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An Update....Finally!

I know, I know.....It's been over a month since I have posted. (So much for tomorrow, huh!)  I took a much needed, spontaneous blogging break. I have spent some time thinking about what I really want to be sharing here on my blog. I like sharing my meal plan but it was starting to seem a bit redundant to me and I have a few other meal plan ideas swimming in my head that may be something worth sharing on the blog as I get them working.

If they prove helpful I will share.....in the meantime there is over a years worth of weekly meal plans in the Menus category.  Some of my thoughts have leaned toward batch cooking, freezer meals, master shopping lists that include shopping then meal planning, 30 minute meals and other things along those lines.....I guess we will see what materializes.

I still want my blog to be a history of sorts where I share some of our everyday life mostly for posterity..... and of course lots of recipes because those are just meant to be shared.

I do have some fun ones almost ready to share and even more in the works but one thing I learned on my break is that I enjoyed not spending large amounts of time putting together posts. So know that updates and blog posts may come less frequently. But don't worry I will always share our favorite recipes. 

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So how about a few highlights of the past month!


I had the most awesome Mother's Day weekend! Ryan and I spent it up the mountain where we watched Bald Eagles, snow fall and things. Just taking in the peace and calm and feeling so very rejuvenated......Coming home on Mother's Day to spend some time with those sweet children who call me Mom!


I heard all about their weekend (specifically Missy's first "real" date with this particular boy she has know for quite some time now....they have since had many, many more dates ;) Charly had a whole bunch of gifts that she had made and I just drank in the moment trying to savor as slowly as possible because I see so much change and growth coming on so quickly.



We also celebrated Curt's birthday this past month. He wanted his usual Burrito Casserole dinner but this time he wanted to go bowling and have ice cream cake. This was my first try at any sort of ice cream cake and I had too keep it quick and simple since we where also in the middle of trying to get the garden all planted too. It turned out well though and everyone said they liked it. I will share the recipe soon!

My Weekly Meal Plan


Last week was great much needed rain and snow and everything has greened right up. I have some pictures and other fun memories from the weekend....that I will post here tomorrow. I just wanted to be sure to get the meal plan up today!



My Weekly Meal Plan

Monday:
Roasted Veggie Bowls

Tuesday:
Tacos

Wednesday:
Sweet and Spicy Cabbage

Thursday:
Baked Potato Bar

Friday:
Quinoa, Potatoes and Steamed Veggies

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday:
Mushroom Stroganoff

My Weekly Meal Plan



I didn't take many pictures this week and if there are any it seems that something is wrong with my memory card and I may have lost them.....hopefully not but if so it will remind me that I better be backing up my pictures more often.

Last week was a pretty fun week with lots of outside time. Lots of weeding, watering and working more on the garden. We are getting very excited about our wall/fence getting finished but still waiting.....they said next week two weeks ago....you know how that goes. ;)

Ryan took the boys camping on the annual Father's and Son's camp out. It sounded like they all had a good time. Missy text Matt on Saturday night to see if he wanted to come hang out and play games with their group of friends. He had been telling her that he was missing that since it hasn't happened as often since she moved out.

He was excited to go and said he had a great time. I'm so glad they have such a good friendship with each other.



Just in case you haven't already heard I want to make sure you know about this Non-Brand Essential Oils Event you may be interested in listening in. I plan to tune into much of it and just thought I would share. It's free and starts next week!


My Weekly Meal Plan

Monday:
Flatbread Falafel Sandwiches

Tuesday:
Minestrone Soup

Wednesday: 
Quinoa Stir Fry

Thursday:
Sukiyaki

Friday: 
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taco Packets

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday:
Philly Cheese Steak, My Way

Gluten Free Pancakes


Before I share the recipe I just wanted to let you know about this HUGE Spring Giveaway that is happening right now at Vintage Remedies! It's part of their countdown to 10 years in June and the grand prize is full registration to their Master Herbalist course. You better believe I entered and I just thought you might like to too!

