Summer is officially here! Our garden is coming in beautifully, thanks all to Kent, and the kids are geeked to be done with school. As I’m writing this, though (on Friday), I’m still in the “I can’t believe how fast the year went” stage. I’m leaving soon to go to our younger kids’ school for the “5th grade tunnel.” Our 11 year old finishes elementary school today and all the staff and parents cheer as they go through the tunnel of people and leave the school for the last time. It brings tears to my eyes as I write it. Then on Tuesday Kal graduated, and the only word I can use to describe it is “surreal”. It was just so odd trying to wrap my brain around the fact that 18 years went by in a blink. I’m thankful to not have any regrets, though, and also that I've been blessed to have been able to be home with my kids their whole lives, and hopefully that doesn't change. (Doing day care in my home for years was great on so many levels – you wouldn’t believe all the lifelong friends I made and I love seeing “my kids” around town and getting hugs wherever I go.) I know we’ve done the best we can do as his parents and that the rest is up to God & Kal. He really has turned into a funny, humble, wise and kind man. He makes me laugh all the time (he has Kent’s sense of humor) and you should see him with our 4 year old. They have the sweetest relationship, it positively melts us. So next year we have one going to college, one going to middle school, one going to 3rd grade and one going to Kindergarten. I’m sure many of you out there have us beat with more kids and a bigger spread (I'd love to hear about it in the comments!), but I still can’t believe we got to have FOUR kids after our miscarriages and infertility issues, and more who we'll see in heaven someday. With God all things are possible, we’re proof of that. I have to wrap this up, there will be 12 of us here for lunch when I get back (I’m posting what I made on Tuesday – so easy and yummy), and I told the kids we could go get ice cream later to celebrate the last day of school! (I try not to post pics of my kids on the internet, but I love this one from a couple summers ago.)
OK, onto some Real Foodie stuff for you today…
- Don’t forget you only have a couple more days to sign up for the FREE health & nutrition book giveaway!
- Did you hear what they're working on now? More genetically modified soybeans – like we need more FAKE food, made of soybeans no less! An excerpt: “Currently, Monsanto has two varieties of biotech soybeans pending approval with USDA that also seek to modify the nutritional value of soybean oil, promising to eliminate trans fats and produce oil with omega-3 fatty acid — fish oil — for use in yogurt, granola bars and spreads. The modified soybeans represent a move by DuPont and Monsanto to broaden the crop traits engineered in their seeds beyond simple properties like pest resistance to complex areas — like nutritional value, drought tolerance and nitrogen fixation — that are often influenced by multiple genes. These long-promised traits previously found little purchase in the seed giant's business plans.” Let’s not be taken in by this! Fake food is dangerous. If all these people who spend their time genetically changing the very make up of plants, instead worked on getting more REAL FOOD to the masses, imagine the difference in our world! But there isn’t much money in Real Food. I told Kent that if I was blogging about junk food for the past 3 years I’d probably be loaded with advertising offers and all sorts of income, but there just isn’t a lot of money in food that isn’t processed in a big factory using cheap ingredients and coming off a line. But I don't have to tell you that if we don’t have our health none of it matters anyway! My main goal always has been and always will be to get the truth out about REAL food.
- Here’s another neat article Kent found for me. Read how a city manager got vending machines with junk removed from city facilities. Here's an excerpt: “My hat is off to a government employee saying that a government facility shouldn't make it easy for people to be unhealthy,” Miller said. “We know that whatever people have access to, that's what they're going to get when they're in a hurry.” Too bad they didn’t replace the junk with just water, bottles of kombucha or some fermented beverages, instead of juice and diet drinks, though. (Learn how to easily make fermented kefir soda pop at home and here you can find the starters you need!)
- As if it’s not bad enough that they’re messing with our food, now they’re genetically altering trees?
- Thank you Jen S. for sending on this next article. After you read it you’ll have another good reason not to blindly trust what doctors or “studies” might tell you. Have you read my post on that topic called, “What if sex was bad for you?”
- Here’s an article I LOVED, these are such great tips and it took me a while to figure all these out in my own trips to the farm market, I wish I’d had this list a few years ago! 10 Tips for Farm Market Newbies. (Or “Noobies” as the article says, I’ve never seen it spelled that way…?) I especially loved the one about NOT haggling with the farmers on prices. A farm market is not the same as a flea market! As a matter of fact, I try to go the other way. If something is $4.50, I give them a five and tell them that it’s close enough. They do a lot for us and most don’t make enough as it is.
- Lastly, speaking of great farmers, this post from Kimberly is about a farmer friend of mine: Grass farmer nominated for hero of sustainable agriculture award. Also learn more here about why grass-fed is better! (Where to find sources for healthy meat.)