April 17, 2011

What I've Been Up To...

It's been a steep learning curve.
A new way of doing things...
especially in the kitchen!

Since the diagnosis of Crohn's,
life has changed.

But, we are getting there ~
It's not so overwhelming any more.
The LORD is so gracious with us,
isn't HE?

I have made homemade mayonnaise
and homemade ketchup...

homemade yogurt...

homemade almond flour bicuits, muffins and loaves...

I've soaked nuts and beans,
and learned a new way of doing many other things!

I have been cooking with Almond Flour...
now, that's a new experience.

But, oh...is it ever yummy! :)

I imagine this is a *little* of what
it must have been like to live in the 1800's.

I have a dishwasher,
a clothes washer and dryer.

I have indoor plumbing.

AND a fridge and a freezer.

I am able to buy fresh produce at the store.
I don't milk my own cow or raise my own chickens...
Although, I think it would be better if I did!

Our clothes are store-bought...
I do know how to sew and knit,
but I can do those things for fun ~
not because I HAVE to!

I suppose there really is no comparison, after all!

Oh...the blessings of the modern age!
I am thankful!

This week I record my thanks.
What a blessing to be able to!

1321. The smell of Spring!

1322. The grass is growing!

1323. A new Hydrangea bush to plant

1324. Another freezer

1325. The laundry/mud room is all one colour!
I painted it one day when a sudden motivation overtook me. :)

1326. Getting things cleaned, sorted and organised
in the laundry room

1327. How fresh it feels!

1328. New recipes to try, and finding some really good ones

1329. Learning it is possible to live without hot running
water for a few days ~ I boiled what was needed.

1330. The yummy smell of cloves

1331. More freezer space so I can stock up (see #1324)

1332. Budding cherry trees

1333. Spring days

1334. Getting organised little by little ~
it feels soooo good!

1335. Settling into a routine ~
oh how I thrive in it!

It's easy to count.
It begins with noticing the *little* things.
Noticing the moments.
Entering into them and writing them down.
It's as simple as that.

My journal sits on my counter.
I list as events unfold.
Sometimes many all at once,
and other times in a trickle.

Would you like to begin?
Just grab a pen and a journal,
set them out on the counter,
and list out your blessings.
Find the joy in the moments ~
As they arrive.

Enjoy the journey!

Many Blessings,


Justine said...

Hey Camille,
I am happy to hear that you guys are doing so well the the chrones diagnosis, my sister has it and I had colitis so we are no strangers to the digestive illnesses its amazing that everyone is taking it so well. The picture of those mini cupcake looking things look amazing lol. I wish we lived closer I have a hydrangea bush that is just begging to be weed-wacked it is gigantic and If I took the chainsaw to it it would still be too big lol I would have been happy to share come cuttings with you :-) so glad to hear everyone is doing well Thank god for spring and that its almost here!
Just wanted to check in and say hello

Cinnamon said...

Hello dear Camille~ I'm so very tired so I hope this comment is not a mess :-)

I have been peeking in on you but not much time to comment. I know you know how that feels. You have been on my heart lately and I see that you have been very busy. Sounds like you're doing a lot of the same thing we are doing...homemaking everything a bit differently.

I pray you have the strength and wisdom you need. God will provide for you so lovingly.

hugs~ Cinnamon

Lisa said...

I too am very grateful for my modern conveniences!

I have almond flour in my freezer, but I've never done anything with it because I don't know WHAT to do with it! I would love suggestions and recipes!

Wanting What I Have said...

Im so impressed and so encouraged as you give glory to the Lord! You are precious! and I am so thankful for you!

Lady Farmer said...

Oh, Camille!
You certainly have been a busy gal! I didn't realize that so many things we take for granted food wise, would have to change. Yes, I knew many things would have to be eliminated, but does it mean no more wheat? Is it preservatives, too, like in the may and yogurt? that you must make your own! (I have always wanted to make my own mayo, just haven't tried it yet! I do make my own yogurt with raw milk. It is fun ~ but time consuming!)Soaking the nuts and beans for easier digestion, I assume, per Nurishing traditions?
How blessed your family is to have you as Mom! You will make even this challenge of Crohn's an interesting (and healthy) life journey! (For the entire family !)
Be Blessed this special week!

Heather said...

Camille, I think the Lord was preparing you a long time ago with your passion for healthy eating and interesting recipe testing... for such a time as this :)

What a list today! You're a beautiful and thankful person, my friend. God bless you.
Have a great day.

love, me

Chelle said...

That is really neat how you are learning to use different things. It is nice you are able to make dishes for you all to eat that can be shared. I'm sure it make it more bearable for the one who had to change to know the family is there. I have never used almond flour where do you get it.

Patty said...

You have much to be thankful for. I enjoyed your post. Blessings.

Barbara said...

Amen Camille, very good, do you have Chrons disease? My friends mom has it too, praying for you.

His bondservant said...

I just love to read your thanks and praise to our God. I am sure you are doing a wonderful job Camille. You are a great cook anyway...and creative too. This just shows how much God has blessed you my friend. Share some of those almond flour recipes...that sounds yummy!

Rashel said...