You will need to do it soon though because there is not a lot of time left before they choose the winners. So don't delay....Enter quickly and easily right here!


Recently I went gluten free for a few months as part of an elimination diet type cleanse thing. I even went without grains for part of that time not because I think they are not healthy but because I wanted to see if I had any sensitivities to any of them. The only big thing I noticed without them was feeling a bit bound up if you know what I mean.

I still have not added back wheat yet, it has been a slow process and I'm trying to listen to my body. I have added back non-gluten grains and some Spelt but only in sprouted or sourdough form.

Anyway as I was adding back other grains I wanted to try some gluten free pancakes. Most of the ones we tried where not good at all and really soggy in the middle and just......yuck. But then I tried using the almond pulp from making almond milk and this is what I came up with. I don't think they are as good as our regular pancake recipe but they are pretty tasty and if you are wanting a gluten free pancake it's the best one I've tried yet!



Gluten Free Pancakes
1 cup almond meal (I just use all the leftover almond pulp from making this almond milk)
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup oats
3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon Real Salt
1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 heaping cup coconut oil, melted
2 free range eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup


In medium size bowl add the first 8 ingredients. In separate bowl, whip up eggs and add then whisk in the rest of the ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry until just combined add more water if needed for desired batter thickness. Heat up slightly oiled griddle or frying pan. Using a ladle pour batter onto the griddle. Be sure to cook well on each side at not too hot of temperature to be sure they cook in the center. Serve hot with favorite pancake toppings.

Note: You could try these with egg replacer but I have found that when you are not working with gluten to help hold things together egg replacer just doesn't give it quite a sturdy enough texture. More mushy and crumbly at the same time if that makes any sense.

My Weekly Meal Plan

We got some much needed rain last week along with plenty of wind (not sure about the need level there). It got pretty cold this weekend which is why we always wait until after the 20th of May to plant anything that can't take frost because around here we can get a late frost.


Because of the rain outside, Ryan did a little gardening indoors. I'm trying to learn more about Instagram since Missy has her own phone now and doesn't take mine. But I'm not very familiar with it. If you can't see the picture you can find it on Instagram here.

We have been surprised at how well our seeds have germinated. The seeds we have are easily over 5 years old....probably closer to 8 and we seem to be getting nearly 100% germination with most things.


On Saturday we went and celebrated my Grandpa's baby Sister's 99th Birthday. On her 90th birthday someone asked her if she would make it to 100 and she told them to not say such negative things. This birthday when asked.....she said that she probably will.

She is a funny and spunky lady and I sure love her. Sometimes she says that she is sure Charles (her deceased husband) must have a girlfriend up in Heaven because she is taking so long to get there. I'm confident though that he's just "Waiting on Her (a Woman)".



Missy and Kenzi came over for dinner last night. It's so fun to see how excited all the kids are to see them whenever they come. It has been an adjustment but I think it has been good for all of us. Change can be hard but I see growth happening in all of us. Fun times!


My Weekly Meal Plan

Monday:
Mushroom Stroganoff

Tuesday:
Tacos

Wednesday:
Sweet and Spicy Cabbage

Thursday:
Baked Potato Bar

Friday:
Loaded Veggie Nacho Soup

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday:
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taco Packets



Mint Chip Ice Cream



Not sure why this recipe took me so long to perfect but it was worth it! Way back in the day when Ryan and I first started dating, I thought it was pretty cool that his Mom always made sure there was ice cream in their freezer. One day she asked me what my favorite kind was and I remember telling her mint chip.

Now I'm not sure why I told her that because really most any kind of ice cream I liked. Back then I think I would have even ate that blue bubble gum kind with gum balls in it. (Does anyone else remember that and do they still have it? YUCK!) I think it must have been before cookie dough ice cream though so mint chip probably was my favorite at that time.


