Raw Grainless Granola-GUEST POST

Enjoy my guest post written by my dear friend Erin Harrison of Keeper of the Homestead

Enjoy!

Raw Grainless Granola

This is my favorite healthy cereal recipe ever!  I have been making this for our breakfasts for years now and we never get tired of it.  The nutrient value of this raw grainless granola is far above most other breakfast options.  Some people are sensitive to grains or they are trying to shed some unwanted pounds.  This cereal is perfect for the gluten free crowd, the health nut, or the weight watcher.

When I have a bowl of this, I feel full.  I feel energized.  It is an easy breakfast because you do not have to cook it and it can literally be tossed together in a matter of a few minutes.  My kids love it.

Raw Grainless Granola:

1/2 c. virgin coconut oil
2 c. ground flax seed
2 c. shredded coconut
2 c. chopped nuts
1/2 c. raw honey or maple syrup
1 c. dried fruit (cranberries, bilberries, or raisins)
2 T. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
dash of salt

Melt oil.  Add all ingredients together and stir.
Serve raw with milk.
(raw cow milk, raw goat milk, coconut or almond milk)

Enjoy!

Wow, virgin coconut oil is amazing!!  It lowers cholesterol, strengthens the immune system, fights candida yeast, it is anti-viral and anti-microbial, it helps people lose weight which is an even better plus, helps fight heart disease, good for diabetics, helps with brain function, and gives you energy to boot!!!

Warm the virgin coconut oil very slightly.  Do not get the oil too hot, just enough to melt it.

Grind your flax fresh.  Flax can get rancid if it is sitting out, so it is always best to grind fresh.  I use my vitamix blender to do a larger batch, but most people can get by with a little coffee bean grinder.  That works just fine.

Add the flax to the oil and stir together.  Flax is a good fiber and it is also a great vegetable form of Omega 3.  Omega 3 is good in supporting metabolism and brain function.  It is an essential fatty acid that our bodies need so desperately.  Flax also contain lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.  Yeah for that!

Add raw honey for the most raw enzyme benefits.  Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.  It promotes healthy digestion, it is a powerful antioxidant, and it also strengthens the immune system.  Why not use honey?!!!  It is liquid gold.

Add the shredded coconut-I use unsweetened shredded coconut.

Next, add your dried fruit.  I usually use cranberries or raisins, but today I tried bilberry fruit.  It is a bit more expensive, but it has so many wonderful anti aging properties, I was excited to reap those benefits!  Everyone needs a little help in that area, right?  Bilberry fruit has been used for centuries to help support good eye function.  It is loaded with antioxidants and also helps give energy.

Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant that also helps stabilize blood sugars.  It is an amazing herb that needs to be added to this recipe.  The flavor it brings is also very tasty.

Adding nuts adds a wonderful texture to the granola.  I usually use walnuts, almonds, and pecans.  They all contain wonderful enzymes and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well.  The nuts help lower cholesterol, give a good source of vitamin E and are a good fat that helps with losing weight.  To even add more benefits, soak and dry them first.  That breaks down the phytic acid that is an enzyme inhibitor.

Vanilla contains chemicals called vanilloids that activate receptors in a similar way to cayenne pepper, which is reduces inflammation and improves brain functioning.  Vanilla has been known to calm stomach pains, reduce hunger, and help in digestion.  Plus, vanilla tastes good.  I have an article on how to make your own vanilla here.

Just a dash of salt will bring out the amazing flavors.  I like to use celtic sea salt or himalayan salt because I know I am getting so many minerals that way.

Stir all ingredients together.

Add some milk and enjoy!  For those of you that can not have diary, try using coconut milk or almond milk.

Erin Harrison of Keeper of the Homestead 

Shabbat Day Hike

With the weather changing here in N Idaho, the snow has melted and Spring has sprung.  Means A LOT to the Idahoans up here.

First bucket list to do is, GARDENING!  Get them seedlings and seeds out on the land and wait for harvest. We have been doing much of that here .

Yet this blog post is not about gardening, maybe a photo or two, check out our You Tube channel for more on our gardening adventures.  I like to share with you our recent hike we had as a  large family gathering for Sabbath

Many of us are scattered aboard and times like these sure make up for it.  I LOVE our extended family, who many here have been part of our journey to N Idaho  Abba knows His people need to gather and be in community  I know it makes His heart smile as His children spend quality time together on Sabbath.  And, why not a better get-together than on a HIKE !  His creation is vibrant in these settings and the atmosphere shouts His name

Our fellowship as a body was rich with laughter, sharing life, scripture, a knee scrap or two and some wild adventures The Creator brought beauty and a sense of His creation as we made our way on a unknown path 

The day went by slow and quick. If that makes any sense. We all got our workout in and our hearts where exercised with a dose of His Word.   More times like these are needed to refuel for the coming week ahead   Till then. enjoy these photos as much as I did, by experiencing them first hand!

Blessings and Shalom

My medicinal herbs are doing very well. Son to plant outdoorsWe had a gorgeous visitor along the way The power of this waterfall was breathtaking I have never lived somewhere with this much water! Powerful!
Family enjoying a hike stroll together. A high five is in order at the river  Cousins staying true Sisters in Messiah.   A long time re unite  Beautiful young ladies  The family!  Followers of The Way  Love this group

 

Pesach Passover 2019

CHAG HAMATOZOT SAMEACH!!! 

