Holy cow you guys. People are reading my book and I still can’t believe it. I don’t know what I expected, but I certainly did not expect the first printing of the book to sell out so fast. It was a small print run, but still…not what I expected. Just five days after the release, there were no more copies left on Amazon.com. None. Again…I can’t believe it.

(My publisher is printing more books and they will be back in stock at Amazon.com soon. In the meantime, you can buy the kindle version…you may use the kindle app to read it on your ipad, computer or phone if you don’t have a kindle. You may also order it online from Barnes and Noble or search by your zip code for local bookshops that carry One Simple Change on Indiebound.)

So many people talked up the book the first week it was out and I am so grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has posted on Facebook, Instagram, twitter, etc…you’re all so awesome! I also want to give a special shout out to the following folks:

MindBodyGreen: for featuring the book in their 7 Best Books of 2013 list.

Alta from Tasty Eats at Home: for writing a lovely review and doing a giveaway.

Cathy aka Mrs. Wheelbarrow for posting an incredible review.

Gail from A Healthy Hunger for for writing lovely things.

Jenny from Nourished Kitchen for bowling me over with this fantastic feature.

Melissa of Soul on a Platter for mentioning the book in this heartfelt post.

Kelly of A Girl Worth Saving for her terrific review.

Beth from Tasty Yummies for putting the book in her beautiful holiday gift guide.

Gina from Running to the Kitchen for including the book in her wonderful gift guide.

Ella for generously adding my book to her lovely list of gifty books.

Laura from Glutton For Life for including the book in her amazing gift guide.

You all rock for helping me to spread the word about One Simple Change. Thank you SO much!

And now for the Kimchi recipe :)

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I devoted a whole chapter in my book to the health benefits of cultured foods: I love and eat all sorts of cultured foods and kimchi is one of my favorites. This recipe is adapted from Mastering Fermentation: Recipes for Making and Cooking with Fermented Foods. I also have a couple more kimchi recipes on my blog (here’s one).
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I adore making homemade gifts for family and friends during the holiday season. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites in this post…I also have a fabulous giveaway to share with you.

homemade gift ideas | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

For gift giving, homemade candies are always a hit and they keep really well…the same can be said of my body scrubs and bath salts. And of course, cookies and granola make yummy gifts, too. I personally like to pack up samples of a few different things in little boxes or glass jars and give folks a small bag of my goodies. Hanukkah was very early this year so I’ve missed the boat on that, but I will probably be sharing a few more homemade gift ideas here in the weeks to come so look out for those.

These marshmallows are SO good. I’ve been mini-fying them and putting them in hot cocoa. Yum.

homemade marshmallows | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

This Spiced Pumpkin Granola is delicious. I need to make a big batch stat.

spiced pumpkin granola | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Boozy Candied Kumquats with Vanilla Bean…need I say more?

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These Chewy Chocolate Mint Cookies made with fair-trade chocolate are a favorite of mine this time of year.

chewy chocolate mint cookies | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

These grain-free thumbprint cookies are crazy easy to make and a great way to put homemade jam (or lemon curd or nutella) to use.

grain-free thumbprint cookies | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Candied orange peels are really tasty, and they’re even better when you dip them in chocolate.

candied orange peels | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Body scrubs are easy to make and they are fun to give away. This tangerine sugar one is really lovely.

homemade sugar scrubs | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Super easy-to-throw-together bath salts are a great last-minute gift.

homemade bath salts | www.healthygreenkitchen

Here are a few more homemade gift ideas:

Pear Liqueur
Nutty Olive Oil Granola
Sweet and Spicy Pecans
Caramel Popcorn with Rosemary
Preserved Meyer Lemons
Homemade Body Scrub
Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub
Jam Filled Bow-Tie Cookies

Now, because not everyone has the time or desire to do the homemade gift thing, I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you an awesome giveaway! It’s for a $500 amazon.com gift card. You can use it to buy anything you want or need…you can keep what you buy or give it away! You will find the details about the giveaway, and the widget for entering, below.


This giveaway will be open from today (Friday December 6th, 2013) through Wednesday December 11th 2013 at 11:59pm EST. You must be 18 years old to enter and you must live in the USA. One winner will receive a $500 gift card to Amazon.

Please be sure to check out the blogs of my fellow bloggers who with me are sponsoring this giveaway!

Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Ari’s Menu | Yeah…Imma Eat That | The Adventures of MJ and Hungryman | Tasty Yummies | Real Food Whole Health | Texanerin Baking | Beard and Bonnet | With Food + Love | So…Let’s Hang Out | Running to the Kitchen

After months and months of writing, and then months and months of waiting, my book One Simple Change is now available for purchase!

One Simple Change | Healthy Green Kitchen

One Simple Change is like me: it’s small but it’s packed with information :) In it, you’ll find many, many practical tips for improving your health (and the health of our planet, as well) laid out in an easy-to-follow format. The book is about making small changes, one step at a time, so you can feel great about yourself and your life. It’s based on my own experiences, my education, and lots and lots of research: there are pages and pages of references. And while it’s not a cookbook, but there are 15 of my favorite recipes in the book, too.

One Simple Change will make a great gift this holiday season! I sincerely hope that you will read the book and that you find it to be useful. I also hope you will recommend it to others. Thank you for your support!

You can buy One Simple Change on Amazon.com and other online retailers as of today, but if online shopping is not your thing, please look for the book at your local independent bookseller. If they do not already have plans to carry the book, I’d very much appreciate you asking them to do so. Again, thank you so much for your support.

I have met some incredibly talented individuals through blogging: today I’d like to introduce you one of them…jewelry designer Elizabeth Plumb!

Elizabeth Plumb Jewelry Giveaway | Healthy Green Kitchen

Elizabeth lives at the base of the Rocky mountains. She’s avid outdoorswoman with three small kids, and she spends her evenings designing beautiful jewelry. Her grandfather owned a jewelry shop when she was a child: she loved the back where the design and production took place. She started making her own jewelry after college, and her big break came when a buyer from the Sundance catalog walked into her booth at a farmers market.

Elizabeth Plumb Jewelry Giveaway | Healthy Green Kitchen

Elizabeth’s designs are inspired by the metaphysical properties in the stones she uses, and she currently makes pieces for both the Sundance catalog and her own website. She has generously offered to give one of my readers a $100 gift card to put toward something(s) on her site (disclosure: she sent me one, too, and I bought a necklace that I love).

Elizabeth Plumb Jewelry Giveaway | Healthy Green Kitchen

I am pleased to share Elizabeth’s work with you and I hope that you will support her and other artists, as well as your local merchants, when you make purchases this holiday season! And FYI: Elizabeth is offering 15% off everything on her site, plus free shipping, through the holidays!

Elizabeth Plumb Jewelry Giveaway | Healthy Green Kitchen

This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere! That’s right: you can enter no matter where in the world you live. To enter this giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter widget below. For your mandatory entry, you must leave a comment here on my blog. You may gain an additional optional entry by signing up for my mailing list (this will ensure you receive my blog email updates and/or my monthly newsletter…you may unsubscribe at a later date, but you must be signed up in order to be eligible to win the giveaway). You may gain another optional entry for liking my Facebook page. GOOD LUCK!

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I like to finish what I start: when I take on a task it’s pretty rare that I don’t complete it. This drive to finish things generally serves me well in life, yet there are times when I wish I was better at giving myself a break…I wish I could allow myself to stop doing something without needing to call myself out for being a failure.

My friends: this is one of those times.

About a month ago, I set out to post on my blog every day of November in the name of National Blog Posting Month (aka NaBloPoMo). Well I almost did it: today marks day 26 of the challenge. There are just a few days left but today I decided I just don’t have it in me to keep going. For one thing: it’s Thanksgiving week and I want to actually enjoy it. I don’t really want to post tomorrow and I definitely don’t want to post on Thanksgiving Day. I want to hang out with my family, and I want to cook and eat. I want to watch movies. I want to catch up on stuff that hasn’t gotten done this month since I’ve spent more time on my blog than usual. And this weekend I will be out of town visiting with my husband’s family for a couple of days. His dad has been in the hospital for a while. I don’t plan on being near a computer.

And you know what else? Amazon.com is releasing my book one week from today. December is going to be a very busy month! I want to feel refreshed after the holiday weekend to take it all on (and to take it all in). There’s simply no reason for me to finish the NaBloPoMo challenge just so I can say that I finished it: it’s just not that important to me. And it does not mean I am a failure.

So, I hope that you all have a wonderful, wonderful holiday. And I hope that if there is something in your life that you are sticking with, even when your heart is not in it, that you give yourself permission to stop. Take a break…you deserve it.

I will be back here soon with another awesome giveaway.