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sara
Interests: knitting, yoga, handwork, hiking, reading, sewing, prenatal yoga, kitchen stuff, herbs and flowers., birthing from within, beach and snow adventures
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I think a lot of things could be done in a suburban environment as well. We have a yard (maybe half an acre or perhaps a bit more) and a smaller house (1100 sq.ft.), but we can grow quite a bit of food, could heat with wood (we have a fire place that we could convert) and I think we could raise chickens, rabbits and bees too. We have city water though, so I am not sure how we could work around that. Anyway, country living sounds awesome too! I just wanted to point out the inbetween (suburbs) as food for thought as well.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2012 on returning at beauty that moves
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I am loving that picture of you and Steve. Sheer happiness! That's the stuff that makes 11 years of marriage work. Happy Anniversary. P.S. I am also loving Steve's thick, full beard!
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2011 on :: right now :: at SouleMama
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Your oven baked fries look like they turn out much better than mine ever do!-though they are always tasty none the less. Maybe the secret is in the variety you used. I am curious to know how to pressure cook the chicken stock. I would love to do that. I have never seen instructions anywhere. Any tips?
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2011 on in my kitchen at SouleMama
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We had a few tobacco horn worms on our tomatoes and parasitic wasps attacked them- Hurrah for the parasitic wasps. I had never heard of either one until this summer. Apparently the parasitic wasps feed off the horn worm (by attaching little white cocoons) on the horn worm's body and are a beneficial bug to the garden. They are very, very tiny and do no harm. I am so glad they were taken care of naturally since we also had some blight that I tried to fight with a vengence. I only had 10 tomato plants though. I made about a gallon and a half of fermented salsa. I preserved some more that I bought from the farmer's market though and made some of your soulesa and soule sauce.
Toggle Commented Sep 16, 2011 on more things round and red at SouleMama
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I would love to own a pair of these shoes! Thanks Aurora Shoe Co. for another chance to win.
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Good stuff. Thanks for sharing.
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2010 on SoulePapa Blogs :: Start of Day at SouleMama
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Just the colors I would like to start a bedroom quilt!
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2010 on SouleMama Sponsor ~ ALEWIVES FABRICS ~ at SouleMama
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What a lovely post- nice pics. I think the vegetable looks like kholrabi (spelling?). I have only had it a handful of times, but it tastes similar to the stem part of broccoli. I ate it sliced raw with dip, but I am sure steaming it would be good too. It is good- I don't know why I don't eat it more?
The eco village sounds really inspirational. I have fond memories of visiting a similar sounding community in North Carolina. They also sound very generous offering a gift certificate to one of your sponsors! Yay! I am in because I can't get those aurora shoes off the brain :) Would love to have some help with the purchase!
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I haven't had a new pair of shoes in so long! It would blissful to wear such a pair of lovelies! Thanks for putting the possibility out there.
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The floors look awesome! Good choices made! How many square feet is the new home? It looks huge!
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2010 on these (bare) floors at SouleMama
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rapping to robert frost? That's too funny! My husband and son have taken to rapping a waldorf verse before bed (it's always more fun with papa, isn't it?) and that is pretty funny, so I can only imagine the Robert Frost. I glad there are good times amongst all the late nights and settling in.
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2010 on counting my blessings at SouleMama
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Hello- a beautiful summer bounty indeed!! About kale chips- I absolutely love them and think it is a wonderful way to get kale of mass quantities into children :). I am not sure how often you make them, but in my experience, they don't seem to stay dehydrated and crisp for long. We usually end up eating them immediately anyway, but when I have tried to save them in a jar, they get moist, with both dehydrated and oven baked chips. Maybe I am not dehydrating them long enough, but you might want to do a trial run before putting up a bunch. I saw that excalibur sells a vacuum seal type container that is supposed to keep all moisture out which I thought would be great for kale chips. We have made chips similar to the recipe you linked to, but with added nutritional yeast. They are so yummy! I also made another version lately with lime juice, olive oil, salt, chili powder and ground up cashews that was really tasty.
