At our old house we had lemon balm growing. I loved the smell of it when we accidentally mowed over some of it, but I never really took advantage of using it the way I could have! After moving to our new homestead, I realized that I had missed out on all the good properties of lemon balm, and found some plants on sale last year at a garden sale. They came back up very nicely this year in my herb garden off the side of our deck, and now after reading this lovely post from The Simple Times, I look forward to utilizing this fragrant and useful herb!
photo credit ~ the simple times
Jessica from Shower of Roses shared a delicious sounding way to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday today. I’m always behind with the novena and everything leading up to this very special day, so I appreciate it when I can see a simple way to get our children’s attention and incorporate the meaning and history of Divine Mercy Sunday. Here is a link to her post on her website. Always a great resource!
I just discovered a blog called Minimalist Baker due to a delicious sounding “Three Ingredient Ginger Tea Latte” post I saw on Facebook. I’m a new follower and this recipe looked delicious! I have raw milk so I’m using that, and it is extremely tastey. I like almond milk as well, so when I have that on hand, I will make it that way too!
We used to do this all the time at home with my parents. My dad is about half Polish. I remember him taking our Easter basket of newly stuffed sausages and eggs, some wine and some bread to our priest on Holy Saturday for a blessing. I think we were the only ones doing it then!
Some Easter traditions and recipes found on Delishably.
We did this last year on Holy Thursday so I’m getting prepared ahead of time a bit. The kids really enjoyed the meal and the symbolism of all the aspects of this special meal. Thanks to Catholic Cuisine for the great resources and explanation. Below is a photo of our family and our dinner set up from last year.
This is another recipe I would like to try, namely for the frosting recipe! My friend Jenny at Au Naturale Nutrition posted this a bit ago and I’ve been meaning to try it. I don’t have all the ingredients yet but I’m hoping to get to it in the near future. Reading her post made me aware of some things I didn’t know about oats for instance. I’m not totally gluten free but if this is as tastey as it looks, and the kids like it, I think it could be a great treat!
I just heard of this recipe for Bannock on Melissa K Norris dot com. Never heard of it before, but it sounds tastey and like something our family would enjoy! According to her website, “Bannock is a simple bread, traditionally made in aboriginal cultures. The potato variation is a Canadian heritage recipe” – which sounds interesting to me! Have you tried it?
There are so many ideas out there for how best to live and eat that it can feel overwhelming. I do believe that over the recent years (from my youth through adulthood), our food choices have left something to be desired. So many preservatives and additives that have been added in order to make food last longer on shelves, or to entice taste buds, especially of young people, simply cannot be good for us, especially in large quantities or over long periods of time, building up in our bodies.
Tracy at Our Simple Homestead had a great post the other day about Living Clean on a Homestead Diet. This is something I aspire to for myself and our family as it seems to me that if we ate more whole foods, the way God gave them to us in the form of plants and animals, we might not have some of the health issues we have.
Check out her post. Are there some ways you are incorporating a “homestead diet”? Do you grow your own food or have animals? Do you have access to a farm or market? Do you like to can or preserve foods?
Image credit: Our Simple Homestead
Despite a hands on tutorial of making freshly ground wheat berry whole wheat bread, which turned out well when my instructor was here, I cannot seem to duplicate last week’s bread making success this morning. I took my woes to FB and discovered a recipe (and other tips) that sounds like something I may need to try. It’s called My Mother’s Peasant Bread. I “bing’d” and found the recipe and a lovely set of images and instructions at Alexandra’s Kitchen here. So it’s not actually MY mother’s peasant bread recipe, but it must be someone’s mother’s 🙂
After I do something with the non-rising blob of dough I made this morning, I’m going to give this recipe a shot! Let me know if you try it and have success!
image courtesy of Alexandra’s Kitchen blog
Just saw this on Facebook – this is just what I need to start my day! Quick, easy, and full of protein and good stuff. I think I would use the whole egg – yolk and all – and add some cheese, myself. Yum!
2 cups spinach (14 calories)
1 roma tomato (11 calories)
2 cups egg whites (250 calories)
Salt to taste (0 calories)
½ teaspoon pepper (0 calories)