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You Need More Provision Room In Your Life

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Need a daily dose of Provision Room inspiration?  Or maybe a laugh? Or a cry? Or to hear about our misadventures to put your life in perspective?  We only get around to updating the blog about twice a week.  At the most three!  But, you can find us daily in other places!

The Provision Room www.theprovisionroom.com

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We have a Facebook page where we share links and pictures and random quirkiness. Because that’s how we roll.

We have a new Instagram account, because sometimes there’s no other way to capture the essence of chalk covered babies, new shoes, recipes, and the occasionally deeply theological reflection.

We post YouTube videos.  Now you can maximize the time you waste watching weird videos on the internet!

We are also endlessly fascinating at the rate of 140 characters a TWEET! Come follow us!

Ever heard that if you liked it you should’ve put a pin on it? Follow us on Pinterest!

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In The Kitchen

MEET WITH US IN PERSON!

We offer a variety of ways to connect with us in person!  We love meeting new people, sharing our love of home-centered living, and learning from lovely homemakers everywhere!

We offer the following classes:

  • Traditional Food (fermenting produce, kombucha and kefir, bone broth, etc.)
  • The basics of cooking and food prep
  • Cooking with children (Parent and child cooking class!)
  • Feminine Joy (turning “That time of the month” into a joyful expression of femininity and creativity!)

We also offer several retreats:

  • Daughters of the King (Weekend or One Day Events)
  • Embracing the Sabbath Rest (One Day and Half Day Events)
  • Food and Social Justice (Experience a local farm-to-table dinner and learn about food as social justice issue.)

Breathe Beautiful

CONTACT US

Contact us with questions, feedback, guest posting opportunities, or to schedule a special event!  theprovisionroom@gmail.com

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Need a daily dose of Provision Room inspiration?  Or maybe a laugh? Or a cry? Or to hear about our misadventures to put your life in perspective?  We only get around to updating the blog about twice a week.  At the most three!  But, you can find us daily in other places! FIND US ONLINE […]

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Good things come to those who wait…..

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We’ve been teasing on Facebook and Twitter about something new we will be announcing.  And just when we are ready to go with our cool little announcement (no, neither of us will be announcing that we are pregnant!) we’ve had some technical difficulty with the website!   Read More

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We’ve been teasing on Facebook and Twitter about something new we will be announcing.  And just when we are ready to go with our cool little announcement (no, neither of us will be announcing that we are pregnant!) we’ve had some technical difficulty with the website!  

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Shall We Drink To That?

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If you’ve been around The Provision Room with us, you might have noticed that Kristina and I enjoy a few things: our families, theology, hospitality.  And chocolate, cheese and wine.  We won’t be shy about recommending a good rosé to go with our favorite salad or sharing our pics going picnicking and wine-tasting.  You may see our husbands brewing beer or a recipe for our favorite cocktail.  Occasionally, we get comments from readers asking, in essence, Are you Christians? How can you be drinking wine?  While we could (and sometimes do) give a nugget answer, we thought the topic merited a longer and more in-depth response.

Shall We Drink To That

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Shall We Drink To That

If you’ve been around The Provision Room with us, you might have noticed that Kristina and I enjoy a few things: our families, theology, hospitality.  And chocolate, cheese and wine.  We won’t be shy about recommending a good rosé to go with our favorite salad or sharing our pics going picnicking and wine-tasting.  You may […]

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Getting Kicked Out Of The Crunchy Club

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At our workshops, Kristina and I always try to introduce ourselves differently.  Sometimes we introduce each other.  Sometimes we tell embarrassing stories and tattle on each others’ “crunchiness.”  We blogged about all our fringy-hippyness here on The New Face of Hippy.  It was recently asked by a reader on Facebook: ” tell us something that you do in your home that is NOT holisitic/healthy/sustainable? What’s your kryptonite?”  Well, OK…you can file this post under KEEPIN’ IT REAL!

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Keeping It Real

At our workshops, Kristina and I always try to introduce ourselves differently.  Sometimes we introduce each other.  Sometimes we tell embarrassing stories and tattle on each others’ “crunchiness.”  We blogged about all our fringy-hippyness here on The New Face of Hippy.  It was recently asked by a reader on Facebook: ” tell us something that […]

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Answering Your Questions: Ordering food in bulk from Azure Standard

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Q. I’d love to see exactly what you order from Azure on a regular basis.  The catalog is too overwhelming and I’m not sure where to start.

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Q. I’d love to see exactly what you order from Azure on a regular basis.  The catalog is too overwhelming and I’m not sure where to start.

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Answering Your Questions: Building Your Immune System for Fall & Winter

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Q:  With Fall coming up, could you post some tips on building your immune system etc….for the Fall/Winter seasons? Read More

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Q:  With Fall coming up, could you post some tips on building your immune system etc….for the Fall/Winter seasons?

