The Sugar Manifesto

In 2008, after almost 5 years of membership, I wrote the following letter to our awesome church after a wonderful but sugar-filled retreat.  I questioned the disconnect between wanting to nourish our kids spiritually while pumping their little temples full of crap food.  I challenged the church to view food as a justice issue.  I gave suggestions for alternative snack options.  And, to the credit of the leadership, they took me up on my suggestions… and promptly put me in charge of kids snacks for the next retreat.  The squeaky wheel gets the grease – and sometimes the responsibility.  =)

Though (as a whole) we’re a little late to the party, Christians in large numbers, are starting to notice that food matters to God. Continue reading


Traditional Remedies for Healthy Homes

After the great time with my DC Mops moms talking about Real Food for Real Families, we entered into the winter season ready for some remedies.


“Let your food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”

Hippocrates (460-377 BC, Greek Physician and founding father of medicine)

DISCLAIMER – I am not a medical practitioner, but I have been reading, thinking about, and practicing natural healing alternatives for over 7 years.  I have 3 children with no cavities, antibiotics, or emergency room runs.  We’re all responsible for our healthcare choices.  Check with doctor if pregnant/nursing. This is not an exhaustive list (homeopathy, herbs, essential oils, etc.).  I’m going with “food as medicine” with a few other interesting goodies thrown in.

My purpose is to breathe new life into our God-given intuition about how He has designed our bodies to heal and created natural things to heal them.  Just a reminder that we have options… Continue reading

Fire Water, Baby!

This is our almost-gone version. Will post more pics of the whole process the next time I make some.

I make and share this crazy stuff every winter and because of its kick-tail effectiveness, many of my friends have requested the recipe over the years.  But first, a bit of history…

This was given to me by one of my Biola Resident Assistants (Hi, Hope!) who grew up chugging this stuff on the mission field in Albania. A few years later I found it called the “Natural Antibiotic” in Keepers at Home, a quaint Mennonite homemaking magazine and then again recently at the Weston A. Price conference where someone referred to it as the “Master Tonic.” The hubs has affectionately dubbed it “Fire Water.”  Whatever you choose to call it, make some, chug it, gag, sputter, feel your eyes water, and then kiss those little germies goodbye! Continue reading