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Feeding a Sick Family

I bought my first goats this week!

Mocha is a three year old registered Nigerian Dwarf doe.   I also bought one of her babies, I think we are going to name him Chino, as in Mocha – chino.  The verdict is still out.  Anyway Chino is a 9 week old wether (castrated male) who will serve as Mocha’s companion since goats are herd animals.  I have had a busy week between picking up the goats, getting them settled in, and beginning to milk Mocha (who has never been hand milked before).  Then on top of that I got sick this week.  Then, of course the kids got sick too.

I took the kids to the Doctor this morning.  He recommended giving the kids jello since they haven’t had much of an appetite.  So I headed to Wal-mart to pick up Jello, among other things.  Now that I have made a commitment to feed my family real, nourishing food I read the labels on everything.  Jello is, of course, nothing but gelatin, sugar, and food coloring.  Well I can’t really see how that is going to nourish my children, so I decided to make real fruit juice gelatin, instead.  My two year old loved it (the baby didn’t seem to care for the texture).  At least I know he got the benefit of real fruit while he was sick.  So if, like myself, you have never tried this before, here it is.

1 0z powdered gelatin

4 cups fruit juice (I used grape-apple-passion fruit)

Chill 1 cup juice.  Bring remaining 3 cups juice to a boil.  Pour chilled juice into a bowl  and sprinkle gelatin on top.  Let sit 1 minute.  Pour hot juice into bowl and stir till gelatin is dissolved.  Pour into a 9×13 pan and refrigerate for 3 hours.  Slice into cubes.

It isn’t any more work than making Jello, and it does qualify as a real food.

I also made myself some garlic soup (which oddly enough the baby loved even though it had two full heads of garlic in it).  This stuff is amazing.  I’ll be making more to freeze for next time my family, or one of my friends is sick.  It truly made me feel better.

I found the recipe on one of my favorite blogs.  Here it is

http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2009/05/15/cheaper-than-a-visit-to-the-doctor%E2%80%99s-garlic-soup/

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