It is that time of year again as we celebrate Feast of Unleavened Bread as in Leviticus 23 6-8 in the Torah.

This year was simple. Just our Tribe (my new word for family) and I have to say, I was truly enjoying it being just us 7.

A small meal we prepared, cooked a lamb, arugula was our bitter herb, organic wine, the children has organic grape juice, and the unleavened bread.  Yes I ate a small bite of the lamb!

Obedience is better than sacrifice

Simple, just simple

I did a You Tube VIdeo on making Unleavened Bread for our Tribe. I hope you can visit our channel . I’ll post the video below also

Thank for you support and stopping by

We enjoying sharing tid bits of our Tribes walk and journey with Our Creator!

Shalom

May His rest and blessing be with you on this day

The lighting of the candles. Bees wax of course!

The WINE the BREAD and the BITTER HERBS 

Big Papa teaching us. It is such an attraction on a wife can express when her husband leads His family in to the TRUTH!  

 

Going Forward

 

And when YHWH  your Elohim brings you into the land He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that He would give you—a land with great and splendid cities that you did not build, with houses full of every good thing with which you did not fill them, with wells that you did not dig, and with vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant—and when you eat and are satisfied, be careful not to forget YHWH  who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. Duet. 6:10-12

This is the scripture given to my back in the High Desert about our new adventure to N Idaho. Little did I know, this is a passage that is still to come to fruition as we faithfully wait what is ahead of us  Life’s journey’s don’t need to be full of disappointments that steal our joy.  It is a choice of ours to allow it to make us into better humans and closer to the heart of The Father. I am desiring to arrive to my destiny, even thru the hiccups of life.

As I continue……

Its been a while since my last blog post over a year ago. Much has been going on with my Tribe and TONS of exciting news to share. I hope you will enjoy this read as I catch you all up to speed.

Here we go!!!

After 15 years of owing a home in the High Desert of Southern California and 9 months of solo parenting, (my husband had a job out of state), we packed what we had, sold most of our belongings, (including our goats and chickens, which we miss dearly) and made the journey to Northern Idaho.  It has been a dream of ours to begin a life of homesteading, owning land and self-sufficiency. We learned much while we resided in the High Desert  about gardening, raising animals, preparing for the days ahead, community, Co-Op and so much more and I was confident that we could apply all those experiences to our new life. Well, that all changed in a split second when we landed foot in Idaho

 

 

After 9 months of being on my own with our 5 children, we had encountered some of life’s “hiccups” along the way.  As our caravan landed in Boise, (including our livestock dog, Serun and our bunny Jicama) to fuel up gas for our vehicles,  our realtor called my husband saying the buyer had just pulled out….WHAT??!!!  We were in Idaho!! We where beside ourselves and immediately got on our knees asking The Creator for HELP!!! We trusted what was left of our frayed instincts, and decided to continue heading North.  Beyond exhausted and now with the emotional side of “Where do we go?, I took a few deep breathes and prayed. I was numb to all my surroundings, yet I knew My Father has a plan and a glorious one in the works. We were all so very tired with all the traveling that my physical body just couldn’t go any further.  I was having physical symptoms but I trusted in my husbands reassurance that all would be well. We knew we couldn’t go back to CA. Driving forward was our only option.

 

We finally got to our destination and stayed at a home in exchange for replacing some trim that needed to be stained and nailed around the doors and floorboards in the house. It was a great trade for our family in need. Knowing we were able to stay for 2 months, gave us a little comfort. At least it seemed.

When disappointed sets in, one has to fight to make sure it doesn’t steal your joy. There have been many times in this journey that my joy seemed to be stolen from me with one disappointed after another. Outside of not getting into a permanent homestead (still to this day), and our house going back and forth on the market – one mountain after another, it seemed. Our livestock dog, Serun, had to be spayed in an emergency surgery that almost cost her her life.

When Serun was given to us by a friend, our part was to work with the Gampr community in breeding her. We had it all set up back in CA to breed her with another male, yet the timing wasn’t right.  When we landed in Idaho, she went into heat and the timing was, well, not the best. We did find a male for her and all seem to go well. The owner of male was confident she was pregnant and we took her back to the house we were staying at.

A week or so later, Serun started to bleed, and didn’t look good. We took her to the vet that day, and the next day to get an ultrasound and more tests. It was confirmed that she was not pregnant and that her uterus was infected and swollen with pus (Pyometra is the medical term.) The vet strongly suggested emergency surgery to remove her uterus and the infection. We said yes. The vet told me later it was a miracle she made it thru. I am so thankful she survived. I have to be honest, though, I was really hoping to see her with pups. She would have had a beautiful litter. A different road traveled for her and I.  Hoping to one day start over again with a new  pup.

It was only to be a “one time temporary dwelling” yet when the house fell thru, we where in need of settling somewhere.

