Friday, January 29, 2010


Has anyone at all out there ever made a blog book using Blurb?  I'm having just a little anxiety tonight about my whole entire blog disappearing since I think I almost deleted everything on my computer tonight.  I didn't think that was possible, but it is!  I almost started crying, well not almost, I did cry!  Please, I need your help to bind the bloggy asap!

The Skinny (Part II of Part I)

Just a few examples of some good fats... full fat dairy. Delicious and nutritious.
The most important Cod Liver Oil. This one is a high vitamin butter oil/ fermented cod liver oil version.
Pastured Butter :)
A wonderful saturated fat, coconut oil. Good for cooking and baking. Unlike many other oils, coconut oil won't go rancid at high heat.
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The Skinny On FAT~ Part I

I thought I would begin a weekly "fat write-up".  Our culture is so fat phobic.  Who wants to be fat, right?  The problem is that we have been lead to believe that fat makes us fat.  Fortunately, this is not true!  Good, high quality fats actually can help us lose, yes lose weight, bring back balance to our moods, build a strong mind and help us assimilate all those good vitamins and minerals.  I feel so good and so strongly that FAT is the reason why I feel so good, that I just have to share :)

This week starting with cholesterol!  

Cholesterol can be a scary one for many people.  Is it too high?  Too low?  What do I eat?  What do I take? 

Here is an article talking about the why cholesterol is so important.
Just a quick note "polyunsaturated fats" are those found in vegetable oils.  When our bodies don't know what to do with something we have eaten it is "stored".

Cholesterol - Your Body's Best Friend

Cholesterol is the body's repair substance. Scar tissue contains high levels of cholesterol. When your arteries develop irritations or tears, cholesterol is there to do its job of patching up the damage.
Along with saturated fats, cholesterol in the cell membrane gives our cells necessary stiffness and stability. When the diet contains an excess of polyunsaturated fatty acids, these replace saturated fatty acids in the cell membrane so that the cell walls actually become flabby. When this happens, cholesterol from the blood is "driven" into the tissues to give them structural integrity. This is why serum cholesterol levels may go down temporarily when we replace saturated fats with polyunsaturated oils in the diet, even though the body's overall cholesterol levels actually go up.
Cholesterol acts as a precursor to vital corticosteroids, hormones that help us deal with stress and protect the body against heart disease and cancer; and to the sex hormones like androgen, testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. Cholesterol is also a precursor to vitamin D and to the bile salts. Bile is vital for digestion and assimilation of fats in the diet.
Recent research shows that cholesterol acts as an antioxidant. This is the likely explanation for the fact that cholesterol levels go up with age. As an antioxidant, cholesterol protects us against free radical damage that leads to heart disease and cancer.
Cholesterol is needed for proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is the body's natural "feel-good" chemical. Low cholesterol levels have been linked to aggressive and violent behavior, depression and suicide.
Mother's milk is especially rich in cholesterol and contains a special enzyme that helps the baby utilize this nutrient. Babies and children need cholesterol-rich foods throughout their growing years to ensure proper development of the brain and nervous system.
Dietary cholesterol plays an important role in maintaining the health of the intestinal wall. This is why low-cholesterol vegetarian diets can lead to leaky gut syndrome and other intestinal disorders.
Men who have cholesterol levels over 350 mg/dl are at slightly greater risk for heart disease. For women, there is no greater risk for heart disease, even at levels as high as 1000 mg/dl. In fact, mortality is higher for women with low cholesterol than for women with high cholesterol.
Cholesterol readings are highly inaccurate. They vary with the time of day, time of the patient's last meal, levels of stress and the type of test used. Tests for HDL and LDL are especially subject to inaccuracies.
Written by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig PhD

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Happy Hike

Today my dear friend had a birthday. What better way to celebrate than to escape the cold and enjoy WARM sunshine! We had so much fun hiking, playing, catching worms, getting muddy, throwing rocks, launching homemade boats into the creek and fishing out chunks of ice. We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful place so close to home.  And Miss Avi got to hang out with her gal pal Ellie :)

The fam.! And our wonderful Grandma Ann and Grandpa Ran, who we enjoy endless hikes with all year long. We are so blessed to have them close by!

The fisherman. There were so many little pools of water leftover from the storm. The boys fished and threw rocks while our friends little girls found fairies in the water and collected flowers. Oh, the differences between boys and girls.

Another little fisherman taking a break. I think this was the only moment he stood still all day.  Why are kids always so much happier outside?

A great day and a great way to end a long cold week.
Happy Birthday Jilly!
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Storm 2010!

Would you believe no one in our little town had seen a storm like this since 1967? I feel lucky to witness something so breathtaking. I never grew up in snow, so this was definitely the most I'd ever seen.  Just incredible!  This was our driveway.  Lucky for us, our neighbor bought a snow blower and was so generous to help us out.  I really don't know how the hubby could shovel 5 ft. of snow!

Our backyard!  Do you see the fence?  Neither do I.  The snow is almost reacing the top of our 8 ft. fence!  The sandbox to the right will most likely not be accessible until June.

And the lovely front yard.  Our big tree almost completely swallowed up by white stuff.

A sad ending.  A great local bookstore and one of my favorite fabric shops collapsed under the weight of the snow, along with several other businesses including our local ice rink.  Nobody that I know of was injured.  Still, sad to see these great businesses gone in the blink of an eye.
OK, I hate to end on a sad note, so guess what? After a week of being home bound with the kiddies, school resumes tomorrow!  Hallelujah!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Last Days

...of sunshine. Documented here. As I sit in my igloo, I can't help but reminisce a little. You know, sunshine, laughter, just a light sweater instead of a full on snow suit. Those were the good old days.
By the way, my baby girl's head really isn't that big. For some reason this picture makes her look like a monster next to her brothers!
For those of you out there in the world with blue skies, soak it up! You never know when it could be the end!
Snow pics. coming soon :)
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I Can't Believe It's Butter!

