Gnowfglins and learning to cook and eat healthier

I must confess the first time my friend told me about Gnowfglins my first response was “Huh?” and then “How do you spell that??????” (FYI, it stands for:  God’s Natural Organic Whole Foods Grown Locally In Season).  I’ve read Nourishing Traditions, and wholeheartedly agree with what it says, but that book just overwhelms me.  Meaning, I want to do it, but I can’t see the steps just see the goal at the end.  I get overwhelmed, and then do nothing about it.

Her blog is very helpful and insightful.  And not overwhelming.   Honest. Funny. Interesting.  If you do nothing else, read the blog.  But it’s so worth it to take the next step.  Her e-Courses.

Gnowfglins breaks down the things to learn in simple steps.  There are videos, audios and handouts in the form of PDF’s (Adobe).  It takes the scary out of it.  Wardeh (the site owner) is a fabulous teacher and really helps make it less scary.  There is a forum also (which I need to take more advantage of).

There are three courses, Fundamentals, Sourdough and Cultured Dairy and Cheese.  It is a monthly subscription with different options.  You can begin and end your subscription anytime.  I have downloaded all of the handouts and am on the last 2 lessons the Fundamentals course.  I’m debating which class to do next, the Sourdough or the Cultured Dairy and Basic Cheese course.  But I fully plan on doing both.  I would love to hear if you join, or already do.

What I’m Reading Wednesday – 4/27/11

What I finished:

Better Off by Eric Brende

Overall an interesting book.  Some good points.  But pretty much nil on the practicability of living without technology.  Glad I read it, but glad it was a library book.

Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar

I really appreciated her overview of the herbs and her recipes.  Lots of pictures, which always helps me.  Still feel very overwhelmed, but that’s not her fault.  A friend of mine let me borrow Making Herbs Vol. 1 by Shoshanna Easling of Bulk Herb Store.  I really liked this a lot, as I am a visual learner.  It made me want to go back and look at the Rosemary Gladstar book again and take a try at making my own concoctions and poultices.  I’ll keep you updated.

Christianity Is Jewish by Edith Schaeffer

Edith Schaeffer is one of my favorite authors.   The premise of this book is to explain the bible to Jewish people, to show them how the entire bible points to Jesus as the Messiah.  A Genesis to Revelation overview.  Not a hard book to read, and very insightful.  An interesting thing happened as I was finishing the book.  My oldest (15 yo son) was asking his father how to explain the gospel to a Jew.  I was able to hand this to him as a resource.

What I’m Still Reading:

Surviving Off Off-Grid by Michael Bunker

I’m still really enjoying this book.  I really enjoy the historical overview that this has.  Highly considering making this required reading for my high schooler’s American History.  The revisionist history taught in most curriculum is tainting our kid’s worldview.  Now getting into the more practical parts of it.  God would definitely have to move for us to see this come to pass, but I know He’s capable.  Choosing to trust and take it one step at a time.  I highly recommend this book so far.

Books new this week:

Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright

I’m very fascinated by this book.  Not convinced I’ll necessarily agree with it all, but if nothing else it has made me go read my Bible for myself and not just believe everything I’ve been taught from the pulpit.  The pastor I grew up with taught from the bible and the USA Today, New York Times, etc. and always believed we were in the End Times and used quite a bit of fear.  I do believe we’re in the End Times but finally am not afraid of all that entails as I was as a child.  Only on page 9 so far in this book, but looking forward to it.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography by Eberhard Bethge

If you stay reading this blog for a awhile (which I hope you do) you might hear about this book for awhile, if not simply for the fact that it’s 1048 pages long! I first read The Cost of Discipleship back probably 10 years ago.  I consider it in my top 10 of “Books I Would Take With Me If I Were To Be Stranded on a Desert Island”.  I highly respect Dietrich Bonhoeffer and am looking forward to this, written by one of his best friends.

Thanks for coming with me on my reading journey, ’til next week!

Homeschool Mother’s Journal w/e April 23, 2011


In my life this week…

Organized my office this week.  Major undertaking.  So much paper, soooo much filing.  I have a love/hate relationship with paper.  Paperwork, forms, taxes, etc. drive me batty.  So I hate trees, which make paper.  But I love books, also made of paper, so I guess they can stay:)

In our homeschool this week…

A pretty slow week.  A little math, a little reading.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Slow week socially, but needing to stick around the house and get caught up was worth it.  Next week showing to be a little more active.

My favorite thing this week was…

The King’s Speech came out on DVD this week.  Love that movie!

