5.31.2014

CSA Week 1

Our first CSA box from Willow Pond Farm!

Their land is gorgeous, I'm so jealous! They encourage their customers to walk around the farm, visiting the arnimals and enjoying the view. We were only able to spend a few minutes this time, but next week we hope to visit the horses and pigs. Little Abigail was not at all interested in their chickens, as they are as commonplace to her now as a house cat!

I'll be posting our haul each week, which will morph with the seasons. I'm so excited to see what beautiful produce we will be blessed with as the summer peaks!

Scallions

Parsnips

Rhubarb

Garlic chives

Spinach

Tatsoi

Young kale


5.30.2014

A few things

Just popping in to say hello and give a quick rundown of what's going on around here lately. 


We've finally settled into a comfortable routine regarding what we eat. After many trials of being grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free, our experiments have led us to our (hopefully) final destination in healthy eating. I will try to do a detailed post soon, but it's all about finding what works for you and your family. It seems no matter how healthy you think you are, there is something out there that says otherwise. Our current road has my daughter's eczema in remission, and that's proof enough for me. 

50 pounds of organic einkorn flour

I recently tried a new soap recipe from Mommypotomus. It's supposed to be gentle enough for babies, so I hope it becomes another notch in our belt of self-sufficiency (har har) and I can stop purchasing baby body wash. 


Considering I will be 8-9 months pregnant at the height of summer, we decided it would best to skip the big garden this year and join a CSA instead. I am still planting a few things for our winter preservation, though. I bought tomato and basil transplants from Walmart, which isn't ideal but is better than nothing. I was actually surprised to find a few heirloom varieties! I also started green beans and zucchini from seed, pictured below, and will be putting in a whole bed of carrot seeds. We'll see how it all works out, as I am due in early September. I put up quite a bit when I was nine months pregnant with my first child, so perhaps I will be blessed with that burst of energy again this time. :)


Tomato and basil transplants
Lastly, we had our ultrasound back in April. It's a girl! I am so excited! While I obviously would be just as happy if we had a boy, I am over the moon that Abigail will have a sister so close in age. I already have visions of them giggling together, playing dolls and dress-up, staying up late talking and sharing secrets. My husband's sisters are just a few years apart and they have a wonderful relationship. Only three more months until we meet our new daughter!!!


4.04.2014

My Green Thumb Girl


I was using old magazines and newspapers to pack up glassware. My girl slipped a seed catalog out of the mix and settled in for a good read. The gardening bug hits early around here! :)
 


4.03.2014

Liebster Award



One of my new favorite blogs, Country Road Abode, recently nominated me for a Liebster Award! It is an informal way for bloggers to learn more about each other, discover new blogs, and perhaps gain a few new readers in the process. I have always been a fan of those silly personality surveys on social networking sites, so I had a ton of fun filling this out and reading the answers of other nominees.


The general ‘rules’ for accepting a Liebster Award:


1. Post the award on your blog.

2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog.

3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers.

5. Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions. 



Here goes!


1. What's your favorite thing about where you live?
It’s very difficult to pick just one- Maine is wonderful! I love the terrain, with its vast forests, rolling hills, mountains, and lakes. Autumn is gorgeous, and summer has warm days but cool nights. I also love that even the ‘big’ cities are pretty small.

2. What is your favorite post you've ever written? (leave a link!)
Simple is as Simple Does, which is about how the 'simple life' is anything but.  

3. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I have notebooks of poetry from when I was just eight years old, complete with acceptance speeches for, I don’t know, my Pulitzer? I apparently thought very highly of my ‘work’.

4. What was the first blog you started reading?
Orangette. I loved it so much, I went back and read it from the very beginning. It's actually what inspired me to start my own food blog.
 
5. What movie do you think should have a sequel?

Big Night. It’s one of my favorite movies, and, though I adore the way it ends, I would love to see what happens later on.

6. If you could be a member of any TV-sitcom family or group, which would it be?
The Andy Griffith Show, though not necessarily a member of the family, just a resident in the town. I had originally thought Father Knows Best, as it's one of my all-time favorites, but I think I might go insane if Betty was my sister.

7. What's your favorite song?    

Yikes! I know it’s cheating, but I cannot pick just one- anything by Glenn Miller.

8.  What is the worst job you've ever had?

Customer Service Rep for an insurance company. Eight hours a day on the phone talking to doctor’s offices. I do not like being on the phone, especially when forced to talk to people I don’t know who are frustrated and rude. As an absolute introvert, this was pretty much my worst nightmare.

