Berries Of Gold Blog
Holy smokes. I'm not sure how bloggers do it. I'm sitting here, trying to figure out how the heck you start writing a blog. I'm so nervous I'm just
No one's even here. This is ridiculous.
Let's try this:
Once upon a time, a family of four moved from a tiny city of 13,000 people, to a tiny village of 130. That may be being generous.
The oldest child, 5 years of age, was about to begin at a new school. Also new to him, bussing. The poor little boy had to be on the bus at 730am and did not get home until 445 in the evening. His mother was in a panic every morning , trying to feed him and dress him in time.
About 4 months later, the mother is told that her darling son is fed breakfast at school. Every. Single. Day. At first she was annoyed that he never told her. Although soon after, she was so amazed and grateful. There were people feeding her child. Every. Single. Day.
Wow! That mom sure sounds like an amazing, smart, and total babe of a woman. Ok, fine. It's me!
I was shocked to find out that my son Brody's school had a breakfast program that fed the entire school every day of the week. I am eternally grateful for volunteers. I tell ya. Where would be be without them?
The students are offered things like toast, cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, and on special occasion, pancakes!
This is just so incredibly helpful with kids who have to bus and don't like to eat at the butt-crack of dawn, like my now 5 year old daughter, Willow. Although, there is a down side. Brody loves to eat as soon as he gets up. So he has free reign of the fruit drawer before school.
The one other downside is this: A donation and volunteer ran program needs to be able to pinch pennies. This means, the cheaper cereals and the cheaper bread. Which generally means not too much on the nutrition front .
In my house, we are by no means perfect. Proudly far from it. Since moving out to our tiny Village of North Portal , I have been making slow and steady changes. We no longer have a microwave. Firstly, it was because of lack of kitchen space. I told my husband when he bought me a new a kitchen he could have one. Still no microwave! It really has worked out for the best. We honestly do not miss it. Here's why I'm so happy that we don't.
There is absolutely no point in us buying crappy, frozen meals. No pizza pops, no frozen pasta dinners. If I want to warm something up , it's going in a frying pan or the oven. We have to really think about what we are eating. The lack of convenience of a microwave, is helping me make better food choices for my family. Don't get me wrong, I will still buy a frozen pizza from time to time. I work. My husband works. Such is life.
This attitude has spilled over into school lunches. My poor children don't get all the fun stuff "eeeeeveryone" else gets.
They get leftovers, sandwiches, and any typical 1950's lunch you can think of. Ha! No longer are the days of single portion mac n cheese cups. Gone are the days of Lunchable's mini pizzas. Much to their dismay, at first. Now my kids are so used to it, they do not complain.
At first when I found out the breakfast program menu, I was a little disheartened. Again, I reiterate, very grateful. Although, I felt as though we were taking a step back. I had moved on to whole grain breads, organic where we could, and just generally more nutrient packed foods. How was I going to keep my kids from eating this food?
I'm not. They won't drop dead. I've come to realize that. Let them go be social and eat breakfast with their little community. Bonding over white toast and margarine. Perhaps one day they will decide on their own, that they don't want to consume this stuff. I can try my best to lead by example and teach them the value of what goes into our bodies. I will try and do my part.
Me to Myself:
" My part? What can I do?"
" Hey, don't you work at an organic flour mill?"
"Yes, I do."
" Maybe your amazing boss would like to donate organic oatmeal so you can knock one unhealthy item off the menu?'
" Geez, you're a genius. Keep eating those greens. They seem to be helping you with your intelligence level."
Sometimes I kill myself.
On that very serious note, I would like to thank Nicole Davis and Daybreak Mill for supplying organic rolled oats to Weldon School. I so appreciate your drive for wanting to better the world. One small, squished, oat groat at a time!
Kelsey is an integral part of our team here at the mill. She works in our cleaning plant with Brock cleaning all of our grain and processing our flours & cereals. Since she plays such an important part in the process of getting our grain to your table I thought you might like to get to know her a little better. I sat down this morning and had an interview with Kels to find out some more about her. I had a list of 5 questions for her that I'm going to be asking the rest of our team so you can meet us all - she's one of the six amazing people that make up the Daybreak crew. ..
My grandma spent most of her childhood on the farm where I now live. In her time, things were a lot different. They knew how to live off the land a lot more efficiently than we do today, and the knowledge that my grandma has is invaluable. They had a huge garden that they preserved a lot of to get them through the winter, a milk cow, chickens, ducks, horses and grain. Grocery store bread was barely even available back then, so they made most if not all of it by hand. I've been spending time with my grandma over the last couple of years learning her bread making technique. She's also taught me how to make chokecherry jelly, pickles, and countless other baked goods. Her homemade mac and cheese is the bees knees. I am so thankful for her and spending time learning from her is quite enjoyable! ..
Intention is such an important and often overlooked factor. When we make a choice about anything, how often do we really think "what's my intention"? It's a question I try to ponder frequently. A major intention of mine is to spread as much peace, health and happiness as I can through what I do and who I am. Of course, I am not always peaceful, healthy an happy - I'm only human and sometimes my intentions aren't good. But I try to live with kindness not only for other people, but also for myself. I have learned through experience that the more good things I do and put out in the world, the more of it that comes back to me. I really do believe that! The same can be said for doing and saying bad things - it attracts more of it to your life. ..
There have been a couple points in my life where I felt a major shift in the person I am and the direction I want to go in life. One of those points
was when I was introduced to Alvin Scheresky, the man who first started this mill. Alvin is a wealth of knowledge on many topics, but the one
I find most interesting is health & healing. Whenever we talk on the phone, I'm constantly taking notes. He introduced me to Brix and
calcium testing for my soil. He taught me that flax is best consumed ground fresh, as it will start to go rancid as soon as it's ground. He
was the first person to teach me how to test my pH, and how to balance it if it's out of whack. A quarter teaspoon baking soda in water, in case
you were wondering. And I can tell you from experience, it works!