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How to cut out food dye and preservatives from my kids’ diet

That’s what I typed into my search bar. It all started with this article {I’ve read other articles in the past, but this one really got me thinking} .

“As Samantha ate the Red Velvet Cupcake, it was as if a light switch flipped inside her brain. I first noticed something was wrong when the melody from the song she was singing suddenly fell silent. She dropped the half-eaten cupcake into her lap. Her sweet song was replaced by a low growling noise as she rhythmically rocked back and forth in her seat. She rocked harder and harder until her little head was banging against the back of her booster seat with each impact. Her clenched fists turned white at the knuckles and her feet kicked wildly as she began to scream. She pulled at her hair and grabbed at her skin as though she was being burned alive. I pulled the car over to tend to her and to keep her from hurting herself.”

organic muffinMy own son has always been so temperamental and for years I was convinced there was something really badly wrong with him. I started combing the internet for some idea of what it could be and food was my answer. I never found a way to successfully implement a change to our diet, mostly out of pure fear and feeling overwhelmed. He never was as extreme as what this mother experienced, but I know deep within me that if I had cut this stuff out that his tantrums and anger issues would have greatly been eased. And it haunts me. Today I still look for clues to his behavior from his food. I think all mamas need help figuring this stuff out.

Today this popped up again, so I wanted to figure out HOW you go about cutting this mess out of our lives? I found this helpful article at healthychild.org. Mostly I like how it told me what to look for in our food and what to do step-by-step.

Limit your child’s intake of food additives by following these easy steps:

Identify what your child eats. Keep a food diary for a week, noting everything that is eaten – including at school. At the end of the week, you should have a good idea of your child’s exposure to food additives. Food additives are largely present in processed and packaged foods, candy, soda and other “junk” food, so if you limit those foods, you’ll cut down considerably.

Eat whole foods. Eating a balanced diet of fresh produce and whole grains will go a long way towards keeping additives and preservatives out of your child’s system. Whole foods are much healthier than processed and packaged. But, if you do buy processed foods, look for the organic options which have little or no added synthetic colors or preservatives.

Read Labels. According to pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene, be especially attentive to the top five risky additives:

1. Artificial Colors – anything that begins with FD&C (e.g. FD&C Blue No. 1)

2. Chemical Preservatives – Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Benzoate

3. Artificial Sweeteners – Aspartame, Acesulfame-K, Saccharin

4. Added Sugar – High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Corn Syrup, Dextrose, etc

5. Added Salt – Look at the sodium content and choose foods with the lowest amounts.
Additionally, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, some of following additives have been associated with negative health impacts:

    • Propyl Gallate
    • Sulfites (Sulfur Dioxide, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium And Potassium Bisulfite, Sodium and Potassium Metabisulfite)
    • Potassium Bromate
    • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
    • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
    • Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
    • Potassium Bromate
    • Olestra (Olean)
    • Heptylparaben
    • Sodium Nitrite

If you have a question about any food ingredient, dietary supplement or cosmetic contact the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, 888-SAFEFOOD.

6. Report Adverse Reactions. Alert your healthcare provider to any adverse reactions to find out if your child has special sensitivities or allergies. These reports are also often compiled for health agencies to monitor the safety of ingredients. If too many adverse impacts are reported, regulatory action may be necessary.

Also the original web page Deliciously Organic thatI found the article on has many recipes and ideas for changing our diet. I know there must be a ton of info on this out there but I think if we just start searching and reading we’re bound to find the answers we our children and families desperately need.

Below is another tid-bit from Deliciously Organic {read the whole post here} about how to start making changes.

There are many ways we can make healthy changes this new year. If you’re new to the world of organic, unprocessed food, I suggest you start small. MAKE ONE CHANGE A WEEK. Start by going through your pantry and fridge, reading every label, and identifying the foods with processed ingredients, preservatives, and additives. This will help you identify the foods you want to eventually replace. When you’re ready to start the process, begin by making one change every week. Discard one item and replace it with one new organic/unprocessed item in your pantry. After six months, youll be amazed at how much change has occurred, and in a year or so, your entire pantry and fridge will be completely transformed. This was the approach I took six years ago because at the time I had two little kids and trying to convert everything at once was too daunting. My cookbook, has guidance and encouragement to help you make the change (plus 85 delicious recipes!).

