Tiny House Experiment…

Have you heard of Tiny Houses?  Many people are dumping their things and making the choice to live with less.  I have been intrigued ever since I first heard of this.  At the moment we live in home that would not fit into the Tiny House category (although considered small to american standards), I thought it would be amazing to purge our house of all our stuff.  Our guidelines are, could I fit this in a 300 square foot home? Keep in mind that we have 2 adults, 4 children, 2 dogs (one large), and a cat.

Why would we do this?  I hate that I find myself telling my husband no when he wants to do fun things. Why? I say no because I need to clean!  Our family cannot make these wonderful memories because I need to stay home and clean our stuff.  I want to be able to say yes to all of these impromptu family adventures without getting way behind on housework.

The biggest problem areas…

Toys, Laundry, Dishes, and Paper

I have narrowed down what I spend most of my cleaning time on to these four items. So that is what I want to start with.

First up: DISHES

Dishes are one of those things that are never done… ever.  As soon as I empty the sink, bam… another dish.

Which brings me to

Tiny House Experiment #1

  • get rid of all dishes except for one place setting per person (require each person to wash their own place setting- except of course the baby)
  • get rid of any dishes that would not fit in our 300 square foot tiny house.

Wish me luck! I will post the results soon. :)

 

 

Read Your Labels: Bionature Strained Tomatoes

 

 

Ingredients:
Organic Strained Tomatoes

I gave it four stars because it is not Local or Fresh.

 

Read Your Labels: Bionature Organic Tomato Sauce…

 

 

As much as I wish that I could make everything we eat from scratch, it just isn’t possible unless I remove other things that are even more important to our family. Usually I cringe when I read labels, but every once in a while, I am pleasantly surprised. I thought I would start posting when I find these products. Let me know if you have found some great products that I need to try.

Ingredients

Organic Tomato Paste

 

 

Sounds good to me!! I gave it four stars because it isn’t local and it isn’t fresh, but it is definitely something I will purchase.

 

 

 

 

Still looking…

We are still looking for a bus that we can convert to an RV (called a Skoolie).  I have found a couple that looked promising but they fell through.  I went down to the school district building and asked about purchasing a bus directly from them, but I was told they do not sell directly to the public. They gave me a list of four sellers to call. So far, it hasn’t really led anywhere. I did find a few on Craigslist that might work out. The main problem is I am looking for a bus that is 40′ long, a diesel (engine in the front), and that runs good with good tires. I find a lot of buses that meet some of the requirements, but I haven’t found one that meets all of them…

My Favorite Traditional Cookbooks…

It can be tough finding cookbooks that use traditional ingredients and practices. I have spent a lot of time finding blogs and authors that make traditional foods. Here are my favorite cookbooks…


Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World


The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Dairy, and Kombuchas


Back to Butter: A Traditional Foods Cookbook – Nourishing Recipes Inspired by Our Ancestors


The Elliott Homestead: From Scratch: Traditional, whole-foods dishes for easy, everyday meals


Have Your Cake and Lose Weight Too!


Real {Fast} Food

Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods



Everyday Grain-Free Baking: Over 100 Recipes for Deliciously Easy Grain-Free and Gluten-Free Baking

Londyn’s 1st Birthday Party~ The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party…

.

Nathan’s 8th Birthday~ A Minecraft Party…

Nathan is not in the picture :) hmm…

Absolutely loved the cake!!! made by What About Cake?

The Food table was the star of the show…

In case anyone is interested, I used one- two pack package of Fake Grass
for the centerpiece.

The green cake holder, table cloth, and silverware are from Dollar Tree.

The plates and napkins are from a local party store called Display and Costume.

I bought the food labels from Twirl Me Dizzy on Etsy.

Iron Pails are from Hobby Lobby.

Zombie Flesh- Beef Jerky

Diamonds: Blue Rock Candy

Redstone: Chocolate Rocks

Coal: Chocolate Rocks

Snowball: Marshmallow

Iron Ore: Hershey’s Nuggets

Grass Seed: Sunflower Seeds

Gold: Hershey’s Nuggets

TNT: Red Vines

Baked Potato: Potato Chips

Carrots: Carrots :)

Sticks: Pretzel Sticks

Emeralds: Chocolate Rocks

Cookies: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slime Ball: Green Grapes

 

Grass and Dirt: Rice Crispy Treats

I just had to point out that not only was the cake amazing, but it was the best cake I have ever tasted! So yummy!

I bought a Minecraft Torch from Amazon and a Minecraft Pickaxe from Target.

Minecraft Brewing Stand (Italian Soda)

I bought the printables from BoomParty on Etsy.

The Green Display board is from Hobby Lobby

I labeled matching potion ingredients (Torani Syrup, Club Soda, Ginger Ale, Sprite, and Half and Half)

Cups are from Display and Costume

 

I bought these cute chests from Hobby Lobby for potions and a scavenger hunt.

The Potions are bubbles from Dollar Tree (they were awful, I would pick something else) and wrapped them in labels from Twirl Me Dizzy on Etsy.

