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post #21 of 237
Yogurt - Anybody tried to make yogurt from something like hemp milk. DS is dairy allergic and I don't like soy milk (plus our ND and MD pediatricians advised us to limit his soy intake because of his dairy allergy). I also can't tolerate nuts (or nut milks). So, I'm left with hemp milk as our preferred "milk." I've heard you can do it, but it never really thickens, unless you add thickening agents.

We saw the 125# cabbage yesterday. Its a beauty. Wow!

I don't think I posted it here - but we spent Sunday watching belugas at Bird Point on Turnagain Arm. They've been fishing from Beluga Point and "up-arm" beginning about an hour after low tide until about an hour before high tide. We also so a seal with them. They were so close we could here them spouting/exhaling.
post #22 of 237
That's really cool Liza. Did you get pictures?
post #23 of 237
Does anyone know how good the tv antenna reception is out McGrath Rd? We get several channels here in town just with rabbit ears (and the stupid converter box). I'm wondering how many we will get out there.
post #24 of 237
Hello Alaska!

We're all sick here - flu has hit our home.
post #25 of 237
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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
Does anyone know how good the tv antenna reception is out McGrath Rd? We get several channels here in town just with rabbit ears (and the stupid converter box). I'm wondering how many we will get out there.
I used to live up about 3 mile McGrath for quite a while and I remember it was so bad I ended up getting satellite. But... that was like 20 years ago, so the stations very well could be broadcasting much further now.
post #26 of 237
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Originally Posted by Icequeen_in_ak View Post
Tammy,
This is what I found on the health benefits:

"Sprouting induces the wheat berry to produce enzymes that break down starches, proteins, and fats; this makes the grain easier to digest. Also, sprouting makes the grain’s nutrients more available to us by degrading phytic acid, a substance in wheat bran that impedes our absorption of iron, calcium, and other minerals"

Basically.... what I was told in layman's terms is that once the wheat sprouts, the body digests it as a vegetable versus a starch. So it's easier on your digestive system.
oh, that might be good for a diabetic? No?
post #27 of 237
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oh, that might be good for a diabetic? No?
YES! it's much better than a refined flour.
post #28 of 237
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Originally Posted by spruce View Post
Karen, I bookmarked this page from the newsminer a while back. It just takes a crockpot and a small container of live culture yogurt to start.

http://newsminer.com/news/2009/may/2...made-goodness/

love, p
Oh you guys are the bestest! We eat a TON of yogurt so if I can get them to eat homemade, I'll be the coolest (thriftiest) mom on the East Side! LOL
post #29 of 237
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Originally Posted by Icequeen_in_ak View Post
I used to live up about 3 mile McGrath for quite a while and I remember it was so bad I ended up getting satellite. But... that was like 20 years ago, so the stations very well could be broadcasting much further now.
Ok thanks. As long as we get a few, then we're good.
post #30 of 237
I just bought a house in Sterling! I'm super stoked about it all! MWAHAHA! No more renting for me!
post #31 of 237

Homemade Salsa and Chips

Anyone interested in a Traditional Foods class, for making your own fermented salsa and corn chips?
It will be on a Saturday, sometime this fall in Willow.
You will get to sample the food, and participate in making your own salsa to bring home, plus learn all about making homemade corn chips for special occasions.
PM me for more details.
post #32 of 237
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I just bought a house in Sterling! I'm super stoked about it all! MWAHAHA! No more renting for me!
Congrats!!

P- I got your PM, I just haven't mastered typing with a babe in arm yet! And NAK is a long way off. I'd love to take you up on your offer, I'm on bedrest for a few days trying to stave off mastitis, but I'll PM you this week if I get 'released'.


BTW: I scheduled an appt with Dr. Foote, thanks for all the recommendations!
post #33 of 237
Whew, the party is over! I think we had about fifty teens here (not really, only 9 or so) and 5 littler ones.

I didn't need to worry.

They twistered, they discoed (B set up a blue light -like an emergency vehicle light-to strobe around, and we had a bunch of colored lights, as well). They danced, they even chicken danced and ballroom danced. They ran around our (large) block several times. They played frisbee, had a Pogo-stick contest. They did do the limbo, but to techno music.

