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OMG, I finally did it!
After weeks of building and writing, my new website is LIVE! Yay! 🎉🎈🎉 Go take a look/read! Birgit Kerr | Mixed Media Artist Would love to hear your thoughts! 😀💗 The new site also has a blog attached to the new website. In future, I will be posting through that blog and this one is herewith officially retired! It will stay up, of course, and everything in the archives will continue to be

Happening Around Here
Hello friends, it’s been a while! I thought it was about time to pop back here and give you some glimpses of what’s been happening around here! There has been art! So much art I have made and sold and not even gotten chance to share here! And purging ... much clearing and purging and unloading of the “stuff” to make room for the new and energizing! I’ve also been busy

The Best Brownies - Ever! (GAPS, Paleo, Grain-free, Refined Sugar free, Gluten-free, Dairy-free)
A bold claim, I know! And I don’t just mean “the best brownies, considering they are GAPS/Paleo/Grain-free.” No, THE best brownies. To quote my husband: “Whatever you had written down as the brownie recipe you were going to make for the rest of your life - scratch it and make these instead!” Yep. And my husband does not follow a GAPS diet, or paleo or even grain-free, or gluten-free. He

Homemade Ketchup (GAPS, Paleo, Refined Sugar Free)
  Ingredients: 12 lbs. fresh tomatoes, quartered (for canned tomatoes, see note) 1 medium onion, diced 1 medium red pepper, diced 1/4 cup celery leaves or chopped celery stalks 1/4 cup of ghee (or butter - optional, but I would highly recommend it!) 1  1/4 cups apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup lemon juice (if you are canning this is essential) 1 Ceylon cinnamon stick,

Homemade Ham (GAPS, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free, preservative free)
    Ingredients: 6 lbs. or so of Pork loin (excess fat removed) 3/4  gallon water 3/4 - 1 cup Himalayan sea salt 1 cup raw honey  1 tbsp. dried sage 1 tbsp. dried thyme 8 whole peppercorns 1 cup  fresh celery juice (optional) 1 l prepared water kefir (also optional, but does help to prepare pork properly) - or more water + 1 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar or lemon juice  

Salted Caramel Ice Cream (GAPS, SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar Free)
This is not your run-of-the-mill caramel ice cream. It has a very satisfying honey flavor with a hint of salted caramel, enveloped in a rich and velvety ice cream texture. And, this ice cream is scoop-able right out of the freezer! My children have declared it “the best ice cream you ever made.” That is high praise, especially since they love all the other ice creams I have made before!

CRUNCHY Butternut Squash Chips (GAPS, SCD, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free)
This, my friends, is a bowl of truly crunchy heaven! When you are on GAPS, or many other diets, you seriously lack the crunch factor. There is the odd crispy thing, but there is no real crunch crunch. There’s the kind of crunch you get from a cracker, or the crunch you get from dried zucchini chips (which is a little on the chewy/leathery side) and of course there is the crunch you get

Chicken Broccoli Casserole (GAPS, SCD, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb)
One of our favorite GAPS casseroles! It’s pretty quick and easy and my kids LOVE this one!       Chicken Broccoli Casserole   Ingredients: 1 whole chicken, cooked (rotisserie chicken, or cooked chicken from making stock) 1 onion, chopped 24 oz. organic Broccoli (fresh or frozen) 3/4 cup Honeyville Almond Flour 1 1/2 tsp Herbamare or sea salt 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion

Easy Chicken Nuggets (With Many Variations) - GAPS friendly, Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb
We love these little un-breaded nuggets around here. They are tasty and dip-able, they freeze well and they warm up great in the toaster oven. They are also really tasty cold, straight out of the fridge or lunch box. You can also make them into larger patties and enjoy them as a burger! Feel free to half the recipe below - it makes a LOT of nuggets. I tend to cook for several meals at once and

Honey Sweetened Lemon Curd - The Quick And Easy Way (Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar Free, GAPS legal)
Do you love lemon curd? I do! And it can be such a nourishing treat, if you use the right ingredients! Ah, but wait - it’s a pain to make. All the separating and stirring  and then you have to strain it, so you don’t have all the little bits of egg that seem to inevitably occur. And even if you’re willing to do all that,  you’re still left with all the egg whites in your fridge. Not any more!

Going GAPS
Hello friends! It’s been a long time again! It has been quite the summer for us, busy, busy, busy! But school is back and my now 3rd-graders (*gasp*) are getting back into their day-to-day school rhythm. Which means, I get to go back to some kind of rhythm myself, too! Lot’s has happened around here, not least of all a somewhat major change in eating protocol. Anna, my daughter, and I are

On Peaks And Valleys
Yes, I am still alive! I know, I’ve been gone for a while. And that leads me right into the topic I want to put out there today. Whenever you read about successful blogging by the experts anywhere, they tell you that one of the KEY things is to blog regularly. Lots of reasons why and they are all good reasons. Yet, so many bloggers I know blog in spurts. Does it make me want to read their

Around Here Lately
Hello friends! It’s been a while! Wow, it’s been quite the ride around here for the last few weeks! So, I thought I’d give you the nutshell low-down of some of the things that have been happening around here lately! 1. There was a lot of this! My husbands family came to visit in March, which was closely followed by my folks visiting from Germany to celebrate my father’s 70th birthday with us

My Big Dream Catcher
Back in the beginning of February, I wrote a post about the large dream catcher I was planning to make. You may have wondered, if I forgot to post the end result or just abandoned the project all together, as I never spoke of it again. Well, neither, really. I did go ahead and make it .... and make it .... and make it! It appears to be one of those things that took on a life of it’s own and

Work In Progress
That seems to be the theme for me the last couple of weeks. Work.In.Progress. I don’t have much finished, most of my art is currently in the “work in progress” stage. We’ve had a lot of visitors lately and there is more to come! So, normal life has been not at all “normal” and has sort of been happening between bouts of visiting and other distractions. As a result, I haven’t really been

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