Teaching Your Nestlings

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Stringing Fingers





As a parents, we must take advantage of every moment to teach our children.  This dinner roll is a great hands on way to discuss Jesus and His resurrection.  Not only will they enjoy the yummy treat, they will also enjoy making them with you as they learn about their savior.





Table topics are a great way to get dinner conversation started. You'd be amazed at what you can teach your kids when conversations lead from one topic to the next.

Nutritional Living

My husband and I decided a long time ago that it was important for us to continually introduce different kinds of foods and flavors to our family.  Not only does it give us various nutritional benefits, it also expands our palate so we enjoy a variety of healthy foods.

The draw back to introducing new foods can be knowing things like how to select them from your grocer, how to prepare and store them or even knowing what their nutritional value is.  I hope to help answer some of  those questions and to inspire you to become and advocate of learning about Nutritional Living.  There is a wealth of information at our fingertips.  Don't just take my word for it, research it on your own and become empowered for the benefit of your family.

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(Post under-construction...will be floating your way shortly.) Freezing Cooking Supplies
 



All oils are not equal. (Part I - Coconut Oil)



Mangos - Nutritional Value & How to Purchase/Cut/Store






Soaking Then Dehydrating Seeds And Nuts

Natural Living

I'm passionate about finding practical and effective solutions for our home.  I find that natural options are not only healthier for my family, in most cases they are cheaper than buying the same quantity in a commercial brand. If you have any 'tried and true' natural solutions email me.  I would enjoy having the opportunity to make it a part of my home and feature it on the blog.  kim(at)feathersfrommynest(dot)com

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Why I Chose Cloth Napkins





13 of My FAVORITE Newborn Items

Inspirational





Being Held Through Loss




Who Is Your Mommy Guru?

Recipes

Just a little disclaimer before you start thinking I'm a natural in the kitchen.
I depend on cookbooks, online recipes and Food Network programs.  My recipe ideas were inspired by watching others and tweaking the ingredients to fit my personal nutritional convictions.   I'll include original recipe locations whenever possible. 

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Meal Items




Crockpot Chicken Marsala (GF)





 Mongolian Beef


Crockpot Black Eye Peas





Spinach and Quiona


  


Breads, Muffins & More

Resurrection Rolls - Our Easter Tradition.  The center is hollow to represent Jesus' empty tomb.




Snacks  
(coming soon)

Desserts



Easy and 'Delish' Strawberry Pie






Condiments




Nutty Veggie Dip / Mayonnaise Substitute









DIY Tutorials












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Contact me at kim (at) feathersfrommynest (dot) com for more information.


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I look forward to working with you!
Kim

author of F.F.M.N.

Purpose

nest
Pronunciation: \╦łnest\

a place or specially modified structure serving as an abodea place of rest, retreat, or lodging

a group of objects made to fit close together or one within another


Women nest. It’s what we do. Some more daintily than others. Some build with grace and ease some with elbow grease and grit. Some nests are tidier, more structured, and sturdy, while others are wild and loose and ill-positioned. Some of our nests are small and twiggy: a work in progress with much life left to be collected. Still others shelter fragile eggs: a promise of new life and the mystery of motherhood. Some of us are living that mystery, with mouths to feed and tweets to quiet and confidence to build as we wait for the day when we’ll have to push them to fly. And then there are some whose nest sits empty, evidence of a job well done but empty nonetheless.


Either way, we gather our life in fragments of victories and devastations, triumphs and disappointments. We spit, weave, pound, twist, bend...finding purpose in every experience and a lesson under every turned-up stone.

We build our nests as a refuge: a place where we can lay our head at night satisfied with a day well-lived or where we can land in the middle of a turbulent storm, bury our head in our feathers and wait for the calm that comes as a companion to new mercies in the morning hour.

Back to the original point: women nest. It’s what we do. This blog serves as a place to share the journey. I hope to pack its contents with bits of hope and wisdom and nesting materials picked up along the way.

Above all else, I hope to encourage an intimate journey with Jesus Christ. It is what holds our life together in its entirety. The Hope that we have find in Him is the mud, glue and grit of our nest, and He alone can keep us from falling apart.


{Written by my dear friend who has an amazing gift of taking what the heart wants to express and composing it in a way that captivates every reader.  Jody...Thanks for helping me get this vision on paper.  Just an fyi...I claim the first copy of the book that you will one day publish!}

Why Gluten Free?

Just another extreme eating style?
Over the last year or so I  have heard the term 'gluten free' begin to enter the marketplace.  For the most part, I viewed it as a fad and an extreme eating lifestyle.  Because of this I never took the time to look any further into it.  Recently that changed when my nephew, who has suffered with extreme outbreaks of psoriasis, was diagnosed with a wheat allergy.  Long story short, it didn't take long before I realized that I needed to be learning more about gluten intolerances, not only for my nephew but for my family as well.  Gluten intolerances are genetic and according to one article I read, an estimated 99 percent of people who have a sensitivity with eating gluten don't even know it.  Although my main reason for my switch is my love of the new ingredients with strong nutritional values, I did realized how differently everyone's body reacts and began connecting the symptoms with concerns found within my own family's health.

What is it?
Before I proceed I'm going to preface this with "I am not an expert".  This is comes only from my understanding from the research I've done on gluten sensitivities. Gluten sensitivity causes the body to react with inflammation throughout the body, with wide-ranging effects that can show symptoms in different organ systems such as your brain, heart, joints, digestive tract, and more. It can be the single cause behind many different "diseases".  According to recently published medical studies, you don't have to have full-blown celiac disease with a positive intestinal biopsy (which is what conventional thinking tells us) to have serious health problems and complications from eating gluten.

Identifying Symptoms.
The following is information found in The New England Journal of Medicine which listed 55 "diseases" that can be caused by eating gluten.  These include: osteoporosis, irritable bowel disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anemia, cancer, fatigue, canker sores, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, almost all other autoimmune diseases (such as eczema/dermatitis, psoriasis, crone's disease and more), anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, dementia, migraines , epilepsy, neuropathy (nerve damage) and autism.
Other symptoms that have claims to gluten sensitivity are: thyroid disease, fatigue, ADD/HD, weight gain, dental enamel defects, infertility, alopecia areata (hair loss), multiple sclerosis (MS) and vitamin deficiencies. 

That doesn't mean that ALL cases displaying these symptoms are caused by gluten.  It does mean that if you have any long lasting or recurring symptoms found within this list, you need to consider gluten sensitivity a possiblity.

Final Note.
I have personally enjoyed switching over to gluten free cooking.  I have always been an advocate of using a variety of foods to obtain a larger spread of different nutrients.  This journey is teaching me how to incorporate different flours and cooking styles to enhance our nutritional experience.  To help you in your journey, should you chose to go this direction, here are a few notes that I hope will help you along the way.
  • Just because it is gluten free doesn't mean it is healthy for you.  In today's commercialized market you will still have access to foods that although may be gluten free, they lack nutrients.   Learn about the nutritional values of different gluten free flours available and the ingredients in pre-boxed foods.  Read your labels. Try to limit your intake of non-nutrient rich ingredients, junk food and sweets.  Instead, strive to lean more towards whole food, fruits and veggies. 
  • Watch your fiber.  Some gluten-free foods tend to be lower in fiber.  By consuming mostly whole foods-fruits and vegetables- this will not be an issue.
 
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