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Okay, I admit it.  I’m excited!  My first guest article, “Get Cultured, Invest in Stocks & Take a Long, Hot Soak: Next Steps in Getting Off the Food Grid“, appears at today.  The post builds on a Maggie’s Nest article from a few months back called De-Centralize Your Food System.  In that article I outlined the first three steps one can take toward becoming less dependent on our centralized food system of “Big Ag” businesses, food manufacturers (think about that phrase for a minute!) and supermarkets.  Today’s article at takes you further down the rabbit hole of food independence, showing you three easy ways to make your food more nutritious while saving money at the grocery store.  Nice, eh?

If this is your first time visiting Maggie’s Nest, welcome!  You might enjoy reading some of my other food-related posts, including How to Make 3 Meals from 1 Chicken, Bone Broth 101, Traditional Fermentation 101, or How to Make Homemade Yogurt.

Recently I started my journey on the GAPS diet in order to heal my gut; I’ve since learned numerous 20th and 21st century ailments that have been successfully healed with this diet.  If you’d like to know more, click to read What’s GAPS? and Why Now? or, 5 Ways to Make Intro Easier.

I talk about more than food here at Maggie’s Nest, so please feel free to browse around in the various categories.  Travel articles are in the “Wandernest” category; posts about creative process abound in “Nurturing Creativity”, and more philosophical articles about family, home, living on purpose, and practicing self-care area also littered throughout the site.

I hope you enjoy your visit and come back often!


I am running low on juice today, friends, and don’t have much energy to blog…but wanted to let you know I haven’t forgotten about you.  If you’re jonesin’ for some blogging goodness, check out these nuggets.

Bwaaakk!  Our Journey to Backyard Chickens :: Simple Bites

What’s Growing and the Angst of Spring Gardening :: Nourishing Days

How to Edit a Room :: The Nester

The Scattered Mind: Finding Focus in a World of Distractions :: Mark’s Daily Apple

I hope to have more to say soon, but until then I hope you have a great weekend!

For those of you out there who love blogs as much as I do, I’m sharing some of my favorite reads of the week.  There is a theme brewing here, and more will come over time I’m sure, but just to be clear:

No Megan, I’m not pregnant.  🙂

Building a Stacked Wood Fireplace Mantel by Small Notebook

Meet the Newest TODAY Moms Blogger by Mayim Bialik

In the Kitchen by SouleMama

Everyday Ways to Foster Independence in Your Kids by Simple Mom

Thoughts on Thriving by Vivienne McMaster

This last one really sang to me, because at the beginning of the year I felt like “graceful thrift” was really calling out to me as a theme for 2011, but the phrase didn’t quite define what I was trying to express or live into.  Of course, the verb of “thrift” is “thrive”, and doesn’t that have a much more lively, juicy feel to it?  A pretty good theme for a year of living!

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