What’s working/not working for us…

I need to figure out a way to get the boys (kids and hubby) to turn their socks right side out before they place them in the hamper.   I turn them right side out after washing, only to find grass, dirt and dog hair still attached to the bottom.  Urrgh!

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

Thinking of ideas to simplify school.  If I could only have 2-3 resources per subject, what would I pick?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Really enjoyed this post from Life in a Shoe about how she teaches history:)

What I’m Reading Wednesday

If you haven’t read this yet, this will explain a little about my bibliophilia.

A disclaimer first.  I have spent a considerable amount of time attempting to embed Amazon links into this post and have not figured it out yet.  Will figure it out by next week, I promise.

This week I’m reading:

(1)Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology by Eric Brende

The premise is a gentleman and his new wife who decide to live an entire year without electricity. In the light of the economy, and some things Ive been looking at, off grid living and more self-sufficiency have been high on my to-look into list, as well as my husband’s. I actually started to read this book awhile back, but for some reason (which I can’t remember) I didn’t finish it. In a different life place now and I’m finding it interesting. Only on page 30 right now, but so far I find it intriguing. Will give a better overview once I’m finished.

(2) Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind by Michael Bunker

This is a new release book which I am really trying to wrap my mind around. It explains how being on-grid has trapped us in a way. It goes way beyond that, but its the easiest way to explain it. I think this is a really hard read, because it threatens all that we’ve believed to be true our whole lives. I think we as a society need to be challenged in this way. What each individual and family chooses to do with that is up to them, but to not even explore the option is not an option to me. Once I have finished the book entirely, I plan to devote an entire post of it’s own. Definitely worth checking out.

(3)Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Healthby Rosemary Gladstar

Herbalism is something I have been interested in for awhile. I have several friends who are far more into this journey than I, and I’m not sure how far I plan to go, but how will I know unless I explore? So far I really enjoy this book, it’s not overly complicated and doesn’t go too far into new age philosophy.

I hope this has given you an idea of what I’m reading. I’m discovering I will probably need to adapt and change this, but this will at least give you some ideas. Would love to hear your comments.

What I’m Reading This Wednesday (starting tomorrow, since today is not Wednesday)….

I know I’m not the first to come up with this, but I thought it might feed my bibliophilic tendencies to initiate this into my blog.  A few things you should know about me and my books:

(1) I am a bibliophile.

(2) I have a bookshelf devoted entirely to books I have NOT read yet.

(3) I’m a huge fan of Paperbackswap.com

Trade Books for Free - PaperBack Swap.

(if you click this and join, I earn credits, just an FYI)

(4) I get the majority of the books I read from PaperbackSwap, the library and earning credits from our Amazon.com Points credit card.

(5) I’m not beyond reading a chapter, and then deciding not to read the book. I may just not like it, or maybe it’s just not hitting me right now.

(6) I’m not keeping as many of my books as I used to. I read them and then consider carefully whether I’ll read it again, or it’s good enough to keep and assign to the kids for homeschooling.

(7) I’m usually reading 2-3 books at the same time. Usually one is theologically based, one practical, and one easy reading (fiction, biography, etc.). This is not always true, but holds true enough to warrant a mention.

I will work on this and have it out sometime tomorrow, Lord willing sooner than later. Hope you enjoy it:)

Homeschool Mother’s Journal – w/e 4/16/11

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

Working at organizing and purging unnecessaries from our house.  Only worked one day this week. 

In our homeschool this week…

The boys are continuing their work on their math.  Wondering if it’s worth trying to force them to slow down.  I’m thinking not, as long as they understand the concepts.  Still trying to get youngest to understand that taking time to actually understand the concept does not mean he’s stupid.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

My oldest got to spend some time with one of his best friends.  So thankful that God has seen fit to bring good, edifying friends to my boys.  Seems like it took awhile, but it was worth the wait.

My favorite thing this week was…

Being able to be home, and begin to settle my heart here once again.

What’s working/not working for us…

I really need to work on having a weekly menu and buy accordingly.  Not having adequate food in the house to pull together a quick lunch is not good.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

My oldest is going so quickly through his Pre-Calculus, I’m considering whether to add Calculus.  Considering maybe just having a Calculus resource, but not make it a curriculum or required.  Any thoughts?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

This post from Frank Viola’s Blog really resonated with me this week.

A giveaway of these fantastic wire baskets

The blog Homestead Revival is having a great giveaway for these beautiful baskets, head over there and enter yourself!