Food for Thought

Hello again! We are redesigning many aspects of our lives right now, and it is taking priority over a lot of other things, like this blog for instance. Still, we love sharing, and will do our best to continue posting weekly.

Bella has started new reading units, one of which is Fables. I remember really loving fables as a child, and that love is being reawakened as I listen to Bella read. She currently has an issue to say certain words, but we break out the thesaurus and use substitute words when she gets stuck. What an adventure!

Our current entertainment, aside from going to the cinema, is to watch cooking shows. One of our favorites here in France is Chefclub. Very well done! They have plenty of naughty recipes, but also some delicious, lighter, more healthy fare. Their Facebook pages are a great place to enjoy a video or two. Bella is begging me to order their cookbooks. She especially loves the sucre themed book, of course.

One of the ways we are redoing our lives is our eating. We are raising the bar as high as we can regarding quality, and where we buy. We were already doing pretty well with the foods we eat, but after doing a bit more research, I see where we can do even better. Every little bit helps! I buy fresh organic veg, meat and bread as much as I can from the farmer’s market which cuts down substantially on the less sustainable foods of the big chain markets. That’s a blog for another day. From what I see, it is a real global challenge.

I feel good about my efforts to make foods from scratch that are usually boxed, packaged and full of additives. Especially the sweets that Bella wants to have. For example, we just learned how to make homemade marshmallows. It took us a few tries before we nailed it, but the 3rd time was the charm! Here is a picture of our successful batch (..raspberry and vanilla).

What’s cool about the marshmallow thing is that you can use honey instead of refined sugar, and even sneak in some probiotic powder during the process. You just have to eat them within 3 days if you do use probiotic powder. Marshmallows tend to disappear around here very quickly, so it isn’t even an issue. Here are the links I found for making homemade marshmallows. We sort of combined the ideas of all of them and made our own delicious batch!

https://wellnessmama.com/6423/marshmallow-recipe/

https://www.mommypotamus.com/homemade-marshmallow-recipe/

Bella and I also had a bit of fun making some chocolate mousse trifles. Check ’em out below!

They were good and had just the right amount of sweet from the cookie. We used organic dark chocolate, organic cream and organic chocolate cookies in ours! Yum!

Here’s the link for the 3 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse Trifle:

Hope this blog post has given you some food for thought, and thought for food.

See you next week! x

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Vloggish

The best way to say it is to show it. 🙂 Here’s a short clip that tells the story of our now, and a few snippets of our Valentine’s Day cooking fun!

In other news, Bella learned how to whistle last week (..note the first sequence in the video clip), and is building her repertoire of songs. 😉

Life is pretty much a song at the moment and we are humming along!

See you next week! x

Mac & Cheese

It seems to be her new favorite food! Bella has asked for it two weeks in a row now. “Mac and cheese, mom, ..please?” So, I have said yes on one condition, we make it from wholesome, organic ingredients. Here’s the recipe we used this week, and a picture of how it turned out. Bella was very pleased. 🙂

Bella has had a great week so far. Keeping up with her school work, and reading a lot of Julia Cook’s children’s books. I highly recommend them. Julia Cook focuses primarily on problem solving and self regulation skills for kids, and she does it in a style that is fun while getting the point across.

Alongside our reading adventures, Bella has been enjoying a couple of new toys that she earned through our “noodle system.” I am still looking for the right moment to write out that system so that others can try it.

Bella continues to draw expressive pictures of her Sylvanian Families friends like this one. I always love the emotion in their faces!

All is well in this moment. Gratefully breathing in the peace, and ready to welcome February with a big, open heart.

Wishing you all a peaceful, good week! xx