If you’ve made lots of changes to your diet, but you want to take things a step further, how about making chicken stock once a week and using it in your cooking. Homemade chicken stock/broth has many health benefits. You might try making your own kombucha. It’s a fizzy, sweet tea full of probiotics, live enzymes, polyphenols (they fight free radicals – free radicals damage the cells of our body), glucuronic acid (a powerful detoxifier) and many other nutrients. Kombucha was on my “I’ll never try that” list for a while, but last year I took a step of faith and started brewing my own. I’m completely hooked. You could also start reading more about what’s in our food through books like, Eat Fat, Lose FatThe Omnivore’s Dilemmaor Nourishing Traditionsjust to name a few. 

Let me know if you have any helpful resources on this.

ABOUT CORNBREAD MAMA

Living on a small family farm in the Southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.

me and mom by jojo

JHOP: JoJo’s House of Pankcakes

My dear daughter “JoJo” is adorable. As most all mothers think the same way about their baby girl(s). She is the oldest of our twins, by 5 AND A HALF HOURS {but that’s another story for another day}. She’s the most loving and giving child I know.

To illustrate my point, last Christmas she was 9 years old and was given close to $50 on one particular trip to a family get-together. On the way home we stopped by a small family grocery store in my husband’s hometown. Outside was one of those bell-ringers – of which I have a mild to moderate eeerk reaction to for reasons unknown. Before dad or I knew what was happening she had her whole wad of money out shoving it in that little red bucket slot. All we could do was stand there stupefied with mouths draped open and tears in our eyes. She looked at us, we just smiled through our tears and told her how proud we were of her. She went on like nothing happened.

She loves all animals, both small and large.

She loves all animals, both small and large.

She is a hard worker who loves playing softball, drawing, and all animals (including slugs), one day she wants to be a veterinarian, she remembers everyone (just like her daddy) although she may not know their name she does know them and will run and give them a hug {usually in the background you can hear as she runs to hug someone “Don’t jump on them!” in a mommy tone}, she has recently discovered a love for all things domestic – sewing and cooking especially. This is where the recipe comes in.

She enjoys baking/cooking for us, for others, and for get-togethers at church. She makes two dishes mainly, one is Apple Betty (which I’ll share later), and the other is vanilla pancakes. I taught her how to make my favorite recipe. I had to help her along maybe two times but after that she got the hang of it and is now a great pancake chef.

This recipe is one I found a while ago. I chose it because it used self-rising flour which I much prefer to having to measure out other stuff to mix with the AP flour. It’s a great recipe and the pancakes can stand alone without syrup – they taste that good. A little sweet, but good. This recipe also gave me some tips that really helped my pancake cooking skills!

Without further ado, I dub these JoJo’s Pancakes (but you can find the original recipe here).

JOJO’S VANILLA PANCAKES – PRINTABLE JOJOS VANILLA PANCAKES RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups self rising flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg

DIRECTIONS

Beat egg until frothy.

Add milk and butter (careful to add butter slowly so as not to cook the egg).

Mix well.

Add sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Mix well.

Add flour and mix until smooth.

Add a little water if it is too thick. Mixture should just barely pour out of a spoon.

Heat a heavy cast iron griddle or skillet over medium low burner.

Wipe with butter and a paper towel just enough to grease the surface lightly.

When heat is correct a small drop of water will just bounce and break in to smaller drops.

Pour batter 1/4 cup at a time for each pancake.

Turn when top begins to bubble slightly.

Second side cooks quicker so keep an eye on them.

Repeat until out of batter, remember to wipe the griddle with butter between each batch.

 

ABOUT CORNBREAD MAMA

Living on a small family farm in the Southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.

That's all there is folks.

