Goal Planning Monday – Week 70

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines and join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week’s goals:

1. Post 3 blog posts. 2 are already written. DONE! I’m happy with my blogging for the week. I love to get up to two non review/meme posts per week, though.

2. Finish Morgaine’s skirt. NOT DONE. It won’t take long but I spent pretty much any free time I had last week outside working.

3. Finish the front of Ruadhán’s jacket. NOT DONE. For the same reason as Morgaine’s skirt wasn’t done

4. Find out what has happened to my course if it doesn’t show up by the end of the week. It showed up. I did e-mail the company but it ended up showing up that day.

5. Finish cutting the smaller sticks in the yard. DONE! I actually quite enjoyed doing it and am a little bit sad that I don’t have a good outdoors project to do now. We likely won’t put in much of a garden this year and I already did what weeding that needed to be done.

6. Drink more water. DONEI Both as water kefir (most of the sugar have been eaten and it’s full of good probiotics so I’m counting it) and regular water.

What are your plans for the week? Let us know and be sure to check back and send an encouraging word to the other GPM Mama participants!

This week’s goals:

1. Icky dirty cleaning that I’ve been avoiding. It will be a challenge…..will I be able to do it?

2. Send in my first test results for vintage remedies. I completed it nearly immediately but I wanted to hold on to it for a few days before sending it in.

3. Blog 3 times. Make at least one post that isn’t part of a meme.

4. Find some kind of project/lapbook for Morgaine. I don’t find we have much direction at the moment and she probably could do with a Mum and Morgaine project.

5. Try to be more positive. Both Mike and I have gotten int to habit of being less than thrilled with the kids and it might be a bit much lately. So less talking and more showing/support/being with.

6. Eat more veggies.

7. Avoid weiners/sausages. I guess they were on sale last week as that is what Mike brought home as our meat for the week. It totally sucked and we still have some left. Not at all a part of a healthy diet.

8. Start writing up the children’s end of year report for the department of education. We aren’t done but I pretty much know what will get accomplished over the summer months for the start of the school year in September and they need the report for the end of June and if I don’t start early I won’t get it done as I am master procrastinator.

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In Our World This Week – May 27th, 2012

In our world this week…

Liam started working on Chemistry the Easy Way. Mike and I bought it for ourselves a few years back just for fun (yes, we are the type of couples that work on textbooks together for fun) and Liam decided it would be the next thing he’d do in science. Liam completed 12 lessons in his geography book on Thursday because he thought it was cool. He made the family a yummy platter one lunch time this week and that was a big hit. He enjoyed talking religion with a lady that is coming in to give us Bible lessons. She said that she should be doing her lessons with Liam and she could probably learn a thing or two about him. Liam loves his Bible and while he wants to travel the world building homes for people I can maybe see mission work as part of his future.

Morgaine whined and complained. I’m not sure what her issues are this week but there is something going on. She’s not terribly pleasant to be around (there’s the real life part!). She is beginning to read more and more and though she’ll deny it, we’ve been catching her reading things when she thinks we aren’t looking. I won a complete year curriculum plan for Epi Kardia and she is looking forward to receiving that. I do hope that I will have the time and motivation to use it with her. It is a little labour intensive but the creator says that I will be able to gear it towards where she is and make it work I was thrilled to win as I told my husband that I was going to win it the night of the facebook party.

Ruadhan got his first haircut (I’ll take a picture tomorrow…..his baby curls are gone). He spend A LOT of time colouring. He worked in the garden a lot with me and is quite fascinated with bugs.

Mommy received her course from Vintage Remedies and completed the first unit in an hour and a half. It looks like a good course and it written quite well. I am anxious to start a more in depth level as this course is a basic review for me. It was given me the idea for a new weekly blog post but as it will take a little planning, experimenting and work on mt part, it probably won’t happen for a few weeks. I didn’t do much else. I was a little low in spirits for the better part of the week and Morgaine’s mood didn’t help much. Everything seemed a little pointless but I’m feeling brighter after a decent weekend.

Daddy started a new summer job. He also finished up our yard work and it is looking good.

(Pictures will be added to this post in the morning….it’s dark here and while the blog isn’t about perfection, I’d at least like you to be able to guess what is in the pictures!)

