Aquilegia formosa

I’m in! February 26, 2010

Filed under: Fight Back Friday,Food,Sustainable — aquilegiaformosa @ 6:38 pm
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With NDiN’s Real Food Challenge, that is.
Yes, I just declared my intention in the comments on this post 🙂 I’m feeling a little nervous, but my kids are on board. They’re excited to help ‘save the planet’ (their term.  7 yr olds are so precocious!)

And I’m also counting this as my very first Fight Back Friday post! I’ve been wanting to participate since the New Year. I finally feel I have something that ‘counts’.

Our goals are:

  1. homemade bread (borrowing sil’s bread maker)
  2. homemade tortillas (stepson prefers these to bread in school lunches)
  3. crackers and granola bars (we’re going to experiment, the kids are going to keep an open mind)
  4. homemade pizza crust every Friday (Pizza Movie Night, our ‘hooray for the end of the week (again, their term :))!’)

Basically, I’m working towards all our own bread products. Cereal will take awhile for my boys, but I’ll try an alternate breakfast every other day. Muffins, or pancakes. Maybe granola or oatmeal? (Granola might be a tough sell!)

The big project is how to fit it all into my crazy schedule. We started eating these foods for a reason – convenience. While I’d dearly love to slow my lifestyle down to the point where it’d be easy to make all these things, the reality is, I’m on the home stretch, education-wise (finishing up 4 out of 5 years to get my BSW), and I just CAN’T slow that down. So I’m looking at how to add on 30 to 60 minutes of baking time a day, when to make what, all that stuff.

For starters, I’m going to pick up the bread maker this weekend, and try a batch. I’ll also try a batch of my stepmother’s 18 hour no-knead bread, and search for some cracker recipes. I’ll make the pizza dough on Thursday during dinner prep, and let it rise in the fridge. (I used to do this a lot, but then I went back to university, so it’s been a few years.)

Wish me luck!

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