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Who says kids won’t eat their greens?

19 Apr

I know green smoothies are all the rage with raw foodies, but I don’t actually have any greens growing, so haven’t got round to making any yet. Then I remembered that I have 1.5 packets of Claridges Life Greens which a lovely family friend gave to us when the baby was born. So this morning we had our first green smoothie, which was basically our normal breakfast whizzed up in the magic bullet with a spoonful of green powder added. (Wholegrain oats, fresh banana, brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, shredded coconut, plain yoghurt, a smidgen of honey.)

I tried to feed it to him with a spoon, but he didn’t put up with that for long…

So who said kids won't eat greens?

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Made from scratch

19 Apr

I just finished reading Jenna Woginrich’s lovely book Made from Scratch. She tells the story of moving to a small rental farm in Idaho where she puts in a garden, keeps chickens, rabbits, and bees, goes sledding with her dogs, and makes her own clothes. Not to mention antique shopping, mountain music and baking bread. She interweaves her personal account with easy to follow instructions and information on how to do all these things yourself.

I already know how to sew and knit and bake a loaf of bread, but I like her humourous advice on gardening and keeping chooks. In fact, her chapter on pack dogs has almost got me tempted to have a dog. But not quite. And definitely not here!

I related to the book, as she is a young web designer who yearned for a more ‘simple’ and self sufficient lifestyle, and did it in her own small way. From the beginning. Although the fact that she rents a farm rather than a house with a yard in suburbia, as I do, helps a little. It also probably helps that she has a full time design job and no children, and therefore money, which I don’t. Nonetheless, I DO have a garden, and I have a wonderful little boy who deserves homegrown veges and fresh eggs, and therefore I am going to attempt to create my own little slice of homestead pie, on my piece of rented suburbia. Until I can move to a farm and do it for real.

Check out Jenna’s blog here: Cold Antler Farm I like being able to see some photos, although I haven’t yet had a chance to read any of her entries.