Breads, Essential Oils, Family, Healthy Eating

Sourdough Einkorn Breakfast Bread

I love sourdough! A good sourdough starter is a masterpiece of living organisms. Recently I have been curious about working with Einkorn flour. I heard about all its wonderful health benefits so I started experimenting a bit.  I had some leftover starter from my bread baking and I thought I would make some sourdough waffles to stash in the freezer…

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The Importance of Afternoon Tea with My Children

Afternoon tea commonly conjures images of Queen Elizabeth and Big Ben, for me at least. It is a very common English tradition that is not usually observed in the United States. However, I chose to introduce it to my children, and I think it has great benefit. The Benefits of Observing Afternoon Tea 1) The consistency of ritual. Children thrive…

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The Toddler Leftover Diet

No, I haven’t lost my mind. The Toddler Leftover Diet is real. Yes, it’s mainstream. No, it’s not endorsed by any type of healthcare professional. However, if you have a toddler in your house you are on the Toddler Leftover Diet or some facsimile thereof. What is The Toddler Leftover Diet? Basically it is when you consume your toddler’s leftovers…

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Helping Your Teen on Her Emotional Rollercoaster

Hormone spikes, self image issues, body image issues-all help lead to the emotional rollercoaster commonly know as the teen years. For girls it usually involves a lot of eye rolling, stomping feet, back talk/smart mouth (a personal pet peeve), and don’t forget bawling for no apparent reason. And when I say bawling I mean the whole shebang- sobbing uncontrollably, garbled…

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New Year’s Day – Persnickety Style

It’s time to celebrate another  New Year’s Day. In the Persnickety house we generally celebrate quietly with a traditional New Year’s Day meal and observing a few fun traditional superstitions. The New Year’s Day Superstitions: 1) One of my favorite New Year’s Day superstitions is NO laundry. I was always told not to do laundry on New Year’s that it…

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Best and Easiest Nut Butter Cookie Recipe

Who doesn’t love a nut butter cookie with a glass of raw milk every once in a while? My dad loves peanut butter cookies. He always has. However he recently went gluten free and thought he would have to give them up. However this recipe is grain free and nutritious. Now he can still indulge without the side effects of…

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Cranberry Orange Relish-A Persnickety Family Tradition

When I was growing up every Christmas my dad and I made Cranberry Orange Relish. It became our ritual and our tradition. It was the only thing we ever used our meat grinder for and it gave it the best texture. I wish I still had that meat grinder. While it works fine in other kitchen essentials such as this…

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What Ballet Teaches Moms About Their Kids

I am a Ballet mom. I spend hours watching my daughter dance and making sure she gets to classes and rehearsals on time. The Persnickety Ballerina has wanted to be a dancer since she was 6. She harrassed me for 3 or 4 years before I conceded to find a ballet school for her. We joined her current studio, Art…

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Important Tools for Running Your Household

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted! I have been on the contemplative side of my nature. I allowed myself to get inundated with lots of stuff and I think I almost did myself in! This led me to think about what kind of tools I needed to effectively run my household. Huh?! You say! I…

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Lessons I Learned From My Father

All children are greatly influenced by their parents whether it is by nature or nurture is a highly debated topic in academia.  I believe it is a combination of the two.  You need only be around my own father for a short period of time to know how the Naturally Persnickety Mom came to be.  Most of my quirks, good…

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