Well, our garden is in and like every year gardening, I’m learning a lot. We have 13 tomato plants (I think), 7 peppers, carrots, radish, lettuce, kale, spinach, 5 or 6 zucchinis, 3 spaghetti squash, 3 watermelon, 1 cantaloupe, 3 summer squash, 18 or so strawberries, herbs, and two pumpkins (just for S’s and G’s). I never ended up getting my cucumbers in and at this point I’m just going to have to live with that.
I love the idea of vertical gardening! Grow as much food as you can in as little space as possible. This is an important concept for people and the environment as populations become more urbanized and we have to put the brakes on shipping food from long distances to reduce the amount of global warming, asthma, and cancer causing pollutants we put into the only atmosphere we’ve got.
Recently I read this article at Grist and while I liked some parts, I disagreed with much. It argued that urban farms and homesteading were unlikely to do much in the quest to feed an ever growing, ever urbanizing, ever globalizing population, but it might provide some kind of educational benefit or something. Their arguments make sense, if you go into it assuming that everything else they talk about is the right way for things to be. Personally, all I could take away from it is that they were focusing on the wrong problems. This is why intersectionality in environmentalism is so important.
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.
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.
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.
I don’t know why, but I love Fat Tuesday. We never got into it growing up or anything, but I think it’s kind of fun. I’ve been wanting to make some family traditions out of it, but it’s been slow going. Last year I made some egg free cup cakes with babies in several of them as our family version of king cake. I just used a cake mix I bought at the health food store (that was the only place I could find a soy free one) and I made a gumbo that didn’t turn out very good. This year, instead of experimenting with making a type of cuisine I don’t make often and most of my family is not keen to try anyhow, I’m going to go ahead and make something I know they love. Alfredo.
I never used to get much into Valentines Day until I fell in love with Jeremy. I used to go off on tangents about how it was a made up, corporate holiday that existed for the sole purpose of selling useless shit and enforcing stereotypical gender roles, particularly enforcing the myth that women need to be with a romantic partner in order to be whole. And I still believe all that stuff.
But now I’m in loooooooovvveee!
We made it 30 days without dairy, wheat, or corn! If you had asked me a year ago I would have thought it wasn’t possible. There were plenty of times Jeremy and I talked about cheating, but we didn’t. We hung in there in solidarity with Elijah!