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

Turning a Flowerbed into a Vegetable Garden, Part 2: Healthy Soil Makes Healthy Plants

You probably have heard the phrase, “You are what you eat,” but I would like to take that a step further and ask you to consider the phrase, “You are what you eat eats.”  Generally, we humans eat plants and animals, and the animals we eat eat plants.  So what do the plants eat?  They eat what’s in the soil.  So it’s extremely important to spend a considerable amount of time deciding if the soil in our gardens have enough good nutrients for the plants to eat.  That’s what I want you think about for a bit because, in my … Continue reading

Turning a Flowerbed into a Vegetable Garden, Part One

I’ve been a little busy the last couple of weeks.  When the weather is good in the Pacific Northwest we go outside, and that is where I went.  One of my goals this year is to transform my backyard flowerbed into a vegetable garden.  My backyard flowerbed is nicely sized and should make a very nice garden, but it is terribly overgrown with buttercups, weeds, out-of-control ajuga and lemon balm, wild salmon and black berry bushes.  Due to a foot problem that I had for about five years and having to work part-time for almost 3 years to pay for … Continue reading

Planting My Stack and Grow

My dear mother-in-law gifted me with a Stack and Grow a few years ago, and I love it!  It’s perfect for my deck, and because it is on casters, I can move it to keep it in the sun and turn it around so each side gets the proper amount of sun. The first year I used it, I planted blue lobelia and a few other flowers.  It was very pretty. This year, though, I’m all about vegetables so I can help supplement my husband’s income and grow my own food organically.  I’ve been told I have two green thumbs, … Continue reading

Save That Cut Parsley

Let’s say you don’t have access to fresh organic parsley, so you purchase a big beautiful bunch at your local farmer’s market or grocery store only to find that before you can use it all up it has turned into green mush at the bottom of your vegetable bin.  There must be a way you can have a consistent supply of fresh parsley!  Well, read on, friend.   I will show you how to keep it fresh for longer, and it will make a pretty little addition to your kitchen window. On the same day you bring your bunch of … Continue reading

Let’s Get the Garden Going!

“There’s no time like the present.”  We’ve all heard that one before, but it’s true.  If you want to make a change, even if it’s a small one, you need to start now.  “Just do it!”  Thanks, Nike. Last year I had been buying mostly organic vegetables from my local farmer through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and during the off season from my local grocery store because I am on the GAPS diet to clear up some health issues.  Organic is not an option for me anymore and can be very expensive.  Even though I had met my farmer, … Continue reading

Just getting started

Hello everyone!  I’m just getting started and ask for your patience.  This is a whole new world for me!  I’m still working outside the home until the end of March and am sick as well, so it is a slow start. I have a lot planned for this blog.  I’ll be sharing my new goal to homestead the little plot of earth God gave us, my chronic Epstein-Barr virus/Fibromyalgia journey, and how I’m healing with GAPS and real food.  You can read a little more about me here. If you are interested, I will consider blogging about how I homeschooled … Continue reading