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HAVE A HEART……

With all the information I have read about the benefits to a nutrient dense diet and grass-fed organ meat, I decided it was time to add it to our meal plans. We were fortunate to find a local source for some good, grass-fed beef and on the day of slaughter my husband and I went to the farm to help bag up the organ meat. He was a good sport about the whole thing and I was secretly hoping that by being ‘up close and personal’ with all the organs he may consider actually eating some of it. Four cows were slaughtered right at the farm and we washed and bagged up kidneys, hearts, tongues, and livers. I wanted to bring home a tongue, but that wasn’t gonna fly, however I did bring home about 3 lbs of liver and a 3 1/2 lb heart. Of course NOW he said maybe we should have gotten a tongue too! Oi…I should’ve just done it…..

I haven’t cooked any of the liver yet, mainly because I get a groan whenever I mention the possibility of eating some of it. Then there is the heart – and it is a big one! It sat in the refrigerator for a couple of days and I honestly didn’t know what to do with it. DH was having a real issue with it staring at him every time he opened the fridge, so I put it in the freezer.

Then, today I read about adding beef heart to ground beef. Just grate 1/4 lb of heart and mix with a pound of ground beef. Do you realize how hard it is to hold a frozen, 3 1/2 lb object and grate it! Especially when you are trying to be a bit sneaky about it…

So, tonight we are having Hamburger Sliders with the secret ingredient!

I’ll let you know how they are!

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A New Direction

‘To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.’ 

 When God takes something from your grasp, He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.  Concentrate on this sentence… ‘The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.’   Something good will happen to you today; something that you have been waiting to hear.

I was just sent this in an email today and it fits so well into my life right now. I have been wondering which direction I should be going and some days feel like I am going backwards. I have been struggling to find the direction that I am meant to follow and have been floundering a bit. Maybe this was my ‘sign’ to follow.

This past week I have been deciding which way my blog should go. I knew I wanted to share my journey, but have been struggling with the thought – “why would anyone care”. I don’t have anything profound to share that isn’t already being blogged about, but there is still the feeling that it is the right thing to do. I read so many other blogs and am truly inspired by everyone out there. Well, I have been listening and am going to follow that not-so-silent voice in my head and move forward.

I discovered after trying to insert something onto my current blog and it wasn’t working I would have to switch my blog over to a new site – OK, now how do I do that?  This was my first thought, so I started searching and of course everything I found costs more that my non-existent finances could afford. Well, whether it was fate or that ever so powerful guiding hand, I am being led in the direction I need to go.  (I might even be able to generate a tiny amount of income from my new site!) This is something I knew nothing about 7 months ago when I started this. ‘To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.’  I can definitely say I am doing something I’ve never done before!

 I am excited to move forward and hope that  in some small way I can inspire others to trust and follow where HE is leading us all.

Something good will happen to you today; something that you have been waiting to hear.

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Mentally Planning….

Now that the holidays are behind us and the hopes of this new year are looming in front of us, I am focusing on lots of things and nothing at the same time. Too much to think about and maybe too grand of ideas. There are so many things to think about and try to implement in our daily life.  My mind is so full of plans – whether it is ‘Real Food’, going green (or greener), self-sustainability, reading, researching…..my list is endless. I have such good intentions and on a daily basis am pretty good with the foods we eat and reducing waste – whether it’s trash or electricity.

What I have been doing lately is  reading – (I love my Kindle!) Latest books: Food Rules by Michael Pollan, Living like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendy Life by Ed Begley, Jr., and just for fun – Under the Dome by Stephen King (I have to give myself a break from reality once in a while).  I love to read, but I personally don’t enjoy going to the library. I like having the books, since most of my reading is of topics that I refer back to over and over, so if I use library books that have to be returned this just doesn’t work for me. So in my effort to reduce and conserve, my Kindle is the way to go.  It saves money since the highest price new releases are just $9.99 and most are $5 or $6 and I’m not killing a tree. The upfront cost was a bit steep, but technology won me over. I do miss actually “turning” pages and it has taken some getting used to, but I love it!

With so many plans (in my head) I need to step back and maybe focus on one thing at a time. We’ll see how things progress and I can maybe track my changes and growth in all the areas I feel are important.  I need to write my plans instead of thinking my plans. Maybe this will help me implement them….we’ll see.

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Turning a new Leaf

The leaves are changing colors and the days are getting shorter. Change can be hard, but it is possible. Old habits may be hard to break but I am willing to try. I spent this past weekend researching and rereading my copy of  Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon. I know there are a lot of you that have read this and probably are much better at practicing the principles of traditional foods than I have been. I will probably read it many more times before it all becames ‘normal’. I also read every single post of a blog that I was directed to last week and became so inspired.  (www.cheeseslave.com). I am now entering her contest to win a one year subscription to her menu plan…..it looks fun and what a way to learn. Check it out: http://bit.ly/2ulZoe – maybe you could be the winner too!

I am also excited for today. I have been wanting to make Kombucha but didn’t have the necessary starters, but thanks to a wonderful friend I will be getting a Kombucha starter and ‘mother tea’. Thanks Lisa! I can’t wait to make some and I will post about it in a future post.

 

 

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Thriving on Less

How timely and appropriate for this stage of my life. I was just sent this information and wanted to share it with all of you. I downloaded it and looked it over a little. It is short so it will be a quick read.

Money Saving Mom posted about the free ebook Thriving on Less by Leo Babauta. http://www.moneysavingmom.com/money_saving_mom/2009/11/free-ebook-thriving-on-less.html

During these past few months I have had an extreme drive and a need to become very frugal and simplify my life. I have been questioning every purchase or thought of purchase, challenging myself to do without or find another way, not just to save money but to live a different life.
It is challenging to change a whole lifetime of “more is better”, so the more I can read, even though sometimes it may be repetitious, it is worth repeating.  I think I already have begun doing  a lot of the things in the book, reading it will help to reinforce the decisions and help me grow.
That is the thing about growth – the strong, lasting kind is slow and methodical. So, while I may have heard a lot of ideas, I have not always been ready for them when I first heard them. I think you can teach an old dog new tricks!

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Girls Day Out

Pumpkin Patch 011 Perfect outfit, perfect hair ‘pretties’, and new yellow boots…..all chosen 2 days in advance and then the day arrived.

A day for  a girls only outing, “no boys can go” is what was determined by my niece, Jorie. So we packed up, picked up Auntie Kristen and cousin Nikolette and headed off to the pumpkin patch. Fun was had by all – climbing the hay bale pyramid, crawling through the tunnel under the pyramid, running through the fields and collecting the perfect pumpkins. We saw the animals in the big red barn and shopped in the farm store.

                                      Pumpkin Patch 012                 We stopped for lunch – lots of giggles and good company.

 

 

 

044        Then it was time to collect the eggs.

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and feed the chickens…….042

and of course carve our pumpkin…..

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What a glorius day!

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