Anyway a few months ago I was thinking if that was my favorite way back then....how come I haven't come up with a heathified recipe for it yet? Well I have been working on that recipe ever since and it took me quite a few tries. I wanted it to be just the right texture and flavor. And honestly I wanted to make it honey sweetened but not too sweet.

I also added quite a bit of vanilla because I didn't want an overly strong mint flavor. I also think next time I make it I will use my version of Magic Shell (leaving out the peanut butter) and drizzle is through the ice cream for the "chips" instead. I think that will be really good and Ryan agrees. ;)

Note that you can make it in an ice cream maker or not. Most of the times I tried the recipe I didn't use my ice cream maker. It will work well either way. I hope you enjoy this recipe I worked really hard on it.



Mint Chip Ice Cream
1 cup raw cashews soaked in
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
2 cans coconut milk
1 small handful spinach
1/2 teaspoon Real Salt
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
5-8 drops peppermint essential oil
1/2 teaspoon guar gum (optional)
1/2 - 1 cup carob chips (may coarsely chop)

Soak cashews in water for at least 2 hours or more. To your blender add the cashews WITH the water, the coconut oil, and honey. Blend until smooth. Add the coconut milk, spinach, salt, vanilla, peppermint and guar gum. Blend on low until smooth for not more then 2 minutes. (If you blend too long or too fast the coconut milk will separate so be aware.) As soon as it is well blended pour it into a cake pan with a lid (I like my glass pyrex one for this) and put into the freezer.....Set your timer for one hour then stir in the carob chips. Then let finish freezing at least another hour or more. After frozen solid you will want to sit it out for about 20 minutes before scooping it up and serving.

You can also freeze this in an ice cream freezer just follow directions for your ice cream maker. ENJOY!

How to make your own Curry Powder



I don't think I had curry anything as a kid growing up but at
some point in my adult life Ryan and I both decided that we really like curry. It doesn't matter what kind of curry, we think Indian Curries are fabulous (on my list of recipes to perfect) we also just love Thai Curry.

There are a number of recipes here with curry powder:

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry
Curried Lentils over Rice
Curried Cauliflower with Sweet Potato and Black Beans
Spicy Pumpkin Soup
Cauliflower and Curry Soup
Curry Dip

Although I was able to find some pretty decent curry powders to buy that contained all good ingredients......I had to order it I couldn't just go pick it up at the store. One day I was in the middle of making dinner and realized I was out of Curry Powder.....I don't know how I let that happen I buy most everything in bulk and rotate through and don't very often totally run out.

But I did.....it was okay though because I had been thinking about trying to make my own anyway. So I quickly put together a small batch so I could finish making dinner. I was so surprised that it smelled and tasted very much like the powder we liked so well.

Homemade Curry Powder
12 parts turmeric
2 parts Real Salt
6 parts Sucanat
6 parts cumin
3 parts coriander
2 parts white pepper
1 part cayenne
1 part mustard
1 part paprika
1 part ginger
1/4 part fennel
1/2 part allspice
1/2 part garlic

Combine all ingredients and combine well. You can choose how big you want 1 part to be depending on how much you want to make. I usually use a Tablespoon to 1/4 cup. For example is you use a Tablespoon then just put Tablespoon in place of part(s) in the recipe. Simple as that!



Dry Shampoo and Face Powder in One

I discovered this by accident one day.  You see Missy and I had both seen face powder made with cornstarch and coco powder and other spices and thought we would try our own version. So we made up a small batch and tried to made a pretty good match to our skin tone.

We both really liked it but since I only wear make up once in a while I didn't notice when it was missing from my bathroom. On day I was having one of those days where my hair didn't really need washing but for some reason it had a little extra oil at the roots so I thought a dry shampoo would come in handy.

Then I remembered the face powder but I couldn't find it.....I asked Missy where it was and she came up with a nearly empty container from her room. There was just enough to try it out. So I took a powder brush and rubbed it in at the roots then brushed through it.

