The 3 of us are in the potty again… we’re 100% on the #1 issue. Public bathrooms, no problem. Big potties, little potties, no problem. But going #2? It is a mere concept. Like planning ahead for dinner. Like knowing you CAN have good posture but chose every day NOT to have good posture. Like people who give up carbs. I cannot fathom.
Come on in. We’re in the loo.
[Portrait is a challenge to take one photo of yourself each week for a year :: play along!]
When it’s 91° outside not accounting for the 100% humidity, I like to steam out our kitchen by throwing on a stockpot of boiling vinegar and salt. Pickles, anyone? You’ll have to wait until October 1st. The hardest part about these babies is waiting the 2 months for them to soak up the brine and taste like, well, pickles. But, I’ll save you a jar. The Boy favors the bread and butter variety… which I did not know before we married or I would have scheduled an extra pre-marital counseling session. I’m all for dill. Heavy dill and garlic.
*sigh* We are completely different people.
I am trying to be a better farmer and consumer by canning or freezing a few more items I would normally buy at the big grocery store. Strawberry jam, frozen local blueberries, pickles… that’s where I stand so far. Soon I’ll add green beans, summer squash, and sweet corn to that list. That makes 6 items grown by me or my immediate neighbors and processed by me instead of a factory and workers far, far away. My goal for this year is to replace 10 items in my kitchen with home•grown / home•processed / home•made ingrdients. Can I count our eggs? I think so. So, 7. What else? Our meat! Vension and beef will be home•grown this year. I should not have to buy beef at the store in 2011. So, 8 items.
It’s not as hard as it seems to get back to basic, simple food.
Oh my word, I forgot tomatoes. Our wild garden will produce tomatoes soon. So, spaghetti sauce and a few cans of diced tomatoes can be replaced. If that counts as 2 grocery items, I’m already there without breaking a sweat. Let’s go for 15.
What else could I replace?