About

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog!
I hope you were blessed by whatever you found here.

My name is Meg, and I am happily married to the love of my life, Brian.
We have 5 children currently, our most obvious blessings from the Lord:
Jacob, Patrick, Elizabeth, Katie, and Abigail.
I strive to be the keeper of our home (Titus 2:5), giving my family the nurturing that God designed me to provide. I support my husband as he goes to work for our family, feeling that is how God originally intended my purpose (Gen. 2:20).

This blog was started to give me an outlet for all my pent-up, stay-at-home, never-conversing-with-anyone-above-the-age-of-four creativity.
And then the Lord spoke to my heart.
A not-so-gentle-reminder:

“…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9

God has placed me here for such a time, for such a purpose, for such a season.
And I am blessed by His grace to dwell in His plan.

As such, this blog deals with several points:
Godly living, health/nutrition, and children.
I might even throw in a book recommendation or two occasionally,
(being that in another life I was an English Literature major).

We strive to raise our children in a Godly environment.
We believe children have been placed in our care so that we may guide them through life,
with the ultimate purpose that we may guide them into a life Eternal with the Savior we hold so dear.

We eat healthy, nourishing food.
I was also a Chapter Leader for our local Weston A. Price FoundationΒ for more than 6 years,
and I love the opportunity this has provided our family,
to be within a community of people who are committed to
eating and choosing food with a greater good in mind.

I do not clip coupons.
I do not use margarine.
I do not eat tofu.

There’s more, of course, but that’s what blogs are for!
Please enjoy my opinions – I always welcome dialogue with those who are interested!

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55 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi,

    I found you via your comment on Hemp over at The Nourishing Gourmet. I know this is totally random, but your comment regarding your boys’ milk allergies not manifesting with raw milk kind of got me *excited*. {grin}

    My youngest son is anaphylactic to dairy and I was wondering how you discovered that raw milk was ok for your children? I am very interested in how this all transpired as it gives me hope of the possibility for my son, too.

    Sorry for posting this here… I just really didn’t know where else to put it… πŸ™‚

    Thanks SO much!

    • I would definitely check out realmilk.com, and see if they can give you more information. My boys have an allergy, but it’s nowhere near an anaphylactic reaction. Hopefully, raw milk will benefit your son someday!

  2. I’ve really enjoyed looking through your site – I LOVE the menu plans, and I’m excited to start using some of your ideas… We are so tightly budgeted that I really should have been planning those “snacks” out as well, as I think that’s where I end up wasting my money (and time) on things that are quick, not necessarily healthy!

    I was also really blessed by your Titus 2 Thursday postings. Thank you for taking the time to share them!

    Hannah

    • Thanks for stopping by, Hannah, and I’m glad you were blessed by the Titus 2 Thursday posts!

      We’ve actually cut out snacks at our house, and just stuck with drinking our raw milk/colostrum (www.organicpastures.com) for snacks. It’s helped our budget, and my brain (hello to pregnancy fade!). πŸ™‚

  3. I’ve really enjoyed looking through your site – keep up the good work! I’m always on the lookout for new recipes… your menus are great! Thanks again

  4. I’m so glad to have found your site – I really appreciate you starting to post some recipes… they look so interesting, and I’m looking forward to more!

    • It’s taken me a while to get on top of posting recipes… I always forget to set time aside for that when I post the menus. I’m going to keep trying to post more – thanks for stopping by!

    • Yes, we have her β€œbirth announcement” post on Dec. 31st, and I’ll be posting others soon! You can also check my facebook next week, and I’ll have more up – I’m waiting for my camera to cooperate with me! πŸ™‚ Miss you – wish we had more moments to chat! (and more chocolate to eat! πŸ˜‰ )

  5. I’ve really enjoyed looking through your site – I was wondering how you made the switch to a “traditional foods” diet… It seems so overwhelming! And you have 3 kids! Wow.

    • We made the switch when our second son was 5 months old. I had gone back to work, and my milk supply was dwindling rapidly. We went in search of a “better” formula than the soy-based one we had used for our first. We found the Weston A. Price Foundation site, and from there, the Real Milk website, and… we just kept going! πŸ™‚

      And for the record, I haven’t any more trouble with 3 kids than I had with 2! πŸ™‚ Most of it is just planning, and once you get into the planning habit, it’s hard to break, even with the addition of a new baby!

  6. I just found your blog through Nourishing Days. Love it. Love your menus. I want those recipes!! I do have a question. We are due with our 3rd child in July and my other two will be 4 and 2 soon after. How do you make all that fermented food and those awesome meals. I’m feeling overwhelmed because I might have 3 in diapers and that alone seems daunting. My oldest is developmentally behind so she is not ready for that. I want to do it all but I’m not sure how to do it and keep my life simple. Any advice you have would be awesome!

    • Hi Amy –
      I am so glad you’ve enjoyed my menus! I’m going to do a post on exactly how all this “stuff” gets accomplished with 3 little ones underfoot, so look for it in the next week or so. In the meantime, you can take a look at this post – it doesn’t give specifics, but I’ll try to cover that in my next post.

  7. Hi Meg –
    I was wondering what menu planning tools you use? I have a chart thing-y that’s supposed to help me plan our favorite meals, but my family gets bored with the same thing over and over, even if it’s been 2 weeks since they had it, so we end up spending a LOT on our food budget, and a LOT of it goes to waste! I have a very picky husband, and 3 VERY hungry, picky teens. Any advice?

