1.27.2014

Nourishing Pumpkin Pie Recipe (gluten free filling made with honey and coconut milk)


My husband was having a rough day at work today and so I thought I would throw together one of his favorite treats : pumpkin pie!

Nourishing Pumpkin Pie
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unbaked pie shell (crust)
1 can of organic pumpkin puree 
2 eggs
1 can of full fat organic coconut milk
1/2 cup of raw honey
1/2 tsp sea salt
2  drops (NOT droppers!) of liquid stevia (this is my favorite brand)
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp organic vanilla
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Preheat oven to 350*.
Bake pie shell for 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly.
Combine all in a large bowl with a hand mixer (or use your stand mixer).
Pour into cooled pie shell and bake 45-60 minutes (depending on your oven).
When pie filling seems set in the middle remove the pie from the oven and cool completely on a cooling rack. Serve at room temperature or our favorite: chilled!

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Normally I would make up a homemade pie crust, BUT I happened to be having a rough day AND I happened to have bought an organic premade pie crust from Arrowhead Mills that I found on clearance at Kroger last week for just over a dollar.

I invented this recipe myself by combining about 3 different pumpkin pie recipes I found.

1.20.2014

Watching


Tate loved watching his Pepe (Grandpa) and Daddy cutting tile for the kitchen back splash!


1.18.2014

Baby's First Pair Of Rain Boots



This week Tate's Aunt Becky gave him his first pair of little rain boots! Caleb dressed him in this cuuuuute outfit. He's looking like SUCH a little boy!
Here are some similar  rain boots .

Kitchen Backsplash


My dad is really good at tiling and he came today to teach Caleb how to install white subway tiles for our kitchen back splash. I've waited 3 years for this day and I'm so excited! I sold some stuff a few months ago on Craigslist and was able to afford to buy the tile and other things for their installation. When we moved in there was this old (1954) paneling for the backsplash. It was too country looking for my style. We bought an inexpensive white subway tile from Lowe's to replace it and we're using 1/8th inch spacers in between the tiles, and "bright white" grout will go on top in a few days. 

I love these two!


Separating The Cream From Milk When You Have Raw Milk



I love the raw milk we buy from a local farm and sometimes I want to separate the cream from the milk. I get SO much cream from a gallon of raw milk!  At first I was spooning it off the top, but then I saw a tip online where you use a turkey baster to remove it....that is SO much easier! I got one for a few dollars at Target recently.
Amazon has a nice stainless one here.







1.13.2014

Upholstering A Cute Little Step Stool


Tate loves loves loves to look out the big picture window in our living room.
He waves at the garbage man, the mail lady, and neighbors walking their dogs.
I wanted a cute little stool for him to stand on to help him see out - but something that would be low in case he took a tumble. Caleb built me a very solid little stool from scrap wood. I painted it white and upholstered it with a thick foam cushion and covered it in a soft white fabric. He loves it!
I wanted it to match my living room decor haha cause I'm super picky like that ;)


Happy Boy!

A Little Less Country

I bough this HUGE cutting board at Goodwill a few weeks ago for a little less than $2.
The "before" shot shows the amazing 1980's hand painted watermelon ;)
Caleb sanded off the paint for me and voila! now I have a beautiful rustic sort of cheese board
The "after" picture above is before I oiled it using coconut oil (cause it doesn't go rancid).
It sits up on little "legs" too. I'm very happy with how it came out!

A Very Generous Chicken




One of my new red sexlink chickens gave me a double yolk egg! I've heard of that happening, but I've never seen one in person. It was a very fun surprise! The egg itself was H U G E. I took a picture of it next to a regular size egg.

Since my newest 3 layers are red sexlink (or I think some say red star, but that is how they were sold to me) I was expecting them to be good layers and so far they have been excellent! I was going to say eggcellent, but I refrained. 











































1.11.2014

Backyard Rabbits

Ok so we have backyard chickens and we're hoping to add backyard meat rabbits to our little urban homestead! I'm very excited about this project. Caleb grew up raising rabbits for meat and so this is all very familiar to him, but will be a whole new learning experience for me. I want to read up on raising rabbits and I'm hoping to order this book  from The Urban Rabbit Project on raising urban and suburban meat rabbits. 
The picture about shows Caleb working on the top of our seriously cool rabbit hutch! 

He is growing up so quickly


Little Man is eating like such a "big boy" now. He insists on feeding himself, and he takes the task very seriously! I recently ordered him this 3 piece plate set (they have girl colors too). It is a safe plastic for littles and is very heavy duty and a really nice size. I ordered these matching spoons and forks. 
They aren't microwave safe, but for us that isn't an issue. They are dishwasher safe. 
They are made entirely from recycled milk cartons and are BPA free.

1.08.2014

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Gluten Free and Sugar Free


Yesterday I made this recipe for banana oatmeal cookies.
They tasted wonderful! I will definitely make them again. 
They are  egg free, gluten free, dairy free, and work well when following the Nourishing Traditions type of "diet". They would probably do well with raisins in place of the chocolate chips too.
 I made a few changes though. Here's what I did:

1 1/2  c. old fashioned oats (divided)
2 ripe organic bananas
1 tbsp raw honey
2 tbsp organic peanut butter
1/4 c. Chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life chips since they are nut, dairy, and soy free)

In a food processor or with an immersion blender (which is what I used) blend together 1 cup of the oats, both bananas, honey and the peanut butter. Then stir in the chocolate chips and  remaining 1/2 cup of oats.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop the cookies onto the pan. Mine were maybe a tablespoon size. I just eyeballed it.
Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 15 minutes.
Enjoy!

They are so good right out of the oven!


Tate inhaled them!

1.06.2014

Thrift Store Finds



I found these porcelain cheese markers new in their packaging for $1.95. 
They come with a wipe off marker so you can label the cheese...either goat milk cheese, sheep milk cheese, or cow's milk cheese.
I couldn't find these exact ones on Amazon, but these and these are fun.


I also found these super awesome soup tureen type bowls that are made to look like antique lion head planters! I got them for .45 cents each at Goodwill :D
Amazon has some similar ones here. 

Kefir



We love kefir around here. I know there is a lot of debate on how to pronounce it...but I'm from the South and so saying it "Kee-fur" is what flows off the tongue nicely ;)

I bought my kefir grains from an Etsy seller back in March and we've been enjoy kefir smoothies ever since. Sometimes, I use it in baking too.  That seller is no longer offering the grains for sale, but here are a few listed on Amazon: here, here, and here. 

I honestly do not like the taste of it plain, but if I add in fruit and a little maple syrup...oh it makes the best smoothies! I always pack Caleb some in a mason jar in his lunches for work. 

I make homemade yogurt too, but one reason I love kefir so much is because it is SO easy!
I would also like to try water kefir sometime!

Today I'm going to *try* making Kombucha since a friend from church gave me a scoby yesterday :D
I find that all of these different probiotics that I get in my diet are SUCH  a blessing where my colitis is concerned. 

1.02.2014

Garden Stones


On New Year's Eve I saw an ad on Craigslist for "free decorative rocks"....let me tell you: I emailed that person REALLY quickly :D
The man I spoke to said that we could come load the rocks and haul off as many as we wanted on New Year's day...so Caleb agreed...cause he is THE nicest, cutest, sweetest man ever.ever.ever.
So we went and we pretty much took all the rocks the man had left. There are small rocks and large stepping stone type rocks (yay!). We have SO many garden projects that need stones...I can't wait to use these!


Some of the rocks will be used to make a pathway along the chicken coop, because it is on a slope and it gets REALLY slippery and muddy and I've almost fallen numerous times.