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2010 on Bountiful at Farmama
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I have baked some blueberry muffins that were very simple with almond flour that we really enjoyed. They were so nutrient dense that they were very filling compared to flour muffins. I just checked out an almond flour recipe book from my library to try to experiment with as well. Since I don't have much experience with it, I don't know if this will always be true, but the times that I have made the muffins mentioned above, I used almond fiber left over from making almond milk. When I make fresh almond milk, I keep the nut pulp and dehydrate it. I then blend it up in my blender to make it "flour" when I am baking. It worked well and I feel it is definitely a more frugal way to bake with almonds- however I don't know if it will work with all recipes. We also really enjoy the coconut flour muffin recipe that is floating around on line. At first, we were a bit skeptical as they are somewhat spongy, but after a few times of eating them, we really like them. We also really like this muffin recipe for a more traditional gluten free muffin http://gingerlemongirl.blogspot.com/2009/01/carob-banana-muffins-gluten-free-casein.html
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2010 on veggies and brownies! at beauty that moves
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Oh how I love the colors!
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2010 on Soulemama Sponsor ~ ALEWIVES FABRICS ~ at SouleMama
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Hi Heather, I would like to recommend a book that you might like. It is called Life, Paint and Passion by Michel Cassou and it is all about allowing a painting to unfold before you with childlike innocence. It made a big impression on me after reading it.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2010 on summer studio tour :: 5 at beauty that moves
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This book looks great. I would love some extra boredom buster ideas to whip out when needed!
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2010 on homemade fun book giveaway at Sew Liberated
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What a nice give away! Thanks for another chance to receive such an inspiring magazine.
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P.S. The art is really nice too. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2010 on for emily's best friend at beauty that moves
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I am reading a book right now that resonates with a lot of these thoughts that you have shared. It is called The Gift of an Ordinary Day- A Mother's Memoir by Katrina Kenison (she is also the author of Mitten Strings for God). I am really enjoying it.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2010 on for emily's best friend at beauty that moves
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I had the same question! I think they are the mulberries though.
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2010 on Wake up and uncook at too good to be true
Hi! I made this for breakfast this morning and it was delicious! Thanks for the idea. I soaked the almonds separately because I thought that perhaps the dried fruit and buckwheat might soak up some of the tannins released from the soaking almonds. I wasn't clear on your instructions if you soaked things separately or together, but thought I might point it out for readers who are new to raw food prep.
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2010 on Wake up and uncook at too good to be true
Thanks for the pattern modification!
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In respose to Nicole- I dehydrate the almond pulp from home made almond milk and then blend it into flour. And then use it in place of almond flour in mostly muffin recipes. My freind uses the dehydrated pulp in place of some of the nuts in raw pie crusts.
Here is a recipe out of an old book of mine called vegan vittles. I have never tried it. Rice Milk 1 cup well cooked brown rice 3 cups almost boiling water 2-3 Tbsp brown rice syrup (I am sure maple would subsitute just fine!) 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional) pinch of salt 1.Place rice in blender with 1 cup of the hot water, the sweetener, vanilla, and salt. Process until mixture is a smooth, thick cream. 2. Add remaining hot water 1 cup at a time, and blend on high until creamy. 3. Strain the milk through a strainer into a bowl or liquid measuring cup. Stir the milk to help it go through the strainer more easily and mash the residual rice meal firmly to expel as much liquid as possible. 4.store is glass container in fridge for 3-5 days. Shake well before use. Healthy bread in 5 minutes a day (that's the title of the book) has some gluten free varieties that I haven't got to try yet (I just had a baby!), but they look yummy. I think sprouted flour comes from first sprouting the grain, then dehydrating it, and then grinding it. I would then think that perhaps you would follow a regualar bread recipe with the sprouted flour?