First you want to melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Once it has melted add the apples, stir to coat. Next add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and date sugar. Stir to coat the apples, let the apples soften. I used a potato masher to mash them up a bit. This is an optional step, but for me it is a necessary step for the little people.
Next you want to get your water going. Bring the water to a boil, next add the oats and turn the heat to medium. Cook for about five minutes, or until the oats begin to thicken. Stirring occasionally. Once the oats have thicken but are still kind of loose, add the apple and stir to combine. Now is a good time to add the brown sugar and maple syrup. Stir stir stir.. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes before serving.
This was on the lower end of sweet for us. I try to keep things less sugary for my girls. Since both have ADHD I don’t like to over due it. ADHD is also the reason they don’t eat candy. They do get things like vegan cookies and cupcakes every once and a while. So if you like things more sweet just tweak this to your liking.
Also.. You can serve this with some granola on top or just plain.
Heat oil in a sauce pan, once oil is ready add the shallots. Cook for 4 minutes. Next add your garlic and tomato. Cook for five minutes.. Now add the rice, seasoning packet, and spices. Stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes constantly stirring. Add stock and stir.
Bring to a boil and reduce to low. Cook until all water is evaporated. About twenty minutes or so. Make sure you stir every couple minutes.
Once done remove from burner and keep covered for 5 minutes. Serve warm -enjoy-
Something I want to talk about for a few minutes. So this is something I’m noticing more and more often, and it’s scary. People rushing, but where are we going that deems us to speed, to honk after the light has just turned green? Just the other day I saw an accident. The person was in such a rush they pulled out thinking they would be able to clear the oncoming car. What actually happened was a crash. Front end met this persons driver door, thankfully it looked like everyone was okay. BUT why? Why couldn’t that person have waited for a better clearing?
Then there are people who do not stop for school buses.. What is with that, where the hell are you going in such a hurry you cannot wait for a child to be safely off the bus, and across the street? I’m sorry but NOTHING absolutely nothing is worth risking a child’s life, or even another adults life..
The speed limit on my road is 35, that’s way too high for this road. Nearly everyone does 40/45!! This road is thickly settled, and people are constantly stopping, or turning. Both ends of my road have dangerous intersections. At least once a day cops and emergency vehicles are speeding past my home to assist with an accident on either end. People do not want to pause for two seconds to let someone go.
So here is my proposal, I say we slow down. Take a second to think of others, and how we would feel if someone accidentally took the life of our loved one. All because you wanted that coffee, or pack of smokes faster. You wanted to get home, and sit there that much faster. You may be late to work, but that’s one less life taken due to speed. Even if you do 80mph in a 65mph zone you’re only going to get to your destination 15 minutes sooner. That’s not enough time to deem it okay. Okay you have a fast car, I get it, but it’s not that popular these days. It wont make you cool , or even sexier. You want to be sexy? Save an animal, work out, eat properly, be kind. Risking others isn’t and will never be sexy.
If you find yourself rushing, take a deep breath and say “okay I need to slow it down”. when we say things like this out loud it becomes reality. Also if you’re speeding and you are listening to hard rock, try listing to the acoustic versions of the song. I know when I get my music going I go faster, and I have to stop myself or change the music. I’m not asking you to drive like a sloth, I’m asking you to slow down, respect others on the road, and treat others like they are your family members.
Also please slow down for the woodland creatures!! We overtook their home, least we can do is let them cross the street.
Lets make 2019 a year of cautious driving, and caring about others wellness.
That’s right today is the final day of 2018, I know I cannot believe it either. Where did the year go? I’ve had many ups and down, and felt defeated many times. I’ve also had moments of clarity and brilliance. From starting my homestead Instagram page, to creating this blog, and finally ordering my DNA kit from ancestry. I started my vegan journey in 2018, it has been a hard journey from meat eater for 32 year to vegan. Not even going to lie, it’s been really hard, I’ve had times when I’ve caved, but I’ve had times when I was stronger than I thought.