After the house we fixed up, we have moved 5 times in 6 months. That’s A LOT of moving for a family of 7.  There is so much more details I could share with you all, I could probably write a book. We are temporary dwellers as we call it.  Our Creator knew we needed His provisions and  provided homes for us to stay in, one after another.  He has never skipped a beat  Although it sure felt like it especially not knowing where the next place was going to be.  It has been a hard season to be honest. Much of my dreams and ideas are on hold, for now.  Our family needs to just breathe in what is in front of us and allow the joy of life to keep us content.  Learning to be thankful in the midst of change is a life lesson.  Gratefulness is an attribute one can learn to adopt when the rug is pulled from underneath you.  That running warm water is sure a blessing when it has been stripped.

With winter quickly approaching, we knew we had to find a permanent place to live. The days seems to quicken as we looked day in and day out to find a place.  All the homes we stayed at where short term, so each day felt as though I was on the edge of it being the last.  I had to learn to rest and trust in The Creator and no be shaken. It is hard to do that, ya’ll. I knew He would never leave me or forsake me. I made time to pray and I struggled. Yet I trusted; He knew best.

We finally landed, in (hopefully last) rental place this October.

We are happy to finally have our feet on the ground, enjoying first this winter wonderland as a family.  Absolutely beautiful!  This place is still a temporary dwelling, yet it is home for a bit.  Choosing once again to be thankful and grateful our family is safe and sound.

This move sure did rock our boat of all the expectation I had before we set foot, yet I am learning the art of embracing seasons and letting go of expectations not yet arrived. I choose to walk by faith and not by sight. Life has turns and twists, and I know the road can seem long and dreary.  I am thankful I am not alone in my journeys of life  and I have someone who will carry me when I am unable to walk.

Thank you for letting me share here today.  I hope you will continue to be part of our Healing Throughout journey as we now are in Northern Idaho. The community here is sweet and we have be truly blessed and welcomed with open arms.

Shalom,

Mama Shalom

 

Rainbow Super Food

Many of you have asked what I consume as a raw vegan (I do have some lightly steamed and cooked yams and potatoes)  and my latest concoction of super living foods.

I LOVE my greens!!!  And yet I have found living in the Pacific Northwest, organic produce and  greens are hard to come by and pricey!!!  Not to mention how much I eat just for myself and not including my Tribe of 7.

Enter New Beginnings Co-Op.  That’s for another post coming soon!

For now, here are my contents of Rainbow Super Foods,  I take this daily in my green smoothie or just in some plain pure water.

Hopefully I will have this  available for our Co-Op participants at New Beginnings Co-Op

 

This recipe is made with love and my personal dosages :)

You can mix and match, add and subtract ingredients to your liking

Have FUN!

EQUAL portions of ( I use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of each of the following super foods, seeds and herbs)

Turmeric Ginger Cayenne Nutritional Yeas Beet Ashwagaandha Diatomaceous earth Green Tea Cinnamon  Zeolite Milk Thistle Chorella Spirulina Maca Chia Pumpkin Hemp Sunflower Seeds Nettle Red Raspberry Peppermint Chamomile

All ingredients are  certified organic and in powder form or added to a coffee grinder to get the powder consistency.

So far, that is all I have added to my mix.  I am hoping to add more to it in time.

Once you have all your powders you can add them one at a time in a glass mason jar and make a cool rainbow effect. Shake well. Add a Tsp to 1 Tbs in your morning smoothie or veggie juice

Enjoy!

Stay and be healthy

Shalom

Passover (Pesach) 2018

This is our 7th year of celebrating the Feast of Passover.  Every Passover we have observed has been different in some way or anther. New insights. New discoveries. New revelations. His Word never gets dull or old.  It always brings the refreshing wind that only the Rucah of Elohim (Spirit of God) can bring. I am humbled and so thankful to be included in the Passover meal of our King. To just sit back and observe as we partake and remember what Messiah is really an honor. How can one not consider honoring this Feast Day commanded by The Creator of the universe? Although, with that said, only His people can. The ones who choose to not know Him are left outside the camp – a sobering thought.

This year was no exception. It was different in so many aspects. Hard to explain in writing. Maybe one day I will…but for now, I’ll share tid-bits of what Yehovah did.

When celebrating any feast of Elohim it is so important that the mishpocha (family) be together. We need each other, don’t we? I invited a sweet sister to our home. We broke bread together and soaked in the presence of YHWH till the night. The children danced. Flags swayed back and forth as the sweet atmosphere of Our King filled the room. Scripture says to taste and see that Yehovah is good. That verse came alive that night. So many nuggets where brought to the table. Flowers where centered that YHWH hand picked. Candles were lit. An array of food was lined up against white table clothes decorated with colorful plates to be served. Name of Yehovah and Yeshua were hand-painted in Paleo Hebrew on our table. The doorpost smeared with the blood of the New Covenant Passover Lamb.  Oh, this is the highlight of Passover that I will never forget!

Here’s the story for that one: As I was preparing for dinner,  I realized that I needed to do something with the barren wall behind our dinning table. The wall had been used for hanging school projects over the years, and was riddled with nail and tack holes. What it needed was a paint/patch job! But that just wasn’t going to happen in the time we had left. So….this mama had to brain storm and quickly. My daughter suggested that we hang some sheets on the wall and drape them across each other for a “tent like” effect. So I pulled a couple of white sheets out of the closet, and hung them across the wall. Creative? I thought so. I stood back and stared at this blank canvas. My artistic mind went nuts. I thought of the scripture commandment for the children of Israel to coat the doorposts of their house with the blood of the lamb sacrifice so that they’d be spared from the Angel of Death. Oh my!!! I found in the garage 2×4’s (the perfect size), nailed the pieces  to form a “doorpost”, and splattered the top and sides with red paint. My son came over and asked me what I was doing so I invited him to help. Little did I know this was going to be more than just a “school project’ but a spiritual lesson he and I would never forget.

