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Welcome to Thank Goodness It's Monday, a weekly blog carnival celebrating natural, joyful living. The TGIM link carnival happens every Monday here at Nourishing Joy and it's where we share stories of gratitude and joy and link up recipes, tips, and tricks for living natural, intentional, nourished lives.

You'll find posts here on so many topics: cooking from scratch, natural housekeeping, gardening and animal husbandry, frugal tips and tricks, stories of joy and gratitude, answers to prayer, homeschooling, herbal remedies, meal planning, thoughtful parenting… what do you have to share?


Last Week's Most Popular Posts

Thanks for visiting each other’s blogs! Please continue to encourage and support each other in this wonderful way.

Here are the top three most popular posts from last week:

1. Thyme: A Must-Have Herb During Cold and Flu Season from The Little Herbal

2. Top 12 Grain-Free Pancake Recipes from Soundness of Body and Mind

3. Using Beeswax at Home from Tiny Peasant


How to Share

Choose a post from your own blog that you want to share. If you don't have a blog, feel free to share your story or tip in the comments.

Click “Click Here to Enter” at the bottom of the list. Enter your blog post's title, URL, and all other pertinent info. Once you've chosen and cropped your photo, your link will appear on the list!

Return to the blog post you just linked up and place some sort of text attribution somewhere to Nourishing Joy and include a link back to If you don't know what to say, feel free to copy and paste this sentence:

This post has been shared at Thank Goodness It's Monday at Nourishing Joy.

If you want (and it's totally optional), leave a comment telling us what you shared and why you shared it.

That's it! Thank you for joining us! I'm so excited you're here! (Can you tell?!?)


How to Play Nice

(aka Carnival Common Courtesies)

So, just a few guidelines so we can all have fun and learn from each other.

1. Pretty much anything goes as long as it fits within the natural / sustainable / real food / nourished living type of category. We're here to inspire each other, learn from each other, and share with each other, so link up!

2. If you're submitting a recipe, please remember: real food recipes are welcome, recipes using processed or boxed ingredients are not. “Real food” can mean a lot of different things, but basically, if it's made from scratch, it's probably okay. If it uses something from a can or a box, it's probably not.

3. Please link your post back to Nourishing Joy. This is a common blog carnival courtesy and helps this community grow so that we can benefit from each other more and more.

4. At this time, giveaways are allowed but advertising is only allowed for products you yourself created or have been involved in (e.g. e-books, classes, fine woodworking, a sale at your brick-and-mortar natural goods store, etc). I may revamp this as time goes by according to how these guidelines are used.

5. I'm really rather a nice person, but please know, I have a delete button and I'm not afraid to use it. This blog carnival is to encourage each other to live joyful lives in natural, sustainable ways, so if your submission doesn't further that goal, I will quietly delete your post.

6. And lastly, please encourage each other by visiting each other's sites! I include the names of the most popular posts from the previous week at the top of each week's list, we have a shared Pinterest board, and I mention especially creative or intriguing posts on our Facebook page as I am able. I encourage you to do the same with posts you find intriguing.

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  12. Deborah Davis says:

    Thank goodness it is Monday again! Today I shared some seasonal joy: “A Few of My Favorite Things: 12 Delectable Pumpkin & Apple Recipes You Will Fall For” and “How to Avoid Carrageenan & Make Your Own Organic Hemp Milk”. Thanks for hosting this wonderful link up!

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  14. Alison says:

    Want to make your own Artisan espresso drinks at home? This week I’m sharing my first Giveaway for an Aeropress Espresso maker and Ceramic Burr hand coffee mill. Whether you’re traveling, camping, or at home you are going to love making your own coffee!

    PS- I had trouble with the picture not showing up and Linky didn’t allow me to go back and fix it. Let me know if there’s anyway I can fix it, or if you’d like to delete and I’ll repost. Thanks!

    • Kresha says:


      Absolutely feel free to repost – I know it’s frustrating that photos can’t edited once they’re in the linky. 🙂

      Have fun with your giveaway!

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  24. Kay P says:

    I recently found out that coconut causes an inflammatory response in my system. So many soups call for coconut milk. I am also not suppose to have milk due to the casein protein in it. Is there another milk substitute that will work well in these soups? Would they be just as good (but not as creamy) if I used chicken or vegie broth?

    • Kresha Faber says:

      Oh, that sounds so frustrating!

      Many soups are definitely just as good with vegetable or meat broth (but not as creamy, as you mentioned). Other than that, there are some nut milks that do well in soups, but actually, what comes to mind are to actually research some RAW soups – they use nut milks a lot and the ones I’ve had are absolutely delicious. My favorite book is “Living Cuisine” by Renee Underkoffler and I don’t have a link to it right now, but I know I linked to it on a post a few years ago, “6 Cookbooks That Changed the Way I Cook.”

      Good luck!

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