What to do on the 3rd day of being snowed in with the kiddies?  Make butter of course!  I mentioned before we've been reading the "Snipp, Snapp and Snurr" books.  Well one of them is "Snipp, Snapp and Snurr and The Buttered Bread".  It is really so sweet.  The three little boys in the book go to visit their Aunt Annie to get some fresh milk from her cow, Blossom, to make butter.  Problem is that poor Blossom has only been eating old hay, so she's not making any milk.  She needs fresh green grass!  The boys talk the sun into shining again, the grass grows, Blossom makes milk, the boys get their buttered bread and all is well in Sweden :)  It really is very simple and quite delicious and makes for a good snowy day something to do.

First start with a good high quality cream.  I like Straus in the glass bottle.  Of course, if you can get raw cream, more power to ya!  Now whip, whip, whip.  You'll get whipped cream like this.  You could spoon some off of the top and save for a tasty dessert topping.  Now keeping going... mix, mix, mix.  From this point it took us twenty more minutes to get to the butter stage with an electric mixer.  My mom has an electric whisk which is much faster.

Oh, look!  The butter is starting to form!  The watery stuff is the buttermilk.  Now scoop out all of this stuff with a spatula and put it into a cheese cloth or even a clean dish towel will do the trick.  Put it over a bowl and squeeze out all of the excess liquid (buttermilk).  Open up your cloth and voila`, real BUTTER!!!!

We sprinkled a little pink Himalaya salt over ours and spread over a delicious sourdough bread.  YUM!  Sory was so cute and asked me "Mama, did you 'member the fwesh gween gwass?"  Oh Sory, if only all cows could be so lucky!

Two little boys and their buttered bread.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Three Little Words


... and that my friends has made all the difference.  We have had virtually no sickness this year, other than a small dose in October.  Now my Dilly Doo has a little cold and what's interesting is that he is the ONLY one out of all of us that is not regular with his CLO.  I gave him a big dose today and told him he better start taking it if he wants to be well!!!  Go here to purchase yours.

"I Can't Afford To Shop There" ~ Part II

Thanks to some bloggy girlies, I discovered a fabulous little site called Ruche .... Anthro for hip, happening mamas, struggling to be cute and unique in the midst of a recession!!

So, while I can no longer afford to shop here :(


I will be shopping here :)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Because I Have Been given Much

I think in light of the devastation in Haiti, this song always helps put the small atrocities in my life in perspective:  

Because I have been given much, I too must give;
Because of thy great bounty, Lord, each day I live;
I shall divide my gifts from thee
With every brother that I see
Who has the need of help from me.

Because I have been sheltered, fed by thy good care,
I cannot see another’s lack and I not share
My glowing fire, my loaf of bread,
My roof’s safe shelter overhead,
That he too may be comforted.

Because I have been blessed by thy great love, dear Lord,
I’ll share thy love again, according to thy word. 
I shall give love to those in need;
I’ll show that love by word and deed: 
Thus shall my thanks be thanks indeed.

-- Grace Nowell Crowell

My heart goes out to the poor people of Haiti.  The images of hundreds and thousands of survivors lying on the ground with no shelter, clean water and food, mourning the loss of their loved ones.  It seems like too much to bear for anyone, let alone a country with so little to begin with.  I feel especially for the mothers and children and wonder how do these families survive something so horrendous?  The human spirit is amazing and I feel fortunate beyond measure.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

"I Can't Afford To Shop There"

You wouldn't believe how often I hear this sentence when I mention shopping at my local natural food store.  I'm always a little surprised.  People spend incredible amounts of money on all sorts of things.  We just happen to spend our money on food... well, and a mortgage, but that's another story ;)
For us, eating well is living well.
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”
-Virginia Woolf
This is one of my favorite quotes and sums up my thoughts exactly.  What I put into my body affects EVERYTHING... my mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health.  Did you know that before our food became cheap, processed and not at all nutritious, Americans would spend 40% of their income on their meals?  Today I read the average is about 13%.  
Ladies and Gentlemen YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!!!  And so are your families.  Can you tell me one thing that is more important than the health and happiness of your loved ones?  
We have been eating a nutrient dense diet for over three years and I have seen remarkable changes.  The biggest change I have seen is in my mental stability and energy  Don't worry, I wasn't a total psycho before (just a little ;)).  The best way I know to describe it is that I finally feel content.  No, trust me, it isn't about my life or my three amazing kiddies.  Those things are great, but I could not fully appreciate that if my body was starved for nutrients and GOOD fats (so important).  I heard Dr. Oz said saturated fats were something to get rid of in the new year.  I like a lot of what he has to say, but he is dead wrong with this one.  Your brain is 50% saturated fat.  Saturated fat is CRUCIAL for a healthy brain and body.  Coconut Oil is an excellent source, so is real, organic (raw if you can get it) pastured (the cows ate grass)butter.
Those of you that know me know that I could go on and on about my passion for real food from real sources, preferably local, always fresh and delicious, BUT I must go check on the babe, so I will end my rant, but only for tonight!!  Check out "Traditional Foods" under my links to learn more.
One more thing :)  I bought a bag o' bones from the meat counter at my store for $4 and made a large crock pot of beef stock tonight.  Simple and affordable, very nutrient dense.  I add my stocks to soup, cook rice in it, potatoes, make gravy.  They taste so much better than store bought broth out of a can.  Food in our country is going in a very scary direction.  It makes sense to know exactly what we are putting into our bodies.
ok, ok night night :)