Well, I'm a day late with my update- but better late than never. It has been a crazy week, both at work and at home. Work has been really busy and I worked today as well. J17 was sick with a stomach bug yesterday. V hurt himself badly enough on Thursday that he actually went to the doctor yesterday -THAT is something unusual! He was working in the basement putting in some insulation and ended up getting a huge splinter in one of his fingers, starting at the cuticle and extending all the way to the knuckle. OUCH! He wasn't able to get it all out here at home so went in to have it removed. Fortunately, it is looking and feeling better today but he's been cranky for a few days.
Our spring-like weather has been continuing, things are blooming and growing. And I'm wondering if it really, truly is Spring... but part of me still doesn't trust it.
But, it's time for my (late) Friday IDC update.
1. Plant something. Let's see... radishes in the garden and broccoli inside. I really want to get into the garden and plant peas and onions and I also really need to get my tomatoes and peppers started. While not really planting, I did get the old canes cut out of the raspberries.
2. Harvest something. Nettles for pasta, grass and clover clippings for the chickens. A little chickweed for salads. And a Non-Harvest: We've got 7 whole asparagus spears up but I'm going to let them go again this year since most of those crowns were just planted last year and two just recently.
3. Preserve something. I can't think of anything else harvest related.
4. Waste not. The usual recycling, composting and scraps to the chickens. Also we finally managed to get rid of our old stove that has been hanging out in the garage for a few years. There was a grease fire on one of the stoves at our church and it was ruined. So we offered our old stove- which is actually a really nice stove- I just didn't want a glass-top electric stove. So, they got a new stove for nothing, we have room back in the garage and we've got a tax write off for next year.
5. Want not- V and I stopped yesterday afternoon at a store we'd never been to before "The Outlet". It's an outlet store for one of the local food service companies and you can get some great deals there. Of course, you have to be careful with your purchases because a lot of it is processed, restaurant food but with careful choosing we got some great deals. We got a gallon of EVOO for about $16 and I may have V talked into buying big storage containers so we can buy the 25 lb bag of pinto beans to make our own refrieds (I'm easing him into this prepping thing). We stocked up on a few staples and tried a few things to see how they are (just saying, the 99 cent packages of tortilla chips are fabulous!) They also, amazingly enough, carry local produce and meat (much of it pastured and/or organic!!). We were able to get a huge box of Amana Brats (a local brand) that we will repackage for summer grilling. 75 brats for less than $40. We were scoping out things like cheese that we may get for J17's graduation party as well. For purchasing large quantities of staples, this may be our new favorite place. I'll be sure to avoid the #10 can of processed cheese sauce. Ack!
6. Eat the food- nettle pasta, sourdough crackers and bread, tortellini (from the freezer) with pesto
7. Build Community food systems- um.. not much. Just more eggs to work.
8. Skill up- made nettle pasta for the first time ever and it was fabulous!