Life Lately {September 2015}

Linking up with Leigh Kramer once again for What I’m Into this month! Fall is definitely upon us here in the Pacific Northwest! It’s that awkward time of year where you bundle up in the morning and strip all the layers off come lunch time. But I am happy to be able to wear scarves again, so no complaining here!

What I’m Reading

What Im ReadingI shared my book reviews earlier in September, which included lots of cook books and books about healing diets.  Currently reading: Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church.

What I’m Watching

Football! Mostly Seahawks games, but we were also able to make it down to Moscow to watch my brother-in-law’s University of Idaho football game.

What I’m Listening To

I may have spent a good majority of my time this month listening to the Evolution of Medicine Summit…like 5 hours a day for a week straight. This could be why nothing else got done this month…but I also found a new podcast that I like:

Phoenix Helix– This podcast is dedicated to individuals living with autoimmune disease and seeking healing through diet and nutrition. It’s been great to hear other people’s stories as well as interviews from some of the experts in this area of health.

Places We Visited

We headed to Western Washington early in the month for a wedding, and decided to visit my brother and future sister-in-law while we were in the area. It was fun to explore where they live, see their apartment, and hit up the Labor Day Sale at Value Village! We also got to take a ferry to Whidbey Island, and stopped in Oak Harbor to check out the Jazz Festival, although the rain put a bit of a damper on that outside event. Oak Harbor Jazz Festival

Ways God is Working

Coffee dates with new friends. I’ve been praying about how I can build relationships with our neighbors, and I am finally starting to see connections being made!

Our home group is growing! We were asked to lead a home group with another couple this year. When we started we weren’t sure if anyone was going to come, but we have been meeting for three weeks now and we had 15 people over last night for our first home group dinner. Our cozy little house was bursting at the seams, and I loved it!

What I’m Learning

I finally learned how to make kombucha! It was my food-related goal for the summer, which I never got around to. Luckily a local nonprofit was hosting a class on Fermented Drinkables (on the third day of fall, which is pretty close to summer!), so I signed up, WON a SCOBY (!!) and came home to get my first batch brewing! I’m also making beet kvass, which I am excited to try.

Kombucha and Beet Kvass

What I’m Writing

I finally wrote about My Health Journey, in a 4 part series.

I shared about the importance of taking control of your health.

I confessed to accidentally becoming paleo.

What I’m Cooking:

Thanks to all of those cookbooks I read last month, I had lots of new recipes to try, including:

Salmon Chowder. I cooked an almost-whole salmon (no head, but tail and fins and all the bones) which was a pretty big deal for someone who doesn’t like to touch or see the skin of the fish. We enjoyed the salmon by itself, and then used the leftovers to make this yummy AIP approved chowder that was slightly modified from The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook.

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Bone Marrow. I have to say, this was not my favorite, but I am trying to increase my offal consumption and this was a nice alternative to my usual liver and onions. I think it would be better mixed with something or spread on a cracker instead of just eaten with a spoon. But I am happy to have the nutrients and I can still make bone broth from the leftover bones, so WIN WIN!Marrow BonesYou can see some of my other meals on Instagram: @_lindsaylea_

Onto October! I hope you’ll join me for my 31 Day Introduction to Real Food series, which starts tomorrow!

 

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