So lets talk goals for 2019, do you have any? Here are my top three goals.
Go fully vegan from year beginning to year end, and so on and so forth.
Eat more plant based and less meat substitute based.
Bring my home into full Eco friendly status – within reason
So what do my goals mean exactly?
Simply I will not eat meat or dairy from 2019 on. I want to plant gardens and maintain them properly. I may take a class on gardening to help reach this goal. I’m going to get a compost bin instead of just using a hole in my yard, yes I currently use a hole in my yard to throw scraps into. Sometimes I just throw veggie/fruit/ bread and other non meat or dairy scraps into my yard for the animals to eat. I also want to get rid of the rest of my plastic in my home. I want to figure out another way to throw trash away that doesn’t consist of using a plastic bag. Most importantly for my health I’m going to try my hardest to stop eating processed meat substitutes. This doesn’t include tofu (because I’m not crazy), seitan, or tempeh. I also want to branch out and try other fruits and vegetables I haven’t before.
Now to the things I’ve accomplished in 2018
I’ve removed disposable plates and cups.
I no longer buy pasta sauce in plastic containers
I no longer buy spices in plastic
I no longer buy sandwich bags or paper towels
I stops using store bought laundry soap
I stopped buying water jugs
I started buying in bulk
I no longer use bags if I forget mine in the truck
I removed 99.9999 percent of harsh chemicals from my home
I bought a water filter for my kitchen sink
We stopped using the Kerig and just use a regular coffee pot
I’m sure there is more but that’s all my foggy brain can think of at this moment.
So I will be sending 2018 out with doing less damage to the environment, not having part in the killing of animals, not taking baby animals away from their mamas, and not drinking/using the milk of cows. I look forward to a fantastic 2019, hoping it brings opportunity with it. I’m excited to find out what my true DNA is, and possibly finding my real father or relatives. Hopefully losing the last 40 pound or so I need to lose. Possibly exercising more, can’t promise anything there. Vegan is the future and I fully support it with every being of my human body. Love thy self and love thy body.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates
This stuff has gotten my through two years of preschool, the start of elementary school, and my youngest starting preschool. It’s just too easy not to make, and you don’t need to spend a million dollars on essential oils. You can use whatever leave in conditioner you have, but you will need to buy a small glass or metal spray bottle. Below is my exact recipe.
What you’ll need:
Spray bottle – glass or metal
Leave in conditioner
Tea tree essential oil
Rosemary essential oil
Filtered water or just tap water
Fill bottle with water – leave enough room to add conditioner.Add 15 drops of tea tree oilAdd 5 drops rosemary oilAdd 1 tsp of leave in conditionerPut the cap on and shake vigorously. You should shake before every use.
The tea tree oil is what does the magic, the Rosemary oil helps the hair grow. You can spray this in their hair mid week as well as after a shower. We use this roughly 3 days a week. Helps with frizz and knots, just let the spray sit on the hair a minute or so. Always start combining the knot from the bottom and work your way up. This is how I brush my girls hair. Especially the curly haired kid.
I really suggest all school aged kids use this. With just this little recipe and under $20 spent, it actually saves you money. Instead of buying kit after kit, paying someone else to do it, trying mayo, or even doctors appointments.
Basically the title says it all.. We have been dealing with crappy colds since before Christmas. Last weekend it escalated into a full blown ear infection for Keira. She has been on antibiotics now for four days. I took Valletta to the doctor this afternoon, thankfully no ear or chest infections, but her cough is nasty. She spiked a fever tonight before bed. With this all happening I’m being forced to use stronger medications, like Advil and store brand mucinex. I hate using any thing like this, but I will IF needed.
I am a homeopathic mom, so when I have to use these kinds of medications I feel awful. I know non of these are good for my children in the long run, unfortunately nothing I have on hand is working well enough. I am however going to start rebuilding the good bacteria in their guts when this is all said and done. Probiotics will be our best friend after these colds get outta here!!
