I keep telling myself that and yet in small ways I fail everyday.
I confess that here because I do not intend to use this blog as an arena. Because it is not, it is an opportunity for me to continue to be real and chat about the life I want to live. I do however use this forum as a discipline tool. If I put it out here, I better be doing it!
Some of the things I will accomplish:
eliminate "throw away" items: plastic wrap, paper towels, plastic grocery bags, etc
make more homemade: cleaners, food, gifts
reuse, recycle, rethink: all things
That does not mean I will not be spontaneous, or I will be stingy, or unfriendly. I will still be me.
Today is day 2 and last day of the yard sale. I do not know how we did financially, and it does not matter. There is more room in the garage for organizing the things we want to keep, without moving box after box to get to it. Other folks were able to get what they needed/wanted for a good price, so it is a win win for everyone.
Today is also my Friday, so after work the time is my own to do as I please, with whom I please. Tomorrow is July Sunday Cafe, and on Monday we get to have the granddaughter all day while her Mom is in a continuing education class. So the day will go quickly, and then before you know it, the whole weekend will have gone quickly, and it will be back to work.
Here is a wonderful "bring real food back" recipe. Beans. I seem to have a respect for beans, and look for ways to learn about them, cook them and enjoy them. Everyone can use a good basic recipe. One that is easy, tastes good and is open to adapting.
Old Fashioned Pork and Beans
The evening before:
1 pound pea beans (small whites)
Sort beans, place in a large bowl and cover with water by 4 inches. Let rest overnight to soak and soften. Drain well, rinse and drain again.
The next morning:
1 T salt
2 T molasses
6 T sugar (you can use less, remember adapting for your family is encouraged)
1/2 pound salt pork OR 2 ham hocks
1 onion, left whole
4 c water- boiling
Combine all ingredients in cooker. Cook on low 8 hours or until done.