Thursday, February 24, 2011
In November of 2009 I wrote a post titled Keeping the Home. In it I talked about cleaning schedules, and how I wanted to start cooking more from scratch. I was overwhelmed by the "real foods" movement, but felt like it was something I really wanted to get behind. I just didn't know where to start. Since then I've done a lot of research, and even watched documentaries like Food, Inc. and Super Size Me. (If you haven't seen either one, I highly recommend them!) That's enough to scare the crap out of you! But rather than scare me it really made me decide on some solids changes we could make around here. The other day at the library I picked up a book titled Radical Homemakers. While I don't think I could get as radical as some of these people, I appreciate what they are doing. It is an inspiring read for anyone interested in ecological and self-sustaining practices.
Some of the things I have tossed around (to myself, Steven and my mom) are:
1) Making our own bread (in fact, I made two loaves today, solo mio using my moms recipe that she used when we were growing up. The house smells so good right now and I am currently eating a piece, covered in butter and dripping in honey. Eat your heart out! lol!)
2) Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We have found a local Amish farm in our area that is offering 115 shares in their CSA this year. It runs for 32 weeks out of the year (longer than most of the others offered around here) and you can also pay a little extra and get eggs each week. It equals out to about $2.50 a week for eggs but I'm willing to pay that for farm fresh, free range eggs! And I love the idea of supporting a local Amish family!
3) Buying share in a cow, a pig and some chickens. I love the idea of local, fresh beef, pork, and chicken. It is so much healthier and we'd be able to visit the farms they are raised on and check out the conditions they live in, how they are fed, etc. No more antibiotics or hormones in our meat! And once again, we'd be supporting local farmers which is so important!
4) Planting our own garden. We have crappy soil where we live, in fact most of it is rock! So we are going to build 3 or 4 beds and plant some of our own fruits and veggies to hold us over on weeks we don't have CSA deliveries and to use for canning, freezing, etc.
I know this seems like a lot at once, but the CSA and animal shares are really easy, it just takes some money. So we're going to use some of what's leftover from our taxes for that. The bread making is pretty easy too, and will just become part of my routine a few days a week. The most time intensive part is waiting for it to rise (and then rise again!) but I don't have to be standing there watching it, so it doesn't affect me or what I can get done around the house. The garden will be the most time intensive, labor intensive part, but I'm excited to get our kids out there working alongside of us. It's going to be a great learning, growing experience for our family. So that's what we are planning on doing around here to live healthier and more responsibly. What are you and your family doing to live a better life this year?
Friday, February 18, 2011
I had a few cans of this:
A few slices of this:
And a can of these:
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
|In the waiting room|
|Waiting for test results.|
|IV on board. Waiting for overnight room. Can you tell mommy is tired and scared?|
|Wiped out and sleeping good!|
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Car accident that is! On January 13th the boys and I were in a car wreck on the way to pick up Brianna from school. We were coming off of an exit ramp when all of the traffic in front of us stopped because of cars trying to merge. I was able to stop safely, but then was hit from behind by another driver. The damage to our car was very minimal (although after the estimate from the car insurance company we were at almost $3000 worth of damages) but the other womans' car was a mess. She only carried liability since her car was so old and had so many miles on it. Her car could not be fixed so she's going to have to buy a new one out of pocket! Since she hit us from behind her insurance is responsible to the damages on our car (even though Kentucky is a no fault state-a fact that I hate!!!) Initially I thought we were all OK, but that night Jonah and I both started developing headaches. By the time I woke up the next morning I was so sore I almost couldn't move. Steven took both of us to the doctor. Luckily Jonah only had mild whip lash and didn't require any other care. My whip lash was pretty significant and I ended up on muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatories. I thought that was going to be the extent of it, until my hand started to swell and bruise almost a week later. Come to find out, my wrist was broken! And wouldn't you know it...it was my right wrist! And, of course, I'm right handed! So I've been in a brace constantly since I found the break, which has made it hard to do a lot of things, especially a lot of typing...if I don't want it to take 3 hours because I'm chicken pecking on the keyboard! ;-P
I just wanted to let you all know that we are still here, and as my wrist gets better I'll start posting again! I have a few more weeks in the brace and then I go back for follow up x-rays. Hopefully everything will be healed...my house work is really starting to suffer!!! :-)