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?

Shared at Simple Saturday Blog Hop

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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Friday, April 11, 2014

~ Finances on Friday ~

Rebecca at Renaissance is hosting Finances on Friday, a chance to share the ways you saved a penny or two this week.

* I have been saving for a rug for the living room for a year and every time I get a little stash going we end up having to spend it on something else, until this week. I spotted the clearance sticker, over half off the original price and it was perfect for out living room. The colors can't match any better.

* I do not like mowing yard. I have now manage to turn our entire front yard into raised beds and we wood chip between them. We are able to get all the free wood chips we want from the power company. The are not at all a pretty color and they often times have large twigs and such in them, but their free!

* I did my grocery shopping for the next six weeks utilizing Costco and Azure Standards. For the seven of us I spent roughly $550 and there is a bit left over for more fresh produce when we run out.

* I was able to get all of the hanging baskets I have planted ahead of time so that they will have a nice head start when it's warm enough to put them out. Hanging baskets can cost $15+. All the seeds I used I had left from last year.

*Washed up all the winter clothes and put all the really heavy items (carharts) to hang dry.

* Used recycled boxes and lumber we all ready had to build my potato boxes. Square foot gardening + vertical gardening for the win!

*Found free photo editing software that has been a ton of fun to play with.

* Was able to borrow a serger from a friend so that I can take all of the worn our flannel sheets and create a bunch of "paper" towels, more cloth baby wipes and trim down the toddler prefolds.

All in all it was a pretty good week around here. Have any money saving tips to share?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

~ Moments of Spring ~

Even after the incredibly brutal winter we had the hens and chicks survive. It's such a lovely site.

The chickens seem as relieved as we are that the snow is gone and they can pick and scratch at the earth again.

A pumpkin from last year that got a soft spot before we could use it. Myra loves pumpkin, lettuce, greens, beets, turnips...she really enjoyed herself and she doesn't share well with others.

Ten days to go and we should have some lambs showing up. I am so excited and hopefully the weather cooperates and the sun will shine.

I am actually ahead of the game this year and was able to get a large portion of the yard cleaned up yesterday and the gardens by the front of the house cleaned out. I had a very happy baby that was content to swing and watch me work. I also had an awesome big kid that wanted to take him for a walk in the baby carrier.

My seedlings are in full swing in the garage turned green house. I have 24 solid cabbages, cauliflowers, bak choi and broccoli plants. I have two of the eight hanging baskets planted and a bunch of herbs started. Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants too. Grace started her 4H project with six types of cut flower seeds. Spring has indeed sprung.

What are your favorite spring activities?

Shared at The HomeAcre Hop, From the Farm Blog Hop