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Answering Your Questions: Rosh Hashanah and The Feast of Trumpets

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Q. Natalie asked:  How does your family celebrate Rosh Hashanah? Read More

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah

Q. Natalie asked:  How does your family celebrate Rosh Hashanah?

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Answering Your Questions: Dealing With Mommy Guilt

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Q. We have received this question several different ways and places lately–in person, via email and on FB.  The gist is: Can you write about young mothers feeling guilty and stressed about dividing time between kids, husband, house, etc.  OR put another way:  HOW DO YOU DO THIS? I thought I would be able to do it all, but I can’t! Read More

Striking A Balance

Q. We have received this question several different ways and places lately–in person, via email and on FB.  The gist is: Can you write about young mothers feeling guilty and stressed about dividing time between kids, husband, house, etc.  OR put another way:  HOW DO YOU DO THIS? I thought I would be able to do […]

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Answering Your Questions: The Difference Between Hybrid & GMO

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Q.  Ok, Provision Room, I have another food question: I have been hearing and reading so much lately about wheat being terrible for you because it has been genetically modified or hybridized. Do you know? Is there a form of wheat flour that can be purchased that is still good for you? We don’t mind making our own bread. I’m just having a hard time with the thought of giving up bread, all together. I’ve tried to do some Internet research on my own, but there is so much conflicting information out there, and it seems like everyone wants to sell you their latest book or diet program.

Wheat near Pendleton, Oregon (Photo: Lynn Ketchum, Oregon State Extension and Experiment Station Communications)

Wheat near Pendleton, Oregon (Photo: Lynn Ketchum, Oregon State Extension and Experiment Station Communications)

A.  All the information out there can be very confusing!  But there are some simple truths.  First, the difference between hybridization and genetically modified (GM) seeds is the difference between what can naturally occur in nature vs. what can only be accomplished in a laboratory.

Hybridization of plant species has been occurring since the beginning of agricultural development.  It is where two plant varieties within the same species cross pollinate and a new variety is created.  This process happens in the wild but people have found ways to “help” the plants along by cross pollinating in controlled environments to optimize specific plant traits.  In general, this is a completely natural process so it doesn’t adversely affect the environment or our food.

Genetically modified, often referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are completely different.  GM varieties are created in laboratories using high-tech methodologies like gene splicing.  Scientists have discovered ways to cross multiple species of plants to create new ones – something that never happens in nature.  These new plants are created to fight against pests by having certain bacterias added to them or having specific traits that protect them against herbicide sprays, insect infestations and fungal disease.  You’ve probably heard of Monsanto’s Round-Up ready corn.  Industrial corn farmers can spray this GM corn with Round-Up and the corn is unaffected while every other plant in the field is killed.  Some GM seeds are protected by laws that do not allow them to even be analyzed by other scientists outside of the laboratories they are made in.  GMO’s are not long-term tested and we do not have any ideas of what their impact will be, although many of us have our suspicions.

On to wheat.  Here is where you can get completely lost.  Although the FDA has not approved GM wheat it somehow keeps appearing in fields everywhere, specifically GM wheat developed by Monsanto who denies releasing any of their seeds.  Hmmmmm

The easiest way to avoid any GM wheat is to only purchase heirloom or certified organic wheat.  Then if you are still concerned about it I would consider sprouting or soaking it before you use it.  Many studies have shown that sprouting and soaking increase the bioavailability of the nutrients within the wheat.  Sourdough, a fermented bread, is a perfect example of bread that is good for you unless you are diagnosed with some form of wheat allergy.

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Remember when eggs were terrible for you?  Nutritionists everywhere said we all had to give up eating eggs if we wanted to control our cholesterol.  Don’t even get me started on the butter debacle where we had to immediately stop eating butter or it would definitely kill us!  Margarine was the savior of the day and look what we have found out about margarine since then.  All this to say, I believe you should eat what comes naturally from the earth not what is cooked up in some science laboratory.  I don’t think bread is bad for you.  After all Jesus compared himself to bread when he said, “I am the bread of life.”  I don’t think he would have made the comparison if bread was something that would harm you.


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Q.  Ok, Provision Room, I have another food question: I have been hearing and reading so much lately about wheat being terrible for you because it has been genetically modified or hybridized. Do you know? Is there a form of wheat flour that can be purchased that is still good for you? We don’t mind […]

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Answering Your Questions: Preparing For Natural Childbirth

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Q. Can you share any ideas or techniques you use to make it through childbirth without medication?

Preparing for Natural Childbirth

A. Sure can! I have had seven children naturally with varying levels of pain or discomfort. Each birth has taught me something about life and about myself. Read More

Preparing for Natural Childbirth

Q. Can you share any ideas or techniques you use to make it through childbirth without medication? A. Sure can! I have had seven children naturally with varying levels of pain or discomfort. Each birth has taught me something about life and about myself.