Starting those indoor seeds!

Starting those indoor seeds!

I live in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. We have a fairly mild climate so this creates wonderful vegetable growing conditions! I grew up next to my Grandparents and they were avid gardeners. My Granddad was the veggie gardener so that is where my passion comes from. As soon as I could walk I was out there helping him. My Grandma would tell me stories of me sitting on my stool out on the deck watching for him to appear! I was out there everyday he was. I think being out in nature with him created this great sense of relaxation I get from it. My Granddad was a man of very few words, but he was kind and gentle and patient with me. I will forever treasure my 16 years with him. 
 
With today’s busy lifestyle of running around I find it hard to find hobbies and activities that are truly relaxing in my busy life. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way! This is why I’m trying so hard to get back to the basics, spend more time on our property and truly have quality time with our children. To really spend the time and listen to their little stories and what they are thinking. No one can really do this if we are all running around like crazy people!! Gardening ties into this healthy lifestyle I am creating for my family.
 
So for seeds I use West Coast Seeds based out of the lower mainland.  They are for organic growing and are nongmo. You can find them at almost any local nursery here on Vancouver island. I start my indoor seeds during the last week of March.  This seems to be a good time for me as I live a couple hundred feet off the ocean and it is a bit cooler here with the wind. I know my good friend Kyla usually starts her seeds more in the beginning of March but she is more sheltered from the winds. So really we live 5 minutes away from each other but all these little details seem to matter! Ocean air, wind, sheltered with trees, etc.
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This is my 5th year with a large vegetable garden.  I have tried starting several different vegetable seeds indoors but what works best for me with success rate and transplanting are broccoli, tomatoes and basil.   This year I am also starting sage indoors. I find these plants don’t get too spindly and there for transplant with the best success rate. Everything else I grow starts off beautifully by direct sowing right in the garden, so really, why waste time and money starting them indoors if that is the case!
Broccoli, tomato, sage and basil have to be started indoors though! The soil doesn’t get warm enough to plant most vegetables until May. You can start some before or after May but for the majority of seeds you should wait until then. By starting these seeds indoors you get a couple extra months of growing time so that they can produce long before the first frost around here.  Which is usually in October. 
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The indoor seeds need a proper soil starter mix. It is full of all the right nutrients those little seeds need in order to germinate.  We have our seeds located in the south east window for extra sun. As an added bonus we have a light above them for that extra boost. We water the seeds daily and they usually pop up in 10 or so days.  If a couple seeds don’t germinate, I replant them.
A couple weeks (early May) before the seeds are ready to be planted in the garden you have to harden them off. This means you have to get them ready and use to the outdoors. So we put them outside for a couple hrs each day.  This gets them use to the temperature, wind and sun.
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Once the broccoli is ready to go out in the garden it can go into any open bed. Just watch out for those slugs!
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Tomatoes do not like rain or water on their leaves so they need some sort of cover.
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Basil do best in a cold frame.  This creates a warmer environment for them and also protects them from heavy winds and rain. I have tried panting basil other ways and failed!  Last year I put them in the cold frame and was eating fresh basil till almost November so this is a must! See cold frame below! It is made from a recycled shower door.
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This is just a general guideline to get you started! Please contact me with any questions and I would be happy to answer them!!
Jillian
    
Honey Ginger Salmon with Breaded Hemp Seed Hearts

Honey Ginger Salmon with Breaded Hemp Seed Hearts

The other night I decided to do some experimenting with some organic ginger I bought. I’ve hardly cooked with ginger but that has all changed with my last few meals! I did avoid putting ginger on tonight’s dinner just to give everyone a break 😉

So this recipe turned out amazing! I never expected it to taste so good and my whole family enjoyed it. I served it with a salad, homemade dressing (see previous post) and organic long grain brown rice.

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This dinner is super easy to make, just add all the ingredients in the order I have listed them in.

  • Wild Salmon
  • Organic Olive Oil
  • Organic Chia and Flax Seed Powder
  • Organic Hemp Seed hearts
  • Grated Organic Ginger
  • Local Honey
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Fresh Thyme Leaves

Cook in the oven at 400 for about 25 minutes or until salmon flakes apart.

 

Go Away Bug!-An aromatherapy blend I use on my children.

