Hello and welcome to Moose Head Homestead! This blog is to share the adventures of a simple homestead in the Midwest. I share about real food, homesteading, prepping, outdoor activities, getting back to basics, encouragement, God's beauty, and of course Miss Daisey Mae! Thanks for stopping by! 🐔🐥🐾🦋🌿
Today is finally going to warm up more. I like it warm. :) I am hoping to plant this weekend. I'm ready to reap a harvest! :)
Found out the other day that my husband has another opportunity to go to Haiti. Only he is going with people from another church. It's interesting how God orchestrated it. He will be going in October...and will be gone for our anniversary. :( Last year, we were both on the mission field in Venezuela on our anniversary. Great memory. My body won't allow me to go on the mission field right now and I'm sure when I will be able to unless it's a permanent thing. The temporary back and forth traveling and the grueling hours is hard on this ole body. :)
I ask that you continue to pray earnestly for my doc appt on Friday. Pray she is open to prescribing the medicine I'd like to try and is for "off-label" use. I called our compounding pharmacy here in town and asked if they do it and they said yes. So if she prescribes it, I will be able to get it. If she doesn't then I will have to take narcotics the rest of my life to be able to function. :( I had to stop taking a medicine they were trying for me as it made my coordination worse and also balance. (I randomly tipped over lol) It was a seizure medicine thought to help with pain. It didn't. Oh before anyone says it, I have changed my diet (been eating natural/gluten free for years), take herbal preparations for pain, exercise, etc. :) Due to my MG still being bad, I have a hard time swallowing and I am down to 108 lbs because eating is proving difficult at times. I know I have lost around 5 lbs and that's not a lot, but it is for me. Frankly, it's a blessing that you don't see how weak I am and how slow and painful I walk. I don't like people seeing me in pain. Especially when it's not going away...I just ask that it would be less...praying.
Oh, I almost forgot. My husband and son are going on a short mission trip together to Indiana to work this summer. I pray it's a great bonding time for them. What will I do with myself with a long weekend alone? Massage? :)
One thing that has really made me smile lately is the frogs. Oh how I love to hear them at night. Sends my soul into peaceful happiness. I smile EVERY time. :) If anyone of you hear frogs singing, I hope it makes you think of me. If it does, whenever you hear them, say a little prayer for me.
I hope you all are well and enjoying fun things this Spring like 4-wheeling or such. Now THAT is a blast. :)
I will leave you with these thoughts...The bible is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions. :)
These are a tasty treat when you need a boost of energy! Packed with protein from the peanut butter and oats, these will help you power through a workout. The fiber in the oats and the good fat in the peanut butter will keep satisfied until your next meal. Give them a try! As always, use organic ingredients when possible. Peanut Butter Power Balls
2/3 c organic peanut butter
1 t vanilla
2 T raw honey
1 c quick oats
1/2 c mini chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life if dairy free) Shoot for dark chocolate.
Add peanut butter, vanilla, and honey in a bowl. Mix well. Add in oats and chips and mix until well incorporated. Use a small cookie scoop and roll to make small balls. Makes about 18. Enjoy!
To change it up, you can replace 1/4 c of the mini chocolate chips with dried cranberries and dried apricots. So good!
I love the flavors in this bowl! It is one of my husband's favorites and it doesn't even have meat in it!
I hope you give it a try and love it as much as we do. You can adjust the heat by adding a bit more cayenne if you'd like. Remember to use organic as much as possible, especially for the corn!
Elote Sauce 4 T dairy free plain yogurt 2 T vegan mayo 1/8th t cayenne 1/2 lime zest 1/2 lime juice pinch of salt & pepper to taste Mix and set aside
Bowl cooked rice of choice (I like jasmine) 1 can chickpeas 1 can corn 1/2 lime zest 1/2 lime juice pinch of salt & pepper radish pumpkin seeds cilantro
Thinly slice radish and chop about 2 T of cilantro. Add lime zest and juice into a small bowl. Heat skillet with a bit of coconut oil and crisp the chickpeas. Cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl with lime zest and juice and sprinkle with a pinch of salt & pepper. Add corn to hot skillet and cook, shaking pan occasionally, until blackened in spots. Sprinkle with salt.
You know the slogan. Milk does a body good. Well, no, not really.
Dairy has been shown to have a negative affect on endothelial cells. This cell layer is a one cell thick lining of all of our blood vessels. Endothelial cells manufacture a protective molecule of gas called nitric oxide, which protects our blood vessels. It keeps our blood flowing smoothly, it is the strongest dilator of our blood vessels, it inhibits the formation of blockages, and it inhibits inflammation.
Dairy, along with all animal products, damage that layer of endothelial cells in our blood vessels. Without that functioning layer, nitric oxide cannot be produced. Without enough nitric oxide, the plaque blockages build up eventually creating heart disease and strokes.
Dairy is loaded with hormones. Even if you buy organic milk without recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), it will still have high hormone levels. Why? Because dairy cows are always kept pregnant so they have lots of circulating hormones that pass to…