I just wanted to tell you I just found your blog today and have enjoyed reading and getting to know a little about you. I plan to come back and visit again soon.

Farmgirl said...

Are you planning on posting your new-found recipes any time soon Camille? I'm intrigued....
Love your list as well - so much to be thankful for, isn't there? God is so good! Have a great week!

Camille said...

Dear Justine ~ Oh it's so good to hear from you!! Thanks for stopping in for a visit. :) It would be lovely to live closer...your hydrangea bush sounds well established! LOL! So sorry to learn that you and your sister have Crohn's and Colitis...nasty business!! Only one of our children has it, but we are all doing the diet...not only for support, but also for my sanity. :)

Dear Cinnamon ~ What a sweet and encouraging friend you are! Thank you for your words here today...they warmed my heart! You have SO MUCH on your plate...it's precious that you visited me today...thank you! :)

Dear Lisa ~ How did you get almond flour into your freezer?? Was it a gift? I had never heard of it prior to this new adventure. I will gladly share recipes...just as soon as I have a little more time. ;-)

Dear Jennifer ~ I am thankful for YOU! Thank you for always being a sweet blessing to me. :)

Dear Raeann ~ To answer your questions...it is a special diet that essentially eliminates all grains, not just wheat; it eliminates all sugars, except for honey; the homemade yogurt has a longer incubation time, thereby eliminating the lactose (spposedly) and allowing the good bacteria to grow; and yes, the Nourishing Traditions way of soaking beans and nuts for easier digestion. Is that a run-on sentence?? LOL! Thank you, my friend, for your kind words and sweet encouragement...they always warm my heart. :)

Dear Heather ~ Thank you so much for your faithful friendship and kind, encouraging words! It is amazing how the LORD does indeed prepare us for things...how Precious HE is!! :)

Dear Chelle ~ Thank you for your encouragement today! Yes, I think it is a blessing that we are all joining in...it is much easier for me too! :) Almond flour is a little different to cook with...I have special recipes, you cannot sub it in *regular* recipes. I have found a supplier only about 1/2 an hour from here. It is a specialty item, but I think it can be purchased in small amounts from health food stores. I buy it in 25 lb boxes, so I can get it cheaper! :)

Dear Patty ~ Thank you so much! How wonderful our Great God is ~ HE is so gracious with us and tenderly leads us along. :)

Dear Barbara ~ So sorry to learn that your friend's Mom has Crohn's! It's nasty! :( I am encouraged by the diet we are trying and probiotics, etc...No, I do not have Crohn's, one of our children does. Thank you so much for your prayers. :)

Dear Jackie ~ What an encouraging friend you are! Thank you for your kind words....all glory must go to the LORD...HE is the ONE that gives the Grace and help in all these situations! I can testify to HIS goodness to us...over and over and over again! About the recipes...I do hope to share...just as soon as the load lightens up a bit. :)

Dear Rashel ~ Welcome! Thank you for stopping by and for letting me know that you were here...what a blessing! I'll try to visit you soon too. :)

Dear Heather (Farmgirl) ~ Oh yes...the LORD truly IS Good! Yes, I do hope to share some recipes...as soon as I am able to! :)

Thank you each one for your kind friendship...it is a blessing to my heart!

Many blessings,

Julze said...

Thank you for reminding us bloggers to be grateful in all things. I need to do this more as I tend to find myself being too distracted by the storms in life and not enough focusing on the ONE whom can calm them. :/

Camille said...

Dear Julia ~ Thank you for your thoughtful comment! Ah, yes...the storms of life! How wonderful to know the ONE Who is in complete control of the storms and how blessed we are to rest in HIM! May the LORD give you all the grace you need to look to HIM through whatever you must face. How precious it is to read here that it is your heart's desire to do just that! :)

Many blessings,

Heather@Cultivated Lives said...

Continuing to pray for your son and rejoicing in his provision in diet alternatives...

Linda said...

Hi Camille,
So glad to catch up here with you!I have had a busy few weeks preparing for my daughters wedding. Natalie and James married on April 10th and it was a wonderful and blessed wedding! The weather beautiful! I will be posting photos soon.
Love your healthy recipes and the cupcakes look really yummy!
The Lord guides and leads us through those storms and I am thankful we have Him to lean on!
Have a wonderful day sweet friend. You are a blessing!

Camille said...

Dear Heather @ Cultivated ~ Thank you so much for praying...what a blessing! How wonderful our Great God is!! How thankful I am for *alternatives*. The LORD bless you! :)

Dear Linda ~ How wonderful that you had a wedding in the family...what joyous occasions they are!! Thank you for stopping in and checking up on me...it is a blessing to know you. I agree with you...the LORD is a wonderful Saviour indeed!! :)

Many blessings,

Jenn said...


We got some very special mail today! Let me tell you there were two very excited girls! :)

Some how I missed that you have Chrones disease. My cousin was recently diagnosed with it. I will be praying for you. Loved seeing all the ways you are learning to change your diet to help you feel better.

Wonderful post!

Camille said...

Dear Jenn ~ Oh how quickly that got to you...ENJOY!! Actually, it is one of our children that has Crohn's...we are all participating in the diet to keep it simpler for Mum. Thank you so much for your prayers! :)

Many blessings,