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Legacy Leaving | Intentional Grandparenting

Their hands rest side-by-side as they chat over my mama’s life story.  Gently, she fingers each charm of the bracelet she’s had for decades, and she tells of each memory represented by a small charm, determined to pass these  along and leave a legacy, this portion through the trusted heart of her only granddaughter.  My girl listens intently, jotting notes in her scrolled but neat handwriting, precisely documenting so she won’t forget.  This act of legacy leaving is intentional grandparenting, and more, it’s intentional relationship that is a gift to each one of us.

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As I watch from the adjoining room, I’m ever-so-grateful for the gift that is memory, the intentional way in which my mom uses pockets of time to instill in her grandkids the story of the past, so they can carry it to the future.  I’m thinking of the moments we’ve made together, the spoiling I’ve had in friendships with older women than me.  It’s bittersweet to realize there are moments lost, but it renews my commitment to foster friendships with those in my season and those well before me, to share what I’m learning with those who are yet to walk the paths I have walked.  I want to connect with those who are like me and those who are different, because I know I have something to give, and something to gain, in doing it.

 

Sometimes, it’s hard work to connect with those who are in a different season of life from ours.  But it’s oh-so-important, because each one of us has something to teach, and something to learn.

 

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On the issue of grand-parenting, I’m thankful that our kids have family who is intentional about building genuine relationship.  From cross-country visits, to annual hunting trips, to trips back to the growing-up-home of their grandpa, they’ve been blessed to build memories.  Those memories teach my children what is forever-important, and I know they will impact their own parenting, their friendships, and their marriages.

 

My second son has moved to another state to work and to explore what God has in this season and the one to come.  He’s independent: fiercely independent.  But as he stretches his wings, he’s also reaching back, keeping ties strong as he knows how.  Recently, he texted me and asked about my family.  In talking with a new friend, he realized he didn’t know as much as he’d like to know about my aunts-and-uncles-and-cousins-and-sibling.  It was so cool to have a few moments to share those with him, to do my own legacy leaving, and I know there will be more stories to come.  I hope even more, that he will build strong ties with his own siblings, and create beautiful stories to pass down to those who’ll come after them all.

 

Legacy leaving is sometimes uncomfortable, but as we stretch to give to others a piece of ourselves, we grow, too.

 

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I had to twist arms (almost literally!), but recently, my mom and my daughter sat down with me and shared live on Facebook about intentional connection with others in different seasons of life (click to view).  For my mom, doing anything “live” and on camera, is an act of sacrificial love… and in this case, one of intentional grandparenting.  I’d love to know your thoughts, and how you’re learning and growing with others in different seasons.  Share your own thoughts below?  And be blessed!

 

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My Favorite Morning Drink | Bone Broth Recipe

I’m usually HUNGRY when I wake up. I might sometimes crave a sweet breakfast, and often we cook a hearty skillet. But my favorite thing when I first wake is a hot cuppa-something.  I love my morning coffee, but sometimes I feel like the “buzz” is.  Lately, I’ve been more often reaching first for a mug of bone broth.  It sounds funky if it’s unfamiliar to you, but basically, it’s like having a steaming mug of grandma’s chicken soup, hearty and warm, and the perfect thing to get my body moving in the morning.

 

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Delicious and Nutritious Beef Bone Broth

Fall is in the air and the time to make delicious broth is upon us. Fall is my favorite season with the changing of the leaves, the cooler temperatures and the sipping of a steaming hot cup of delicious broth! 

After you taste your first sip of the rich deep broth flavor, I promise you there is no turning back! With just a few simple ingredients you too can make bone broth to enjoy in hand during the cooler months (and you can freeze it for future use!). Bone broth is known to contain many beneficial amino acids like glutamine which helps improve digestive health, and also reduces joint inflammation.  It is my favorite way to start my morning (literally, just warm it in a mug and sip), but it also adds incredible depth of flavor to any recipe where you use broth.

 

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Making your own bone broth takes up to 24 hours (although that’s mostly hands-off), so I almost always keep a premade bone broth on hand to add to soups and other recipes.  There are a few varieties on the market but currently, my favorite is Kettle & Fire.  They have the perfect consistency and use organic ingredients, which I prefer whenever possible. You can buy their broth online and use the promo code “DANCING15” to get 15% off your first order! (Affiliate links included: you get the same price if you choose to order, and I get a small commission for recommending a product I love.)

