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Our New No-Waste-Zone

Our New No-Waste-Zone

 

So….here we are in Maryland. Big changes. Big adjustments. Life is definitely different. Our house essentially has the same rooms. But they are all smaller than before and we have a fireplace and stairs…less to clean. But our budget has needed some vast overhauling. Due to unexpected circumstances we have had to cut and that has been mainly in our food…which is to say: we have really become a No-Waste-Zone!!!

Homemade Banana Bread

Brown bananas into banana bread (and their peels to the rose bush). Leftover green beans and rice into our soup from our roasted turkey breast shredded and broth from it’s bones. And oatmeal not eaten by the kids goes into a bag to throw into “porridge bread”. I almost feel like my new motto is “I have a bread for that!”

Which brings me to this morning. After visiting historic Colvin Mill yesterday and purchasing blue cornmeal and roasted yellow cornmeal, I was inspired! We made some cornmeal mush from the roasted yellow for breakfast (like cream of wheat but cornmeal instead).

My children rejected it. Even with honey to sweeten the buttered concoction, they were just not used to it and took an immediate disliking. Granted, they did eat some and made do with it, but there was definitely a fair amount left. So I ate mine and mulled what to do with the rest.

Cornmeal Mush Breakfast Bread

And then it hit me: just add the rest of the ingredients and make cornbread! So simple and no waste! It is sweet because of the added honey and it has butter and a bit of salt already. I just added the flour, leavening, and milk.

From Scratch Turkey Chili with Masa Cornbread

This has been a total shift in my thinking in the kitchen. Peels, skins, and ends of garlic, onion, and carrots go into the freezer as well as bones from our roasted poultry to make into the bone broth. I wait to eat lunch until my kids have finished and eat what they don’t. When I made a bit too much alfredo sauce and pasta for our casserole containing shredded turkey and broccoli, I just threw it in the fridge for a small lunch later.

Anything I am about to put in the garbage I look at wondering if there is another application or use. I cringe throwing out our apple cores knowing I could make apple cider vinegar. We just don’t have a way to do that yet. Our lack of storage means way less space to let it ferment.

So this is our life now…and it is great! A new appreciation for kitchen skills, frugality, and the ability to provide healthier options for our family’s diet.

 

So, what have you reused or stretched in the kitchen? Leave a comment below.

My 9 Best Breastfeeding Tips

My 9 Best Breastfeeding Tips

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Always try to use the bathroom before you settle down to nurse. One of the most uncomfortable feelings during nursing is the desperate need to pee! Baby is not going to starve if they wait another 5 to 10 minutes. Not to mention you lessen your chances of a UTI when you actually use the bathroom when you feel the need.  Photography courtesy of OceanBluePhotography.com

Find the most comfortable position for you and the baby to breastfeed. This is easily accomplished with a boppy or other pillows to rest your arms or support your back. There are also a number of breastfeeding positions to help ease the situation. My top pick would be side-lying position.

Set yourself up with what I call a nursing or breastfeeding station. This would include what you need right before, during and right after you breastfeed. This would include snacks, water, cell phone/land-line phone, t.v. Remote, books/magazines, cozy blanket when it’s cold, boppy (or similar product), burp cloths, and nursing cover.

Nursing covers are for the ladies, like myself, who seem to be hesitant at people gawking at you as you feed your baby. Some women can handle the stares and comments, good and bad alike. I would rather not. I sometimes do still get comments but most people notice less when I use the cover.

Have your burp clothes with you. A stack within the nursing station is great. Between spit-up, throw up and diaper explosions, they are down right handy! They are also good for when you have a let down to capture the milk coming from your other side.

One other important tip is that you want to have a variety of comfortable nursing bras and/or camisoles. Trust me when I write that you will really need the support.

Herbal Lactation Teas are great for increasing your supply. Always make sure you are getting enough water and calories before using the tea if you feel lacking in your supply. In the very early days, tea may not be necessary.

One basic rule when I started breastfeeding was to have a snack every time I breastfed the baby. Have some wholesome, nutritious snacks on hand. High quality protein bars, dried fruit, raw nuts, trail mixes can all store well.  Use a storage container of some kind for those snacks to have within reach while you breastfeed the baby. You can use baskets, boxes, Tupperware, reuse shoe boxes, etc. This is especially useful if you have more than one breastfeeding station (i.e. your bedroom, nursery, living room, etc.)  

Water. You’re body is made up of about 70% of water. It is the necessity of milk production (as well as adequate calories). First thing to check when your supply seems low is how much water you are actually drinking. Always have water available. Keep a bottle easily accessible in every room. Bedroom, nursery, living room—even the bathroom. I’m serious! This may seem silly or weird, but I am just saying you should be drinking water this often!  

What about you?  If you have any tips that I missed, feel free to share them below!

The Day I Doubted My Blog

The Day I Doubted My Blog

DayIDoubtedMyBlog

The Day I Doubted My Blog

A few days ago I found this great blog post by Heather Reese on her blog It’s a Lovely Life called 5 Ways We Can All Stop Those Unhelpful Mom Debates Right Now. I loved it! I can relate in being judged and have felt I may have been judgmental in my own ways during the last 5 years of being a mom. I would like to let others know my opinion, not force my own upon anyone!

I started thinking about how my blog might come across. The title alone is enough to make me nervous now regarding this.  I would hate for anyone to think I am judging just by seeing it. The way God intended is referencing the way I believe He intended humanity to live. Meaning as natural as possible in day-to-day life. That He created women’s bodies to have children. That He created everything we need to live and survive already in natural forms to find here on our planet. And so many other aspects. And that is just the start…my About page plainly states it, but I will state it again: This is an informational blog to be used as a resource for others who are interested or have questions about natural living—basically, it is our experiences and “results” from our choice to live as naturally as possible.

To be clear, we understand that not everyone will agree and that these lifestyle choices are not always a viable option. There is a time and place for intervention, hospitals, doctors, western medicine and all that territory. I believe God gave us all those too. They are not to be disclaimed. They are just not our first choice. If we can find a natural way to do it (i.e. homeopathic, herbal, holistic, etc.) we will try that route first.

Here is a list of many things we have had the privilege to have done or be a part of regarding natural living.

Pregnancies, Birth and Children: prenatal care with a midwife through a birthing center for all pregnancies; midwife assisted home births, all water births; prenatal and pediatric chiropractic; breastfeeding; baby-wearing; cloth diapering (only our youngest); amber teething necklaces.

Health, Supplements and Medical: essential oils; herbal teas; herbal tinctures; natural antibiotics (colloidal silver, coconut oil, honey, etc.); natural healing and immunity support and function from food (lemons, herbs, garlic, apple cider vinegar, cranberries; oat, fennugreek, nuts and so on for lactation); homeopathic first aids; homemade tooth powder; homemade yogurt (pro-biotic digestion).

Other aspects that I have blogged about are resources that I also want to share my experiences with and include: Travel; sleep and co-sleep; getting involved in local activities (libraries and fall festivals); and I will hopefully soon post some blogs about our new adventures in Homeschooling….stay tuned!

My Resources and Networking page also has about six different links to people, places or products that I have had the privilege of interacting with. Check them out, too.

What about you? Had any experiences with judgmental people? Or any experience with natural living? I would love to hear any thoughts!