The month of June was a flurry of travel for me. Or should I say continuing to travel. If you recall, in May I was at a women’s retreat in California one weekend, as well as my family reunion in southern Utah with its beautiful red rocks and cousins I hadn’t seen in a few years.
So when June rolled around, I thought I would be home a little more often. But I forgot that I was also slated to go camping in northern Arizona for one weekend, only to trek back north a few weekends later to my friend’s cabin! (We just got back, and I am quite sunburned. Thank goodness for extra doses of fermented cod liver oil to combat the burn!)
The funniest part, is that I do not usually travel this much. I love it while I am there, but for the most part I am a homebody. I like to be home with my books, my blog, my kitchen, and my little boys to snuggle while they are out of school. Here’s to staying home a little more often in July!
What I Read and Did in June:
- I made a LOT of buttermilk biscuits in June, and between slathering them with butter and strawberry jam, I used them to make this incredible Strawberry Shortcake with Mint-Infused Honey as well as these Hearty Buttermilk Biscuits & Gravy for my husband on Father’s Day.
- I have been in love with berries, stone fruits, and the flavors of summer! I really want to make these key lime pie popsicles (GAPS), as well as these red, white and blue kefir pops.
- Without fail, I hear people in my life criticize my decision to eat ethical meats (grass-fed and pastured), and June was no exception. One argument that drives me batty is that meat contributes to global warming and the human race needs to be vegetarian. Aside from the obvious problems of vegetarianism (we did NOT evolve to be vegetarians), the global warming argument just doesn’t hold water.
- I went to my local farmers market in Mesa and bought some excellent produce, as well as meeting my friend there to help kick-start her new commitment to eating locally. That did my heart good! I need to go back this Friday and take pictures for the Farm and Share event.
- I ordered some einkorn wheat berries from my resource page so that I could make this beautiful Mulberry & Einkorn Crumble from Nourished Kitchen, which never fails to impress me.
- I ordered more ground beef to split with a friend, so I found these tips for freezer storage quite useful.
- I have been meaning to try this idea for using mashed cauliflower as a pizza crust for quite some time, held over from my GAPS days. It looks so yummy!
- I have been sleeping better and better as I implement as many points as possible from Diet Recovery. But even with a roaring temperature under my belt, this Kendahl still needs plenty of stress management and natural sleep aids to manage my PTSD and sleep issues.
- I have been fermenting a little more this month. I finally tried my hand at Moroccan preserved lemons. I love anything citrusy, so this recipe blending my favorite vitamin-C-rich citrus with probiotic goodness was a big win in my kitchen. (I highly recommend the get cultured class that this recipe comes from.)
- Finally, I have been reminded yet again of the power and beauty of the human body. Especially women’s bodies as they give birth to a new human life. I wish I had been aware of placenta encapsulation when I had my boys, but alas I did not. And so I pass the information to any of you, my readers, so that you can reap the benefit if you are interested. Your placenta is a superfood!
This post is a part of Monday Mania, Weekend Gourmet, Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, The Mommy Club, Allergy Free Wednesday, Pennywise Platter, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Fight Back Friday, Fresh Bites Friday.