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Get Real: Welcome to February!

**This post is part of the Get Real series. Please remember that this is meant as a learning community. We know that many of you are passionate about what you do and we want you to express that, just please do so in a way that will be an encouragement and aid to others making a transition. We want this to be a “safe space” for participants to learn. For that reason, we reserve the right to delete any comments that are not handled in this manner.

Sunday is our normal posting day for Get Real but since we have started on a new month I wanted to give you a little update and to let you know where we are at thus far and where we are headed for the next month. We continue this week with recapping our January journey. If you haven’t done so, please do. Also, you pledged in January you will be receiving an email with information on re-pledging (no worries, you don’t have to fill in all the same info again) for February. We are taking this series seriously and are helping you to keep track of where you have been and where you are going.

Also, we want to thank our guest blogger for January, Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food for teaching us and encouraging us to create new pantries focused on Real Food. We also would like to thank our sponsor, Ziplist for helping to make those pantry lists and new grocery lists easier with their application. We LOVE Ziplist. And you didn’t think I forgot about the $200 grocery gift card giveaway to a pledged member did you?!

The winner of a $200 Grocery Gift Card courtesy of Ziplist is Dana Stoerkel (Pledge #296)

3,533 pledged participants in January!

As for February, as we embark on our journey through grains we have some wonderful leaders. First off, we have Jo-Lynne of Musings of a Housewife who has been a whole foodie for some time. She is going to walk us through some simple ways you can get started baking your own breads. She is wonderfully down to earth and one of the most approachable bloggers I have ever met so I know that you are just going to love having her along for this leg of the journey. And if bread making scares you, I am SURE that she can  help you face your fears.

We also have Bread Becker’s as our company sponsor and they will be introducing more to the idea of milling your own grains to prepare breads. This might be for those that have tackled their fear of breads so don’t worry too much if you aren’t quite to this point yet. However, Bread Becker’s has some eye opening information about grains that I am sure that you will both enjoy and find fascinating. They also have a wealth of resources available on their site including training videos which is the main reason that they are our sponsor for this month. You will undoubtedly feel more confident about baking breads having watched some of their classes.

And did I mention that Bread Becker’s is going to be giving away a grain mill or a mixer (winner’s choice) to a pledged February participant? Make sure that you get pledged (and yes, you have to renew your commitment this month) for February. (It is a just a few short questions for returning pledges).

So let’s roll into February with a commitment to get our hands doughy and our counters floured as we dig deeper into Grains/Breads.

Sponsor: Bread BeckersOne pledged Get Real participant will be winning a grain mill OR a mixer, winners choice!
Guest Author: Jo-Lynne from Musings of a Housewife

8 Responses to “Get Real: Welcome to February!”

  1. Amanda says:

    Wish we could select the meals we want to make and have the grocery list change to reflect our picks. We are cereal-people for breakfast and don’t really need those meals. But, my 1st month (Jan) was great! Meals were so good.

  2. JulieAnn says:

    YAY! I’m baking bread from scratch as part of my family’s homesteading experiment. Someone just told me this weekend about grinding my own grain for my bread which really intrigued me! I can’t wait to read these posts. Thanks ladies!

  3. Valerie says:

    I make my own bread all the time! I use the book Artisian Bread in 5 Minutes a Day as my main reference. I can’t wait to try some more whole grain bread recipes with that technique.

  4. Sarah says:

    HELP! What can I do to ease my family into this “real food” thing? Hubby is kicking back so badly right now, I’m starting to think I’ll be cooking a separate meal for myself for the next 20 years :(

    • guest says:

      Sarah I think the best way to win over family members is to make it TASTY. Make stuff they can’t refuse. :-) The freshest whole food ingredients make some really delicious dishes. WHat kinds of things does your hubby like? Maybe i can make some suggestions.

      - Jo-Lynne

  5. Dana S says:

    Thanks Tricia! I can’t believe I won. I followed in January, missed a lot of February but am now catching up and enjoying March. I did get your email notification earlier this month and hope you got my reply.

    Thanks again. I can’t wait to stock up my pantry with some healthy whole foods

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