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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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

vlog post from other day


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.

Monday, April 7, 2014

snacks

This is from Sunday, I meant to upload pictures,  but again....my tablet hates me!

So, my new favorite snack has to be creamed coconut in a medjool date! Amazingly, it tastes different than coconut date rolls, but still yummy! I use organic medjool dates and this creamed coconut.  (non-affiliate links in this posting, click on whatever you'd like,  won't  hurt or help me!)

Tomorrow, I have my appointment in the city to see the naturopath.  I plan on making these little balls of energy for the road!

Today,  my hubby is super busy with sap/syrup! I've hardly seen him at all! He is outside, so the kids and I decided to turn our apples into applesauce (they were getting soft), make kale chips (using organic coconut oil, organic kale, sea salt, and my dehydrator!), fruit leathers in the dehydrator and some fresh made o.j.! My kids love orange juice, I'm not a fan of the crap you get at the store.


Oh, and I started my sauerkraut!


Yesterday, while thrifting, I found a hand juicer! The girls were so excited, don't think they realized how much work it is for one cup! We all enjoyed 1 juiced orange! 

While thrifting, I also found some awesome deals on clothes for myself! All good brands, many USA made! I spent under $40!!


So, I have been reading my books. I am about half way through The Paleo Approach, I am pretty sure I am driving my husband nuts! There is a ton of sciencey stuff in it, but they also explain things so they make sense! I have also been looking through the Autoimmune cookbook and am anxious to try out some recipes.  I did follow her roast idea last night for dinner. I oversalted a bit, but it was good, and so simple!  For dinner, we had pulled venison roast with raw cauliflower,  raw broccoli,  raw cucumbers and avocado "ranch". 
I kinda sorta followed the recipe,  not really...but it gave me a good idea and we just adjusted based on taste...

Friday, while the girls had gymnastics,  I stopped at the coop and bought 2 bottles of kombucha. I had planned to make my own, but haven't found a plain version!  The kids loved the drinks, and cannot wait for us to make it. I really do not want to pay $20+ for the scoby when I have no clue what I'm doing!

I also ordered these bad boys! Hopefully,  they are decent quality and I don't f it up! The jerks dropped the price $2 the day after I ordered! I am hoping that with including fermented foods, such as sauerkraut  and the kombucha and water keifer...I can heal!

Now, some people might wonder what in the hell I am trying to heal!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I wanna do this!

As if my do to list isn't long enough! I want to try my hand eventually at apple cider as well as making healthy "soda" by carbonating tea! I think I posted this before, but I am getting ready to send the iPad back to BVA and saw my "reading list" had a few items on it...items I don't want to forget about!

Wild yeast cider

More wild yeast cider

DIY healthy soda!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

coconut+cod? and maple syrup supplies

I am still waiting for my new cookbook to arrive, but I found a recipe from the book on pinterest. It makes me feel a little stupid, having bought a cookbook in the day and age of pinterest...but I am hoping that having the physical book will help!
Here is the recipe, it makes one hell of a mess in the pan that is for sure! I prefer my fish to either be baked or fried and crispy, so far I am trying to fry them in a pan and I am unsuccessful in achieving a crispness.
I will end up fixing some for nathan when he gets home, and will fix it how he wants (probably with an egg). I have not changed over all of my eating patterns just yet, but decided it would be nice to try a couple of recipes before diving in headfirst. I need to do a little bit more research, which is why I bought the books in the first place. Hopefully when they come I will be able to figure out what I am doing right and what I need to change.

the second batch of fish that I fried got to sit in the coconuts mixture a little bit longer and coconut swells majorly. It seems to be frying up a little bit better than the first batch did but I'm also leaving it alone a little bit more.

Verdict on the recipe: waste of ingredients and not worth your time, energy, or money! I sure hope the  rest of the recipes are better!!

Syrup talk...
I was supposed to be home today at 2 o'clock to meet someone that was delivering a water tank for us I was a little bit late. When I got home there were two men standing in my driveway with a 300 gallon water tank. I sure hope this helps with our storage issue with the sap.

Below is what it looks like when we boil down sap to syrup.

