Tomorrow I have to take some of the kids in my son’s scout troop out to collect food for their annual food drive. Every year I volunteer to drive them around while they go door to door picking up donations. It can be fun, and it can be a chore depending on the kids who end up in my car. One year I literally felt trapped at band camp or something similar. The only thing the kids did was talk about band and musical equipment. I knew more, by the end of the day, about who had gotten a ableton controller at musicians friend and who wanted one than I ever wanted to know. It could have been worse I suppose they could have talked about video games.
My husband loves to shop at Goodwill. I will admit that I like to shop there as well but I don’t make it a weekly thing. He went there last night and saw a new garbage disposal in a box. He didn’t buy in then but went back tonight after work to buy it. The cashier remarked that she was waiting for someone to buy it because it was such a good deal. She asked if he was remodeling his kitchen and he told her that he was not but that he had a use for the disposal. He explained that we use a disposal to grind apples to make apple cider. She was baffled. I suppose I would be as well if I hadn’t seen one in use and knew that it was a new one being used.
I cannot believe the time is here again to start thinking about shopping for the holidays. Christmas is less that two months away, and I feel like I should already have some shopping done. I am one of those people who like to avoid the rush of the holidays. Thankfully I don’t have to do anything like shop for mens wedding rings or a new car. My holiday shopping is fairly straightforward, but I like to be organized and prepared for what I do need to buy. My plan usually involves a budget and am idea of what I want to buy each person on my list. Rarely do I make impulse buys because they usually end up being gifts that aren’t really appreciated.
Since we returned to a Paleo/Primal diet a couple of months ago I haven’t really tried to make too many dessert type items. Today I decided to try a couple of pumpkin based recipes that had 5 star reviews. Whenever I have made a recipe with a 5 star review or rather multiple 5 star reviews things have turned out excellent. These recipes gave me high hopes that a decent dessert was in our future. I am sad to report that both of them were absolutely nasty. My instincts tell me that when it comes to Paleo/Primal foods tasting in great is a very personal thing. Many people are so strict with these diets that it takes very little to convince them that something tastes amazing.
As I type this I have a bunch of pumpkins cooking. I will be dehydrating the pumpkin puree and then powdering it. I use the pumkin powder to make pies and muffins. To be fair this is a great deal of work but it is worth it. The pumpkin powder takes up a great deal less space in my pantry, and it is super easy to use. Some things are worth the work for convenience later on. Canning pumpkins is a huge pain the rear and I hate cutting up pumpkins. This way I can just cook them and dehydrate the pulp and then powder it later on.
This has been a week of canning apple products. Earlier in the week we picked apples at my parents house. We used these apples to make apple cider. We ended up getting about 7.5 gallons of cider from the apples. We used what apples that we didn’t press to make apple sauce. A couple of days later we bought some apples and made even more apple sauce. While we were making the apple sauce my friend stopped by with another bushel of apples. I now will be making even more apple sauce. As I type I have a batch of apple slices in the dehydrator. They are sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and we will delicious.
We have been married for 22 years. During that time our spending has not always been on the same page. There were times when I worried that we might need a bankruptcy free consultation. It took us getting to that point to realize that we needed to get a handle on our spending. We decided to come up with a plan that we could both agree to. After we devised this plan we stuck with it completely until our debts were erased. Our spending plan is now a way of life and we no longer worry about debt.
Our potato plants have finally died back, and the time to harvest came this weekend. We have a large garden on my parents property. I planted about eight pounds of seed potatoes. They mostly rotted in the ground early in the spring due to the large amount of rainfall we had. I ended up planting some very deteriorated potatoes I had left over from the season before to replace them. As it turned out we did get a harvest from all the potatoes we harvested. Our yield was 59 pounds of red and white potatoes. Not an amazing yield but at least a decent one. I am glad to get anything after the first planting rotted.
We started our new school year yesterday. So far things are going very well. I was surprised today that my youngest son really wanted to do the music lessons provided by our curriculum. Normally neither of my children want anything to do with music lessons. He was avidly interested in learning the music lesson today. This was a nice change of pace. I am not saying he is ready to look into the pod hd500 at guitar center but at least he wanted to do the lesson. It is very hard to get a child to sing a song when he has no interest in music.
We are just about a month into our return to the Paleo/Primal eating plan. I have to say that things are going well. I no longer feel exhausted or foggy headed. It has been pretty easy to return to this style of eating after our hiatus from. I do notice that I don’t really crave wheat or grains at all. What I do crave it sweets like candy. I am not giving into these cravings but, it is hard. I have had some yogurt that has a bit of natural sugar, but this is the only sugar I have had, and it is rare. It feels good to be feeding my body good stuff and to feel great again.
