Friday, January 29, 2010

Getting back to our roots

Matt grew up on a dairy farm and I grew up with hippy granola parents and by looking in our fridge and pantry it was obvious we have taken a few steps in the wrong direction. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to the very thing you are placing in your body for it to function properly. So why is it that when it comes to food we don't know where it comes from and we don't always care? We will simply place items into our mouth and not give a thought to where it came from and what was in it. That's pretty scary. Convenience and cost have replaced quality and a natural product. Right now I am in the stages of re-learning a life of whole food. I hesitate to use the word “organic” not because of it's true definition but because of the growing popularity it is receiving in regards to people using this word to find identity in. This journey is of course in itself a lifestyle change but not something we find our identity in. Here are a few things I have learned so far that I want to share. It is hard to keep this simple because there is so much information out there but I will give it a shot.

Milk Does the Body Good??? Depending on where that milk is coming from. Most dairy farms today are not farms at all but rather dairy industries. These cows are housed in indoor facilities standing in poop, rubbing shoulders with the next sick cow. They are fed corn, antibiotics, and growth hormones to make this large cheap production possible. Many of these cows are calcium deficient because of extreme milk production and are extremely sick on so many levels.

The milk is then pasteurized that in a nutshell destroys and changes it's nutrients and immune enhancing components. The vitamins are virtually destroyed during this process. Then synthetic vitamins are added into the finished product to provide you with that healthy drink we call commercialized milk! Makes you not want to force your kids to drink up.

The grass is greener on the other side of the fence. There are places that do it the old fashion way....the correct way. A place where cows eat grass and production levels are natural. Where the milk has vital nutrients like vitamin A and D. This is found in Raw milk. Raw milk is a nutrient rich whole food. It is so powerful that it is said to be medicinal and life sustaining, meaning you could literally live off of raw milk alone.

I haven't even scratched the surface on this topic and this is already a long post! If you are interested in learning more I will post some websites for you to read through and educate yourself with.

I leave with this thought. When you find out your pregnant you suddenly become consumed with the safety and origin of items placed into your body. You want to make sure it is safe for the baby because you think now what you are putting into your body directly affects something. After having the baby and even after nursing what you are putting in your body still does have a direct affect and it is on you.

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If you are interested in buying raw milk from a reliable source in the Brenham area you can contact:

Here is a video covering commercialized milk:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Trying to make Pawpaw proud

We have been busy! Here are some highlights of our weekend.

Here is one of my Saturday morning yard sale finds. I can't wait to fill it with bright colored pillows and someday soon baby dolls for Arabelle.

We started working on our garden. Let's be honest Matt did most of the work with this project. I cheered him on until Arabelle went down for a nap and then I put up outdoor lights.

Oh wait I forgot, I was doing something. While he was making the garden I was under the house clearing out junk left from years past and I found this stuff. It's obvious I'm a lover of old junk. I think it's neat to see all of these old labels. I'm cleaning out under the house so we will have a place to store all of those wonderful potatoes we are sure to get from our garden.

While we were busy working on these projects the little miss was busy working on pulling up and standing.

And today I took a trip to the dump to shovel as many bags of mulch into our car as I could handle. These bags were supposed to go to the garden but then when I got home I took one look at my ugly flower beds around the house and decided to clean them out and put fresh mulch on them. Now they look beautiful and back to the dump I go!

I'm a good mom I promise! You do whatcha gotta do sometimes even if that means family car turn work truck every now and then.

I love this little girl as my helper!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

She's still a baby right?

Last Friday morning (Jan 15,2010) my little bitty baby girl crawled for the first time. Lately she is looking like such a big girl it is making my heart smile and break in the same beat. Now she is all over the place and getting into everything. Of course her main interest is Nellie and Nellie's toys and her second interest is the shoes on her giant tower of shoes. Nellie has been such a little helper in getting Arabelle to go the distance. She will take her toy and coax Arabelle to it with a few squeaks, let Arabelle get the toy (yuck!) and then gently take it from her and move it a little further. Now I am finding Arabelle all over Nellie because now she can get to her on her own and doesn't have to wait for Nellie to wake up and come down from the couch, Arabelle will just come to her. Nellie is not always so thrilled about this. Another big girl thing she is doing is sitting up in her crib when she wakes up. She use to just lay in there and talk to herself until we came and got her and the other day I came in and found her sitting up and looking out the window at the neighbors. All this to say she is still my little baby girl.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Arabelle Update

I have not posted Arabelle updates lately because my camera is broken and we are borrowing Nonnie's camera and it just doesn't seem to like me. Every time I try to capture a moment it is either blurry or washed out.
Things are changing around here on a daily basis. Arabelle is up on all fours rocking back and forth and she is starting to pull up on some of her toys. If there is a toy that is out of reach she knows how to roll and roll until she has reached her destination or gets stuck under the couch. Yesterday I was washing the dishes while she was playing on the blanket and next thing I know I look over and she is gone only to find her completely under the couch....I panicked and then saw her happily waiting for me to rescue her.

She is starting to make all sorts of funny faces and she is very aware when she has an audience. She has a lot of her Daddy in her because she is definitely a people person and loves gatherings and making people smile.

