April 11, 2012 Comments Off on

Nothing like a Wednesday to day dream. I often dream of a life without offices, where I can run a small organic farm. The realities of doing so are always a bit overwhelming, and I don’t know that I will ever have the guts to take the leap into financial instability. Perhaps that’s the reason this profile of a Hungarian farmer is both peaceful and a little ominous.

A Day at the Farm from Joseph Weigert on Vimeo.

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The Redwoods Treehouse

March 19, 2012 Comments Off on The Redwoods Treehouse

If you know me, you know I have a fascination with tree houses. Look at this beauty out of New Zealand, originally  Redwoods Treehouse was created for a marketing effort  and  then used as a fine dining establishment. It’s no longer taking reservations, but available for private events. How cool would it be to have a birthday party here?

Via : Honestly…WTF 

Fifth CSA pickup

June 4, 2011 Comments Off on Fifth CSA pickup

So I missed last weeks CSA pickup photos, but sometimes it’s really hard to get photos of things before they get into my mouth! Anyway this week we got yet more variety.

1 Bag of Peas

1 Bunch of Garlic Scapes

1 Bunch of Broccoli

1 Bunch of Beets

1 Bunch of Red Onions

2 Heads of Lettuce (one red , one green)

A New Year’s resolution

January 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

In March  it will be one year since I started eating local. I have been pretty proud of what I have have accomplished, I have only bought local  and sustainable meat  in my home for the last year. Where I have come up short is when I eat out or eat over at family and friends or when I eat out at a restaurant.   When at a restaurant my  rationale is that I want to get my moneys worth so I order meat. When over a family or friend’s house I don’t want  to be offensive or act high and might so I  eat whatever they serve.  Now I am at a fork in the road. I can continue to use this rationale , which is basically an excuse and keep eating meat other places that I feel bad about eating or I come up with a better explanation for what I believe and and start to eat only ethical and/or sustainable meat. So for my New Years resolution  when I eat at someone’s house or  out at a restaurant, if I don’t know where the meat is from  I will be going vegetarian or bringing my own meat. It’s important to know that the animals that are feeding me are abused and living a horrible life, it’s important to me that I support local farmers, and it’s important to me to be committed. I know I won’t be able to eat only local vegetables, but as a counter I hope to eat at more local restaurants, so at least the money I spend stays in the community.

I also want to start my garden planning and actual planting earlier!

Happy New Year Everyone(if not a little late)

Bonnaroo Pictures are up on J.E.S

June 25, 2010 Comments Off on Bonnaroo Pictures are up on J.E.S

So I finally waded through the mess of photos of Bonnaroo and they are up on J.E.S  and include  the fabulous Flaming Lips performance. If you’re interested go here: http://jessicarafter.wordpress.com/

Cut Out the Middle Man: Make Your Own Granola

May 20, 2010 § 2 Comments

I had already started  trying to eat local  when I  watched  No Impact Man, and I have to admit I didn’t really like it. Though admirable  no impact man came  across as a little bit over bearing and  too high and mighty for my taste. It did however put a little guilt seed in my brain about all the packaging we get on our food. So months later  after I had eaten by last dissatisfied bowl of Kashi go lean,  I decided what the hell I don’t need some big cereal hocking over sweetened crap to me, I can make my own. ok so it also happened to be the day that I found a super easy recipe from The Localist. I now get to avoid  lots of packaging and avoid unnecessary ingredients. Health, Local , Yummy.

I took the recipe off of the localist and changed just a little bit .

INGREDIENTS

  • six cups  rolled grains
  • 1/2 c.  crushed Walnuts
  • 1/2 c. crushed unsalted sunflowers
  • 1 cup Flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup canola
  • 3/4 cup honey

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 300 F.
  • Sit out two cookie sheets, you may want to coat them if they are non stick..
  • In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients.
  • Add the oil and the sweetener and mix thoroughly until all the dry ingredients are coated.
  • Spread out on the jelly roll pans and bake for around 20-30 minutes.  You want the granola to be lightly toasted but not burned.
  • Remove from oven, you can get them off the sheet now or later, but now is usually easier..
  • Allow to cool.

Hints:

-Use  good tasting honey , because the flavor really comes out in the finished product.

– Experiment with different levels of ingredients, BUT not the oil, that only ends badly.

-Add/substitute any of the nuts and be sure to try your mix with raisins or other dried fruit.

Friday Garden Lust

May 14, 2010 § 1 Comment

I like these macrame pot holders from smalltown, because they remind me of my grandmother. I don’t remember a lot about her but I do remember she liked macrame. Also its pretty easy to DIY and I’m 100% positive its cheaper.

Cute  Etsy Find #1

Individual Wooden Pots/ Herb Garden Pots With Wooden Tray EARTH FRIENDLY WOOD ECO GARDEN Small Wooden flower pots

These Bags are cute solutions to fix ugly cheapo pots. You can also probably DIY it yourself with different outdoor fabric.

Mini Burlap Bag with Parsley

Now Lets just take a second to pay homage to all the cheap things at Ikea and celebrate my trip the golden and blue place of delight.

Birds cant get me in there…

SOLIG Net

This tiny trellis is under $5… UNDER $5 !

OSTLIG Trellis support

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