Babies, Skin, Money, Homesteading

Hey y’all.

Just so you know, being pregnant can be awful.

Some women don’t have problems, and they find it wonderful. That’s great for them, but, unfortunately, I’m not one of those women.

I’ve had to start avoiding hot food (temperature) like the plague. There’ve been many smoothies and sandwiches lately.

Speaking of, I’m thinking of beginning to eat a very fruit-heavy diet. I was eating a lot of rice before I got pregnant, but it’s not good cold, and none of the room-temp snack food is good for my skin.

Most pregnant people say to keep crackers with you, but I can’t eat crackers (and I’m not about to buy the fancy, gluten-free crackers) so I got some corn tortilla chips. This was a fantastic idea until I discovered that my skin didn’t like the oil the chips were fried in. I think I’m just going to have to take granola/trail mix with me everywhere.

I have heard of people going on a frutarian diet to help their skin. The only problem with that is that it can get expensive. And definitely cost more than I want to afford on my family’s budget. Even if you only ate bananas (which I can’t because too many give me the sugar-shakes), you’d need 20+ a day, figuring a 2000 calorie diet. And bananas are cheap! Most fruit is at least 4 times the cost of bananas – usually more.

Also, I tried fermenting my own soy sauce, and what I learned is to leave that to the professionals. Same goes for soy milk. I tried, and it tasted really, really bad. I am all about making other kinds of milk, though. But I use water for a lot of things. All dairy-free milks are just water + a grain/nut/bean, blended and strained, so water works just fine for most things. Even animal milk is just an emulsion of water and fat.

I don’t know if I told y’all, but I did buy my honeyberry plants. I have 4, two of each kind. I’m just waiting to put them in the ground because we’re looking at moving very soon. That’s part of why I haven’t planted a whole lot this fall. I don’t want to plant a bunch of things and then leave. As it is, whoever’s living here in spring will have a lot of potato plants in the front yard.

I did finally get some asparagus seed. Again, that didn’t get planted, but it should still be good next spring.

Even though I didn’t grow a bounty here, I did learn a TON. I’m looking forward to growing more at our next location. I’m also tentatively considering getting into beekeeping (unless I can somehow grow some heat-tolerant maple trees). Opinions?


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