Tuesday, January 19
Thursday, December 31
Tuesday, December 29
- Menu Planning - I've tried a couple different methods, which clearly haven't worked out for me.... so I am still looking for one, I have a feeling I need to apply some Fly Lady Principles & just tweak them so they work for me... more on this process to come, please bear with me!
- Speaking of FlyLady, I REALLY need to get some basic home care routines going...
- In Blogging, my goal is be a bit more consistent, maybe even just once a week, but regularly wold be an improvement! I have much bigger ideas, but I wouldn't want to get your hopes up!
- As far as real life, I'd like to find a bit more time for me. Selfish, eh? ;) I'd like to lose a few inches, which means changing up what I eat (less carbs, less alcohol...? ugh!) and making some time for regular exercise....(double ugh!)
- And for NT practices.... well.... I tried a LOT of different things last year, some were great, some were huge flops, but in the end I only really stuck with a few, So this year I'd like to try to get a few more to 'stick"...
- I will take a full inventory of pantry & freezer (by the end of the week).
- Figure out menus based on what I have in stock. And use up those supplies. I have a well stocked pantry, and my fridge is stuffed to the brim. I get a produce box this weekend, and it will have to last me 2 weeks. No grocery store stops unless absolutely necessary.
- No eating out (unless it's an unforeseeable emergancy)!
- Try to eat less grains (unless sprouted) & carbs & sweeteners (I get 1 sweet drink per day, morning tea, but that's it!)
- Drink more water! I got an adorable Stainless Steel bottle for Christmas, so now I must USE it! I'm really quite terrible about drinking water! It's shameful, really!
- Take my FCLO!
- I'll spend less on food this month. My food budget is $400/month, I'd like to see if I can spend about half that & put any savings towards our most immediate concern - our property taxes!
- It absolutely drives my DH crazy that I keep buying more food when we 'have so much still'! So, it'll make JoeBacon happy to not buy any more...(for awhile! LOL)
- Also, I think it'll be a good exercise in Meal Planning... which, as mentioned above, is something I struggle with a LOT.
- 2-3 Half-Gallons of Whole RAW Milk - $12-19/per week
- 1 pint RAW CREAM - $9/week
- 2 Doz Eggs - $8/wk
- 1 Small Produce Box - $20/every other week
Wednesday, November 25
- Vernon & every farm involved with Abundant Harvest Organics where I get my CSA box of fruit & veggies from
- Mark McAfee with Organic Pastures, where we get our Raw Milk & Cream
- Sharon with Healthy Family Farms, where we get our eggs, and truly healthy chickens who live & play outdoors, don't eat soy & are distinctly NON vegetarian :), also Heritage milk and whey-fed pork, grass-fed free range beef lovely lambs.
- Kim with Blue Hill Farms for the Turkey.
- Azure Standard for the grains & other bulk items we consume regularly.
Sunday, November 15
- (mostly) Eating Nourishing food (raw milk, pastured & grass-fed meats, organic produce)
- Making stock on a regular basis & use it more liberally in everyday cooking
- Soak & sprout legumes, grains & nuts (I try to keep a stock of crispy pecans for baking)
- Sprout grains & grind fresh flour for my baking
- Make sprouted whole grain breads on a pretty regular basis, hardly ever buy it
- Make & Drink Kombucha & Water Kefirs
- Raw Milk: yogurt, sour cream & buttermilk
- Only use farm fresh eggs from HFF (no soy in their organic feed at all!)
- Make a point to buy grass fed beef, lamb & milk fed heritage breed pork & wild caught/sustainable fish
- I bought Coconut Oil & have incorporated it into several thing I make pretty regularly (Popcorn, baking, sautéing...). Recently I bought Coconut Ghee from Green Pastures (a combo of Grass-fed butter Ghee & EV coconut oil - it's DEE-lightful!
- For butter I use Kerrygold almost exclusively, the exception is that for baking I use Trader Joe's unsalted, it's about half the cost & I feel what's so special about the Kerrygold is the flavor, I feel that is sorta lost in translation when you use it in baked goods....so the TJ's butter is a compromise, it's not organic or grass fed, but at least it's rBst free....
- I made my own lard from milk fed pork fat - amazing! I also keep my bacon grease & use whenever appropriate - about 90% really good bacon
- homemade lacto-ferments: I tried a bunch early on & didn't like them, kept in fridge to see if they'd taste better after time - NOPE
- raw cream cheese, it was sour-ish & too loose to use in most recipes, just feel like it's too labor intensive to be worth it.
- raw milk kefir, I made it very regularly in the beginning, but found I only used it for baking, soaking & smoothies. I did not enjoy it plain; sweetened was good, but not super fast & easy... so I never did that enough to stick with it....I find the buttermilk gets used more frequently for baking & is a simpler process....I still have the grains, maybe I'll try it again & see if I can find a way to make it work better for us....
- Organ meats - not entirely true!! I did buy a beef heart (from HFF) & some really great grass fed stew meat from Whole Foods & ground that up to make my own ground beef. That is really tasty & I feel good knowing I'm able to 'handle' it. The boys don't really know about it, so don't say anything! ;)
- taking CLO - I bought Green Pastures' fermented CLO capsules, but haven't started taking them yet! What a dork!
- adding more coconut oil to diet
- oil pulling on a regular basis
- exercise of some sort!
2 1/2 cups flour (I used half Sprouted & half AP)
2 cups warm water
1 cup sourdough starter (I used Amber’s Alaskan Starter - all white flour)
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
Combine flour & warm water, add sourdough starter. Add eggs & whisk to combine thoroughly. Mix sugar, salt & soda in a small bowl, sprinkle over batter evenly & fold in gently (do not over mix!)
Heat a griddle over med high heat add fat (I used coconut ghee) scoop about 1/2 cup at a time for each pancake. Wait until edges look a bit dry & then flip.
Serve with real butter & real maple syrup.
The batter seemed a bit thin, but it works!
This is the Coconut Ghee I used in the frying pan (Azure has it for about $18)
Here's what it looked like right after I put the scoop in the pan & then how it looked after about 1 minute, see how the edges look a little dry, now it's ready to flip
Viola! A beautiful golden sourdough pancake, just add Kerrygold & maple syrup & we were in Heaven!
This is being posted as part of Real Food Wednesday
- Santa Susana, Ventura County, CA, United States
- Me? Well....I have a day job selling travel to beautiful far away lands, and I love to travel - my job sort of supports & feeds the 'travel monster' inside me. But my other inner monster is: food in all it's facets. I have a 13 yr old DS from a previous life, and married the lovely JoeBacon a three years ago! I finally became a home-owner at that point, we did a huge addition/re-model right away to make the house a bit bigger & I got a wonderful new kitchen out of the deal! I've gone thru Culinary School twice (mostly for fun) 'cuz I love to cook! And thru reading/doing the Maker's Diet 2 years ago, became aware of Sally Fallon, Weston Price, etc...and now after about 9 months of exploring their world, I'm trying to really make it all part of mine. I've had some things turn out great & others have been miserable failures, but I'm learning a LOT (mostly from my fellow NT Bloggers)!! Now I'm enjoying my yard, garden, sprouting, baking bread, brewing Kombucha, using raw milk, making Kefir & Yogurt & just trying to find small ways to make yummy food better for us.