Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
almost every summer as a kid we spent a week in the sangre de cristo mountains outside of santa fe, nm. it never fails that around july the longing starts up again pulling me back to these mountains. this summer i got the chance to share my mountains with my kids. john and i had already been back a couple of times, but this was our first time with the lovelies. there is something to be said about sharing a special spot with your children. it's more than geography, it's heritage. taking us out of our natural habitat taught me something about them i didn't know. moonpie- who insists on being strolled at all times- loves to hike. she hiked a 2 mile trail up a mountain without a whimper! she also, like her momma, has no fear of standing on the edges of cliffs and hanging over.
buddy on the other hand (who i caught standing in the sink this morning-fearless) has major boundaries when it comes to the edge, just like daddy. and this boy who runs circles around me all day gets frustrated and tired with the big ol' rocks. but loved riding in his daddy's arms or on my back.
it is so neat to get to experience your children outside of their box, pushing their limits or setting boundaries for themselves. alright, on with the pictures:
the kids did great on the drive. we took 2 days to get there but drove straight through on the way home. it took 18 hours to get home (traveling with 42 people!) i couldn't believe how well they did. no melt downs at all! i was a proud momma!
listening to 'the boss' on the road:
food prep was not nearly as hard as i made it out to be. i just refilled the ice chest daily and made 2 meals/day, like spinach pizza on ezekiel bread english muffins, tomato spinach/noodle soup, bean burritos, bbq chicken sandwiches, etc. it just took a day of prep before leaving to make the beans, chicken, granola, bread, muffins, cookies, chop the veg. and so on. but once we got there it was easy!
my 'kitchen'. proof that all you really need is love!
the view from look out point:
Saturday, June 14, 2008
According to The New York Times, "seed companies and garden shops say that not since the rampant inflation of the 1970s has there been such an uptick in interest in growing food at home." The Huffington Post, ABC, and NBC have all surfaced in Buzz with reports about the surging interest in growing-your-own.
it is encouraging to read that americans are not simply sitting back allowing the circumstances to just happen to them. rather, we are taking initiative to make positive choices for our families! here is a challenge to those of us that are a bit ahead of this curve- take someone who is new to gardening under your wing. just one other person. can't be too hard, right?
in other news, of the family variety, tomorrow we leave for youth camp. this is my first time to take the kids on a youth trip. usually we sit back and tearfully wave goodbye to daddy. but this year we are going to my most favorite spot- glorieta, new mexico! i can't wait to show the kids my old hidden spots (like the caves my brother and i found). it is hectic getting everything loaded. i have baked muffins, granola and fig bars. today i am roasting a chicken, pre-cutting all veggies and preparing noodles al-dente. the funniest part of all is that i have no kitchen! i will be living for a week off of my toaster oven and electric skillet. i've been told i'm crazy...maybe this is evidence enough...
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Beans - 8/1 - 9/1 (lima beans 7/15 - 8/15)
Beets - 9/1 - 10/15
Broccoli plants - 8/1 - 9/15
Brussels sprouts - 8/1 - 10/1
Cabbage plants - 8/15 - 9/15
Carrots - 8/15 - 10/15
Cauliflower plants - 8/15 - 9/15
Chard, Swiss - 8/1 - 10/15
Collard/Kale - 8/15 - 10/1
Corn, Sweet - 8/1 - 8/15
Cucumber - 8/1 - 9/1
Eggplant plants - 7/15 - 8/1
Garlic - 9/1 - 10/15
Kohlrabi - 8/15 - 9/15
Lettuce (leaf) - 9/15 - 10/15
Muskmelon (Cantaloupe) - 7/15 - 8/1
Mustard - 9/15 - 10/15
Parsley - 8/15 - 10/1
Peas, English - 8/15 - 9/15
Peas, Southern - 7/1 - 8/1
Pepper plants - 7/1 - 8/1
Potatoes, Irish - 8/15 - 9/15
Pumpkin - 7/1 - 8/1
Radish - 9/15 - 10/15
Spinach - 9/1 - 10/15
Squash, Summer - 7/15 - 8/15
Squash, Winter - 7/1 - 7/15
Tomato plants - 7/15 - 8/1
Turnips - 10/1 - 11/1
Watermelon - 7/1 - 8/1
Monday, June 9, 2008
being a part of co-ops allows me to be wise with our money while not comprimising our health. if you don't have a buying club near you, consider starting one with a group of friends. they are relatively easy to manage. there is some time commitment involved but really minimal- i'm talking about maybe 3 hours a month (depending on your group size).
ordering through co-ops had a bit of a learning curve for me. so here are some things i've learned:
1. don't buy a case of something from the catalogue 'just to try it'. "mmm. sea weed flavored sesame sticks. this i've GOT to try!"
2. try to find friends to split cases with- that way you have a true co-op system going
3. learn how to use what you have and not buy more until you have finished it up
4. you will have to plan your month around various pick-up times
5. research the item before you buy it. more than likely the co-op coordinator is a busy mom who doesn't have time to work out a return for you
6. pay and pick up on time! the coordinator usually has to put all items on a personal credit card.
in my experience, eating and cleaning (my home and myself!) naturally/organically is comletely possible. and while the savings can't always be cut out of the sunday paper, they are there; you just have to ask around until you find what you're looking for.
Edit (Nov. 2010)
*I now buy our chicken and meat from a local farmer.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Now for the bad news. I had to pull up our peppers, beans, and squash. They were totally eaten by a small beetle like insect. I thought I had them under control, but they proved me wrong in one night. A sad day, but we are looking ahead. In about 3 weeks I plan to start fall transplants. Hopefully we can have some fall tomatoes as well.
While growing up my dad always had tomatoes growing in our suburban yard. He would always plant these crazy varieties that I would never try. It wasn't until my mid-twenties that I began liking tomatoes- and I forced myself into it! I am grateful that we had fresh veggies growing up. Working alongside my dad in the garden taught me so much. So here's a tomato growing tip from dad:
When you have a new branch trying to come out of the middle of 2 developed branches (my dad calls these 'suckers'), snap it off. That way the energy goes to developing tomatoes, not more branches.