Go Away Bug!-An aromatherapy blend I use on my children.

I would like to share another blend of essential oils I often use. My 4 children don’t get sick very often and I believe this is because we eat well, get lots of rest and use essential oils! We get a couple mild colds a year so whenever they are feeling under the weather or even starting to feel off I have my essential oils going. I will use a diffuser as a preventive and when they are full on sick I use the humidifier. 
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As a preventive:
In a diffuser mix with water
4 drops lavender 
4 drops bergamot 
4 drops  Eucalyptus
Light a tea light candle underneath
When sick:
In a humidifier I would use more oils as they are diffused more slowly and they would just need more at this point. I think the reason Emalee doesn’t have asthma anymore is because of the essential oils opening up her bronchi and work as an anti-inflammatory.  My other children have never had respiratory problems or had a cold turn into something worse, like pneumonia because the oils really help open up the lungs, clear the nose and let them get a more peaceful sleep.  I should mention I do rotate the essential oils I do use so no one becomes desensitized. Everything in moderation, right?!   
 I have listed some more information below about the essential oils of lavender, bergamot and eucalyptus.
Bergamot:        
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Bergamot essential oil is known for its calming, refreshing and uplifting qualities. Begamot can be helpful with eczema, acne, cold sores, psoriasis, wounds and oily skin. May help with digestion, urethritis, colds and flu due to its antibacterial, anti-infectious and expectorant properties. It is effective against anxiety, depression and other stress related conditions.

Contraindications: avoid during first trimester of pregnancy.

Eucalyptus: 

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Eucalyptus essential oil is highly antiseptic so it is a great oil to use with a cold or the flu. Asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis and throat infections. Good for poor circulation, rheumatoid arthritis and sprains. Aids with headaches, depression or feeling run down. Great to use in a humidifier or diffuser if your family is sick.

Contraindications:   DO NOT put around or near children’s nostrils as they can choke due to the cooling effect it has on the respiratory system. Toxic when taken internally. As little as 3.5 ml has been reported as fatal. Avoid during first trimester of pregnancy.

Lavender:      

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Lavender essential oil has so many day to day practical uses. It is one essential oil I don’t leave the house without! Lavender essential oil is very calming and is known to help with problem sleepers. Some properties of lavender essential oil are; cell regeneration, allergies, dry acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, boils, wounds, healing, insect bites, bee stings, sun burns and athletes foot. Aids sufferers with asthma, bronchitis laryngitis, whooping cough and infections. Calming, analgesic and balancing properties.

Contraindications: Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Resources: Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. (Great Britain: Element Books Limited, 1992).

Worwood, Valerie Anne. The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy (United Kingdom: Macmillian London Limited, 1990).

Allergen/gluten Free Stir Fry

Allergen/gluten Free Stir Fry

Allergen free stir fry.
Another super easy meal my whole family loves! Packed full of vegetables (some from our garden last summer), spices, herbs and local hormone and antibiotic free pork. It is possible to make a delicious and healthy stir fry without gluten or soy sauce. The kale I blanched and froze from our garden last year. The onions and garlic were also from our garden last year. They were hung up and stored in our pump house. So lots of vegetables you can actually save and keep over the winter.  I can’t talk about enough about trying to eat out of the garden all year long! Anyone can have a garden even if it is out of some pots on your balcony growing herbs and greens.  So if anyone is interested in gardening keep an eye out for my gardening tips!
 

*all vegetables are organic. Do your best with this…no pressure 😉
  • Local antibiotic and hormone free pork. (Optional of course)
  • onion (1)
  • garlic (I used 5 cloves)
  • grated fresh ginger
  • red pepper (1)
  • Carrots 
  • broccoli 
  • cauliflower 
  • zucchini 
  • kale
  • turmeric
  • organic chia and flax seed powder
  • Herbamare  (Sea salt infused with organic herbs and vegetables).
  • Pepper
Once pork is cooked add the vegetable sea salt and pepper.
Then saute in onions, garlic and grated ginger.
Throw all the other veggies in!
Once vegetables are lightly cooked add organic brown rice into pan.  Serve and eat up! If you wanted to add a gluten free soy sauce to individual serving you can at this point but you don’t need to because there is so much flavoring from the veggies and herbs.

