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Part 1

A Few of My Favorite Things…

 These are a few of my favorite things… Besides The Sound of Music, which is my all-time favorite movie as it was the first I’d seen in a movie theatre, here are some of my most used and beloved tools in my life. Most of them live in the kitchen which gives you a hint of where I enjoy spending my time. My favorite sticker on the fridge says:

Love people, cook them good food. 

In light of loving people, here we go...

Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World

This is NOT just another cookbook. It is a “kitchen resource guide” and it makes kitchen life so much easier and more fun! Ok it sort of is a cookbook but it’s so much more than that too. A couple of ladies from southern Minnesota (where I grew up) put this book together. It walks you through the entire process from choosing what to plant to harvesting, cooking & preserving. Every recipe is sugar-free and most are gluten-free but all are remarkably delicious despite their ingredient “restrictions”! My grandkids even love every recipe I’ve made from this book. It’s a must-have.

Immersible Blender

Smoothies in a jar, creamed soups, fruit-flavored kefir, salad dressings, the list is endless. I love that I can use the container that it was made or will be kept in and not have to pour into another bowl or blender. Less dirty dishes.

Instant Pot

I love this thing! I was a little slow to jump on the bandwagon but it is so versatile and easy to use that I use it all the time now. I make delicious yogurt, falling-apart roast or whole chicken in about an hour, broth, the most tender ribs we’ve ever had, and on & on & on!


Microwaves use radioactive heat, zapping your food’s nutritional value. Reheating food in a pan on the stove (or your Instant Pot) is nearly as quick and retains every ounce of nutrition you’ve paid for and your body needs.

Sharp Knives

Dull knives are only good for cutting yourself. Sharp knives take the scare out of using a knife and make chopping, cutting , carving, slicing, dicing so much easier, faster and safer. Good knives are also a good investment. Buy once, cry once. I bought a set of Chicago Cutlery knives back in 1980 that I still use every day. A good knife set is worth the money.


I hope you’ve enjoyed peeking into my kitchen cabinets and hope you’ve found something useful. I’ll share more soon as I’ve got a few more long-time love secrets yet!


Equip your kitchen to nourish your body better and love people more!

Mary and the Northstar Tribe


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