Thursday, June 18, 2009

Independence Days week 8

I've been trying to catch up on life after last week's trip. And I'm fighting an annoying health problem that's trying it's damnedest to be chronic or something. Plus a daughter who's keeping me up too late and a son who's getting me up too early.

It's been a long week.

Next week my excuse will be too much cutting of grass and pulling of weeds. Hopefully anyway.

1. Plant something - Nothing this week. I really need to get my summer vining stuff out. I've been late on everything else too...

2. Harvest something - Cherries. Four of them. Also one currant and one gooseberry, to see how ripe they were. And eggs. Well, and broccoli, only not in a good way. It bolted and went all spindly, skipping entirely the part that we cared about.

3. Preserve something - Still no strawberries. Maybe next week.

4. Reduce waste - Unfortunately, we had to throw out a bunch of moldy rolled oats (sounds like a good start for a tongue twister), moldy rice, and rotting apples. But we did tighten our budget up again and commit to eating out a lot less. Lori made bread, pepperoni rolls, chicken stock, and lots of yummy dinners. I used some of Meadow's rejected hay to mulch the potatoes.

5. Preparation and Storage - Got a dozen plastic buckets through a local group that's coordinating bulk orders for pantry items and such. That way we can reduce the chances of moldy oats and stuff. Sprinkled some diatomaceous earth around the floor of our storage area, to keep bugs away. Cleaned up and reorganized a little in the storage area as well.

6. Build Community Food Systems - I guess participating in the bulk ordering group is a good one here. Other than that, not too much.

7. Eat the Food - This is another one I'm fuzzy on. Does making stuff from scratch count, if it's from non-local ingredients? Or from bulk ingredients? We make most of our meals from scratch, and we don't rely on ingredients that are highly processed. (And by "we" I mean "Lori". I haven't been doing much in the kitchen lately, other than taking care of dishes.) We had some great egg salad, some yummy sauerkraut with apples, onions, & bratwurst, the pepperoni roll was great, strawberry jam... I can't remember what else.



At 6/18/2009 10:37 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

I think "eat the food" means eating what's in your cupboard or refrigerator and not throwing it out because you had Chinese take-out instead of cooking, and so what you posted under "eat the food" is completely legal ... er, appropriate ;).

We're still working on weaning ourselves from Chinese take-out and we actually ordered a pizza for delivery this week. But, the pizza sucked and it took almost an hour and a half to get to us. The bitter irony about the whole thing is that I always have the ingredients to make home-made pizza and in the time it took to order the pizza and have it delivered, I could have made dinner, eaten and done the dishes. So, it was a good lesson. Eat the food! :).

At 6/20/2009 12:11 PM, Blogger e4 said...

I guess the good thing for us is that we can't get pizza delivered, and the only Chinese takeout places in town are 20 minutes away and both pretty bad. We still find ways to get junk food though...

At 6/21/2009 3:37 AM, Blogger Annette said...

Re #6: We buy in huge bulk with friends and neighbors and enjoy prices far under retail. But we buy direct from big suppliers. Works great if you know how. There are no storage problems and we all benefit from very nice discounts. We also split the cost of many durable items and share them through a kind of checkout system. Lower costs, less clutter, transportation, packaging and waste... Highly recommended - I just started a blog about it.

At 6/21/2009 8:38 AM, Blogger e4 said...

Annette - nice blog!


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