My great granny was a proper southern woman.Full of grit, faith, and I don't think I ever saw her without lipstick and painted fingernails.Her kisses were inigmatically sharp and abrasive! She smelled of peppermint and stale cigarette smoke. And I loved my granny so so so much!My great grandfather built their home on a hill … Continue reading She’ll be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain
It's a question I get at pretty much every social gathering. It used to give me outrageous social anxiety. Will my abstinence from this food offend the hosts? Will eating this out of politeness result in a month of migraines and gastrointestinal pain and discomfort? (The answer to question 2 is always "yes.") I had … Continue reading But What Can You Eat?
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
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
Today has been exciting, and boring... I didn't sleep well last night from contractions, which increased in intensity and proximity as the morning drew on. We ended up going to the hospital to see what was causing them since I'm still preterm. 10 hours later, they haven't let up, and I'm on bed rest with … Continue reading Mama Knows Best
He humbled you by letting you go hungry; then He gave you manna to eat, which you and your fathers had not known, so that you might learn that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. -Deuteronomy 8:3 And thank goodness for that! … Continue reading Troubleshooting Sourdough Starter
Part of efficiency on the homestead is learning to work with what you've got. Today, I had a fridge full of left over mashed potatoes, some sweet potatoes that needed to be eaten, and a need for some apple cider vinegar So, for dinner tonight, I combined the potatoes to make some homemade gnocchi (NYAH-kee), and … Continue reading Resourcefulness
I've noticed over the past several months that I'm spending more on groceries...Much more. There are a couple factors at play. "We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto." I had a seriously skewed perception of the cost of food while shopping on base at Camp Lejeune while my husband was stationed there in the Marine Corps. … Continue reading What’s the deal?
With some help from my husband, I eventually recognized that my lifestyle was not super healthy and I knew I was not feeling my best. I made a commitment to get fit while my husband was deployed. I had always enjoyed running so I set a goal for myself to run a ½ marathon. I … Continue reading The Change
My adventure down the road to holistic health began with a lot of poor habits, emotional stress, and physical strain. My husband enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2010, 6 months after we were married. Our first anniversary was spent apart while he was at MCRD San Diego. So many different emotions were … Continue reading The Former Lifestyle