Whew! April has been such a busy month! It is definitely time for an update!
I am 18 weeks pregnant. I feel like this pregnancy has flown by, and yet, I feel like late Sept/early Oct. cannot come soon enough.I cannot wait to hold this little one. I am looking forward to feeling baby kicks soon. I am feeling well, just feeling a little fatigued. I guess that is normal when you have four little ones to tend to!
making my own.
I just recently started making homemade chicken stock and I am hooked. I let it simmer all day in my crockpot, and save it in the freezer for soups. So easy and frugal!
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers
These sweet potato black bean burgers really are delish! They were a hit with the whole family. I made up a bunch to freeze, for quick lunches.
I cringe every time I read the dirty dozen list. Many of my favorite fruits are on there, and apples are at the top of the list. I wanted to make the switch, but sticker shock got me every time. At $1.99 a pound, with the way, we go through apples, we could just about use the whole grocery budget on apples.I decided to try a few organic apples when they went on sale at a local store. I was amazed at just how delicious they are, without any of the vegetable wax coating on them. I also thought that the taste of the organic apples was a lot more intense than the commercially grown apples.I found a local store which carries bags of organic apples for $4.99, which is fairly decent. It is amazing to me that one organic apple can contain five times the nutrients of one commercially grown apple. You certainly get what you pay for.
I feel really passionate about eating locally, more than ever, after reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I want to support the small farms, who farm in a sustainable way. I need to be more concerned about putting quality foods on the table, rather than just being in shell shock over the sticker price.The adage is so very true. You can either pay the (local) farmer now, or the doctor later. I want to forge relationships with the local farmers who grow our food.Most of the food at the farmer's market was actually very affordable. I made a soup the other night, solely from the local red potatoes, and the spring onions. The meal cost about $2.50 altogether and it was amazing. I seasoned the soup with fresh herbs from the garden. I would love to have a solely locally grown meal at least once a week.(I am just starting out in eating locally, so this is a baby step for me.) I purchased 2 lbs.of local, grass fed beef,and I am so excited to try it.
Our garden has been taking off. Most of these pictures are from the beginning of April, so we have had a lot of growth since then.So far, we have planted: zucchini, kale, spinach, herbs (cilantro, parsley, basil, oregano), peas, corn, strawberries, beets, squash, potatoes, tomatoes,eggplant, and collards.I better learn to love eggplant. I have only had it once in my life. If you have a favorite eggplant recipe, please share!
Raised bed gardening is very feasible, for nearly any size yard. It is a great way for littles to learn where their food comes from and that it doesn't just come from the supermarket. I have been growing enough greens (kale, collards, beet tops, spinach, etc) that I haven't had to buy any for smoothies.This has been a great blessing!
We hope you are having a very blessed spring,so far. I would love to hear how you are doing,so please drop me a line in the comments section.
This post is linked to Homemaker by Choice, New Life on a Homestead, My Joy Filled Life and The Homeschool Village.