Healthy Eating – Bone Broth

As I mentioned earlier, we’ve changed our eating habits to align more with the theories of Weston A Price. Of all the changes that we’ve made, my favorite has to be making bone broth. I great satisfaction from it and we use our broth in EVERYTHING.

A few years ago, the kids and I were learning about the dark ages and how a family would throw a pot on the stove and just leave it cooking constantly, adding and taking from it as needed. Those people had it right. There are so many health benefits to drink bone broth. The broth is full of well, good for your bone/teeth minerals – calcium, phosphorus, magnesium. When made correctly, it is full of gelatin that is good for your hair, nails and gut. Not to mention, that is yummy and easy to sneak in (if you must) to many foods so that even your little picky eaters get the benefits of it.

It’s also really easy to make. Here’s what we do:

Buy bones – I usually make bone broth with beef bones but I’ve used chicken and moose as well.

For beef  and moose bones you are going to want to roast them first a la osso buco style. I don’t really have a set time for this. It depends a bit on the bones. I usually roast them for 20-40 minutes at 450 degrees until the marrow becomes translucent and falls easily from the center of the bones. This is yummy to eat on bread straight from the oven. We’ve also served it over rice or thrown it into pasta sauce.

Osso Buco – I actually cooked these bones for a while longer after I took this picture. They were some big bones with lots of marrow.

Place your bones into a large stock pot and add whatever ever savory food you’d like to add for flavour. My favorites are carrots, celery, onions, garlic, ginger (love that one for flu season), shallot, and parsley but I change things up base on what we have on the house.

Ready to simmer!

Then it’s basically a matter of simmering the broth down over the course of many hours. You’ll want to just get the broth up to boiling to get it started but then you’ll immediately turn down the heat as low as it will go and let it simmer and simmer some more! The broth may get a little bit frothy on top and you can just skim that off. After the first 8 hours or so, I love to take 2 cups of the liquid and make a rice as it tastes so, so good at that time. However, the full nutritional value hasn’t been reached by that point so keep simmering.

In the end, we usually simmer our broth for at least three full days (leaving the stove on overnight). You can turn the stove off at night if you do not feel safe leaving it on (and you can leave the pot right there) but you need to get the  temperature back up to boiling when you start it the next day and then reduce the heat. Keep in mind to get a good gel you DO NOT want your broth to come to a full rolling boil so keep an eye on it when you are increasing it’s temperature over a higher heat.

We tend to take from our pot as it is simmering down and we do replace the liquid that we use (and add vegetable scraps as well) but we do simmer our broth for many, many days. The more concentrated your broth the more it will gel.

When you feel it has cooked for long enough (in general, your bones will be brittle and start to fall apart) then you simple remove the bones and strain. Leave the broth on your stove top to cool down (if you have a big pot this will take many hours) and then refrigerate. There will be a layer of fat on the top and you can use this for cooking and under, you should have a gel like broth that you can add to just about EVERYTHING.

  • rice
  • mashed potatoes
  • gravies
  • stews
  • soups
  • roast veggies (we make an amazing curried saucy potato with broth)
  • pancakes (I haven’t but I have a friend who does)
  • stirfries
  • and the list goes on….

The finished product (despite appearances, it is yummy). It completely liquifies when warmed and is even good to drink just like that if you add a generous amount of sea salt.

Your broth can be kept in your fridge for many a day but I’m not giving you a number because, in reality, I don’t know how long you are supposed to be able to keep it in the fridge! After a few days I usually freeze it in muffin tins so I can grab a couple and throw them into whatever I am cooking. In addition I usually fill two 1.5 L containers (plastic…apparently mason jar crack even when filled accordingly) with broth to freeze and use in stews or soup at a later date.

We make beef/moose broth every two weeks (as the first week we are usually stealing from the pot as it is being made) and if we happen to have a chicken I usually use the carcase for a chicken broth (made in the crockpot and simmered for 24-48 hours instead of 3-6 days).

I highly recommend you trying this with your family as it is an easy to boost the nutritional value of just about anything that you cook. Be warned, though, if you start following Weston A. Price principles be prepared to dream about food for weeks when you are just beginning, not that it is a bad thing, but it will take over your subconscious! You’ll be so anxious to wake up in the morning to eat your sourdough and drink a glass of kefir!

