5:40 a.m. out of bed. Encourage eldest son out of his bed. It's so early. My eyes are still foggy. I make him lunch in the dimmest light possible.
6:05 a.m. allow son to drive to school. He's doing well and I only panic once this time. At school, I get out to take my place behind the wheel, thankful that I'm not wearing my pajamas this time.
6:15 a.m. head to the gym and get in a good hour of cardio.
7:30 a.m. yoga class!
8:45 a.m. make breakfast: fresh egg, thick sliced ham, spinach, and swiss cheese on whole grain bread, with fresh citrus juice (orange, grapefruit, lemon). It's tart, but clean and fresh. Feed the chickens: barley, leftover mixed vegetables, and yogurt. Prepare bread dough for dinner later. And drink a cup of coffee. Mmm...
9:30 a.m. bike ride to work. It's a brisk morning and the wind makes my eyes water but I love it.
2:30 p.m. bike ride home, meet eldest son who is walking home from school. Prepare a big batch of lentil soup (I used turmeric for the first time) to simmer on the stove for a bit.
3:15 p.m. shower. As I was finishing up in the bathroom I heard some sort of noise out the window. A quick glance revealed chickens, digging a deep hole. I spoke to them through the open window and they peered quizzically up at me. They just make me laugh!
4:00 p.m. bake bread, check emails (and pinterest!) Ah, the bread smells so good.
4:45 p.m. correct the homeschooler's daily schoolwork. We're on week 27!! This is the last week of the 3rd quarter!! It's spring break next week!! Woot!!
5:15 p.m. dinner: homemade lentil/vegetable soup, fresh baked bread. I try to prepare at least one vegetarian dinner per week. This week we're getting two!
6:15 p.m. head to church to observe The Lord's Supper
7:30 p.m. On our 30 minute drive home from church we enjoy donuts from The Donut House (it's sort of tradition)
The recipe: LENTIL SOUP
- Heat 4 T. coconut oil in a soup pot.
- Saute 1/2 of a chopped sweet onion and 3 chopped garlic cloves until golden.
- Add a 1/2 in. piece of chopped ginger and saute for 1 minute.
- Add 2 t. cumin, 1 t. thyme, 1 t. sage, 1 t. oregano, 1 t. turmeric powder, 1/8 t. cayenne, 1 t. salt, 1/4 t. pepper. Stir-fry for one minute to open the spices.
- Stir in 6 c. water, 1 1/2 c. lentils, 3 sliced celery stalks, 2 sliced carrots.
- Bring to boil then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Before serving squeeze the juice of a small lemon into the pot.
Benefits of turmeric -
- anti-inflammatory (more potent than ibuprofen)
- eases depression symptoms
- lowers blood glucose levels and reverses insulin resistance in those with diabetes
- inhibits cancer cell growth
- kills fungus more effectively than ginger, clove, and oregano
From my reading this week -
O give thanks unto the Lord;
call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face;
my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.
Psalm 105:1-4 and Psalm 27:8