Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My cooking's gone to the dogs

   On my path to becoming the ultimate crunchy mama (yea right). I've decided to include our four- legged family member.  I'm making homemade dog biscuits! Oh no I've totally lost it now. I couldn't just make my own baby food and call it a day I had to keep going until everyone is included in this delicious mess. All joking aside it's a really easy recipe. I found the recipe and the cutest bone shaped cookie cutter at Target. It only takes about half an hour to make and she really loves them. My girl deserves the best I can give her. After all she is part of our family.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup oats
Mix wet ingredients. Then add dry ingredients to form a ball of dough. Roll out and shape. Put on cookie tray.
Cook 20 minutes at 400 F. Turn off oven allow to cool in oven until crisp and hard. 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Victory Rolls

I did it! I finally got my victory rolls to look good. Out of all the vintage hairstyles I've tried this one has been my challenge. It is a really difficult look to do, but so-so rewarding to get it right. I could give you a laugh with some mishaps I've had. One time I ended up looking like Cruella De Vil. So here's to my little victory!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Who- Whooo's a Genius?

I have a wonderful post today. In the mail I received the cutest little owl lens buddy from Sisa's Stitches. I won it in a contest held by Nu And Nugs Adventures. They have awesome reviews and giveaways. So what I won was a genius idea to get your little one to look at the camera lens when your taking a picture. How many times has your baby been smiling and being adorable until you run to get a picture then nothing. Well at Sisa's Stitches on etsy they have wonderful handmade lens buddys. It's a little owl that goes around the lens of your camera to get your little guy to look at the camera. I love mine and it really works. They also have many other really cute crocheted items. Thanks so much Sisa's Stitches and Nu AndNugs Adventures!!! Go check them out.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Goat's Milk Soap

     I've got a wonderful review for everyone today! Last Thursday at the Farmers Market I decided to treat myself. I picked up some locally made goat's milk soap from Goat Rodeo, a husband and wife team. They use milk from their own goat! I looked up some of the benefits and properties of goat's milk for your skin. Goat's milk is chalked full of vitamin A which is great for acne, scars, stretch marks and wrinkles. It also has E, C and B vitamins to help nourish. Goat's milk contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids to sloth away dead skin cells. The most fascinating fact I found was that goat's milk contains selenium which has been found to have a role in preventing skin cancer. What?! Now that's some awesome stuff. The bar I bought is called lime/cilantro and smells amazing! They also had soaps called: Ganja (which had hemp oil), one with orange and cinnamon  and an anise bar that smelled like delicious black licorice. My skin is so smooth and soft which is a miracle because it was in such bad shape. I picked my sister Melissa up a bar also. Living in Alaska she told me she has really dry skin, so we'll see how it works for her. Maybe we can get her to be a guest blogger for us!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kale Chips

Today I have a quick post for you about tasty kale chips. Have you heard of them? They are delicious and nutritious! In just one cup of kale there is: 2g of protein, 1g of fiber, 134% of daily vitamin C, and 206% of vitamin A*. Wow, now there's a snack with a punch.

           You need: bunch of kale
                                 tablespoon olive oil
                                 tablespoon sea salt
Cut the kale into 2 inch strips. In a bowl put kale, oil and salt. Toss. Lay flat onto baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!

*Self Nutrition Data (

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Controversial Amber Teething Necklace

          Here's a hot topic in the natural parenting world: the amber teething necklace. Just the word teething causes parents everywhere to cringe!! Teething turns beautiful happy babies into screaming, drooling, biters. We try everything to make them feel better. No one wants to see their baby in pain.
            In steps the amber teething necklace. It's a necklace made of Baltic amber that a toddler wears around the neck or wrist or ankle. The amber is supposed to have a reduction in teething pain and anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties. I have read all kinds of things both for and against them. Some moms swear that it really helps with their babies teething pain; while others think it's homeopathic nonsense. Doctors are worried that whatever help it gives is out weighed by the choking hazard. I couldn't find any real scientific or documented studies to support either side. 

           So when our local mom-pop-green shop went out of business I had to snatch one up at half price (I paid 13 dollars.) I was concerned that he would play with it. I also talked to Nic to make sure he didn't pull or yank on it. It sits under his clothes most the time so these weren't issues. After a few days the swelling and redness in his gums went down. He still drools like crazy and chews on anything and everything! lol So I'm still torn on it's effectiveness. It's not a miracle worker, but it's so cute. I'll leave it on Matty for a little longer; it doesn't seem to be hurting him and in the world of teething every little thing helps.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Making Bread

To try and save money I've been making our bread. I know it's very old-fashioned but that's just the kind of gal I am. I love making bread. I love watching the yeast activate (when it does lol). I love kneading the dough. Oh and I especially love the smell of baking bread. I learned how from my mom and aunt. They would always bake rolls for special occasions.  I took it a step further and we haven't had any store bought bread for weeks. Once a week I make nine or ten rolls and freeze them; then I bake one loaf and slice it. It does take some extra time but the end result is worth it. This is another way I know exactly what my family is eating. Here are a few pictures from the loaf I made today. If anyone is interested in the recipe leave me a comment and I'll be sure to post it for you. 

this is what it's all about...the yeast

kneading dough

Don't the rolls look amazing!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Our adventure begins at the farmers market

Hello and welcome to my blog page. I'm Bumble Betty. I figured a good place to start both as on my blogging adventure and eating healthy adventure is at the local farmers' market. Yummy!

So Thursday I packed up both boys, wrapped up the Moby and we headed out the door. I don't know about anyone else but I've always found the farmers' market to be a bit intimidating, but I am determined to start feeding this family better food. Let me tell you I had a blast! I talked with all the farmers about where they are located and what they use for pesticides (or don't use). One farmer even had fresh free range eggs.
Here's my haul

I ended up only spending $20. That night we had a delicious garden salad. The boys have been enjoying the strawberries as an afternoon snack.  An added bonus I picked up a beautiful bouquet of flowers. I can't wait to go back next week.