Category Archives: Family time

The September Challenge Summary!

  A lot of people have been asking me about how our September challenge ended up going. Yeah, because remember how I was going to do an awesome job documenting our month? Sorry about that. It’s just that when you are working part time, taking care of 3 kids, and cooking every thing you make from […]

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Lisa Corn - October 7, 2014 - 3:53 am

Hi Kara,
Did you use the tortilla press that tortilla recipe calls for, or did you roll them out? Also, would your friend be willing to share the bread recipe? I don’t buy buy often anymore but I haven’t found a recipe that works well for us.
Thanks!
Lisa

kara - October 7, 2014 - 7:16 am

Lisa,
We roll them out with a rolling pin and it works great! I will send the bread recipe to you!! Bye the way, I really like your blog!!

Betsy - October 7, 2014 - 7:35 am

Kara! Well done! I am sure you are exhausted after a whole month of cooking every single thing from scratch! Sounds like it went well. And just keep making the bread. It gets easier and better every time you make it. Yay for fabulous oregon and all her fabulous food!!

Carrie - October 7, 2014 - 9:52 am

I was wondering how the end of your challenge went! You are amazing for doing all that cooking all month long! I don’t live in Oregon, so I won’t be doing the Oregon Challenge, but I also won’t be doing a California Challenge either. Now that I have a baby and am back to working full time and teaching one night a week, I’m just trying to survive each day (I know that sounds horrible!). I do try to cook three nights/week, leave one night for pizza night, and leave two nights for take-out/dining out/leftovers. And one night my hubby is on his own since I teach that night. Anyway…we call our nights of leftovers “A Night to Remember,” which we adapted from my husband’s childhood. It sounds nicer than “leftovers” somehow:-)

Kudos to you on your Oregon Challenge – you are inspiring in many ways to many people!

Rachel - October 7, 2014 - 10:05 am

I loved reading this. And would love the bread recipe as well.

Currently I’m not up to a full challenge like this, but I am trying very hard to make (and eat) most of my food from scratch. Lately that means making a big pot of soup or chili one day a week, eating a lot through the week and freezing a lot for the future. I’ve also stocked up on many food items, so am now trying to use what I have, and make thoughtful choices when I’m shopping, so I can supplement with fresh produce and grow our food storage, slowly.

Lisa Corn - October 7, 2014 - 10:33 am

Thanks Kara!

sharon - October 7, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Kara, you’re amazing! Love the challenge and all the good things that came from it. So inspiring.

kara - October 8, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Betsy,
I want to hear what you are finding in Idaho so far and what your shopping routine has been there!
Carrie,
So nice to hear from you. Conrgrats on your babe!! Sounds like you are a busy gal right now!! I never would have been able to do this if I had been working a lot in September (I only have work meetings and prep this month before I start teaching at the end of September). I love “A night to remember”.
Rachel, will you message me your email and I can share the bread document with you??
Sharon,
You are pretty inspiring yourself right now lady with all of your healthy eating!

Kids’ Lunches!

When we started the September challenge, I worried that my kid’s school lunches would be more work than I wanted to do  (notice that I like to take shortcuts when posible). After a recommendation from a friend, I invested in these Bentgo boxes. My kids also have lunch bags and these Thermos. We have found […]

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sharon - September 10, 2014 - 9:07 pm

I just love this whole thing on so many levels (and I love that picture of sweet Gabe too).

sharon - September 10, 2014 - 9:08 pm

I just love this whole thing on so many levels (and I love that picture of sweet Gabe too)

5 minute salsa

Most of our meals this month will not be that exciting. Many of the meals I will be making will take a lot of extra prep, so we will definitely also be eating a lot of scrambled eggs this month. Scrambled eggs are something that Sofia can make as well, so it will be fun […]

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Scottish Oats with Stewed Pears and Apples

I have cooked a lot of rolled oats and steel cuts oats, but I have to admit that this was my first time ever cooking Scottish Oats (Camas Country Mill). I am now in love with Scottish oats now. They are extremely hearty but have a bit of a fluffier consistency than steel cut oats. […]

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sharon - September 2, 2014 - 9:26 pm

I love this challenge and all the yummy recipe ideas. Looking forward to hearing more :)

Oregon September Challenge

My family decided last month that it would be fun to try to eat only Oregon grown (mostly willamette valley) grown/raised food for the whole month of September. At first I was super excited about the idea as I really value eating whole foods and local eating, but I soon realized that it would take […]

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Kacie - September 2, 2014 - 10:04 am

Love this Kara! Thanks for using our beef in your lineup. Major efforts for a busy mama!
Good luck!
Eatin good
Kacie

Amanda Whitmire - September 2, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Wow, Kara! You’ve done so much work already! I know that I’ll be referring back to this post to remember what kinds of things I can try to find locally. I’m looking forward to following along! If other people are interested, I’d love to see some comparison pricing on a few things (the grains, eg., and I had no idea we could get local rice – awesome!). If you have a favorite recipe or two from the experiment (and I know how loose recipes can be), I’d love that, too!

kara - September 3, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Kacie,
Yes, your meat will be used at least a few times this month!! Amanda, I will for sure post some recipes.Feel free to send some my way this month too!!