Aquilegia formosa

the real food challenge check in March 22, 2010

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My last post, over 3 weeks ago, was a declaration of my intention to participate in a challenge to eat “real food” for a month.
I am officially declaring that to have been a colossal failure.
A week into the challenge, my hubby and I made 2 loaves of bread, one of which was consumed that very evening.
Tonight hubby made cookies.
And that is all we’ve managed to accomplish!!
However, I am still noticing an ongoing transformation of my thinking about food. I am buying fewer and fewer packaged products, even if I am still using store-bought bread, tortillas, crackers, cereal and crumpets.
Today, while shopping with hubby, after watching him grab 3 cans of concentrated pink lemonade, I told him I’d rather choose some fresh juice, as it had likely come from closer to home. I bought some organic unfiltered apple juice from California. Not super-local… But the kids are much less likely to rebel if there’s something to supplement water.
Oh, and speaking of the kids, my boy is surprising ALL of us, and mostly himself, with the foods he’s tried. Hubby’s oatmeal raisin cookies form tonight… And oatmeal for breakfast! (Granted, it WAS instant, but I’m “using it up!” as my English grandfather says – he grew up during the war…)
So the challenge is not a huge failure, after all… it’s gotten me outside of my normal “box”/ frame of reference, and it’s getting me into my family’s world, getting them on board with eating nutritious and sustainable foods.
And that is a wonderful thing!

 

this is how it all began January 7, 2010

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… or not.

Because it’s been going for awhile. I’m the 34 year old child of hippies. My mom made her own yogurt. My dad lived in a tepee in someone’s yard one summer. I think I was 6. And before them, there were my farming ancestors. Okay, so the 20th century wasn’t all that productive for my family, farming-wise. But I’m a determined “back-to-the-lander” at least, in my mind. Really, I’m a suburban yuppie, guzzling gas and plastic faster than you can say Wal-Mart.

Speaking of Wal-Mart, the largest one in Canada just opened in my town a year ago. It is massive. My sister won’t set foot in it. It is, in her mind, an evil corporation. But, really, how can it be any different from any of the other corporations out there? I mean, really, Jimmy Pattison may be local, but he’s just as ruthless. So my sister and her boyfriend tell me to shop at Save-On-Foods, not Price-Smart. Because Save-On has a union, and Price-Smart was Pattison’s attempt to break the union… or something, I’m not sure, I probably stopped listening. Because they’re all corporations, and they all care about the bottom line. Profits. Money makes the world go ’round, y’know?

So I have another blog. It is intelligently and originally titled “random musings” and there I talk about all kinds of stuff, kind of whatever’s on my mind that I feel is worthy of publishing on the world wide web… but here I plan to be more focused. Here I plan to chart my progress toward reaching certain “goals” which you can read about in the tabbed pages, above.

Here is where I develop my master plan for creating a more sustainable future for my family.