2.27.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

We are still in our sickies cave 🙁 but I made some progress: tinctures, infusions, Celtic knot knitting and the thawing of a chicken. Not pictured is some reishi broth on the stove and some fiery witches brew steeping on the kitchen counter (fire cider and habanero honey tea).

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Things We Do

As per our family usual, we are doing things at our own pace. With many different needs of our three very different kiddos this way of living suites us best and allows for optimal parenting choices. Needless to say, I was not on time for Yarn Along with Small Things once again but no matter (use link to find out more about this weekly online event). I figure better late than never. This lifestyle choice has released me from a lot of my stress. Stress that goes back to my childhood. There is less family arguments and more enjoyment in our outings, as it should be.
Love to you and yours,
Nico
P.S. Enjoy the pictures below. Summer is almost gone, bring on the Autumnal joy.

"Raising Nuestros Ninos: Bringing up Latino children in a bicultural world." by Gloria B. Rodriquez, Ph.D. Whit's Knits: Baby Bonnet -The Purl Bee for baby Indigo.

“Raising Nuestros Ninos: Bringing up Latino children in a bicultural world.” by Gloria B. Rodriquez, Ph.D.
Whit’s Knits: Baby Bonnet -The Purl Bee for baby Indigo.

Whit’s Knits: Baby Bonnet -The Purl Bee

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Bunny fur moccasin slippers from a dear friend. Vintage.

Bunny fur moccasin slippers from a dear friend. Vintage.

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Tempeh. No Longer Forbidden.

I’ve got a craving! It’s Tempeh Pizza and it’s gotta be tonight!
I thought Tempeh would forever be a thing of my past. No one in my family can digest those soy proteins. Bad soy! Bad!
Yet, she becomes my mistress…
Oh Tempeh, how I’ve missed you so! Maybe I’ll just have a bite…or an entire sandwich then lie on the couch in agony.
But then….
Ok, duh! Why did I not think of this earlier? Like years ago?
Raw apple cider vinegar has those lovely lovely living enzymes. So now, once a month or so, we get Surata Tempeh:
soak it in vinegar, add some red wine, tamari and then it’s sauteed with Mama’s mix (a nutritional yeast based sauce).

In pictures, here’s what our oldest and I did for dinner:

2 egg whites.

 

Our family's pizza dough mix.

 

Do the Tempeh swirl!

 

Small sweet peppers.

 

Veggie Heaven Pizza or Foragers Delight Pizza.

 

Parsley to complete the experience.

 

Master Treetrunk on Safari...the man with the plan.

All pictures taken by Treetrunk (my Fox boy – the oldest).
Dinner inspired by my mostly gluten free family. Outside, the dandelions begging to be eaten and shiitakes, sweet bells, Tempeh and pesto in the fridge are calling my name.

Peace, <3, and Tempeh Pizza!

Post Pizza Script:
The Dough!
This can easily be adjusted to be Vegan so make your adjustments accordingly.
::Makes one thick 12″ crust or one thin 16″crust::
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together:
1 C Barley or Quinoa flour
1/2 C Tapioca flour
3 T of Nutritional Yeast (or Powdered Milk, if you dig it)
2 1/2 t of Bread Yeast
1/2 t of Salt
1 T of a Granulated Sweetener
**Preheat oven to 400F**
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together:
2 medium Egg Whites
Once you get the foam going add:
1 1/2 T Oil (we like Olive Oil the best for this but try other things if you like)
1/2 t White Vinegar
3/4 C Tepid Water
Mix together dry and wet ingredients with a wooden spoon or hard spatula. Pour out dough onto a greased pan. Let the dough sit on the pan for 10 min. to rise a bit.
Pop in oven for 5-10 min. until slightly browning (you don’t want it too cook too long because you need to add the toppings and cook it again).

We use pre-cooked toppings (for the most part) so that the crust doesn’t burn while we are waiting for the toppings to cook on the pizza. If you want to add fresh ingredients make sure to slice and chop thinly.

Turn oven down to 375F. Pull dough out of oven and add your toppings. Pop back in the oven for another 10-20 min. Check the pizza every 10 min.

Let cool and serve to bouncing kids and delighted partners.

Cheers!

Chasing Rainbows

I’m hearing Joni Mitchell and Sting in my memories, that time in my life when I lived on a rainbow. With my Baby Sister and our handmade dolls, in our handmade cloths, digging our handmade garden.

We were well tended. Life was mud pies and ants in our pants. It was a simple way and it’s now the past.

Today, as are most days around here, it’s all about the simple things.

Today I’m chasing rainbows.

Rainbows on my kitchen walls.

That’s all for now.