Hibachi Style Chicken and Fried Rice with Yum Yum Sauce

Okay, I wish I had a great picture to show you but there is NONE left. My family gobbled this ALL up. The chicken was wonderful and juicy without being dried out, which is usually difficult for me. Give this a try some time soon. It’s best to prep the rice and Yum Yum sauce the night before.

HIBACHI STYLE CHICKEN

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil **This makes a big difference in the taste! Yum!
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 table spoon lemon juice
3 boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite size chunks

Heat non-stick skillet (I used an electric skillet) on medium-low. Add oil, soy, butter, lemon juice, and chicken. Cook until done. Take the chicken out and put in a covered dish. Cook rice in the same skillet.

FRIED RICE

{THE NIGHT BEFORE}
Cook the rice beforehand (go ahead and make Yum Yum sauce too)
Add 5 cups of water & 3 cups of rice to a boiler and stir. Cover and cook on high until boiling then take off top to stir once and re-cover then reduce heat to low for 20 minutes.

Cold rice
2 eggs
1 white onion, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons soy sauce

Add oil to skillet (if needed) on medium, add onion and saute for about 3 minutes, or until softened/translucent. Push to the side and add 2 eggs scrambling them as you cook. Then add rice and cook for a few minutes or until the rice is warm. Add soy sauce and cook for another minute.

YUM-YUM SAUCE  | I would go ahead and double or triple this recipe
{A great job for a ten-year old girl, my daughter made this while I was making everything else and it was yummy!}

1 1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
dash of cayenne/or red pepper

Mix together and refrigerate overnight.

 

ABOUT CORNBREAD MAMA

Living on a small family farm in the Southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.

Guyana, South America

South America or Bust

My little sister is on her way to Guyana, South America as I type. Please join me in prayer for the mission team as they work there to spread the Good News. As she says regarding the picture at the very top of this post,

This photo makes it look WAY more luxurious than it is. Just beyond those trees are burning trash and kids playing with a bees nest (their idea of entertainment). This was also my first experience with ice-cold-showers.

At some point in this trip they will be sleeping in tents and drawing water from a well. My sister tends to be um, how do I say this, accident-prone and adventurous, the two are a dangerous combination. I have faith that the Lord can take care of her wherever she is, he’s done it her whole life. Please join me in prayer for her (Terri) and her protector & minister (Bryant). I’m not sure of the others’ names but God knows.

Thanks for the prayers! She’ll be arriving around 10pm tonight (Lord willing) and coming home March 4. I’m so very proud of her!

Saltine-Crackers

Soup Makes Me Sick

When I was little I said “Soup makes me sick”, because in my little mind it did. Every time I was sick there was the soup. And every time I ate soup I was sick. It seems quite rational to me.

I don’t know about you, but around here our family has been sick with either a flu-like virus or a stomach bug for a week and a half. It’s just one thing after another. First the hubs started with the flu-like thing, then the kids and I had a mild version of it, all this lasting about a week. Then the little boy started with the stomach bug, then the hubs, then last night little girl and myself. It’s coming up on two weeks since we’ve all been well. This is not a common occurrence on this farm. I feel like everything is out of whack and really not even sure what I’ve written here makes sense or even sounds like me. Hopefully everything will get back to normal soon so that we can resume our life. I miss my church family and friends, and the kids do as well.

Be patient with us, we’re working on getting better around here a few sips of Coke and/or Sprite and a few nibbles of saltine crackers at a time.

What things are a MUST when you’re sick?

 

ABOUT CORNBREAD MAMA

Living on a small family farm in the Southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.

