Red Checkered Reads: How Groundhog’s Garden Grew

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Hello all, Taft here. Even before Heidi’s diet changed, we both knew that we enjoyed gardening and the idea of a “bountiful harvest” of healthy foods. (That’s a nice phrase, “bountiful harvest.” I should use it more often.) We also knew that we wanted our kids to enjoy the outdoors, and to learn to grow things.

While our gardening efforts are minimal right now—mostly because of very little space to, you know, garden—we’re still reading. A lot. Like, a LOT. Seriously, how much can one little boy read?! We’re pretty sure our local library has a holds shelf dedicated to our family…

One of our latest and favorite library book finds is How Groundhog’s Garden Grew, by Lynne Cherry.

Ms. Cherry does a great job of explaining gardening concepts, without sounding like a textbook. Her story manages to take gardening and make it accessible and enjoyable for kids. At least, it does for our little guy. She’s also done a great job illustrating, with plants shown at each stage of growth. 

If you’ve got a young friend who likes gardening, animals, bugs, or plants, this book has something to offer them. Buy it on Amazon, or check it out today from your local library. Unless the only copy is still checked out, in which case…we’re probably to blame. 


An Autoimmune Protocol Meal: Meat, Vegetables, Starch

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Taft here. With Heidi on an autoimmune protocol diet (and me trying to eat healthier with her), our meals are looking a little different from two years ago. (I may have just earned the “Understatement of the Month” award.)

Here’s a recent example of lunch:

Sorry for the low photo quality, but at mealtime, eating is the business of the hour, not photography. 🙂

What we’ve got here is an example of the three main food groups in an autoimmune protocol (or AIP for short) diet: Meats, Vegetables, and Starches.

Ground beef, cooked with kidney beans and onions. Seasoned with cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Some AIP diets require no legumes, but Heidi’s doctor tested her reaction to them and decided kidney beans weren’t a problem. This has become a staple protein source around here, especially since it’s relatively easy to make.

Mashed butternut squash, with coconut oil, salt and pepper. To be honest, we prefer our butternut squash made into pie, but since desserts are a “sometimes food,” we’re taking what we can get.

Red cabbage, onions and apple stir-fry. There are a lot of variations on this online. Basically, you cook cabbage, onions, and apples with some coconut oil, a little water, and a hearty dash of apple cider vinegar. So good!

Baked asparagus. We mix it with a little olive or avocado oil, season with salt and pepper, and bake in the oven. Heidi likes this more than I do, but it’s pretty good. 🙂

More autoimmune protocol meals coming soon!

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Red Checkered Reads: Birthday Monsters

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Birthday monsters on their way—but first, birthday parties!

Birthday parties are big business at our house right now. In our play kitchen, we have a Melissa and Doug wooden birthday cake set. Over the last couple of months, we have spent hours playing with it. First, we build the cake. Next we add candles. Then we sing “Happy Birthday” and blow the candles out. Finally, we cut, serve, and eat our birthday cake. The best part is, it’s totally safe even on my autoimmune diet. 😉 Read More