Here I am, writing my Friday favorites post on Saturday. I told you being consistent was not my shining star attribute, but I’m giving it my best anyhow. :-) We have a few interesting and fun things to share with you this Friday post. I hope they will pique your interest and help you feel a little creative. I am a sharer, so I always like talking about what I have found of started doing for our family, what has added to our lives lately.
An Artsy Celebration! Troy and I celebrated three years of marriage this week, and at first it wasn’t going to be anything to speak of. The guys were both sick with some gross virus thing and I was definitely down in the dumps. But we made a comeback and were able to enjoy ourselves this Friday night at the Third Degree Glass Factory. Troy had the idea because, as he recalled, the glass factory has a fun open house the third Friday of each month. We were in luck, and able to go along with half the city of St. Louis to enjoy the festivities. There were Mojitos, flame throwers, a band playing lots of Beatles songs, free henna tattoos, and glassmaking demos among other things. With a glass in my hand, it was so nice to relax and enjoy being together without our little dude there in the middle of the action. I felt creative and appreciative of the city life and all the diversity available therein. Our lives have also held a lot more stress than usual these past months, and our marriage and relationship needs these kinds of outings so that we can breathe and look one another in the eye with that spark of joy and excitement that we had often in the past. We were thankful my parents agreed to watch their cute little grandson. (We didn’t have to bribe them to do it, haha!)
Farmer’s Market Fresh
The farmer’s market in our town is one of the small pleasures I cherish and look forward to in the area. I feel at home there. I am familiar with the vendors and always happy to know that many of the growers do uncertified organic. I got this awesome “chocolate mint” and proceeded to make a mint simple syrup from it. I also purchased a few yellow summer squash that were excellently flavored and tender when sautéed with coconut oil. We loved eating them!
So I read about making Sour Gummy Stars over at Mommypotamus (http://www.mommypotamus.com/homemade-gummy-stars/) and just fell in love with the idea of making my own healthy fun treats for the fam. Plus when you read about consuming gelatin, it can do loads of good for your body including helping to maintain hair and skin health. Count me in! I made this recipe and just used the normal ice cube trays we have, but next time I’d like to get some cute molds. This is the kind of gelatin I picked up from our health store.
My latest funky and entertaining crunchy project: making and perfecting water kefir! If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s a probiotic drink that’s great for your body.
Similar to Kombucha in its properties, water kefir is made by using kefir grains (I ordered some organic grains on Amazon from Keysands Water Kefir and I am very pleased with the quality of these babies!) and feeding them sugar water. They then basically ferment the water (the grains are actually beneficial bacteria that digest sugar) and leave it full of good guy bacteria that we want to consume for a healthy gut. The first batch I made was alright–nothing special. The second was a bit better. Now after a little more research and watching some great videos from http://www.culturesforhealth.com I have finally achieved a really yummy, and even carbonated batch! I sweeten with either dried unsulphored Papaya or a little apple juice, and I’ve been adding mint sprigs. Quite refreshing, and a natural water soda. Yummy!!! This process is much faster (only two days to culture) than making a batch of Kombucha, and I would recommend starting with this and moving to Kombucha even. Hubby still prefers the flavor punch of the ‘Booch, and I think I do to some extent too.
Last but not least…
Simple Fruit/Veg Snack Tray
So I washed and kept this tray that my parents brought to Augusts birthday party, and have filled it with fruits and veggies and dip in the middle section so that our fam has a variety of quick yummy things to snack on. It’s been helpful so I thought I’d share! I love just reaching into the fridge and having a nice big assortment in front of me.
There you have it! Enjoy the weekend.
All my love,