When they were worn out, they played Apples to Apples, and then got interested in the little kids' movie (Mary Poppins), so I had a bunch of kids in my bedroom watching MP.


And I made posters of dozens of pictures of A throughout her life, and got out her baby book and opened it to a particularly fun page.

Oh, man.

We even had 1/2 a cake go flying (on accident) across the room. I have to get my photobucket back up just for that picture!

So now I have two sleepover teens, my own kids, and a lot of dishes.

*whew*

love, penelope
post #34 of 237
Heh.

Thanks! It's exciting. I lived in my nice big apartment when we had my daughter, then in a 400 square foot cabin until she was about a year and some odd months... then we moved into my ex-step-dad's house with him when my mom left and had two small bedrooms. Now we have our own place!

It's so exciting! I'm so freaking stoked! It's not the biggest place (896 sq ft) but as soon as we finish the second bedroom (hopefully this month) it will be around 1100 square feet! YAY! I'm so excited!

I'm studying too! My doula workshop is soon! And I already have a few births lined up. Can't get too much experience!

And on top of that I'm doing my college courses... Which are kicking my butt! lol I'm floating though. Have all A's so far!
post #35 of 237
Hahahaha, a new month started and I didn't notice (as usual!) and I was watching that Aug thread thinking "gee, everybody got so quiet"

DUH!!

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Originally Posted by Icequeen_in_ak View Post
Anybody have experience with making their own yogurt?
DH got me a yogurt maker for my birthday last year, and I love it (and use it frequently). They are a bit spendy, but I asked for one because I'd tried a couple of times to do it in a glass bowl in the oven (which was how I was told to do it) and it failed miserably and I didn't want to continue to waste the good expensive live culture yogurt that was my starter...
My yogurt maker came with freeze-dried starter, which was really my only option when we lived in the bush (couldn't get live stuff to start with) but now that we live in civilization again I'll make the switch as soon as I run out of starter packets.
With all that said, the crockpot method sounds really good...I would totally try it except I have this beautiful expensive yogurt maker already...I'll bet that it works a lot better than the vague 'put it in your oven on warm' that I was trying to work with though!!!

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Originally Posted by liza-s View Post
Yogurt - Anybody tried to make yogurt from something like hemp milk. DS is dairy allergic and I don't like soy milk (plus our ND and MD pediatricians advised us to limit his soy intake because of his dairy allergy). I also can't tolerate nuts (or nut milks). So, I'm left with hemp milk as our preferred "milk." I've heard you can do it, but it never really thickens, unless you add thickening agents.
I'm told that straining it (though cheesecloth for example) will thicken it...obviously you'll have the runny stuff that runs off, but that could be used in cooking (replace the milk) and the remaining yogurt should be a lot thicker.

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Originally Posted by Icequeen_in_ak View Post
Okay... does anyone have a tried and true recipe for sprouted wheat bread?
No, but I do have a really good one for soaked wheat bread... most of what I've heard about using sprouted wheat for bread involved sprouting the wheat, then drying it (like on a dehydrator), then grinding it into flour, and using the sprouted wheat flour rather than the actual whole kernals...sounds like a massive hassle to me, in spite of the fact that I know that sprouted wheat is a lot healthier.
Does your recipe use the sprouted wheat instead of flour? or just in addition to it? I know I've put sprouted wheat in my regular bread (replaced part of the flour but nowhere near all of it) and that has come out quite well. So you might play with something like that... Incidentally, soaking also solves the phytic acid problem (although I don't know about the other dietary effects that were mentioned). I would be happy to share my soaked bread recipe if you want it.


