About Me

Kathleen Peters

I’m just a regular mom who happens to homeschool my two sons. I like to knit when I get the hankerin’ and I can be a complete goofball.ย  But mostly, I would say my favorite hobby is learning new things. I know, strange, huh? I was one of those kids who liked school. Currently, I’m intrigued with learning how to be more self-reliant (gardening, milking goats, raising meat chickens, etc). You’ll also find me learning about parenting, marriage, cooking and health.ย  So, blogging seemed like the natural thing to do.ย  Blog about what I learn.

We’ve been homeschooling since our oldest was born. I know, it sounds silly, but really that’s when it all began. So, we’ve been at it for awhile. The boys are currently 16 and 12. We’ve done everything from Classical Education, to Sonlight, to our current, live and learn approach.

The latest approach to learning came in October 2007 (Music Man:10 yrs and Soccer Boy: 7 yrs). God seemed to be asking us to homeschool differently. We’ve settled, most days, on this live and learn approach, where you focus in on the child’s interests and strengths and allow him to lead the way in his learning. I am very definitely a check list sort of gal, so this has been a tough adjustment in many ways. I don’t mind being spontaneous about where we should go out to dinner, but my childrens’ education? I’ve read just about every book I can get my hands on about unschooling, but none of them seem to adequately explain to this brain what it looks like day to day. So, blogging seemed like a great way to sort it all out and show myself that indeed learning is taking place.

In December 2009, we moved to our dream farm. We’re all city kids, so we’re learning the farm stuff as we go. I, for one, am having a blast with becoming a bit more self-reliant. The kids…not so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ah, they’ll thank me later. I’ve been married to my sweet husband for almost 20 years and I think we’re having more fun than we ever have.

Lately, blogging has meant some discussion about food. I’m a bit obsessed these days since I discovered I have invasive yeast (Candida). About 3 times the normal amount. So, my naturopath put me on this super restrictive diet. No bread, grains, dairy, fruit, sugar, mushrooms, potatoes, or corn. (I’ve since graduated to 1.5 Cups whole grains and 1.5 Cups fruit a day) What else is there, you may ask? Meat, vegetables and a few nuts. So, pardon me while I get used to eating this way. I’m sure I’ll get back to writing about more normal stuff. You know, like helping a momma goat give birth. Normal like that.

I hope you’ll stop by every so often and throw in your two cents. I love, love, love learning from other women. And I adore getting comments. It totally makes my day. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s my ‘Words of Encouragement’ Love Language. And if you want to know when I add something new to the blog,ย  just click on the ‘Subscribe’ button. It’s to the right,ย  just below ‘Recent Articles’. It won’t cost you a thing, and you’ll be getting email from someone who thinks you’re great. No really. I do.

 

 

16 Comments

  1. Hi Kiddo. I love your blog and I was especially glad to hear you want to learn how to apply eye shadow. I didn’t fail as a mother afterall….just kidding. When you’re ready for a trip to Nordies I’m your girl.

    By the way I love your brain and take partial credit for it; afterall, I birthed you.
    Hugs,
    Mom

  2. And credit, you should take, Mom. You deserve every bit. Thanks for birthing me and always using big literary words. I have you to blame for all the fancy descriptive words that pop into my brain here and there. I’m not even sure I could explain what half of them mean.:-) I have to keep asking Ron if I use them correctly.

    I love you.
    Give Don and Nancy a hug for me.

  3. Kathleen, I love you! Not everyone can write in a way that really befits their personality, but you, my friend have the knack! Thank you for sharing your heart and your escapades. I love being along for the ride.

  4. Emily Windsor

    May 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I want to know if you are the same Kathleen Peters that brought kids to AWANA at Grace where my husband and I taught Cubbies. If so, I would love to talk to you more as I have been doing much reading lately about whole foods, trying to implement dietary changes, and dreaming about a farm. Please send e-mail.

    • Emily,
      I am the one you are seeking. ๐Ÿ™‚ But seriously, would love to chat whole foods and farms. Some of my favorite topics. I’m emailing you my email.

  5. Kathleen – you are one of the COOLEST CATS I have ever known! I love the way you think, I love the way you write, the love the way you are you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would LOVE to be a perpetual student… I totally LOVE learning new things so reading your blog is fantastic! Yeah you!

  6. Kathleen, you crack me up. I almost feel like I’m reading my own writing when I read yours, cause you say things just like I would. We’re both amazing that way. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It would be my writing, except for the parts about living in the country and having goats and stuff. And yet, if I moved to the country and started learning to be self sufficient, I’d be pretty darn pleased with myself just as you are . . . and just as I am at this very moment that I made mayonnaise today! That’s right. I made candida diet friendly mayonnaise in my very kitchen and half of it is currently mixed with eggs yolks in the form of deviled eggs that I made for Easter. I can’t tell you how excited I am that I get to have deviled eggs with the rest of the fam and not only did I not have to find a way to make them without mayo, I done MADE the mayo!

    As you’ve probably guessed, I found your blog when doing a search involving candida. I was hooked immediately and that was before I found out you home schooled. I have a 14 and 16 year old and they have been home schooled from the get go. Only my 16 year old done went off to “Big Girl School” this year, and the younger one is following next year. So my home school journey is coming to a close.

