Locally Raised Meat

Alpine Ranch Grass-fed Cattle in Northern Nevada

Alpine Ranch Grass-fed Cattle

Last week I posted about locally grown produce, since it’s the time of year to enjoy so many fresh fruits and vegetables. Locally raised meat can be found year round, but have you given it a try yet?

I’ve noticed meat stands have started to find their way in between produce stands at farmer’s markets, and a quick search helped me find all sorts of local meat options in my area. Many of these ranchers raise organic, free range meat including beef, lamb, pigs and chickens. Some corn finish their animals to produce a less gamey tasting final product, and some grass-feed all the way to the end.

Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I’ve been making flourless peanut butter cookies for years (you know, the ones that have 1 C peanut butter, 1 C sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 egg and take like, 5 minutes to make) so I can’t believe I just found out about this chocolate version.  I’m hooked!  I mean, just think of all the antioxidants from the cocoa powder!

My cousin brought these to a recent family gathering, and I immediately tracked down the recipe. I’m not sure it is the exact one she used, but it sure is easy and tasty just the same!

Summer’s Bounty

U-pick Tomatoes, Yum!

U-pick Tomatoes, Yum!

There’s no better time than summer to enjoy locally harvested fruits and vegetables. We’ve lived a lot of places that have farmer’s markets and CSA shares year round, but Northern Nevada is not one of them. Our growing season is relatively short, from June to September, so we’re trying to make the most of the delicious produce that is coming our way.

We’ve had wonderful experiences with CSA’s over the years. You receive a box of fresh, local produce on a schedule. Not only do they ensure you are eating foods in season, but they encourage you to think outside the box and try new things (kohlrabi, any one?). The best way to find a good one is to ask around your community, or search LocalHarvest.

TBT: Cloth Diapering Posts at The GBG

Over the years, we’ve posted quite a lot about cloth diapering.  Here are some of the highlights!

If you can’t read enough about cloth diapering, be sure to check out all the posts in our Diapers category!

Goodbye Disposables hello cloth diaper

Do you do cloth?

Unsupervised Children

Too Young to Walk Unsupervised?

Too Young to Walk Unsupervised?

By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard about the mom that was arrested for leaving her 9-year-old daughter at the park while she worked. Since it hit the news, it’s sparked quite the debate about leaving kids unsupervised.

My friends and I remember playing at the park, walking to school, and going to the corner store without an adult at that age. Perhaps we weren’t alone for as many as 6 hours, but we certainly didn’t have cell phones. When I talk to my parents and other people their age, they remember being even less supervised. Are things really that less safe nowadays?

Natural Remedies for Pregnancy Symptoms

41 Weeks Pregnant with Franci

41 Weeks Pregnant with Franci

After experiencing a few weeks of relief from pregnancy symptoms, I’ve started up a whole new round. Since I try to avoid all medication while pregnant (foregoing even “safe” medications like Tylenol and Claritin), I’ve been trying out a few natural remedies for what ails me. Always consult your doctor before starting any natural remedies, just to be sure they are safe for your pregnancy.

  • I wrote about consuming ginger to help with morning sickness and nausea. It turns out that ginger is also good for gas and joint pain (my current complaint) caused by relaxin.
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Book Review: The A to Z of Children’s Health


A Good Reference

Last month when Franci came down with her first illness ever, we tried to stay calm about it. Since she’s not a newborn, or even an infant any more, we weren’t too worried. Still, like all medical “emergencies”, it didn’t get bad until late at night on a weekend (have you ever noticed that things never get bad when it’s actually office hours?).

While we were contemplating the necessity of heading to the ER, I remembered I had a copy of The A to Z of Children’s Health: A Parent’s Guide from Birth to 10 Years sitting on my shelf. Since she hadn’t been sick before, I hadn’t had the need to check it out until that night. It proved to be a valuable resource that assuaged our fears and gave us good indicators to watch for. We were able to quickly formulate a plan based on the information provided about fevers.

Stockpiling Redux

Let's get cooking!

Let’s get cooking!

We bought an upright freezer during my first pregnancy so I could prepare a bunch of meals ahead of time.  By the time Frances was born, we had 100 dinners and at least as many lunches stashed away.  Just over a year later, we finally finished them off.  

In retrospect, it was actually more helpful the older Franci got. When she was a newborn, I could just strap her to my back and cook away. It wasn’t until she got more active, and I went back to work, that the freezer meals really came in handy.

Celebrating a Green 4th of July

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July! Whether you are at home or with friends, here are some green ideas to help you celebrate:

Have a picnic: Pack up some sandwiches and finger foods, grab a blanket and find a nice spot in the shade. You don’t have to travel farther than your backyard, if you want to avoid holiday traffic. The best part is that you don’t have to turn on your stove or oven.

Make your own giant soap bubbles: The general consensus is that Dawn dish soap is the best, and don’t forget the secret ingredient: glycerin.

Enjoy homemade popsicles: If you don’t have popsicle molds, just use a dixi cup! For an extra-patriotic treat, try these Red, White and Blue Creamsicles.

Sick Babies, Sick Parents

Where's MY soup?

Where’s MY soup?

I was prepared for our normal routine to get tossed aside while Frances was sick, but I wasn’t prepared for how disruptive it is to be a sick parent.

Franci spent a week with a high fever and another 5 days convalescing. She had little appetite and no energy, so we spent her few waking hours snuggling on the couch and trying desperately to find food she would eat. I tried everything, even resorting to ice cream (which despite loving on a normal basis, wouldn’t touch while sick). Since she was sick, I felt no guilt plying her with processed foods and fruit juice. I held her when she was fussy and indulged her every whim. After all, I believe in coddling sick members of my family.