This recipe comes from Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Sally Fallon & Mary Enig. I highly recommend this book! It’s got lots of great recipes, as well as tons of info on coconut products (oil, milk, cream, shredded, etc) and how they contribute to a healthy diet, weight management and more.
According to Richard Louv in his most excellent book Last Child in the Woods,
[A] growing body of research links our mental, physical, and spiritual health directly to our association with nature—in positive ways. Several of these studies suggest that thoughtful exposure of youngsters to nature can even be a powerful form of therapy for attention-deficit disorders and other maladies. As one scientist puts it, we can now assume that just as children need good nutrition and adequate sleep, they may very well need contact with nature.
This is a topic that gets me all fired up, but I’ll save some of those thoughts for future posts. (“Last Child in the Woods” book review coming soon)! [Update: Check out my book review-–Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder.] For now, I’d like to share one easy way to encourage your children to enjoy nature:
Some people start listening to Christmas music in October. Personally, I prefer to wait until the day after Thanksgiving. One holiday at a time, please.
But there is one Christmas activity that begins early here at the Yankee Homestead.
Every year around mid-October, we begin packing our Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse.
Frankly, I often feel overwhelmed by the staggering injustices and hardships suffered by millions of people around the globe, while we rest easy here in the U-S-of-A. There are so many things I could do, but I can’t do them all and I probably don’t do nearly as much as I should.
But I can do something, and this is one of those things.Read More
This Healthy Hamburger Helper recipe came from The Nourishing Cook, a blog based on the recipes from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions cookbook. I tweaked the recipe a bit, but you can see the original recipe here.
I usually double or triple this recipe, to have lots of leftovers. This requires using two pans at the same time, and it lengthens the cooking time a bit.
The coconut flour is an essential part, so don’t skip it! It adds sweetness.
Salt is key, too, so add some to taste, at the end.
I use spinach, and didn’t think the boys would like it, but they do! It’s hardly noticeable and adds great nutrition. I usually use the bags of prewashed spinach, but I’ve used frozen chopped spinach before, too. And I don’t ever measure the spinach! Just keep tossing it in until it looks about right, remembering that it shrinks considerably.
We don’t make a big deal out of Halloween here at the Yankee Homestead, but we do let the boys dress up and do something fun that night. This year, a business trip will prevent Mr. Native Texan from joining the festivities on the 31st. I know my limitations, and will not attempt to feed the munchkins, dress them in costumes, take them out into the night and then return home to do baths and bedtime routines all on my own.
So, we decided to find a fun Halloweenish activity we all could do together on a day other than the 31st. Our search led me to a few resources I thought I’d share, in case anyone else is in a similar situation, or is just looking for something fun to do over the next week or so (including Halloween night).
I have this friend who is super-crafty. She’s made several good-looking signs that inspired me to attempt my own: if she can do it, I can do it, too! (Right?)
She made it sound so easy, but her signs definitely look more professional than mine. Quirky Rustic is sort of my theme around here, though, so my sign works for me.Read More
Here at the Yankee Homestead, we’re almost completely free of all prescription drugs, as well as over-the-counter remedies.
Here’s one of my favorites for treating and preventing colds and the flu, as well as for treating sore throats:
Fall is my favorite season. Well, at least until spring arrives. I never can decide!
One of the ways my family celebrates the changing seasons is with our ever-growing collection of seasonal and holiday-themed books. I love to search for books with beautiful illustrations and meaningful stories, both fiction and nonfiction.
The book rack pictured above hangs in our dining room, providing easy access to our favorite titles of the season.