Friday, June 27, 2014

Deliveries!

First, want to say "sorry" that l am having to post multiple posts today. I still only have my Samsung tablet and it does not seem to enjoy blogging.

Now, two days ago, I placed an order on Amazon. Today, the UPS truck stopped, and 5 minutes Later, the FedEx truck came.

 l ordered Torrin some big boy trainers.

They are adorable...but only the part he will pee on! I had him wear one today, and he wouldnt let me change him, when I took it off, it was holding pee!

this child is not ready for potty training, he faked ready awhile back...and lost interest, i do not feel like pushing it too hard, i want him happy. That said, he hates laying for diaper changes, and undies are a bit more fun! 

I also got some gelatin and a spiral vegetable slicer. We love the slicer so far, only did cucumbers and potatoes.

Strawberry Pie

Today, l canned 7 pints of strawberry pie filling. I am really hoping that I did it right! I used Pomona's recipe for blueberry pie, and added Cinnamon to my tastes. l doubled the recipe and it made a full Canner (7 pints). SO, Make sure you have 16 Cups of whole strawberries, then slice or quarter them and follow the recipe.  (Don't forget to double the recipe!)


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Monday, June 23, 2014

a picture is worth a thousand words

A picture is worth a thousand words...I dont have a lot of free time to type...so just a few words as captions. Now...back to drying lemon balm leaves for tea!



 Finished her bottle...trying to steal my coffee 
 (made 10 ? Trays worth!)




 Used pomonas pectin
All of the things made with strawberries are from berries in my garden!
i am trying to stay busy!!

we make time for fun 4 wheeler rides and family time too!

Monday, June 16, 2014

goat house

I mentioned earlier, the fencing around our property is not done. Honestly,  even if it was ready, I would not let the goats out around the pond yet. They are still getting used to us, and I really do not want them to escape!  We made a temporary outdoor kennel yesterday, and tonight, my hubs put together a temp indoor area.  Nathan works better under pressure...most people would build enclosures BEFORE getting goats...not him!


it isnt pretty, but it works!

My husband really must love us. He is turning his big garage/shop Into a barn!

i think the shed is 30x50...and about 21x10ish of it belongs to goats and chickens now!

so much!

I actually have so much that I would love to write about. Unfortunately, writing on tablet is still a bit of a challenge. It might be a bit messy, and it might look a little bit funny, but please forgive me.

We go to the library atleast once a week...and I been considering selling my books. My dream house would have floor to ceiling books in a massive library, but im not living in a dream,  in reality....my books collect dust, and I do not reread them. I feel like im being a pack rat. This is supposed to be about simplfying,  not hoarding! I need to find a way to keep track of what I have read, then reevaluate the situation.

Awhile back, Nathan started working on my pantry. It is still totally in the works, I still do not have a full size bedroom door. We walk in sideways...We had to put the stops on that project when nice weather finally decided to show up. We still have a lot of taping and mudding to do before I can paint the pantry. On the next rainy crappy day, I hope to have him cut my bedroom door out.

May 25th, we went to the Crane Foundation,  we took my mom and brother...I forgot my camera! Mom decided to take a pic of our backsides...
This was our 2nd trip to the foundation. It was fun...some of the cranes were guarding eggs!

On May 26th, the inlaws were over for a bit...it rained HARD! Zariah and I played in the rain, it was magical!

For Zariah's 8th birthday, we ended up going to the MN zoo.  We went up on Tuesday and drove home on Thursday, it was a nice trip. We.Rode.A.CAMEL!! We stayed in a decent hotel with a Trader Joes next door, it was so nice!

 T.J's Had a gf cake that tasted like brownies!


Before the trip, the naturopath had told me to expand my foods. I ended up remaining gluten free and is close to organic as possible for the trip, but ended up eating dairy. Overall, I did not feel too miserable,  but was gassy for sure! I also packed on a few lbs.

I have since tried to discuss my food results with the doctor,  and she says I need to go gfdf and egg free and take my supplements for a full month before we can reevaluate.
I had been dairy free so long, it was easy!  Now, not eating dairy and egg is hard!

On the 31st, my baby brother graduated high school! We spent the day blended (his dad has a family, our mom has a family) it went well!

My allergies have been the worst I have ever had! I managed to tough it Out for awhile, but had to take a prednisone after taking the kids into the woods on the 4 wheeler. Oh! Yea! We got a 4 wheeler!  It is used, but it is so nice to have!

(Will post a pic)

The reason I went into the woods,  even though they had just cut hay...Father's Day!  I wanted to take some pictures of the kids for nathan to take to work!



It is hard to take pictures of three kids...it is hard to take pictures when you are sneezing and eyes are running...this man better know how much we love him!

we made 2 8x8 collages for him



Nathan started working on fencing around our pond and chicken area about 2 weeks ago. Who knew that doing barbed wire fence by hand took so long? He got the main strands done, needs to build one big gate one medium gate and one small gate.

we are good at going and bugging him while he works. I wish i could help more...but keeping Torrin alive is more important, and he is into everything. I like seeing my hubs work hard around our property...I like that my kids see it!

This past Friday, we went to Dodgeville and got 2 nigerian dwarfs! (GOATS) they are super  tiny. We cuddled them the whole drive home, we discussed names. I was going for something that sounds good together. Something like 'Casper and Cora' or 'Dexter and Darla' just same letters. We all liked the name Tulip for the girl, but couldn't pick a boys name. I wanted something like 'fawn' for the girl, she looks like a deer! Anyway, we got home, and I lose the male! One second we have him, the next second, he is 1/4 mile away, in the corn field. Now, it was after 10 p.m., I had chased as far as I could, but figured him dead. We have a large population of coyotes in the back field, the little goat would not make it til morning if not found.

