The Beginning

Week One Projects

Food: I make some meals over the weekend so that I can just pull it out and heat it up during the week.

          Vegetarian Chili

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And this is what it looks like when it cools down:

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Then I made green chili and substituted TVP chunks for the traditional pork.

I bought vegetables at Carl’s which is a store that gets outdated or surplus food. Carrots were 79 cents for a 2lb bag of baby carrots. I took them home and roasted them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. At the end I drizzled Worcestershire sauce over the top. They are already gone. Today I’ll cook the red cabbage, potatoes, and carrots and freeze for soup.

Knitting: I’ve been making cotton dishcloths to practice my knitting skills. I’m also working on a set of potholders for the kitchen with a skein of yarn I picked up at the craft store for $1.

Gardening: I was lazy and didn’t get the garden ready when the sun was out. Now it’s raining and I have to wait. I’ll be planting beets, zucchini, onions, spinach, and such. Next year I will plan better and be able to grow and freeze more.

Zero Waste: I’ll be focusing on avoiding buying packaged or processed foods. I have cloth bags for my bulk items and use cloth for the larger grocery bags.

Baking: I’ll be mixing my first batch of sourdough starter this week. I like the health benefits of less of a glycemic load than yeast breads have and I can buy one less ingredient by not having to buy yeast or worry about it not being active anymore. I’ll be sharing recipes as I go and welcome comments.

Learning: The curious child and I are starting a notebook of things we would like to “investigate”. We’ll start the list today and add as we think of things. Each week we’ll choose a topic to research and do projects.

Exercise: As weather permits we’ll be walking the dog after work/school and sharing pictures when we choose a local trail. Melvin is anxious to get started.

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