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Wholesome Launch Party

Posted on: June 29th, 2010 by admin No Comments

Wow—last week was an amazing turnout for our grand debut of Wholesome. Our plan is to have blogs posted weekly; however we’ve had such a GREAT response that we are all booked up with clients and a bit behind on the blog posting, so sorry!

I’m so glad the kids table was such a hit and I hope it got you all thinking about new ideas for snacks and lunches for back to school in the fall. Did you know that our organic wine tasting table had some hidden secrets? You won’t get a headache the next day from drinking this wine (courtesy of the Nutrition Cottage because there are no preservatives, sulfites or additives that give you the normal ‘hang-over’ feeling. Note to self…this does not mean you guzzle a ton either. All good health comes with moderation.

The best part was seeing all of you ready to make some immediate changes in your homes. Plus I loved all the locals that jumped in to showcase their goodies too–like Kathy’s Z’s Cheez, Christiana’s edamamae corn salad, Robyn’s Manna Market fruits and Karen Self’s granola…which by the way, I’ve received so many calls that I’d like to post her number for her Tranola we gave away in our goodie bags—249-7282 to call her direct with orders. And many of you asked for Christiana’s recipe so I took it off her blog site and posted it below. Plus, Hanson with Indie Candy says you’ve all been running in there to cash in your yummy cotton candy bags…the end date is coming up soon so bring in those cards for your complimentary dye-free cotton candy! That was a great idea and we love Indie Candy as it allows children with and without allergies to see that candy & other goodies can be made naturally and still be delicious. Now if we could just tell Hershey’s and others to get on the band wagon for clean then we’d all be on the same page.

We are overwhelmed by your response and that you are inspired by our methods to making your lifestyle more complete with easy, simple tweaks that will not send you running for binge city. The party was a huge undertaking and I couldn’t have done it w/o many friends and family. Many thanks to my parents for giving me my healthy start and supporting me all the way. Thanks to my amazing sister-in-law, Jennifer Gray for opening up her home and always helping me with great ideas. To all my friends who helped us along the way to get this great business off the ground and supported our mission and helped us spread the word. Kate Darden for all her tireless help to keep us focused on the prize, Jim McAllister with Keysys Consulting for his direction on our website, Catherine Bodnar for her beautiful logo and design, Allison Stewart for her amazing photography that just captures the essence of Wholesome and all my friends who helped with ideas, brainstorming, goodies bags, etc. Most importantly to my fabulous and brilliantly wonderful husband who set up the ‘business side’ of the company and let me do the creative side…without him, we would have never got off the ground. We both felt God’s hand on us the whole way and we thank Him for this gift to share with all of you.

ADHD/Pesticides link, local foods, hidden preservatives, dirty dozen, organic living and simple questions from locals are already in the works for

The Finished Product

 our upcoming blogs—please, stay tuned! As a quick light bulb idea for simple, healthy living—please see the “ice cream bar” below we set up at home for the kids to enjoy. All clean products: Annie’s gummy bears and worms, Ahlaska chocolate syrup, The Silver Palate maraschino cherries, Sundrops M-&-Ms, Tru Whips whipped cream, Newmans Own oreos and Sparx candies (taste like nerds). The ice cream we used was So Delicious cookies and cream, cookie dough and chocolate mint (my son has a dairy allergy and this great alternative is made with organic coconut milk and is so tasty that we all eat it even though none of the rest of us have allergies). You can supplement with Julie’s, Haggan Daz or another clean version instead.

Here’s to cleaner living made simple by Wholesome.

Just a litle chocolate syrup!


The Wholesome Ingredients

Edamame and Corn Salad

1 16-ounce package frozen shelled edamame beans
¼ cup olive oil, divided
1 medium shallot, diced
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 red bell pepper, diced
¼ cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (or other fresh herbs of your choice)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste

1) Cook edamame beans according to package directions, just to al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Pour into a large bowl and set aside.
2) Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and sauté until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add corn and toss to coat and cook until the corn is heated through and begins to caramelize. Add the corn and shallot to the edamame beans. Toss to coat.
3) Make the dressing by whisking together the lemon juice and sherry vinegar. Keep whisking while drizzling in the remaining olive oil. Add the dressing and all remaining ingredients to the edamame mixture. Toss to coat. Chill until ready to serve.