Honduras, A Rich Country Indeed | myhumblekitchen.com

I’m not sure what I was expecting upon my travels to Honduras. I’ve had this tugging on my heart, this yearning, to visit a third world country and serve on a missions trip. Not necessarily to change the world but to at least love on one person. I also wanted to quiet my soul and calm the whirlwind thoughts that so easily capture my mind in hopes of hearing a whisper from above.

In my travels, I was seeking him as I often struggle with my will versus his. My deepest desire is to make my Father proud and not neglect the eternal treasures he has gifted me with. I often feel that I’m battling with my own soul as I try to make sure that I’m spending my time in the right places… even if it’s just to rest and be still.

It’s taken me awhile to process my trip but as usual, once my fingers gently click on the keyboard in the early morning light, the holy spirit has his way of letting himself be known.

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#myhometownguide | myhumblekitchen.com

I’ve partnered with Honest Cooking and Fiji Water for this post.

When it comes to eating out in Des Moines, Gabe and I have our tried and true spots that we enjoy to visit. Since we’re a family of 5, we don’t go out too often, but when we do it usually has to meet 3 criteria.

1. The food has to taste good. We are a simple family. We enjoy simple, real food made with fresh ingredients that we can taste. If it’s traditional, even better. No fancy sauces for us, thanks!

2. Local. We enjoy supporting our local restaurants especially when they support their local family farmers. (There are a couple chain restaurants that my family does visit but for the purpose of this post, I am choosing to write about our local favorites.)

3. MUST serve good beer! Maybe this should be our number one requirement ;) Gabe and I may be simple but we like a good beer and when it’s local, even better!

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It’s Simple Lives Thursday!

My favorite day of the week where you share your tips and recipes for living a simple life. Whichever blog that you choose to link up your post, it will show up on all 4 sites! As a reminder, this blog hop is a way to share with many people your posts on what you are doing to live a simple life. Whether that’s gardening, raising urban chickens, homeschooling, sewing, making your own deodorant, or cleaning supplies… we want to know about it! If you’re into homeopathy, ways to save $ by conserving energy or other ways to live frugally… we want to know about it! If you bike, cook real food, homestead or farm… we want to know about it!

Your Hosts

  1. Millie from Real Food for Less Money
  2. Diana from My Humble Kitchen

Please read and follow the Simple Lives Thursday bloghop rules

1. If linking real, traditional and simple recipes, please make sure all ingredients used are whole. Such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, meats, even sugar. In order to keep the integrity of “nourishing” food, we will delete any recipes that utilize processed, boxed foods. We are definitely not going to be ingredient policeman, however, please note that this is a hop hosted by advocates of the real, local and sustainable food movements.

2. Please link your posts back to one of the hosting blogs. This is a common blog hop courtesy. This link helps build the Simple Lives Thursday community by sending your readers to all of the other participants posts. We all end up sharing and learning from each other.

3. No giveaway away or otherwise primarily advertising oriented posts. Keep your topics to fit our simple living theme of “consume less, produce more.” We will delete posts that don’t fit.

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Our Real Food Philosophy | myhumblekitchen.com

At My Humble Kitchen, We believe that real food, free of man made chemicals and processed ingredients, gives vibrant life that we may live fully. We nourish ourselves so that we may live out our calling according to God’s will with perseverance and endurance, that we may finish our lives into the warm embrace of Jesus.

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Organic Gardening 101 - How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden | myhumblekitchen.com

My gardening plans for 2014 have already begun. The boys and I have started a tray of seeds, ordered more, and I’m now in the process of sketching out my garden plans for the year. It looks like I’ll be adding a bed or two and this incredible vertical wooden box planter to my urban homestead this year. I’d like to plant mesclun lettuce, herbs, and maybe even radishes in these vertical planters.

Organic Gardening 101 - How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden | myhumblekitchen.com

You can find the design for this planter at The Owner Builder Network. Once I finish my garden plans I’ll make sure to share them with you. I enjoy being able to reflect on them over the years.

One of the things I enjoy most about organic gardening is that it brings such peace and serenity. I especially enjoy pursuing this hobby with my children. If you take a look at my organic gardening archives you’ll see that they’ve been helping me in the gardens since they were itty bitties. It brings me such joy to share this passion with them and I especially love that by them being a part of growing their own food it has helped them appreciate and enjoy their vegetables.

As I busily work on my garden plans for the year, I tend to forget that there are still many people that need a crash course on how to start their first organic vegetable garden. I’ve heard this especially from the great folks over at our 25 Day Grace Filled Journey to Real Food facebook group. If you haven’t joined our group, I’d encourage you to. There’s a lot of gardening chat going on.

So, for all of you that are eager to grow your own food and reap from the fruits of your labor, I wanted to share with you my Gardening 101 series that I started many years ago. I plan on continuing in this series this year, so make sure to sign up for my email subscription below this post or if you’re a newbie seeking to know more about real food, sign up for my 25 Day Grace Filled Journey to Real Food email list here. You’ll get all of my email updates on organic gardening as well.

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