I was quite happy with the results the powder absorb any greasy look my roots had and even though it was a bit lighter then my hair color I actually liked that it seemed to kind of give some natural looking highlights to my hair and guess what else........it seemed to hide the grey that has been starting to accumulate! ;)

I made a note to self that when and if the grey gets out of hand this may be a better option then trying to color it.  Either way though it works great as dry shampoo and/or face powder.


Dry Shampoo & Face Powder In One
Arrowroot Powder
Carob and/or Cocoa Powder
Cinnamon
Nutmeg

In a jar add some arrowroot powder (I used about 1 cup you can use less if you aren't sure how you will like it) then just add a few Tablespoons of Carob or Cocoa powder until you feel it is almost you skin and/or hair color (to add highlights and help hide gray keep it a few shades lighter then you hair color if you are blonde maybe you could try spices with more yellow tones not sure how it would work though)

Then add a little cinnamon and/or nutmeg to get just the color you want. If using on your skin don't overdo the cinnamon (not more than a teaspoon or 2) or it may kind of create a burning sensation when applied to the skin.


As you know the 2015 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is on sale only until Monday, April 27th so I can't very well post without talking a little about it. ;) I have had mine for a month now and I just want to share....

Some of my Favorites so Far:

A Parent's Guide to Natural Remedies eCourse: I am only a couple of modules into this course but have learned so much already.  You will learn how to use methods like homeopathy, cell salts, essential oils, probiotics.......most of my natural healing skills are related to herbs.....I have been wanting to learn more about homeopathy and cell salts for a very long time so excited about this course. This course alone is a $99 course but comes with the bundle!
The Healthy Home eCourse: Purchased on it's own this class is valued at $95. I haven't started this course yet I'm currently taking the Essential Oils Class from Vintage Remedies.....I have been challenged and I am learning a lot and look forward to starting this one as soon as I am done so I can....... Learn what healthy living shortcuts you can take to avoid the overhyped habits that require high investments with little return in terms of healthier days. Become empowered with the evidence based information, practical formulas, and tools you require to live a stress-free yet healthier life!
Your Simple Home Handbook: This book has already helped me to get my "Spring Purging" off to a great start! If you want to be intentional about how you steward your possessions and how you design your living space, this book is for you. In a clean, easy-to-read format, Your Simple Home Handbook will walk you through practical steps to simplify and declutter thirty different areas of your home. 

The Steady Mom's Freedom Guide: I tend to really like anything Jamie writes. I think if she lived nearby we would be kindred spirits. I just love her simple steady way.....the principles she teaches in this book ring very true to me. I loved reading it!
Living Green in an Artificial World: Eating healthy doesn't always lead to vibrant health, particularly if the living environment is toxic.  Even I still have a some work to do and this book helped me learn quite a bit....my favorite chapter was called Rid your Home of Roundup kind of want to share that one with all the neighbors. ;)





There are many others that I haven't even opened yet! I have loved how these bundles have made it affordable for me to continue to learn and study without spending a ton of money doing it. When it comes to homeschooling my kids and making sure they continue to love learning.....I need them to see me continue to love learning and they will follow suit.


Mother's Day Gift Ideas!

If you're like me you are always wondering what to get for Mom for Mother's day!  I'm mean really what do you give the Woman who gave you life and raised you and kept herself from strangling you as a teenager!  Well hopefully this post can help you with a few ideas and at least get the wheels turning.

Being a Mother now myself, I do know that Mom really did mean it when she said the only thing she wanted was for me to be good and be the best person I could be!  But if you want something you can wrap..... stick around! ;)

What Mother doesn't want soft, beautiful, wonderful smelling skin! 
How about we start with recipe. I make this recipe as soon as I run out of the last batch!
It's wonderful.

I adapted the recipe from the book, Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.....which would make a nice gift itself by the way!  You can put them in any little jar make it cute.  And don't worry the recipe will make enough for you to keep some for yourself too!


