Best of October

Last month I started a new “tradition” of sorts where I decided to post a best of list at the end of each month – we’ll see how many months it actually lasts since I’m terrible at sticking to schedules and plans like that. But, either way I’m at least doing it again this month. I hope it’s helpful for you, especially if you are new here it should give you a good feel for what bethstedman.com is all about.

Top 5 Most Popular Posts This Month:

  1. Beet Kvass (posted May 2010)
  2. Naked Church: Church in a Nude Art Exhibit (posted September 2008)
  3. Sphiphrah and Puah: Courageous Midwives (posted March 2009)
  4. Nurturing Creativity in Children (July 2010)
  5. Lots of Ways to Cook an Oat (June 2010)

This Octobers Top Referring Sites:

  1. Bryan Stedman (this is my husband’s site – I love him! And love that he sends me traffic!)
  2. A Nourishing Home
  3. Adventures in Babywearing
  4. Modern Alternative Mama

2 Personal Favorites Posted This October:

  1. Why We Moved to Prague: We are Existential Migrants
  2. Why We’ve Stayed in Prague for Almost 4 Years

2 Personal Favorites From October 2008:

  1. Lessons from Yoga: Focus
  2. Halloween

2 Personal Favorites From October 2009:

  1. My Birth Story
  2. My Son

BONUS:

A few Posts from other bloggers that I’ve really enjoyed this month:

  1. Tips for a Better, Healthier Halloween
    This post was filled with wonderful ideas for Halloween. I will definitely be putting some of these into practice with my family.
  2. Side-lying Nursing: A Breastfeeding Tutorial
    I found side-lying nursing to be really difficult and didn’t do it at all really until my son was about 6 months old. Now I can’t imagine how I survived those first 6 months without nursing laying down like this! I wish I’d read this tutorial right after I had my son and even now that I’d already figured out how to nurse on my side I still found this tutorial to be very helpful and informative.
  3. Why I Write Prayers
    This totally resonated with me! Christine has constantly been an inspiration for my own prayer writing and in this blog she put into words many of the reasons why I started writing prayers and liturgies a few years ago.
  4. Some Thoughts About Fear
    This post from the wonderful Debbie Jones is packed with really thought provoking questions I think we all should be asking and wrestling with.

BONUS BONUS:

Blogs I just discovered this month:

  1. Oddny’s Blog (I had the joy of meeting Oddny and her husband when they were in Prague a little while back – they were some of the most interesting and passionate people I’ve ever met)
  2. Hello Unknown
  3. Hey Now, Whoa Now! (both of the above blogs are written by the adorable Amy Hadley. Bryan and I recently had the pleasure of meeting her and her husband and look forward to getting to know them more in the future)

Rejoicing in the journey –
Beth Stedman

If you'd like to help with medical bills or the other expenses related to Bryan's cancer or Sage's special needs click here. Thank you! We are forever so grateful to so many who have gotten us this far and continue to carry us forward. Grace and peace.

If You Are Looking for Some Interesting Reads…

Today I thought I’d share a little link love with you all. So…

If you have ever questioned the pervasive emphasis on independence and the individual in Western society, if you have every doubted the “myth of the lone genius”, you might find “Two is the Magic Number: A New Science of Creativity” particularly interesting.

If you are constantly plugged in to your computer, whether by choice or because of work, if you are feeling a little addicted to technology, or if you have ever wondered about the concept of practicing a Sabbath and what that could look like in the modern era, you might find “Time For a Tech Sabbath?” particularly interesting.

If you have ever felt like the internet might be destroying your ability to focus, you might find “Is the Internet Destroying Your Brain? Try This Test” particularly interesting.

If you have ever been told that your cholesterol is too high, or if you have ever wondered about the role of cholesterol, fat and carbohydrates in health, you might find “25 Reasons the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Are Wrong About Cholesterol, Saturated Fat and Carbohydrates” particularly interesting.

If you are looking for a clear guide to how to spend your money on groceries and what the best buys for your buck are when it comes to healthy, real, traditional foods, you might find “Good, Better, Best: Traditional Foods for Every Budget” or “The List: What to Eat, What to Avoid, How to Compromise” particularly interesting.

If you wonder what a healthy breakfast looks like, or if you think there’s nothing wrong with cold box cereal as long as it doesn’t have too much sugar in it, you might find “What’s Really in The Cereal Bowl?” particularly interesting.

If you have ever wondered where to find CSAs, community gardens, small farms, or seed suppliers in your area, you might find the World Food Garden particularly interesting

If you are interested in sustainable ways to end hunger, you might find The Dinner Garden particularly interesting.

