Our Week (so far)

A fairly regular, if not weekly, post to share photos of random moments in our lives. No particular rhyme or reason to them, just things we’ve done, or small bits of our lives I’ve finally taken notice of. Thanks for popping by and taking a peek into our week, so far:

Mother's Day breakfast with my boy. I cooked up special beet & apple waffles with blueberry sauce. Super yummy! We both gobbled them up.
Mother’s Day breakfast with my boy. I cooked up special beet & apple waffles with blueberry sauce. Super yummy! We both gobbled them up.
Just chillin' outside with my boy on Mother's Day. Love his sunglasses! I need some!
Just chillin’ outside with my boy on Mother’s Day. Love his sunglasses! I need some!
May 12th would have been my oldest brother's birthday. Sammy & I took a little trip up to the cemetery for a visit. When I told Sam we were going to the cemetery to see Uncle Blake, my sweet boy asked if we could read a story with him. So we brought one of his Berenstein Bear books with us and sat there reading a story together. When we were just about ready to leave, I wished Blake happy birthday. Sammy heard me and starting singing Happy Birthday to Uncle Blake. Just another truly precious moment to get me through the week.
May 12th would have been my oldest brother’s birthday. Sammy & I took a little trip up to the cemetery for a visit. When I told Sam we were going to the cemetery to see Uncle Blake, my sweet boy asked if we could read a story with him. So we brought one of his Berenstein Bear books with us and sat there reading a story together. When we were just about ready to leave, I wished Blake happy birthday. Sammy heard me and starting singing Happy Birthday to Uncle Blake. Just another truly precious moment to get me through the week.
Sammy was a big help this week with all sorts of tasks. We did some watering at one of the yards for hubby and he was happy to try out his new watering can (I know he doesn't look too happy in the picture, though).
Sammy was a big help this week with all sorts of tasks. We did some watering at one of the yards for hubby and he was happy to try out his new watering can (I know he doesn’t look too happy in the picture, though).
Finally got to enjoy several meals outside this week. Loving our old blue bench (painted it last year, but barely got to use it).
Finally got to enjoy several meals outside this week. Loving our old blue bench (painted it last year, but barely got to use it).
Sammy helping Auntie Tina dig one of the many holes out on our "big farm" for the hazelnut trees that we are planting out there. It's a big task (over 400 hazelnuts to go in, 400 raspberry bushes, and a handful of pear & apple trees). Mark your calendars, the official tree planting day is May 24th! Contact me if you're interested in joining us!
Sammy helping Auntie Tina dig one of the many holes out on our “big farm” for the hazelnut trees that we are planting out there. It’s a big task (over 400 hazelnuts to go in, 400 raspberry bushes, and a handful of pear & apple trees). Mark your calendars, the official tree planting day is May 24th! Contact me if you’re interested in joining us!

Happy food pt. 1

Quit the wrong stuff

We started overhauling the types of food we buy a few years ago, when hubby went low-carb. Since then, we have continued to make small changes, searching out local suppliers, opting for organic varieties here & there, less sugar on occasion, more fat all the time, meat, meat & more meat, and trying to align our kitchen with the seasons.

I’ve felt compelled to make more changes lately. We recently switched over to buying 80% of our weekly groceries at Community Natural Foods. That’s a pretty big change for a gal who has shopped at Safeway since her birth. We still pick up a some things at Safeway that we haven’t figured out alternatives for. Maybe at some point we will or learn to go without. Slow steady changes.

It really does come down to quality over quantity. Our personal farming motto is “good food, happy people”. It just feels like the right time to live out that philosophy more fully. It’s not a change that can happen overnight. We’ve known that from the beginning. And I certainly don’t recommend that you try to change all your eating & buying habits overnight. You need to believe in the changes that you make. Each and every one of them. It can take time & careful consideration. You need to weigh your own personal priorities & passions.

When it comes to food, the two big considerations for us is the distance it has traveled and just how healthy it truly is. In other words, our first priority is locally sourced food. Our second priority is organic. Local organic is the ultimate goal, besides growing & raising it ourselves. Of course, we’re not perfect. We make plenty of compromises along the way, but bit by bit, we’re trying to change.

The quote above from Seth Godin is so appropriate for this lifestyle overhaul. We will try to quit the “wrong” stuff, and stick with the “right” stuff. I thought I would make this a new post series on the blog, documenting how we choose to do one or the other on our quest for happy food. We’re all hungry for it in our own ways.

Happy Trails

Alberta farm t-shirts by Ole Originials

Last month we had the pleasure of taking part in the Alberta Open Farm Days by visiting Trail’s End ranch (just south of Nanton). The ranch we’ve been buying our “happy cow” beef from for the past few years, A7 Ranche, recently partnered with Trail’s End. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to check things out. Of course, Sam loved watching all the animals, especially the chickens. He spent the morning running from one critter to the next (and then he spent the entire drive home “clucking” in the back seat). It was nice to meet Rachel & Tyler, and see their home. They’re hip to the social media, so we’ve also been enjoying following things at the ranch on Facebook. We’ve even been invited back down to take a better look at the pastures and beef operation on the main ranch, which we are tickled about. We’re getting ourselves, Sam include, exposed bit by bit to this business of farming. Do check out our main farm blog for Happiness by the Acre, where hubby Marcus has been taking on the role of blogger. Until we have our own critters to take pics of, you just have to settle for a little photo tour of Trail’s End ranch 😉

Chicken watching
My boys doing a little chicken flock watching

Hen at Trail's End ranch

Trail's End ranch cattle

Trail's End ranch cattle 2

Sam & Marcus at Trail's End ranch
Future farmer? I sure hope so.