Friday night into Saturday morning we got hit with a snow storm that dropped around 5 to 6 inches of snow.We managed to get dug out, not that we actually went anywhere but it had to be done so we could get out if needed.While out exploring I took a tumble but thankfully it was a soft landing. So I decided to head back inside and work on some art. Not that I had anything better to do, well I did have other things but they aren’t nearly as much fun as my art.
I am working on creating a series of cards to sell at the local artwork that is held monthly. I call these ones “Hippie Chicks” I want to get copies made so I can keep the originals. This little guy was the first one I created and started the idea of the “Hippie Chicks”. However he already found his way to a new home and was a hit.
I hope you stick around because I have so much more art to share and one of my New Years goals is to get myself and my art out there in the world.
When I restarted blogging it was my intention to make this blog about simplifying our lives and down sizing our possessions but it seems life at this moment has taken this blog in a different direction at least for now anyway.
We are are in the mists of a bitter cold spell at the moment at in these freezing time I don’t venture out unless necessary, yea I know I’m a wimp but hey I like to be warm. So there isn’t a lot happening on the growing front or outside much for that matter for us so it appears you will have to deal with my food posts and my healing journey until the deep freeze aka winter is over. 🙂
With that being said I don’t know if I have bored you with the details of my heal and don’t really feel like going into great details but in 2012 I started having unknown digestive issues and at one time debilitating stomach pain but with drastic diet changes I no longer have that pain. I have had many testes done and the results always come back fine. So I have done most of the work on my own to find way to help my body heal, however I am not 100% healed so I continue to change my diet and work on finding alternative ways of healing my body.
For me it has become about healing through healthy foods and find ways to make and share those foods with my family and have them eating healthier without really knowing it. Yes I know I’m a bit devious like that. (wink wink)So before I end this post I will leave you with one way I am healing from the inside out. While it maybe winter, I am still able to eat fresh greens by spouting my own broccoli seeds. This way of eating is quickly being coming a passion of mine.
One of my goals for the new year is to eat healthier. The doctor has also told me to lose weight for health reasons. So I have been trying to give our old meals make overs.
One thing we haven’t eaten a lot of since changing our eating habits was pizza but I did some research and found a healthy pizza and today I gave it a try. It is grain free and dairy free despite the cheese you see. It’s a dairy free alternative because I have to cut the lactose out of my diet. It actually turned out much better than I thought it would.
My youngest son who is a picky eater even liked it. I didn’t tell him it was grain free or dairy free. He came back for a second slice so that says something.
So if your looking for a healthier alternative to your old pizza I highly recommend giving this one a try. If you click on the highlighted word above you will find the link to the crust recipe I used.
I try not to make resolutions but instead strive for goals. Resolutions are easily broken and I don’t do well with sticking to them.
Goals are something I can do. I set goals last year and achieved many.
2018 goals are much the same as last year.
I vow that 2018 will be a year of change in so many ways.
I will get out and do more, the couch does not own me. I want to bring more into my life. . I will experience life instead of letting it pass me by. I hope to attend a few classes aka social events each month as my schedule allows. Travel is one thing that I hope to achieve also. Seeing new place and having new experiences is a big goal for this year.
I will find my passion and embrace it! This is an on going battle for me. I love both food and art. I want to be a part of the local art community but also the local food community. It’s about finding balance and working on figuring out which one I want the most.
I vow to make new friends and cherish the older ones. I made several new friends last year and hope to meet many more this year. This goals is a big on for me because I am such a introvert.
I will encourage others even if I am not being encouraged and feel discouraged.
I will not worry about money issues so much, sure I may not have much of it and the bills will still be there for sure but I’m going to stress less and do the best I can to get by!
I vow to be kinder to those around me and worry less about things that aren’t my business.
I will do all that I can to be the best and most authentic version of myself.
I will not take life so seriously because life is meant to be enjoyed and embraced and lived! Life is to short to wish it away and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. So today I vow to start living.
We don’t eat a lot of bread at our house so I only make it once a week. I found a delicious French Bread recipe that is simple to make and uses only a few ingredients, water, yeast, sugar, salt and flour. I have made a few substitutions to the recipe to suit our tastes and the guys really like it.
I use Organic Non Gmo unbleached flour, raw honey in place of sugar and pink Himalayan sea salt. Not sure that makes it any healthier but I like to think so and it makes a tasty and fluffy bread and it’s versatile enough that it can be made into rolls just as easily as a loaf. Next week we will probably try it as cinnamon bread.
We have lived on our property for almost 23 yes and this black walnut has always been in the field behind our house. We have never collected the walnuts from it and I am not sure why.
Today I decided it was time to change that. If we are going become more self sufficient than why not use what is available to us!
My sweet potato experiment.
Usually at this time of the year when the garden is done I still have the urge to grow things. I decided I’m going to see if I can get some sweet potatoes growing. So I put it in some water to see if I could get some roots going and after 5 days I am happy to say it has roots. So now I will be potting it in hopes of growing a vine this winter that I can plant in the Spring garden.