    Thanks,
    Wendy

    • Hi Wendy,
      My best menu planning tools are cookbooks. πŸ™‚ We usually check them out from the library, and I let everyone look thru them and pick things out that look good. Then we give them a try! I also have subscribed to several different real food menu plan services at one time or another, and enjoyed the different options. I know many ladies who appreciate the service of Plan to Eat, as well. πŸ™‚

  8. Is there any way to get email updates from you? Not daily, but maybe weekly? I don’t want the individual and immediate blog posts from everyone, just your recipes and thoughts. Is there something like that available? Let me know. Thank you.
    Paula in Omaha, NE

  9. Hi, Megan,
    Thanks for the great breakfast on Tuesday. What is rapadura? And can I use non-fat or low fat milk, too?
    God bless you,
    Aunt T
    P.S. Your guys’ kids are the cutest! I love them! ARe you coming down on Sat?

    • Hi Auntie!
      So glad you stopped by – the boys (and I! πŸ™‚ ) enjoyed seeing you all so very much… I wish we saw you more often!

      Rapadura is essentially the least refined “sugar” you can find. I buy mine at Whole Foods, because the cost limits the amount I buy! πŸ˜‰ Apparently, sucanat is a similar product, and Rapadura is just the “brand” form. I still notice a difference between the two, but sucanat is definitely cheaper, and most easily obtained.

      As for the non-fat/low-fat milk, I would sincerely consider switching to a full-fat milk. I could give you a bunch of reasons (besides, ahem, taste. πŸ˜‰ ) but there’s a website called realmilk.com that gives them much more succinctly than I could. But yes, you could use them, although I personally choose to use water rather than pasteurized milk.

      And I don’t think I’ll be making it down on Saturday – but I know my mother and sister will be there! πŸ™‚

  10. Hi! I found you through Google when I was looking for a recipe for chocolate chip cookies! Your site looks great and I have been learning so much from reading through your posts. I’m really interested in healthy cooking and eating, hehe πŸ˜‰ and I had NEVER heard that fat was good for you. Thanks for all the really yummy sounding ideas in your menu plans!! I am going to make stock for the first time this week, too. You are such an inspiring person!!! Thanks for all your hard work.

    Elise P.

  11. I’m totally loving your site, Meg! You’ve got such an awesome personality, and I LOVE your menus!! Fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing. God bless you and your family!

    Zinnia

  12. Hi, there, Meg! I was referred to your blog this week by a friend while I was looking for information on how to find healthy food sources here in the Valley. I dream of moving into the country and getting chickens, a few goats, and raising a nice organic garden. I’m not there yet (still a city girl), but hopefully I can make it to some of your classes and learn all I’ve always wanted to, and never learned growing up! Don’t have a garden yet, but hope to try a little this spring. Just bought a grain mill, and will try my hand at sourdoughs and fermenting more than just my beans :). Thank you for your encouraging blog. Hope to meet you soon! God bless,
    Erika

  13. Hey! I found you through Google looking for ways to help my toddler eat better. Your Picky Kids post was great! I’ve learned so much from the links you gave. Really appreciate it!!!

  14. This is a great site, Meg! Thanks so much for all the information you’ve shared! I’m definitely going to order some tea blends from you – they sound so yummy! πŸ˜€

  15. Hi Meg! I found you thru Frugal Granola! I love your blog – it’s so much fun to read thru your menus!! I wish I lived closer so I could come to your meetings! I don’t have anything like that around me. 😦 But its nice to read it anyway. Thanks!!
    Angelina

  16. Hello Meg ~
    Just wanted to stop by and say I subscribed to your blog!! Thank you so much for all the information you share here!! I love your menu plans! I have to admit I’ve been copying them down and using them for the last few months. They work great! I’m so envious of all the time you have in the kitchen!! πŸ˜€
    Thanks again ~
    Amy

  17. Hi Meg – I am enjoying your blog, I have a question regarding your response to Shannon at Nourishing Days, about the food mill which attaches to the table.
    What type are you referring to? That seems like an excellent choice. I have not seen one like that, when you say bolted, is that like the grain mills which
    can be attached to the table and left indefinitely?

    Thank you again, for all your useful tips!

    Kim

  18. I found your blog via Cheeseslave! Loved your kitchen and how every thing is organized! I also really enjoyed your herb posts, just now realizing that I have read your posts at Keeper of the Home, too, and never realized it was you!

  19. Hi Meg. I found you from your kitchen post at Cheeseslave. I loved how tiny and practical your kitchen is! I’ve really enjoyed looking through your menu plans, too. Thanks for a wonderful way to spend my afternoon. I’m subscribing. πŸ™‚

  20. Hi Meg, I found your blog via a comment at Frugal Granola. I’ve really enjoyed looking through your blog. God has really blessed you with a great way to help others. I loved the recipes, and I printed out some of the menu plans to help me with mine! Thanks, and God bless.

  21. Hi Meg!
    I followed your post from Keeper of the Home and have really enjoyed looking through your blog. I’m subscribing! πŸ™‚

  22. I read your comment in regards to taking butter/cod liver oil while pregnant and I was wondering what dose you suggest? Should it be two teaspoons a day for my wife, of the blend?

    • I take 1 tablespoon a day of the FCLO, so if you are taking the blend you will need about 40% more to meet the recommended levels (about 1.75 T). Ideally, her daily intake should be 20,000 IU of Vitamin A, and 2,000 of Vitamin D. Hope that helps!

    • Yes. Though if she hasn’t been taking it at all, she will need to work up to that. Start small – 1/4 tsp a day for a week, then increase to a 1/2 tsp, etc. Otherwise, she may feel very nauseated and can actually detox – no good for a preggo mama! πŸ™‚

  23. Greetings from a fellow Meg. I just found your website while trying to figure out a soaked gingerbread recipe and realized we have a lot in common! I saw that you have a 559 area code…I grew up in Fresno. I have 3 kids, we homeschool, I just gave my heart to the Lord about a year ago, I am a WAPF leader here in Astoria, Oregon. Glad I stumbled upon you.

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