Sunday, June 15, 2014

~ Two Years and Twenty Minutes of Work ~

Why is it that the projects that take the least amount of time and effort take the longest to get done? It took us two years to get around to the twenty minute job of tearing down the old chicken coop. Now, granted we have been working on lots of other farm projects, but, twenty minutes ?? All of the kids helped so it may have taken Jake and I more than twenty minutes to get it all torn down two years ago when the kids weren't as big, who knows.

I don't have a before picture but it was a 8 x 12 building. Before it was moved to this location the roof and siding had been taken off of it. We covered the roof with a tarp and the sides with random pieces of press board and plywood to keep the items in it semi-dry. We cleaned out all the stuff, took down the tatter tarp and plywood last fall but never got the rest of the building down.

We kept all the solid wood and made a pile of the rotten/junk wood (the pile in the back of the picture). Feels good to have one more project done.

What is that one project that you keep putting off?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

~ Apple Tree Success ~

Our apple trees are are doing so well, above and beyond our expectations. All of the new tree we planted this spring flowered out and have fruit on them, lots of fruit. We will go around and pick off all the apples except the king fruit in each cluster. This well ensure that the trees are not overburden with a heavy fruit load and that we get really nice apples in the fall.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

~ Grain-free Baby Porridge ~

Lauren from Empowered Sustenance posted a recipe for No Oat Paleo Oatmeal. I was intrigued. Grains are a big no-no for healing Autoimmune Hashimoto's and I love a good hot breakfast cereal.

We also do not do grains until two as that is when a baby develops the necessary enzymes to digest properly prepared grains. My other babies have not really been interested in food until around the 10 - 12 month mark but not this big guy. Not only does he nurse every four hours but he sits at the table with us for every meal and has bites of what everyone else is eating. Breakfast gets tricky because he can not handle egg yolk yet and I will not give him the gluten free pancakes we have on occasion. He uses baby sign language to tell me when he is all done so while we utilize baby led weaning for meals, I feel okay feeding him this with a spoon.

I followed Lauren's instructions and used the mashed banana instead of egg. I pureed some peaches and used those to thin it down a bit. I left out the shredded coconut for baby. I will add it in next time. My other kids added blueberries, chia seeds, chopped nuts and even my little one with a sweet tooth didn't ask for extra sweetener. Love that!

What are your go-to favorite toppings/mix-ins for hot breakfast porridge?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

~ Knowing Your Farmer ~

It is really fun to see one of your favorite farmers highlighted in such a fabulous way.

Rodale Institute: Minnesota dairy grazier likes low-cost feeds, wintering cows outdoors

12 years ago, Dan Middendorf switched from a conventional stall barn dairy operation to year-round grazing. He tripled his herd size, halved his per cow production, and says its the only thing that makes sense.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

~ Simple Saturdays ~

Super easy and fast, a protein rich way to start the day. We pair a small cup of granola with an egg of some kinds and sometimes nitrate free bacon or sausage. Note that I used sprouted gluten free oats and soaked and dehydrated nuts to increase the digestibility.

1 cup each of almonds, cashews, pecans, and walnuts (I ran mine through the hand chopper)
2 cups of oats
1/4 chia seeds
1/2 raw cacao nibs
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of coconut sugar
drizzle of maple syrup

Set oven for 350*

Mix altogether. I just let the coconut oil melt in the oven for a few minutes and then stir it. I don't like making extra dishes if I don't have to. Check every five to ten minutes and stir when the top is starting to get a lovely golden brown. When evenly brown, remove from oven and let cool.

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