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New Nostalgia Shop Launch + Giveaway!

cards on rings

I have been giddy excited for this day to arrive so that I could tell you all about the NEW, New Nostalgia Shop! It has been in the works for over a year and the day is finally here.

I often talk about living well and with purpose here at New Nostalgia, but how does one practically do that?

There are many ways to do it, both big and small, and intentional living looks different for different people.

 

3 cards on rings and a plant

Maybe we have this in common, though…just maybe we could all use something tangible to help guide us in our pursuit to do all the important things.

With that in mind, I’ve created tools–simple, printable cards to refer to– that has been life-changing for me in my pursuit to live well, and my hope is that they will be for you, too!

 

cards on rings magnetic hooks

How have they been helping me? For starters:

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FEATURED/ HEALTH/ Healthy Eating/ RECIPES

5 Reasons To Eat Seeds Every Day + Super Seed Mix in a Jar Recipe

Jar of layered seeds

5 Reasons To Eat Seeds Every Day

 

HIGH NUTRIENT FOOD

Eat super seeds every day! They are a high nutrient food and they are packed with healthy goodness. Seeds contain all the starting materials needed to grow into a complex plant, and because of this, they are a very alive, nutritious food.

Keeping a jar of super seed mix in the refrigerator is an easy way to have these little superfoods on hand at all times.

 

PLANT PROTEIN

Many seeds (like pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds) are a complete protein source! Seeds have more protein and minerals than nuts and less saturated fat.

 

GOOD FATS FROM A WHOLE FOOD SOURCE

Seeds are rich in ALA Omega 3 fats which feed the brain and plays a key role in metabolism and energy production.

Having a good fat in your diet is important for the absorption of nutrients, including anti-cancer phytochemicals.

 

LIGNANS

Lignans are antioxidants that may help support the immune system and can help balance hormone levels in the body.

They also have anti-estrogenic effects and can prevent naturally occurring hormones from binding to estrogen receptors and exerting their negative effects.

I am especially interested in the lignans in seeds as I am a survivor of hormone-sensitive breast cancer.

 

DISEASE PROTECTIVE

Again, as a breast cancer survivor, I am very interested in all of the health benefits of seeds.

My husband has been pre-diabetic in the past, so he also makes sure to get his seeds in every day, too!

Plant foods, in general, can be very disease protective, and so eat your seeds!

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie With A Secret Ingredient

perfect pumpkin pie pin

I’ve posted this Perfect Pumpkin Pie recipe before, but had to revisit it. This post has better photos and a little story about old and new neighbors, and how this is one of those recipes that have become a part of our lives, a tradition that just keeps going and giving. Funny how food can do that.

This pie was first made for us by our neighbors who recently moved away to New York. We miss them, and especially think of them this time of year. Every fall they would bring this amazing pumpkin pie over, usually warm from the oven, and it was always just the PERFECT pumpkin pie, one that I looked forward to all year.

baked perfect pumpkin pie

Yes, we miss our neighbors, but we now have new neighbors that we are just getting to know; a young couple with the cutest little toddler. I wanted to take over a baked good, and decided this Perfect Pumpkin Pie would be very appropriate to take to them. It is October when everyone is craving fall flavors, it makes 2 (so we got to keep one), and it keeps the sweet tradition that my dear neighbors started. A recipe that just keeps giving!

perfect pumpkin pie ingredients

My neighbor was kind enough to share the recipe, and when he did, there were 2 ingredients that caught my eye and I understood why this was the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever had. Those 2 ingredients?

Heavy cream and molasses.

The heavy cream is a key ingredient, it makes this pie super divine, but molasses is the SECRET ingredient that gives this pie a darker- than- normal shade, and an amazing depth of flavor, almost like someone used extra EXTRA dark brown sugar.  Let not leave out the spices — they are just perfect. I do not like an over-spiced pie!

Pumpkin pie crust

pumpkin pie crusts

I love using these organic, hearty whole wheat pie shells. They make this pie so simple to make. Don’t forget to buy two!

Maybe this can become a tradition for you and your neighbor, too?

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Perfect Pumpkin Pie 

{This recipe is from Open Harvest Cookbook. Nancy Sauer’s great-aunt’s recipe, handed down via grandmother and mother.}
4 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 (15 ounce) can of pumpkin puree (or 3 cups homemade pumpkin puree, see below)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons molasses

2 pie shells

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Have 2 pie crusts for 9-inch deep-dish pie ready.  Mix all ingredients together and beat until smooth.  Pour into waiting pie crust.  Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then turn oven down to 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  It is done when you can insert a knife into the center and it comes out clean.  After cooling, store in refrigerator.

 

How to Bake Pumpkin
Cooked pumpkin can be used in many pumpkin foods besides pie, such as cakes, breads, muffins, puddings or even ice cream.

Select a variety of pumpkins for pies.  (I like small sugar pumpkins)  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut pumpkin in half horizontally.  scoop out seeds.  Select a baking dish with sides.  Place pumpkin cut-side down in baking dish.  Pour in water to fill about an inch high.  Bake until a fork can easily be poked in the pumpkin.  A 41/2 pound pumpkin will take about 11/2 hours.  Drain.  Cool before processing.  Yields: 4 cups.

 

baked perfect pumpkin pie

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