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Originally Posted by Samanthavv View Post
I just bought a house in Sterling! I'm super stoked about it all! MWAHAHA! No more renting for me!
YAY for somebody else on the peninsula!!
I love how many crunchy people there are in Alaska but I admit I wish I knew a few more of them who lived close to me...
Incidentally, while the decision isn't totally official yet, it is looking like we may well go with a homebirth this time. I visited the homer hospital and it was really nice (especially compared with the one I was at last time--which was the nicest in the area)...but I still just get warm fuzzies when I contemplate home for the birth this time. DH seems warming up to it too, but i'm not sure if he's wholly on board, so I need to keep talking with him to make sure we're on the same page. I'm 30wks this week though, so I don't have a ton of time to make up my mind
post #36 of 237
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YAY for somebody else on the peninsula!!
I love how many crunchy people there are in Alaska but I admit I wish I knew a few more of them who lived close to me...
Incidentally, while the decision isn't totally official yet, it is looking like we may well go with a homebirth this time. I visited the homer hospital and it was really nice (especially compared with the one I was at last time--which was the nicest in the area)...but I still just get warm fuzzies when I contemplate home for the birth this time. DH seems warming up to it too, but i'm not sure if he's wholly on board, so I need to keep talking with him to make sure we're on the same page. I'm 30wks this week though, so I don't have a ton of time to make up my mind
Get him a copy of this months Mothering.....it has an article written by a husband who helped his wife homebirth
post #37 of 237
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No, but I do have a really good one for soaked wheat bread... most of what I've heard about using sprouted wheat for bread involved sprouting the wheat, then drying it (like on a dehydrator), then grinding it into flour, and using the sprouted wheat flour rather than the actual whole kernals...sounds like a massive hassle to me, in spite of the fact that I know that sprouted wheat is a lot healthier.
Does your recipe use the sprouted wheat instead of flour? or just in addition to it? I know I've put sprouted wheat in my regular bread (replaced part of the flour but nowhere near all of it) and that has come out quite well. So you might play with something like that... Incidentally, soaking also solves the phytic acid problem (although I don't know about the other dietary effects that were mentioned). I would be happy to share my soaked bread recipe if you want it.
No, the recipe I have is taking the sprouted grains, throwing them in the food processor to make the dough (adding yeast, salt and honey) and thats it.
post #38 of 237
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Whew, the party is over! I think we had about fifty teens here (not really, only 9 or so) and 5 littler ones.

I didn't need to worry.

They twistered, they discoed (B set up a blue light -like an emergency vehicle light-to strobe around, and we had a bunch of colored lights, as well). They danced, they even chicken danced and ballroom danced. They ran around our (large) block several times. They played frisbee, had a Pogo-stick contest. They did do the limbo, but to techno music.

When they were worn out, they played Apples to Apples, and then got interested in the little kids' movie (Mary Poppins), so I had a bunch of kids in my bedroom watching MP.


And I made posters of dozens of pictures of A throughout her life, and got out her baby book and opened it to a particularly fun page.

Oh, man.

We even had 1/2 a cake go flying (on accident) across the room. I have to get my photobucket back up just for that picture!

So now I have two sleepover teens, my own kids, and a lot of dishes.

*whew*

love, penelope

Awesome! :::::: Glad it was a success!

Birthday parties are SO stressful for me.

Speaking of which.... how many star wars junkies are here? I will admit that I'd never seen a single movie... ever until the last 2 weeks. My husband sat me down and had me watch them one by one (all 6 of them). My daughter has turned into a TOTAL star wars junkie. When DH was down California cleaning out all of his childhood belongings out of his parents house, he found all of his original star wars figures.... which our daughter promptly claimed as her own. So.... as a result, for her birthday, she wants a star wars party.

We had already booked the bounce house place for her party, because that is what she picked several months ago. So I'm contemplating doing things like a "Jedi training course" through the different structures at the bounce house place.... but does anyone have any other ideas? I think grandma is going to pay the difference to have the place to ourselves... so we could do just about anything and not worry about having strangers in the mix. Any ideas? I think I'm going to have the lady that usually makes her cakes an R2D2 cake (I'm SO not talented in this arena) but aside from those two things... I'm lost.
post #39 of 237
P,

Sounds like an AWESOME birthday party!


S,

Congrats on the new house! I love the Kenia Penninsula. Have you lived there for a while now?




I'm going to have to look for a crock pot, yes, another simple item I just dont seem to have anymore. Off hand, does it have to be any kind of milk? whole, 2%, skim?......I bookmarked the page P. posted but do not remember if they said anything specific. I suppose the organic would be the best.
post #40 of 237
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I'm going to have to look for a crock pot, yes, another simple item I just dont seem to have anymore. Off hand, does it have to be any kind of milk? whole, 2%, skim?......I bookmarked the page P. posted but do not remember if they said anything specific. I suppose the organic would be the best.
I watched an episode of Alton Brown making it, and he said to use organic and 2% was better. Don't know how reliable that is... but he's like a hero to me
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