Pizza and Scriptures, Anyone?

Today is Friday. We have a couple of new traditions around here.

First, the children love pizza.  Before our healthier days, we would order pizza on Friday nights or I would make one with a ready made crust or something of that sort. Having progressed now, we do sprouted wheat crust with homemade sauce, unpasteurized cheese (from grass-fed cows), and whatever toppings I have on hand.

I used to do a soaked spelt crust, but when I was having issues with my pancreas after the last baby, I had been on a no sugar (or anything that could be converted into such) diet. The only way I could digest the grains without them effecting my blood sugar levels was to have them sprouted first.  So, I did some research and experimenting with sprouted grains and how to incorporate them into our normal recipes. I have finally tweaked a bread recipe that I use as a base for all bread-like dishes – tortillas, rolls, buns, pizza crust, etc. The only difference to this recipe is that I use 1/4 cup of vital wheat gluten/vitamin C (which incidently I have on “subscribe and save” off of Amazon) per loaf.

(On a side note: The pre-diabetic condition I experienced lasted almost 2 years. The effects of eating processed foods and being careless with my health from my past had caught up with me. Changing my diet to no sugars kept my blood sugar in check and did help me lose most of the baby weight I had gained (over 50 pounds). But nourishing, supplementing, and strengthening my pancreas, gallbladder, and liver were the keys to getting my body to function the way it was designed. Feeling better on a mostly sugar free diet, I continue to stay away from unsprouted grains and refined sugars. I seem to do well with raw honey, coconut sugar, and stevia though, so that’s what we use mostly.)

Secondly, Friday is also our “Scripture Memory Night”. We have memorized Scripture on and off over the years, but I thought this way it would be more accountable. Starting from youngest to oldest, they stand in the front of the living room and recite their memorized verses for the week. The 3 year old is still reciting the same one he’s done all year, but the rest of them seem to be doing fairly well. I do reward them with organic gummy bears for their efforts. It’s a bit crazy at times. Especially since candy is so rare, the youngest ones have a hard time comprehending just why they can’t eat the whole bag full while attempting to sit quietly. My prayer is that they have wonderful memories of these evenings together. I know I do. It just warms my heart listening to them express words that will hopefully change their lives.

Daily Grind for a Family of Nine

Sometimes it just doesn’t seem like there are nine people in this home. And at other times, it’s seems like there’s a lot more. Our children range in ages from 12 to 1, with a variety of taste preferences and stages. One of the accomplishments of the day is to find a meal that makes everybody happy. Here is a typical daily menu for our family:

Early Morning: Banana/Peach smoothies with an herbal boost (homemade similar to this)

Late Morning: Poached eggs, toasts with homemade peach jam  (seeing a peachy theme here)

Early Afternoon: Grilled cheese with fresh tomatoes, onions and basil on homemade sprouted bread

Late Afternoon: Freshly baked healthy cookies with fresh milk (whole lot of freshness going on)

Mid-evening: Tried out this recipe for vegetable pot pie

Later evening: Homemade raw cacao ice cream

Over the next few posts, I will break down the steps and planning involved (or lack thereof) for our daily routine. Here’s the first part of our daily deal:

First thing in the morning, everyone seems to be on their own waking schedule. The older children are “suppose” to be up early and the younger ones can sleep as they need to. No one is a big breakfast eater, and I like to get everyone started and focused on their studies for the day. So making everyone a quick fruity, herbal smoothie is an easy fix that holds us over until the weightier subjects are out of the way. I created my own herbal booster using beet juice powder, turmeric, cinnamon, barley grass powder, wheat grass powder, spirulina, and hawthorne berry powder. I am starting them out in small doses and slowly increasing the amount until they notice that something “funny” is going on.

Another reason to start out light in the morning is that the body is still detoxing until about 10am. So, it’s better to stay clear of anything requiring major digesting (like grains or starches). Fresh juices are great. Even better is mixing it with a good protein and healthy fat. I use raw homemade yogurt as a base for the smoothies and often add either raw cream or coconut oil. We use raw honey for a sweetener as well as the frozen fruit.

I think the best part of this kind of breakfast is that I can take it with me as I teach and supervise, get some morning chores done, nurse the baby…

Early Morning Herbal Smoothie

(This recipe serves 6 children and 1 adult in my family)

2-3 cups yogurt or kefir, preferably raw and homemade

2 frozen bananas

2 cups frozen fruit (we’ve been on a peach kick lately)

about 3-4 cups milk, preferably raw

raw honey to taste, plus a few drops of liquid Stevia

2 tsp – 2 TB of herbal booster mix

2 TB – 4 TB raw cream or coconut oil

Blend well. Serve immediately. Enjoy thoroughly.