I asked him to find me nails to we could hammer the door post on the wall. He found exactly 3. Right?!?! So YAH! My son and I centered the doorpost against the wall so that I would line up with our table. He held it in place while I hammered. The sound that resonated from those nails was chilling. We both stopped and looked at each other. What was is it like for the Messiah to have felt the nails be pounded through his hands also? That sound I will never forget  My son was quiet. Well…this mama cried. It sent a chill down my spine of the re enactment of what happened on the cross years before. I am so unable to write to you exactly what I felt at that moment. All I know is that this is one of the meany reasons why I was to make this art piece. To be reminded of His death, His Resurrection, and His return. Selah.

But that’s not the end of it. When my friend arrived, we greeted her family with joy (it was to be their first Passover celebration). My friend sat at the end of the table, facing our “doorpost” on the wall. I have to admit I wondered why she was so stricken by it. She later told me that for the past 3 days, she couldn’t get the vision of the cross out of her mind. To finally see it confirmed meant so much to her. We made for multiple reasons, and Father knew she would be blessed by it. So many emotions surfaced as we broke bread and began our Passover meal.

Passover this year was also a bitter sweet moment, knowing it will be our last in this house. A new journey is taking place for our family. A new chapter in a book written by the Creator. The pages are being turned ever so quickly and we are excited for what is being written. One page at a time

Stay tuned for the writings.

Shalom,
Mama Bell

Chag Sameach Pesach Happy Passover Holiday
Yehovah YHWH names in Paleo Hebrew. One of my art pieces for Passover
Decorative flower arrangement brought over by our guest
Yeshua’s name in Paleo Hebrew. Another one of my art pieces
Gluten free coconut flour unleavened bread
Organic salad with all the fixings
Raw organic broccoli side dish made with sliced almonds and raisins
Lamb roasted over an open fire. Exodus 12
Flower arrangement brought by our guest

 

Making Coconut Milk

I have been so blessed to start a small Co-Op again in our community for organic produce  It has been such life saver for this mama of 5 to order and have it dropped of at my front door. Not to mention the prices!!  Goodness!  The savings have been tremendous for the families including mine!   The variety we have been able to order is vast and bountiful. We are enjoying feeding our families high quality organic produce and food

I am always on the  hunt for organic coconuts. After making my first batch of coconut milk, I wont go back to store bought milk. It just isn’t the same. Making food from scratch is not only healthy for your family but it does save on cost. Especially if you are part of a group Co-Op

Some of the moms of the group have asked me to put together a video explaining how I make it. I am pleased to announce, we did!  It came out pretty cool, and the graphics where done by my eldest daughter. I am impressed and very happy to share this in house video with you.

Enjoy….

Creative Spotlight: an interview with the creator of Knot + Stitch

Today we have something special for you all. I’m interviewing my daughter, who created her own business this summer – Knot + Stitch. We talk about her creative journey, what inspired her to start a business, and where she hopes to go with it in the future.

So…without further introduction: our interview!

 

First, tell our readers a little bit about yourself, won’t you?

Sure. Hi, my name is Myriah and I’m 19 years old. I’m the eldest of four, and that means I can make dinner and tutor math at the same time. I have a lot of hobbies besides knitting and crocheting, even though that’s what I’m doing right now. In the future, I want to do either web design or cinematography (or both, if it works out that way). I also play the piano occasionally and work as the engineer for Returning to Eden – a live show on WawRadio.

 

 


You’ve always been creative, haven’t you?

Pretty much. I drew when I was younger (lots and lots of horses). I learned to crochet from a book we had sitting on the shelf. I’d work with my dad on house projects, and sit in the studio with him during live shows. There probably isn’t a day that goes by when I’m not making something, or thinking about making something.


Then you started Knot + Stitch. Why?

Right. I started Knot + Stitch in the summer of 2017. I was graduated, and so I had a lot of extra time on my hands. I had developed a passion for knitting and it made sense to me that I could possibly turn it into another business for myself.

This wasn’t my first time with a creative business, either. When my family had the Co-op, I was really into macrame. I would buy glass blown pendants and hemp cord on Ebay, and make necklaces with them. I made pretty good money back then, haha.

But with Knot + Stitch, I’m not just doing macrame. I’m doing a combination of crochet and knit, as well.

 


Which do you like best – knit, crochet, or macrame?

I like them all for different reasons! Crocheting is definitely quicker, but I think knitting looks prettier. Macrame is easier than it looks, but it’s really time consuming and intricate work.

 


What are you making now? And what are you planning to make in the future?

I am working on my first knitted beanie. I’m not following a particular pattern, because I want it to be something I genuinely created. I’m really pleased with it so far, and I hope that it’ll be released into the shop soon!

I don’t have any macrame goods in the shop, so that’s in my sights for the future. I’d love to make some plant hangers, and wall hangings, but I’m a little tied up with yarn supplies right now. Once I finish those out, I can start working with macrame again.

