24 April 2016

Odds and Ends

In the diffuser: juniper, rosemary, frankincense and geranium... Inspired by the Green Earth spray.

On our plates: sweet potato hash with uncured bacon
                         Fresh ham steak, rice, beans, tomato sauce and fried plantains inspired by this recipe

Our weather: yesterday we had rain and a little storm
                         Today has been a beautiful sunshine filled day

Our tasks: after worship service kiddos helped with basic daily house cleaning,
yard cleaning and with other things needed throughout the day.
Matt worked diligently to finish Matthew's bedroom floor.  He is putting the baseboards back now and then putting up a table for Matthew to use for school.

Our play: reading outside, bike riding, watching the neighbor bush hog, driving trucks in the sand pile... And for me: making a batch of goat's milk soap

Reading: The Classical Teacher spring 2016

17 April 2016

Sunday Supper

Roasted potatoes, green beans and leeks seasoned with sea salt, pepper, turmeric and cumin
Ham steak cooked in homemade kombucha


     Yesterday we had bacon, onion, olive burgers with guacamole.  I made gluten free pizza crust then cut it to size for buns.  I also made most things free mayonnaise.  Sweet potato fries, beans and broccoli with peppers and onions were our side dishes.  It was a delicious meal.
     Matt worked on painting our wood fences.  The fences look so much nicer painted plus it will help the wood last longer.
     Kiddos helped Matt and enjoyed some time to read.  Abby took her plastic chair out to the tree to soak up the fresh air while she read.
     Nathaniel went egg hunting all on his own.  He found a duck egg, brought it in and said, "mine!"  Nat waited while I fried the egg and then he ate it.  He is only eighteen months but is such a big boy!
     We were almost out of laundry detergent, so I made a batch using the following recipe:

9 cups water
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup castle liquid soap

Boil 3 cups water, turn off heat, add the washing soda and borax.  Stir until dissolved.  After the mixture cools add castle and remaining water. Stir to mix.
Use 1 to 2 Tablespoons for a front load washer