Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too…  One of my favorite Shel Silverstein poems. Yeah, I mixed the words up a little for the blog title but I like it.

My whole life apart from a few months while I was pregnant and sick with A#1, pickles have been my favorite food.  Imagine my joy when I discovered lacto-fermentation and found pickles are not only super tasty but can be very good for you!  Double bonus!

I love to cook, have a passion for real food and real nutrition, and I adore pickles.  I homeschool my 4 rambunctious boys on our little hobby farm in Nowheresville ND.  That is what this blog is about.

My road to real food began in 2002 when my oldest was diagnosed with autism which led me to the SCD (specific carbohydrate diet), then to the Maker’s Diet and then to the Weston A. Price Foundation. My food philosophy is to simply eat real food. If it’s something our ancestors wouldn’t have recognized as food, I avoid eating it. Real food in the package God created for it.  You can read about our adventure here:  Our Journey With Autism.

On our little farm we have 8 rabbits (or more), 1 cow, 2 mouse hunting cats, and 2 pot bellied pigs.

My other hobbies include playing the guitar, knitting and just making things.  I design knitwear in my spare time.  Spare time? Yeah, it’s been awhile since I’ve done any designing.  Not much spare time recently.  You can read about my knitting adventures at

Disclaimer:  I am not a health care professional.  My degree is in linguistics and Bible. I believe God is our ultimate healer but that is as far as my education got me health wise (education that gave me a piece of paper anyway).  I am simply a mom who reads.  A lot.  One day I might get that almighty piece of paper that gives me legitimacy but until then, I’m just a mom who reads.