My Week on Wednesday… November 13





Welcome to My Week on Wednesday… when I talk a little about what I’ve been doing, and what interesting blogs I have read, and all the neat things I have learned.

It is snowing, freezing, and officially Looks Like Winter outside… but before that we had a couple of glorious Fall days. And I had my camera.

Cemetery in Fall Falling Leaves Cattails Farm on a Quiet RoadWindmillsMy husband is still in Poland, but he promises he is taking pictures. He also has discovered a few neat dishes we are going try to figure out how to make when he gets home, including a fermented rye soup.

Any successes (or particularly horrific or comedic failures) will be shared, of course!

Of all the blog posts I read this week, I think Whole New Mom’s post “Think Food Doesn’t Affect Behavior? You’ve Got to Read This.” was the most interesting and informative. I didn’t really expect her to tell me anything I didn’t already know… and she didn’t. But what she did was include a pair of videos detailing an experiment wherein one group of children was fed “party food” and the other group was fed “healthy food” … and the differences in the behavior of the two groups of children was astonishing. And frightening. And horrifying when you think of all the kids labeled ADD or ADHD or just plain “bad” … maybe all because we fed them artificial coloring, sugar, and other chemicals that trigger these symptoms.

I think I shared this article with everyone who wonders why I get so annoyed when they feed my kids CRAP.

And, speaking off artificial colors… what happens when you really just want a brightly colored treat? Christmas cookies, maybe? You can make your own food coloring!

Also in preparation for the upcoming holidays, I found this cranberry sauce with apples and ginger recipe and another corn syrup-free pecan pie recipe! The sad (and by sad, I mean not sad at all) thing is that I’m going to have to try these out at least once–maybe twice–before the holidays… just to make sure they are as delicious as they sound!

26 Books to Celebrate the Return of Light


And since the holidays really are just around the corner, my blog post for this week is a list of 26 holiday books, and exactly how our Elf on the Shelf, George, uses them to help us Celebrate the Return of Light!

Somewhat impressively, under the circumstances, I did manage to get this week’s post up on time… if you are willing to accept that, because of Veteran’s Day, the weekend didn’t end until Monday night. Honestly, this post took forever to write… but I think it was well worth my time. I hope you do, too!




I have a slight confession to make… my spider plant that I was so proud of… well, he’s not doing all that well. I’ve been watering him, I swear! And he hasn’t been chewed on by the cat. At all. However, if your thumb is greener than mine, here is a great list of air-purifying indoor plants… including links to helpful suggestions on caring for them. Maybe I can keep that spider plant alive yet! And, just in case I can’t… I found some natural ways to clean indoor air that do not require sacrificial plants… this one is already on my wishlist!

Finally, have you ever eaten acorns? Making Our Sustainable Life has been cracking me up for a while now in her posts about eating acorns… and trying again. Rumor has it that nest up is shortbread cookies using acorn flour. I can’t wait to find out how that works… Not that I have the patience to make acorn flour or anything, but I am a sucker for shortbread cookies!

I’m so glad you stopped by! How is your week going? Have you learned anything New and Exciting that you’d like to share?

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8 Responses to My Week on Wednesday… November 13

  1. Vickie says:

    Thanks for the shout-out! It has taken longer than usual to get the tannin out of the acorns. Making the shortbread cookies tomorrow! Prayers will be appreciated. 🙂 Those pictures you took are absolutely gorgeous! And thanks for the link to the blog with the instructions on how to make your own food dye! I had no idea! Thanks!

  2. onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

    You’re welcome! I really enjoy your blog! And I can’t wait to hear about the cookies… I will definitely keep you in my thoughts! 🙂

    And thank you! I really enjoy taking pictures… I probably should have mentioned that they were taken no where *near* this city girl’s house! I had to drive over an hour for some of them! 🙂

  3. Tom Briggs says:

    Do not stick your head into a bear den when the bear is in……I am also curious where you found the receipe for pecan pie.

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Yes… don’t do that! Good grief!

      The recipe comes from a blog called Deliciously Organic. If you click on the highlighted “pecan pie” in the article itself, it should take you right to it. 🙂

  4. sarah says:

    Your photos are gorgeous!

  5. your fall photos are just exquisite! 🙂

    My grandkids are being raised to eat mostly healthy food and if you start them out early that way it works. They’ll prefer fruits and veggies as their mainstays and they understand that a cookie is a sugar treat and they can’t have more than one, that sort of thing. For the most part, their treats are fruit and they are happy with that / you have to start them young and when moms do that it works! 🙂

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Thank you!
      And I completely agree… it’s best to start out young. Though you *can* change! 🙂

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