Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pants / Currant Syrup / Blueberry Muffins recipe!

I finished Fabe's pants, they are so cute!  I used this demo here, it is very thorough and well written.  It was actually pretty easy, they are not perfect, but hey, they are my first pants!  This is exciting to me because many times it takes me overcoming one intimidating hurdle before I can go on to learn and grow.  I have thought about making pants for the kids or myself a few times but have been too afraid to start, now I feel a little more confident and knowledgeable.

                                                                    My little model!

I made black currant syrup with some currants I had frozen earlier this year.  It is WONDERFUL!  I am certainly making it again.  It is tangy, berry-y, with a hint of a mysterious musky flavor that just teases you. And it is the most beautiful dark, dark red. 

I have been adding it to yogurt.  Seven Stars yogurt is so good!

We made blueberry muffins last night!  They were divine.  Addy likes to cook with me, but last night was the first time she was looking at my collection of recipes and really asking me about them.  I am glad I wrote many down and saved clippings for her to have someday, I know she will be a good cook.  

No Fail Muffins
2 1/2 c flour
2/3 cup sugar (or 1/2 c honey)
1 T baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 lg egg
1 1/4 cup milk or yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup oil or melted butter
1 cup berries, pumpkin, or whatever

Mix dry ingredients together.  Mix wet ingredients together. Combine everything and stir no more than twenty times, or they will have tunnels and be tough.  Bake at 400 degrees for 18 - 20 min in a muffin tin.  

Muffins are one of the first things I learned to bake and I know this recipe now by heart. It is not too fussy. Other good ideas are lemon/ poppyseed, lemon /cranberry, coconut/ pineapple,  nuts/ cranberry, peach, pumpkin ( a good way to use leftover squash), more that I cannot think of right now.  

Although I have to admit that we have been slowly cutting out gluten more and more, and I have not had a large bready item like a muffin for a while.   I could feel it later.  Bummer, now I need to make or find a new low-gluten recipe.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lately I have been...

*Sprouting beans!* 

They cook up much quicker than just cooking regular ol' dry beans, I'd say 20 min - 1/2 hour.  Sprouting also makes them easier to digest.  It is super easy, I just soak them in a jar overnight then over the next few days rinse them off a few times.  This way they won't completely dry out and start to sprout!  I got this idea from Nourishing Traditions cookbook.  I have been trying to make something out of there once in a while and add it to our regular eating schedule.  

* Taking care of ones not feeling well (including me) *

I think we may have had rotavirus.  Fabe first, then Zeb got it, me and my mom and last was Adela.  Poor Fabe had it the worst though, which is true with rotavirus, sometimes adults have little to no symptoms.  

* getting crafty (or in the mood at least) *

On the list right now are
- knitting socks for Addy, they are 1/16th of the way done!
-finishing last year's quilts
-sewing some upcycled sweater sleeve pants for Fabe

I have some extra time right now.  Zeb is on a personal retreat this week so it is just me here with the kids.  I hope to use a lot of this time by myself reading or crafting.  Maybe I will watch something on netflix or hulu once or twice.  

Take care! 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

fabe's style and not feeling well

My mom got this cute one piece for Fabe.  I love it!  I thought it was going to be too big but it fits him great. Second hand clothes are the best, especially for kids!  

It was a good day for him to wear it since it seems very comfy and he is sick. :(  

He had a fever on and off all day plus a runny nose.

I can just tell by looking at his face.  His little red cheeks and distant eyes.  

Still such a cutie though!  poor guy!

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Yesterday was Epiphany.  We had a great day, a long day but still good. 

Zeb made these great Swedish pastries from the More With Less cookbook.  He made a lot so we could take some to the neighbors.  After breakfast that is what we did.  

It was a beautiful morning!  Sunny and not too cold, but we still had so much snow.  

Then presents!

Those mini pillow pets are so darn cute!

The little blue bird Addy is holding in the second photo came from this shop. I picked up one for each of her cousins too.  Weaver Birdie's brother owns Divani Chocolate which we frequent, I bought the birds up there.

After lunch we prayed together.  It was nice talking about Epiphany with Adela.  She is at such a good age where she is smart and also curious.  I love that part of parenting, sharing and teaching, telling her about Jesus in a clear way and answering her questions.  It really makes you feel more cemented in your own beliefs to talk about them with a kid.  You need to be prepared and dig within yourself. It helps you find where you stand very quick. 

Later we had some family over and made make-your-own paninis.  They were good.  More presents followed.  

Now I am sitting in our living room surrounded by toys, paper scraps and boxes, still in my pj's.  We are having a relaxing morning checking out our new stuff.  I need to make room for this new stuff, go through drawers and organize.  We have limited space here; organization is a must or I will loose my mind.  Off I go! Have a nice weekend!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

I wrote on my facebook page last night, "What a year it has been! So many firsts and memorable events,
 happy and sad. I am feeling like there are opportunities in every aspect of my life right now. Excited for 2012!"  

I do feel like I have lots of opportunities right now.

*Trying to get pregnant!  Yes we are going to try starting this month.  I do not know what
will come of it and am a little scared.  I have faith that God will do what is right for me 
and my family, regardless of what I want or try to do.  I am also scared because of the normal 
inhibitions with having children... is there enough space for them?  enough money? enough time?  etc. 

 I have been feeling more social lately and have not been disappointed.  Am feeling more normal 
here, finding my circle, my friend-family. 

*Spiritually.  We have some friends who moved closer to us recently.  We have known them for a
 few years and share a similar lifestyle.  It is always a satisfying and peaceful experience getting
 to meet with them.  Since they are closer now we are planning more things with them and it is exciting!  Also we are planning to visit a monastery this next month.  Zeb is certainly going for a week, I might go for 1 or 2 nights, but I am looking forward to it. 

*Midwifery stuff!  Some exciting news, I did not write about it on here yet, maybe I will share later... but I birthed my first baby by myself!  It was an accident of course, since I was not planning to be a midwife myself and was happy being an assistant.  Since then though, I have been feeling heavy with a thirst of knowledge about Midwifery.  I cannot stop, I want to know everything.  I talked with my midwife about this and she felt certain that this is for me, I am to be a Midwife someday!  She said that after women attend a birth by themselves they seem to know whether or not they want to continue.  I could write about it for a long time on here but I will be short.  So to conclude this thought, I am beginning my studies/apprenticeship of being a student midwife!