It’s been a slow week here at Spain in Iowa but a busy one for me. School has started and I’m teaching 3 web design classes this semester. I’ve been busy setting up my classes and prepping. I’m really excited to teach this semester as my classes are filled with students really wanting to learn the basics of (X)HTML and CSS! One of my evening classes has 10 professionals in the field of graphic design with 15+ years of experience needing to educate themselves in the web. Can you tell I geek out in code, lol! So with that and 3 sites I’m currently working on, I haven’t had as much time to visit blogs and update my own. Hopefully within the next couple of weeks things can pick up as I am planning an entire week to share about the health and benefits of using animal fats including butter, lard, and tallow.
On another note, I do have some very exciting news! A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa was 1 of 15 bloggers selected to participate in a special cake decorating event with Kelly Ripa to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in NEW YORK CITY! It’s sponsored by Foodbuzz and Electrolux. My hubby is coming with me and we’re staying one extra night to enjoy the town! The cause is amazing and one that effects so many people in this world. I’m really excited to start educating myself on Ovarian Cancer and sharing what I learn. It’s the alarming rates of cancer in this country that really makes it important to stay away from processed and refined foods. The key to our health is in what we eat. As soon as I find out the details I will for sure post on what exactly we’ll be doing and share with all of you 😀
So onto my post! With school starting and me teaching night classes two days a week, I was concerned on what my family would be eating on those nights. On the days that I teach, I’m usually prepping for class especially during nap time! I found that it left me no time to prepare a meal for my family and my hubby was left to fend for himself and the kids. Usually mac and cheese, eggs, or take-out. As I was talking to one of my good friends and Real Food eaters, Rebecca, she mentioned that we used to do things so differently. When Rebecca and I get together we chat, lol! We usually bounce ideas off each other and always end with, we wish we had more time! Time to make things like bread, cheese, pasta etc.. etc.. etc.. Time to spend with other woman in fellowship. It’s time constraints especially in this day in age that makes it impossible to make EVERYTHING from scratch especially when you have other obligations like work outside of the home. As we started to talk about this, she brought it to my attention that even in our grandmothers ages, they didn’t do everything by themselves, they formed friendships and community. They would create groups or gatherings called Bee’s which were specifically formed to get a job done in a large group of women or men and at the same time socialize and learn from each other. What a concept right? Get to know your neighbor and help each other out. There were Bee’s that were formed for quiltmaking, corn husking, building up barns and homes, sewing, preserving and cooking!
According to wikipedia:
the word bee comes from dialectal been or bean (meaning “help given by neighbors”), which came from Middle English bene (meaning “prayer”, “boon” and “extra service by a tenant to his lord”)
At the very same time that I started learning about bee’s I started seeing freezer meals come up on facebook by a group of my friends. I automatically thought what a perfect idea to create a freezer meal bee! A bee where we could all make meals and share within the group. As soon as I mentioned this to one of the ladies on facebook, I was notified that they had already started this exact kind of bee and invited me to join the group! I was so excited! I of course jumped at the invitation. Our freezer meal bee (As I’m calling it, lol!) consists of 6 woman. There are 6 categories of food and the thought process behind that is that each month we rotate on the category. We gather once a month at my friend Abby’s house and cook from about noon to 6pm. Every member in the group has to make 6 of the same kind of meal which we then leave with 6 different meals for the freezer. This was such a huge blessing for me as on the nights that I teach my family has a meal already prepared that only needs to be warmed up in the oven! How perfect is that!! Not only did I leave with amazing meals, but I had so much fun in fellowship with these like minded mama’s! We laughed, chatted and had a great time! The group has a blog, so if you’re interested in any of the recipes that we are creating for the freezer, please visit Abby’s site Food For Later.
Below are some pics I took at my first Freezer Meal Bee gathering 😀
Ranching mama, Shanen Ebersole!
Sarah Reid, baby wearing mama and owner of Wallypop, made falafel’s!
I really encourage everyone out there to take a step out of their comfort zones and get to know other people within your community. It’s only through community and brotherly love that we can edify and benefit from one another. I’m so glad to have met this group of urban homesteaders and family farmers. I can’t wait to see what we come up with next month 😀
This post is part of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday!