Beyond Deweyville

Breeding, feeding, writing, reading, crafting, and photographing in Orange County, CA Where it has become a novelty to raise your own kids and mow your own grass (if you can afford some).

Green Hour Challenge continues… April 19, 2008

Filed under: Green Hour Challenges,Kids,Life as school — mothersandothers @ 5:56 am

I’m not calling this the Green Hour Challenge #2 yet because we’ve been busy doing other nature-y things.

FYI, we will be leaving for a couple of weeks so I hope to have more to post when we get back.

Now go outside!

Here are some shots from our latest couple of adventures.


Other things to eat

Looking for things to catch


What am I going to do with 500 frogs????


Who’s coming over for some lemonade?

Filed under: Food — mothersandothers @ 5:28 am

I recently came into a whole host of lovely lemons

and the mint is taking over

so come join us for some lemonade!!

Or make your own:


1 C. Sugar

1 C. Water

Juice of 6 lemons

Take the peel from one of the squeezed lemons and cut it into strips


In a small sauce pan bring sugar and water to a boil, add strips of peel and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature (or close if you’re impatient like me), and strain out the peel. To a 2 quart pitcher add lemon juice and 1/2 c. of the syrup and 5 c. of water. Stir, taste, adjust ratio of water and syrup. Serve over ice and mint.



“Mom, what’s for dinner?” April 16, 2008

Filed under: Food,General,Modern Homemaking,Shal's Monthly Menus — mothersandothers @ 7:06 am

To which I usually reply, “Umm, I don’t know. I’ll figure it out a little later. I’m trying to figure out what we’re eating for breakfast.” And then I really don’t-my mind just wrestles with it all day until we have to run to the store, at which point my anxiety increases because I’m at the store so I should buy for tomorrow too, but the kids are usually doing one of three things: running, dropping things, fighting about their cart status, which makes it impossible for me to recall anything let alone what I need for Broccoli Pasta. Menu planning is not fun for me! Odd, considering I LOVE to cook (and eat). My problem, as many of you know, is the decisions. My recipes are well-organized, but my list of things I want to make next is getting way too long. I want it to be different and new every day. I can’t believe it took me this long to accept that that only worked before young kiddley-winks were on the scene. I don’t recommend honing basic homemaking skills wilst you are in the midst of being a homemaker. Let’s prepare our daughters before they get there should they choose this path. And all my mormon friends give two snaps up.

So enter my food guru Shelly (also committed to Waldorfy things like daily rhythms for kids) and her menu. She e-mailed it to me and it was so simple and beautiful I wanted to marry it. And thus I renewed my vows to coming up with my own. I’m still trying a lot of new recipes, mainly from the Whole Foods site because we shop there a lot and they sounded so yummy. However, I am keeping the same menu for a whole month. And even after that some things will remain the same. For example, Monday breakfast will always be eggs but what we add to them will change. I think this is another way I can keep my thinking about it to a minimum and my conversing with the kids to a maximum. I hope to post each new menu here in case anyone else like me wants some ideas or something to copy altogether.

By the way…everything is pretty healthy relative to the SAD (standard american diet). If you see things like chocolate milk, it’s chocolate rice or almond milk. The hotdogs are all-organic beef no nitrates or -trites. The bread is sprouted whenever possible. And fruits and veggies are organic as much as we can afford.

Drum roll Wyatt and Amaiah…..

Recipe links:

Dutch Baby Pancake

Banana Energy Sundae

Kermit’s Dip

Turkey Veggie Pinwheels (note: I’m adding preservative, hormone-free lunch meat)

Black Bean Quesadillas

Pigs in a Blanket

Apple-Pear Salad (I will be buying candied pecans)

Orange-Kissed Chicken

Soy Ginger Lettuce Wraps

Tamale Casserole

The smoothies are raw-vegan and so friggin’ good! Shoot me an e-mail for a recipe.

Happy Eating!


Happy Birthday to me April 11, 2008

Filed under: General — mothersandothers @ 7:00 pm

This is what I was wearing when I turned 32

It was a good day to have a birthday