 


Where do you get inspiration for your projects?

 

laughs* Honestly, I hate to mention it because it’s a cliche: I get my inspiration from Pinterest. There are so many amazing ideas there from all over the world. There’s no end to it.

 


Where do you hope Knot + Stitch will go in the future?

I’d love to get an Etsy store. But that’s not something I’m working on right now because I don’t feel that I have enough to sell just yet. And my product photos aren’t good enough for Etsy, so I really need to improve on that. Basically, there are a ton of things I need to get better at before I open an Etsy store.

 


Where can people go to find out more about Knot + Stitch, and you?

There’s my shop – here. (kindly hosted by HealingThroughout).

My Facebook page – I post what I’m working on and other exciting news.

My newsletter – You can sign up for to get notified when I add new items to the shop.

My Pinterest – If you want to see what’s inspiring me.

My Instagram – For behind-the-scenes look at my projects and what I’m working on.

 


Thank you for joining us on the Healing Throughout blog this month!

Thanks for having me! (Mom…hehehe)

 

 

 

 

Recipe // Gluten Free Flat Bread

For any of you who cook or bake gluten free, you know what a challenge it is to find recipes that remind you of all the stuff that isn’t gluten free! Often times, coconut flour is the main ingredient, and then you worry about the dough turning dry.

Our family has tried many, many recipes and discarded them just as many times.

But we finally found this one that doesn’t come out dry, doesn’t break when you try and fold it, and doesn’t taste excessively like “coconut”. We’d like to share it with you too.

This bread is made to be rolled flat and baked in skillet (see photos below). It can be wrapped like a tortilla or eaten with soup. The only thing is that the batter doesn’t hold well in the refrigerator, so you need to cook it all the same day. We haven’t tried freezing it, though, so you could try that.

Shalom,
Mama Bell

Preparing for Winter on the Homestead

Shalom and Greetings!
Our family has been zipping around all day, moving as we prepare for the winter ahead. Much work to be done and goals to be set. We started off this morning, thanking Our Creator for His mercy and joy, and the ability to work with our hands. Something we should never take for granted.
Winter is fast approaching and it is getting a bit chilly out side. Here in the high desert, season can come swiftly and there isn’t much time to prepare. So, when the sun is shinning bright out side,we take advantage of it and get out side and get busy. Milking when it is COLD outside is miserable. We knew it was time to update our goat pen to accommodate all the ladies and my shepherdess daughter.
Papa was a gem, and did all this labor for FREE. Well, I made him lunch.🥕 Feeding his hungry tummy was partial payment!  He had energy this morning despite a long night celebrating with friends at Sukkot and zipped thru this task in no time. Drinking his pink was essential in giving his body what he needed to make it thru the morning. And with all  the scraps we had around our property the supplies cost us nearly nothing, which made Papa very happy. 😊
 
My does are happy, my daughter is thrilled with the winter set up, and hubby is looking fine out there working on our homestead.
 
A very happy mama indeed!
 
P.S. and of course, Vagr did exceptionally well with his babies We are very impressed with his sweet personality and his patience with them. But Vagr was unfortunately given back to his owners. Hoping to find a suitable family to be with. He is an exceptional Gampr dog, with fantastic abilities as a live stock guard dog. He will make a great addition to a homestead or farm.
Hope you have an amazing rest of your day
Mama Bell, here bids you Shalom

Papa building a gate for our goat pen. Make live much easier with the new added fencing.

Vagr getting a quick hello from Papa

Family team works make life on a homestead much more easier. Community living at its finest

 Serun  keeping guard by the goat pen on a sunny desert day

Goat barn just about done. Last minute touches and the ladies have shelter for winter

Pink kept my man up and running while working hard. Fussed with pre and pro biotic to bring life to his gut and immune system. #Realmendrinkpink And this Papa sure does!

Co-op Kale Chips

Many of you may know we use to coordinated a co-op/buying club for about 8 years here in the high desert, called Bountiful Harvest. We actually founded it and grew it to over 100 strong. I have to say those where the best years my family had serving our community  in orchestrating this group of some finest families and local farms. I learned so much about our food, where it comes from, how to grow it, that I now have the Homesteading bug!

I recently made kale chips with some of the leftover stock we had with our small group on Tues. Yes, I started back up again.  On a smaller scale, but this is how our co-op got started in the beginning. I do sure enjoy helping families get the best quality organic produce at a fraction of the price. Hard work? In deed it is. But Scripture says, You don’t work you don’t eat! 2 Thessalonians 3:10

Here’s to leftover kale

Enjoy the video below

And catch up on You Tube too!

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This is a simple way my family enjoys making Kale Chips. I know there are A  LOT of different kind of recipes out there.  Yet this one seems to work well for us

Hope you enjoy your next batch of raw kale chips

All the best,

Mama Bell

 

Family Creativity

Shalom and Greetings.

This latest blog post is about my children that The Father has blessed me with. As a homeschooling mama life is always exciting and each child has different paths they choose to take  Being creative is one of those paths. Whether is is drawing by hand or kitting, my boys and girls can sure show off their colors. I sit back and watch how these young-ins learn so quickly. I need repeated instructions to get me through a stitch.

