Raw Goats Milk & Raspberry Creamsicles

Things I’m thankful for this week:
1. Verses like Psalm 62:5-8

“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”

2. Finding gems in The True Woman by Susan Hunt like,

“Happy, happy hour will that be, my dearest of all created blessings, that shall unite our happy souls and bodies in the blessed bonds of marriage and enable us to walk through all the scenes of this life mutually supporting, blessing and assisting each other in the way of duty, until we shall at last be called off the stage to enjoy an eternity of happiness in the world of blessed spirits above.” Mary Fish, Puritan

3. Working with some hilarious farm hands and laughing till I nearly cry.
4. My second week to make lunch on Wednesdays! It’s been so fun making huge amounts of food for the interns and the farmer’s family. Great practice to say the least :)
5. Blueberries! Second round of fruit on the farm. Next, melons!
6. Design talk and getting to know P and E more : )
7. Nerdy movie outing (only been waiting to see since the closing credits of the last one!!!!!!!) to see The Dark Knight Rises with P and E, K, and C.
8. Quite Saturdays off from work and the reassuring comfort from a God that cannot lie and loves more than any other.

Raw Goats Milk & Raspberry Creamsicles
2 1/2 c raw goats milk
1/2 c honey
1/2 c raspberries

Blend all ingredients, pour into popsicle molds, freeze, and enjoy on a hot day!

berry tarts

What a week! Sunday was so beautiful here, and Lake Michigan was warm and perfect for swimming. I just keep finding more and more that I like about this place! C, K, a friend from out of state, and I went to pick up my sister Sarah (Sar) in the evening and then we all went out to dinner. Almost all week there’s been something going on and I think it’s been a nice vacation for Sar. There had been longtime plans to watch “Life Is Beautiful” while Sar was here, so Monday night we all shared a simple Italian themed dinner with Spancy Bakes artisan bread, fresh basil and tomatoes from the farm, mozzarella cheese, and a big salad. Then there was raw vanilla ice cream over black coffee while we watched the film. It was all so good! Everyday I’m thankful to be here. To be a part of the lives of the people who live here, and to be in the midst of God’s creation on a daily basis. I only hope to grow in the Lord and praise Him for the trials and blessings alike. I think this is just the beginning of a new and exciting adventure : )

Berry Tarts
2 c almonds (soaked and dehydrated)
1 c golden flax seed
1 c coconut oil
1/2 c buckwheat flour
2 T maple syrup
1/2 t Celtic Sea salt

4 c cashews (soaked)
1 c raw honey
1/2 c lemon juice
2 t vanilla extract

First, make the crust and grind the flax seed into a flour. Combine all ingredients by hand or in a food processor. Press into tart pans and refrigerate until firm. For the filling, process or blend all ingredients until creamy. Pour into crust and let set and then/or top with fresh berries and enjoy!

There’s still time to enter the giveaway for Artisana and Ruth’s Foods samples! Read how here. The winner will be announced at the end of July.

on the farm & a giveaway

Back home in Indiana I had trouble disconnecting from the internet. Between schoolwork and work I was always online at home or on campus. I would have to drive to the middle of nowhere to NOT have access. Now, living here in Wisconsin way out in the country with mostly non techie people, I have to drive OUT of the middle of nowhere to access the internet. When I first moved here there was something refreshing about being disconnected and spending so much time outside. But now I feel too disconnected and I’m having a hard time keeping up with the projects I had hoped to spend the summer accomplishing. So here I am weeks later finally posting again :)

The farm where I WWOOF is about twenty minutes from Lake Michigan and is amongst some of the most idyllic places I’ve ever been. With my first visit back in March I felt so in place here. Between the location and the people I absolutely love this place! Here’s a glimpse of the farm.

For an organic vegetable farm there are so many animals!

So how about a giveaway? Artisana and Ruth’s Foods sent me these samples to share. I’ve used Artisana many time and would recommend their products over any other nut butters. I had never tried Chia Goodness by Ruth’s Foods, but it was really good! Their cereals make for a quick and easy breakfast.

To enter tell me what you look forward to the most about summer. It can be anything from a specific vacation spot to the weather or eating watermelon. The winner will be announced at the end of July.