Archive for November, 2009

Green smoothie

A friend asked me if I had any recipes to share for a raw food diet she was going to try for a month. I have never done this myself but a quick Google search brought up this guy’s blog who not only did the same 30 day raw food challenge but blogged his meals daily, in detail, with photos. I linked his archives and you have to scroll down to January 2008 entries to see the posts.

I was amazed by the simplicity. They aren’t really recipes but a big ol’ pile of fruits and veggies.

I love my warm soups and sauteed veggies too much to go raw but I was intrigued by the few recipes he did have listed for smoothies and a salad dressing.

Today I tried the green smoothie:

3 bananas

100g baby spinach (by weight)

1 cup water

It tastes pretty good, in fact simon gobbled it up. But I think it will be better with frozen bananas so I broke up thee bananas and tossed them into the freezer in a ziplock for next time.

The nice thing is the simplicity of changing out ingredients. After the foundation of bananas and 1 cup of water, anything can be tossed in from kale to celery to berries to mango.

I guess I’m just blown away that a smoothie does not have to include some kind of dairy or sugars. yep…slow learner;)

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I’m looking forward to trying the salad dressing:

1/2 red bell (or grape tomatoes)

raw tahini 46g (I have roasted)

Fresh lemon juice 24g

1/4 cup water

“I do it”

Simon is still very much in the “I do it” phase. As you can see from the photo, Simon’s zucchini peeling method is to start on one side and keep peeling until he reaches the other side. 😀

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The first cup of Ovaltine went so well. I left him drinking it and apparently he decided to go for a second cup.

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That is a LOT of Ovaltine.

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In the “computer room”

They really know how to work the web…

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update on The Summer Life

Maybe I should start calling our choices for our children’s schooling “The Summer Life” since that’s really what it is; a summer vacation that never ends. Yes! I like it.

The unschooling label has been on my mind a lot lately. It was so foreign to us when we first discovered its philosophies. It gave us some guidelines to use as a jumping off point. It helped us figure out what was in the way of the gentle parenting style we have always been striving for.

but, BUT…once I subscribed to the label unschooler I started to notice all the things I don’t like about religions…err I mean labels. Unschooling magazines filled with articles about how much better unschooled kids are than schooled kids. Conversations amongst parents about who is purely unschooling and who is not. Forums filled with parents looking for support and getting lambasted for not unschooling “the right way.”

I don’t like rules and we certainly don’t follow any set parenting guidelines. We have found our groove and absolutely love our “summer life.” After a while I guess I get bored with talking about unschooling, who’s doing it “the right way” or why these kids are better than those kids. But, the truth is, its probably more about me questioning some of the “rules” and deciding just maybe I don’t like some of them:P

So how is our “Summer Life” going?


Isaac experienced some traditional school work and reading and writing assignments through the online charter kindergarten but Xander is nearly six and our first child to never experience learning that was not on his own terms.

I have not sat him down and gone though the ABCs or numbers at all. It has been completely up to him to figure things out and let us know if he needs anything.

Recently he has been asking us to spell stuff for him a lot. I mean A LOT. He sees words all over and asks what “____” spells. Whatever he asks I answer and leave it at that.

and he is learning to read!!!! He is also writing. Isaac is reading really well now and the kids all teach each other little things all day too. It is so amazing to hear them discussing things together.

They create games and act out imaginary scenarios together, build upon their understanding of math through casual conversation and continue to ask many questions all the time. We love Google! hehe

Whew! much more wordy than I usually get for this blog. Don’t worry, that’s more than enough and no post is complete without a photo so here is me and my guys.

I love these guys so much!

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some kind of project going on

The kids have been very busy with the printing and cutting out of these Ben Ten alien guys. There was an impressive amount that spanned half the couch last night. Some of them were shared with friends.

They create some fun projects for themselves…nevermind the grumbling coming from Jason about paper and toner use. hehe

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Zoo today…

…per Xander’s request.

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Monkey see, monkey do.

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Happy November!

I would love to have someone else take some pics of my Xander…all my kids actually. I can never seem to capture the real Xan when he’s by himself….or maybe it is the real Xan? hmmm. I guess the real Xander never stops moving or making sounds so when I ask him to stop for a second it looks unnatural for him. hehe!

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