Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ruby Loves Clarence







Until she has a sibling that is old enough to play with her...he's the perfect partner.
And even then, he'll be both of the kids' thing to ride and squeeze and say "no no" to after they feed him food and he takes it.
You're a good boy, Clarence.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Today I'm Saying

-The milk is the best tasting milk I've ever had in my life. No problems with it either, no upset stomach even though it's heavy. I'm going to make butter and cheese and whey with the luscious cream that has risen to the top and then I will smile from ear to ear as I eat it.

- I THINK I am getting to go kind of shopping today because there are some serious actual needs going on in the Kiehn house wardrobe. I am trembling with delight because the last time I got to go shopping and get stuff for myself was in April for my birthday.

-I was at a campfire last night and while there I remembered campfire smoke always makes me sick. Everytime. Swollen throat, dry and hurting nose. And those symptoms are here this morning! Lesson learned. So if you invite me to a campfire from here on...I will send happy thoughts only.

-I just found out the half and half creamer I've been putting in my coffee everyday expired Nov 2.

- I wish I just had billions and billions of dollars to buy all the people I love whatever I wanted for Christmas. I see so many things that I'm just like OH! _______ WOULD LOVE THAT! But my bank account has _____ in it and loves more "homemade gifts". That's okay.

-Because I have been deprived of extra funds this year, my Christmas wish list this year is a mile long of outrageously expensive items. Normally I can't even think of anything I want at Christmas, and this year I can't think of anything I don't want. Of course, I don't expect all of these things, I'm not Greedy Greta.

-Can you de-claw dogs? I so wish Clarence had no finger/toenails. We have wood floors and the NONSTOP pitter pattering and clicking of his nails on the floor is just too much. Off with his nails!

-I am very tired so far today. I need to shake myself into a better mood and take on this day and bless my family.

-Sometimes ya just need time to yourself, you know?

-On that note, I have been beyond busy...more than ever. And I feel so not close to Ruby because of it. For so long, we spent all day in our pajamas or house clothes and played together and cleaned while she napped and then played together at the park that day. Lately I've been finding sitter after sitter and having to go here and be here and I get home and I'm just like "oh Ruby, I'm so sorry".
I know compared to most people's lives this is nothing, but for our little family, especially between me and Ruby, I can feel it's affect. Some things in life are necessary and need your attendance, but our babies grow up so fast it's not worth anything get in the way of you being there and watching every moment happen.

-I do not want to look back in my 50's and regret not being there enough for my kids because of a busy schedule. Never been that person. Don't want to start. Simple is the answer to most everything I know and want to be a part of.

Happy Weekend Everyone...
Get down on the floor and play with your little ones.
Talk with your teens and tell them you love them.
It'll be over before we know it!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Oh Happy Day!

This day turned from blah and unmotivated to very happy and exciting!

When Kevin came home I asked if he was cool to watch Ruby while I went to run 2 errands.

First part of happy day: new nail polish

left: Got The Blues For Red
right: Malaysian Mist

The beauty of being a hairstylist. Everything you buy at the beauty supply is tax-deductable. It's still your hard earned money, but you can justify treating yourself to something like this a little easier knowing the government understands you need pretty new polish.

Then, my sister-in-law texted me and told me she can do my hair tomorrow. No more dark roots!!

AND THEN!!!!!!!
My heart is beating out of my chest with delight.
A dairy farmer I contacted called me back today and told me what time each day he milks his cows and to come on out and bring some empty jugs and I can get raw milk. Raw milk. Straight from the cow. All the nutrients...straight from the utter.


I am taking Kevin with me because I'm afraid I will kiss that dairy farmer right on the lips if I don't have my husband standing there with me.

Hope your day was filled with happy little things that just made your week.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Beautiful Arkansas Fall

The other morning it was raining and yellow and soft outside and I couldn't stop admiring it all.
The Ozarks are gorgeous during the fall.


All the trees in our neighborhood make for lots and lots of yard work, but who cares when it's this beautiful?


No, that's not a For Sale sign in our front yard, it's a Welcome Crystal Bridges sign since it opened this week!



The big tree that splits our property and our neighbors in half. It shades both of our homes. 
It's so beautiful and grand.






In a surprising turn of events, Ruby wanted to stay inside while I went out and took pics and enjoyed the beauty. She watched me from the open window and just said "hi" to me the whole time. I love that when you are home bodies you can totally get away with wearing a shirt like "king of the playground" when you're a girl and nobody cares.