          

Serenity, Peace and Calm-Aromatherapy Blend

Serenity, Peace and Calm-Aromatherapy Blend

Today I was asked what a beneficial blend of essential oils would be for overall peace and wellness.
I would like to share a blend I often use which is very uplifting with a sense of serenity, peace and calm. Let the essential oils help you when you are having a more stressful and overwhelming day! Not only do you get the uplifting affects mentally you also get the antiviral properties which is always a nice added bonus.
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In a diffuser mix with water
4 drops lavender 
4 drops bergamot 
4 drops sweet orange  
Light a tea light candle underneath
I have listed some more information below about the essential oils of lavender, bergamot and sweet orange.
Bergamot:             BergamotpicEO

Bergamot essential oil is known for its calming, refreshing and uplifting qualities. Begamot can be helpful with eczema, acne, cold sores, psoriasis, wounds and oily skin. May help with digestion, urethritis, colds and flu due to its antibacterial, anti-infectious and expectorant properties. It is effective against anxiety, depression and other stress related conditions.

Contraindications: avoid during first trimester of pregnancy.

Lavender:      

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Lavender essential oil has so many day to day practical uses. It is one essential oil I don’t leave the house without! Lavender essential oil is very calming and is known to help with problem sleepers. Some properties of lavender essential oil are; cell regeneration, allergies, dry acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, boils, wounds, healing, insect bites, bee stings, sun burns and athletes foot. Aids sufferers with asthma, bronchitis laryngitis, wooping cough and infections. Calming, analgesic and balancing properties.

Contraindications: Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Sweet Orange:

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Sweet Orange essential oil is an antidepressant, antiseptic, bactericidal and anti-inflammatory.  Has anti-aging and cell regenerating properties. Helps stop worrying and energizes. Helps with constipation, water retention, and digestion so would nicely added to carrier oil for abdominal massage.

Contraindications: Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy. Do not use on sensitive or damaged skin. Can be phototoxic so don’t use before exposure to UV rays.

Resources: Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. (Great Britain: Element Books Limited, 1992).

Worwood, Valerie Anne. The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy (United Kingdom: Macmillian London Limited, 1990).

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats-Apple Cinnamon (Allergen Free)

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats-Apple Cinnamon (Allergen Free)

An easy recipe to whip up the night before! This breakfast is a high source of proteins, omegas, iron and fiber. This recipe makes a large amount although my family of 6 ate it all this morning! If you have extra, this breakfast will either freeze or put it in the fridge to last a couple meals. You get to wake up to a wonderful aroma of apples and cinnamon!
Directions:
~Cook on the low setting for 8-9 hours.
~Coat the crock pot with coconut oil or another type of cooking oil so the pan is easier to clean the next morning, before adding all the ingredients.
  • 3 organic apples cut up into cubes
  • 3 cups of a milk substitute. I like to bake and cook with coconut milk.
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked organic steel cut oats 
  • 4 tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons organic sprouted chia and flax seed powder
  • 2 tablespoons organic hemp seed hearts
The next morning you can add whatever toppings you want. Some examples could be nuts, fruit or berries. Add some more coconut milk to individual portion and eat up! 
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Emalee’s Health Story

