Fall Harvest Soup Recipe

Today my son wasn’t feeling well, so I wanted to make a soup to nourish him and make him feel loved ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t you like it when people do things for you when you are sick?! It isn’t very often that we get sick around here so it is kind of a big deal that one of us isn’t feeling well. This particular son ate something completely “un-nourishing” the day before he got sick, so it didn’t take me by surprise that his defenses to germs were down.

We have an abundance of fall garden produce to be using up this winter, so I started with Continue reading “Fall Harvest Soup Recipe”

Gathering Eggs

First thing every morning the boys and I go gather eggs. It is one of the most fun jobs I have on the farm. It is like an Easter egg hunt every day!ย  We gather them up, bring them into the kitchen at the farm and wash them in a sink of water. Then we put them on this re-purposed oven rack to dry. It doesn’t take long for them to dry before we put them in cartons, then into the fridge that is set aside just for eggs. The people who have standing orders of eggs have a label with their name on it and how many they get each week. These days the hens are in full production and the orders are quickly filled. When the eggs are put away we sanitize the sink and rack to keep everything clean and healthy. Aren’t they pretty? My favorites are the green ones. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Brian is giving whole foods a try

My husband Brian loves tater tots and eggs in the morning. It has been years of him having his breakfast, and the rest of us having ours.

He eats lots of salads and for the most part eats healthy, but he wouldn’t give up his tots.

Brian told me yesterday that he is ready to give my style of eating a try to see if it will help him have more energy.

I decided to fill him with as many greens and body cleansing foods as possible this week to give him a good ‘taste’ of how he could feel.
First thing, I juiced a bunch of greens from the garden and added cucumbers, apples and ginger. His comment:

  • This isn’t very good. (That was totally just his opinion. I thought it was delicious!)
  • I didn’t feel hungry like I thought I would. It lasted until lunch.
  • I didn’t get the mucus feeling in my throat like I usually do after breakfast.
  • My belly didn’t give me my usual morning trouble.

On to Lunch,

ย I made a smoothie with frozen strawberries, bananas, lots of greens from the garden, and water.
Comments:

  • This tastes good.
  • I’m not even hungry yet from breakfast.
  • Is it healthy to be so full?

This count of 1525 is how many times I have used this blender in the 2 years that I have owned it.
I used my other one for about 10 years before needing to buy this new one.

Dinner

ย The other day when we were traveling, we stopped at Subway for lunch. They had a new sandwich there that I was very excited about. It begins with lots of avocado, gets topped with tons of veggies, and ends with mustard on top. It was so delicious that I had been thinking of it ever since. When we needed to get groceries for the week, I made sure to get ingredients for the same sandwich every day.ย 

  • Pita bread
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • bell peppers
  • avocado
  • pickled banana peppers
  • Vegenaise
  • mustard
  • greens (not shown)

This was my sandwich. I had several more too. ๐Ÿ™‚

This was my husbands. He added beef to his. I told him that the meat and bread together would make him tired. I was right. He was asleep in no time. Of course, being up until 4 in the morning building long bows couldn’t have contributed……. ๐Ÿ™‚

That is what we ate for the day. Later in the evening, Brian made himself another pita sandwich, but I was fine. This may not seem like much food, but we had was nutrient rich. It has been hot, so our appetites have been low and we have been eating whole foods for a long time so we are not having to get rid of many processed food addictions. My husband didn’t have his eggs and tots in the morning, but otherwise he has been eating healthy for a long time. I say this just so if you are coming from the Standard American Diet, you won’t see this food and get scared. It is one step at a time.

New Chicken Coop

ย My husband has been working on a new chicken coop out of old barn wood. We are getting 30 chickens to add to the 17 we already have. Several of us don’t even eat eggs, but the people at the Farmers market will appreciate them!

Our chickens free range during the day and get shut in their coop for safety from foxes at night. I have to keep an alarm on my phone to remember to put them in. The problem is that the chickens go to their coop on their own when it gets dark, and the sun is going down later and later, so the phone has to be set to different times periodically!

The spaces between the boards of the coop will be closed in by another layer of boards. It is turning out cool. My husband said if he had time he would put a false front on it so it would look like the old western storefronts. Then he wants to put a sign out front that says, “Coup DeVille” or something like that. He is really witty, so when he said it I had to giggle.

We are trying to transition the hens (and 2 hens that grew up into roosters we just found out) into the new coop because it has a better door. It is funny to shut them up in there and open it in the morning to have the older hen run to the old coop to lay her egg. I hope she can get the hang of the new coop. Funny birds. I hope they like their new house.

Josiah, Eggs, Flax Eggs and Chickens

Josiah is very allergic to eggs. It has gotten better as he has gotten older, but he will still get weeping rashes if he is exposed too much.
He can love on the chickens, just not eat their eggs. I don’t know how he catches them because I have tried and they just run away. Today he was sitting outside holding this one, petting it and talking to it.
When we cook food that calls for an egg, we will make flax eggs. They are so easy and fast. The eggs we get from the chickens get eaten by my husband and boys who are not allergic. We try to always cook with flax eggs though, so that Josiah can have some too.

1 Flax Egg: 1 Tablespoon ground flax
3 Tablespoons water
Mix them together and let them sit for a few minutes to turn into a gel while you prepare the rest of whatever you are making.

We have used them in cakes, cookies, quick breads and more. It is handy to ground a bunch of flax seed in a coffee grinder or blender, then freeze it for later use. The reason you keep it in the freezer is to keep the oils in the flax from going rancid. It happens kinda quick in flax seed, so it’s best to buy it whole instead of ground.

Happy Healthy,
Elisa