    Anyway, I love your blog and look forward to reading more, especially any amazing candida friendly recipes you have to offer. I am SO trying that creme brรปlรฉe soon! I just may have to start my own blog and do the same. Oh wait, I HAVE A blog. Technically two (cause as you can see, I have a lot of words) but neither are for this sort of thing. Hmmmmm.

    Thanks so much for sharing your learning experiences with the rest of us and making us laugh at the same time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ God bless you!

    • Jen,
      Thanks so much for visiting my humble blog (I only have one). ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to drop by and visit one of yours, since we talk the same. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks for all the swell compliments!!! Wow. You totally made my day. Oh, yes. You are now totally on my ‘best of friends’ list.

      I’m so glad you ventured out into homemade mayonnaise arena and then gotta share deviled eggs with the rest of the fam. Woo. Hoo. There’s nothing quite like getting to eat the same food as everyone else. It feels so…normal. Hey, if you get to have plain yogurt on your Candida diet, you’ve got to try the Ranch Dressing recipe. It’s so good. How far are you on your Candida journey? I’m currently a Stage 2.

      Be on the lookout for Candida safe Lemon Blueberry Muffins. Just made them this morning and oh, boy; I ate waaaayyy too many. Let me know how the Creme Brulee turns out. I’d love to hear what you think.

  7. Hi Kathleen. I’m replying by email because I have way too many words! Haha!

  8. Hey Kathleen,

    Did you get my email? Cause I fear I may have overwhelmed you with my many words all about “me” and, if so, I apologize! I plan to try the creme brรปlรฉe today. Yee ha! I want to try the lemon blueberry muffins . . . they look SO good . . . but I have to think on that a bit, cause I’m slightly intolerant to blueberries. I think my doc said I can have them “sometimes”, but I could also switch the blueberries for something else, like maybe cranberries. Mmmmm! Oh. Oops. No fruit for me until next Thursday, so I guess I’ll try it then. Hey! I could do “Cranberry Orange”! Maybe I’ll mix up the recipe and bit and let you know how it turns out. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Jen,
      No you didn’t overwhelm me… it was fun reading about your adventure. I wanted to respond back in kind with my story, but I fear my desire to have enough time to sit down and give it the full attention I wanted has ruled out me actually doing it. I am so glad that you are starting to find answers.

      About the blueberries in the muffins…just make them sans blueberries. They would be GREAT just as lemon muffins, or throw in a Tablespoon of poppy seeds. Or when you can have fruit, go grab yourself a bag of frozen raspberries and throw a cup of those in. By the way, I love the idea of Orange Cranberry. I’ve got some sugar free dried cranberries I made this Fall. Yum.

      I’ve been thinking about you while I’ve been working on my first ebook. It’s about starting to eat sugar free. I keep thinking, “I need to finish this! Jen needs the help.” See, you’re inspiring me.

  9. Yay! Glad I’m inspiring you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You’re inspiring me, too. Not only with recipes, which I can’t wait to try more of, but I’m thinking of creating a new blog that incorporates all of my interests, similar to yours. And include healthy recipes as well and practical tips on living healthy, particularly for people who can’t fathom going from the typical American diet (junk food) to a healthy one, cause it’s such a HUGE jump and a mind blower if you really do it extreme. I have actually been doing it a little at a time over many years, slowly incorporating good changes, but with the candida, it struck me full force and it’s MAKING me seek out those sugar free recipes and actually make them if I want to eat anything sweet. Good thing I’ve gotten more and more into cooking lately, cause you HAVE to cook to survive this diet!

    I’m a big fan of Dr. Mercola, Jordin Rubin (The Maker’s Diet and The Great Physician’s Rx to Health and Wellness), as well as Mariel Hemingway. She has a book on healthy living as well as a cookbook. I tend to agree with most of what is taught by all of those people. Healthy living can mean a lot of different things to a lot of people, but I tend to go back to their information again and again and read Dr. Mercola’s newsletter everyday.

    Anyways, thanks for your post. I’m so glad I found you and will also check out some of the links you give to other sites with more candida recipes. And, yes, I will certainly try the lemon blueberry muffins with just the lemon. I was thinking of doing that, or incorporating lemon and coconut together. Mmmmm!!! I’ll probably try “some” sort of muffin tomorrow.

  10. Jen,
    I definitely think you ought to start another blog. I would read it!

    I too have been on a journey to better eating, and like you I was inching along for a few years and then BAM! Candida suddenly catapulted me forward like 10,000 miles. ๐Ÿ™‚ Several years back, my friend, Chez Misty bought me the book, “Nourishing Traditions” and I keep finding myself coming back to it. I’ll have to look up Dr. Mercola’s newsletter. I’m pretty sure I’ve read some of his stuff before.

    Keep on, keeping on, my never met friend.

  11. So appreciate this information. My sister told me last night about how America allow Almonds to be prepared and I decided to do some research and came upon your site. I am a vegeterian and rely heavly on raw nuts for some of my daily protein intake. Smh! I’ve always been disappointed with the USDA not doing more in their resoponsibilities in protecting the Americian foods. More need to be done. I often wonder why is so many Americians dying of the same illness Cancer? Our Country is very diverse in culture and ethnicity and the only thing all Americians have in common is food even if we prepare and eat different food . Its one of the major things we have in common.

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