Emalee’s Health Story

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Emalee’s dinner! I haven’t mentioned this before because I wanted to check with my step daughter Emalee to make sure she was comfortable with me sharing her health story. She is because she wants other kids to not feel sick and eat yummy tasty foods like she can. Going through this journey with her has 100 % brought me to where I am now. I hope you get a better sense of what Kitty Coleman Natural Bliss is all about!
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Emalee came into my life when she was 4 years old. She wasn’t a very healthy girl when I met her and it broke my heart. I had a 2 yr old, her step brother Kaiden who was healthy. So I knew something was wrong. At 2 years old Emalee developed a severe peanut allergy. She is anaphylaxis  so she has to have an epipen with her.  She also developed asthma around the same time. At 4 when I became her 2nd Mom like I said earlier she was not a healthy girl.  She was always sick with a runny nose, tummy aches, rashes, cold sores at least twice a month and dry skin. It was so hard on me seeing one of my children who I loved so much, so unwell. It caused a lot of stress for our family and nothing was going to get in my way to change it. After her little sister Lily was born I decided to take things into my own hands. I slowly cut back the medications she was on. I used alternatives like essential oils for her asthma and even though we ate well we cut out all preservatives and started to make almost everything from scratch. This helped a lot. I used essential oils of lavender, eucalyptus and chamomile in a humidifier every night she was with us. And I never missed a weekend.  And guess what?! It was working! She no longer needed her puffers or other medications. Her symptoms to her seasonal allergies went way down and her skin was softer. But she still got cold sores at least twice a month. I asked Dr after Dr after nurse and it all pointed to a weakened immune system. 1.5 years ago Emalee started to live with us about 55 percent of the time. The first thing I did was take her to a Naturopath and get an extensive blood test. She even ate dairy for 2 weeks before to see if she was allergic to dairy. Taking her in for that blood test was the best thing I could have ever done for her. I trusted my guts and all the signs and symptoms.  16 different foods came back as true allergies. (And dairy was not one of them!). Meaning her body and immune system reacts against those proteins. Her poor poor body!
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After about a month of avoiding those 16 foods she stopped getting cold sores, her skin became healthier, her eyes brighter, and the biggest change was emotionally. She became a much happier child. Currently Emalee is super healthy and hardly ever gets sick! If I hadn’t gotten her blood tested and she kept eating these foods the long term results could have been devastating.  Auto immune disease or cancer are a couple examples. She most likely has a leaky gut. Her guts don’t work the same way as other children. The best thing to do besides avoiding those 16 foods is to take a really good probiotic in the billions to help heal her guts and help with absorption. She will always be sensitive so she should eat organic, non gmo and preservative free foods. This is really how we should all eat.
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Emalee’s health journey was my motivation to create Kitty Coleman Natural Bliss. We want to help you live a healthy allergen free lifestyle.  To be here for support for other families. And you know, its not that hard to avoid those 16 foods. No she can’t eat out really, but we can sure cook some yummy food at home!!!
I never want Emalee to feel left out so we all live her healthy lifestyle!
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Please use this information to help. Email me at kcnaturalbliss@gmail.com if you have any questions. I would be happy to try and answer them!
Thanks for listening to our story.
~Jillian and Emalee~
Emalee loves anything out in nature including fishing, riding bikes and climbing trees, she loves to dance and sing, loves all animals, she is really curious about life and is always asking questions! She is the best big sister to her little brother Jace and spends hours giving him piggy back rides and pushing him on the swings. She can always manage to make him feel better when he is upset.
Some of foods Emalee is allergic to are; gluten, soy, eggs (Duck and chicken), cranberries,  pineapple,  lentils, green peas, coffee, sesame seeds and chick peas.
Maple Basil Salmon

Maple Basil Salmon

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This is an absolutely delicious and quick way to cook salmon.  We try to eat fish twice a week to benefit from all the omega 3 oils! We love to go out fishing as a family during the spring and summer months. We live on Vancouver Island so we are surrounded by ocean which makes for many beautiful fishing spots. We see so much wildlife including orca whales, porpoises, seals, seal lions, ducks and other water birds. My goal this year is to see the dolphins which now live in the area. Dolphins are my daughter Lily’s and my favorite animal so it would be very magical to see them in real life!

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This is a very quick, simple and healthy way to prepare and cook salmon! Enjoy!!!

 

  • Wild Pacific Salmon
  • Organic Olive Oil
  • Organic Maple Syrup
  • Fresh squeeze of Lemon
  • Fresh Basil
  • Thyme

That’s it!

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until salmon flakes apart.

Favorite Snack of Mine!

Favorite Snack of Mine!

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One of my all time favorite snacks to eat is super simple and super good for you!

Dye free cheese melted on top of an organic rice cake, with sliced avocado on top. Seasoned with Herbamare Seasoning Vegetable Salt.

 

Seriously that simple and so good!!!

 

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Professional Product Shots!

Hello everyone! I wanted to give you all an update on my product pictures. My friend Jesse Savage of Savage Photography has offered to take professional pictures of all my products! What an amazing and generous offer! I can’t wait to add them to my site. Thanks so much Jesse!!

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