 We have had so much wind, we had to improvise! 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Food is the problem, food is the cure

We have been paleo for awhile now. We have had a few "cheats" and I feel that I have paid for those mistakes more than anyone! The donuts I made with a gf blend of flours had me feeling exhausted and grumpy, we already talked about how I handled the sugar! I think something is still "off" with my family as a whole though. There is still a lot of grassiness and digestive issues. I think we need to look more into leaky gut.

There is so much information out there for the taking...but my head is going to explode!

I found myself on amazon today, after looking at a few blogs that address gut health and healing with food. I ended up ordering The Paleo Approach as well as The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook

(Please note, these are non affiliate links...I ordered them because of what I have read about them, I will give my honest take on them when I have had time to read them myself. I gain nothing by you clicking on the above links. All of my affiliate links are on the sidebar, as well as advertisement placed on this page) 

I also called a naturopath doctor and scheduled an apt for Monday! I feel like I have a general idea of what is going on with myself and my kids...I am however, very confused by who and what to trust when it comes to supplementing and probiotics. My goal is to use food, herbs and oils for my medicine. My goal is to prevent illness and heal my body from the inside out. My goal is to eat whole real foods, and not have negative effects! Being allergic to eggs sucks! I have to do something!

The autoimmune protocol has you eating paleo, whole foods, but it cuts out nuts, seeds, and night shades. Foods that are harder to digest such as eggs are also taken out. The goal is to remove food that causes pain/inflammation/ bad reaction, and to heal with probiotics and fermented foods. I know it is time I learned about water keifer and all that other stuff, I'm just not sure how much more my brain scan handle.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Good morning?

I am hoping that my body deciding to wake up at 5:40 a.m. Doesn't come back to bite me in the ass. See, I'm a sleeper. I looooove sleep! I normally wake up around 745-830 depending on how crappy of sleep I got the night before was. My king sized bed is no match for my nursing toddler, I haven't slept for more than 3 straight hours uninterrupted since I was 5 months pregnant with him....that was about June 2012...

So, I got up since I was wide awake for some stupid reason and tossed some wood on the fire, put a big ole scoop of coconut oil in my mouth and started the coffee pot. Of course once I hit 6 minutes in, Torrin woke up and wanted to nurse. Luckily for me, just as my gag reflex was kicking in, he popped off and went back to sleep. Now, I find myself with smooth teeth (freshly brushed of course), a cup of hot coffee...and a tablet. The coffee sucks, I got the coffee pot ready before bed last night...I was tired! I didn't make it strong enough. Might need extra...I know, I know...crunchy mamas don't drink coffee...we'll, this one does. As much as I'd love to give it up (which I have done) I actually LIKE coffee. I'm healthy and not jittery...I don't "need" it so much as I want it. I've cut so many things from my diet...it will be over my cold dead hands that someone takes this one thing away from me lol. Of all the things I've cut from my life (wheat, boxed crap, fake "food", fake "friends" ...) that was done out of necessity...there is no REAL reason for me to not enjoy a cup of coffee that I can find.

Anyway, hadn't meant to go on and on about coffee...gotta love my brain!

I've been meaning to post on here and the homeschool page for days and have been too busy with life!

Last Monday, we visited with another homeschool family, this family has helped me greatly in my journey to child led learning, and unschooling (more about that on the school page). While we were there, my girls fell in love with everything about their life, goats, cat, guinea pigs, free range chickens...you name it! I had actually been playing with the idea of the kids picking out a pet, just hadn't known what they would want. Didn't want to hop on craigslist and have them pick the first thing they saw ya know? Well, they wanted guinea pigs! Zarina "tamed" their less than nice piggy, and they just fell in love with them in general. On the way home they asked to go get books to learn about guinea pigs (I said we would wait). Wednesday, we checked out every guinea pig book the library had, on our way to pick up some guinea pigs. The girls didn't know we were going to get them, and it was not very well planned out.

I wasn't going to pay for guinea pigs, so many people get them and rehome them WITH A CAGE for free. I told the family that had them that the kids would pay them, but that their asking price was too much for young kids. They eventually said, to just take them. They did not have time to care for them any more. (A house full of kids and other pets...the novelty had worn off...) it was sad honestly, but I do feel as thought we were meant to find them. As much as I did not want THREE male guinea pigs...yes that was 3 MALE guinea pigs...(wth) I know we can make them happy. This house has lots of love to give.

