Creamy Italian Dressing

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(Lettuce from our garden – Back to Eden style)

If you haven’t seen the Back to Eden film, you really ought to. And that’s all there is to it. Now, about the dressing…

Creamy Italian Dressing 

Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 5 pastured egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup flax oil
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups cultured buttermilk (or kefir or yogurt or clabbered milk – whatever dairy ferment is in abundance)
  • 1-2 tsp Real Salt (or pink)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, put through a press
  • 1/4 cup raw honey, or more to taste
  • 1-2 TB raw apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice, or coconut vinegar
  • splash of whatever herbs you like – I used dried basil and cilantro

Method:

Throw it all in the Blendtec/Vitamix and blend really well. Pour into recycled glass bottles with a narrow neck/mouth for easy pouring. Enjoy!

 

Pizza Night

Friday night is our pizza night around here. Something we have done for years since the oldest were little. Before my nourishing foodie ways, I would buy pizza crusts, and prepare my own pizza with canned toppings and pre-shredded cheese. We’ve come a long way, baby. Here’s our pizza for this evening:

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(picture credit to my daughter)

  • made with sourdough crust from this recipe
  • homegrown tomatoes, home canned to make a savory marinara sauce
  • grass-fed, raw cheese from personal farmers
  • bellini mushrooms and kale for a bit of pizzazz

It was quite delicious. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Honor and thanks to our veterans!

Teach Them Diligently Convention

Easter

Resurrection Day at the Farm – my 2 daughters and baby boy

The past weekend we were blessed to have attended the “Teach Them Diligently Convention” in Nashville, TN. It is always so encouraging  gather with other like-minded parents who are educating their children in, well the home, but really in full time living.

St. Valentine's Dinner

St. Valentine’s Dinner Together Celebrating Love

God dealt with us to bring our children home and diligently instruct them in the ways of truth almost 8 years ago. For an entire year before we pulled our oldest two out of a private school, the Lord had been talking to my husband’s heart about home education. He was also dealing with me on the topic as well, but I never knew until a year later that God had been speaking to both of us through so many personal experiences. He showed me how my children are my ministry right now.

Isaiah Engineering Whole Communities

Isaiah spends many a day engineering and designing communities, battle scenes, etc.

I am to disciple them for Christ, to lead them in truth – in every area, and show them how God is involved with every aspect of life. How could I do this if I only saw them in the evening for a short time before schedules and bedtime? I also had seen how negative peer pressure could influence my children in ungodly ways, and develop a secular worldview instead of Biblical one.

Best of Friends

Best of Friends – the youngest ones

Nate Procrastinating

Nathaniel Procrastinating

This world can be a dark place, I desired to train my children to be light, to be prepared to bring God’s truth into the darkness. I reflected on my own childhood and how detached my siblings and I were from each other.  I wished that my children would all grow up to be best friends – iron sharpening iron. And I knew it would not happen if they hardly saw each other during the day.

Sir Caleb - Knight of the Rectangular Table

Sir Caleb – Knight of the Round Table

After finding out that my husband had the same thoughts and convictions, we brought our children home. It has been a journey – a challenging, but also more rewarding journey than I could have imagined. God is faithful in calling us to this walk and training our children and is not slack in equipping us for this challenge. One of the ways we have been equipped is through homeschooling conventions in different states.

Isaiah's Revolutionary War

Isaiah’s Eclectic Early American History

Each year we try to go to one, because we know we will receive insight, Biblical teachings, practical advice, encouragement from veterans, and so much more. It is a time of refreshing and sharpening our vision for our family.

Nature Study at Its Finest

Nature Study at Its Finest

This conference was just outstanding. Though my nursing babe kept me out of quite a few of the talks, I still gleaned much from the spread. I loved listening to the various speakers and also talking with them at their booths. Some of my favorites were Sally Clarkson, Ken Ham, Mark Hamby, and many others. Here’s the full list of speakers.

A Trip to the Zoo (Michael)

A Day at the Zoo – Michael Admiring God’s Creatures

I really enjoyed the convention and am so thankful for the opportunity we have here in the US to follow God where ever He leads – and that we do not have to go it alone. I pray we will guard our freedom to train our children up in the Way. And that He will always be in the spotlight for home educating families. Here’s to finding joy in the journey!

It's A Wonderful Life

Joey’s First Favorite Food – Homemade Yogurt

My littlest one will be one whole year next month. I can’t believe it has been almost a year already! I say that with each one, but the time really does go faster than I realize. Being the real foodie fanatic that I am, delaying solids for my little ones seems the most natural, traditional way to go. I breastfeed them exclusively until they are almost one (and still continue breastfeeding as long as we are able). I do this for so many reasons, but here are my favorites:

  1. Breast milk from a healthy mama, who is eating a nourishing, real foods diet is SUPREME to any alternative;
  2. Babies do not even develop the necessary digestive enzymes to digest or assimilate grains and many other foods until between 6-12 months; and
  3. Exclusive breasfeeding allows my baby to be with me 24/7 – babies need their healthy mama all the time not only for physical health, but for emotional, mental, and spiritual.

