30 November 2012




Cranberry Relish

1 pound cranberries
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup orange juice

bring to a boil then simmer until cranberries pop open and liquid is thickened approximately 7-10 minutes
refrigerate and cool


We have been enjoying candle light suppers. While kiddos eat I read aloud Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome.

Helping Daddy


These are our favorite ways to eat cauliflower:

~Sauteed in olive oil until golden brown...seasoned with sea salt and pepper

~toss in olive oil, season with paprika and bake at 450 degrees until browned

~place in blender with almond milk and puree...season with salt and pepper, heat and pour sauce over cooked cabbage and quinoa

Family Visit

Uncle Matt and Aunt Ellie and Gavin came to visit us earlier this month.  We we very excited to see them and have them stay with us. 
Grandma went home with them, which made the visit bittersweet.  We would not have survived without Grandma!


Due to a misconception regarding my character I have compiled the following information regarding hemp as a food.  The more I read about hemp the more I realized that I need to eat more hemp!

 It is not from the same variety of plant that is used as an illegal substance.  Hemp is extremely nutritious!  Hemp products are available at Nutivia.com and Whole Foods.   Hemp protein powder is sold at Trader Joe's

Our first President, George Washington, was a hemp farmer!

"Q. What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
A. Marijuana and hemp both come from the same species of plant, Cannabis sativa L., but from different varieties. There are different varieties of Cannabis, just as Chihuahuas and St. Bernards are different breeds of dogs, Canis familiari.
Marijuana is the flowering tops and leaves of psychoactive varieties of Cannabis that are grown for their high THC content.
Hemp, also referred to as industrial hemp, are low-THC varieties of Cannabis that are grown for their seeds and fiber. Hemp is grown legally in just about every industrialized country except the USA"
From Nutivia.com (emphasis mine)

"You can buy hemp products in America, including textiles, nutritional supplements, soaps and ropes. You just can't grow hemp in America. So all the hemp used in these products purchased by Americans is grown somewhere else: China, Canada, India, Chile and many other countries. Meanwhile, Americans farmers suffer under increasing debt and decreasing revenues from stalled crop prices. What's wrong with this picture?

What's wrong, it turns out, is that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) makes no differentiation between industrial hemp and marijuana. To the DEA, it's all the same crop (never mind that smoking industrial hemp will only make you vomit, not high) and anyone caught planting hemp will be arrested and prosecuted using the same laws that were really only intended to halt hard-core street drug pushers."
From Natural News

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/027257_hemp_America_farmers.html#ixzz2DjMV1BKC

"Since hemp seeds contain 65% globulin edestin and 35% albumin, both in a highly digestible state, it contains a protein panel similar to that of human blood. In addition to the necessary amino acids, it contains the right 3:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids our bodies need to be healthy. Hemp seeds also contain sufficient quantities of zinc, iron, and magnesium, three of the most common metals/minerals implicated in mineral deficiency diseases."
From Natural News

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/027691_hemp_protein_seeds.html#ixzz2DjN0hkRZ

"Hemp is easily grown without pesticides or herbicides, and besides its tasty nut it yields a strong fiber used for cloth, paper, construction, plastics and auto parts, and countless other ways.
The hemp plant has been in cultivation for thousands of years throughout Asia and the Middle East before finally making its way across Europe and to the Americas. It is an extremely versatile and hardy plant, with many uses including fibers and plastic, and being known as one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been using the hemp seed for more than 2000 years as a healing and tonifying food in treating a number of ailments. Hemp is protein rich, gluten-free food loaded with protein, Omega-fatty acids and fiber. No known allergies exist to hemp foods."
from  Nutivia.com

19 November 2012

Celery Snack

Celery Stick
Shelled Hemp Seed
spread sunbutter on celery stick
sprinkle hemp seeds on top

14 November 2012


Isaac has discovered how to successfully suck his thumb. 

Our Thankful Banner

We are thankful for:
mommy and daddy
the thankful tags were downloaded from Jones Design Company

Puzzle Time

My friend Marsha gave this puzzle to us.  Abigail, Matthew and Josiah put it together almost all by themsevles.  They had a little help from Grandma, Uncle Chuck, Uncle Matthew and Mama, but most of it was put together on their own. 

One Little, Two Little

Two little Indian boys and one little Pilgrim girl. 
This evening is Pilgrim and Indian night at Awana.  Abby's outfit is made from a sheet, shirt and jumper purchased at Goodwill.  Matthew and Josiah's outfits are also made from clothes purchased at Goodwill.  We cut a pair of corduroy pants to make the fringe and attached it with safety pins.  Daddy made the Indian headdresses.
Sunday an elderly lady gave Matthew and Josiah a twenty dollar bill as a gift.  Sunday is also when I realized that children were dressing up for Awana this evening.  The gift of twenty dollars more than covered the expense for their outfits. It took just one trip to the thrift store and a couple hours work to result in three thankful and excited children.

Chili on Potatoes

1 chopped onion
1 pound ground meat
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
28 ounce can crushed tomatoes in basil
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP honey
cooked beans
brown meat and saute onion
stir together with remaining ingredients
serve on top of baked potatoes
Everyone thought this chili was delicious!  My younger kiddos had it for breakfast the next day mixed with mashed potatoes.
The original recipe is Cincinnati Chili with Turkey and Pumpkin from Clean Eating Magazine. 
The recipe above is my version modified to exclude my kiddos food allergies.

03 November 2012

Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to Return to Norfolk

Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to Return to Norfolk

Baby Slippers

The baby slippers on Isaac are from New Zealand. 
They were given to my mom by her pen pal on the occasion of my birth. 
 After being tucked away in the cedar chest for many years these
 adorable slippers are back on tiny feet.  

Sirens Blaring and Lights Flashing

Last night Matthew and Josiah's room smelled like something was smouldering.  My mom checked the outlet and it was hot to the touch.  Shortly after calling 911 a fire truck pulled up in front of our house with their sirens blaring and lights flashing.   We were all okay and the house was fine, so it turned out to be rather exciting.  Abigail, Matthew and Josiah watched from a window while firemen went back and forth.  The firemen were exactly the kind you hope come to the rescue; confident, calm and collected.  They made the house safe and said not to worry about calling should we need them again. 
The events were definitely a reminder to be thankful.