January 11, 2010

Independence Days Update

We participate in Sharon Astyk’s Independence Days Challenge.   This is our weekly update. 

Plant—Nothing planted this week.  I’m not going to plant until February, but I’m looking forward to when I’m able to plant!

Harvest—Onions and rosemary—most everything else has been under snow

Preserve—I froze the tomato juice from some of my home canned tomatoes to add to vegetable soup at a later date. 

Reduce Waste—I spent one of our snow days cleaning out the office and one of the pantries.  I brought 5 bags of books and CDs to a local resell shop and made over $40!  Love that!  Hubby is happy to have some extra room on the bookshelves for his books. 

Prep/Storage—Hubby and I moved one of the wood piles closer to the house and  under an eave so that it is dryer.  I added water to our storage this week. 

Building Community Food Systems—I made some purchases for the food pantry this week and worked in the pantry a bit.  I picked up milk from our milk farmer, and I bartered with a friend for a couple dozen of her farm fresh eggs.

Eat the Food—I took delight in making homemade blueberry muffins this week with the blueberries we had picked and froze this summer.  I always feel so proud when I use something that we picked ourselves and preserved. I found myself retreating to the memories of this summer and berry picking with my husband and daughter in Pioneer, TN.  For me, that is one of the main perks of preserving foods—tasting a bit of a summer day in the dead of winter.

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