What Keeps me Going

I've just sort of accepted the fact that my physical body is temporary. My body is broken and I struggle with chronic health issues stemming from autoimmunity triggered by prescription medications and birth control usage. God has redeemed many of the issues I faced in my initial confrontation with sickness 5 years ago, one of … Continue reading What Keeps me Going

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Managing Mealtime Madness

I'll just go ahead and say what everyone who's ever eaten with my family is thinking: I hate meal times. I do. I hate them. Christian culture makes meal times out to be this glamorized period during which smiling, laughing, families gather around a large table to share a hot meal and good conversation. That … Continue reading Managing Mealtime Madness

Kombucha Update

So after having been on some intense antibiotics, my body is being really weird. Add to that the two betamethasone shots and everything about my bio functions just feels off.  I want to talk about kombucha during pregnancy. The nay-sayers all cite the potential alcohol content in self-fermented foods, as well as the potential for … Continue reading Kombucha Update

Heat ‘Em Up Hot Cocoa

This afternoon we sat on the porch and talked future farm additions while our son played fetch with Cyd. Nothing like golden leaves, crisp weather, train whistles and a sprinkling of autumn rain. To counter the chilly weather outside, when we came in the house I made some cocoa for me and my boys. Heat … Continue reading Heat ‘Em Up Hot Cocoa

Fermentation Station!

It's time for a kombucha update. I successfully grew a SCOBY that did a wonderful job on my first ever batch of kombucha! The flavor is a little reminescent of a not-quite-as-fizzy cola, with the typical kombucha tartness and effervescence. It was really quite tasty, although I'm saving my kombucha drinking for after baby Henrik … Continue reading Fermentation Station!

How I Grew a Baby SCOBY

My husband thinks it's gross... As does his entire side of the family...and mine... BUT- I did it. I grew a baby kombucha SCOBY from some store bought kombucha. I was at an organic market about two weeks ago and I searched diligently for some plain kombucha or a SCOBY starter. No such luck. All … Continue reading How I Grew a Baby SCOBY

Rainy Autumn Saturday

It has been raining here literally since I woke up at 7:45 this morning (likely before) and still hasn't let up. As such, we set about indoor activities today. My son went with our good friends (and incidentally his favorite sitter) for a fun day at the pumpkin patch and a costume party. I don't … Continue reading Rainy Autumn Saturday

Pork Roast Double Take

 I'm all about economical food without sacrificing nutrition. As such, on the menu for this week was a pork roast. I got the Boston Butt cut, and cooked it in the Crock-Pot for 6 hours on high. To season it, I dry-rubbed it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder, and to … Continue reading Pork Roast Double Take

Bread Day Disappointment

Oh, today is the day. I dried the sprouted grain (spelt) yesterday, so today was grinding day. Thanks to my Vitamix blender given to us by my husband's late grandfather, the process went fairly quickly.  I grind in small batches and sift the flour so that I end up with a really fine quality flour … Continue reading Bread Day Disappointment

Why Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts Suck

There have been a lot of financial changes in our household within the last month. My husband quit his electrician apprenticeship in order to be home with us more and focus on finishing his seminary degree. Praise God, I had been praying for a way for him to be home with us more and not … Continue reading Why Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts Suck