Thor is taking fishing to the next level this year. While he has been fishing several times over the past few years, this year he began learning more about the process that comes after the catch. He is learning about and how to identify the various species of fish in our area as well as how to clean and prepare them to eat.
As part of Thor’s class, each child gets to bring Corduroy the Bear home for a weekend.
Along with Corduroy comes several books telling of some of Corduroy’s adventures.
While Corduroy may only be a little stuffed bear a weekend can provide some great value. When Thor was given the opportunity to bring Corduroy home we used it as more than just a teddy bear.
We emphasize responsibility, proper care of other’s things, and how to share and teach others about the things we enjoy.
NATURE DEFICIT DISORDER is plaguing our country. We spend too much time inside in front of electronic boxes under artificial lights pecking little glowing devices.
We are living in an artificial world.
But we are still real. We do not have to cower and accept this artificial world. We can step up and be real.
Nobody ever said, “The great indoors…”
Get outside and enjoy the great creation God has given to us. Breathe the fresh air. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the real world. Be still. Be silent. And like Elijah, listen for the still voice of GOD in the gentle breeze.
Then he said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.” At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was a voice, a soft whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.I Kings 19:11-13
Suddenly, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Eating healthy food can get expensive! When looking for specific healthy keto foods, the bill can add up even quicker. Thankfully there are few ways to get a good deal on healthy keto foods. Buy in bulk! Shopping keto at Costco can really save you some money.
This week we are gonna take you with us on a shopping trip in search of keto foods at Costco. Follow along as the Tiller family circus runs wild up and down the aisles grabbing healthy snacks and goodies to keep us eating keto all month long.
Asparagus is a great beginner foraging vegetable. It is abundant, easily recognizable, and delicious!
Asparagus officinalis is not truly wild but a feral plant. It is the same plant found in the produce aisle. you buy in the store and has been used as a medicinal vegetable for centuries due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and benefits to heart, digestion, and bones.
Asparagus can be found across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. To find where you may find asparagus near you check out this map from the USDA.
Asparagus is nutrient dense as it is low in calories while containing high levels of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Several studies have shown health benefits to include weight loss, improved digestion, lower blood pressure, reducing the effect of cell-damaging free radicals, and even improve healthy pregnancy outcomes.
Asparagus is high in folic acid, potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin C, and thiamine.
Snap the stalks and divide the tops with the crown from the bottom portions. The tops with crowns are the most edible as the bottoms are more fibrous and stringy.
Save the bottoms for vegetable soups, stocks, or the compost pile.
The tops are great tossed in a stir fry, grilled, or roasted in the oven.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. (Great to cook bacon and then use oven Place asparagus tops with crowns in a pyrex dish or on a baking sheet.
- Sprinkle salt over asparagus.
- Cut butter and place generously on top of asparagus.
- Cook at 425 degrees for 12 minutes.
- Chop the asparagus into one-inch pieces.
- Add to wok or skillet on the stove top with other vegetables.
- Cook in coconut oil or butter until tender.
- Toss on grill over hot coals.
- Roll occasionally to prevent burning.
- Cook until tender.
Asparagus nutrition facts (1 cup)
- Calories – 20
- Total Fat – 0 g
- Total Carbohydrate – 5 g
- Dietary Fiber – 2.8 g
- Sugar – 2.5 g
- Protein – 2 g
- Folic acid – 60%
- Vitamin K – 38%
- Vitamin C – 20%
- Vitamin B1 – 15%
- Vitamin B6 – 10%
- Vitamin A – 8%
- Vitamin B2 – 6%
- Vitamin B3 – 5%
- Calcium – 2%
- Magnesium – 4%
- Copper – 4%