Yet drawing is one of my passions. Although I haven’t picked up a pen or pencil in a while, I do enjoy it . I made most of a living prior to marriage as an artist. So it is in my blood. Maybe that is where my children get theirs from?

My eldest daughter does knitting and macrame. Now, her little sister is catching on and now wants to make her own crafty things. I love it when my children teach each other! She just started an Instagram and she’ll be launching a store really, really soon. I keep asking her when she’s going to do it, and she always says: “Mom, not yet. I want to make everything perfect.”

Maybe she has a slight perfectionist streak.

For my middle son, drawing is his thing. He is drawing nearly everyday after school (usually while listening to Adventures in Odyssey). He spends hours making each drawing as true to the original as possible. He was so inspired by The Bible Project, that he told me he wants to study illustrating. I can’t wait to see where he goes with it.

 

Shalom, Mama Bell

 

 

Zephy’s Homestead – September Goats & LGD’S

Baruch Ha’Shem Blessed His Name

And that is how it has been this month with many new additions to Zephy’s Homestead. From baby kids to Live Stock pups, we have been a busy family  This is hard work indeed. And I am on the small scale compared to some homesteaders I know.But the JOY of farm life is a dream come true. No matter what scale it is.

So much excitement happening,there is never a dull moment. Tons of extra chores to be done on top of training and feeling animals.  Always moving. Who needs a gym?

The two kidds born where born on Sept. 2 2017 around midnight.  Wake up call from mama as she was in full labor and dropped to kids in a welcoming cheer. A buck, named Dash and a doe named Lila. Both are doing very well, and growing quickly. LIla ended up being the runt of the duo, so my oldest has taken the role as her mama and the bond between them both is too precious. A learning experience for them both. Dash, the buck, is growing fast. Typical boy, who constantly eats and never leaves a drop of leftovers.

Both are up for purchase thru God’s Creatures in Apple Valley. You can reach Elisabeth for details

 

 

Mama Doe Matzia from Zephy’s Homestead in Apple Valley CaDaddy Buck from Snowdale Acre Farms in Phelan Ca

Along with new kidds on the block..we added a male Armenian Gampr Livestock Dog to our homestead. Meet Vagr-means Tiger in Armenian.  Serun-means beautiful in Armenian,  our female is adapting to him very well  These TWO as i call them. Two peas in a pod.

 Serun and Vagr being introduced to little Lila. Both are very gentle and are always making sure their family is being cared for

The DUO team!  Standing guard nearby the goat pen

I am very pleased with this breed. Never thought I would ever consider such large dogs for my family Yet the Gampr breed has proven me wrong in their gentle ability for my children and the animals and their fierce protective instincts to out side intruders.(the 2 and 4 legged kind!).  If you are ever wanting to know more about Armenian Gampr LGD see here.

Come Spring 2018, Serun will be breed and pups will be available.  Stay tuned!

Well time to get off this blog and back to the homestead.

Hope you enjoyed my read.

Till I share again. Blessings and Shalom

Mama Bell

Hangin Out in The Studio

As many of you know, my husband was impressed by Our Heavenly Father to start a radio ministry a few years back.  Really? Where? Being a musician at heart, he has always had a drive to do something, anything that is musically inclined. He is a bass player at heart  And after years of band rehearsals, giggin at local events, and church gatherings, he has come to the point in his life where the need to settle down and choose another avenue with music. Now, I don’t mean in stating this that he has chosen to hang up the guitar, sorta speak, he still loves to play, when asked, but being able to do something on a part time scale and at home is worth gold to him.

7 years ago Worship and Word Radio was created. A tiny studio in our garage brings the worship and the word to anyone in the world with an internet connection. Playing music and the Good News of The Kingdom and reaching to the lost sheep of Yis’rael.  Meeting the needs of many who come on the air to a live interview, sharing their story of hope and freedom they have found in Messiah. Reaching millions of people who have other options of listening to the Word and to praise music, but have chosen to pipe in to a little grass root internet radio ministry that speak directly to where they are at. WOW! to be a servant at heart – that’s my husband.

The radio has gone through many changes in the past 7 years, and we have seen the hand of YHWH move in directions like the shifting wind. We just follow along as He leads.

Up to speed to where we are today. WAW Radio now is hosting the Returning to Eden with Dr Dinah Dye and Jeff Morton on Wed at 6pm while still playing music and messages 24/7 through out the week.

Completely donated supported, WAW Radio makes just enough to take care of all the necessary bills it need to run a home studio. Isn’t that like our Creator? We never ask for funds to continue the ministry, yet Abba knows exactly who’s heart to put His radio show on. He leads. We just humbly receive. It is amazing when funds come through “just in the nick of time!”

My husband who is the servant operator he is called, runs this ministry while maintaining a full time job, being a husband and papa to his 5 children, homeschooling his children (especially in the math department!). He has trained our oldest daughter how to engineer and run the live shows, just in case he ges called in to work. She has done a fine job being a young radio engineer!

This past Wed with the recording of Returning back to Eden show, I was impressed to hang out with him in the studio. I normally don’t, being that it is recorded right during our dinner time. But this time i felt a nudge to do so. Having no idea who are guest was going to be, I grabbed a chair and listened on in.  Our guest was Dr Chris Greene and his new book God’s Healing Codes speaking on health, nutrition, and Hebrew lifestyle. What a show! Fabulous!  It was nice to see some familiar faces on screen as we had fellowship and shared the many true health principals from the Word of Elohim.

