Monday, February 21, 2011

Natural Pain Remedy - Baltic Amber - GIVEAWAY :)

When I first came across a blog stating that amber necklaces were good for soothing pain (such as teething, headaches, etc), I have to admit I was pretty skeptical. I was thinking, "Is this just one of those weird New Age-y things? How could that even work?"

As it turns out, Baltic Amber is high in a substance called succinic acid (better known as aspirin), and body heat triggers the release of succinic acid into the skin, thus relieving pain.

With my poor little guy teething already, I have been curious to try it, and saw this giveaway on my facebook news feed:

So go ahead and enter for a chance to win a "teething necklace" (or whatever-ails-you-necklace) from Inspired by Finn!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Nutrimill Giveaway @ Kitchen Stewardship

As many of you know, we do most of our baking from freshly milled wheat. At present, we use a Messerschmidt Grain Mill attachment that is compatible with my Kitchen Aid Mixer. It works pretty well, but its finest setting is not nearly as fine as I would like. Not only that, but it does not have the best capacity for our growing flour needs. It was a great starter mill, and I am glad that we have had it, but at some point in the future we will need one of these:

...which is being GIVEN AWAY this week at Kitchen Stewardship. So of course I am using every possible entry for the giveaway, and would like to win. But even if I don't (which is MORE likely, because I never win these things), one of these lovely machines is definitely in our future (just not as quickly as it might have been, haha).

Monday, February 14, 2011

Menu Plan Feb 14-20 (and what the week holds)

Keeping it short and sweet this week, as it is late and the pillow is calling me.  Valentine's Day is coming late for us, we are celebrating on Saturday as all three of us were sick over the weekend, and did not feel much like celebrating anything.

We are going to see some of Jeff's family on Wednesday, and checking out the property our family just bought in a small town a few hours south of here. The property has a decent-sized home, and five acres so we can finally get started on our homesteading dream. The part that is really difficult is leaving our town and community. We love it here, and we know it will be nothing short of a miracle if we can find a local church body where we feel as at home as we do at our current church. More on the homestead later, but suffice it to say it will most likely be at least 2 months before we move.

Last week I totally skimped on the menu plan, and we certainly paid the price for it in prep time and sanity. This week I am getting to it late, but at least getting to it. We do still have a holdover meal from the last blogged plan (fried chicken), and a family birthday party on Sunday means that we will certainly be doing leftovers Sunday night. Wednesday it is dinner with my brother-in-law & sister-in-law, and my adorable niece and nephew.

That's the week, and here's the plan:

Monday - Jeff's amazing Burgers
Tuesday - Fried Chicken and all the trimmings
Wednesday - Dinner with Jon & Rachel
Thursday -Chicken & Mushroom Cannelloni (prepared meal we'll pick up on the road, not ideal, but we used up all our freezer meals after Joshua was born)
Friday - Crockpot chicken pot pie
Saturday - grass finished steaks (we'll pick them up at WF on the way home from down south), Baked Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli
Sunday - Family Bday Party = light dinner (leftovers)

Find more great menu plans at I'm an Organizing Junkie!