Category Archives: gardening

Potato Harvest


I started seed potatoes in the early spring.  I cut them and calloused the ends as directed. The vines grew beautifully and once they died, I quit watering the container and let them sit a couple of weeks.  Tonight was the big night – the potato harvest!  I called out my entire family to witness the event.  I think it is important for your kids to see where their food comes from, and had already planned out some yummy potato recipes.  I pulled out the container and dumped it in the wheelbarrow:

The Bounty of Dirt Seeds


Do you see what I see?  Dirt.  Soaking wet dirt.  And no potatoes.  Apparently the container WAS being watered by someone other than myself.  My 10-year-old daughter apologized – but I said it was no big deal.  After all, soaking wet potatoes would have rotted but there would still be evidence that they had existed.  My 14-year-old son said, “Mom, did you plant any dirt seeds”?  Uh…my kids really need to learn where their food comes from!



Welcome to my blog!  I am a 40-something year old wife and mom of 3 wonderful kids.  We make up the Five Holts!  I am also step-mother to a grown daughter and neighborhood “mom” to a few other kids.

This blog was sparked by my interest in health, wellness and providing a nurturing home for my children.  As a registered nurse, I am well aware of the effect that nutrition, or lack there-of, has on the body, mind and spirit.  My own body has been a bit of a science experiment.  After spending most of my life morbidly obese, I was able to get within a stone’s throw of a normal weight.  Then my weight began to creep back up again.  I kept a food journal on my phone and my calories remained a consistent 1400-1700/day.  I couldn’t see why my weight was increasing at alarming rate until I examined what I was eating, not just the number of calories.  My diet went from a protein, vegetable and some fruit diet to a simple carb overload diet.  Ugh!  I hadn’t eaten bread in almost 2 years, and as soon as I did my weight went up, up, up!  For a short while I tried a vegetarian, grain based diet and could literally see my abdomen getting larger every morning.  Plus I was starving all the time!

I will be documenting my attempt to get back to a normal weight and gaining terrific health for me and my family using Real Food.  Along the way you can also read my attempts to learn to do some of the womanly arts that I so far, have not attempted or mastered.  This includes sewing, crafts and gardening.  I hope you enjoy this blog.