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Start a revolt against AllOrNothingism

Activism, Climate Justice and Environmentalism By January 25, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

AllOrNothingism is a plague on social progress and should be revolted against.

There is a problem in our culture. I have noticed it more times than I can count over the course of my adult life, and I despise it. It’s something I’ve come to refer to as AllOrNothingism. Its the idea that if an action you are taking won’t do much, it is never worth doing. If you can’t do something all the way, then you shouldn’t bother doing it at all. I want to call bullshit on this idea right away.

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Sourdough Rye Bread

Recipes By January 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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.

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Broccoli cheddar soup with quinoa

Recipes By January 13, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments
A delicious broccoli cheddar soup with tons of protein and fiber to make it extra hearty!

A delicious broccoli cheddar soup with tons of protein and fiber to make it extra hearty!

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.

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Seed starting implements: A January homestead update

Gardening By January 11, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

About this time of year, I start gathering things I need for seed starting. You can buy things, of course, and I’ve done that in the past when I haven’t wanted the hassle of storing a bunch of saved containers, but this year I’m really thinking about not buying new stuff as much as possible after reading our January book club selection, How To Be Alive, by Colin Beavan, and we’re trying to save every penny for our trip to Paris later this year, so I’m doing the frugal thing and collecting seed starting stuff. I’m storing everything under the far end of my dining room table, on the bench Jeremy made me for a wedding gift, next to my winter, table top garden.

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Transportation equity: moving from car culture to more just transportation

Climate Justice and Environmentalism, Social Justice By January 4, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , 1 Comment

This is part three in a series we’re running about cars and the transportation system. Here’s part one, Cars suck! 11 reasons why, and part two, Cars suck! But we can’t live without them. Subscribe to be notified when the rest in the series are published!

We’ve talked about why cars suck and why we’re compelled to own them anyway, but I would be majorly failing if I didn’t acknowledge that some people still don’t have access to cars. As much as cars are a lousy burden, they are also a privilege, and a pretty crucial one in a society that is so dependent on cars.

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Rocking our 2016 homestead and blog plans

Gardening, Home cooking By January 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

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!

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Rocking Homestead year in review – 2015

Activism, Community, Family Life By December 31, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

This year has been a big year for everyone here on the Rocking Homestead. There have been some ups and downs, mostly ups, and some big, life altering moments and decisions.

The biggest things that happened this year was most likely the birth of my surro baby, Kennan, the fact that I’ve completed most of my degree program, and we made the decision to remain living in this house, possibly forever.

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The annoying classism of tidying up – KonMari minimalism vs. environmental anticonsumerism

House keeping, Social Justice By December 28, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 17 Comments

The first time I heard of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up¬†and the KonMari method of housekeeping, I was intrigued. I am, after all, a wreck when it comes to keeping house, if there was some new house keeping innovation, I wanted to hear about it. People were gushing about this book. Calling it life changing, revolutionary, even spiritual. That’s one hell of a cleaning book! People described to me its revolutionary message to the world, “Keep nothing that doesn’t bring you joy!” They’d say, half a gasp, half reverence.

And I’d be left blinking. That’s it?

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Winter garden – satisfying the bug to grow in the off season

Gardening, Home cooking By December 23, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments
Can't wait for spring so you can garden again? Here are some ideas for a cheap to free indoor winter garden, to scratch that green thumb itch!

Satisfying the urge to keep growing things with this modest, experimental, table top garden.

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.

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Birth of the Socialist Housekeeping Regime

Family Life, House keeping, Parenting By December 21, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments

A lot of homesteading bloggers spend a lot of time talking about how they keep their home. Maybe it’s so that they’ll have something to write about in the winter. Maybe it’s because some¬†homesteader types are also June Cleaver, good housewife, often slightly creepy religious types, and they just love their cleaning as part of their traditional gender roles. I have stated before that I don’t want to dwell on that topic, partly because it’s boring as hell (cleaning sucks), and partly because it always seems to end up sounding slightly sexist. But I’ll let you in on a little secret; it’s also because I suck balls at it.

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