Fall...I look forward to you all year! And you are here way too short. And then your kind of ugly cousin Winter comes. But I am truly thankful to get to have all four seasons full blast where we live. Sometimes I just love change...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Raising A Daughter

I'm raising a little girl that is


Sure


Explorative


Sassy


Free


Confident


Outspoken


Gentle


and patient.


I love you, my daughter. I love who you've become at 20 months old, and I look forward to seeing who you will unfold to be as you grow up.
You darling little thing!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Phew!

We have been busy busy busy lately! Today is normally packed for me, but I'm choosing to use it to rest. I'm starting to feel a sore throat come on and I know it's just that my immune system's down from a lack of sleep and rest! I'm sure little Ruby, who had shortened naps and weird bedtimes this weekend, is feeling the effect of it all too! She's taking a nap as we speak, hallelujah.

My aunt, who is a sucker for getting Ruby adorable things, she just can't help it, swung by and dropped two things off that made Ruby's day.
An enormous monkey we named George ("doh")
and a Sonic drink. 
Ruby's very own.
It was water with lemons and limes in it and I added some liquid stevia so it was like a limeade.
She strutted around with that cup like she was just the coolest big girl in the world. Just chugging it. It was hilarious.



Oh, and she really, really likes George.


This photograph, I plan on blowing up and plastering it on several billboards around town so I can see it all the time. I love these two more than I can explain. She is totally a Daddy's girl which is no surprise. She's just like me and I think Kevin is the coolest guy on earth, so naturally she does as well.

Our church's 10 year Anniversary was this weekend. We did a medley of FOURTY SONGS from over the past 10 years. Kevin wrote it, like put the 39 transitions together and everyone did amazing. I can't believe the praise team pulled it off. Needless to say...lots of hours put into practicing that. We had a whole weekend of celebration. Friday night service, Saturday the big event then clean up afterwards, and practice and stuff before. Doing people's hair, etc. And then Sunday was a service like normal except everyone loved being together so much we just kept hanging out! It was such a good weekend but we are pooped!


The only picture I got with Ruby:( We didn't even take family pictures!! WHAT?! So, so sad. So dumb. We got too busy and never got a chance to. Sniff sniff.

And a big thank you to Kari Beth who saved the day and lent me this gorgeous dress (along with several others...you're the best KB!) to wear for the evening so I didn't have to buy something I'd never wear again. Don't you just love friends?! Especially ones with good taste...


Um...this is the only picture we got of me and my man.
Kevin= hot and kind.
Jessica= obviously tired. in need of lip color. in need of a brush. but very, very happy:)



Let's just say...Kevin gets better (and less Rabbi-ish) with age.
HAHA! This is from 2007, the year we got married.
I don't know why we are holding that little boy like he's ours?
That kid is so big now.
Thank you, Yahweh, for speaking to Kevin's heart and telling him to trim his beard.


Happy Anniversary, Rock of Northwest Arkansas! Here's to many more years of establishing the Kingdom of God in our lives and in this region!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Food!

So, I've had a request for some actual, literal food ideas.
I am terrible at this, but I'll try.

Eating Real Food requires you to plan ahead. There is really no "fast food" when eating that way as far as a whole, hot meal. You can grab snacks that are real food, of course, but actual sit-down meals require planning ahead.
Usually every before I go to bed, I soak a bag of beans (black, red, pinto, whatever) and a bag of brown rice. In this picture I'm also soaking some almonds for a bean dip I made the next day.

Soaking breaks your food down and basically pre-digests it for you. The energy it takes for your body to break down and digest 3 cooked meals is equivalent to your body doing 8 hours of hard labor. Which, of course, this is how our bodies work and that's fine, but it's also highly beneficial to help your body digest food easier. You get more nutrients because a lot of the work is done for your body already. And you pass it quicker.
Did you know pork stays in your GI tract for fourteen days?! Gross.
Just sitting in your gut rotting.
Bleh.

Anyways, the point is to get all the nutrients you can, but keep your tract and your body flowing beautifully, and not overworking and getting stopped up and stressing over the food you feed it.

So...I soak food overnight. Oats, brown rice, beans, etc.


Here's an example of a part of a lunch:
Spinach with apple, avacados, quinoa (a whole grain!) chia seeds, and a honey mustard vinaigrette I made. (John teaches you to make your own dressings in his class)

Make a big salad like this, along with a soup and a whole grain bread like Ezekial bread and you have yourself a good dinner.