She is also getting to the point where she enjoys playing during bath-time. It use to just be a "get down to business" event and now she is playing with rubber ducky and splashing the water. I will soon be wearing rain gear during this time as I have already gotten soaked.

We have a checkup appointment tomorrow and I can't wait to see how much she has grown.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Homemade Pizza

I want to share a recipe that is a family favorite here in the Farmer home. This recipe was given to me by a dear friend and we have been making it every week since. Chances are if you have ever come to our home for dinner you have eaten this pizza with us. We think "pizza bar" as we call it is a fun way to share a meal with friends or a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen. When we have people over we usually set out any topping you could think of to put on a pizza and then allow the creator to create their unique meal. Pizza is also a great way to morph leftovers into something exciting, for instance we had honey baked ham for Christmas and we were tired of eating it as is so I brushed the dough with BBQ sauce rather than pizza sauce spread fresh mozzarella, pineapples and ham for a Hawaiian inspired pizza and you can do this with just about anything.

Pizza Dough

2 1/2 C Flour
1 TB Sugar
1 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp garlic powder
1 Pkg Yeast

Mix dry ingredients in a Kitchen Aid with the hook attachment and then add
1 Cup warm water
1 TB olive oil
1 tsp. honey

It should clump into a ball around the hook but if it doesn't don't be scared to add a bit more flour to help it ball up.
Next take it out of the mixer and put it on a piece of wax paper that has been dusted with flour, knead it for a few minutes and then separate it into two balls. Place each ball onto the pizza sheet you will baking it on and put a little bit of oil down, stick it in the oven on warm for a few minutes and then turn the oven off and allow it to rise in there for 45 minutes. Once it has risen take it out of the oven, put a bit of corn meal on the sheet and then roll it out evenly over the sheet. Put pizza sauce down, freshly grated mozzarella and then whatever your hearts desire.
Bake @415 for 20 minutes.

* We freshly grate our cheese because packaged cheese has cellulose and that's just nasty! I promise there is a big difference. Go ahead and grate all the cheese and place what you don't use in a freezer bag for later use.
* We have our pepperoni freshly sliced at the deli. It is far different from the thick and chewy packaged pepperoni.
* We use Pastorelli Gourmet Pizza Sauce
*Another style I like to make is brushing the dough with pesto and then places Mozzarella balls and freshly sliced tomatos and once it is done baking top it with fresh basil.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Breakfast the most important meal of the day....

Last night Matt and I went to some friends of ours home and ate a fabulous meal and I ate a lot of it. There was a spread of delicious roast, mashed potato's, corn, spinach salad,cabbage,cornbread and brownies for dessert. I'm not gonna lie I went back for seconds and then humm..thirds...yes a third helping that I most likely didn't need but it was delicious so I just couldn't resist. I was one stuffed girl by the end of the night and had I not been wearing sweat pants I probably wouldn't have been able to move without busting a seam. So this morning I wake up at 5:30AM because my stomach is growling and I am STARVING....yes I am so hungry that I can't seem to wish it away, I close my eyes desperately trying to go back to sleep but my stomach and the hunger I am feeling wont allow it. I lay in my warm bed actually frustrated at being hungry because I don't want to get up and eat anything, this typically is not a problem I encounter.
So I lay in bed and begin to think about this situation and how it relates to our hunger and thirst for the Lord and his word. How often do I spend time with him that is so deep so rich and intimate that I am filled up and busting at the seams of fulfillment in my father only to wake up starving for more, so hungry that I can't go back to sleep because I need him. I can honestly say I have not experienced that and I so desire to. I desire to be filled with the word and time with him to give me strength and nourishment much like I depend on food to provide these same things for my body to function. If we don't eat and take care of our body we are weak and we do not function properly. Same with our time in the word and in prayer. Many of us are so weak spiritually that we do not function as Christ lovers and followers, we don't know the scriptures because we are not in his word. His word is to be our strength. When his words are ours then we are in truth. When praying scripture you not only find yourself in intimate communication with God but your mind is retrained and renewed “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Rom. 12:2) to think HIS thoughts about your situation rather than our own. My thoughts are dangerous and more often then not they are not TRUTH. The enemy's chief target is the mind because the most effective way to influence behavior is to influence thinking. When we allow our minds to be transformed through scripture and truth that is when we are able to do his will. How can we truly live out his will when we are not in unison with him? If we are not filled with the word then what are we filled with? I feel so weak on a daily basis just barely getting by spiritually and that breaks my heart. I find time to fill my life with many meaningless things only to feel empty at the end of the day but when I am drawing near to him the day is different I am satisfied. When I am found in the word, in truth and in prayer I am found in him and when I am found in him I am strong. I have strength and energy to face the day, good or bad I am able.

A study that I am in brought me to Ephesians 6:13-18 “Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything to stand. Stand firm then , with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” The study goes onto explain that Paul listed the whole armor of God noting that only one piece of the armor is actually a weapon. The figurative belt, shield, breastplate, shoes, and helmet are all defensive pieces of armor intended to keep us from harm. The sword of the Spirit, clearly identified as the WORD of God is the only offensive weapon listed on the whole armor of God.
All that to say our weapon--our STRENGTH is the word of God and in the spirit PRAYER. I can't say this to myself be strong and healthy spiritually I shall find myself hungering after the Lord and filling up in his Spirit.