Nature's Perfect Skin Cream
2/3 cup distilled water
1/3 cup aloe vera gel
Essential oils of choice
3/4 cup sweet almond oil
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 ounce beeswax (about 4 Tablespoons of the pastilles)

Combine the water, aloe and essential oils in a glass measuring cup, let sit until room temperature.  In a double boiler over low heat melt the beeswax, coconut and almond oil together, mix well.  Pour oils into blender jar, let sit until about room temperature.  When oils are about room temperature, turn on blender and slowly start to pour in the water mixture.  Speed up blender and be sure it mixes well.  You may have to stop the blender and stir with a spoon and then pulse the blender a few times.  It should blend and incorporate well.  Water and oil can sometimes be tricky to mix but if you follow these instructions and have a fairly high speed blender it should work really good!  Mine whipped up perfect the first try!  There are a few pictures below to help you out too!





This is what the oil mixture looks like at almost room temperature.

This is me slowly adding the water mixture while the blender is spinning fast!

See how beautiful the cream turned out! 

To be sure not to waste any we wiped out the blender and all had super soft skin! ;)

What Mother wouldn't love that!


The cream would be a wonderful gift by itself or you could add some of these other things a make a very fun gift basket or box!

Fizzy Bath Bombs
Herbal Infused Oil and/or Lip Balm
Hard Lotion Bars


Labels?  You betcha! 

See how good I am to you all! ;)


We even made the gift box ourselves!  Fun huh, you can find the instructions we used here!

Now for the Best Part!



How about giving Mom The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! This year includes nearly 100 eBooks, eCourses, printable packs, an audio course and 2 complete online conferences. Plus over $200 in bonuses that she will love! So much........for such a small price.

I have had my bundle for a month now and I just know all Mom's of all ages will be inspired by and love this bundle! It's only available until Monday, April 27th so you need to be sure to not wait until the last minute to purchase this gift.

Or you could keep the bundle for yourself and just get her a beautiful scarf for only 4 bucks shipping. I just got me a blue chevron one.....I love the size and the fact that it can be worn in many different ways! (Okay maybe you should keep the scarf. ;) Better yet get a bundle for both of you!....By the way there are 7 other freebies with the bundle.

I will share my bundle favorites with you all soon but if you want to see all the details right now just go check them out here! Regardless of what we get Mom I hope we can all show how much we love and care for them and how grateful we are for all the sacrifices they have made on our behalf! May God bless Mothers everywhere.




My Weekly Meal Plan

Last week was full of weeding, cleaning up the yard, getting the water turned on, fixing any leaks, a funeral, a scout camp, some homemaking and lots of sunshine and a snowstorm in between.


Ryan worked really hard in the yard and got it ready to get our wall finished and to put some gravel down by the driveway. We hope to put cement one day but for now gravel should help with the mud and weeds. I spent some time weeding my flower/herb bed and Matt got the sprinklers turned on and any broken pipes fixed. There wasn't too much to fix mainly just a dripper to one of our apple trees that Ryan had stepped on and broke when he was tilling the garden.



I was able to preserve some lemons this weekend! I follow a recipe from the Lacto-Fermenting course that is part of Traditional Cooking School. It was super easy and I'm excited to see how they turn out. They need to set for about a month then they will be ready to use. The cool thing is that they keep this way for a really long time. A great way to use up the abundance of lemons that I had!

My cousin Mike passed away last week after a very long fight with Huntington's Disease. It was a beautiful service.

 It was so nice to see and visit with so many loved ones. This is me with my Sisters, my dear cousin and he beautiful daughters.


Me with my Sisters and more cousins! I only wish I had been able to stay longer and catch up a bit more with the many wonderful people I just don't see often enough.





My Weekly Meal Plan

Monday:
Lentil Soup

Tuesday:
Chimmys

Wednesday:
Hawaiian Haystacks 

Thursday:
Nachos Supreme My Way

Friday:
Artichoke Tomato Alfredo

Saturday:
Leftovers

Sunday:
Mongolian BBQ