Its spring time, which means of course that we are very busy here on the Rocking Homestead. There is a lot to plant and build this year, and I’m towards the end of my semester so I’m looking at finals. To add to that, my climate activism has been very busy of late, and we’re planning for a trip to Paris to visit our surro family out there (I can hardly believe baby Kennan is 9 months old already!). I’m trying very hard not to slack on the blog, but there have been a couple of weeks that only had one post. I’m sorry. There’s just so much to do right now!
Conventional meat production is one of the biggest contributors to climate change, producing approximately 15% of our greenhouse gasses. There are ways to raise livestock that is less carbon intensive, in fact, those methods may even sequester some carbon, but they take much more space than conventional meat production does. We can’t even produce enough meat for everyone on the planet to eat as much as Americans do using our current methods, we certainly are not going to be able to produce enough meat for everyone using the carbon sequestering methods. If we want to fight climate change, a reduction in the amount of meat Americans typically eat is probably going to be necessary.
What did you all think about Edible Landscapes? Personally, I think this book is going to be an invaluable addition to my collection. The index of plants was spectacular, didn’t you think? And the accompanying photos were breathtaking. I got a ton of ideas about stuff to plant after reading this!
When I was 20 years old, I was deployed to Guantanamo Bay in the Army. One night we went out for dinner to celebrate the birthday of a person in our unit. There are a few restaurants in GTMO, and we went to one of the fanciest, the one attached to the Officer’s Club. It was pretty lush compared to the chow hall fare I ate for most meals, so I decided to go all out and order filet mignon, just how I like it, rare. Everyone at the table gasped in surprise. “I thought you were a vegetarian!” one of my fellow Soldiers exclaimed.
If you are concerned with how your diet impacts the environment, there are a lot of things you can do to have a more climate friendly diet. Most of these things are also good for your health, and believe it or not, many of them will actually save you money. Here is a list of what we do to prioritize eating sustainably, in order of most important to least. You might not be able to do it all, but you can do what you can in the moment. This isn’t an all or nothing thing. Everything helps. Reject AllOrNothingism in your dietary choices.
I’ve been working on figuring out how to make a sourdough rye bread. I like rye bread, and I love sourdough bread, so I figured a sourdough rye would be pretty awesome. I have some experience making bread, both sourdough and traditional, but I wouldn’t consider myself to be an expert. I knew that making this sourdough would probably take some experimentation and involve several failures.
A while back I saw a recipe for broccoli cheddar soup that made my mouth water. This was surprising, because I’m not generally a fan of broccoli cheddar soup. It always feels like just eating cheese sauce with s few tiny broccoli sprigs, very disappointing. But for whatever reason, the thought of a cheesy, broccoli packed soup was really appealing to me, so I set to work thinking about how I would make some that wouldn’t leave me bummed out.
This blog has grown significantly in the last few months, and it’s my goal to improve it further to build a more badass community. Here are some things you can expect out of Rocking the Homestead in 2016!
Usually in winter I can be just distracted enough by Christmas to not be overwhelmed by how much I miss gardening, but this year it’s not happening. The garden restlessness that usually doesn’t start plaguing me until February has been assaulting me pretty much since our first hard frost in late October. I don’t know if it’s everything I’m learning at school, or what, but I want to be growing something! Slowly, I’ve been building up a fairly descent indoor, winter garden to scratch that itch.
I love tomatoes! And I love creamy soups! So it really figures that one of my favorite soups of all time is tomato bisque. I used to go buy tomato bisque from Safeway (they make a pretty good tomato bisque) whenever I had the hankering, but now I know how to make it, which is way better because all the Safeways on my end of town closed down this year.