I continue to feel inspired by the blogs I read on a consistent basis. Whether it is a look into homemaking and cooking skills, or quirky stories about their recent family vacations, I just enjoy the simple downtime to engage in something other than my usual tasks. A twenty minute breather, if you will. Just as I shared podcasts recently with you, I, too wanted to share blogs. These specific ones will serve as a refresher for your mind and soul. I cannot say enough good things about women who nurture well with a naturally creative spirit about them, which is why I have chosen these women's blogs for you to begin reading after them if you do not already.
// Homesong Blog
Amanda Watters, www.homesongblog.com/
known for her recipes, style, and simple home techniques
// Reading My Tea Leaves
Erin Boyle, www.readingmytealeaves.com/
known by her book, and for living in a small apartment
// A Daily Something
Rebecca Gallop, http://www.adailysomething.com/
known for her styling, and hosting seasonal gatherings
// Fox Meets Bear
Johnna Holmgren, www.foxmeetsbear.com/
known by her upcoming cookbook, and fascination with an outdoor life
I felt old the day I turned on a podcast at my kitchen sink while washing up dinner plates. I kind of giggled to myself, though, that I liked the place I was at. The growing up and change of interests. Podcast-listening never before made it onto my list of hobbies, but here we are. So taking it in stride, I thought I could spark your desire for finding things that inspire you in the podcast realm. Maybe it's a better understanding of a language or art, a better appreciation for gardening, may even be as simple as a hunt for the next recipe you want to learn? No matter the case, podcasts are able to be that hands-free tool to guide you amidst your "busy." An escape if you will. I have a total of four podcasts that I rotate through. I don't make a fuss of when I listen in it being an overly serious time. It really is only for the joy of engaging in something other than the tasks of my day.
// The Minimalists Podcast
on living a meaningful life with less, www.theminimalists.com/podcast/
requires lengthy listening on one general topic as two guys tackle all the targeted questions
// The Purposeful Home Podcast
on restoring your heart, home, and schedule, www.thepurposefulhomepodcast.com/
requires about an hour of your time as two very upbeat friends host the show
// Risen Motherhood
on reminding us of the hope of the gospel in the everyday, www.risenmotherhood.com/
requires brief listening as two sisters in-law discuss mothering in an impactful way
// The Slow Home Podcast
on slow living in a fast world, slowyourhome.com/the-slow-home-podcast/
requires brief listening as a couple informs you of what slowing down looks like
currently enjoying : Home Economics by Jennifer McKnight Trontz, Parenting by Paul Tripp, & Simple Matters by Erin Boyle. I find insight at each turn of the page. the books guide towards what I am already seeking out within my homemaker-mother role and build on the experience from others to push me further to be a better nurturer of my baby, lover to my husband, and wise with the choices I make within the home. lots of pages are underlined and marked because these three books are so, so refreshing!
It's an early morning, this Saturday. The family is already waking and making plans for the day. That sometimes includes going to the farmer's market or a leisurely stroll at the park. Today was a simple breakfast out as a treat. We soaked it all in! It got me to thinking, though, about the questions I have been meaning to compile for when I do make it out to the local markets and talk to the farmers. What would I ask them? Below I have gathered a basic list of nine questions. This certainly isn't the end all of what you would want to know about farming and is more or less a means to get you thinking about what goes into your food. If you have questions to add to the list, you are welcome to comment below. Enjoy and happy weekend!
+ Where is your farm located?
+ What fertilizers do you use?
+ How do you deal with weeds, insects, and disease?
+ Do you grow all the products you sell?
+ What type of livestock do you manage?
+ How do you feed them? Organically?
+ How are they finished?
+ Are they given antibiotics?
+ Are they provided outdoor access? Pasture-based, free-range, or confined?
More resources can be found at www.sustainabletable.org