What’s New This Week 6.1.15

Hi, again. Let’s just get one thing straight: I do not like being told what to do…especially when I’m the one doing the telling. I can want to do something, but this funny thing happens when I tell myself I need to or should do it. It kills it for me and I stick it to the man (in this story, I am “the man”…in the anarchistic sense, not the first-bumping sense). If I should eat an apple every day, I suddenly never want to see another apple ever again. Tracking with me? It’s weird. I’m a little weird. Hence, the no writing thing.

But, that’s okay. Because today, I made ghee. Coconut ghee.

I also listened to jazz. Jazz and Diana Ross.

And before that, I went on a date with our three-year-old “Rocket” daughter, which ended in her stripping off her flamingo patterned dress, grabbing my hand, and running into the ocean. A pretty decent way to kick off a new month.

Now for the ghee recipe: (This recipe will yield 1.5 cups total: 3/4 cup of ghee + 3/4 cup of coconut oil)
1. Melt 1 cup of unsalted, grass-fed butter in a saucepan over low-medium heat.
2. Once it comes to a gentle boil, the milk solids will start to come to the surface. Let it simmer for 8-10 minutes.
3. During the simmering process, a nice layer of foam will form on the surface and browned bits will fall to the bottom. (You can skim the foam off the top or just strain it out in the next step)
4. Cover the top of your jar or other small storage container with a few layers of cheesecloth OR a coffee filter. Pour the hot butter oil in and discard whatever brown bits are left over.
5. If you want to double the goodness of this ghee, add an equal amount of organic cold-pressed coconut oil and enjoy!
*No need to refrigerate, but if solid oil is your thing, then knock yourself out!
You can cook with it, use it as part of your nutritional plan to help heal cavities (what I am doing with our newly snaggletoothed five-year-old), or just eat it plain if you feel so moved.
I won’t mention anything else that I’m researching or hoping to do until I’ve actually done it or at least have a foot firmly in the door of said thing. Because, ya know, anarchy and stuff.

What’s New This Week 3.4.13


Here are our top picks for the week (pun absolutely intended)



  • Rise Up & Sing by Lex Buckley (LOVE this woman and her heart for female worship leaders!)


  • Studying bugs and such. I’m working on my fear of lizards and cockroaches and teaching the girls (maybe) how to see the cool side of creepy crawlers (instead of imagining they have a vendetta against you).



  • Trying our hand at a homemade wind chime (thanks to our neighbor, Nancy, for some great starter pieces!)


  • Showing my younger brother the sites of Austin! Headed to the tattoo shop to get his first ink! (Kidding, Mom. Just wanted to see if you’re reading…and it’s just fun to mess with you) 🙂


  • Finding our little ladies, Teagan and Kylie, deep in their world of play and creation! It’s a wonder to see young minds at work!