I bought a Minecraft Scavenger Hunt from DigiCreationsStudio on Etsy. I changed the rules a little bit. My husband hid 5 small chest from Hobby Lobby in the trees at the park. Each child received one home card and one crafting table. Each chest had one of the 5 resources: Wheat seeds, Sugar cane, Cow, Chicken, and Iron Ore. The kids had to go get resources one at a time and glue the pieces on with gluesticks. Then they showed their finished home cards to four different moms who gave them one of the crafting items: Milk, Sugar, Egg, and Wheat and glued them on. They used their recipe for cake (finished crafting table) to get a piece of Nathan’s TNT cake after we sang Happy Birthday to him.

 Finally a picture of Nathan. :)

 

Thanks for looking.

The Vacation that Wasn’t…

Our plans to travel to Arizona this week and visit family and friends didn’t work out. :( My baby had a scary emergency room visit (she appears to be okay now) and my husband came down with a nasty flu two days before we were due to leave. We can take a hint, we shouldn’t go. Our trip was postponed.

I was pretty sad about it, but now I am pretty excited. It turns out we will be going on our vacation, just not as planned. We are in the market for a…
school bus. Yes I know, I am crazy. This has been a dream of mine for quiet some time.  We will be converting a school bus into an RV! I am in the clouds, my imagination is running wild. I feel like a little kid designing and planning a fort. Check out my Dreaming of an RV Bus Pinterest board for all my crazy dreams for our future RV!

A letter from the mother of the child, on the floor in the grocery store, screaming swear words at the top of his lungs…

I knew when my son was 10 months old, something was different about him. He would throw fits that would put a three year old to shame.  I had a 3 year old daughter, and I kept telling the doctor, something is wrong with my son. All I was given in response from the doctor and countless mothers who meant well was, “He is just a boy”. I tried to believe them. I wanted to believe them.

When he was 2, I cried to the doctor, telling him I didn’t know how to handle him, he was so out of control and nothing I did was helping. His advice “your hand is the perfect shape for spanking his bottom for a reason”. Later when I asked for for my son’s medical records, the doctor’s notes said that I was distraught and really overwhelmed as a mother. The notes didn’t say anything about my concerns that my son had some kind of disability. They also didn’t have any record about him telling me I should spank my son. This was just one of the many messages over the last 8 years that I have received telling me, it is just my flawed parenting. Just be more consistant, more strict, more patient, more kind, more calm, offer rewards, take away priveledges, lock  him in his room, spank him. Not to mention the dirty looks or outright insults that have been flung at me almost every time I have left my house. Why can’t I just discipline him. Even my own family has said things like “he only acts like that because you do not discipline him”.

Enough is enough. I HAVE disciplined him. My poor son has spent his whole life being disciplined. One system to the next, trying to find something that works. Guess what, he is still hitting me, breaking things, swearing.  STOP judging me. I tell everyone that I struggle with my temper, that I struggle with patience. But, do I? Actually, is it possible that I show more patience on any given day, then the average mom shows in a month? I love my son dearly, I am his mom, and I show him love and tenderness, seconds after his behavior has ripped our world apart for 20th time that day.

So, if it isn’t my fault, who’s fault is it? It isn’t anyone’s fault and certainly not my son’s fault. My son was born with the inability to figure out how to handle difficult situations. It doesn’t matter how much I discipline him. He WANTS to be GOOD. He WANTS people to LOVE him. He WANTS people to be his FRIEND. He just doesn’t know how. I have to hold my son and listen to him cry because he wants friends. It is heartbreaking. Don’t you think that if he could, he would. Kids without these developmental problems, naturally learn how to function in the world through trial and error. Kids like my son need much more than trial and error, much more than discipline. They need it spelled out for them. They need to feel loved and understood. They need to be a part of the solution, so that they can see how that solution came to be.

Enough is enough, stop blaming me and all the other mothers out there in my shoes. Stop looking down your nose at us. More importantly stop blaming my son, stop blaming and hating the beautiful children like my son, who just want to feel and be loved.

Do me a favor. The next time you see a mother at church, at the grocery store, at the park, with a child that has completely gone off the deep end, offer her your support. Show her kindness and love. And please, don’t forget to show that sweet innocent child kindness and love too.

How to fit traditional food cooking methods into a very busy life…

I have received many questions about how I fit traditional foods into my life.  I have a secret. I have not made everything from scratch this last month since Londyn was born… gasp. :)  I am getting back on that bandwagon though, so I thought it would be fun to start writing down everything that I do each day in food preparation.  A blog post each day seemed a little much, so I came up with the plan to give a description of what I do each day on my Pioneer Journey facebook page instead.  Maybe I can handle a weekly recap blog post.  We will see. If you haven’t already, head on over to facebook and like my page so that you do not miss my updates.  I am not going to promise that I will not miss days, but I will do my best to keep up with it.  As time allows I will blog some recipes and tutorials on how I specifically do things.  I will not have enough time to do them all at once, so let me know if there is something in particular you are interested in me providing a recipe or doing a tutorial for.