03 August 2016

Random Thoughts

Plates: ham steak, broccoli and potato salad prepared with homemade turmeric maple dressing

Listening: Twila Paris Ultimate Collection

Reading: Evidence Not Seen by Darlene Diebler Rose

Hooks: dish cloths

Gifting: homemade bath salts with Epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda, clay and powdered ginger

Kiddos: Matthew is ten!
Nat is 21 months and has decided he is a big boy.  He wears skivvies and goes on the potty! Also, when I figure out what Nat wants he shakes his head yes, smiles and claps.

Neighbors: Last week we met our new neighbors who arrived earlier this year.  They have four children including a sweet four month old baby girl.  Our other neighbor, four and a half year old C, came to play today which made Isaac very happy.

Increasing: the garage sale pile... I have been on a mission to greatly decrease our possessions ... more simplicity and less cleaning...

Missing: my mom!

Looking forward: sitting on the beach... Our last trip turned into a grocery run as a storm arrived before we made it to the ocean.

09 July 2016

Isaac's Birthday

Isaac turned four on 7 July.  We had a picnic lunch then went to my IV appointment.  For lunch we had cold hamburg patties, homemade fries, sauted onions and kombucha.  I put candles in Isaac's hamburger, but it was windy so he was only able to blow out one candle. We had rice, burger and green beans for supper. For dessert his birthday cake was gluten, dairy, egg free with very little sugar.  I made peppermint  frosting with melted Enjoy Life chocolate chips and a drop of peppermint essential oil. Isaac was excited to blow out four candles! He received a package from a great aunt and was thrilled with the shirts, socks and shorts! We were happy to have Grandma with us for the day!

30 May 2016

Memorial Day

"When you go home, tell them of us and say, 'For your tomorrow, we gave our today.'" John Maxwell Edmonds

29 May 2016

Avocado Fries

Slice avocados
Dredge in gluten free flour, chia egg and crushed crispy rice cereal
Place on greased baking sheet
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes

These fries are delicious!

Chia egg: mix chia seeds in milk...allow to set 15 minutes to gel

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