When you cook bacon, save the grease. You can cook with it later. It’s delicious, and it helps you get more value out of a really expensive cut of meat (or is it just me who thinks bacon is expensive?). Also, by many nutritional philosophies (mainly paleo, primal, keto, and nourishing traditions), it’s very good for you.
In the parenting circles that I run in, there is a lot of talk about parenting peacefully. I’m all about peace and generally consider myself to be a pretty low key and permissive parent. I never spank or use any kind of physical hitting as punishment. In fact, I don’t punish often at all. I’m a big believer in natural consequences, compromise when possible, and lots of talking and teaching, rather than punishment. But more and more, I’m starting to think that all this pressure to be a perfectly zen parent all the time is unrealistic and putting way too much pressure on parents.
Wednesday nights I work late, so before I leave in the morning I throw a whole frozen chicken in the crockpot with about 1/4 cup coconut oil, some salt, and some garlic powder. I set it on low and let it cook all day.
A few months ago, a friend introduced me to this recipe. It is delicious, super simple, and can be altered a million different ways to give you some variety. Apparently, it gained popularity amongst Atkins dieters years ago, for being a low carb but delicious comfort food. I don’t really care about all that, I just know it tastes awesome and stores well for lunches. I’ll tell you my favorite seasoning variation here, but it doesn’t take much to reimagine this one.
Recently, I learned how to make soap.
Pure soap is relatively cheap and easy to buy, but I like to make it instead. I’m not sure if making it is any cheaper and it’s certainly not easier, but it’s fun and it makes me feel badass like Tyler Durden, so I do it anyway.
I am passionate about supporting public education. I believe it is vital for strong communities and strong nations, and research backs me up. I am interested in making sure that all children in the US have access to a top notch, well funded, education, provided by dedicated and well educated staff.
This post is a list of resources and articles surrounding public school and public school issues. Check back often, as I am always adding to it.
If you follow me on any of my social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr) you know I spent the weekend in Tucson at The Body Love Conference. I had an amazing time, and left feeling so empowered and inspired. I wanted to share what I discovered with you guys, and some details of the trip.
I am not spending a lot of money on seeds this year, and I hope never to again. Seeds are pretty cheap, over all, but they can add up over time. Here’s how I keep seed costs down.
Sometimes I think you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at my current homestead that I’ve actually done most of this stuff before. I’ve got several years of gardening experience, I’ve kept food producing animals (well, just bees), and I’ve been around the composting block a few times before too. But everything is different in this home, and I feel like I’m learning it all from scratch.