From the Kitchen: Ashley’s chicken alfredo (gluten-free & THM – S)

This recipe comes from my friend Ashley who always makes such yummy foods! I have been wanting lots of good fatty foods with this current pregnancy (yep, #3 is in the oven!). So without further ado, I present….


Ashley’s Chicken Alfredo


  • 2 chicken breasts cubed (you may also use ready cooked chicken in the equivalent amount)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 c. parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • salt, pepper, basil, paprika, and a pinch of cayenne to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. xantham gum (or enough to get desired thickness)


  • Fry up chicken breast in coconut oil until cooked through
  • Add chicken broth, butter, parmesan, heavy cream, and seasonings and stir, letting the butter melt.
  • Add xantham gum and let thicken.

Serve with GF noodles/pasta, or zucchini noodles (aka zoodles).

around the house

Once again I am inspired by Inspired.


I’ve been on top of washing my dishes. I can’t tell you how much it makes me happy to relax at night knowing I don’t have a sink/counter/stovetop full of dishes.

We have dried off the goat. Since having stopped drinking animal’s milk, P has had noticeably better digestion. I am thankful for improved digestion, but bummed out that she won’t be able to have dairy at all. We have started giving her almond milk, which she seems to be enjoying.

Homemade dinners have been sparse these days, but I’m really learning how to stretch a budget and a chicken! One day I’ll be as good as my mom. I’m determined.

Over the weekend was the Common Ground Fair. We weren’t able to go, though we desperately wanted to. However, my sister and brother went and stopped in to get the latest copy of Taproot for me from Amanda Soule. I’m itching to start knitting the Family Mittens pattern found within it’s pages!

And finally, Piper is about to get herself a new hat! Did I mention that I’m a little obsessed with knitting right now?

getting back to it

I think I finally got that burst of energy today! Piper’s nap time came around, and I didn’t feel like crashing (for once). So instead I thought I’d pick up my knitting and do something quietly productive.

Also, I actually got around to canning something, which I was starting to think wouldn’t happen. Yep. I made my first ever relish. Dill relish. I hate sweet/bread & butter. I don’t know how it has come out yet, but next time we grill I’ll find out!

Next on my to-do list today will be spicy pineapple chicken. Can’t wait!


hops: my newest post!

Happy Labor Day! And a happy one it is too…it looks like Labor Day’s gift to me is that I’ll have no more morning sickness 😀

Along with such good news deserves a new post, and hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of postings. Hopefully.

Joe harvested his hops today. He only got a little, but this was his first year. It is said that you don’t really get a harvest until the third year, so I think Joe’s very happy with getting anything! He immediately added it to one of his batches of beer.

The apartment is a mess, but I’m planning on getting that whipped back into shape now that I’m feeling better.

I’m also hoping to finish a quilt I started over a year ago, and get some baby knitting done. I’m so excited to be transitioning into my second trimester!

thursday thanks

Taking time to reflect on God’s goodness, no matter the circumstances.

Thanking God for:

  • lots of friends who have goats in order to give us advice about ours
  • homemade – baby food, beauty products, health products, cleaning products
  • breakfast from scratch and not from a box
  • the new moon to stimulate plant growth
  • wheat, hops, lupine, spinach, garlic, chives – all springing out of the ground
  • the blessing of animals for food, drink, manure, and creating compost
  • my mother to teach me the domestic arts
  • spinning wheels soon to be in use

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God concerning you


thursday thanks

avocado and banana – P is not a fan, but avocado is highly beneficial so we will push through it. *sigh*

Taking time to reflect on God’s goodness, no matter the circumstances.

Thanking God for:

  • the determination to learn the skills of making things by hand
  • motivation to get things done this week (cooking, cleaning, sewing, knitting)
  • bravery to try new things
  • sunshine & rain
  • afternoon tea
  • inspiration from others
  • personal trials that build character…eventually.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God concerning you

from the kitchen

I made my first successful homemade baby food last night. It came out PERFECT! I feel like I took on a bear. Seriously. My first try was so horrible that I just didn’t think I could do it. I may try green beans again someday.

baby food #1 / /

This is sweet potato. All I had to do was bake them in the oven (I did 4. 3 for P and 1 for me!), remove them from the skin (they practically fall out) and puree them in my food processor. Put in ice cube tray and freeze and then pop out and put in freezer bag. Voila. Easy peasy!

I’m so excited about my success that I’m trying to dream up what I should do next

I have bananas and baby spinach. I know I want to do my spinach raw. Would it be weird to do the two together? Maybe add apple juice?

a few updates.

Hello. Here are a few updates for you out in Blogland.

1 Last weekend’s SSFE Blog Hop didn’t go so well. Thank you to Inspired for participating. It also seems that no one is interested in giveaways. I just don’t think I have enough of a readership to start introducing fun interactive things just yet. Maybe I will in a year or two.

2. I am running out of inspiration for my weekly Self-Sustainability for Everyone post so…rather than doing one every week, I will do a post here and there in the series as I either think of a topic or actively participate in something I consider to fall into the category. If you, my dear reader, can think of a SSFE topic, please post a blog of your own and link up with Hipster Homesteading and comment about it! I’d love to get inspiration from you!

3. As a filler to take up the space where SSFE used to be, I will try to be more faithful in documenting the different projects I [plan to] undertake. Things such as:

  • cleaning and making over my oven
  • attempting soapmaking
  • joining the ‘no poo’ movement (this has nothing to do with excrement)
  • goat & garden progress
  • attempting cheesemaking
  • knitting, sewing, and embroidery
  • recipes
  • book & music reviews
  • mama-ing
  • etc.

4. Sisters, please check out my other blog, Broken Record Confessions, over the weekend!

Have a great weekend!

from the kitchen

It’s been so unseasonably warm this month that I’ve really been wanting something cool, refreshing and sweet. Sometimes I wish I lived in the south, not just for their delicious barbeque, but for their amazing sweet tea. Then it occurred to me, why not make my own?!

I seemed to recall a friend of my brother’s from Virginia, sending him some Lipton tea bags and a recipe for sweet tea. Well, wouldn’t you know it? I have two huge boxes of Lipton Iced Tea tea bags just lying around!

I hopped online and pulled up this recipe for sweet tea. I halved it because I only have a half gallon pitcher.

Lipton Southern Style Sweet Tea 

(in half) / /


  • 1/2 gallon hot/boiling water
  • 3 Lipton Iced Tea tea bags
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • lemon wedges for garnish


Take tea bags, and remove the paper on the strings, and tie all three together.  Set aside. In a half gallon pitcher, add very hot water. Stir in the sugar till dissolved. Add tea bags and dunk into water a few times, then leave them in the pitcher. Cover with lid of pitcher and refrigerate. Wait until it is very cold (at least 3-4 hours). The flavor changes until it reaches the ‘cold’ state. Drink and enjoy. Recommended taking tea bags out after about 8 hours (if it lasts that long).

I squeezed my lemon in when I poured my glass and OH YUM!

Enjoy this weather while it lasts! It is only March, so you know the cold is bound to come back around 😦

from the kitchen

I made bread again!

This time the recipe came from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. It is the very first recipe in the book, and It takes no time to throw together. You don’t kneed it. You just put all the ingredients together in a bowl, mix them together and put it in the frige and forget about it till you want to make bread! On top of all that, it’s soooo yummy.

Piper also liked it pretty well. This was her very first time eating a sandwich and she loved it!