Stop and Smell the Lichen
What we have found that works for us is by making a few small changes every few months, pretty much addition and subtraction of one or two things. The months in between the changes give us time to adjust our taste buds and give us a chance to see of the change works for us or not.
For instance the first change I made was to purchase a 50 pound bag of whole wheat flour. It pretty much began our adventure into cooking our own foods and creating our own healthy recipes....like dutch oven no-knead bread, and healthy breakfast muffins, and whole wheat pizza.... the list goes on! And it only cost me about $50 for the initial flour and shipping and another $20.00 for the food safe buckets and lids to store the extra. I lost ten pounds just from the single change.
Amongst the long list of changes we have made (including adding chickens to our household for the eggs/meat/compost for veggies!) I do often experiment with other means of making our diet more and more healthy and natural. Our diet is pretty meat heavy sometimes...low inventory of veggies and fruit at the store...or we already burned through
*I guess abit on the amount of lemon juice! You just need a good splash of it in there.
Set aside two cups of the berries - I choose the 'pretty' ones without blemishes and cleaned of leaves and such. Take the other two cups and press them through a strainer, retrieving as much of the pulp and juice as is possible. Take your time. I repeatedly mix the seed/pulp with water and then press through the strainer. Take the juice/pulp and add clean water to it to make two cups of juice.
Add this juice and the berries to a small saucepan (big enough to handle twice as much as the juice and berries) . Add lemon juice, and boil for 2 minutes. Add butter and stir till melted (you can omit the butter, it is just there to reduce the amount of foam). Add Surejell and stir and boil for 1 minute.
Add sugar (you can add more sugar, about 6 cups total to get more jam, but I like mine to
I also mixed in worm castings, a sprinkle of bone meal, blood meal, kelp meal, and a good quality organic fertilizer. I chose to use organic enhancements in the hope that they would add to the soil in later years as well as this year. I plan to add these types of stuff to the soil every year.
Last year I started a small compost bin, using the dead plants and home scraps, coffee leavings and such. It is basically a 30 gallon plastic bin with a lid in which I have drilled a ton of holes. I opened it up at the beginning of spring and was extremely surprised to get the wonderful earthy rich smell of awesome compost and steam. I started another separate bin this year, and will add to that the chicken poo and straw and such. I plan to let these bins sit for two years, so next year I can start using the compost.
I started planting seeds as soon as the soil was ready and warmed. I cheated a little by covering the beds with cheap plastic, which helped to heat the beds and the seeds faster. For the hot weather plants like
Stop and Smell the Lichen
Nasugraq Rainey Hopson is a Inupiaq Eskimo woman who lives in the Brooks range mountains of northern Alaska with her Hunting Partner. She is originally from a village on the coast, but was wooed from her village by a very handsome and Inupiaq rich Nunamiut mountain man.
He surrounds her with Native riches and beauty so she is more than content. Her days consist of artwork and mythological stories, and she sometimes thinks deep thoughts that have no answers but define the questions better.
She shares both her days and her thoughts on her blog,"Stop and Smell the Lichen." She has four dogs, and an internet connection that has it's own particular sense of humor. She hopes you enjoy your stay!