We’ve been having some beautiful mornings around here.


Fall is settling in here and it has been getting down into the 40s. It’s almost too cold for us to go out in the early mornings now. We had to get the wool and bundle up this morning. The chickens were appreciating the morning sun.



Has the cold moved into where you live yet?


This Moment

A Friday ritual inspired by Amanda at Soulemama.
A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Better late than never:

First Crafts Fair

I had a booth at my first crafts fair event on Friday. It was a benefit to raise money for an historic Downtown Memphis neighborhood. I was only there for a few hours and then Jeremiah had to take over so I could take Eloise home but I had a good time while I was there.

Then we did another crafts fair here in Mississippi on Saturday. Eloise was a good little helper at that one.




Overall, the one on Friday was great and the one in Saturday was not so good. I am still trying to figure out my crowd and the types of events that I need to be focusing on. I am happy that I am starting to sell things locally this way. It really takes me back to the days of my childhood doing crafts fairs and rock shows with my parents. I hope Eloise enjoys them as much as I used to.



We are just about a week into October and I am loving it already. A cold front moved in the brisk temperatures so now it is cool in the mornings and just perfect in the afternoons. We have been enjoying every minute of this wonderful season.

Beautiful days spent digging in the dirt.  She loves to pretend that she is planting seeds and flowers.


I have been busy busy busy getting ready for the two craft fairs that we are doing this weekend.  I’ve enjoyed taking my work outside in the sunshine.  20131008-122143.jpg

Her dirt garden turned into a mud pit.  I imagine that this will be one of the last few times it is warm enough to play in the water until Spring.


Sweet Anouk enjoying the weather.  20131008-122212.jpg

Working on getting my booth ready! I’m so excited about my first craft fair!


Have you been enjoying Fall so far?

Cook: A Week of Toddler Breakfasts

Here is a picture walk of about a weeks worth of E’s breakfasts.
Some days I really struggle to think of something nourishing and yummy for her breakfast. But she is a big breakfast eater so I try to give her healthy options and lots of variety. I’ve mentioned before that we try to predominantly eat according to the Weston A. Price way but it is difficult at times. I do strive to soak the a lot of the grains that I give her (even though that definitely doesn’t happen all the time because I do give her waffles, pancakes, and the occasional toast that haven’t been soaked). If you don’t know about soaking your grains, here is a good blog post by Nourished Kitchen that answers all your questions about the why and how of it. Basically it is a process to neutralize phytic acid and increase digestibility of the grains, beans, and nuts. We definitely don’t do it all the time (baby steps) but I figure sometimes is better than never.

I also try to give her a good protein and lots of healthy saturated fats at breakfast. If I can add some veggies and fruit then that’s even better!

So here goes:
1.) Mmm, this is one of my favorites.  Smoked Coho Salmon on Sourdough toast with organic cream cheese (homemade, raw is best and pretty easy to make, check this out), and capers with a side of scrambled eggs (pastured eggs are best! Luckily we have our own eggs!) mixed with spinach.  Yum! I also added a side of orange jello made with a quality gelatin.  We use this brand because it is from pastured cows, Great Lakes Gelatin



2.) Next up is an avocado egg and a side of fruit, we had pomegranate (which Eloise LOVES) and an orange.  I usually also give her a side of Ezekiel bread to slather it on to.



3.) Here we have apple slices with a side of almond butter, an Ezekiel english raisin muffin with pastured butter, and a boiled egg with a side of poppy seeds and dill.  E LOVES to dip anything in poppy seeds! 20131008-125849.jpg


4.) Whole grain blueberry pancakes with pastured butter, maple syrup, and a side of sausage (pastured is always best).  20131008-125923.jpg

5.) Side of bacon (pastured, redundant I know!) with soaked oatmeal and blueberries.


6.) Fried egg with a side of hashbrowns.  I will usually add a fruit to this meal too.


7.) Bacon, bacon, bacon, a side of scrambled eggs, tomatoes and mini peppers with a side of Ezekiel cereal with raw milk. 20131008-130027.jpg20131008-125933.jpg

And two extra breakfasts just because we love breakfast around here so much!:

8.) Fried eggs on baby greens, sliced tomatoes, Ezekiel english muffin with a side of almond butter!


9.) And finally, scrambled eggs, with sweet mexican peppers, cheese, and sausage topped with cilantro with a side of figs! Yum!


Some form or variation of these meals are what we normally have for breakfast.  Since she loves to eat in the morning, I make big hearty meals for her.  I am pretty much the opposite and just graze my breakfast.  On days where we wake up late or we have somewhere to be, I make a smoothie or give her a granola bar but since Eloise is such an early riser we usually don’t struggle with pressure to rush in the morning.

What are some of your favorite Real Food breakfasts?

This Moment

A Friday ritual inspired by Amanda at Soulemama.
A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

My little artist. 20131004-074953.jpg



Things I’m loving this week:

These awesomely large caterpillars that have been munching on my dill for the past week!



Of course this little cutie


And all the pretend play that she is doing nowadays


All these sweet cuddle dolls that I am getting ready for the crafts fair


Beautiful Fall days