Our Backyard Raised Vegetable Garden

Did you know when you move to a new home, it’s best to wait about a year before you plan where to put your garden? Yep!  It’s true.  Lots of garden experts recommend waiting, if you can.  😉 Think about it for a minute.  You need to make sure your garden gets enough sun, right? Because the sun’s patterns change daily and seasonally, you need to be certain the area you choose for your garden plot will have the right amount of sun. I waited 9 months.   It about killed me… Fortunately, I did some container gardening on my … Continue reading

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

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

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

Butternut Squash Pancakes – A GAPS Intro Recipe

Oh my goodness!  I just made these for breakfast this morning, and they were so delicious I just had to share them with you. If you have read my previous posts you know I am doing the GAPS Introduction diet to try to heal from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  I am currently on stage 4, and it is time to introduce coconut flour. In the GAPS book, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride recommends making pancakes with squash, eggs and organic nut butter.  I decided to use coconut flour instead of nut butter.  They turned out really well and are super easy … Continue reading

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

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

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