Turning a Flowerbed into a Vegetable Garden – Update

It’s been almost two months since I planted my flowerbed turned vegetable garden and I thought it was about time for an update so you could see how it’s growing.  It’s doing just okay because we have experienced a wetter than normal summer so far, and I have struggled with slugs.  Ugh!  They have munched on my butternut squash, cucumbers and zucchini.  I was able to save the zucchini, but had to replant the butternut squash and cucumbers.  Since the second plantings came so late in the season, I am not sure I will be receiving much produce from them.  … Continue reading

My Guest Post on GNOWFGLINS!

Wardeh, at GNOWFGLINS, has started a GAPS series, and today my guest post, Baby Steps to GAPS, was published!  I share about how I took small, slow, baby steps to start the GAPS diet.  Please go check it out!  I’d love it if you would leave me a message, too! Please read the rest of the GAPS series.  Each article is highly recommended! I’m going to start the GAPS Intro diet next week.  Yikes!  😉 … Continue reading

Butternut Squash Soup with Tarragon (GAPS Legal)

I love fresh tarragon and can’t seem to get enough of it!  Since I’ll be going on the GAPS Intro diet next week, I wanted to make a creamed soup with tarragon that I could eat either hot or cold.  This is it!  I could eat this all day, and it is super easy to make!!! For those of you on the GAPS Intro diet, this is a stage two recipe.  To make it a stage one recipe, remove the ghee, tarragon and cinnamon. Butternut Squash Soup with Tarragon 1 Tbsp             Ghee ¼ cup              Chopped yellow onions ½ … Continue reading

Preparing for GAPS Intro – Prepping the Freezer

Perpetual broth This has been my mantra for the last couple of weeks with a short break for Independence Day.  Fortunately, the weather has been excellent here with low temperatures and cloudy days.  In fact, there is a running joke in the Seattle area that summer doesn’t actually start until July 5th.  I pretty much agree with that after living here most of my adult life. One of my goals in preparing my freezer for the GAPS Intro diet is to make sure I have enough broth, veggies, meats and soups to get me through the most difficult days of … Continue reading

Soy-Free Soy Sauce (GAPS-legal)

As many of you know, I’m preparing to go on the GAPS introduction diet and am currently working on prepping stock, veggies, boiled meat and soup for my freezer.  Lots of it!  I will post about it after the holiday, but wanted to share this exciting recipe I discovered last week for easy, homemade, soy-free soy sauce. Easy Soy-Free Soy Sauce 4 tsp        Lemon juice or balsamic vinegar* 1 ½ c       Homemade beef broth 2 t            Honey ¼ t           Ginger Pinch       Garlic powder Pinch       White pepper Bring all ingredients to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer until reduced by ½, … Continue reading

A Confession and Preparing for GAPS Intro

I was sincerely considering writing a full blog post confessing my failure over the weekend, but decided not to give it as much attention.  On this blog, I really want to remain positive and give encouragement to my readers, but I think it’s also important for you to know I’m only human.  I make mistakes. Great, now I have that Human League song stuck in my head. “I’m only human Of flesh and blood I’m made Human Born to make mistakes” I know what you’re thinking.  What did she do?  What could be so bad? I stumbled.  I gave in … Continue reading

Our Backyard Chicken Adventures

I started the GAPS diet last spring and needed to find a source of soy-free, pastured, organic eggs.  It is not a requirement of the diet, but clean food is best for optimal healing.  A small retail store near my home offered a local, stable supply, but they were very, very expensive. So my dear husband and I began considering getting our own chickens to save on the cost, but we were concerned about keeping them safe because our area has raccoons, possums, coyotes and hawks.  After a trip to see some friends who have a few acres, we were … Continue reading

Tongue-Tingling Spice Cake

I have been on the GAPS diet for just over a year, and my daughter has been on the Specific-Carbohydrate diet for just under a year.  Our family was having an open house for her college graduation, and I had to plan a few treats for our guests that both of us could eat.  One of our favorites, was my twist on a recipe in the GAPS cookbook, Internal Bliss.  I hope you enjoy this savory, warming, comfort food that tingles on your tongue. Tongue-Tingling Spice Cake 2 ½ cups        Sunflower seeds, soaked for 2 hours and wet 2 Tbsp            … Continue reading

The GAPS Diet and How I’m Healing

About a year ago, I was browsing Facebook and a dear friend, whose opinion I hold in high regard, posted an article about a book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD.  Another friend, whose opinion I also respect, commented about how much she wanted to start this diet because of her many allergies. I was intrigued because I had just discovered that I had several food allergies.  My health has not been good since college when I caught Epstein Barr virus, which manifested as Mononucleosis and evolved into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After this, my immune system was never … Continue reading

Turning a Flowerbed into a Vegetable Garden, Part 3: Intensive Gardening and Gardening by the Moon

In this final post of my three-part series on Turning a Flowerbed into a Vegetable Garden, I will cover a few different methods of planting, give some brief information about gardening by the moon and show you my plan for planting my raised beds using the companion planting method. When I finished writing the first post in this series, I never dreamed it would end up being a three-part series, but it blossomed, and I realized halfway through the second post that I was going to have to cover the planting and gardening by the moon information in a third … Continue reading