Plant Something: On Friday I direct seeded beets, turnips, leeks, snap peas, basil, cilantro, parsley, and thyme. The herbs were planted in pots and the rest were planted in raised beds. I've declared the plastic tote box "greenhouses" a roaring success for our broccoli and cauliflower seedlings. The jury is still out on whether or not they work well for tomatoes and peppers. Readers can view an online version of our garden plan and journal at Smart Gardener.
Harvest Something: Again, no harvests. We do have rosemary, marjoram, oregano, sage, and rhubarb ready, though.
Preserve Something: The Hubster and I made 16 pounds of fresh pork breakfast sausage. We enjoyed some for dinner on Thursday and then I cooked up 30 or so patties and froze them. I also froze 6 quart bags full of uncooked sausage for later use.
Waste Not: We're continuing to focus on using all leftovers. I've made a great deal of progress on cooking amounts we'll eat at meals in order to reduce leftovers, too.
Want Not: We added some homemade fresh pork breakfast sausage to our freezer stash.
Eat the Food: This was a less than stellar week. We ate at restaurants three times.
Build community food systems: I dug up more raspberry plants and a rhubarb plant and gave them to a friend from church. We have another friend who has expressed interest in a rhubarb plant as well.
Skill up: I'm continuing to read about cheesemaking and watched videos of various cheesemaking processes. I took a more active role in the sausage making than I have in the past. I still don't really enjoy working with raw meat, though. The odor is overwhelming in a less-than-pleasant way for me.
This post is part of Sharon Astyk's Independence Days Challenge.
- A 40 something mama meandering through life an 8 year old girl (the big girl) who is a ball of lightening and a 5 year old girl (the baby girl) who brightens our lives with her smiles. I'm grounded by my 40 something husband and partner (the hubster) whose quirky mannerisms brighten my days. Our family is rounded out with with an eclectic 21 year old boy-man (the boy) who I hardly ever right about now since he's off starting his own life.
I've been a single mama, married mama, divorced mama, career mama, SAHM, and WAHM. There was a short time of my life when I wasn't a mama, but that was a LONG time ago!
I hold an AA, BS, and MA and most say I'm wasting them by devoting my intellectual capabilities and energy in the nurture of the wee ones that I've been entrusted to raise, but there is nothing else I'd rather be doing these days. :)
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