Here's another day's lunch.
Brown rice, avacado, black beans with the vinaigrette drizzled on top. So, so good.


Other dinner we've had are
-Spaghetti squash with organic marinara
-Local grass-fed beef stew with carrots and onions and homemade beef stock ( I could do a whole blog post of beef stock and it's benefits)
-Portabella mushroom Ezekial bread sandwhiches with avacado and organice tomato paste and tomatoes
-Lentil soup with carrots and onions and curry. Then blend it in the pot with a hand blender. So creamy and delicious!
-Brown rice pasta (available at Walmart) and organic marinara
-Wild salmon (must be wild and not farmed) with baked sweet potato and brown rice and spinach

The possibilities are really limitless. Just think of meals you like...and then trade out the ingredients for the real version! It will take a little longer and will cost more...but what do you value more than your health?


I try to always have these baggies of raisins and raw nuts mixed and ready to go. Not pre-packaged and store bought...so it took a few minutes for me to get the stuff out and put it together myself. See? Small adjustments of planning ahead, but really...that's no big deal at all!

Lastly, I highly recommend a cast iron dutch oven. This is my Mother's from my sister Shannon at Christmas one year...yet I am reaping it's benefits (sneaky laugh:) ) No, really. My mom's oven was broken for a little bit and she couldn't cook or use it so she let me borrow it. Her oven is working again and I am just waiting for the "I need that back, sweetie" phone call from Momma.
And when I get that call I will make a static noise with my voice and pretend like I lost reception and just hang up and hope she gets distracted and forgets to call back so I can keep it longer.
Because I LOVE IT.
I use it everyday.
Cooking food slow and low is the key. Helps hold more nutrients.
Raw is the highest nutrients. Cooked is the lowest nutrients. But if you have to cook it (which who wants to eat raw beans and raw chicken?! Please don't do that...) then cook it low temperature and for a loooong time. And that's what the Dutch Oven is flawless about.
I've never burnt anything in a Dutch Oven.
I love Dutch Ovens.


Hope this helped some of you who have asked me questions. I hope you are encouraged to nourish yourself and your family by changing even ONE thing you eat today.
Let's eat!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ruby Loves Clarence







Until she has a sibling that is old enough to play with her...he's the perfect partner.
And even then, he'll be both of the kids' thing to ride and squeeze and say "no no" to after they feed him food and he takes it.
You're a good boy, Clarence.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Today I'm Saying

-The milk is the best tasting milk I've ever had in my life. No problems with it either, no upset stomach even though it's heavy. I'm going to make butter and cheese and whey with the luscious cream that has risen to the top and then I will smile from ear to ear as I eat it.

- I THINK I am getting to go kind of shopping today because there are some serious actual needs going on in the Kiehn house wardrobe. I am trembling with delight because the last time I got to go shopping and get stuff for myself was in April for my birthday.

-I was at a campfire last night and while there I remembered campfire smoke always makes me sick. Everytime. Swollen throat, dry and hurting nose. And those symptoms are here this morning! Lesson learned. So if you invite me to a campfire from here on...I will send happy thoughts only.

-I just found out the half and half creamer I've been putting in my coffee everyday expired Nov 2.

- I wish I just had billions and billions of dollars to buy all the people I love whatever I wanted for Christmas. I see so many things that I'm just like OH! _______ WOULD LOVE THAT! But my bank account has _____ in it and loves more "homemade gifts". That's okay.

-Because I have been deprived of extra funds this year, my Christmas wish list this year is a mile long of outrageously expensive items. Normally I can't even think of anything I want at Christmas, and this year I can't think of anything I don't want. Of course, I don't expect all of these things, I'm not Greedy Greta.

-Can you de-claw dogs? I so wish Clarence had no finger/toenails. We have wood floors and the NONSTOP pitter pattering and clicking of his nails on the floor is just too much. Off with his nails!

-I am very tired so far today. I need to shake myself into a better mood and take on this day and bless my family.

-Sometimes ya just need time to yourself, you know?

-On that note, I have been beyond busy...more than ever. And I feel so not close to Ruby because of it. For so long, we spent all day in our pajamas or house clothes and played together and cleaned while she napped and then played together at the park that day. Lately I've been finding sitter after sitter and having to go here and be here and I get home and I'm just like "oh Ruby, I'm so sorry".
I know compared to most people's lives this is nothing, but for our little family, especially between me and Ruby, I can feel it's affect. Some things in life are necessary and need your attendance, but our babies grow up so fast it's not worth anything get in the way of you being there and watching every moment happen.