I hope you will enjoy these photos I took of the gang.

It was a refreshing and enjoyable time with everyone old and new.

Here are a few sites to check out of the many guest during our show!

Healing Throughout

Foundations In Torah

Worship and Word Radio

God’s Healing Codes

Enjoy the photos below.I sure did taking them!

Shelom Be happy and healthy!

You worth it

Mama Bell

 

All About Produce

Tuesday on at Zephy’s Homestead are beyond packed with all sorts of projects and scheduled events. With life at the homestead,  being a mama, schooling my children, working on business, I just had to get my hands in another project.  Well, those who know me, know I have a hard time “letting go!” Especially to things that not only benefit our family, but the community as well!

Many of you know that we had a community served co-op, called Bountiful Harvest that lasted, oh, 8 plus years in the High Desert.  It was the best 8 years of my life!  Well..one of the best. Getting married and having children are on the top of the list.  And of course surrendering to The Creator is tip top of the list!

I have always wanted to keep part of the co-op going by ordering case produce for a few of my close friends that I know would be blessed and appreciate the quality and freshness of organic produce. Mind you, this is not grocery shopping mentality. This is large volumes of produce that can be a bit overwhelming for some, but to those of us who have a high raw diet, or in my case juice fasting, buying bulk is the way to go. Plus the middle man is removed, and it is farm-to-consumer.

With so many ways I choose to feed and offer them healthy organic options, I need multiple sources to get my food! Gardening is the best and purest way, but sometimes having to wait until harvest can make tummies grumble a bit longer than needed. So with our AHO High Desert Box shares and now produce case ordering, my shelves and frig and well stocked and full to over flowing.

Mamas, like me thrive when our children and home are well in abundance. To open up the frig and see and over flowing of bountiful beauty and life, give this mama a good heart feeling inside. I am happy to know I am investing in the health of my children and family homestead for the years to come. I am eternally grateful to The Creator for blessing me a few good friends who such beauty in life giving foods you can see below,. The pictures don’t do justice. Seeing and tasting the real thing, can make any mouth water!

Enjoy the photos below.

This is what came today in our Produce Club delivery. Lovely isn’t it?

Have an amazing joyfully filled day!

See all my AHO peeps this afternoon with a selection of organic produce from above to purchase if you so choose to!

AHO High Desert Info Flyer

Shalom, Mama Bell

Potato Beds and Mine Craft

Yes, you read the title right, Potato Beds and Mine Craft. Let me share the story of how my son and I did the old barter and trade.

About a month ago, a seed company donated live potato plants for our community garden. I didn’t have the best place to put them in my raise beds, and I knew they needed to go in the ground quickly. My garden isn’t that big, but I work with what I have with an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude. I LOVE to garden, folks.

Last week, when I went for a walk with a friend and noticed one of the homes on our street was for sale. In the front yard, I saw a bunch of cinder blocks and wooden polls just laying out in the sun. I knew exactly what I could use them for. I called the realtor and asked if the owner needed them and she messaged me on Facebook and said, “Come and get them!”  With the help of my older children, we headed over, and loaded up the back of the truck with my gold mind! Talk about a kid in a candy store.

My husband and my older boy used the polls to rig a shade cloth over my herb garden. The shade cloth was also a gift, so it cost me nothing! That’s the real the way to garden on a homestead!

As for the cinder blocks, I planned to use them for my potato beds. But cinder blocks are heavy, as you probably already know. So I decided to ask my middle boy if he wanted to help with the building in exchange for extra time on Mine Craft.

Now, I won’t go into a rant about Mind Craft, but I will say that I would prefer my children to frolic outside rather than play with digital characters on a screen. But my boy enjoys it, and so I let them play in the afternoons. They have a set time which my husband and I have agreed upon. But my boy is always asking me what he can do to “earn” extra time.

So when I offered this work-for-play exchange, he readily agreed! He did most of the work, and what a fabulous job he did! And his reward? An extra 30 minutes of Mine Craft. He is one happy little man.

PS The BONUS? .ALL FREE!!! What a blessing!

Shalom to you,

Mama Bell

P.S. What are you growing this year? Leave a comment below!

Coming Soon // handknitts by m.s.

One of the things we love most at Healing Throughout is supporting local businesses. And so we’re excited to give you a sneak peak into our newest feature – Handknitts by m.s.! They are 100% hand knitted, soft and strong, made with high-quality yarn that is 85% cotton, 15% polyester.

 

They are going to be available for purchase soon, so here’s just a sneak-peak at the sizes and prices.

 


Sizes + Specifications:

– Bath cloth: approx. 8 x 9″ – $2.50 ea.
– Face cloth: approx. 5.5 x 5″ – $6.00 ea.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to: Plant and Care for Succulents

Hope you’re all having a lovely May! These photos below show the newest additions to Zephy’s Homestead. Succulents! We got the cuttings from a friend, and we’re all anxious to see how they do. We planted them on Friday, and some of the leaves haven’t begun to sprout roots yet.

