What if Aleppo happened here?
What if it were our husbands being killed in front of their children, our women being violently raped and killed in numbers? What if it were our children being blown up, our grand children being pulled from rubble with no one to hold them?
What if our streets were unrecognizable because our homes, schools, churches, and buildings were like gravel and no longer there to provide shelter?
What if the bloodshed and terror ravaged on in our front yards and we were the ones who couldn’t find loved ones without being shot down by snipers?
I would have no idea of what to do if it were us and I have no idea of what to do to help the Aleppo nightmare. My tears this morning don’t stop the river of tears there and my broken heart does little to ease the pain tearing them apart.
I am going to a quiet spot to pray… to seek God and plead with Him for help from heaven and I hope you will pray, too. I’m praying for Him to show any and every one of how He is leading us to help.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Praying also over this:
A gentle fog is creating a bit of a glow outside my window this morning.
It softens this grey weather enough to make it cozy inside instead of bleak and this is good.
I’ve crossed several tasks off today’s to do list but for the next 15 minutes, I am still. Sipping hot, strong coffee from a mug that almost takes two hands to hold.
Thank You, Lord… for moments like these.
Since my last post, I have been doing a lot of culinary prepping! When we had all the kids at home, I learned to grind grain for all of our breads and baked goods. I soaked flours and blends for pancakes, waffles and anything I found to set up the night or more before.
Since we moved, I haven’t done any of that often enough to warrant pulling the grain mill out and had gone back to using shelf flours for sourdough and such.
Anyway, that is something I’m setting the kitchen back up for and am hoping to get back to a weekly baking day. I want to make everything from whole grain biscuits to pita pockets and pizza crusts. This takes a lot more order and focused organization than I have had in far too long.
Other things I’m making lately: (some I’ve been doing for years and others I’m just now trying!)
- Kefir, milk and water grains
- Kombucha, made with green tea, black tea or both and flavored with ginger and/or fruit
- Cultured vegetables
- Grain free recipes
- Homemade pasta sauce over gluten-free pasta
- Bean and vegetable stew using speckled butter beans I put in the freezer last year
- Crockpot crowder peas with kefir skillet cakes
- Homemade salad dressings
- Green juices and smoothies
- Nutrition shakes
- Soups and stews
So far, I’ve completed most of my inventory and set-up goals. This has made such a difference in my productivity. Here’s what I did:
- Cleaned, organized and listed everything in the freezers, fridge and pantry/shelves.
- Stacked books to the left of my desk for easy grabbing when I have a few minutes to read. I have books here on sprouting, eating for health and healing, plant-based cooking, a couple of southern classics and one on eating from the garden. I could spend hours reading these and taking notes!
- Started another notebook to keep close by so I can keep all my ideas, planning, goals, and teaching topics in one place.
What I’m working on:
Days of the week kitchen schedule. Something with a day for baking, fermenting/feeding schedule, make-ahead basics and so on. I’ve filled in a few things. Monday’s are quick because our son has Scout meetings. Wednesday is dinner at church and I want to start taking something to contribute. Thursdays may be men’s meetings and Fridays will likely be free days. That used to be our homemade pizza night…
Getting the practical tasks done is an important area. We need to have the oven fixed, the microwave removed, and others like those.
Getting some main dishes or meals in the freezer. I’d like to have a few soups and stews in 1-2 serving containers. Bags of spaghetti sauce (I’ll eat mine over zucchini noodles) and easy to get and heat snacks.
I won’t share my entire -slightly extensive – Master task list but will let you know how the present plan grows. 🙂
How are things in your kitchen? Is there anything you’d like to do, make, or master? If so, what are they? What steps will you take or plan to set them in motion?
I’ll close with a quote I’m fond of and have no idea who wrote:
Bless the food before us,
The family beside us,
And the LOVE between us. Amen.
Fall is my new beginning each year. For many, January seems to signal a need for new goals and healthier habits. Not I, not this lover of falling leaves and windy breezes!
I’ve always had brand new hope and a fresh surge of energy when the seasonal shift from summer to fall finally arrives.
I want the windows open and to spend time outside to breathe it all in. All the plans and goals I’ve been procrastinating on or fallen from seem much easier to set and accomplish.
All of that to share my bliss at the hint of fall being near!
My husband made a lime & strawberry smoothie recently and we all loved it. I was making a quick smoothie after my work out this morning and wanted something similar. I ended up making everything based around coconut milk and lime juice because it just sounded delicious. 🙂
I got out one of my favorite culinary resources book wise; The Vegetarian Flavor Bible by Karen Page. I looked up limes and the book will list flavors that go well with whatever you are looking for. I ended up with this smoothie:
Lime in the Coconut smoothie
8 ounces coconut milk
1/2 frozen banana
2 hands full spinach
1 scoop of nutrition/protein powder, strawberry flavor
1 cup of ice
Fresh lime juice, 2 limes
I ended up adding some water and 1 tsp. of green tea powder
This smoothie has these possible health benefits:
- reduce arthritis symptoms,
- can help prevent the hardening of arteries,
- can fight cancer cells,
- helps against cold and flu.
- protects the colon,
- good for your heart,
- helps lower high blood pressure,
- helps maintain brain function, memory and mental clarity.
- helps control heart rate and blood pressure,
- helps regulate digestive system,
- the magnesium helps strengthen bones and protects the heart.
I’ve been studying nutrition for 26 years and I have notes from so many sources since I started. I am still so amazed by all there is to learn about nutrition. For the sake of simplicity, I gathered these health benefits from one place in case you’d like to read more on each or all. It is Dr. Mercola’s site, http://www.mercola.com/ .