If you breastfeed in public or know someone who does, and if you want to have a good response when Christians, or men, or ANYONE tells you that you should cover up while nursing in public or not nurse in public at all, you might find “Breastfeeding in Public: A Christian Father Speaks Up” particularly interesting.

If you are interested in a new kind of revolution, the revolution of becoming the Life-Giving Force of a Women/Wife/Mama that you truly are, you might find “A Revolution of The Nourishing Kind: Will You Join Me?” particularly interesting.

Well, that’s it – lots of good reading for your Saturday morning. Enjoy!

Rejoicing in the journey –
Beth Stedman

If you'd like to help with medical bills or the other expenses related to Bryan's cancer or Sage's special needs click here. Thank you! We are forever so grateful to so many who have gotten us this far and continue to carry us forward. Grace and peace.

Two for Tuesdays Volume 6

After taking last week off I’m super excited to be back co-hosting Two for Tuesdays this week. I can’t wait to see all the great posts that get linked up! You all continually inspire me and I missed you last week! So, bring on the food posts, the recipes, the great encouragement and challenges!

Here’s a little review of the “rules”:

  1. Write a post having to do with real food.
  2. In your post, add a link back to THIS PAGE (or any of my fellow blog hosts Two for Tuesday posts for this week) and add one of the badges below (if you want).
  3. BethStedman.com

    24TbadgeBethStedman

  4. Add the URL for your POST (NOT your blog home page) to the list using the Linky bellow (or the Linky on Alex, Heather, or Michelle’s site).
  5. Leave a comment too and let us know what you are contributing this week.
  6. Hop around and enjoy all the great content gathered in one place!!

Alright, everyone Start Hopping!!

Rejoicing in the journey –
Bethany Stedman


This linky list is now closed.

If you'd like to help with medical bills or the other expenses related to Bryan's cancer or Sage's special needs click here. Thank you! We are forever so grateful to so many who have gotten us this far and continue to carry us forward. Grace and peace.

Versatile Blogger Award

versatile blog award!Guess what? Today I found out that Christy from the wonderful blog Frugality and Crunchiness with Christy gave me my very first blog award. Yay! Seriously, I was so excited. It was the first thing I told my husband when he walked into the room. Christy graciously nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks, Christy!! I feel very honored.

So, here’s how this fun award works:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
  2. Share seven things about yourself.
  3. Pass this award along to ten bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason!

I thought this sounded like a lot of fun. So, here are seven random things you may or may not know about me.

  1. My husband and I got married in Italy. It was in a little town about equal distances from Florence and Sienna. It was beautiful and we had tiramisu for desert instead of a traditional wedding cake.
  2. I do not like cats. Maybe it’s the fact that I have a mild allergy to them. Maybe it’s the fact that the cat my sister had when we were growing up was SERIOUSLY evil. I don’t know, but I just don’t like them. Sorry if this offends those of you who do love cats – you are all entitled to your own opinion. But, my opinion is that I would be very happy if I never saw another cat again.
  3. I have a degree in history from Seattle Pacific University. I’ve never used it. I am terrible with dates and names and quickly forget all those details that make a good historian, but I love stories and all of the big picture stories in history fascinated me. Plus I love to read and write so this writing intensive major was an easy choice for me.
  4. One of my favorite restaurants in the world is Sansei in Hawaii. My parents, husband and I went there just last week and I remembered once again why I love this place. I could happily eat there almost every night.
  5. I can’t drink wine. I’ve tried all different kinds, but they all either give me a headache or a stuffy nose or both. I know it’s terribly sad. But, I console myself with a good gin and tonic, or a great Czech beer.
  6. Nine months ago, I gave birth at my parent’s house to my beautiful little boy, Thaddeus. You can read my whole birth story here.
  7. I love being barefoot and wish I could go barefoot every day. Sadly, I live in a climate that doesn’t accommodate that love.

