Thursday, August 28, 2014

Smoky Smoked Salmon

Breakfast is my favorite meal. I love to put together mouthwatering and sometimes unusual combinations for my everyday breakfasts. And they always include eggs. Breakfast is not breakfast without eggs. If you ask me.

My family has fallen out of love with salmon fillets, so off the dinner rotation menu they went. But me? I still love salmon and am always including it in my breakfast. Smoked salmon is my go to because it keeps beautifully and is ready to go right out of the package. Now I'm pretty sure this is sacrilegious, but one day I decided I wanted my salmon warm, so I threw it in the pan next to the eggs that were happily frying themselves in coconut oil. I only let it set about 45 seconds to a minute per side and then plated it.


My tastebuds were blown away. Just that tiny amount of direct heat from a cast iron pan elevated regular old smoked salmon to new levels. Saltier. Smokier. More salmony. Now, if I am including salmon on my breakfast plate it always goes into the pan first.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Is It Fall Yet?

I don't mean to be wishing Summer away but oh man it is some kinda hot in an Arkansas August. We spent last weekend in the beautiful Shady Mountains and I couldn't help but drag these early pumpkins along with us to pretty up the camp.

It kind of felt like a last hurrah to the dog days but I know it will still be hot for a long while. Our swimming and camping and lazing about is not over with yet.

This was only the second time we have taken the kids camping and it was easier this time than last. Maybe because we've upgraded some gear (and plan to continue to do). Maybe because we were camping outside a cabin with a bunch of other folks and we had access to a kitchen and bathroom (that really helped). Or maybe because with each day older our kids get, the easier it becomes to venture out in the world with them. They love the woods. They love camping. They spend hours upon hours in the river when allowed to.

There is really nothing better than a bunch of kids becoming best buds by the end of a weekend in the woods.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Blog It!

A warm Fall day last year. Just sitting at the soccer field watching the kids practice and working on my first knitted piece. I can't wait to start knitting again!

Can introverts handle you?

Raising happier homeschool siblings.

Can I have ________ on a Whole30? This makes it easy.

This is why I don't let my kids take goodie bags or get happy meals or buy tiny cheap toys.

Not sure how I feel about this Frankentree. It's interesting but a bit scary.

What I Would Tell Myself About Homeschooling. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Here We Go Again

Yesterday I started another Whole30. It is exactly 30 days until my procedure and I really need this right now. I had let far too much sugar and the occasional grain and dairy slip back into my diet.

I love the way I feel while on a Whole30. It will be a bit tricky this weekend due to a big ol' camping party in the woods, but I know I can do it and I plan on showing you how. I'll have to forgo all the potluck, and the cake, and the loads of alcohol. I'm confident in myself and the fact that I can say no. You don't have to eat anything you don't want to. I came across something the other day from the Whole9 crew that said they were tired of a word used for infidelity (cheating) being used when someone ate a non-approved food. I totally agree. You didn't cheat with that donut (although you probably did make love to it) you decided that it was more important than a promise to yourself or your health.

While I won't be documenting and blogging every meal for the next thirty days, I will post some of them occasionally on here and Instagram. I also added a new Instagram account. This one is more personal. I've decided to keep the business and farm stuff over on @thetinyfarmco and post family, fitness, eats, and homeschooling on @primalhippie. And if you are on Pinterest I have a dedicated Whole30 board. Please follow along if those kind of things interest you!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

And Just Like That....

Summer's over. The public schools started back on Monday. We've been back at it since the beginning of July with a break for Florida. But lucky lucky us, we don't get the Summer's over blues. This weekend is camping, next Monday is a float trip. And it will all be peaceful and calm and chill without the crowds and chaos that Summer can bring.

I've been slowly working on building our camping inventory. We haven't gone since last Fall and its certainly due time, but I always feel woefully unprepared or like its way too big of a hassle. Because my kids love it so much (and the hiking and floating and all that comes with it) I'm making an effort to apply my stellar organizational skills to making it easier on all of us. A little bit at a time I'm buying the correct and quality gear needed for the long haul. This past week I invested in a nice blow up mattress and pump, a variety of bungees (that will be designated for camping only so I don't have to track them down elsewheres), a new tarp, and a tub. The first tub of a few I plan on getting and keeping packed. This one will hold our tent, tarp, mattress, pump, bungees, and a few other things.

