Simple Foods to Preserve Before It's Too Late | myhumblekitchen.com

As far as preserving goes, I’ve been off my game this past season. My garden’s are lush and green but I’ve had a lot of trouble with bunnies. They’ve already taken out my spring carrots, beets, and chard, and now, going into the fall growing season, have demolished my green beans. It’s frustrating to say the least.

What I need to do is put up some temporary fencing around some of my garden beds but I really didn’t want to do that in the front yard. Oh well… I think I’m surrendering to the bunnies this year and in my crop rotation next year, will make sure to sow my root vegetables in a bed that’s higher off the ground. Hopefully that will keep the sneaky little bunnies away.

However, now that it’s September, my hot summer vegetables are in full producing mode so it’s usually in this month that I spend the most of my time making quite a few batches of pickles and preserving for the winter to come. That’s right, September is not just back-to-school month but preserving-the-harvest month as well.

Also, if you’ve had bunny troubles of your own or don’t garden, it’s not too late to start picking up extra vegetables at the farmers market to preserve. It’s during this time of the year that your farmers have a bounty so you can even think about asking them if you can buy a bulk purchase of tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, zucchini, okra, corn, beans, etc..

Today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite simple foods to preserve before it’s too late!

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It’s definitely back to school season! It’s been great seeing so many parents take on the #lunchrevolution by packing their children nourishing lunches at home.

Although my kids are homeschooled, we still need to pack lunches as well.  As a matter of fact, I’ve found that my time is more productive when I actually plan out my kids lunches for the week and pack them the night before. That way when we finish up with our morning studies, we can run upstairs, grab our pre-packed lunches from the fridge and eat right away. It’s a total time saver and one that I’d like to do more consistently this year.

Also, now that we have homeschool coop twice per month, nature walks, field trips, and other outdoor activities planned for the year, we are going to be traveling with our homeschool lunches quite frequently.

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A Nourishing Lunch that Your Kids will Love! | myhumblekitchen.com

I’m very happy to let you all know that Jovial Foods has once again partnered with My Humble Kitchen! Check out their new website and don’t forget to checkout their online store while you’re there! They’re once again offering My Humble Kitchen readers a coupon code for 10% off PLUS FREE shipping! Use the coupon code HumbleK today!

I’ve been a bit quiet, lately. With good reason, too. 

It’s back to school season and for me, that has meant diving into a new planning season in curriculum for my children that are educated at home. It’s going to be a fantastic year as Little Brother starts his formal education and Big Brother starts year 3. I’m completely swooned by the Charlotte Mason method of home education and have been giddy as a child as new living books arrive on our doorstep nearly everyday. Yes, I’ll be sure to share all about our new year in homeschool soon but for now, let’s talk a bit about lunch.

Yes, although we school at home, I’ve come to learn that our day’s run much smoother when I don’t have to stop in the middle of my day to prepare lunch. For me, this means making sure our lunches are pre-planned and ready to go the following day or something that can be prepared quickly. One of my favorite things to make early in the week that serves my family for a couple days is a pasta salad. Thanks to Jovial, it’s also completely nourishing to boot.

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Behind-the-Scenes with Amy: A look at Jovial's Culinary Getaway in Italy! | myhumblekitchen.com

There is nothing that makes me happier than finding out when a connection has been made between a reader and a brand that I’ve partnered with. 

This past year, I’ve been excited to share with you all about Jovial Foods. They’re a company with a deep commitment to a sustainable economic model that focuses on farming first and then considers the entire process all the way to the shelf. You can read their story, mission, and a bit about their farmers here.

I’ve been pleased with all of their products that I’ve used so far. I’ve shared with you all about The Tangled Web of Bread and why my family chooses einkorn flour for all of our baking. I’ve shared some tasty recipes using einkorn flour which include a 100% whole wheat einkorn bread, sweet and simple cherry hand pies, cheddar crackers, a strawberry and rhubarb french toast casserole, naturally sweetened pumpkin bars, and an oatmeal and blueberry breakfast cake. I’ve also been delighted with their jarred organic tomatoes in which I’ve shared with you a couple recipes using them including Remy’s ratatouille and a simple einkorn pasta topped with farm crafted sausages, peppers, and onions.

