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.

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.

Two for Tuesday AWARD Ceremony

I led some beautiful women in yoga again today. We did a variation on this routine. It’s a yoga routine to the Psalms of Ascent. Check it out if you that’s something you’re interested in.

OK, now on to some FUN.

I finally got a chance to read all of the wonderful Two for Tuesday links posted so far (the linky is still open so if you are still interested in participating go HERE and add your real food blog post). We had so many people participate already!! I was blown away! And a little overwhelmed. But, It was so much fun to read through these posts and meet so many new bloggers. I can’t wait for next week.

So, as I was reading I thought it would be fun to do a little Award Ceremony here at the blog – maybe I’ll even make it a weekly tradition.

So, now, please, allow me to roll out the red carpet, turn on the bright lights and introduce you to my own personal stars from this week’s Two for Tuesdays Blog Hop.

“The Recipe I am most likely to make THIS WEEK” Award:

Sourdough Pockets… at Real Food For Less Money

“The recipe I think my husband would most enjoy” Award:

Fully Dressed Scones… at Etherwork.net

“The recipe I love, but I’m most intimidated by” Award:

Steak Tartare… at A Cook’s Library

“The recipe I would most like to modify and play with” Award (for example making it with soaked flour or natural sugar, or substituting one ingredient for another because of allergies):

Danish with Lemon Ricotta Filling and Kumkwat Jelly… at Cooking for My Peace of Mind

“The post that made me laugh the most” Award:

Strawberry Shortcakes with Balsamic and Black Pepper Syrup… at Eats Well With Others

“The Ingredient I’ve Never Used Before” Award:

Agua de Tamarindo… at girlichef

“My favorite Pictures” Award:

Do These Tacos Make my Butt Look Big??… at Sweet Life

“My favorite Summer Time Recipe” Award:

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream… by Heartland Renaissance

“My all around personal Favorite” Award:

Sausage and Swiss Stuffed French Toast… at Food Renegade

There were SO many more wonderful recipes contributed this week. So, please go check out all the others, HERE. With Lobster Rolls, a Banana Date Shake, Moroccan Pea Soup, and so many other wonderful recipes contributed you really won’t be disappointed.

Hope you all enjoy this weeks Two for Tuesday as much as I did. Join us next week and maybe your blog will win one of my awards. Oh, and just to keep you on your toes the awards may be totally different next week… hehe. 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.

Some Sunday Reading

My camera isn’t working, which makes me very sad and might make you sad too since you have probably noticed there haven’t been many pictures on the blog lately. So, instead of a Scene’s from my Life post today I just want to share some links that I found interesting lately:

The Dinner Garden – I thought this was a super cool organization. Their mission is to end hunger through gardening. Here’s what their website says about them: “The dinner Garden provides seeds, gardening supplies, and gardening advice free of charge to all people in the United States of America. We assist those in need in establishing food security for their families. Our goal is for people to plant home, neighborhood, and container gardens so they can use the vegetables they grow for food and income.”

Breastfeeding in Public: A Christian Father Speaks Up – This is a letter from a Christian father to another man concerning a debate over public breastfeeding. I found it interesting.

Operation Beautiful – this is fun. The mission of Operation Beautiful “is to post anonymous notes in public places for other women to find. The point is that WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL. You are enough… just the way you are!” What a great message to spread.

The List: What to Eat, What to Avoid and How to Compromise – Katie at Kitchen Stewardship recently posted this great list which breaks down what we should eat and what we shouldn’t and also gives some great compromise suggestions. I thought it was really clear and helpful. She plans on updating and adding to it as well. Check it out.

How to Quit Coffee – I thought this was fascinating and it made so much sense to me. I wonder if something similar would work for how to quit sugar…?

Lamb Chops with Pistachio Tapenade – ok, so lately I’ve been seriously meat starved and craving meat and fat like crazy. This recipe is the one I most want to try. Doesn’t this just look delicious?

From Trash to Treasure: Chocolate-Dipped Candied Orange Peel – This is what I want for desert after my lamb chops. I also love the idea of making something so wonderful out of something that would usually go in the trash – we are all about that around here. I do my best to not waste any food, but I have definitely thrown away far too many orange peels in my day. Well, that won’t be happening anymore!

Well, 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.