Friday, September 18, 2015

Apples! And scraping the back of the cupboard...

 These were falls from the trees in our backyard. I have made and frozen many bags of applesauce for the winter, am so thankful :)
This last week before we went back to the grocery store, meals became very much 'use whatever basic staples you can find in the back of the cupboard and create a meal that kind of goes together'.

Eggplant Parmesan

Classic meatloaf and mac n' cheese

Spaghetti Squash

Monday, September 7, 2015

End of my Summer Without Groceries Challenge... and BIG news!

You might have noticed I went silent these past couple weeks. All for a very good reason, I assure you...

...We found our dream farm! 10 beautiful, fairly flat grassy acres of what looks to be sandy loam soil. An almost brand new house, and a seasonal creek that runs along one side.

It really is a blank slate on which we can slowly unfold our farming dreams. The first step will be a secure perimeter fence and a pole barn. For which greater purpose we sold our wonderful Odyssey minivan... the story of the pearl of great price seems fitting somehow.

These past couple weeks have been extremely busy as we submitted paperwork, set up home inspection and figured out finances. Lots of dreaming and planning and crunching numbers.

So thus ends my summer without groceries posts. It was a valuable experience and has become a lifestyle of local, seasonal eating! I hope it has inspired you to find and support your local farmers.

My favorite part was opening each week's varied box of produce, I was inspired by new recipes all the time! You know you have a varied diet when your toddlers eat mashed rutabagas for the first time without hesitation (and ask for seconds).

Soon we will be inviting you all to come along on our homesteading adventure as we start growing our own food. Can't wait to share pictures!

Our OWN place (it is taking a while to sink in).


At last.