I adore the Jovial line of products as I know they are of the best quality, both in flavor and nourishment.

Once I learned that Jovial also host’s culinary getaways in Italy, I was more than excited to share that with you all as well.

Behind-the-Scenes with Amy: A look at Jovial's Culinary Getaway in Italy! | myhumblekitchen.com

This is a trip I’d love to take myself so I was completely thrilled to have found out that a My Humble Kitchen reader booked a trip with her daughter to the Jovial villa in Lucca and had the experience of a lifetime!

Since Amy is a part of this community, I thought it would be fun to interview her so that we could all get a behind-the-scenes look at Jovial’s Culinary Getaway in Italy! But before you read on, take note that Jovial’s next culinary getaway all about ancient einkorn is this coming November!

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Remy's Ratatouille. A healthy meal made by kids because yes, anyone can cook! | myhumblekitchen.com

Well, today is the big day. Big brother headed off to Spain bright and early this morning with Big Cousin and Papa.

I shared a bit last week how him traveling abroad, so far away, was going to be difficult for me; however, something great happened last night. Late last evening as Big Brother and I were packing up his clothes and arranging his backpack filled with his most treasured essentials, God gave me peace. He stripped away my worries and completely made me aware that he loves my son more than I’ll ever know. Man, that seriously allowed me to send him away, joyfully. In the midst of that overwhelming peace, we prayed together and then started chatting about all the wonderful things he was going to experience with his Abuela and Papa. I asked him what he was most excited to see in Spain. He told me, “my Abuela.” I started to cry.

He loves my mami so much and it’s the same sort of feeling that I had for my own Abuela Isabel. In a way, this trip means just as much to me as it does to him. You see, my Abuela passed away of breast cancer when I was 7 or 8 years old. I never had the chance to make those trips abroad to spend my summers with her – to depend on her, pray with her, take to the beaches, cook, eat, and laugh with her. I’ve dreamt about what those times could have been like. What she would have taught me, memories we could have created. It’s ok. I know where she’s spending her eternity and I know I’ll see her once again, but for now, my son gets to make those memories with his Abuela and I’m so blessed by that, so happy that he’ll have those treasured moments to keep with him, forever.

So, earlier this week I asked Big Brother what special meal we could make together before his departure. He told me he wanted to make a ratatouille just like Remy’s. Now that’s my boy! Together with Little Brother, we all went away to making one of the most delicious meals we’ve had all summer.

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A Sensational Supper in 15 Minutes! | myhumblekitchen.com

Gabe recently had rotary cuff surgery on his shoulder and it all happened while playing the great American sport of baseball.

The tension was high from the dugout as not one man had scored a run…yet. As soon as that ball was hit, eyes turned to Gabe as he came flying through third base, eyes focused straight on home. From the dugout, men in dripping sweaty t’s with faces pressed against the fence were screaming from the top of their lungs, “Home! Home! You’ve got this, Gabe! Come On!!” Sure enough, that ball came soaring from the outfield to home. Gabe came crashing home, sliding in hands first as the catcher leaped forward to catch the ball and then came slamming down…on Gabe’s shoulder. It was painful, and he heard something pop, but he scored one for the team.

Well, the only one for the team. They lost that day…15-1 and although he felt a bit victorious because of that run he didn’t realize how much damage had just occurred.

I feel a bit foolish, ignorant really. I didn’t realize the extent of work that was going to be needed on his shoulder and had no idea that a rotary cuff surgery is one of the most painful to undergo. I honestly assumed Gabe would walk in and out and be back at it the next day with only a sling to remind us of his procedure. Wow, was I ever wrong.

Immediately after his surgery, he was in pain…intolerable pain. He needed my help, round the clock. Being that he was on pain medication for the first week, I made sure to feed him lacto-fermented cultures to keep his body regulated. I fed him a lot of milk kefir, plain and in smoothies, lacto-fermented pickles, and a ton of vegetables including a lot of dark leafy greens. He ended up not needing any sort of laxatives as real food did its job of flushing out the toxins from the medication and re-introducing healthy bacteria his gut was screaming for.

I was more than happy to tend to my husband but I was left exhausted. Praise God my mother in law had made us a couple of meals to get us through the week and then I pulled out one of my favorite super quick meals to make during those times that you’re literally left with no wind.

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