And since we’re all a bit new to the succulent world, I though it would be fun to research and put together a little guide for all of you. If you’re new, trust me, succulents are so easy! Just a little water, soil, and sunshine. : )

Succulents plants have thick, fleshy leaves and stems, adapted to storing water. They thrive in warm, dry climates, but very few species can tolerate freezing temperatures. Succulents are the kind of plants that inspire endless ideas for your garden, whether indoor or outdoor.
 

These are a few tips we found for keeping your succulents happy. : – )

1. Succulents need well-draining soil. This ensures that they won’t become overly moist. (We used a mixture of sand, potting soil, and peat moss to plant ours.)

2. You don’t need to water succulents as often as you would think. Succulent roots will actually rot if they are kept too moist. Let the soil dry out in-between waterings; but when you water, water thoroughly. Once the plant is firmly established, you can water even less.

3. Succulents need very little fertilizer, since they are slow-growing plants.

4. To keep the leaves from burning, place your succulents in the shade during the hottest part of the day.

 

And here are some ways we found to display those cute succulents! : )

 

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Shalom,
– Mama Bell

References:

What are Succulents?

Propagating Succulents from Leaves

How Not to Kill Your Succulents


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Growing Things

I truly enjoy Spring time on our homestead. The trees are blooming, babies are being born, and I choose to see green happen. Living in the desert can be tough when it comes to growing and having a garden; the elements make it hard to keep things alive. With lack of water, or the expense of city water, your romaine could just end up being the price of a diamond nugget. (well that’s a bit far-fetched, but you get where I am coming from)  I work hard to see life happen during this season. It makes me joyful and full of life to see things grow into a soon harvest.

Life on Zephy’s Garden Homestead has been busy this year. With caring to the daily duties and chores I have, keeping my seedlings and veggie starters happy  and alive takes time. (Yes, I do talk to my starters :)  They say it works, and by the pictures below, well you decide! My garden beds are doing very well. And I am looking forward to some amazing food come summer.

Every year for the past, oh I say five, I have been offering my seedlings  to our high desert community. Usually alongside our AHO pickup. Every Tuesday our Apple Valley members met at Desert Feed and pick up their produce boxes. Desert Feed has been so very kind to our family to allow us to have our AHO pickup at their business along with my starter plants at the shop. Come by and visit us!

Here are some of the photos of my seedlings and starters beginning to take life and soon to be food for many families including ours.

Aren’t these beautiful?! I love to see green life grow. Us desert folks don’t see enough of it.

Also for those of you who are in our High Desert community, consider participating with AHO -High Desert. Seasonal boxes from CA farmers.

And I have some good news!! Our mini-Nubian doe “finally” got pregnant! Boy has this been a year for her. With all the bucks she has at her beckon call, she just wouldn’t give in. So, then comes Sparky – a Nigerian buck, courtesy of Snowdale Acre Farms The romance began and kids should arrive early fall. Which means GOAT MILK soon! Oh, have we been waiting a long time!

Life will always be busy. This society is constantly racing and running at full speed. The old saying “stop and smell the roses” needs to be practiced more. I guess you can say I “stop and ground in the dirt.”

Thanks for enjoying life with us at Zephy’s Garden and Homestead

Shalom,

Mama Bell

Busy on The Homestead-Preparation Day

Every Friday, here at Bell Homestead, we are busy preparing for the Sabbath and one of our many chores is ours animals and garden. I used to have our family clean the stalls and tidy up on Sunday, but I decided to change things up a bit, (as seems I to do much of), and make our Homesteading Work Day the day before Sabbath.

One of the reason is to Honor His Day and to REST,and not be over loaded with work. That is why the day BEFORE  Sabbath is called Preparation Day We work so much during the week and have our hands in many fires, sometimes literally,, and I would rather have Sabbath be a day of REST for us all. Even our four and two legged critters. Now mind you, if their water is low in their trough or an aminal is injured, I will make sure they are taken care of. Kinda like the “donkey in the ditch”

The Creator gave us specific instructions in The Torah for us to “shema” hear and obey.  Let me back it up with Scripture..

John 14:21
Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.” 1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome,

Exodus 20:8-11

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

The list goes on..GOOGLE  it..I just did! :) As Torah disciples of the Messiah. I choose to honor Him in the way He instructed. It is a joy to do so.

Well back to the blog here:

So today was no exception. We pruned trees, cleaned stalls, gathers eggs, tended to the garden and even played with the dog. Well Serun, our Armenian Gampr LGD always gets petted and played with..a bit spoiled, should I say.?

It was a busy and productive day. Now comes the Sabbath rest, much needed after this family together worked hard!

Shabbat Shalom to those of you who choose to honor The King!

Lovingly,

Shalom, Mama Bell

My youngest got busy with cleaning and sweeping stalls..Look at them cute feet!

Making sure Barucha and Matzia bedding was well tending to for the coming night. And a little hay snack was a added treat!

Fresh eggs from this mornings gathering!

Credit where credit is due. Our laying hens. THANK you ladies!

Life spring forth..Future Spring garden cabbage.

Papa Bell trimming our orchard of Jujubee trees.

Hard working man. Cute too!

Oh, and did I mention CHOCOLATE? Well, that is our Sabbath desert!

If you missed our Shalom Pod Cast with Snowdale Acres, here is your opportunity to listen.