A drive-by post from the Greenhabilitator who is currently pulling her hair out, but promises to back in full force next week!
Our household has been absolutely nuts with Mr.Greenhab back in school, birthdays galore, school plays, meetings, conferences, field trips and more.
We're still progressing nicely though with our goal of greening up our diets and kitchen this year. The photo above is a sampling of some of the foods I've canned already this season: a small amount of applesauce, strawberry jam, tripleberry jam and kosher dill pickles.
Our cupboards were starting to get bare for awhile there. We stopped stocking up on boxed foods, canned goods and instant side dishes and started making the same things from scratch with fresh ingredients. Surprisingly, our grocery bill went down and now our cupboards are slowly filling up with home-canned foods.
One processed thing we still eat a lot of is bread. I've tried my hand at making it and failed miserably. I'm not sure if it's our altitude, or if I'm just not doing it properly. I was thinking of searching Craigslist for a bread machine that could do the hard parts for me. Have any of you had luck with using a bread machine? Or do you prefer to make your bread yourself?
The kids and I had a picnic dinner last night of PB&J sandwiches. I smiled to myself thinking how nice it was to feed them both peanut butter and jelly that I'd made at home, but it just wasn't complete with store-bought bread.
Another thing we've worked on is eating seasonally. It's easy for Mr.Greenhab to do since he's cheap - he'd never buy a $6 box of strawberries out of season! It also helps to get our organic produce delivery because we can choose to receive local foods, so you always get what's in season. A little light went off inside my head yesterday. I was looking at another empty jar of jelly thinking I should have made much more than 12 jars of it. Then I realized in the fall we'd buy homemade apple cider from the local pumpkin patch and I could make apple cider jelly with it to last us until strawberry season again.
I won't say it's been a breeze. There have been many looks of disappointment at yet another meatless meal, or veggies the kids have never seen before, but we've also discovered some new things that we really love (like leeks!). We're all getting used to this new norm and, personally, I feel healthier than I have in a long time.