by her website--
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Further Recommended Reading:

Nina Planck author or Real Food brings clarity and simplicity to an often very confusing time for young mothers. There is so much conflicting information to sift through that knowing what to eat and drink during conception, pregnancy and baby's first food is confusing. But Planck makes it so easy. Read my full review or view Real Food for Mother and Baby on Amazon. 

Sally Fallon Morell's (author of Nourishing Traditions) new book is a must-have for any Real Foodie parents library. This book contains so much helpful information on so many aspects of raising a child--everything from choices faced in pre-conception to the teenage years. Definitely a book to keep handy to reference throughout the years. Read my full review or see The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care on Amazon. 

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