Early Morning Light:

I ran out the back door with barely a sip of coffee down my throat, watching the sun as it was just starting to shine over the back hill and spill it's rays out over the new fallen snow.

I was hoping to capture the sparkles dancing through the yard...

{My mind heavy... just like the branches it seems.}

Snow. I send up a grateful prayer... snow equals moisture.

But by the time I had reached the corner of the wood shed, I wished I would have thrown on a heavier jacket and maybe some day clothes, since these flannel pajamas are not really all that warm in below twenty weather.

{Wondering when will the view over my yard be without power lines?}

I snapped some quick shots. Poor lighting.

It was early and I was cold... remembering my hot cup of coffee was sitting on the kitchen counter, just waiting for me.

{Abba forgive me. Help me to wait.}

I headed into the house, located that coffee and walked to the table. Opened my bible and started reading my Psalms for today.

For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you.
He makes peace in your borders; he fills you with the finest of the wheat.
He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.
He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold?
He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and rules to Israel. {Psalm 147:13-19}


{Thank you Abba.} 

{Natural Wellness} Unit Four: bread

I am behind in sharing my Natural Wellness class by two units, so even though I just posted on a unit last week I still have another unit that I have completed to share with you. However, I will try to space them a little better following this unit on bread.

Bread is near and dear to my heart because... I love making bread... I love everything about it. From the time it takes to knead each loaf, and remembering to say the Avinu Prayer while doing so, to waiting until that golden loaf is slightly cooled... just enough to allow the first warm slice of fresh bread to be removed from it's end.

Yes, I love baking bread. I even love making bread for other people... there is something special about fresh, wholesome bread made with love and sharing it with those around you.

But He answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of Elohim.’” ~ Matthew 4:4

Bread is also an interesting subject to study, and I can see why confusion about how to consume and make bread...  runs a-rye... {smile} I couldn't help it... it was right there. Anyway there is as much debate and opinion on the 'whys' and the 'why nots' of bread and wheat as there are on the to drink raw milk or not to drink raw milk platform.

It's Crazy.

I am finding that there is still much for me to learn... however I do believe that we can sometimes make things more difficult than they need to be and it's looking like bread making is no exception.

In This Unit: we covered the ins and outs of bread, the problems of wheat and gluten, and why we even have some of these issues today. This unit also covered the history of commercial yeast and the health benefits of eating sourdough or using lacto fermentation and soaking to increase the health benefits of yours grains. But before we come to any consensus on should you or should you not soak, sour or even consume grains with gluten, I think it is important to look at some other factors that contribute to our physical wellness and shed some light on the possible reasons why we are in the state we are in.

First - I would recommend that you watch Genetic Roulette, and pay close attention to the auto immune responses our bodies have when consuming genetically modified organisms... because I believe this plays a huge part in why our systems are reacting to the various wheat modification/hybridization varieties and their gluten content.

Second - I would recommend studying the consumption of unclean foods, as in the foods listed in Leviticus 11 of the Scriptures and the effects they have on our systems in general. A good place to start would be with the Scriptures and the book What the Bible Says About Healthy Living by Rex Russell. M.D.

Finally, in my opinion, making changes in the area of bread or the eating of grain, without taking a serious look at all the other harmful foods we consume, would be mute. Eating a diet that is heavily processed and/or coated with pesticides isn't nourishing your body and really negates the benefits of sourdough or grain soaking. I am just saying that in the long run, it does no good to have new tires put on if the engine is bad anyway. We really need to look at this with a whole picture in mind.

Some Facts On Yeast: I think one of the great many resources out there on bread would be The Vintage Remedies Guide To Bread by Jessie Hawkins... there is much to learn about our modern yeast and its ancient counterparts. Along with the health benefits from bread.

Did you know?
  • That commercial yeast was carefully bred to leaven dough faster, to withstand various temperatures and environmental changes, around the time of the Industrial Revolution. From my research and reading, I would say it is not really the healthiest way to go.
  • Baker's yeast is not one of the natural yeasts used in baking and Nutritional Yeast, which is often considered a 'whole' food... really isn't, its often grown on molasses and has minor nutritional value. The molasses is the important part because non organic molasses is ridden with chemicals from commercial growing and processing, which then can be transferred.
  • Sourdough, or our little lactobacilli friends, takes about twelve hours to fully develop the dough and during that time they really do a number on the chemical make up of our bread... in a very good way.
  • Some sourdough cultures live to be hundreds of years old, now that is cool!
  • That commercial sourdough is not truly a naturally leaven bread, many bakers know the appealing taste of sourdough and thus recreate the taste verses the actual bread. 

