Pomegranate Season!

I’m so excited! I finally found the first pomegranates of the season here in Indiana. I love pomegranates and all their beautiful tasty seeds! I mean look at these little jewels!! I was a little nervous when I offered some to my almost two year old. He loved them last year but as we all know with small children, they often forget they liked something and then refuse to eat it later on. This can be especially true with seasonal produce that’s hard to find out of season. However I am thrilled to say that he still loves them! 

Why am I thrilled you may wonder, it’s just a fruit which contains natural sugar (which our society keeps telling us should be eaten only in moderation) what’s the big deal? Pomegranates are basically a superfood, and unlike some crazy good for you foods like kale 😝, pomegranate seeds actually taste good!! Here is a fun graphic that gives a synopsis of some of the benefits and history of pomegranates. Good stuff right!! Did you see that they minimize dental plaque and contain high amounts of fiber?! What a great thing for our kiddos!! Here are some more benefits just incase that list wasn’t enough for you.Ok some of those are just crazy like helps with dry skin, prevents diarrhea, and increases bone strength! This should not only be in your diet but seriously in your kids’ diets. 

Some Things to Keep in Mind:

Pomegranates are a pricier fruit ranging from $1-$2 per fruit, however the larger the fruit the more seeds that are inside and you definitely get your money’s worth let me tell yah! 

Pomegranates keep really well. So if you can find them for a deal buy 4-5 at a time and take them home and individually wrap them in plastic wrap and keep them in your fridge for up to 3 weeks. You can also go crazy and clean out all the seeds and freeze the seeds for longer. 

Don’t get overwhelmed by the cleaning process. This is a great video on how to remove the seeds. The more times you do it the quicker you will find you’re a pro at it! Your kids will probably get a kick out of helping you hit it with the spoon 😆 Deseeding a Pomegranate Video

Lastly here is a quick list of ways you can utilize your pomegranate seeds if eating them plain just isn’t up your alley. Personally me and my son just sit with a bowl full and a spoon and go to town 😜

  • Ice cream topping
  • Oatmeal mix in
  • Cereal topping
  • Granola mix in
  • Smoothies
  • Sprinkle on pancakes
  • Add to muffins
  • Add to homemade granola bars
  • Rice Krispy Treat add in 
  • Freeze and then add to a fun beverage or punch bowl
  • Top a salad
  • Add to fruit salad
  • Add to Ambrosia for crunch
  • Pulse in a food processor and use as a relish
  • Top warmed Brie with seeds
  • Toss with almonds, lemon juice, EVO, and your favorite green veggie for a crazy healthy side dish! 

I hope this has been informative and has at least encouraged some of you to add these little wonder seeds to your diet this season. Got more ideas? Leave them in the comments! 

What happened??…….Sorry!!

Hey there everyone! It’s been waaaay too long and I just want to start apologizing right off the bat. You have probably been wondering what happened and where is the podcast?? I have been making some tough choices for HomeBase and I have come too some difficult decisions along the way. For starters, as beautiful as our last website was we felt it wasn’t very mobile friendly and that this was causing us to lose some readers. So thus we started merging things back over to WordPress. However we are still working on getting things just right so bare with us as we are still under construction. I am happy to say though that we now have a search bar on the site!! I have been wanting this feature added in for some time because we simply have too many posts that it was impossible to find anything!! 

Secondly, during this time of transition I have been reflecting on what I enjoy the most about blogging and podcasting. For me I really enjoy the blogging part the most and I was finding that I had little time for that with how much work I was having to put into the podcast. You see I am not quite the typical blogger, most bloggers have scheduled posts and a set number of things they post a week, that is just too intense for my taste. I really strive to put my roll as a mother and wife first and not have myself planted infront of the computer or on a device for large chunks of my day. Im not saying this is what every blogger does, that’s just what I would have to do if I was going to meet deadlines and things like that. So basically what I’m trying to say rambling along here is that I was too busy podcasting and I was missing the blogging part. So I have decided to discontinue our weekly podcasts. We may still have the occasional episode but I will probably save them for when we have an interview or a special guest. You will still be able to find all past episodes and new episodes in iTunes. 

Our URL is still HomeBasePodcast.com, we are still on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I will still be posting the occasional Mommy Mantra and Parenting Hack as well, so if you really enjoyed those segments of the podcast don’t worry they aren’t going anywhere! I hope these changes are for the better and that we start to see some of our readers return. I know I will appreciate the increase in free time for myself as I am currently chasing after a toddler while growing baby number two. Love you all!! 

Episode 52 – My Growing Season

This week on HomeBase podcast I got to sit down and talk to Michele Sly of My Growing Season! We talk about their amazing products, the work that goes into creating them, and what they have in store for you guys!! Hint, it’s a 25% OFF COUPON! Crazy generous! You guys will be hooked! I also share my review of one of their Quiet Books! You can read the review and see the pictures here.

To claim your 25% OFF COUPON simply go to  http://mygrowingseason.com/ and enter code: HOMEBASE at checkout!  

Enjoy the episode and don’t forget to leave us a review in iTunes!  

Episode 51 – Talking About Food With Your Kids

This week on HomeBase podcast we start a series about educating your kids on food. We kick this series off by covering where to start…..the grocery store of course! I share ideas and tips on how to have purposeful conversations at the grocery to grow your children’s interest. Then what to do with that information once you get home.  

Take a listen, this is a great episode for kiddos of all ages from tots to teens!  

Here is the link for Produce Bingo

Dont forget we are on a two week break after this episode while I am away on vacation! Have a Happy 4th!