New Habits for April

new habits

I have been trying to find a focus for this blog, since I know it is really all over the place regarding topics.  Therefore, I am going to try to focus on one topic per month, as I overhaul my life and create Judy 3.0.  I have been listening to A LOT of life coaching podcast hours, and taking up the blog again is one way I am putting into practice the teachings that I am learning.  Being a “jump in and tackle everything at once” kind of person, I tend to get easily overwhelmed. The most recent example of this is these last couple of weeks, when I was inspired by Cait’s post about personal trackers.  I decided to ignore her advice (and that of everyone else), and added several new habits at once.  Most are not huge habits, but I added four or five instead of just one.  So now I am going to try to focus better instead of scattering my energy. Continue reading “New Habits for April”

How to use a Personal Tracker

Personal Tracker

Today’s post is a guest post by my daughter Caitlin.  She is so wise that I often wonder that she came from me.  I am so privileged to be able to share some of her wisdom with you today.  To get the trackers that she designed, click here.


Life can be difficult to manage. We have so many obligations from day to day, week to week, month to month – it all seems endless. On top of these obligations (work, college, childcare, friends, family, health) we all have personal habits we’re trying to cultivate and goals we’re trying to meet. These come in all shapes and sizes and range from simple things like keeping the house clean or decluttering the pantry to larger goals like publishing that book, opening your own business, or meditating daily.

No matter how big or small, meeting goals (or building good habits) involve the same basic steps – organizing a plan and following through. The same is true of personal, professional, or health related goals. We need to have a plan to know exactly where we’re going and how we’re going to get there and then we need to follow through with that plan.

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Making yogurt in the dehydrator

yogurt in the dehydrator

My husband loves his yogurt.  He loves it so much that he makes it himself and eats nearly a quart each day at work.  Yes, a quart.  He credits it with curing his persistent toothaches and with boosting his immune system.  I’m not sure if others have similar results, but he has definitely noticed an improvement.  Today I am going to walk you through how we make raw milk yogurt in the dehydrator.  It is only one of many ways, but it works very well for us. Continue reading “Making yogurt in the dehydrator”

Processing pumpkins – What to do with them all

processing pumpkins

Despite my not planting any, I harvested a few pumpkins this year from my volunteer garden.  Since the killing frost a few weeks ago, they have been sitting on my counter taking up space and waiting to be processed.  Today I finally got around to tackling at least some of them.  I started with three large pumpkins, two small pumpkins, and a Hubbard squash.  The three large pumpkins are now in the freezer as purée, ready to become pies. Continue reading “Processing pumpkins – What to do with them all”

My Far-From-Perfect Garden

Gardening.  It is one of those things that is expected as a given for anyone interested in nutrition or sustainability.  I have to be honest, though.  I suck at gardening.  I never get the watering right.  I either drown the poor things, or they die of dehydration.  Sometimes they struggle between both states.  It is feast or famine with the water.  I don’t mean to.  I just have not figured out a good system yet.  One year I planted potatoes in a spot that turned out to be very shady, so the plants snaked across the yard to where the sun was and then grew vertically. I think that although I love the concept of gardening, I don’t like the actual gardening itself.  Maybe it has been because I have always had less than optimal conditions for gardening.  I live in the Granite State, and our prime crop is rock.  I can’t dig a hole without wrestling rocks.  And not just pebbles or small stones.  Some of these rocks are football size or larger.  Whatever the cause, gardening has been a less-than-fun experience for me. Continue reading “My Far-From-Perfect Garden”