It’s official today is the start of jam season, I’m starting off my season with a delightful rhubarb jam.
1 lb chopped rhubarb
1 cup sugar
squeeze of lemon juice
Let the sugar and rhubarb hang out for a day to break down the fibrous rhubarb then cook until you get the set you are looking for. I’m not going to can since I don’t have bushels of rhubarb and between the homemade bread I made yesterday and the french vanilla ice cream, this won’t last too long in the house, but it feels good to start putting things away especially since my jam reserves are getting pretty slim. Yeah for summer!!
Oh my goodness these chickens are huge! Last year I had bantams as chicks and they took forever to mature, it seemed like they were babies forever, which was awesome, these chickens are three and a half weeks old and are chickens, and are ready to get outside already. Last year in our old house we built a coop out of a shed on the side of the house. This year we are going through a local vendor and having a cedar chicken tractor built that we can move around the yard and hopefully help our grass grow a bit better since it was from seed rather than sod. I’ll post pictures as soon as it’s in our yard, which means I need to order ASAP!
We’ve had a rough couple of days here, my son ended up getting four stitches in his thumb on Monday afternoon after getting his thumb caught in a picture frame while helping daddy with our new art. On Tuesday he fell walking our dog and scraped up his other hand and just this morning he fell down the stairs helping me take out the garbage and scraped up his nose, and bruised his forehead and under his eye. I’m almost scared for what tomorrow will bring us with all of these accidents the last few days! I did find a really great trick to taking out blood, scrubbing with Dr. Bronner’s and water, worked wonders and didn’t bleach like hydrogen peroxide does. Hoping for an accident free rest of the day!!
We finally have signs, just two and very inconsistent but it’s amazing that he is starting to communicate with us and let us know what he wants. His first sign was all done, meaning he’s done eating and wants to go play and just this morning he signed eat letting me know he wanted more and more breakfast. Before it was always a sort of guessing game, I think he wants more or I think he’s done, now he’s finally able to tell us and it’s really amazing. This is what we have been missing out on! We are working on help and chickens as well right now and he kinda did help yesterday but it’s wasn’t as clear as all done and eat are so I’m not 100% sure. I’m not sure what changed that all of the sudden he’s starting to sign, we’ve been doing all done for months, maybe it’s that I’ve cut back on work dramatically in preparation for my last day next Friday and I finally have time to truly focus on my son, maybe it’s just when he was ready. I’m definitely going to start signing more consistently and earlier when baby girl gets here!
Cover via Amazon
So with this pregnancy, I’ve really been trying to do the right thing for the baby. I just finished reading Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby’s First Foods and it really got me thinking about diet. I’ve been reading a bunch of books about what really is the way we should be eating and I’ve been so turned around, but Real Food really seemed to resonate with me and my thinking. She had a lot of great information and supported her claims that dairy is ok (a big no for the paleo crowd) in a way that made sense to me. Ever since breastfeeding the idea of drinking another species breast milk hasn’t sat too well with me. Her point was that we should drink milk that is as close to real as possible, real being the milk that goes into the pail from the udder, none of this ultra-pasteruized homogenized, processed food product. If nature intended for us to drink milk, then nature intended for us to drink real milk which means it was fat in it, a huge paradigm shift for me. I did a ton of research and finally found a milk that I’m happy with, it comes from a dairy not too far away is gently pasteurized and non-homogenized. I know a lot of people think raw is the way to go, but I honestly don’t have the time to go and inspect a bunch of dairies to decide what’s a good choice, and my husband is still anti-goat for now. What changes have you made in your diet recently?
With a second baby on the way, the hubby and I decided it was high time to get some grown-up art in the house, so we checked out Etsy, I love that site tons of great art at really affordable prices. Our decor is pretty black and white and since we just moved into a new home, everything is really black and white so we decided to take the plunge and add some color. We have a huge blank wall in our kitchen so we ordered three prints like the one above, a pig, a chicken and a cow. They just shipped yesterday and I’m running to Ikea to grab some frames tomorrow, I can’t wait to hang these bad boys up. Plus we are picking up our 1/2 of a pig on Saturday so it will be cool to have a handy reference hanging up on the wall!
Check out her shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/78880213/detailed-lamb-butcher-diagram-use-every?
I’m not being paid to endorse, nor did I receive a discount on the prints, I’m just a big fan of her work and wanted to share!
Us stay at home mom types don’t really get a whole lot of feedback on how we are doing, this can be both nice (no sweating those annual reviews) and hard (how am I doing). I think a lot of moms use comparison as their marker to see how they are stacking up against moms with similar aged kids. This too can be dangerous. On Sunday I went to a brunch for other expectant mamas and there were quite a few of us with 15 month old boys, my son is still very quiet and not talking much other than a few beginning sounds here and there, the kids at the brunch were asking for juice and one was even putting together some simple two word phrases. I was blown away by how far behind my son really is. I just couldn’t help but wonder what had I done wrong and how could I quickly get back on track. After a few sleepless nights that I’m working with my son as much as I can and his speech delays aren’t actually a reflection on my parenting skills. It’s something I’m sure a lot of parents with kiddos with delays struggle with, it’s so hard to ask yourself what am I doing wrong, instead of patting yourself on the back for all you are doing right.