Last night, after a long awesome day outside, Zarina was cleaning up the cage, giving them piggies their dinner, she mentioned to me that she didn't give them enough attention today. She saw them acting bad (like males tend to do in a smaller cage) and she truly felt bad. Now, this kid had the pigs out for a good 2+hours throughout the day??? I swear I'm under exaggerating here! Every time I turn around, she has one in her lap. Still, she noticed they missed out on burning some energy, and her heart strings pulled.

We already decided we have to build the piggies a bigger cage, the metal store bought one will not do. Unfortunately, we are under construction (always) and I'd like to find a way to "fit" a cage into the "design" . Guinea pigs NEEED to see their people, so it isn't like I can build a cage somewhere hidden away. They need to feel included in the day to day stuff. My home is organizationally challenged...we will figure it out!

So, Friday Nathan left for MN for a motorcycle show for work. My aunt (cousin...) and her daughters came to visit. Zariah and Maliyah stayed up until midnight! Zarina put herself to bed. I tried watching a movie, Ash fell asleep. Saturday, mom and baby brother (18 now holy shit!) came to visit.

We basically spent the day outside. Lots of trampoline time, scooping up dog mines (this job will seriously take weeks! Having a Saint Bernard in the winter is horrible for your lawn!)

At one point, Torrin wanted me to go on the trampoline with him. I get on thinking we are gonna play, and he wants to nurse. The poor kid was soooooo tired but didn't want to go inside! Luckily, a few minutes of milky bliss, and he was ready to go chill in the house.

 I, on the other hand, felt like I was on something! My need to move, clean and just DO was on overdrive! This started on Friday. I cleaned....like seriously cleaned my house! I haven't cleaned in ages! (I love my husband...and he cleans up after me haha). Torrin was actually letting me clean, while he walked around with frozen blueberries...messing everything up again.  I even brought in the "plant table" and turned my dining table the other way to accommodate my seed trays.

It must be the weather. I swear I have so much more energy when their in sunshine (duh, right?!) I am very dependent on Mr. Sun! It is just so crazy now, my baby is so big, he wants to run and play...and when he is outside he lets me get a little farther away. It is bitter sweet... On one hand, I do miss some of my freedom, I can't lie and say I enjoy being pinned to a couch all day. On the other hand, I am nowhere ready for him to push me away. I hope he doesn't stop nursing this summer...he will be 2 August 31st, and he still nurses a lot...more than "normal" ( normal...that shit is overrated) I know right now, he is not ready to wean..like not.at.all! I hope this summer, him gaining his independence, doesn't change that.

Oh, yesterday Torrin helped me plant some herbs! It was cute for like 2 minutes...then that clean house I spoke of...yea...not anymore! He really like the dirt. We have a sandbox, but I think I'm going to make him a small sensory bucket. I have a feeling he would love to play with rice and beads...with supervision of course. This kid still samples everything!

Well, one cup of coffee down...I think it is time to try a new donut recipe! I have been grain free for quite awhile now...but I want to treat the kiddos!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Real quickly...

My husband sent me a message saying he wished our home was paid for so we could be hermits. He wants to be home with us, being a part of raising our kids naturally. Making an honest income by (hopefully) selling produce, eggs and syrup (and later honey...we are dreamers, what can I say!?)

My reply is below. Now, before my reply...I want to say this again: I have felt very blessed the last few days. I have felt very grateful...and then I had someone attack me (my parenting and "teaching" of my children). I still feel very blessed. I have three beautiful, healthy children with whom I spend my days. We do silly things, we do fun things...we do normal boring stuff too. I posted on google the other day :

1 day ago
I am so lucky....you should smell and taste this..I'm pretty sure it is the best smelling and bestest tasting syrup ever!! It is not ready to "bottle" but my awesome hubs stayed up til 2am boiling down about 20 gallons of sap! Now, we are heading out as a family to collect more sap!!



Then, last night I poste this:
My life is soooo good right now!! How on earth did I go over a year gf and not know about coconut flour? I wasted so much time with rice flour! Going grain free was the best thing for me!! 

