Sunday, September 17, 2017

why Epiphany?

I have had a few questions about my Epiphany post.  Mostly "What is Epiphany?" and "Why do you do that?"

1. Epiphany, or Theophany as it is called in the eastern church, is the 12th day of Christmas.  It celebrates Jesus being recognized as the king of kings to the gentiles.  There is a lot of information on the wikipedia page.

In the church service that day, they talk about Jesus being baptized as well.  It is not only about the magi greeting Jesus but about all of his early life.

2.  Why do we do presents then?  Um... this is more of a broad answer.  First I would say that we don't do the Santa thing with our kids.  If that made you groan, you might want to quit reading here.  We do talk about St. Nicolas the man, and we say that some people believe in a modern day Santa, but it is just a fairy tale.

I don't want Christmas to be about presents.  I am appreciative of the gesture, it is a nice display of affection, but I think we, as a society, go overboard.  I think it teaches kids to be materialistic, adds to environmental degradation (what with the TONS of plastic, paper and batteries bought, also shipping fuel), and supports manufacturing of American goods in poorer countries.  For all of these reasons (I could probably think of more if I took a minute)  I don't want to associate that with Jesus's birth.

On Christmas we spend time with family, eat, go to church, just have a nice day off from work.  We talk about Jesus and the Christmas story.  Christmas means Christ Mass.  A special mass to honor Christ, a holiday.  We want that to be what it is about and that is it.

So then for the 12 days of Christmas we do something special each day.  Either make cookies, or play a game, sing carols... ect.  Christmasy stuff.  It is fun and stretches that special time out.  Honestly though, we get caught up in regular life and often have been like "Oh man, we should X, there are only 2 days left!"  It is meant to be a fun and special time, but not to strict.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Strawberries and Garlic (not together!)

Spring is so sweet, isn't it?  Big, juicy strawberries this year from the one grower's farm.  It is so nice to have them and they are organic too!  I am pretty sure strawberries are one of the "dirty dozen" so I feel blessed to have them so available.  We made jam and froze a bunch for smoothies, four flats all together!  I think we ended up with 42 jars of jam.  It is mostly for us to sell, we could never use that much between the four of us.  

Working in the garlic!  Addy has grown to be a helper with farming.  No longer am I humoring her out there, "Yes honey, thank you for that handful of soil... No, that is NOT a weed!" she can really pull her weight now.  Well, for about 45 minutes and then to play, but that is pretty good for a 7 year old!  I am just happy she gets to spend so much time outside.  

Garlic scapes are back!  I put them in everything while they are here... egg dishes, stir fry, pasta and pizza... they always go since they are not overpowering.  I am contemplating pickling them this year.  Must look into that, has anyone tried it?

Have been braiding my hair lately since it is finally long enough.  I love how it makes me feel feminine and put together.  Those two things are not phrases I would normally use to describe myself.  

I have been going through some personal changes lately.  Nothing major, just some subtle personality and philosophic changes.  It feels though like who I am is slowly shifting.  A little scary, a little exciting.  

Happy June!!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mother's Day '12

Happy mother's day to me!  Adela gave me this "teapot" with a real teabag inside, and a coupon book of chores she can do.

My mom came over and we took some walks, it was a beautiful day to be outside.  Then we stopped by my neighbor's greenhouse so I could get my mom some plants for her garden.  

Fabe washed his hands by himself for the first time!! I didn't even ask him to, he just went over and decided to clean up! I love watching him grow and learn new things.

I had a great cappuccino made by the husband!  Yum.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Just some stuff going on in April.

Some young garlic.

Our new dog!  We adopted him a few weeks ago.  He showed up at our neighbors house.  We have not found his owners even though we tried, so he is probably ours to keep.  We named him Charlie.  He is very sweet and well behaved, and I am glad the kids have a dog to play with.

Some beauties working in the field near us!  It is incredible to see them work.

What a team!

They did all this to get the ground ready for planting.  

Have a nice week!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Harrisburg and Conference

Last week I attended the Midwifery Today conference in Harrisburg, PA.  It was great!  Here are some snapshots from my time there.

Oh those old stone buildings!

The Susquehanna River 

I had dinner at this cute vegetarian restaurant the first night of the conference.  I ordered a barbecue "chicken" sandwich with some coleslaw and fresh cut fries, It was yummy!  No conversation, some quiet reading and enjoying my food.  I was trying to make the most of my alone time.  

Here are a few snippets from the conference.  In these photos,  Angelina Martinez is showing us different techniques from Mexico using the rebozo wrap.  It is basically a long strip of fabric used as a shawl, a carrier and during pregnancy and in labor (I am sure it has other uses as well that I am not aware of).  Angelina said that in Mexico, all the women show up for prenatals already wearing the rebozo.  They use it all the time and have been for centuries, so it is a normal part of becoming a mom.  

The conference was so great for me. There were many women there from all over the world.  It was informative, empowering, and spiritually energizing.  Similar to being at a birth, I left feeling very connected to God, and thankful for the opportunity to learn from these wise, wise women!  I am sure this is my calling.  

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Breakfast Cereal

I have been making this delicious seed combo for breakfast.  

It is Amaranth, Teff, and Flax seeds.  They looked so pretty layered in the jar, I had to take a picture before they got all mixed up.

Teff is actually a grain not a seed.  Is there a difference?  I don't know, so I will just call this cereal.

My friend K told me about Teff a while ago, I tried it once and liked it, then put it away for about a year.  Thankfully I gave it a second try and fell in love.  It is crunchy, and has like a hint of a molasses flavor.  It is really my favorite part of this cereal, but the other two ingredients are good too.  All three together have a ton of nutrition.

I just make a mixture of the three, no measuring except I put only a little of the flax seed (because it can be too nutritious if you know what I mean).  I soak them overnight in water, and then the next morning boil them just like you would oatmeal.  With the overnight soaking it cooks in about 5 minutes.

In my bowl I usually add a dab of butter and a few spoonfuls of maple syrup, yum!!  It is also great with shredded coconut, raisins or any dried fruit, nuts, bananas, apples, honey, etc.

My only complaint is that it is messy!  As you can see in the picture, there are tiny grains that needed to be cleaned up from the counter.  Ah well, it is worth it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

A quick dinner.

This is one of my favorite quick recipes.  Well, it is not super quick.  Maybe 45 minutes.  Okay it is not that quick but it is easy, delicious and filling.  Also you can use any ingredients on hand, one of my favorite attributes to a recipe!  

First I have to apologize for my picture not being beautiful.  I am afraid that will be hard from here on because of these:  

Super bright lights and only one window!  Those lights are nice for cooking, and will be great for all the canning work to come, but bad for photos. 

Anyway...  recipe!  
Fritatta (the one pictured is an Asparagus, Potato, and Chevre Fritatta)
  • 2 - 3 potatoes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick, peeled or not
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 onion or shallot
  • about 1 cup chopped veggies - any combo of: peppers, asparagus, zucchini, cabbage, tomatoes, you get the idea
  • 1 cup cheese - any combo of: shredded cheddar, american, provolone, feta, chevre
  • Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a cast iron skillet saute onion or shallot and veggies (if not already cooked) with some salt and pepper for a few minutes till slightly cooked.  Remove from pan. Add some cooking oil and layer the potato slices.  Season with salt and pepper and let them cook for about 5 minutes.  Add the eggs and all other ingredients.  Cover with cast iron lid and put in oven.  Bake for about 15 minutes or until the egg is no longer runny.  If you want a golden brown/crispy top, broil for a few minutes longer.  Can be served hot or at room temp.  

This is great served with salad for a light and healthy meal.  Happy cooking!