This week's project: was to create a sourdough starter and bake something sourdough, which we do here pretty often... since I already had my starter I decided to make a sourdough challah loaf for Shabbat. Which turned out yummy!

However, for the sake of time, I think I will just share some wonderful links to encourage you to start on your own personal sourdough journey... which truly is the better way to eat bread. And the family consensus in our home is... well we are working towards eating only naturally leavened breads, and one day... learning to be free of all commercial leavening products.

Suggested Resources: for furthering your sourdough adventures...

~ Blessings!

Next Unit: Herbal Home Use

*Linking doesn't mean agreeing with all view points, and please note that my posts are editorial in nature and not meant to be taken as a way to treat or diagnose illness. Please practice personal health safety. I am currently taking a self paced course from Vintage Remedies called Introduction to Natural Wellness by Jessie Hawkins, please feel free to head over there if you are interested. ~ Blessings!

Tasty Kamut Doughnuts

Doughnuts... yummy, sticky and warm. Probably not the most healthy food to snack on... and that is why we don't make them very often. However not to long ago I did make a small batch of doughnuts for our family, inspired by this recipe... just some what healthier. :0)

My Version: Kamut Doughnuts

2 1/4 t yeast
1/4 warm water
3/4 c lukewarm milk
1/4 c sugar
1/2 t salt
1 egg
1/4 cup coconut oil (about)
2 1/2 cups of freshly ground Kamut flour

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in your warm water and let rest until foamy. Add one cup of your flour to this mixture, then the rest of the ingredients... finally adding the remaining flour and knead well. If your dough is too wet add a little flour, if it is too dry add a little more liquid - I added a little more coconut oil.

Let rise until doubled in an oiled bowl.

Turn out on to a non stick surface... either slightly oiled or slightly floured, roll dough to about a 1/2 inch and cut doughnuts... I used a mason jar. Cut holes. Place your doughnuts on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and let rise, until close to being doubled.

Heat oil and fry up your Kamut doughnuts. Remove them from the oil when they are golden brown, placing them on a cooling rack. When the doughnuts are slightly cooled I brush them with honey butter that I had already warmed.

See. Slightly Healthier.

~ Blessings!

Shared With: Homestead Blog Hop #95

{Natural Wellness} holistic nutrition part two

My last post on Holistic Nutrition did not hurt half as much as this one did, I can honestly say that I now have wrinkles in my brain... which really makes me all giddy inside, but of course that could be from my last batch of Kombucha. This unit dove into the various micro nutrients within the foods we eat... these vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and enzymes that give our bodies strength, healing and fortitude to get through the day.

To Quote:
These nutrients are found in abundance in whole foods. Processed foods try to replicate fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. However, adding these micronutrients back into foods once they have been stripped away is not so easy, and attempts at "enriching" our food are not as effective as we may think. As we know, our bodies were designed to absorb nutrients from whole foods. Artificial nutrients can sometimes even trick our bodies into storing them, but they cannot function like the real thing, and sometimes they can even be harmful.
~ Introduction to Natural Wellness, Jessie Hawkins, Unit Three, Page 45

In This Unit: remember each person requires each nutrient at differing levels, it truly is impossible to make an 'across the board' dose recommendation when looking at micro nutrients... also this is just a short synopsis of what I covered in the text, and for your times sake not every nutrient is shared in this post.