Next time, I will be skipping the chocolate chips (hubby and kids demanded them!) hubs agreed these pancakes taste more than sweet enough without them! 

Organic coconut flour, organic LOCAL (my hens) eggs, nitrate free bacon...fresh made pure maple syrup...yummmmmm

See? I was feeling grateful! Well...here is my reply to my husband about becoming hermits:

I don't want to be a hermit. 
I want to live a life worth living.
I want our kids to always be happy, to have experiences
I want us to do stuff as a family 
I want to make memories with our kids...and us as a couple. 
I don't want to be Lonely when our kids are grown...I want them to want to come home to see us...to keep us in their lives because they LIKE us as people, not out of obligation...or worse just walk away from us entirely....
I also want us to have enough awesome memories of our time spent with our kids (and together) that we never really feel alone. So we can walk through the woods in 30 years...and still hear our kids laughing and picture them taking in their surroundings...
I want our kids to sit down for pancakes (when they are adults) and think about collecting sap with their dad..and staying up late watching it boil down...I want them to see flowers or a vegetable garden and to think of sitting out in the dirt with me. I want to imprint myself so hard on their souls that they always feel connected. 

His reply was asking if I was trying to make him cry...in all honesty I almost cried typing it. It is the truth I feel in my soul...

So, right now...I am dancing around my kitchen (still in my pjs at 330...) baking with my kids. Learning with my kids. Loving every second spent with my kids. I am grateful. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

we dont do normal...dinners

In my house, my kids are not allowed to say negative things about what is served for dinner. I do not force them to eat more than they want, though I do ask them to take at least 2 bites of everything. If I make a BIG meal, they can take what they want. There are days that I don't know what to make though! Today was that day!! I hadn't planned anything really...I had planned on  making a mixture of everything. We are still cutting up the venison, so that was on the menu.

Tonight for dinner-I had planned (for myself) venison steak with avocado, sautéed onions, and MAYBE a runny egg on top...Zarina wanted an omelet(with onion and venison), Zariah *who is sick of eggs and smoothies ALREADY) wanted a smoothie.
I did have a few bites of my yummy onions-but they ended up in the fridge (maybe Nathan will want them??)
 ^^She had her omelet, and a smoothie-said she was SOOO full...and went on to have some frozen berries with nuts!^^


 ^^^She ONLY wanted a berry smoothie, but ended up eating half the house-just kidding...she had some more blueberries with applesauce and then a banana...^^


Crankipants woke up while I was fixing his sisters omelet...he was held until it was time to flip it, then to silence him quickly (he was sooo hungry and begging for food) I handed him some frozen berries-HE WAS SOLD!!
He did NOT want his omelet-but insisted on frozen blueberries. He polished off 1/2 cup of berries, and ended up eating all of his egg!!

After seeing the kids enjoy their berry smoothies-I decided a banana/coconut/cinnamon smoothie was needed...it was SOOO good. My Vitamix sure gets used a lot! (I think today alone...I have made 4 DIFFERENT smoothies, plus used the nut container!)

My smoothie was not "thick" enough to count as a meal, I was still a bit hungry. SO-I blended up some sunflower seeds, pecans and almonds (with some cinnamon) and tossed some applesauce and frozen blueberries in. A sort of "parfait" it was so yummy-with extra cinnamon and honey!

Zariah wanted to try it...but she is NOT a fan of cinnamon so she made a bad face. I am not sure what happened to my taste buds-I always hated cinnamon, now it goes in EVERYTHING I make!

This is such a weird looking "dinner", but it is Nathan's late  night working, which means anything I would've fixed for him would've been ice cold by the time he got home. At LEAST once a week, I miss the boat on dinner plans. (by either not planning, not taking something out in time, letting the sleeping baby win over dinner prep, or just simply not wanting what was on the menu) I am not perfect...not by any means. My family is FED (healthy ORGANIC foods!!) and happy!! That is what it is all about anyway right??

So, no quick pizza in my oven. No food in a microwave (don't even own one) but instead, smoothies, fruits and eggs all around.

Does your family say to heck with normal?
What is your backup meal?
Do you cave and keep freezer meals that you know are unhealthy? Or instead opt for quick nutritious foods that don't LOOK like a "meal".