We participate in Sharon Astyk’s Independence Days Challenge. This is our weekly update.
Plant—Nothing planted this week. It has been pretty cold and wet in our area. I doubt I’ll plant anything outside until late January or early February. I’ve been enjoying reading through the first of the seed catalogs that have arrived in the mail.
Harvest—Kale and onions
Preserve—Nothing preserved this week.
Reduce Waste—We gleaned some toys and a few other items from the house and donated them to Goodwill. My husband cleaned out our storage room, and we found a few toys in good condition that were ours. We’ll pass them to our daughter as part of her Christmas gifts. I sorted through bags of hand-me-downs both my daughter and I had received. I had a few extra goodies that I passed on to friends as hand-me-downs.
Prep/Storage—Murphy’s Law has hit us hard over the course of the last two weeks. My grandmother passed away, we have a major plumbing issue that we’ll have to address, and we have some chimney repairs that need to be made. The chimney issue led to another problem that resulted in a need to clean a rug. While it is in no way pleasing to have to make so many repairs and tend to so many problems in a short period of time, we are glad that we are supporting local businesses by doing so.
I used scrap fabric and rice to make rice bags as gifts this week. My husband will be turning/lathing honey dippers and possibly a few other things. I mended a sweater that had a hole in the arm. I should have worked on a few more sewing projects this weekend, but I wasn’t that motivated.
I stocked up on a few items this week: soups, organic chickens, peanut butter, soy sauce, mayonnaise, organic popcorn, and cabbage.
Building Community Food Systems—Daughter dearest and I assisted in the distribution of the Angel Food Ministry at our church on Saturday. I think that our daughter offered more comic relief than actual assistance, but I think it is good for her to be there all the same. I checked the food pantry there to see if any boxes needed to be made, but we still have holiday boxes from last time I made them. This is a bit surprising to me, as we had all expected to have more people in need of assistance once the weather started to cool.
I bought some eggs from a friend who has chickens. We have a local Frontier co-op group, and I helped to place the order this week.
Eat the Food—It was nice to have meals prepared at home this week. After a week of travel food, I really appreciate home cooked food. I enjoyed the completely local meal of venison tenderloin (from last year’s deer and stored in the freezer with rosemary and onions picked from the garden), roasted acorn squash (stored from the CSA this early fall), and kale (from the garden) the most. We thinly sliced the leftover venison and used it in quesadillas the next day, and it was delicious!