Wednesday, June 13, 2007

All hail KALE!

So I have been trying to follow Sally Fallon's guidelines for heathy pregnancy diet and I have been pretty good about some parts. I have been pretty religious about eating my two free-range fresh eggs every day. I have been drinking fresh milk, avoiding processed foods. . . I've even been taking the cod-liver oil. But then today I find out that you are supposed to take WAY more codliver oil than I thought, in fact so much that it would cost you like several dollars a day. So I'm not following that rule out of sheer lack of a deep pocketbook, but I suppose some is better than none. Sheesh!

I bought a bunch of strawberries on monday from the Asper's and made strawberry jam. I found this great stuff called Pomona's Pectin so that you can make the jam low sugar (like half a cup instead of two to three cups) or you can use honey or rapadura or whatever in place of the sugar so it is healthier and it still gels fabulously. If you use really ripe sweet fruit it turns out really sweet anyway. We whipped thru one whole jar at breakfast the other morning (yikes). . .so the girls and I are going to pick more strawberries at the Asper's farm tomorrow and then going up to the Wingates for a picnic by the river, while Ben and Henry do more life drawing sketches with the model they have been working with.

Bridget invited us over to their pool earlier this week and we all had a simply wonderful time. The girls actually got comfortable in the water for the first time this summer, but I'm realizing we have a long way to go. I'd really love to have Angelica swimming at least by the end of the summer.

So far this week has been full of stawberries and swimming and I finally feel like summer is here.

We are still in the middle of our house rennovations and I am beginning to feel like we never will never have a living room again. All I can say is thank God it is summer and the girls mostly play outside all day anyway. I can't wait till everything is done so I can post my before and after photos.


Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,

I saw in your "Merry Christmas Hatkes" topic that you drink (or planned to drink:) raspberry tea in the evenings. I posted this in that topic but figured you probably wouldn't see it so I'll mention it again here.

There seems to be some dispute as to the safety of that tea until late pregnancy because of the possibility of starting labor. Here is one link I found that you could check out:

So many decisions! I happened to look it up recently because I'm expecting too and really craved Raspberry leaf tea. When I read that I figured I'd better err on the side of caution. I figured I should tell you about it too.

God Bless!

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks so much for the info. I definitley wouldn't want to bring on labor now!


WondrousPilgrim said...

anna: the recipies for jam are outrageously sweet (too muchy smuckers)--I always use half the amount in my jams (1/2 cup for every cup of fruit). I'd be interested to know your sucess with honey--though. You have to have sugars for the jam to set, but you're right, fresh farm market produce is so REAL and SWEET naturally that you don't need nearly as much.

Also, Pomona's is the best pectin I've used. I love it!

Bridget said...

"Bridget invited us over to their pool earlier this week and we all had a simply wonderful time."

Man. I had no idea that I did that. I'm glad you had a wonderful time and all. But, well....I just don't remember it at all!