  • Vitamin A ~ fat soluble, benefits the eyes and helps with healthy skin, hair, and nails... this vitamin is stored in the liver.
  • B Family ~ an entire family group of vitamins, which greatly effects the nervous system... found in grains, nuts, beans and leafy greens... a mild shortage of thiamine can result in anxiety, depression, and moodiness.
  • Vitamin C ~ best know for fighting sickness and scurvy, and aides healing... water soluble... some studies suggest that Vitamin C may help with heavy metal exposure. 
  • Vitamin D ~ fat soluble, important for bone growth and balancing minerals, I think I could share a whole post on Vitamin D... did you know that 20 minutes of sun exposure a day is considered sufficient for vitamin D intake. Which is important for calcium absorption via the intestinal tract.
  • Vitamin E ~ often not considered a vitamin, fat soluble, however it removes from our systems similar to water soluble vitamins, also known as the fertility vitamin. An antioxidant... and iron can be disrupted by vitamin E.
  • Vitamin K ~ fat soluble, this vitamin helps your blood to clot and is easily found in leafy greens like Kale, we found that Nettle tea offers vitamins K and A, which served to be purposeful following my daughters hip surgeries.
  • Minerals ~ we need minerals, which interact with each other... especially trace minerals like zinc... which helps us eliminate carbon dioxide.
  • Calcium ~ needed for bone health, always being leached from our bodies... even in our sleep. Found in milk, broccoli, spinach and sesame seeds... may conflict with protein... depending on levels. 
  • Magnesium ~ a shortage of magnesium is often found in those who consume highly processed foods... important to many bodily functions. 
  • Zinc ~ what an interesting mineral this is, with conflicting benefits... however it is important. According to my text, special needs children, like autism, usually need more zinc in their diets.

So what would the perfect diet look like? There are a ton of ideas out there, and just about everyone seems to have the science or the 'reason' to back up these fad diets. Most of them are just that, fads.

However, as I don't have a right answer for you, I can share with you the diet that works for our family. Its the Biblically Clean, Mediterranean Style, Traditionally Seasonal Whole Foods Diet which includes foods raw, sprouted, soaked and fermented! Organic and Local Preferred.

That's a mouth full!

Unit Three Project: in this unit I had to examine the nutritional differences in whole foods verses processed foods... hands down, whole foods were always healthier and were much more nutrient dense. I would suggest organic or pesticide free when choosing your foods, for meats - only eat those that are naturally raised... like grass - fed beef.

Let Your Food be Your Medicine: taking a look at foods that begin with 'g' through 'h'... this week I chose green beans and honey, simple and fairly easy to come by.

  • Green Beans ~ these easy to grow garden veggies are full of nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin A, a variety of the B family and phosphorus... even some omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Raw Honey ~ an enzyme and mineral power house, which are destroyed by heat... so please use local, raw honey. Honey also helps to soothe digestion and should never be given to children under two years of age... when used as a sweetener moderation is best. I will take mine with some green tea please!

From the Exam: I thought I would share a couple questions from my unit three exam just to give you an idea of the topic coverage.
  • A 10 year old has been constipated for three days. Give two different nutritional protocols that could be implemented. 
  • What are the benefits of carob over chocolate?
  • Which 'vitamin' does the FDA prohibit?
  • Name two vitamins that an autistic child may be deficient in?

~ Blessings!

My Next Unit: Unit Four ~ Bread

*please note that my posts are editorial in nature and are not meant to be taken as a way to treat or diagnose illness. Please practice personal health safety. I am currently taking a self paced course from Vintage Remedies called Introduction to Natural Wellness by Jessie Hawkins, please feel free to head over there if you are interested. ~ Blessings!

Seasonal Nog Scottish Oats//crockpot

We choose not to celebrate Christmas, nor the secular New Year, however we do like egg nog. Yep - we truly do. Recently I came across a family splurge item called Seasonal Nog from Silk, there is also a coconut version too and neither one of them contain egg, hence the seasonal nog I think. Anywho one evening I decided to use my seasonal nog in our Scottish oat recipe and the results were a.m.a.z.i.n.g!

The Recipe: Seasonal Nog Scottish Oats

1 c Scottish Oats
2 c Seasonal Nog
1 c Water
1 T Butter or Coconut Oil
1 t cinnamon & vanilla
1 T Milled Flax Seed

* Oil your crock pot with coconut oil, add your ingredients and cook on low for six to eight hours. Time may vary due to the heating ability of your crock pot. Serve with raw milk and additions of choice, although we find that none are needed. :0)

Serves: four

~ Blessings & Enjoy!