You know how Amazon offers those subscriptions for items it suspects you might need on an ongoing basis?  Well, Amazon helpfully suggested I subscribe to ketchup.

Yep – ketchup.

My middle child, M, eats a metric ton of it. Because she consumes so much of it, I buy only ketchup with really, really high quality ingredients.  KetchupThe one I loved the most was honey sweetened and is off the market now. I have found a second-best brand and – I can’t believe I am confessing this – am now subscribed to receive four bottles of it each quarter.

This brand meets my quality standards because of what it does and does not contain. It is organic and the sugar comes from cane, not sugar beets which are often GMO. And, when I say often, I mean 95% of the US sugar beet cropland.

So, no sugar beets, and a low sugar content in general – just 2g per serving. As a bonus, there are no “natural flavors,” which I try to avoid because you just don’t know what’s in those. Here’s what it does contain:

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And, like I said, my girl inhales it. She will eat practically ANY vegetable so long as it’s slathered with the good stuff. So, although I feel ridiculously silly having a subscription for ketchup, it’s working for us right now.

The other fun package I got in the mail this week was one from Vitacost, which is a terrific source for natural food products at a very competitive price.  They ship quickly and today’s box had a super-fun recipe on the side. Someone make these and let me know how they taste! CookieRecipe

Speaking of cookies, we have a family tradition that involves gingerbread cookies. Last year I used what I thought was a recipe I’d used in the past, but ohmygoodnessgracious they turned out terrible!  (Lesson learned – ALWAYS read the comments to a recipe on a blog before tackling it.  If I had I could have avoided this disaster.) Anyway, this year I will opt for this recipe for Gingerbread Cutout Cookies from Sarah, a/k/a The Paleo Mom.  She’s a real perfectionist when it comes to recipe development, so I know that they will be great. Plus, she lives in metro Atlanta so I know her baking conditions are similar to mine. (Humidity makes a difference when you are baking!)

Y’all know I love me some Aha! Parenting, and speaking of the holidays, I thought this post on how to be really maximize peace and personal joy over the holiday season was practical, doable and important.

In a similar vein, this technique from Thich Nhat Hanh is one to help foster inner peace and calm, something that is often in short supply over the holiday season.

Stay tuned for a post from me exploring parental rights in the healthcare realm, but in the meanwhile, be sure to watch this video about a child whose parents lost custody of her for reasons that will surprise you.

I’ve got a whole bunch of articles lined up to read over the weekend, so look for lots from me next week.  These past two weeks have kicked my behind. I’ll “ketchup” soon.

Have a good one!

2 Responses to “Explore More : December 13th”

  1. on 21 Feb 2014 at 5:47 pmK

    Where are you getting this ketchup now? I’d like to try it and it seems Amazon isn’t selling it. I typically use: http://www.muirglen.com/products/ketchup/organic-tomato-ketchup-24-oz. Love the taste but it has those “natural flavors” you speak of.

  2. on 21 Feb 2014 at 11:45 pmKristine Rudolph

    They do seem to be out of stock! I think our recent orders may have wiped them out!

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