Think back Thursday – Water

My friend, Debbie, has decided to add a theme to her weekly Think Back Thursday meme. I love this idea because I have so many photos that it was difficult to just choose a random one to write about. I am sure that with a theme I’ll be much more likely to participate regularly (and I hope YOU will, too!).

Water is an excellent theme for me as we live one one of the world’s top 10 best islands, Cape Breton (you must look at this <——- stunning picture of the place I call home).

Here are some my own personal pictures of my little island.

The beautiful Bras D’or Look off on top of Kelly’s Mountain.

Freedom on one of our many beaches.

Point Aconi lighthouse. (Don’t mind the odd panoramic view..Mike didn’t get it quite lined up properly).

Waves in Victoria Mines.

We have many inland bodies of water as well.

Won’t you come play (and stay) on my beautiful island? I wish I could get the world to move here. I cannot imagine living anywhere else!

Super Excited to Announce the New KinderBach App

I recently had the opportunity to be a beta tester for a much loved company of mine, KinderBach. We’ve had the chance to review their online material a number of times so I jumped on the opportunity to beta test their new iPad/iPod App.

My two youngest children (2 and 6) were thrilled with the finished product. It is nice to have a keyboard incorporated into the App so that children can do the lessons directly on the iPad. Setting up  the keyboard isn’t always easy in out itty bitty house so having it right there was definitely a plus. The new games were fun for even the littlest (2 and a bit year old). This a powerful App that incorporates everything from the online version (videos, worksheets and games) and I highly recommend that you check it out for the little ones in your family.

The KinderBach App will be available very soon at Apple’s App Store (link will be provided here as soon as it is released) and invite you to download the first two lessons for FREE!

Where She Went ~ A Blogher Book Club Review

I’ll admit that I wasn’t particularly interested in reading Where She Went by Gayle Forman. The book is a sequel to her bestseller, If I Stay, and seeing as I hadn’t read that book I didn’t feel that I’d know the characters as well as I should going into Where She Went. I’ll admit that for the first few chapters I felt like I was reading a book geared towards young adults/teens and I had a hard time feeling it. However, when the main character, Adam, meets his lost love, Mia, by chance and they go on a whirlwind tour of New York in one night I was hooked. I’m a sucker for life changing in a moment stories and there was certainly enough flashbacks and memories to make this book a suitable stand alone novel for those that haven’t read the first (though, I intend to look for If I Stay at my local library). I really felt for Adam as he struggles though the novel and I desperately wanted things to work out for him, for him to get what he needed. He’s messed up and I wanted it better for him. I won’t tell you how it ends but will say that once I started I HAD to read this book in it’s entirety. I highly recomend it and would love for you to check it out for yourself and for you to check out this month discussions on the Blogher Book Club as well.

Goal Planning Monday – Week 69

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

If you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines and join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week’s goals:

1. Take Liam for his x-ray to follow up on his pneumonia. DONE! No call back so I think it is safe to say that we are in the all clear.

2. Enroll in the food handlers course at the end of the month. NOT DONE. I was sure I missed it. I need to look into it for next month, though. Chances are I may be out of town for a good part of the summer so I may not be selling at the market after all. It’s going to be a very busy summer!

3. Sort my closet. DONE!

4. Do some baking. DONE!

5. Write at least two blog posts. DONE! (but not posted)

6. Write an article (or two) for Homeschool Horizons. DONE!

7. Finish Morgaine’s skirt, including embellishments. Partially done. I didn’t do the embellishments.

This week’s goals.

1. Post 3 blog posts. 2 are already written.

2. Finish Morgaine’s skirt.

3. Finish the front of Ruadhán’s jacket.

4. Find out what has happened to my course if it doesn’t show up by the end of the week.

 

5. Finish cutting the smaller sticks in the yard. It actually looks like we have a yard again and we only have one small pile of sticks to get through.

6. Drink more water. I haven’t been drinking pop but I haven’t been drinking much of anything and have been suffering from pretty  bad migraines in the last week.

 

What are your plans for the week? Let us know and be sure to check back and send an encouraging word to the other GPM Mama participants!