It’s actually super easy to make your own beef bone broth if you have a crockpot, and for some reason it took me way too long to try it!   I usually make a big batch and store a few jars in the fridge to use right away, and some to store in the freezer. (Be sure to follow best practices when freezing; here’s a post with great tips.)  The recipe is simple, but it takes 12-24 hours to simmer the bones to produce the nutritious gelatin in the broth.

Here’s a quick video to buzz through the recipe below!

 

 

 

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When you make beef broth, if possible, ask your butcher for grass-fed beef bones; they provide the best flavor and most nutrition after simmering.  So, break out that crock pot and make a delicious pot of steaming bone broth, you won’t know what hit your taste buds!

 

Beef Bone Broth

 

My Favorite Morning Drink | Beef Bone Broth
 
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Beef Bone Broth Prep Time: 20 minutes + 1 hours roasting Total Time: 13-25 hours.
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Recipe type: Breakfast and Staple
Ingredients
  • 3-4 lbs of mixed beef bones (oxtail, knuckles, neckbones and/or short ribs)
  • 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
Instructions
  1. Put the beef bones on a sheet pan or roasting pan in a single layer. Drizzle the olive oil and evenly coat all the bones.
  2. Roast in a 400 F oven for 30 minutes. Turn each bone over and roast for an additional 30 minutes.
  3. After the bones have roasted, put them and the rest of the ingredients in a large crock pot or soup pot. Cover completely with water and bring to a high simmer.
  4. Once you have a high simmer, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 12-24 hours. Make sure all the ingredients are completely submerged in water, adding more water as needed.
  5. Once the broth has reached a dark rich brown color, remove from heat. Discard the bones, vegetables and bay leaf.
  6. Strain through a wire mesh strainer and put into a container to cool to room temperature. Once at room temperature put into jars and into the fridge.
  7. Let the broth cool for at least 1 hour and up to 1 month before using. When you are ready to use, skim the condensed fat from the top and heat to the desired temperature.

 

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Enjoy! Nothing says “comfort” better than a steaming cup of bone broth!  What is your favorite warming breakfast?

 

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Raspberry Avocado Popsicles

At least one baby ago, my friend Jordyn shared this recipe with me.  That was before she moved as far west as she could go, and I moved as far east as I could go, in the continental US.  And just now, I’m having sweet, aching longings for our summery Saturday market mornings at the St. Pete farmer’s market, where one could wander for hours, leading up to a cold treat of fruity, surprising combinations in flavor at our favorite popsicle cart.  More than that, I’m missing my dear foodie friend.

So today, I’m sharing this recipe she created for raspberry avocado popsicles, so we can all have popsicle JOY.  Enjoy!

 

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I know some people might not think avocado sounds yummy in a popsicle.  I’m weird, because I do… but if you don’t, I promise, this avocado is “invisible,” both in appearance and flavor.  It adds a hint of sweetness and the tiniest bit of needed creamy texture, and a whollop of nutritional benefits… so give it a try!

 

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I know I’m not the only one excited for autumn, but sad to see summer days go away.  Here’s your way to stretch out the summer a bit longer, and make a sweet, healthy treat.

 

Raspberry Avocado Popsicles
 
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Fresh fruit and avocado combine for a surprising sweet treat.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6 pops
Ingredients
  • 3 6-ounce containers fresh raspberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ of an avocado, diced
Instructions
  1. Purée all ingredients along with ¾ cup water in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add in avocado and pulse until mixed. Pour mixture into popsicle molds. Freeze until firm or overnight. When ready to eat, run molds under warm water to loosen. Remove from molds and enjoy!!

 

I made the following changes to Jordyn’s yummy treats:

I replaced the sugar with 3 tablespoons raw honey.

I used 3 cups raspberries.

 

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Like this recipe?  I’d love for you to share.  🙂

These recipes were also shared in a Facebook Live broadcast I did for Sal et Lux blog.  Take a peek for two other recipes!

 

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