So tonight I decided I needed to get some veggies into them, they are not veggie eaters at all. I decided to make “hidden veggie mac and cheese”. Of course it was vegan. They absolutely loved it, and ate most of what I gave them. Then they saw the cookies, and wanted some. So I gave them two cookies each. Below is the recipe for the vegan hidden veggie mac and cheese.
You will need:
2 carrots peeled and cut into pieces
2 white potatoes peeled and cut into pieces
2 cups cauliflower cut into pieces
1 cup butternut squash
1 cup unsweetened original coconut or nut milk
1.5 cups cheddar shreds
1/2 cup mozzarella shreds
1 packet of (boxed) vegan cheese powder
salt to taste
2 cups dried pasta of choice
a blender or food processor – I used my food processor
Peel and cut all veggies, put them into a sauce pan with water, and boil until fork tender.
Once veggies are tender enough, drain the water. Let sit for a few minutes on the counter, with the lid off. This allows the veggies to cool a bit before adding them into the blender or food processor.
Okay now come the most difficult part, and somewhat scary. BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHEN DOING THIS PART. ALWAYS BE CAUTIOUS OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING.
In batches scoop veggies into your device of choice. Remember I used the processor. So for me I did this in two batches. I put each batch into a bowl after pureeing. Scoop the first batch into the processor, and lid it. Puree until smooth, scraping the sides down half way through. This usually takes 3-5 minutes per batch. Put into a bowl and do the next batch the same way.
Place puree back into the sauce pan, add milk of choice, and the vegan cheese powder. Bring to a light simmer. Add the cheddar shreds and whisk to combine. Keep whisking until it is smooth. Add the last of the shreds, whisk again until smooth.
Taste – taste – taste, add salt – as little as you can. Taste again!! Always taste your food.
Mantra I live by – If I wouldn’t eat it, I will not feed it to my children.
If your cheese sauce is seasoned well, and acceptable to your taste buds set it aside. Boil your pasta according to the package instructions.
Once pasta is done add sauce, and fold it in. You don’t need to add it all at once. I added enough to coat my pasta then I severed it to the girls. I added more sauce after. Place it into a nonstick baking pan, topped with dairy-free bread crumbs, and a touch of oil and salt. I baked that until it was nice and bubbly. set aside to cool.
I just want to write a quick post about, the holidays. To me it seems like more and more people cannot keep up with societies version of Christmas. This is absolutely ridiculous, it’s insane to think of. When did the holiday become more about the presents, than the time spent with family? I know I personally don’t have a ton of money to buy my kids iPads or iPhones, but even if I did I wouldn’t. In my eyes an iPhone, or any cellular device isn’t a gift. It’s something you earn. My children got a few toys, learning books, a journal, some coloured pencils, and regular books. I would much rather them have their heads in a book, than have their eyes on a device. I know one lady in particular who didn’t spend much, and then took to social media with her tree, and presents. Apologising it seemed for only spending a little. Society has mothers apologising for simple Christmases.. Mind you the tree was beautiful, and the presents were meaningful. I’m not saying all gifts aren’t meaningful, but when you only have so much to spend they mean more. You put more thought into them. My daughter asked for a “Dora computer” I couldn’t find one (honestly I didn’t spend much time looking). Then it changed from the computer to a dinosaur. Christmas morning came and they opened everything. Valletta got her dinosaur, and Keira got a Pegasus. The one thing both my girls gravitated to was the journals, and the coloured pencils. My kids doodled for hours. Valletta walked around all day clutching her journal in one hand, and the pencils in the other. Kids are very simple of you let them be. My best friends son asked his mum for cat sleeper jammies, and a mind craft game. Both she gifted him. His sister was super excited about the socks, and the lipgloss she got. Of course they got other things but it’s really a lot of “less is more”. I wanted to keep this Christmas as simple as possible, and I think I was successful. Well at least my one bag of trash made me think I was. The girls are grateful for all they received. I’m most grateful for the new winter jackets my mother in law got them. Their jackets were getting too small. Now we can gift the used jackets to a family who needs them. I hope y’all had a wonderfully simple holiday. Here’s to a fantastic 2019!!
