Sunday, November 17, 2013

Household Progress

Bism Illah.

On our return to Saudi Arabia, things didn't just go back to the "normal" life we lived prior to our summer of sustainability on Healing Earth. We brought one of our washboards back with us and a plunger-style breathable clothes washer. Just as we established over the summer, we still do our laundry by hand here. Not only that, but the girls continue to do their own laundry - the 7 and 10 year old as a team. They take pride in showing me how good their socks look once they've done their washboard scrubbing!

Knowing that we will not be able to grow rice, we have made more adjustments to our diet to incorporate grains that we will be able to grow and more potatoes. This is really a health boon, because super-foods like quinoa are easy to grow and yet expensive to buy. We have eliminated the need for crystalline sugar (albeit organic) in our baking and cooking, with great success. We have also transitioned deliciously to using all wholewheat flour - whether hard red, hard white, or soft white - for our baking.

As for making our own, I am now whipping up all the things the hubby was missing - the crunchy stuff and the yummy treats. We have mastered honey graham crackers, organic wholewheat cheese-its, hard pretzels, homemade "Grape Nuts" type cereal and granola, pop tarts, soft pretzels, bagels, our own pasta and noodles, and even our own chocolates (imagine being able to eat homemade Bounty/Mounds/Almond Joy and call it medicinal health food! Whee!

We have found Azure Standard, an organic food co-op, that could provide us with a year's worth of organic wheat or flour (600 lbs) for around $220. Buying bulk from them for the things we cannot grow or won't have during the first year or two, will at least half our food bills. It could even provide organic foods and produce for resale in our farm stand.

We have started making our own all-purpose healing salve, lip balms, lotion bars, and hair pomades to add to our homemade staples of shampoo, deodorant, tooth oil, laundry soap, and household cleaners. No more plastic and foam sponges for cleaning, we now use cotton dish cloths (we can knit them), loofahs for soft scrubbing, and stainless steel for pots and pans.

The lifestyle we live is becoming closer and closer to the lifestyle we wish to live, and that is a great feeling, alhamdul'Illah.


  1. Asalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,
    May Allah Aza wa Jaal allow this comment to reach you and your family in the highest of Iman and best of health!!
    I love this blog Mashallah and the Facebook page...those pictures are amazing. It makes me so happy to see that while you are not there, you still find ways to make your life natural and going back to the days of our beloved Prophet Muhammed Sallallahu Alayhi Wa salaam and his righteous companions, Radiallahuanhum.
    I washed a car seat cover with a plunger just the other day and let me tell you, that was pure satisfaction!! Mashallah turned out really clean, and we all know how many spills, crumbs, and accidents happen on those things.
    Keep us updated inshallah!!
    Jazackallahu Khairn,
    Amina Bint Yusuf Knuckles

    1. Wa alaykum ussalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh sister Amina.

      Ameen, ameen, ameen...and may Allah bless you with MORE than you have wished for us- ameen!

      Barak Allahu feeki! It is akin to rain from the heavens on a shriveled, starving plant when I get enthusiastic comments like yours maashaa Allah. Yes, there is nothing like the satisfaction of really clean laundry that you washed with your own hands, maashaa Allah.

      Now I feel motivated to post more on here and start filling in the gaps for "healing" on the various levels. Wa iyaaki ukthy f'Illah!



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