And there’s so more! (For more information, read Real Food for Mother and Baby.) But hey, never take anyone’s word for it – do your own research with reliable, honest sources.

When I do start them on solids, I begin with vegetables, some fruits, organic butter and almond butter, and fermented foods (such as homemade yogurt or spelt sourdough crackers). I don’t usually go out of my way to make them special food, but rather just give them what I have already made for snacks or dinner (just keeping the baby’s spice free and simple) Today, I gave Joey some yogurt and he just loved it. I was surprised, because usually at the beginning, they don’t seem to “love” any food; they simply enjoy the new taste and the newness of eating. But he really enjoyed this one, so here’s my simple recipe for a first food:

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Homemade Cinnamon Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts raw, pastured milk
  • 3 Tablespoons yogurt culture (I used an organic Greek yogurt)
  • Cinnamon
  • Stevia extract or Sucanat (optional) – do not use raw honey yet

Method:

  1. Add milk to a large stockpot and heat gently until 180 degrees.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool to 110.
  3. Pour milk into quart jars, leaving a little space at the top
  4. Mix in 1 Tablespoon of yogurt starter into each quart. Put lids on the jars.
  5. Add warm water (110 degrees) to the stockpot and place the quart jars in the water bath.
  6. Place the stockpot on a heating pad (or heating element of choice) and keep the heat steady at no more than 110 degrees and no lower than 95.
  7. Leave yogurt for 24 hours.
  8. After yogurt is thickened, put it in the fridge – it will become even more solid after cooling.
  9. Scoop out 1/2 cup yogurt into a bowl.
  10. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon and a dash of sucanat or a couple drops of stevia extract.
  11. Mix well and serve.

Though I don’t like heating raw milk, for this ferment it does make the end result thicker without the use of gelatin or other thickeners. Also, using just a tablespoon of starter gives the culture space to work, which in the end creates a smoother, slightly tangy taste. This might just become my new favorite snack as well!

Healing the Pancreas

The Lord has allowed me to go through a number of health issues. Though it is always a trial and difficult, I learn so much through the experience and know I am to share what worked for me naturally to heal the various organs who were all damaged by living on a SAD and Westernized lifestyle for years before I found the nourishing way. I am hoping to write a post for the plan I used for each area that God has helped me heal naturally; including my thyroid, hypothalamus, pancreas, gallbladder, colon, adrenals, small intestines (or Leaky Gut Syndrome), and reproductive system.

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Here’s what I did for my pancreas (mine exhibited its weakness as hypoglycemia, but it can show up as high blood sugar or pancreatitis):

  • Went on a GAPS similar diet which consisted of only the following type foods:
  • Low-sugar fruits (like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
  • Raw honey (honey only for low blood sugar not high) and stevia as the only sweeteners
  • Quinoa as my only “grain”
  • Coconut and almond as my flours and homemade milks
  • Grassfed meats, pastured eggs, lots of healthy fats
  • Lots of salads and veggies
  • Nuts and seeds

I did not do any sugar, sugar fruits (like strawberries, pineapple, melons, etc.); no grains, not even sourdough at this point; no dairy of any kind; no kombucha (sugar residue) or alcohol.

Herbs/EO’s/Alternative Therapies:

Since I was either pregnant or nursing, I did not use herbs or take oils internally. But the following could be used if you’re not one or the other.

  • Nutmeg and Ocotea EO taken internally are great blood balancers and support the pancreas
  • Orange EO topically 2-3 times a day on pancreas area
  • Castor oil warm compress on pancreas – 2 times daily
  • Pro-Pancreas by Nature’s Sunshine or
  • Dr. Christopher’s Pancreas Formula
  • Massage therapy and acupuncture
  • Bio-feedback using Dicom and LifeSystem
  • Emotional Prayer Release (as learned from the book “Feelings Buried Alive Never Die”)
  • Lots of prayer to aid in guidance and release hindrances to healing
  • Juicing with greens and apples (or celery and cucumbers)
  • Foot detox bath (if not nursing/prego)
  • Hot detoxing body soak (if not nursing/prego) – soak in hot water with ginger powder, healing clays, and Epsom salts – if nursing/prego doing a hot shower daily (with water aimed mostly at the back and not tummy if prego) will aid in circulating and promoting healing
  • Moringa leaf powder – up to 4 tsp daily
  • Either cod liver oil, butter oil or flax oil 1 tsp daily
  • Food Enzymes/Probiotics (like GOL)

I am thankful that after almost a year of this type of lifestyle, my pancreas is now stable. I can enjoy my fresh milk and sucanat treats once in a while. The crazy mood swings have finally stabilized and am feeling overall a sense of contentment again. God is good. Who knew one organ was responsible for so much? I also healed my Leaky Gut at the same time while on this diet, and slowly have been healing my colitis. Stay tuned for more on what works for the other issues. May God bless you on your journey!

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