I have wanted to make my own laundry soap for some time now. I just never did it. Well today I noticed I was at the bottom of my Tide container. I didn’t want to buy more of it with all the new information I had gotten weeks prior. So I went out and bought everything I would need to make my own. I’m going to keep this short and sweet so you can just get to making your own as well. So below is what I used, keep in mind you can use what ever scent you want for your recipe. Tweak this as you see fit. Enjoy.
Simple laundry soap – just 4 ingredients.
3 cups washing soda
2 cups borax
1 bar Dr. Bronners pure Castile bar soap – I used unscented. You’ll need more for other batches.
20 drops tea tree essential oil
1. In a tightly sealed container add the washing soda and borax.
2. Cut up the bar soap and process in food processor. If you don’t have a food processor a grater will work just as well. Please cut it up into small chunks if you’re using a processor. You do not want to ruin it.
3. Add soap to the container.
Mix well – or seal the container and shake vigorously. That’s what I did.
4. Add essential oil of choice. Seal and shake vigorously again.
For top loaders use 1/8 of a cup
For front loaders use 1 tablespoon
Best for warm or hot water.
By making your own soap you cut out so many unnecessary additives and toxic ingredients. This will last some time since you do not need to use as much.
Borax $4.47 4lbs – Walmart
Washing soda $5.99 55oz – hardware store
Dr. Bronners pure Castile bar soap $4.69 – whole foods
Tea tree oil $5.99 or less depending on where you get it.- Walmart (I had mine already on hand)
Total $21+ tax – pricing will vary depending on location.
Any “decent” soap is over $10 if you buy a larger size, but most is highly toxic. You can look up how toxic it is.
Well it’s Sunday afternoon, after much debate, and fiddling around I’m finally up and running. It took me nearly a week to get this going. Between figuring out if I wanted to pay for this, or just do it for free. The good news is here I am, ready to share all of my insight with all of you beautiful people. I have linked my Instagram to the blog, as well as four of my absolute favorite podcasts. The podcast you can find at the top of this blog page. I plan on posting a couple times a week to start out. Things I will be posting; will be my thoughts on self love, my vegan recipes, as well as my journey to a more sustainable and minimal life. I will also try to post about our journey in special needs, and how we live this way with two girls who have these needs. I sincerely hope to help people with this blog. Whether it be trying a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, decluttering, living minimal and as sustainable as possible in today’s world, or just with my uplifting advice on self love, and how to love yourself.
A little about myself, my children, and my homestead.
First I would like to introduce myself, I’m Samantha. I’m a mum, a recovering meat addict, a hippie (in my own way), and a recovering over-waster. I have a long way to go, but I have come a long way. I have become known as the “no bag lady” around my island. With that said, we live on an island (or peninsula) on the coast of Massachusetts. Also known as Cape Cod. I was born here but moved around New England many times as a child. I have two girls (as said above) Valletta Sky who is a pink loving 5 year old, and Keira Winter who is a very sassy 4 year old. My husband who I will probably not speak of much lives here with us. He wishes to remain anonymous. Which is okay with me, because that is his choice, and I respect his choices. We live in a rural area but on a decent plot of land, which is why I call our home a homestead. Here on the homestead we have several flower, and herb gardens. I attempted a fall garden with; kale, spinach, and carrots. But I was too far into the season for anything to actually grow. Although the kale did sprout a little. Here we have one fish, his name is Mr. Fish. We had a cat at one point but needed to give him up, he had a lot of medical issues we were not aware of at the time of adoption. We learned he was readopted by a nice older lady. Anyways that is some about us, I hope many people stop by and stick around. I have some things coming up you don’t want to miss.