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Healthy Eating

11 Nov

Over the last year, I’ve really tried to improve the healthiness of the food I eat.  I’ve been a vegetarian for 18 1/2 years thanks to my animal family. Let’s face it–it was MJ.  I just couldn’t eat meat after him.

MJ (from 2013)

That means I have way less cholesterol in my diet, only from my dairy products.  I do love my dairy though, and I don’t think I could ever give it up.  The homemade mozzarella and yogurt are so much better than store bought.

Adding blueberries to some of the yogurt I made last weekend.

Seriously, I never want to go back to the over-salted mozzarella you buy.

Still milking Zinnia!

After my mom’s heart attack last summer, it really put the pressure on to cut the excessive sodium out of my diet, especially since I have heart disease on both sides of the family.  All of the prepackaged meat alternatives I was cooking with have tons of sodium.  I’ve spent the last year figuring out how to make my own meat substitutes.

slicing turkey seitan for sandwiches

I can do a pretty passable turkey, chicken, ham, roast, hamburger, and bacon.  They have no cholesterol and very little sodium.  But it’s hard to find the time to make it from scratch.

perfect for pizza, quiche, or sandwiches

The hardest part of cutting down on sodium was looking at my beloved vegetable stock and realizing it had to go.  I cannot believe the amount of sodium in basic vegetable stock you buy in the store.  One of the reasons I planted such a big garden this past summer was to raise the vegetables to make my own.

The garden largely failed this year, but I got my turnips and tomatoes, and I bought the rest of the vegetables, and my homemade vegetable stock has no sodium added.

Last month, I saw a news report on a new push for the food industry to cut back on the amount of sodium they add to foods because people can’t even cut the sodium out of their diets the way our food industry is set up.  I will attest to how hard it is.  The french fries we made from the potatoes we grew had no salt added, but the time it takes to cut, parboil, dry and freeze them compared to just opening a bag from the store is very restrictive.  But they are delicious.  You can actually taste the potato!

I’ve finally made the compromise to just do one potato when I want fries and deep fry it in the fry daddy instead of freezing a bunch at a time.  It might not be quite as healthy, because of the fat, but it is still way healthier than the store bought.

It makes me grateful to be out here where I can have a big garden and the goats and chickens to provide me with so much of my food.

A Mad Dash

17 Aug

I am in a mad dash to get as much done as I can before returning to teaching for the fall.  That means garden stuff.

Potatoes right after digging them

So far, mom has helped me make French fries.

dehydrated tomatoes

Dairy stuff.

I’m playing with mozzarella slices!

I might not have planned this quite right, but it worked.

still restocking soaps

Goat stuff.

I just did another round of copper.

Wanda–I made her toe bleed when I was trimming hooves. 😦

And just everything else.  I might be ready to go back so I can sit down.  Not really, but I do start back to work tomorrow.

Other Things

2 Jul

I had to call my mom in to help me get the cherry jam made because I was busy kidding, but we managed to get it done and a batch of wild raspberry.  That’s a good start to the canning season.

cherry and raspberry jam

I planned to have a few potatoes in the garden, but I ended up with a ridiculous number of potato plants, so I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the harvest.  I think I’m going to do homemade frozen french fries.

frozen

I tried it, and it turned out pretty darn good!

ready to eat

I should hopefully have enough to share with the rest of the family.

Now that I have the herd divided, I’m thinking I might need to move another milking doe over with the moms.  Joy is looking a bit run down raising her two big boys.

Joy and Olaf

I’m thinking she might appreciate coming over to join her maa,  Zinnia, and Grandmaa Haley and getting some TLC and sweet feed.

Swen

Here’s a random little rainbow after one of the pop-up showers last week.  We still need a lot more rain, but I am grateful for what we did get.

Trace came up from pasture the other day looking like she had a bit of an accident.

Trace

Pretty sure she took a roll in the ditch.

Pretzel is making friends with the other June kids.

Ivy (on the bench) and Pretzel

Here’s a random picture of Wanda.

Wanda

Finally, another one of Pretzel.

Pretzel

She’s such a little cutie!