9. Do you collect anything?
This is probably really strange, but I sort of collect boxes. I like vintage-y, interesting ones that look like they should hold tiny treasures, like an old pocket watch, some foreign coins and a string of pearls. Their the kind of boxes you would see in a movie, tucked into the corner of an attic and covered in dust, most certainly containing a mysterious journal or old family photographs.

10. What is the best compliment anyone has ever given you?

Do you have any idea how much you inspire me?? You are my idol. When I grow up and get married I wanna be just like YOU.” From my sister-in-law, and yes, it made me cry. J

11. How far away from your birthplace do you live now?

About three hours.



11 Random Facts About Me:  

1. I LOVE Frank’s Hot Sauce, especially when pregnant.
2. I am mildly obsessed with the color purple.
3. I would much rather buy a book used than new, especially if it’s from a dusty local book shop.
4. I’ve pretty much had the same hair style since ninth grade.
5. I have always owned at least one cat for my entire life.
6. I don’t wear make-up, except on special occasions.
7. I have traveled to Ireland, England, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, and Canada.
8. I am very passionate about natural pregnancy and childbirth, and spend a great deal of time researching.
9. Roller coasters make me cry.
10. I have HATED the game hide and seek for as long as I can remember. I cannot stand jumpy-outy things and being snuck up on.
11. I am really good at spelling words backwards.



My 11 Nominees:

(I’m not sure how to tell if they have less than 200 followers unless it’s displayed on their page, so some of these are assumptions.)

2. Life as a Trigonometric Function


My 11 questions to the new nominees:

1. What made you decide to begin blogging?
2. If you could switch places with someone for a day, who would it be?
3. Where would you most like to travel?
4. What is your fondest memory involving food?
5. What is your favorite book?
6. Who do you consider a role model?
7. If you won a million dollars, what is the first thing you would buy?
8. What is your favorite hobby or pasttime?
9. What is your favorite meal?
10.What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?
11. What is one thing you would change about your life?

So there you have it! It's been a lot of fun putting this together, and I can't wait to read the responses! Thanks again for the nomination, Country Road Abode! 


4.01.2014

Buckwheat Pancakes


If you are still here and don’t follow my Facebook page, then you may have been wondering where I’ve been for the past few months. 


My husband and I are, of course, over the moon!! I am currently 17 weeks, nearly halfway there already! I started a separate blog called On the Nest to document my pregnancy. I don't update it as often as I would like, but be sure to head over and subscribe if you are interested in what a whole food, natural pregnancy looks like.



   A quick recipe for you!




These buckwheat pancakes are so good! They taste a bit like gingerbread, and I think would be amazing with a hefty pinch of pumpkin spice seasoning. I love them because they are quick, fantastically healthy, and make an awesome toddler breakfast. 


I’m still on the fence about wheat, so I really like that these contain only buckwheat flour, which is technically an herb. One cup of buckwheat flour has a whopping 23 grams of protein, 17 grams of fiber, and 98% of your daily value for magnesium. Add to that substantial amounts of iron, B-6 and potassium, and you have a veritable superfood that you can feel great about feeding to your growing children. 


I warn you, however, that buckwheat has a slight green hue. This is enhanced by the addition of blueberries. So if you have a picky eater, they may initially be wary of these. But swiped with a good amount of pastured butter and doused with a hefty splash of mineral-rich maple syrup, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone sticking their nose up at these. 



Buckwheat Pancakes


2 cups buckwheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ cup plain whole milk yogurt
1 ¼ cups whole milk
2 tablespoons real maple syrup or honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons coconut oil or melted butter

Set a large skillet over medium heat. We’re letting it get hot while we mix up the batter.

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Whisk well.

In a medium bowl, combine the wet ingredients.

Pour the wet into the dry and combine thoroughly. As this recipe is gluten-free, there is no need to worry about over-mixing!

If desired, fold in a cup or two of berries. I used 1 ½ cups frozen wild Maine blueberries.

Melt a pat of butter in the preheated pan and spread it around. I use a large cookie scoop to pour the batter, which is about ¼ cup, but feel free to make whatever size pancake you desire.

Cook for a few minutes, or until the edges just begin to look dry, then flip and cook for a few minutes more. You can place cooked pancakes on a cookie sheet in a 200 degree oven to keep them warm. (But be sure not to forget about them, as they will dry out fairly quickly.)