Friday, February 10, 2012

Independence Days 2/10/12

It's Friday again.  Where did the week go?  This week seems to have just flown by.  Woosh!!!
But it's time for an update on the Independence Days Challenge.  I'm excited to see so many updates rolling through my feed reader.  And it seems like there are lots of first timers, too.  This is going to be fun!!
Here goes!  I actually feel like I did better last week before we had the first 'official' week of IDC.
1.  Plant something- NOT A THING!  I was hoping to get some parsley started but the week got away from me.  Otherwise, it is still too early to start even the early stuff.
2.  Harvest something- 30 eggs this week.  That's about it.
3.  Preserve something- ummm.... I don't think so.  Does my sanity count?
4.  Waste not- recycled, composted and repurposed as usual.  Veggie scraps to the chickens.  This will get pretty samey over time, I fear.  I did salvage two egg cartons from work.  We do meals with some patients and I snagged the egg cartons before they got trashed.
5.  Want not- Started my sourdough starter this week.  I guess the left over prescription pain meds from V's oral surgery will go into 'the stash'. And, of course, we'll save the extra gauze pads they sent with him and they will go into the first aid kit.  Let's see... picked up an extra pack of TP for the closet since it is on sale. Not much else.
6.  Eat the food- V could eat scrambled eggs yesterday when he woke up- so he did.  We'll have some pasta with pesto for dinner this evening.  We've still got LOTS of pesto!  Otherwise, we've been eating out of the freezer and pantry this week, not much from the store except milk.  Oh, and I baked sourdough yesterday and we've been working on that.
7.  Build Community Food systems- More eggs went to work this week and I've got an order for another dozen next week.
8.  Skill up- only my sourdough.  I hope to get into a rhythm where it won't seem so time consuming. And having that starter will encourage me to use it and bake more regularly.  So now I'm going to have to start collecting recipes for sourdough. Hmm, pretzels anyone??

That's it for the week. It seems pretty dismal to me.  But, it is February, and it has decided to be winter again.  Brrr!

14 comments:

  1. Its so hard to do things in winter but I used to do sprouting more often so that was the " plant something" category for me:)
    I think you did great myself:)

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    1. I've never really been into sprouts. Hmm, maybe I should revisit them.
      J

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  2. Thank goodness for pesto! We still have a bunch frozen and it's absolutely my "go to" meal.

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    1. We ended up with much, much more pesto than usual in the freezer this year since Justine's boss at the farmer's market gave us a HUGE grocery bag of basil. Of course, I couldn't let it go bad so we made lots and lots of pesto. Good thing we like it. Hmm, I'm thinking eggs and pesto for breakfast....

      J

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  3. I loved your "preserving your sanity." That should count for a LOT! :O}

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    1. LOL! Especially this week. It's been a wild ride.
      J

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  4. Preserving your sanity is probably the most important thing in the world.. The rest will follow!

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  5. Glad V is up to eating and feeling a little better! 30 eggs a month is pretty good isn't it? for winter? I love pesto, I put it on everything! I like your "preserving Sanity!!" Most important when you have kids!! lol Have a good weekend! ...debbie

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    1. Good morning Debbie- V is feeling so, so much better. Last week we got 35 or 36 eggs so they are slowing down a bit. Of course, in early January we were getting 7-9 eggs a day. Crazy. Good thing I've got some connections at work to take some of them off our hands.
      J

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  6. Poor V!

    You did fine this week, IMHO! I am curious about your starter. Did you capture wild yeast or jump-start it with commercial? You were right about all the same pages-maybe it is a winter thing to think about bread (and things we can feed and nurture *right now*!! :)

    Your hens are doing fine too!

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    1. I cheated a bit and did a commercial yeast jump start. But I only put in a quarter teaspoon of commercial yeast where all the 'recipes' for starter I saw called for a full tsp. So I guess I did a 'hybrid' since I'm sure I captured some wild yeast as well.
      J

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  7. I'm a first time Idependence Day blogger and really enjoyed reading your update.
    tracy

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    1. Tracy- Welcome! Glad you stopped in.
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