Good Reads & Good Eats

I’ve been cleaning out my bookmarks and doing a little research on a variety of topics. I thought I would share some of the links here for you all to enjoy.

The Beauty of Farm-Fresh Eggs and How to Source Them :: Simple Bites

Lots of information in this excellent post including the nutritional benefits of eggs, why not all eggs are the same, and goes into getting started raising your own.

“Compared to conventional store eggs, pastured, free range eggs have:

  • 1/3 less cholesterol
  • 1/4 less saturated fat
  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • Two times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • Three times more vitamin E
  • Seven times more beta carotene – converts to vitamin A
  • most recently noted, 4-6 times more vitamin D”

Lemon Chiffon Cake :: Make and Takes

This looks super yummy! Also, Make and Takes is a pretty great site in general. I subscribe via email.

Herbs I Have and What I Do With Them :: Keeper of the Home

This article is exactly what the title says it is.

10 Ways to Eat Through That Windfall of Zucchini :: Nourishing Days

Usually if you have zucchini growing in your garden, you have a LOT of zucchini. Here are some ideas for using it. This is staying bookmarked for me.

Teaching Money Management :: See Jamie Blog


Good Read on Parenting


Sally Clarkson has written a great post on parenting. A quote that resonates in me:

“And so, when we discipline our children, we must learn to look at their hearts. Is their heart rebellious? Are they being willful? Am I expecting too much for them–their age, their level of over-stimulation, the circumstances, their maturity level, their abilities? A child should not be punished for being exhausted, immature, a boy, or for making a mistake. I make mistakes all the time, again and again. And yet scripture teaches in the new testament and the old that maturity is as a result of training, time, growth, heart and will.”

And another one:

“But Really? Can you cite me verse and give context that says God always requires first time obedience without mercy? I am thankful that He is much more patient with me than that in my own life. I have made so many mistakes over the years and done such foolish things, and still He is there loving me, instructing me, showing me his compassion and gently leading me daily to better understand His holy and righteous standard for me.”

And a final one (the emphasis is mine):

“We had very high standards for our children, but our discipline was always viewed through a lens of relationship as the strong basis of our discipleship of our children. Without a close relationship, discipline is quite unproductive.”

This article coincides with what God began speaking to my heart a while ago. Then I read a book (Loving Our Kids On Purpose) and things clicked. I highly recommend the book and Sally’s article. Great food for thought.