Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Week 1 Update

Real Food update:

Sourdough take number 1, worked!  That is until I stirred it with a fork.  Then it died.  Darn it, I forgot you are not supposed to use metal.  Sourdough take number  So today I will be starting take number 3.  Third times a charm, right?  LOL...I hope so!

I have made 2 batches of homemade yogurt.  The first turned out okay (it was a little thin & clumpy).  The second time, I heated the milk to 180 instead of 160 the time before.  The second batch turned out much better and less clumpy, more smooth.  So I will stick with the higher temp from now on.  I have had some of this homemade yogurt every day for the past 4 days...and my tummy is smiling.

For dinner we have had, Pot Roast with biscuits (didn't work so well with the GF flour...will try the sprouted wheat flour next time).  Tacos with beef/beans/lime rice/lettuce/tomatoes/cilantro/sauteed peppers & onions/salsa.  Potato/Broccoli/Cheddar soup (Yum).  Lunch is usually left overs or a sandwich on sprouted bread.  Breakfast is some combination of eggs/bacon/toast/yogurt/granola/soaked oatmeal or cream of rice cereal.  For dessert  I made some homemade brownies on Monday night with the sprouted wheat flour.  They were divine.

I'm mostly using coconut oil for cooking and sauteing.  The only time I really use anything different is for eggs, which I like with olive oil.  If I have bacon fat, I will use that in savory dishes.   But so far I have been happy with the flavor of the coconut oil.

The week is busy as we are winding down to vacation next week.  

Georgia goes to Hawaii in a couple weeks with her Young Marine Group for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Service.

Levi has just over a month left of his home therapy program.  He has been in this program since he was 18 months old.  It has been a very long time.  The hours each week have slowly gone down each year...and it will be finishing around his 9th birthday.  I will have consultations with the therapy company, but we will otherwise be on our own from now on.  It is one of those bitter-sweet things.  The therapists are great, the help is wonderful...but it will free up some time for us.  It also means however, that I'm left with the burden of making sure that we keep up on teaching play and self help skills.

Have a great week.  I'll post some pictures next time from our Arizona trip.  We had a lot of fun!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Week 1

I'm starting week 1 of 4 of the Real Food challenge.  The philosophy?  Eat real food like your great grandparents.

While some of the things are still store bought for convenience...a large part of it is the real deal.  Now we already eat a diet pretty low in processed food.  So this is just an opportunity to improve on what we are already doing.  

Why am I doing this?  Well, my health took a dive recently and so I've been trying to figure out how to make it better.  So far I have focused on making sure I eat breakfast.  I really nice big breakfast.  Wow, it is amazing how much better I feel by just eating breakfast.  I used to rush to get the kids fed and ready for school...and even though I'm up at 6am...I often wouldn't eat anything till 9 or 10am.  That habit got me in a lot of trouble.  Then I wouldn't be hungry till 2pm for lunch which is during school pick up.  So I would eat when I got home at 3pm.  Dinner is between 5 and 6, and it just didn't work out.  So now I eat with the kids in the morning.  Also making sure I go to bed by 10pm, has really improved my energy and mood.  It is hard for me to go to bed early...but I'm determined to get things back on track.

As for the diet, I'm having to adjust some of the things for the kids.  But, I really like what the website/book has to say about real food.  It has been something I have been thinking about for a long time.  Finding her book was a fluke, but it is perfect timing.  I knew I wanted to try soaking/sprouting/sourdough/fermenting for quite a while and have done it off and on over the past several years...but I felt that her mini tutorials and directions were so easy to follow, it really made me feel a lot more comfortable about finally taking the plunge.

So here we are the night before day 1.  I have my sourdough starter going (I actually started this several days ago and it was doing great until I mixed it with a metal fork.  Then BAM.  It deflated never to rise again....upon some research, I realized that I should never use metal to stir it.  So I restarted it tonight.)  I have a bowl with biscuit dough soaking with a little Apple Cider Vinegar, and fresh homemade yogurt that should be ready to go in the morning.  

I'm excited.  We will see what the week brings and how much of the food, the kids will eat :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Georgia was toothless from How to Train Your Dragon...and Levi was Captain America

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My sweet girl

We walked into our Target store yesterday.  Georgia immediately saw the Christmas banner right in the entrance.  She turned to me and said disappointingly, "How could they forget Thanksgiving?" 

She then told me the story of the first Thanksgiving as we walked through the store to pick up a few items.

I'm glad that she recognizes that there is more to the holidays than Santa and presents.

focus on the positive and become more positive- let your light shine!  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

An Experiment

So, I just read this book that talks about eating a Real food diet.  It talks a lot about soaking grains and properly preparing grains, etc.  One of the things it talks about is making real home made sour dough bread.  So I decided to try it.  I made up the starter today.  We will see if it works...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A River Runs Through It...

Yes, that is what happened last night.   We had a full on River running through out front yard, around the side, into the back yard and beyond.

Someone hit the fire hydrant in front of our house....never a dull moment here.  Now I know what happens when a fire hydrant gets knocked over.  It makes a really big geyser, with a lot of water!

Like the boogie board? :)  That was was just floating there in the water.  I was amazed at how fast the water was moving.  Unfortunately, I didn't get pictures of the river in the back yard.  That was unreal to witness.  I learned a quick lesson in the power of water.  It was just barreling through everything, and taking whatever was in it's path with it.

It didn't take too long for the fire department to come and shut down the hydrant.  This morning I went out and surveyed the damage.  A fair amount of yard work is ahead of us.  I imagine we will have to have somebody come and assess the driveway and foundation.  I'm really thinking that whenever we decide to do a remodel, we should make this house at street level instead of below like it is now.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A doozy of a day

I picked up Levi from school this afternoon.  His teacher said he had an amazingly great day.  They went to Bates Nut Farm for a field trip and got to pick out a pumpkin.

We headed over to Georgia's school to pick her up.  All was normal, but he was unusually quiet.

After Georgia got out, we headed over to the Chiropractor's office.

Then it all went south.

Levi started throwing up in the elevator on the way to the office.  Oh boy.

So we immediately went back down and headed home (after calling the janitor).

It continued for 3 hours.

The poor boy...he doesn't want me to leave his side.

Now it is evening.  He has finally been able to have a little ginger ale and we are chilling on the couch watching his favorite movies....and I'm feeling Thankful for our snuggle time together, even if it hasn't been for the greatest reason.