 

Converse-Logo-Red

PEACE LOVE SHOES

I’ve never been a shoe person. High heels hurt my feet and make me walk funny. I do like a good pair of sandals but usually just one pair will do me. FOR .YEARS. I don’t feel the need to buy shoes when I’m upset. I know many people do. We all have our different “comforts”. I’m more likely to buy a pen and a new notebook than I am shoes. And yes, I could probably fill a library with those much like those who need a “shoe closet” for all their precious shoes. You may be one of those people. And that’s okay.

red chucksFor a long time I’ve wanted a pair of Converse. But wouldn’t buy any because 1) I wouldn’t pay that much for a pair of shoes I couldn’t wear every day, and 2) I couldn’t decide whether I wanted red or black. I’m usually a practical gal. I’ve been known to say, “If I could buy one pair of shoes to go with everything I would.” I tend to go with brown/tan/black shoes that I can wear with everything. Any time I get brave enough to even think about buying a funky color shoe I back out at the last minute. It’s kind of like my stand mixer. For years I wanted a Kitchen Aid Mixer, you know the kind that comes in all colors. I thought I wanted red, or light blue, or yellow… I could never decide {Yes, this is a recurring theme in my life – trouble with decisions}. So I got black.

Well one day I was overheard talking about wanting a pair of Converse shoes, but of course I would never spend the money on them, especially because I’d like red and red won’t go with everything. A generous benefactor gave me the money and a coupon to go and buy them. These are probably my favorite gift I’ve ever received. My red shoes make me happy. They can cheer me up and make me smile on the gloomiest of days. They are fun and quirky, all the things I like to think I am. And they remind me of both of my grandmothers for different reasons. They are special shoes.

Kind of like that new pair of tennis shoes you would get before school? The first time you lace them up felt so good. As you walk your eye can’t help but catch them in its view. Admiring them so much you may walk into a wall.

I found something that helps relate our shoes to our Christian walk, and may help us in the future to think of our shoes in a different way.

Shoes by Casandra Martin

I love new shoes. Trying on new shoes opens up new worlds of possibilities. You can see yourself differently as you slip into sandals, buckle up boots, or tie up new tennis shoes. You can feel glamorous in heels or search for comfort among the slippers. Each pair of shoes lets you frame yourself in a different picture and imagine, dream, or deal with the practical.

Did you know that God is in the shoe business? Every day, as you are getting dressed, He wants you to slip on a very special pair of shoes.“and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:15) When we wear these God-given shoes, we literally stand in peace. They help us be ready to face whatever comes our way through the day.

The most interesting feature of these peace-infused shoes is that they are designed as battle gear. They help us stand firm during the war that is being waged all around us. The wisdom writer wraps up his discussion on time by reminding us that there is “…a time for war, and a time for peace.”(Ecclesiastes 3:8b) The blessing is that we live in peace, even as we daily face the spiritual battle that rages in this world.

MY JESUS RESOLUTION today is to put on my shoes. My heart craves peace, and the best peace is found when I stand fully in Christ. Like any pair of shoes, putting on peace requires bending low and covering what is vulnerable and tender with something strong and durable. It is a daily habit, putting on these shoes of peace. They remind us of where we stand, who we stand with, and what it means to be a person moved by peace. War is inevitable. We are going to face its assaults daily. Whether we are able to stand up or are knocked flat really depends on whether we have taken the time to put on our shoes.

SO HOW DO WE APPLY THIS? Some questions to think about:

      What does it mean to you to “put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace”?
      What is the gospel of peace?
      How do YOU “put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace”?
      What’s the opposite of peace?
      Do you have to put it on or take it off?
      How do you train your mind to “put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace”?

colossians 3:15

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

john 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Philippians 4:6-7

 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Sequential Spelling

4th Grade Homeschool Report & Sequential Spelling

Our first year of homeschooling is more than half-way complete. WOW! How did that happen?

In this first year I’ve learned so many things and I knew that going in I would want to make changes for the next year. I’m a changer. I love to change things, especially things that aren’t working. That’s one thing I remember hearing a lot while I was researching homeschool – Don’t be afraid to change curriculum if it’s not working for you or you kid. Even if it’s in the middle of the year. And we did.

We began this journey with a hodge podge of a curriculum. Put together with information and advice from friends and research. The internet was an invaluable resource, we all know what a plethora of knowledge you can find with one hit of the pinky on that little return button.

