Learning to cook can change your life

The most important thing you can do to improve your health is to cook your own food.   Prepackaged and processed foods contain lots of chemicals and substances that you will never find in a pantry in someone’s home.   Lots of extra chemicals are necessary to keep food looking fresh and recent, but there are […]

Basic Preparedness: Severe Weather Season

Starting this now could save your life. Hurricane season began on June 1st, and according to NOAA, this season is expected to be “active or extremely active”.  Preparing for severe weather and other disasters isn’t difficult or expensive.  If you are as financially-limited as most of us are these days, just build up your disaster […]

Growing your own sprouts

How to Sprout Lentils Sprouting is something that everyone can do to grow fresh nutritious food for very little cost.  For about five years, the Gustos have been growing our own sprouts and eating them every day. At this point, we have developed our own method of sprouting, which is what I am going to […]

How to Avoid Burn-out: Make a List

Altruists and volunteers are generally enthusiastic and big-hearted people who want to help everyone and fix everything – but no one person can do it all.  Over-committing leads to burnout, and burnout leads to less Good Stuff happening in the world. I highly recommend making an actual, real list of all the things you’re committed […]

LAI: Feeding People 02/23/2013

Working together with Streets of Charity, the Louisiana Initiative (Moxie, Cognito, and Servo) fed more than 80 people a hearty, nutritious meal. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVk9B2jaIpE&feature=player_embedded] Sharing food is one of the most basic and powerful ways to help people. Considering that 1 in 6 people in America face hunger, there needs to be more of us feeding […]

Helping People 101: Sharing Food

Sharing food is one of the most basic and powerful ways to help people. Considering that 1 in 6 people in America face hunger, there needs to be more of us feeding those who are struggling.  Cooking for 100 people is easier than you might think! Every Saturday in Downtown Shreveport a group of people […]

Love Yourself, so you can Trust Yourself

‘Trust Yourself’ is a phrase we like to use, both in encouraging other people and in encouraging ourselves.  It seems so simple but it really isn’t, is it?  I can’t count how many times in the last year or so I’ve looked myself in the eye and said it right out loud so I could […]

Simple Skillet Granola

Happy New Year! Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  The number one New Year’s Resolution is eating healthier. The most important thing is to get started – but where do you start?  Breakfast is very important, so begin each day with some clean, healthy food. Granola is incredibly easy to make and if you vary […]

Moxie’s Coat Drive 2012

Something really cool happened this year.  I had a successful coat drive, but it wasn’t because I put in a lot of effort.  I just wasn’t able to this year.  Life happens, you know? Rather than beat myself up about what I couldn’t do, I will rejoice in the fact that my coat drive happened […]

Things That Matter

Since the world ended yesterday (12/21/12), we are now all living in a brand new world.  That made me start thinking about things that matter: * Having clean water to drink * Having enough food to eat * Having someone to love and love you back. * Having some place safe to sleep * Having […]

Simple Crock Pot Sweet Potatoes

I’m not originally from the South, but after nearly ten years, this West Coaster has acclimated pretty well.  One of the first things I noticed when we moved down here is that holidays in the South mean lots and lots of cooking.   I couldn’t believe how much work is invested in the huge and festive […]