Garden & Weight Update – Life is Thriving

Garden Update

Good evening everyone! I am so excited with our gardens progress. We have been putting Garden Update 3so much work into it and it has sometimes been tiring. We have to carry them inside and outside every day since we don’t have a greenhouse. In the short time we have been gardening we have never seen so much success starting from seeds. I know that some of our plants are ready for their containers but we don’t have the rest of our supplies to transfer them over yet. We are hoping they can handle their little pots a little while longer.  Continue reading

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3 Tips to Reduce Food Waste

I’ve been thinking a lot about food waste in our house and I am very driven to reduce the amount of food we waste on a daily basis. In a previous post I mentioned that the amount of food waste that currently exists is 53%. That is more food going to waste than there is being eaten. That baffles me.  I have been trying to come up with ways to establish waste free eating and here is what I have come up with: Continue reading

Ugly is the New Pretty

Why do all the fruits and vegetables look the same when we go shopping? Do you ever go to the store and see the rows of vegetables and fruits neatly stacked building a pyramid of oranges or apples? This is what I grew up seeing as a child and still see this as an adult. I never thought about these displays until this morning when I read an article from National Geographic. I highly recommend reading it!

53% of Food is Wasted

When you sit back and look at the world, around 800 million people are hungry and 53% of food is wasted (National Geographic). That 53% includes anything from vegetables not picked and put on the truck to what we throw away in our fridge. We are all guilty of tossing that bruised apple we forgot about, right? Continue reading

No Need to Knead Bread

When I started baking bread last year I absolutely fell in love with no knead bread. I am a big proponent for making everything we eat from scratch, as much as I can at least. The idea of whole food has a huge following and it makes sense. Eating food that isn’t processed and is an ingredient itself. Makes sense right? So why is it so hard to do? Cost and convenience is why my family had always turned to a grocery store loaf.

Bread 3Bread has been around for thousands of years. Leavened bread was actually created by pure luck! Bread was originally composed of just flour, water, and salt. Pretty simple! When exposed to yeast the bread begins to bubble on the surface and when baked the bread rises and has the fluffy insides we have grown to love.

Bread takes time and requires kneading. While no knead bread can take 12-18 hours to make, it requires little effort on your part. Simply mix flour, water, yeast, and salt together and let the dough rise for 12-18 hours. Once the rise is complete you toss it into a dutch oven and bake. It forms a crunchy crust on the outside and a warm fluffy center on the inside!

Here is my favorite recipe: Continue reading

Save Money with Homemade Chicken Stock

One of the most frequent purchases we had on our grocery list was chicken stock. We use it for everything! We even add it to the dogs food for extra flavor. My husband is a big fan of purchasing organic items so needless to say our shopping gets expensive. We eat a great deal of chicken in our house so I did some research and found that I could make my own stock using the bones of my roaster chickens. No idea why I didn’t think of this before! Chicken Stock 1

When making chicken stock I use a lot of vegetables, such as celery, carrots, and onions for flavor. To save money I save my vegetable scraps for making stock later. When you cut up an onion, instead of throwing the ends and peelings away, toss it into a freezer bag and toss it in the freezer. Do the same with celery and carrots. Use these in your stock rather than cutting up fresh vegetables. You get great flavor and color as well as lessen the waste with vegetables you already use frequently in your kitchen. Continue reading