Here are 10 great blogs that I’m nominating for this award:

  • Eats Well With Others – I only discovered Joanne’s wonderful blog about a month ago and I love it. She continually makes me laugh with her random witty banter. Her pictures make me duel and her recipes are delicious. She deserves all kinds of awards – The Versatile Blogger award and many others as well.
  • A Cook’s Library – Karen’s site has become a fast favorite. She lives in London and writes about seasonal, local, sustainable food. Her posts are thoughtful intelligent and one of them has even made me cry. I love her take on food and she continually inspires me.
  • PhD in Parenting – I found this blog maybe a month or two ago and it’s another one I’m really enjoying. The author lives in Germany and writes about attachment parenting and other social and parental issues.
  • Sorta Crunchy – I’ve been reading this blog just a little longer then the two above. The blogs mission statement is “to be a place of discussion and dialogue at the intersection of faith and a life more natural.” Megan writes thoughtfully about faith and family life and I feel I have learned so much from her beautiful site.
  • Forging Fromage – This is a project of my blogger friend, Heather at girlichef. It’s a blog dedicated to home cheesemaking adventures and a must read for all cheese lovers out there. There is a beautiful variety of cheeses represented and there’s always fun new recipes and challenges to check out.
  • How to Cook Like Your Grandmother – I love the idea of this site – cooking more like our grandmothers (or great-grandmothers) would surely improve much of our food habits and overall health. This blog is filled with lots of helpful how-to posts as well as great recipes and info about real food.
  • Real Food in the City – I can’t help but like this blog because not only does this author share my love for real food she also shares me name! I only found this blog a few weeks ago and haven’t fully dived into it yet, but what I’ve seen so far I am really loving.
  • The Coconut Mama – This is another blog that I haven’t fully explored yet and only recently discovered, but am really enjoying. Tiffany writes about real food and her cooking exploits often inspire me.
  • Code Name: Mama – This site is awesome. I’ve found such great information about natural parenting here. I really enjoy the positive attitude of the articles and the encouraging stories that she shares. I also love that she hosts a carnival about a natural parenting topic almost every month of the year.
  • Inspired to Action – Kat’s blog has all kinds of practical advice for parents and I’ve found it so inspiring and encouraging. She is particularly interested in raising children who are capable of changing the world.

Ok, that’s my list of bloggers I have recently discovered and am currently enjoying. Check them out for some great reading!

Thanks again to Christy for this fun award!

Rejoicing in the journey –
Bethany Stedman

If you'd like to help with medical bills or the other expenses related to Bryan's cancer or Sage's special needs click here. Thank you! We are forever so grateful to so many who have gotten us this far and continue to carry us forward. Grace and peace.

Award Ceremony for Two for Tuesday June 22

Ok, so this week I decided to do another award ceremony for all of our wonderful Two for Tuesday blog hoppers.

So, drum roll please…

Award for Recipe I tried almost as soon as I read it (I made the Tahini yesterday)

Greek Parsley Salad with Tahini Dressing

Award for best real food discussion

Marshmallow Beats a Container of Yogurt?

Award for the desert/sweet recipe I am most excited to try

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Award for the best vegetarian recipe this week

Chickpea Patty Burger

Award for my favorite pictures in this week’s blog hop

Sweet Corn and Wild Mushroom Soup

Award for NOT your normal boring potato salad

Red Potato Salad with Lemon Dressing

Award for best way to dress up an orange

Orange Salad 2 Ways

Award for My all around favorite post this week

Feeding my Fried Brain

This week we also had TONS of people talking about strawberries and including them in their recipes. It was definitely the theme of the week. But, how could I pick a favorite post featuring strawberries – they were all wonderful. So, I’ll just direct you to go check out all of them:

Putting up Strawberry’s: Granny’s Way

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

Homemade Ice Cream… the bad and THE GOOD

Summer Joy: Four Fruit Crisp

Strawberry Treats

and this adorable picture also featuring strawberry’s…

Buttermilk Ice Cream

Today, as I was reading A Light in the Attic to Thaddeus I came across this little poem, so in honor of this week’s unintentional Strawberry theme I thought I’d share it:

“Are Wild Strawberries really wild?
Will they scratch an adult, will they snap at a child?
Should you pet them, or let them run free where they roam?
Could they ever relax in a steam-heated home?
Can they be trained to not growl at the guests?
Will a litterbox work or would they leave a mess?
Can we make them a Cowberry, herding the cows,
Or maybe a Muleberry pulling the plows,
Or maybe a Huntberry chasing the grouse,
Or maybe a Watchberry guarding the house,
And though they may curl up at your feet oh so sweetly,
Can you ever feel that you trust them completely?
Or should we make a pet out of something less scary,
Like the Domestic Prune or the Imported Cherry,
Anyhow, you’ve been warned and I will not be blamed
If your Wild Strawberry cannot be tamed.”

Rejoicing in the journey-
Beth Stedman

If you'd like to help with medical bills or the other expenses related to Bryan's cancer or Sage's special needs click here. Thank you! We are forever so grateful to so many who have gotten us this far and continue to carry us forward. Grace and peace.