Grand Opening of Etsy shop!

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We are soooo excited that our etsy shop is finally up and running!

Though it’s been a dream for the last couple years, we are officially “open” now!  Our goal is that everything in it be 100% organic.  It does cost more, but we feel that, similar to organic food, the benefits of organic fibers far outweigh those of synthetic or pesticide ridden fibers.  To start with we are using GOTS certified organic cotton, organic cotton thread, and even organic labels.  Crazy?  Maybe!  But it feels so good knowing that what we are doing is beneficial to our environment, the organic economy, and of course to the people who use our products!

Here are some pics of our new items:

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Fun snack-size organic cotton napkins

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Mini-security blankets with cute gender neutral print on one side and cozy organic sherpa on the inside (along with fun mitered corners)

Refashion anyone?

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Our budget is in need of help – serious help!  But I would also like some new clothes…bummer.

Ever heard of refashioning?  I hadn’t until I did some searches on pinterest and found out that lots of people take old clothes (their own or thrift store ones) and “refashion” them into something different and fun to wear.  Do a search and check out some of the clothes.  Yes, some are weird, but some are super cute!

Beyond budget constraints, I also am long-waisted and, depending on current trends, finding shirts long enough can be challenging.  This is a great way to custom make custom clothing without spend much – can’t wait to give it a try!

Have you ever tried it?  How did things turn out?  Love to hear your experiences…

Gluten-free Sourdough Starter & Kefir

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Yesterday, I order some fun new goodies to try.  First I found gluten-free sourdough starter and then I ordered a combo pack of both milk and water kefir (dairy-free option yeah!).  Anyone else have experience with any of these things?  I’m a newbie to them, so I could use advice!  Can’t wait for them to come in the mail…  I’ll be posting my adventures!

Below is a link to the fun etsy shop I bought them at:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Yemoos

Check them out – cute shop…and no, I’m not getting paid to tell you that! :)

It’s time

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After a one year unintentional hiatus, it’s time to write again.  I was thinking about writing again and checked the last installment – a year ago today!  I will take that as a sign :).

In the last year we have moved across the country, moved again to different county, finished one year of grad school (my husband), and had a baby!

Reestablishing ourselves in a new place, with another child, has invigorated me to do more of what I love.  Get closer to God, nature and the simple things in life.

Beans, beans… Part 2 How to make dried beans

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Below is step by step of how I prepare dry beans for use in recipes.  This is a convenient and make-ahead option.

First rinse the beans with water in a strainer and pick out anything that doesn’t belong (rocks etc.).  Put in bowl, fill with water, and let the beans soak overnight.

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After the beans have soaked, rinse them well with water.

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Pour into kettle and fill pot with water to more than cover beans.

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Simmer until beans are tender –not mushy!  It may be necessary to add water during process.  Mine almost always boil over, so be careful!

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When done, drain and allow to cool.

If I am making the beans ahead of time, I spread them out on cookie sheets and pop them in the freezer.

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When they are completely frozen, I bag them up in gallon zip bags.  This way they are ready when I am cooking and scooping out the correct amount is easier than opening a can.  This is a fantastic way to cut back on canned bean purchases and save lots!  I have noticed that frozen beans tend to be dryer, hence I take this into consideration when cooking and make sure that I don’t try to cut simmering time short because I want to give my beans time to soak up moisture and flavor.

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Beans, beans…Part 1

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So, I’ve been planning out ways that we can save big on our grocery bill…  We do not eat very much meat and substitute in beans quite often as our protein source so we are already saving quite a bit compared to the average American family.  Once in a while we use dry beans, but as a rule canned beans are quick/convenient and relatively inexpensive.

However, I’ve been feeling convicted about wasting money on canned beans versus dried.  In reality thought, how much money are we talking about?  Is it worth the time and effort it takes to make dried beans?  Let’s find out!  I will be doing some comparative shopping and posting the results…

Thanks to lobster20 for the picture!

Quality Time

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My daughter usually makes breakfast with her grandmother when Nana is home from work.  This morning, just as Nan plugged in the waffle iron she got a phone call. 

So, I took over and my daughter and I mixed up the waffles together.  How important these simple things are!  Instead of going to a restaurant, spending money that we don’t have, eating white flour waffles, and trying to get a four year old to sit still and be quite throughout the whole process…

My daughter and I used wholesome ingredients (buckwheat flour, farm fresh eggs, organic milk, honey, olive oil, and real maple syrup) which she got to mix up herself.

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Then she waited for the waffle iron to do its work.

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She got excited when we cut up strawberries on her waffle and yelled “I want maple syrup!”

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Finally, she got to munch down on the yummy goodness.

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Yes, we still go to restaurants.  After all, convenience still reigns as supreme in America, right?!  But, maybe we should appreciate these homemade meals more.  They are full of nutrient rich foods.  Our children naturally learn to be thankful for their meal since it didn’t just appear before them.  They learn that work can be rewarding…  Invaluable lessons!