-I do not want to look back in my 50's and regret not being there enough for my kids because of a busy schedule. Never been that person. Don't want to start. Simple is the answer to most everything I know and want to be a part of.

Happy Weekend Everyone...
Get down on the floor and play with your little ones.
Talk with your teens and tell them you love them.
It'll be over before we know it!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Oh Happy Day!

This day turned from blah and unmotivated to very happy and exciting!

When Kevin came home I asked if he was cool to watch Ruby while I went to run 2 errands.

First part of happy day: new nail polish

left: Got The Blues For Red
right: Malaysian Mist

The beauty of being a hairstylist. Everything you buy at the beauty supply is tax-deductable. It's still your hard earned money, but you can justify treating yourself to something like this a little easier knowing the government understands you need pretty new polish.

Then, my sister-in-law texted me and told me she can do my hair tomorrow. No more dark roots!!

AND THEN!!!!!!!
My heart is beating out of my chest with delight.
A dairy farmer I contacted called me back today and told me what time each day he milks his cows and to come on out and bring some empty jugs and I can get raw milk. Raw milk. Straight from the cow. All the nutrients...straight from the utter.


I am taking Kevin with me because I'm afraid I will kiss that dairy farmer right on the lips if I don't have my husband standing there with me.

Hope your day was filled with happy little things that just made your week.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Beautiful Arkansas Fall

The other morning it was raining and yellow and soft outside and I couldn't stop admiring it all.
The Ozarks are gorgeous during the fall.


All the trees in our neighborhood make for lots and lots of yard work, but who cares when it's this beautiful?


No, that's not a For Sale sign in our front yard, it's a Welcome Crystal Bridges sign since it opened this week!



The big tree that splits our property and our neighbors in half. It shades both of our homes. 
It's so beautiful and grand.






In a surprising turn of events, Ruby wanted to stay inside while I went out and took pics and enjoyed the beauty. She watched me from the open window and just said "hi" to me the whole time. I love that when you are home bodies you can totally get away with wearing a shirt like "king of the playground" when you're a girl and nobody cares.

Fall...I look forward to you all year! And you are here way too short. And then your kind of ugly cousin Winter comes. But I am truly thankful to get to have all four seasons full blast where we live. Sometimes I just love change...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Raising A Daughter

I'm raising a little girl that is


Sure


Explorative


Sassy


Free


Confident


Outspoken


Gentle


and patient.


I love you, my daughter. I love who you've become at 20 months old, and I look forward to seeing who you will unfold to be as you grow up.
You darling little thing!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Phew!

We have been busy busy busy lately! Today is normally packed for me, but I'm choosing to use it to rest. I'm starting to feel a sore throat come on and I know it's just that my immune system's down from a lack of sleep and rest! I'm sure little Ruby, who had shortened naps and weird bedtimes this weekend, is feeling the effect of it all too! She's taking a nap as we speak, hallelujah.

My aunt, who is a sucker for getting Ruby adorable things, she just can't help it, swung by and dropped two things off that made Ruby's day.
An enormous monkey we named George ("doh")
and a Sonic drink. 
Ruby's very own.
It was water with lemons and limes in it and I added some liquid stevia so it was like a limeade.
She strutted around with that cup like she was just the coolest big girl in the world. Just chugging it. It was hilarious.



Oh, and she really, really likes George.


This photograph, I plan on blowing up and plastering it on several billboards around town so I can see it all the time. I love these two more than I can explain. She is totally a Daddy's girl which is no surprise. She's just like me and I think Kevin is the coolest guy on earth, so naturally she does as well.

Our church's 10 year Anniversary was this weekend. We did a medley of FOURTY SONGS from over the past 10 years. Kevin wrote it, like put the 39 transitions together and everyone did amazing. I can't believe the praise team pulled it off. Needless to say...lots of hours put into practicing that. We had a whole weekend of celebration. Friday night service, Saturday the big event then clean up afterwards, and practice and stuff before. Doing people's hair, etc. And then Sunday was a service like normal except everyone loved being together so much we just kept hanging out! It was such a good weekend but we are pooped!


The only picture I got with Ruby:( We didn't even take family pictures!! WHAT?! So, so sad. So dumb. We got too busy and never got a chance to. Sniff sniff.