This journey began with several different pushes from several different places.

My son has no known learning disabilities, yet struggled in public school for 4 years. We had him tested to officially rule out any issues. Although I’m happy that he has no disabilities, I was not happy that he continued to struggle to the point that his self-esteem was completely shot. This kid amazes me daily in the wonderful ways his brain works. Like his dad, he is mechanically minded, he can build, and fix, and create anything. At 8 years old he fixed his own bike, many times he would put the chain back on, and once he even replaced the whole front wheel with an extra we had laying around. I couldn’t do that.

After 3 or 4 years of public school my son begged me to homeschool him. My first response went something like, “NO WAY JOSE! ARE YOU CRAZY? THERE’S NO WAY I COULD DO THAT!” The first thoughts I had were, We can barely make it through homework time without killing each other. How could I even possibly begin to teach you… and you live?

Then I met a new friend who had been homeschooling for a long time. Her advice really helped push me in a positive direction. She was in no way pushy or condescending, she just led by example and I started paying attention.

I started realizing how much my kids, in whom I had devoted my blood, sweat, and tears had changed. And not in a good way. Their hearts were not where I wanted them to be. Smart Alec attitudes were abounding as well as anger toward each other and friends.

And then the closer stepped in. The LORD simply and gradually changed my stubborn brain and I saw all the possibilities that were just there out of reach while my kids were gone most of the day being influenced by so many others. Like the fact that we could have Bible study each day TOGETHER, not hurried, not rushed to leave or go to bed, a scheduled time that we could learn and grow together. And that our subjects could revolved around the Creator of heaven and earth with no one to object.

We were truly blessed with so many good teachers while my kids were in public school, I have nothing bad to say. Only that it didn’t work for my kid. He had a tutor after school 1-2 days a week, he had extra help in the class room, and he had me and his dad who helped him after school every day until bed time, he literally only had 30 minutes to 1 hour of play time per day, the rest of the day he was either in school or doing home work. None of that got him to where he needed to be. Each year about February the teacher would schedule a meeting and warn me of the possibility that he would be held back. And every year my breath would catch and my face get hot and panic would set in. No, we can’t do that, he’s a twin, it would undo any good we have done if his sister went ahead and he was left behind.

No. That can’t happen.

So third grade was our turning point. I decided I’d look into it. Middle school was coming up in a few years any way and the school here is awful. Awful. So I researched until I almost died of eye-balls-popping-out-syndrome {no that’s not a real thing but if it was I would have had it}. I was encouraged and comforted in what I found. So we began our 4th grade year this past fall. And I haven’t looked back. I just stepped out on faith that what I was doing was right for my kids and knew that it would turn out okay.
sequential-spelling-featuresI say all this to update you and to let you know if your child struggles with spelling, as mine does, among other things, Sequential Spelling might help you. This is the first program we’ve tried that has helped him learn the rules and learn to spell. The rules didn’t click with him in Institute for Excellence spelling program The Phonetic Zoo. It works great for my great speller, but not for my reluctant spelling-hater. Give it a try. It’s really inexpensive also which is great since we dropped a fortune on IEW already this year. I highly recommend it.

About Cornbread Mama (Kelli)

A homeschooling, graphic designing, farm living, Christ following, food loving artistic mom of twins. She’s wife to a hard-working cowboy, in search of a simple life in this frantic busy world.  

Monalisa's German Chocolate Caramel Cake

Monalisa’s German Chocolate Caramel Cake

I’m designating this cake “Monalisa’s” because a) she gave me a huge piece and made me crave it, and b) she has just about the prettiest name I know, and c) she’s awesome because she caused me to love two things I normally do not – cool whip and chocolate (yeah, I know I’m the only woman alive who doesn’t die for chocolate).

She was so kind as to share her recipe for this cake with me that I dubbed it forever online Monalisa’s. And so it shall be.

