Photo: Great grandparents at their farm in Blandinsville, IL, with five of their six children .. my grandpa was yet a twinkle in grandma's eye. Stable boy and governess also pictured. Hodges farm, circa 1903-4

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Boy's Breakfast & Lunch Meals

Our son must be kept on a good nutritious diet .. or else.  Else what?  He feigns headaches, low grade fevers, low white blood count, rashes and lethargy (I believe from a leaky gut).  Grains exacerbate his health and are kept to a minimum.
Age 12

Our morning routine begins with a shot glass full of berry or citrus kefir.  He's afraid of 'shots' .. but this one he downs like a pro in one gulp.

You will find no boxes of cereal or frozen packages of waffles on our kitchen counter (unless I'm away and the Mr. is in a bind).

Farm fresh eggs are fixed most mornings in a variety of ways:  Veggie or apple pancakes (grain free), scrambled with spinach and a little grated cheese, fried .. or baked frittata style.  Endless ways really.

Some mornings he gets sausage patties.  And .. for good measure .. a banana in hand on the way to the bus stop.
Age 16

While he's enjoying his hot breakfast, I am busy whipping up a hot lunch: 
  • Spaghetti sauce over green beans (in place of noodles), packed in his trusty stainless steel thermos .. or,
  • Freshly made bone broth soup (keeping homemade stock on hand in the freezer and shelf stable in the pantry makes this easy peasy).  I add to the stock any left over meat and veggies from the previous night's dinner, dried herbs, sea salt and pepper.  One day he'll have chicken, turkey or beef based stock in his soup.
  • Every day he gets a green salad that includes lettuce, cucumbers, carrots & red pepper, along with a little (tiny) bottle of homemade salad dressing.  This is made in batches every few days and may include: balsamic-olive oil vinaigrette, homemade ranch style or Italian dressing.
  • Fruit:  banana, small apple, orange slices, tangerine, or a small cup of diced peaches or applesauce.  The peaches and applesauce are canned in our kitchen during the summer and stored away for those days we don't have fresh fruit.
  • Once a week I give him a treat and make French bread pizza.  This is simply made from a few slices of sourdough style bread I bake a few time a week.  The bread is buttered and spread with a little marinara sauce and topped with grated cheese .. placed on a baking sheet in a 350 F oven until it's a little bubbly and starting to brown.
  • Each lunch contains a small container with a fermented sour pickle.  Fermented foods aid in digestion and help boost immunity.
I don't believe in all of the disposable packaging .. so limit its use.  He gets a cloth napkin and thrift store utensils .. and his food is packed in reusable lidded containers.  Usually my husband will comment that it looks like a b0mb went off in the kitchen .. but that's the price for eating healthy .. it's certainly not 'convenient' food (LOL).  Really .. how convenient is illness?  Food for thought.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday .. Wandering the Web

It snowed last night and part of today.  Finally.  If you're in the Polar Vortex or have been hit with unseasonably cold weather for your area .. just ignore my delight.  We've had very little snow this winter and it's really needed for our mountain snow pack.

The Mr. and I had our date day; an outing to town including lunch and window shopping downtown.  I'm not a big fan of eating out, so I packed my own little mini jar of homemade ranch salad dressing for my salad lunch.

Here are some good reads I found wandering around the web today. 

The 11 Most Destructive Nutrition Lies Ever Told

5 Signs Your Body is Starving for Vitamins

The Dangers of Not Getting Enough Vit. D

Cod Liver Oil ~ Myths and Truths of an Ancient Super Food

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Restoration Tuesday

There is no money to be made from healthy people.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

~ Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

Restoring one's health can not be achieved overnight .. nor with a magic pill.  Western medicine of today irritates the heck out of me with their pill pushing philosophy.  Why not make amends with your body, surrender the old habits that lead to ill health AND embrace better health one day at a time. 

The overall end goal is to get out of bed in the morning with as few creaks as possible, get through the day with energy, do your daily work without folding into a pile by mid-day, then retiring at night with sleepy eyes that drift off to dreamland without the aid of a pill.  This, my friends, will help you  make it to old age with your faculties in tact. 

In an ideal world, food will be your medicine.  Would you take bad medicine?  Would you overdose on bad pills?  There is no day like today to step into a new era feeling fit.

But how?  One day at a time.  Remember, there are no magic pills.  Nothing will make you feel better overnight. 

Here are my top three remedies to start with:
  1. Get rid of packaged food.  I used to say just start replacing it with better options, but in reality, this is just delaying the healing process.
  2. Fill your fridge with fresh produce.  It's not hard to make a green salad.  Peel an orange.  Slice an apple.
  3. Learn to make bone broth (beef, chicken, fish).  In our home, this is worth its weight in gold.  We consume this daily.
There you go.  That's a start.  Now run with it.  Don't read fad diet books.  Research about nutrient dense foods.  If you're on a tight budget ... cut out your expensive TV cable bill, and drop the internet for your smart phone.  Really, your body is more important than filling your mind with the junk food diet of TV programming.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  How do you want to finish the race?  Leave a comment if you're interested in reading more Restoration Tuesday posts. 

Know your produce PLU codes

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Making Time For Sunday

Keeping the calendar clear to focus on Sunday:  Church, service .. working in the pre-school children's church, prepping a meal for the family all speak about love.

Today we're gathering as a family at both church and 'grandma/pa's' home for a shared meal.  Everyone contributing to make the day more relaxing. 

On the menu:  Elk chili, corn bread with honey butter, garden salad. 

Time spent in God's Word ... and with the family ... priceless.

Oh, and if you're one of my kiddos and didn't get the memo .. yes, you're invited over for dinner at 4:00. 

I leave you with this quote for the day:

"So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet."
James 4:10 ~ The Message Bible

Friday, January 24, 2014

Bathroom #1 Update

The geometric design wall tapestry is actually a painted cotton rug.
We're fine tuning the d├ęcor in our home, you know, weeding out clutter, 'shopping' in the basement's storeroom and TJ Maxx.  Our son's (which is also the guest) bathroom needed a fresh look; something a little brighter. 
Sunshine yellow & white medallions on the shower curtain 

We switched out the shower curtain and added new towels and a few countertop decorations.  Added a small cotton rug in front of the sink AND one on the wall instead of a painting.  Who knew a rug on the wall would look so good.
A carved treasure box and burlap runner
Now we have a bathroom that is nice enough for visitors that didn't cost an arm and a leg.

I've dubbed this room 'Sunshine & Blue Skies'

Thursday, January 09, 2014

New Year .. New Way of Living?

I'm old school.  Traditional.  Father and mother under God's authority; children under their parents' authority until the age of accountability.  God, Family, Country .. to be exact.  A way of life melting away faster than a popsicle on a warm summer day.  So, we  'old folks' are not alone in this feeling of wanting the good old days.  Here's an excerpt from the preface of the book American Cookery, 1798.  The first published cookbook written by an American (orphan) in America.  This is a good read from the perspective that history repeats itself (so to speak) .. and a historical account of cooking methods in our nation's infancy.

"The world, and the fashion thereof, is so variable, that old people cannot accomodate themselves to the various changes and fashions which daily occur; they will adhere to the fashion to their day and will not surrender their attachments to the good old way--while the young and the gay, bend and conform readily to the taste of the times, and fancy of the hour."
The Mr. retired last week.  It's nice to have him home.  We made it to our rocking chairs with a little less hair on his head and silver tresses on mine.  A few delicious grandbabies and relative good health.  The new year holds much promise with a few trips planned, gardening, putting away provisions and bike rides together.  No time clock to punch and every day is Saturday, but Sunday.
Happy New Year from the Mac Family