Good Music Monday: June 2016 Edition (and a Smoothie Recipe)

Great Playlist plus a Smoothie recipe!

Welcome back to Good Music Monday at Carrots! Here’s a Spotify playlist just for you to enjoy on this hot June Monday (it's getting HOT this week in Waco) for whatever your day holds. My big kids are at day camp, so it's just me and Gwen hanging out. I'm hoping to get some work done since the big kids are busy at camp, but everyone knows that a lone three-year-old is probably the worst possible … [Read more...]

Rajas con Crema: A Simple Liturgical Feast for the Mexican Martyrs

Rajas con Crema Recipe for the Feast of the Mexican Martyrs (May 21st)

Since Daniel and I starting bringing the liturgical year into our family life one of the things I love most is how celebrating feast days helps us learn about the saints. I had never heard of the Cristero War and the Mexican Martyrs until a couple of years ago. Now two of the brave martyrs of the Cristero War are some of our family's favorite saints: Bl. Miguel Pro and Bl. Jose Sanchez del Rio. I … [Read more...]

Simple Homemade Recipe for Lip Balm, Hand Salve, and Beard Wax

Easy, natural recipe for homemade lip balm, hand salve, and beard wax.

  My husband Daniel whipped some of this up recently and it's fantastic! So I nagged used my dulcet tones to convince him to guest post here at Carrots to share his recipe. Lucky for you, he's an obliging sort! -Haley I’ve used beard wax for several years. Mostly just beeswax and oil, beard wax helps a beard keep a good shape, gives a beard a nice sheen, prevents split ends, and … [Read more...]

Fried Rice for Breakfast? Trust Me, Guys. (Recipe, too!)

Fried Rice for breakfast? Seriously delicious recipe!

Part of the transition to life on the farm is getting accustomed to using whatever has been harvested from the garden that day in our meals. Thankfully, I married a man who's really good at putting meals together with whatever is available and one of the tricks he keeps up his sleeve is Fried Rice and it's so good. Fried Rice is a great way to use up a variety of veggies if you don't have quite … [Read more...]

A Super Awesome Recipe to Beat the Breakfast Blahs

Sweet Sweet Potato Hash Recipe (Gluten-free, Egg-Free)// Carrots for Michaelmas

Daniel and I wanted to share one of his recipes from his breakfast cookbook. This is the current favorite breakfast dish at our house because it's absolutely delicious (and it's gluten-free, egg-free, and--if you don't use butter--dairy-free). Sweet-Sweet Potato Hash We eat a LOT of eggs and sometimes get a little egged out. Plus, since we’re usually dependent on our small flock of chickens … [Read more...]

Go Cajun with a Shrimp Remoulade Recipe for Mardi Gras!

shrimp remoulade recipe for Mardi Gras! // Carrots for Michaelmas

Need a good idea for Mardi Gras food? Daniel's family lived in New Orleans for several years when he was growing up and the culinary tradition of that fair city is still strong with him. Tonight we celebrated his sweet mom's birthday with some delicious gumbo and shrimp remoulade. Then I realized how perfect it was for a Mardi Gras meal and wrangled him into typing up his recipe! Seriously, so … [Read more...]

Simple Soul Cake Recipe for All Souls Day (Gluten-Free)

Soul Cake Recipe (Gluten-Free) for All Souls Day // Carrots for Michaelmas

Making Soul Cakes during Hallowtide (All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day) has become a little tradition at our house. I wanted to share my recipe with you in time for All Souls on Sunday! The History of Soul Cakes As a kind of early version of Trick-or-Treating, folks would go door-to-door and ask for Soul Cakes in exchange for saying prayers for the dead. I really love the way … [Read more...]

From the Garden: Fresh Mint Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

Fresh Mint Homemade Ice Cream

The other day I posted a photo on Instagram of a batch of homemade ice cream made from fresh mint from the garden. It's our go to summer dessert and there must be other folks out there whose gardens are overflowing with mint because I had several requests to share the recipe. I thought I'd do a how-to post (and because recipe posts are only fun with photos we simply had to make another batch. I'm … [Read more...]

Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Baking (eCookbook Review and Recipe)


Have I told you that my kids are allergic to gluten? Well, they are and it's a big bummer. Just give them a little bit and they'll have eczema from head to toe. And since my son sometimes has asthma attacks awful enough to merit a night in the hospital, staying away from allergy triggers is really important. We've been cooking gluten-free for them for over a year and my poor husband has had to … [Read more...]

Little Holydays: Trinity Sunday Blueberry Pie

On Trinity Sunday (May 26th this year) we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity–the doctrine that distinguishes Christianity from all other faiths. A concept like the Holy Trinity is difficult to denote through food, but in our family we try to start food traditions for the Christian Year that also tie into what’s seasonal where we live. During early summer in Florida, blueberries are fully … [Read more...]