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How the homestead is rocking

Food Producing Animals, Gardening, Home cooking By July 2, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments
Here's Freja helping mommy garden.  Please excuse the smudge on my lens.

Here’s Freja helping mommy garden. Please excuse the smudge on my lens.

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.

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Vertical gardening

Climate Justice and Environmentalism, DIY, Gardening, Home cooking By May 29, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

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.

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Can urban homesteading feed the world ?

Climate Justice and Environmentalism, DIY, Food Producing Animals, Gardening, Home cooking, Social Justice By May 19, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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.

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Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

Home cooking, Recipes By April 12, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

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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.

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Fat Tuesday!

DIY, Holidays, Recipes, Uncategorized By March 3, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments
Click this photo for another king cake recipe!  This is not my photo, it's from the recipe.  :-)

Click this photo for another king cake recipe! This is not my photo, it’s from the recipe. 🙂

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.

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Valentines Day 2014

DIY, Holidays, Home cooking, Recipes By February 12, 2014 No Comments

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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!

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We did it!

Parenting, Recipes By February 6, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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!

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