My 10 year old daughter did one of her weekly presentations for our Classical Conversations homeschool co-op on helping the homeless by creating care packages to keep in your car to hand out to people on the street who are in need. That was a long sentence. As care packages for people who are currently living on the street, we came up with the name “Care Street Bags.” Continue reading
Perhaps this Chopped video served as my inspiration, or the slight obsession I have with wasting as little food as possible, but over the years, I have developed quite an intricate system for what to do with food scraps.
I started composting back in the day, but since inheriting 7 chickens three months ago (post to come!), we have even less to throw in the C-bin. However there are some kitchen scraps that can get a little reuse before heading either direction and can even miraculously transform into items you would otherwise pay good money for.
So here is a collection of Life Hacks from Food Scraps:
I like to keep track of the teachings that I have the opportunity to give from time to time, so here are my thoughts (for my local women’s Bible study) on the wonderful interaction between Jethro and Moses in Exodus chapter 18.
THE 10 HABITS OF SPIRITUALLY EFFECTIVE (& RECEPTIVE!) PEOPLE
In my life B.C. (Before Children), I had an awesome job as a Resident Director for five years at my alma mater, Biola University. An RD is part dorm mom, part student leadership developer, part event coordinator, part counselor/disciplinarian and 100% relational, which was right up my alley! But the demanding nature of the job put us on the fast track toward burn out, so our wonderful boss secured a grant for all the RDs to receive spiritual direction, to fill us back up and encourage us in our own spiritual growth.
I had a lovely Spiritual Director named, Betsy, who gave me much wise counsel that I still remember to this day. But the most notable came during a season of my life where I was wrestling with God. In a nutshell, I was experiencing disillusionment. My idealized Christian life where Jesus was here to make me happy, was starting to break down as losses and frustrations and weaknesses and the over all hard stuff of life was starting to crop up.
I can still remember the straw that broke the camels back, when I lost it over something relatively insignificant. Continue reading
I’ve been learning about and using essential oils more and more this year, but my new favorite way is to incorporate them into FOOD. (Note that not all oils are created equal, and only Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade can be ingested.) So we get the wonderful health benefits of essential oils while also satisfying our sweet tooth. Not a bad holiday plan…
Food + Essential Oils = These are a Few of my Favorite Things….
My momma friends and I recently had a “T’is the Season for Essential Oils Party” (to smell and learn and try) and we brought the following essentially yummy treats: Continue reading
During the last three years I have become more observant of the negative effects our technological, sedentary culture has had on our collective posture. I have also learned how interconnected our posture is with the rest of our bodily functions (like breathing, digestion, circulation, etc.) And I have gradually improved my own posture through a number of helpful exercises.
My Posture Story
“The 40 days of Lent symbolize the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert. But that number 40 was, in turn, meant to remind us of the 40 years that the Israelites spent in the desert. The Church has always seen in the Israelite’s journey from Egypt to the Promised Land, from bondage to liberation, an apt image of the Christian’s Lenten journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter.“
- Albert Holtz, Pilgrim Road: A Benedictine Journey Through Lent
When it comes to celebrating holiday seasons, we like to mix it up around here. (In other words, Mommy goes through phases.) And Lent has grown into a special time of teaching the kids and preparing our hearts for the gift and victory of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
The Spirit of Lenten Past has led us to many enjoyable semi-traditions over the years: Continue reading
I never recall being a big fan of the jiggly stuff. But once I got into eating Real Food, and found out that Jello’s main ingredient (gelatin) is good for you, I was ready to try my hand at Bill Cosby’s favorite treat – minus the pesky flavorings, artificial colors and added sugar. J-E-L-L…No.
With apologies to my vegan friends, gelatin is a powdered supplement made from animal bones and connective tissues and has many health benefits, like aiding digestion, improving hair/nail/skin growth, helping joint recovery, and providing protein in the form of necessary amino acids that we rarely get in our SAD (Standard American Diet.) Continue reading