Somewhere along the line, I lost my momentum with blogging. I guess life got in the way! That will happen with a 3 year old and too many of life's To-Do's. But I realize that I need to get back into focusing on my life's goals... and using this forum to document them.
I want this year to be a new year of focus, clarity, motivation, and inspiration. I want to get back on track with eating healthy, taking care of my family, Homesteading, and just trying to live a healthier more "back to the basics" sort of life.
Some of my goals are:
1. To restart my kombucha and kefir making.
2. To start making yogurt and yogurt cheeses, while using the whey to ferment grains before cooking them.
3. To use sprouted and fermented grains instead.
4. To redo our chicken coop and add a better watering & feeding system, as well as attaching the compost for their enjoyment. And a much larger run!
5. To get the garden producing beautifully.
6. To can more foods including soups & stews.
7. To use healthier store-bought foods, like organic, non-GMO.
8. To replace our sugar with healthier, more-nutritional (non-GMO) alternatives.
9. To make more foods from scratch.
10. To make weekly bread. including sourdough.
11. Living within my means / budget.
And oh so much more.....
So I am rededicating myself now... to begin the journey to better health, awareness, and choices.
Today I had my first kefir smoothie of the year (recipe below). I also restarted my kombucha, and am enjoyng that today too. Though the kombucha needs to be dialed in again. It doesn't taste as yummy as it did when I was doing it regularly. I think what I need to do is reduce my holdings to one gallon-sized jar instead of two. That way I have slightly less responsibility and don't feel guilty about not consuming all 4 quarts in 4 days. Anyone want a endless-brew gallon-sized scoby and kombucha starter?
Today I also started 2 jars of sprouts... wheat berries for making bread, and brown rice for making rice pudding. I found some interesting breakfast recipes for making healthy sprouted brown rice pudding! What a way to start the day! To that I will add ground flax seed & chia seeds.
I made steel-cut oats today, but the hubby did not like them as much as regular cooked oats. I prefer the steel-cut myself, so what I think I will do is try to make it with both to appease everyone. My next batch, I will soak the oats (both kinds) in whey overnight, then cook them the following morning. This morning I had the steel-cut oats with ground flax seeds, chia seeds, and maple sugar. It was really yummy and I liked the chewy consistency. Now to make it so that I have a happy hubby too....
I think I will even create a porridge bar where I can keep dried fruit & nuts for each person to add their own varied toppings.
Once I have some extra money, I will buy some yogurt starters to make yogurt & yogurt cheese, as well as whey for fermenting grains and such.
For Christmas I got a pressure cooker too! One of the ones that will last lifetimes. I vow to start using that....
So far Day 1 is going fairly well in regards to my goals. If only I didn't have a sick family. I guess it's the perfect time to start this new venture!
Here's to new beginnings....
KEFIR SMOOTHIE RECIPE
1 cup kefir
2-3 small bananas or 1 large
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
2 Tbsp frozen OJ concentrate
1 cup filtered water
Blend in a high powered blender like a VitaMix! YUM!
I would have taken a picture, but it was consumed too quickly Next time!