Can you believe January has gone so fast? Well, here are my favorite posts from January!
I read Ann Marie’s article Vaccine Injuries: Will Your Child Be Next?Â with tears in my eyes. When Farm Boy 1 was just 5 lbs (and 3 months old), the staff at the hospital told us that he needed to get all of his vaccines (0 to 3 months worth) at once. We said we were not comfortable with that. They said they would not let him be released from the hospital unless we agreed. We wanted our son home, so we agreed. All of those vaccines at once were a huge set back for our son. He stopped drinking bottles for a week and needed to be gavaged (have a tube stuck down his throat so that he could be nourished). He was not as alert. We are so lucky that it only lasted a week. Later, after one of his vaccines, he started doing the “blank stare” thing and I was really concerned about him. I don’t know if any of his learning disabilities or dyspraxia (he cannot do jumping jacks, he is not coordinated enough, at 10) are from vaccines or from prematurity, but I am so thankful that we are not facing anything more serious. Our rush to get our boy *home* (and to agree to all of those vaccines) could have cost our son his life! This is serious business!
For those of you who don’t know how to prepare some of the basic GAPS foods (like homemade stock), this post by Kendahl will be useful to you: Real Food 101: How to Make Beef Stock. Making your own broth (and re-using the bones, as she notes at the bottom of the post) is incredibly frugal! Forget about .99 fast food hamburgers and make soup! Today I had some broth going in the crockpot and whipped up a quick soup for lunch. I fried up diced onions, sliced mushrooms, chopped celery and shredded carrots in butter and bacon grease. I added in some broth, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper and a pinch of cayenne. It was a SUPER yummy soup that the kids *loved* and it was cheap! (Hint, hint: slice/chop/shred as many veggies as you can and have them ready in the freezer, for a quick and easy meal!).
Someone asked me on Facebook if I had a good Salisbury Steak recipe. I tried one several weeks ago, but my photos do not look nearly as yummy as Jenny’s.Yum, yum! It’s GAPS legal and a great way to use up the beef stock you’ll make after reading the post above! I think beef is my favorite food *ever*. My staple foods, if I’m ever needing to survive on just a few, would include: beef, eggs, cheese, milk, chocolate, honey…yup. I think I could survive on just those foods, probably. Ok, maybe bananas, too. And apples. And sunflower seed butter. And chai tea. Hmm…Maybe I like too many foods, so I just need to learn how to grow them all (like bananas and chocolate!). 🙂
I should probably include some probiotic foods on that list of foods I have to have. Jill from Real Food Forager had a great post called 8 Reasons to Add Probiotic Foods to Your Diet. If you’re new to the idea of probiotic foods, or if you’re just not eating them (even though you know you should ;)), read Jill’s post!
Since it is winter and we’re all needing Vitamin D these days, Emily’s post on How to Get Vitamin D in the Winter is a great read! I have a huge freezer full of 3 pigs’ worth of meat. These are from pigs that we raised–who lived in the trees and rooted up all kinds of goodies for food. It’s nicely organized in the freezer (thanks to The Farmer!) and I’ve got sections of bacon, ham, roasts, etc. And guess what else I have in there? The lard! I had no clue that lard was high in Vitamin D. Wow…time to do some rendering and boost our Vitamin D levels! 🙂
If you don’t have room to raise your own pigs but you want tasty bacon that is chemical and sugar free, Christine has written a great post for you! She teaches you how to make Easy, Homemade, Chemical-Free Bacon. Amazing! Who knew?! 🙂 We are able to get our bacon sugar and nitrate free, but did you know that as the consumer, there is no way for you to buy bacon that is totally sugar free? That is because there are no approved FDA standards for curing bacon with honey, or salt, or anything besides sugar. Crazy, huh? What is this world coming to? 🙂