Archive for November, 2008

November in Review

(Officially typed 1/22/10)

Celebrations

11/1 Reformation Conference

11/27 Dinner @ home this year for Thanksgiving! It really felt good to be home although kinda different too. My parents joined us and it was nice and quiet and relaxing. Well, as quiet and relaxing as things can be with seven children! πŸ™‚ It was nice not to have to drive – especially on slippery roads. Plus, since I hadn’t been feeling well, it was more of a relief. Everything was yummy and the children were glad for an opportunity to finally use my good china again! πŸ™‚

Children

11/17 Potty training has begun for my baby!! L. used the potty for the first time today (#1)! She’s been interested for a while and we would put her on the big potty occasionally but, of course, there was the nervousness of being over that big opening. A few times we had success so I finally told one of the older girls to run out to the shed and find the little potty. We excitedly showed it to L. and showed her how to sit on it. A little while later when I took her to the bathroom she used it without much prompting at all. Her night-time diapers have been dry for quite a while so I definitely know she’s ready. 19mo and getting to be such a big girl! *sniff-sniff*

11/23 L. has been using the potty regularly but today she went all by herself and #2 even! I’d say potty training is complete – just like that. Exactly a week and pretty much trained herself! Of course, I’m sure I’ll have to remind every now and then. Like all children, she’ll probably get busy playing and forget, etc. Although it makes me a little sad, I’m glad it’s accomplished and so quickly!

11/25 No fluke. L. again used the potty by herself for #2 – twice in fact! It’s a little hard having one so young be so independent in this area as she doesn’t quite understand that it’s important to also wipe. πŸ˜‰ And, her motor skills have to catch up to do it well. Getting her to call to us to help is a challenge…as I said, she’s an independent sort. πŸ˜‰

Homemaking

11/3 Can’t believe I’m starting our 4th Kombucha batch already! We have two jars going now. It brews a little more slowly in our cool house I think than I’ve read others write but once it’s ready it’s gone! After this month, I won’t be recording any more. I just want to get a sense of how long it was taking and just how much we’d be needing, etc.

11/5 5th started.

11/8 6th.

11/11 Co-op order arrived.

11/14 7th. Peeled off and started a new “baby.”

11/16 8th. The original switched.

11/23 9th.

11/25 10th.

Weather

11/11 Snow = 3″ (approx.)

11/22 Snow = 3″ (approx.)

11/26 Snow = 2″

11/29 – 30 12″ over two days!!

Total Snow = 20″

And, a couple of pics:


During this month’s heavy snowfall.


One of our lovely winter sunsets.

‘Til next time,

Tamara’s Cranbanana Bread (GF)

We had a wonderful breakfast the other day! Since going gluten-free (an update I haven’t mentioned here until now. πŸ˜‰ ), we haven’t had much in the way of bread type products. Mostly corn tortillas which got old fast but I was too busy and too new (in the hands on dept.) to this way of feeding my family to change it as soon as I wanted.

I had made some biscuits and rolls from scratch and a cake. I also had made bread from a mix a couple of times. Oh, and of course, pancakes. But that’s not much considering we’ve been “in transition” seriously since August (?). (We had half-heartedly attempted it a few times before this as I’ve known my father is (officially) celiac for several years now and suspected it for me and a few of the children. The symptoms were just finally too overwhelming to ignore any more. 😦 )

Anyhow, I’m getting more and more familiar with using “alternative” flours and the bread I made this morning was so yummy that it just made the whole meal. It pretty much was the whole meal as we just had that and fruit salad (apples, oranges, pears, grapes and plums) and Kombucha – but it turned out to be just the change we need and was declared the “best breakfast” we’ve had in a while. I like our breakfast burritos…but, like I said above, tortillas had gotten kinda old. πŸ˜‰

Tamara’s Cranbanana Bread (GF)

Ingredients
1 stick butter
½ C shortening (organic, non-hydrogenated such as Spectrum) *
6 medium very ripe bananas
2 C rice flour
2 C millet flour
1 C sugar
1 C brown sugar
4 eggs
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
½ C shredded coconut
½ C cranberries (wildcrafted from my parents homestead, also known as low bush cranberries or Lingonberries.)

Instructions
1) Cream butter, shortening and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
2) Beat in eggs, vanilla and bananas.
3) In a separate bowl, mix flours and baking powder together.
4) Combine dry ingredients with wet and beat until dry ingredients are moist.
5) Gently fold in coconut and cranberries.
6) Grease two 5 x 9 in. loaf pans and divide batter between them. (Or, use a muffin pan! We made one loaf of bread and the rest of the batter into muffins.)
7) Bake bread in a 325°F oven for 1 hr. 20 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not under bake! Muffins will take approx. ½ the time – sorry, I didn’t time it exactly. Just keep watch for a nice golden color on top and that each muffin is pulling away from the side of the cup.

* Note: So as not to be redundant, all ingredients are natural, raw, free range, pastured, and/or organic, gluten-free, etc. In other words, the best most healthful choice available for that product. Azure is my “store” of choice.

© 2008 Tamara Hunt

I may tweak this recipe in the future…I’m always tweaking things. May add nuts next time, may reduce it by one banana, may add orange peel, may reduce the sugar and/or leave out the brown sugar, etc. I love experimenting in the kitchen! πŸ˜€

Be sure to come back and tell me how they turned out for you! Enjoy!

This recipe was inspired by the one found here.

Weekly Contemplation

Prayer is the one prime, eternal condition by which the Father is pledged to put the Son in possession of the world. Christ prays through His people. Had there been importunate, universal, and continuous prayer by God’s people, long ere this the earth had been possessed for Christ. The delay is not to be accounted for by the inveterate obstacles, but by lack of the right asking. We do more of everything else than of praying. As poor as our giving is, our contributions of money exceed our offerings of prayer. Perhaps in the average congregation fifty aid in paying, where one saintly, ardent soul shuts itself up with God and wrestles for the deliverance of the heathen world. Official praying on set or state occasions counts for nothing in this estimate. We emphasize other things more than we do the necessity of prayer.

~ E. M. Bounds, The Best of E.M. Bounds on Prayer (Best Series)

Weekly Contemplation

Prayer is the one prime, eternal condition by which the Father is pledged to put the Son in possession of the world. Christ prays through His people. Had there been importunate, universal, and continuous prayer by God’s people, long ere this the earth had been possessed for Christ. The delay is not to be accounted for by the inveterate obstacles, but by lack of the right asking. We do more of everything else than of praying. As poor as our giving is, our contributions of money exceed our offerings of prayer. Perhaps in the average congregation fifty aid in paying, where one saintly, ardent soul shuts itself up with God and wrestles for the deliverance of the heathen world. Official praying on set or state occasions counts for nothing in this estimate. We emphasize other things more than we do the necessity of prayer.

~ E. M. Bounds, The Best of E.M. Bounds on Prayer (Best Series)

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For those who were wondering, if you want to subscribe, there are links at the very bottom of the page – one for entries, one for comments. It’s a good idea as sporadically as I post. πŸ™„

Maybe one day I’ll put a handy little button at the top of the page…or maybe not. You know me. πŸ˜‰

Rare Soapbox Moment

BROKAW: There’s a lot about him we don’t know.

And 64,259,643 people in this country just voted him as Commander in Chief????

😑

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark our country.
(To borrow slightly from the Bard.)

God have mercy on the rest of us.

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