We are holding on to Summer as long as we can.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Primal Hippie Eats & Workouts

A week's worth of totally non-Paleo foods did a number on me. I stepped on the scale when we returned from vacation and nearly cried. I've done my best to stick to strick Paleo this week. The sugar cravings hit pretty bad yesterday and today. I ate some dried fruit and a Larabar even though I know I should have starved those sugar cravings right out.

But workouts have been terrific. I finally conceded that my Vibram Toe Shoes had bit the dust. I've been a devotee of them for three years now. There is no telling how many miles I ran in those bright pink and orange five fingered shoes. Rather than buy a new pair right now (because I'm trying this thing called not spending as much money) I pulled out my like new pair of Brooks Pure and did my workout in them today. My feet felt much heavier than normal but I'm sure I will get used to them again.

Today's workout was especially nice because the weather was gorgeous and I got to do the whole thing in my backyard. Have a peek at my playground...

I've got a tire for flipping, a slackline for core, nice soft grass for planks, a trampoline for fun, and I drag my kettlebells out when needed.

I use the closest log for log jumps and presses.

It's pretty much my favorite place to work out. There is a very steep hill where I can do repeat hill runs.

This morning I started with a 1 mile run on the treadmill and then did 2 rounds of:  
5 log jumps
10 inclined pushups on the log
15 squats with a 20lb kettlebell
5 hill sprints
2 min. plank

Friday, August 15, 2014

The August Garden

I stepped out back this evening to commune with the bees and sulk over the state of the garden. It's been quite a few weeks since I put any real work into it and it sure enough shows. The expanse of lawn in between plots was newly mown but the plots themselves... Oh my.

The goat pen stands empty and overgrown. The girls are off at the farm being bred for (hopefully) Spring babies.
I posted a shot of the garden from this exact spot about 6 weeks ago and it was gorgeous. Glorious even. Now it just looks sad and neglected. I was able to unearth some squash from that mess but the squash bugs pretty much decimated my zucchini and yellow squash.

The basil bed is unruly and completely misbehaving.

As are the hens when I let them out for their evening romp.

When you walk thru all that mess you have to watch out for pumpkins. Everywhere bits of orange peek through the grass. I'm having a lot of success at growing them this year.
I've already picked 10 and then I found these last night. There are probably 10 to 12 more still on the vine and I'm hoping they hold off until the appropriate season for harvesting.

Out of 30 plus tomato plants about 5 are still hanging in there. We have had a very wet very cool Summer and I'm not sure if that was the cause but there was an awful lot of root rot going on.

Last night's harvest is still sitting in the basket in the kitchen. I've got plans to go rip whole basil plants out of the ground and make as much pesto as I can. We are eating tomatoes with every meal because we just aren't getting enough of any one kind to process them. I thought I would be more upset about that considering all the work I put in, but it worked out because my plate is very full right now and I think adding one more task (especially a large one like canning) would do me in.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Florida 2014

It was relaxing, refreshing, exciting, and long. Everything we needed it to be in order to recharge for the rest of the year. We were able to celebrate our anniversary and Eli's birthday on the beach. We really couldn't have asked for more. And we all came back with killer tans.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Blog It!

Last Summer. Picture taken by one of my kids as we walked the streets of Santa Fe'.

I'm probably on vacation as you are reading this. My soul sistah is accompanying us and we thought it would be awesome to master some special cocktails for the trip. I'm bringing this one to the table!

Recycle your old yoga mats

One of my family's favorite baked Paleo treats.

We are deep into an Arkansas Summer. This guy gets that and knows how sacred our swimming holes are.

I might have posted about this homeschooled teen before so forgive me....her story is just too lovely.

Ran out of bubbles? Make your own!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Blog It!

My eldest and I taken a long time ago. I don't remember the exact year but it had to be at least three or more considering I'm drinking a Diet Coke and its been forever since I gave up soda.

You can't homeschool your kids because.....I love all these responses. 

I can't wait to make these Chicken Bacon Cauli-Rice bowls.

Sometimes things like this make me yearn for the life of an urbanite.