Last week my husband had a serious of lab work done. His doctor ordered a very complete panel of blood work to be done. We have called twice about the results, and they have not been able to tell us about them. I am worried they will find something else wrong with him. My hope is that I don’t have to start worrying about tracking down generic lipitor tablets or some other new medication. He is already dealing with enough health issues, and I really don’t want him taking more medications if he really doesn’t need them. Hopefully we know something soon about the results.
After a great deal of watching and waiting our peaches were finally ready to harvest this week. It is such an anxious time from the moment blossoms appear on the tree until harvest time. So many things can happen to prevent you from getting a harvest. It could be frost or drought or disease that prevents you from harvesting peaches. This year was the first year our three year old peach tree was able to produce fruit. I am absolutely thrilled with our harvest of 80 pounds of peaches. I couldn’t be prouder than I am of what this little tree provided us with.
There is a rental house across the street from our house. People seem to move in and out of there constantly. You never really know what you might see happening over there. For the last a pest control person keeps visiting the house when no one is home. This is somebody who seems to be working on his own and doesn’t look real professional and certainly has nothing to do with pestproductsonline.com for termidor sc. What find weird is that he keeps looking in the windows rather than waiting for someone to answer the doors when he knocks. He just walks around the house and looks in all the windows which I find weird.
Today is one week and one day since our return to Paleo/Primal eating. I have to admit that the first few days have been pretty hard. Not really hard in terms of not eating stuff, but hard in dealing with feeling sluggish and just plain worn out. I realize that this is the result of my body detoxing from grains and sugar. The main thing I am coping with now is this persistent headache that just won’t quit. I know it will but right now it is crazy. Aside from that I really want sugar and lots of it. I could care less about grains, but I want sugar.
I have lived in this country my entire life. Every person as far back in my family history as I can recall was born in this country. We have never has a need for anything like immigration lawyers in los angeles or anywhere else. We are pretty boring. There are times when I wish I had some sort of exciting family history, but I guess we should be grateful to have completely boring lives. There are so many worries in life that I am sure we will one day have a story to tell without needing to worry about our immigration status.
I was our working in the garden this afternoon for several hours. My plants have been going crazy putting out foliage but not much fruit. Everything is so overgrown that I can’t find a place to step. I decided to trim things back in the hope that the plants would put more energy into making fruit and less into making leaves. While I was working I felt something brush up against my foot. I looked down to see a huge black snake slithering across my foot. I wanted to scream but decided to let it move on without moving or screaming. I HATE SNAKES!
My youngest son turns seven years old this Thursday. He typically wants a birthday party that is beyond the moon in his mind. I swear he would have a marching band and a crowd sitting in tip and roll bleachers if it were possible. This year he wants a simple party at home which is fine with me. The only thing he specifically asked for is a pinata. We have gotten a couple of the toys on his list which should make him very happy. I love to see the enthusiasm children have about birthdays. It would be nice if this were something we could hang onto as adults.
That time of year is finally here- harvest season! My garden got a late start because of our very cool and wet spring and early summer. Today I harvested a 5 gallon bucket of various crops from my backyard garden. This was enough stuff to start a gallon jar of pickles and a gallon jar of dilly beans. I am trying a new method of making pickles and dilly beans that involves fermenting them. I have made fermented things like kraut and kimchi but have not made pickles. Hopefully these are tasty and do not end up being a waste of food and time. I should be canning green beans by the end of the week. I love and hate this time of year. I love the amount of food that I am able to put away but hate the work it involves.
I don’t play games online or on social networking sites. I really don’t understand the fascination with them. I have a friend who seems to spend every waking hour online playing every single game that comes along. It wouldn’t surprise me if she were to send me an invite to play a game called “Meservylawpc‘” or any other random name. Every single day that I log in to check for status updates there is a new request from her to play some new game. It kind of makes me sad to think that her life is spent playing these games and not actually living a life. I ignore any and all requests like hers and am tempted to send her an email asking her to stop sending these requests, but I haven’t. I think that ignoring them will eventually send the same message.
My husband and son are off on a five mile hike today with some friends. My oldest son’s friend called last night and wanted to know if he wanted to go hiking. It cracked me up that my son said he would because normally he hates that sort of thing. When he had to complete the same hike for scouts he moaned and complained the entire time but rapidly agreed to go when a friend asked him. Hopefully they have and easy hike and enjoy themselves. The weather today is at least not as hot as it had been so they should have a nice day for their hike.