January 25, 2010

Independence Days Update

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

Plant—Nothing planted this week. 

Harvest—Nothing harvested this week

Preserve—I froze organic chicken broth.  I made extra when I made chicken and dumplings last week so that I could have some on hand.

Reduce Waste—We’ve not really done anything out of the ordinary here—recycling, composting, energy saving techniques and steps.  I’m bartering with a friend for a new pair of shoes for my soon-to-be-born nephew.  I’m passing a long leather skirt on to her, and she’s letting me pick a pair of shoes.  The same friend borrowed our high chair (the same one that was mine, my sister’s, and my daughter’s) and just returned it. 

Prep/Storage—The house has pretty much looked like someone unloaded a dump truck inside lately.   (How does that happen so quickly!!??)  My hubby and I worked to get things back in order last week, and I hope to continue to make progress tomorrow. 

Building Community Food Systems—I worked in the food pantry at church for a bit.  I’ve been problem solving with the church council on ways to reach out to more people through that service.  Our church is looking into the idea of having a farmers market on campus.  That prospect is so exciting to me, and I hope everything works out.  I went in on an order with a friend for a case of locally made cheese (the buttermilk cheese from Sweetwater Valley Farm is so yum!)

Eat the Food—I so enjoyed the chicken and dumplings.  We liked it so much that we had it two nights in a row!  The second night I thickened it more with a homemade white sauce, and it was even better.

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