And a big thank you to Kari Beth who saved the day and lent me this gorgeous dress (along with several others...you're the best KB!) to wear for the evening so I didn't have to buy something I'd never wear again. Don't you just love friends?! Especially ones with good taste...


Um...this is the only picture we got of me and my man.
Kevin= hot and kind.
Jessica= obviously tired. in need of lip color. in need of a brush. but very, very happy:)



Let's just say...Kevin gets better (and less Rabbi-ish) with age.
HAHA! This is from 2007, the year we got married.
I don't know why we are holding that little boy like he's ours?
That kid is so big now.
Thank you, Yahweh, for speaking to Kevin's heart and telling him to trim his beard.


Happy Anniversary, Rock of Northwest Arkansas! Here's to many more years of establishing the Kingdom of God in our lives and in this region!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Food!

So, I've had a request for some actual, literal food ideas.
I am terrible at this, but I'll try.

Eating Real Food requires you to plan ahead. There is really no "fast food" when eating that way as far as a whole, hot meal. You can grab snacks that are real food, of course, but actual sit-down meals require planning ahead.
Usually every before I go to bed, I soak a bag of beans (black, red, pinto, whatever) and a bag of brown rice. In this picture I'm also soaking some almonds for a bean dip I made the next day.

Soaking breaks your food down and basically pre-digests it for you. The energy it takes for your body to break down and digest 3 cooked meals is equivalent to your body doing 8 hours of hard labor. Which, of course, this is how our bodies work and that's fine, but it's also highly beneficial to help your body digest food easier. You get more nutrients because a lot of the work is done for your body already. And you pass it quicker.
Did you know pork stays in your GI tract for fourteen days?! Gross.
Just sitting in your gut rotting.
Bleh.

Anyways, the point is to get all the nutrients you can, but keep your tract and your body flowing beautifully, and not overworking and getting stopped up and stressing over the food you feed it.

So...I soak food overnight. Oats, brown rice, beans, etc.


Here's an example of a part of a lunch:
Spinach with apple, avacados, quinoa (a whole grain!) chia seeds, and a honey mustard vinaigrette I made. (John teaches you to make your own dressings in his class)

Make a big salad like this, along with a soup and a whole grain bread like Ezekial bread and you have yourself a good dinner.


Here's another day's lunch.
Brown rice, avacado, black beans with the vinaigrette drizzled on top. So, so good.


Other dinner we've had are
-Spaghetti squash with organic marinara
-Local grass-fed beef stew with carrots and onions and homemade beef stock ( I could do a whole blog post of beef stock and it's benefits)
-Portabella mushroom Ezekial bread sandwhiches with avacado and organice tomato paste and tomatoes
-Lentil soup with carrots and onions and curry. Then blend it in the pot with a hand blender. So creamy and delicious!
-Brown rice pasta (available at Walmart) and organic marinara
-Wild salmon (must be wild and not farmed) with baked sweet potato and brown rice and spinach

The possibilities are really limitless. Just think of meals you like...and then trade out the ingredients for the real version! It will take a little longer and will cost more...but what do you value more than your health?


I try to always have these baggies of raisins and raw nuts mixed and ready to go. Not pre-packaged and store bought...so it took a few minutes for me to get the stuff out and put it together myself. See? Small adjustments of planning ahead, but really...that's no big deal at all!

Lastly, I highly recommend a cast iron dutch oven. This is my Mother's from my sister Shannon at Christmas one year...yet I am reaping it's benefits (sneaky laugh:) ) No, really. My mom's oven was broken for a little bit and she couldn't cook or use it so she let me borrow it. Her oven is working again and I am just waiting for the "I need that back, sweetie" phone call from Momma.
And when I get that call I will make a static noise with my voice and pretend like I lost reception and just hang up and hope she gets distracted and forgets to call back so I can keep it longer.
Because I LOVE IT.
I use it everyday.
Cooking food slow and low is the key. Helps hold more nutrients.
Raw is the highest nutrients. Cooked is the lowest nutrients. But if you have to cook it (which who wants to eat raw beans and raw chicken?! Please don't do that...) then cook it low temperature and for a loooong time. And that's what the Dutch Oven is flawless about.
I've never burnt anything in a Dutch Oven.
I love Dutch Ovens.


Hope this helped some of you who have asked me questions. I hope you are encouraged to nourish yourself and your family by changing even ONE thing you eat today.
Let's eat!