A summer in photos

The view from here… …on the farm in the heat… …visiting family

Salmon stuffed peppers with garlic butter and goat cheese

I got the idea for this GAPS-friendly recipe from a dish that my mom cooks. It’s seafood baked in a pimento cream cheese sauce and served over rice. Really tasty. This is kind of a deconstructed version, with cauliflower florets instead of rice, and a nice garlic butter drizzle for oomph. The goat cheese I’m using…

GAPS, it’s been a long time coming

So, a month before Othniel was born I tested positive for Strep B. Reeeaally positive. Like throughout my whole system positive. And for those of you who don’t know, Strep B is harmless for adults, but for infants can be fatal. So naturally we did what any loving parents would do…we prayed. Reeeaally prayed. And I…

Chicks!

She did it! 7 little chicks. This is the first new animal life on our little farmstead. Something to celebrate! Good job, Arnold!

A Broody Hen!

Our Buff Orpington, Arnold (get it?), is broody. I went out to collect the eggs this morning, and there she was, puffed up in the bucket, same place as yesterday. When I reached in to get the eggs from underneath her, she gave me a warning squawk, and it hit me…she’s gone broody! HOW EXCITING!…

Munchkin

9lb 6oz! Beautiful home birth. April 17th, 12:30pm. Othniel Joshua Payne   

And you thought you didn’t like beets

My Ukrainian Baba makes the best pickled beets in the world. I’m sorry to anyone else who’s Baba makes beets, but they aren’t as good as these beets. My Baba also lives in Alberta. Which means when I run out of Baba’s pickled beets, we’re really out. For a looooong time. With the addition of…

Spring in the Desert

It’s spring! Actually, in the desert it’s been spring since January. I know. I’m sorry. But now, it’s really spring, and the flowers are all coming out. This little family of hedgehog cactus’s (cacti, I know, I just can’t bring myself to say it), lives on the corner of our property next to their towering saguaro…

Gradual

I’m a pretty gung-ho person. I tend to be really all in or all out, and once I’m focused on something, it takes up most of my thoughts until its run it’s course. I’m the type of person that once I hear there is a ‘right’ way to do something, I’m determined to eliminate all…

Wimpy Broth Soup

Today it’s raining outside. Look! There’s something green growing out there! I’ve had the sniffles for about a week, and I decided to work from home today. And, after too many servings of donuts and orange rolls, I was really craving some good ol’ hearty (and healthy) comfort food. I’ve had a crock pot of broth…