What a week it has been since I last posted. I left for my trip last Thursday and was away until Saturday afternoon. The trip was eye-opening and so incredibly motivating. Thursday I had the opportunity to learn more about the history of the area where we live and had a chance to collect water data to understand the health of the river we live on. I met some very interesting people who are passionate about their community and the history here. It was very humbling to meet people who have had such an impact on this area. On Friday we went to an organic farm and met the owner. We toured her property and we got to taste her freshly grown spinach. So good!! That afternoon we went on the hike I was so nervous about. Continue reading
What a crazy week this has been already. I am leaving tomorrow morning for a 2 1/2 day camping/hiking/educational experience with about 50 students. We will be rained on, cold, and possibly snowed on. It is going to be exhausting, exhilarating, and exciting. I am really looking forward to this trip!
While I am away I won’t be using a computer, phone, or any other technology. The goal is to learn about the river we live on, look at the impact the communities have on the water quality, and hear the stories of those who live there. We will be unplugged and engaged in nature. This is something that most teenagers don’t have an opportunity to do. I love my job! Continue reading
Good evening everyone! I am so excited with our gardens progress. We have been putting so 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
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
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 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