How to Make GAPS Yogurt in 30 Minutes – A Pictorial

I’ll admit it….  I’m lazy. Or maybe I’m efficient! Truth be told, I don’t like standing around and waiting.  It wears me out…  😉 I started making GAPS yogurt about 4 years ago when I started the full GAPS diet.  At that time, there were only a few people sharing how to make yogurt online.  They all took way too long for me. I wanted to get ‘er done with very little standing around. Over the next few weeks, I tested lots of different methods and all kinds of different yogurts. Here’s the method I like the most, and the … Continue reading

Redesign, Revive, Renew!

Maybe you have wondered what I have been doing for the past couple years or maybe you haven’t. I was suffering from writer’s block. Seriously…. For two years, I didn’t know what to say or what to do with this blog. But now I’m ready to restart blogging again!  I hope you will rejoin me in this endeavor. Before I tell you what I will be blogging about, let me tell you a bit about what I have been doing and where I am right now. What I have been doing In one of my last posts, I wrote that I would be taking … Continue reading

I’m Still Here!

Wow! I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve blogged. If you follow me on Facebook, you know I’m still alive. 😀 Here’s What I’ve Been Doing We took a trip to Northern California to visit family and do the touristy thing in San Francisco. We all had a great time! I made applesauce and cider from about 50 lbs of the 100 lbs of apples I picked in the fall.  The rest of them are in cold storage and I plan on making more applesauce very soon. My husband built me 6 more garden boxes for next … Continue reading

Week 11 on GAPS Intro – Last Post of the Series

If you’ve been following my recent GAPS adventures, you know I’ve been on the Introduction diet for about 2 1/2 months to heal from Fibromyalgia.  It has been quite a roller coaster ride, but finally leveled off for the last couple weeks with little to no digestive issues or symptoms. I have successfully been able to eat raw vegetables despite my bad reaction to lettuce towards the end of week 9 and have also added small bits of raw fruit with no upset.  Since there is very little to write about as I finish up Intro and transition back to … Continue reading

Weeks 9 & 10 on GAPS Intro – Life Happens

In the middle of week 9 of the GAPS Intro diet, I moved on to stage 5. The first food I introduced was two teaspoons of stewed apple mashed with ghee. It was yummy and tasted a little like apple pie without the spices. I did not experience any symptoms. Yay! The following day I took three teaspoons and still had no symptoms, so I’m guessing I’m okay with applesauce.  That is good news because last Thursday my daughter and I picked 100 lbs of unsprayed apples.  I think I’ll be busy for awhile! Next I tried some soft lettuce. … Continue reading

Gardening, Harvesting and Foraging

If you’ve been following my gardening efforts at all, you have read how I turned my backyard flowerbed into a raised garden this year.  Here is the update I wrote about two months later.  Above is a picture of how it looked about three weeks ago.  It seemed to explode almost overnight!  We have had a wonderful late summer/early fall here in the Pacific Northwest.  Little to no rain for 80+ days!  That means we have had an extended harvest, for which I am very grateful because I got started so late in the spring.  Here, let me share what we … Continue reading

How to Make Raw Garlic Powder

I got this idea from my beautiful cousin, a fellow DIYer from Cali. When I found out she made her own garlic powder, I knew I had to find out how!  A few months ago, she had a 3-hour layover in Seattle, and we hadn’t seen each other in years.  It was a no-brainer – we simply had to get together!  So my daughter and I drove down to the airport meet her, and we took her out to dinner.  We had a great time together over some very delicious lamb, and she revealed how easy it is to make … Continue reading

Week 8 on GAPS Intro – Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

  When I started the GAPS Intro diet, I absolutely did not anticipate being on it for two months, especially since I had been on the Full GAPS diet for a year.  I thought for sure my digestive system was in better shape.  I was so wrong. And then, just when I think I’ve got it figured out, my body throws me a curve ball.  First it was constipation, then came diarrhea.  I don’t know exactly why, but I have my suspicions.  I think it was either the magnesium pills I started taking or some super strong beef bone broth … Continue reading

Weeks 6 and 7 on GAPS Intro – Old Habits Die Hard

I’m sorry my GAPS update is so late, but life has been a little crazy around here.  Besides doing the Intro diet, I’ve been harvesting vegetables, foraging for wild blackberries, pickling cucumbers, working on tearing out the rest of my flowerbed downstairs to add a couple more garden boxes for the winter garden and catching up with friends from out of town.  Thanks for your patience! The last two weeks on the GAPS Intro diet have been going fairly well with one hiccup a week ago Tuesday evening. I had a severe, but short, case of diarrhea.  I am not … Continue reading

Giveaway! “What Can I Eat Now?” 30 Days on GAPS Intro

If you have been following my posts lately, you know I’ve been on the GAPS Introduction diet for several weeks.  One of my favorite resources, besides the GAPS book, has been the ebook “What Can I Eat Now?” 30 Days on GAPS Intro by Cara of Health, Home and Happiness.  I am so impressed by this book that I have decided to give a copy to a lucky reader in my very first giveaway on The Urban Hearth. This little gem is just perfect for helping you get started when you are only allowed just a few different kinds of … Continue reading