Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween - A family affair

When my grandfather called last week and wanted to get the family together for a hayride and hotdog roast on Halloween, I told him we wouldn't dream of missing it.

We had a blast even though it rained and the hayride didn't happen.

I'm sure you can imagine how difficult it was to get the above photo. Our little ones range in age from 6 months to eight years. Daniel is the oldest of the great-grandchildren.

We had a Minnie Mouse (Sara Lynn), a scarecrow, a princess, a cowboy (Daniel - who tells me he is indeed a sheriff), and two firemen. Preciousness!

Afterwards, we went Trick-or-Treating at Gran and Papa's house. Sara Lynn needed to be the one who knocked on the door...

A humongous bag of treats awaited them.

They wasted no time with the taste testing. I'm pretty sure we'll have difficulty tucking them into bed tonight after the immense sugar high they enjoyed this evening. Sigh...

Did I mention that we moved to within walking distance of my parents? It's been so nice having them close by.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Breakfast of Champions

Especially this time of year, Apple, Cinnamon, and Whole Grains Hot Cereal is a family favorite. It simply can't be beat with a little raw organic honey drizzled over the top and a cup of hot organic medium roast coffee on the side (with more honey added, of coarse! That is raw honeycomb wax you see floating on the top of my coffee. It has enzymes which are beneficial to your good health.)

Sara Lynn wants you to know that this breakfast is kid approved.

She enjoyed 2 helpings in the photo above.

And because breakfast is my favorite meal of the day...

I had a poached egg served over whole grain cheese toast for lunch.

Just in case you are wondering:

Yes, I still ejoy washing dishes here. Life is good!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Veggie envy, anyone?

My first CSA vegbox arrived this afternoon...
I could not be more pleased!

First of all, the box weighed at least 25lbs. I know. I had to pick it up and carry it to my car myself.

And second, the vegetables and fruit were in pristine condition. They couldn't have been fresher or more beautiful if I'd picked them myself. There were Chinese eggplants (three of which we've already eaten), ripe tomatoes, green tomatoes, summer squash, okra, and cabbage...

There were also lettuces (one of which is MIA because we enjoyed a salad this evening), mustard greens, green beans, a pumpkin, and Staymen apples. One of the apples is the largest apple I've ever seen! Seriously, look at it in comparison to the pumpkin. It's humongous!

I'm extremely satisfied with my Grow Alabama CSA subscription. They also have organic meat, eggs, cheese, olive oil, sea salt, coffee, and soy candles. I highly recommend this program to you if you're lucky enough to live in Alabama. :) Otherwise, Google for CSAs in your area. It is an excellent way to support your local farmers and gain the fresh, quality, organic produce you desire.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Grow Alabama... Organic CSA

If you live in Alabama, you seriously need to check out this site:

Grow Alabama

I was referred to Grow Alabama by a friend who knew that eating local organic food was important to me. These people are amazing... be sure to check out the farmer's stories.

Above is a butternut squash which we grew ourselves. It is the last of the fresh produce we enjoyed from our garden before we moved. My favorite way to eat it is roasted in the oven with a little olive oil and sea salt drizzled over the top. Just cut it in half and scoop the seeds out first. Then bake it uncovered @ 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. Easy and delicious!

I believe this CSA if just what we need to tide us over until we are able to plant our own garden in the spring.

***If you decide to become a member, please let them know on your application that you were referred by me - I'll receive bonus veggies for each referral. :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

First cold snap of the season

Around here recently, there has been much sunset watching...

And farmer's market visiting...

Pumpkin loving...

A lot of peanut boiling... It's a southern thing!

Some definite fish catching...

And chicken coop building...

Perrinial herb and flower planting...

Lots and lots of serious playing...

And one captured crescent moon rising over still waters at twilight.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Spiced Oven-Dried Apples - make them!

Oh my, these are delicious! I recently purchased a large basket of apples at the local farmer's market, and found myself googling for different ways to use them up. In my search, I stumbled across a great blog, Home Steeped Hope, and this wonderful, easy recipe. We've already made and devoured them twice!
I must say, my home was delightfully filled with the wonderful smell of baked apples and spice. I can't imagine anything that more perfectly captures the essence of this season.
I live for Autumn!
The cool, crispness that welcomes each new day.

The intense, penetrating blue of an October sky.

The glorious sunsets that wash the horizon with hues of fire.
I choose to spend my days soaking up the goodness of God's creation as I seek to serve Him.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

It feels like home

We are finally getting settled into our new home, and it truly feels right for us to be here. We can't help but praise God each morning when we wake up and see what He has blessed us with.

Most of the boxes are unpacked - and I'm a working mom, you know! Recently, we decided that it's just not best for our family for me to work outside the home.

It's been very difficult for me to juggle the needs of my family with the needs of my job. We'll be transitioning to one income in the next few months, and we are confident that we have made the right decision. We trust God with our needs, and feel that He is prompting us to make a lifestyle change.

It's extremely important to us to become more self-sufficient and self-sustaining, especially where our food is concerned. We eat organic foods as much as possible, and try to stay away from highly processed foods.

I have learned the hard way that chemical preservatives, commercial fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides are poison to our bodies. I have Crohn's disease which is a digestive/autoimmune disorder that I believe could have been avoided. I highly recommend the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon if you are interested in this subject. It is full of information and recipes for making a return to traditional foods which nourished the generations before us.

I am dreaming of the day when we will plant our new garden. I have plotted out where the barn will go. And, I am debating what livestock additions to make to our little farm.

This is a day of great possibilities and opportunities. I hope you'll stick around to see what adventures lie ahead!