Have I mentioned how GREAT my husband is? No, seriously...he did not quit! He took the 4 wheeler and looked for over another 1/2 hour...he did not give up! My kids were crying, I felt horrible, it was MY FAULT this adorable goat was going to die...I took him away from his mama, and now, he would die! Not to mention, Baby Tulip would need a friend!

Well, my amazing hubby drove home, covered in grass, holding the goat! The goat my bawling 8 year old decided was called Max...Max and Tulip.

Max was missing a little hair between his front legs, Nathan had to get close enough to tackle him...see, he runs from people, but was not afraid of the 4 wheeler!

my hubby made our night!

we enjoyed our weekend with the goats, as a family.



they are adorable! The hubby made a temperary, outdoor pen for them, so they didn't have to trip over their chains.
Tulip had never had a bottle...and is still young, so we have learned how to give her one...it is NOT fun!
Max is weaned...thank goodness! They bonded to eachother quickly, you cannot  take one without the other freaking out.

Saturday, while we went to town (made a great deal on lettuce at the market! Saw part of a parade...walked around with the kids...) we made stepping stones at walmart. It is a lot harder than it looks! I made one for my garden, the girls each made one for Nathan for fathers day. I think Nathan had a good fathers day. I grilled a few packages of steak with an onion for brunch, and he worked hard  on fencing. 

I am going try and wrap this up...after I tell you how we start each day on our ever growing farm. NOW, Nathan feeds Tulip before work, lets the hens out and puts the goats outside. On the weekend, we do it as a family. (Coffee in hand) 
then, we head out to our (pathetic) garden...it will be better next year, gardening with a toddler is a joke!
With that said, we pick strawberries for breakfast each day now! I am not sure if we will get enough to avoid going to pick somewhere, but it has become part of our routine! my berry patch looks amazing!
It needs some plants thinned and moved over....last year, when i planted them, there  were not so many...and there was more than a goog foot of space on each side...

now, a few pix of my weed  perenial garden. Remember, TODDLDER=no time for garden...and everything you see, was planted or transplanted last spring! This was grass less than 18 months ago!



                                       ^^^^single black holly hocks, cannot wait for blooms!





Sunday, May 4, 2014

WTH happened to April?

Holy crap!

It is May!

That means I have been torturing my hubby for 12 full years!
             ♥♡♥♡we started "dating" May 31st 2002

That means I have been a mom for 8 years!!!
             ★☆★Zariah will be 8 May 27th!☆★☆

Time is flying!

Flowers are blooming, but it is still not quite warm enough (damn wind!) To enjoy being outside.

Rooster met his maker last week...what a tough bird!  He was such a pretty rooster, and a little too good at his job. He rode the hens raw and chased my kids!

This is what  I had written for my "blog" , I still only have the tablet (saving for a mac...) so it is too hard to post often!

Hey there, hope all is well in cyber-world! I have been absent from my blogs for no one good reason at all. I haven't had any good recipes to share or any awesome information to share either. I have been reading and keeping up with a couple other blog and I am slowly coming to my own conclusions on things.

My family had a pretty good easter holiday. We tried to keep things simple. This year I fixed bacon wrapped chicken breasts, with potato salad (I had to buy organic mayonnaise, I cannot seem to make it and have it taste good.) I also made homemade "baked beans" that are not really baked....I guess you could call them maple beans. This was our first time eating navy beans in quite some time.  I soaked them for 36 hours and then slow cooked. Everyone handled them fine, no tummy aches and no gas!

Our treats were paleo chocolate cupcakes, (and have totally become addicted to the "frosting"...now I eat avocado pudding several times a week!) ,mints and salted date "caramels". The kids got some play silks that we still need to dye (with kool-aid), and wooden toys in their baskets. We dyed eggs with herbs and veggies, it was a nice holiday! I have not been feeling too great. Totally psychological...lacking human connection and  friendships.  I have felt very alone. I feel for my kids, they are not getting the best "me" because this me is not happy. I am ordering fermented cod liver oil for everyone,  I hope the vitamin d helps balance out my moods a bit. Who knows when we will get nice enough weather to actually enjoy being outside!?!

Since we handled the navy beans so well, I had decided to make a bean chili, everyone got a little gas, but no major gut pain. I am now trying to meal plan with beans again for awhile. I felt great paleo, but my family missed the variety. I do not do well fixing separate meals, so I am hoping that I do not suffer too much by accommodating my family.

one thing that I still do not have the hang of, that really bothers me, is meal planning. I find it quite challenging to plan meals for a week at a time and actually follow through. I know that my parenting style as a mom to my third child is a lot different than how it was with the first two, he is a lot more high needs, and I am a lot more responsive. I have learned to follow my gut, which sometimes has me dropping everything and running to him even when I am supposed to be planning or preparing a meal. My goal would be you to have our meals planned for two weeks and have all of the groceries bought so that everything is ready to go. I am looking for a healthy appropriate me all that I can freeze or pre cook and have ready to go for the week. Crockpot meals work best as I can do them first thing in the morning and forgot about them. The hardest part is most crock pot meals are either very repetitive, or they use a lot of canned goods and are just not something I would feed my family.

I signed up for a box of meat from a responsible source to add a little bit of variety to our meat purchases. The first pick up is the third Wednesday of this month. I had to buy enough groceries to get me through until then. I bought some overpriced organic chicken and even made my own homemade enchilada sauce, hopefully that crockpot meals turns out. right now, I have black beans, pinto beans, navy beans, and red beans soaking for a full 36 hours so that I can cook them and freeze them for future meals this month. I want to make my own chili beans and refried beans to go with our meals.

I have to say, buying autoimmune paleo cookbook was not my best investment. I made quite a few recipes that my family did not enjoy.