MONALISA’S GERMAN CHOCOLATE CARAMEL CAKE

Monalisa's German Chocolate Caramel Cake1 box German Chocolate cake mix
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 jar caramel sauce
1 large Heath bar
1 medium size Cool Whip

Bake cake as directed. Punch holes in warm cake (end of a wooden spoon works well) and pour Eagle Brand and caramel sauce over the top. Grate the Heath bar (save some for the top) sprinkle over cake. Top with Cool Whip then add remainder of Heath bar on top.

Refrigerate overnight for extra gooey yummy-ness.

PRINTABLE RECIPE
MONALISAS GERMAN CHOCOLATE CARAMEL CAKE

Cornbread

Cornbread Mama’s Cornbread

I realized it’s been what? 3 YEARS since I shared my cornbread recipe. How can that be? A lady claiming to be ‘CORNBREAD MAMA’ really should have this recipe front and center.  Sooo, I’m including a printable version as well.

As I’ve said before, this is the best cornbread recipe. Ever. I however believe that cornbread should not be sweet. So if you’re looking for a sweet cornbread, keep on scrolling, that’s something I can’t bring myself to post. Love you any way.

CORNBREAD MAMA’S CORNBREAD

Ingredients
1 1/3 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/4 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk (rinse measuring cup with 3/4 cup water and add to mix)
3/4 cup self-rising flour
1 egg

Directions
Heat oven to 425˚. Spray iron skillet with cooking spray and add about 1/4 cup oil to skillet. Allow to heat in oven. While it heats mix all ingredients together and pour into hot skillet. Place back in oven and reduce heat to 400˚. Cook until golden brown!

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE VERSION > CORNBREAD MAMA’S CORNBREAD Iron Skillet, requirement for the best cornbreadPRINTABLE

About Cornbread Mama (Kelli)

A homeschooling, graphic designing, farm living, Christ following, food loving artistic mom of twins. She’s wife to a hard-working cowboy, in search of a simple life in this frantic busy world.  

chicken mama

Questionable Egg? No More With This Handy Info-Graphic

I have a nice info-graphic for you today. If you are the curious sort, an info-graphic is a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data.

A little info about us here on the farm that you may not have known 1.) we live on a farm, and 2.) we have laying chickens – actually we have chickens and cows and donkeys.

Our children have many responsibilities around here. Each day it’s their job to feed/water if necessary, and collect any eggs.

And if you have children, know that even farm children have tendencies much like your own. It takes a while for them to learn responsibility. Some longer than others. Like regular kids, if you do not stand over them and issue their orders every minute things may not be done exactly as you would like. This is normal and part of the learning process.

At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

On to the info-graphic. Our dear daughter, 10 years old, twin to our dear son, collects the eggs daily. Or so she should. Sometimes it’s been a day or two or four before she brings in the eggs. Right now our chickens are being lazy and only producing 1 egg a day. Which may lead to another post in which I explain how to pluck a chicken before cooking it. I’m joking. Sort of.

My point is this, she brings in the eggs, puts them in a basket on the counter to be washed. Now this is something you probably don’t know either, chicken eggs have a natural barrier before washing that prevents bacteria and other nasties from soaking into the eggs. It’s called the bloom. Once you wash them they are only good for a couple of weeks. Before they’re washed they can last up to 5 weeks! Or so I’ve heard. I’ve never pushed it that long. Well I found this info and had to share. It’s such a good and simple way to make sure your eggs are fresh.

If you buy store bought eggs give it a try and see what happens.

How to know your eggs are fresh

How to know your eggs are fresh

Egg Test:

Fill a bowl with cold water. Place your eggs in the bowl. If the egg sinks to the bottom on it’s side it’s a very fresh egg. If it begins to float a little it’s a little older but still good. If it floats at the top of the bowl, chunk it. No good.

So there you go, happy Egging.

Thanks for reading y’all! – Cornbread Mama

Originally published in the Leaf January 2015 SkepticKelli article. 

About Cornbread Mama (Kelli)

A homeschooling, graphic designing, farm living, Christ following, food loving artistic mom of twins. She’s wife to a hard-working cowboy, in search of a simple life in this frantic busy world.