Tag: urban homesteading

Week in Pictures

This week has definitely been about food, full stop. At my husband’s natural grocer employer, some of the food that they can’t sell anymore on the shelves (due to expiration dates, aesthetics, and what-not) comes up for grabs for employees to take home. (Most of the food actually goes to gleaners and the food bank, but the “blue slip” that…

Week in Pictures

I made and we collectively devoured this lovely hot chocolate souffle. One thing I learned after my cheese one I made a couple weeks ago turned out more like melty scrambled eggs on the inside is that duck eggs just are NOT good for souffle-making. The egg whites don’t stiffen up the same like chicken eggs do and they just…

Apples…or Alcohol?

Umm, so yeah, this year’s canning season came to somewhat of an unceremonious end when, after a frightful number of attempts to find Calville Blancs, my favorite apple for canning (even above the Granny Smith), ended up all failing – from being promised a certain vendor would have them at the farmer’s market to a local heritage grower ignoring my…

Eco-licious

Meat curing in all its glamour! Yes you are looking at a slab of curing pork belly, a couple weeks into the process, hanging from two meat hooks in one of our basement bedroom closets. No bugs, nice and cool, and perfect humidity. Works for us! A bit of venting and a bit of cool stuff all mixed in together…

Week in Pictures

This is our mural downstairs in a little nook area outside of the bedroom that would have been for our little one. Being the basement and being beach bums ourselves, the ocean concept was an easy one, so I got some inspirations from some cartoon pictures and went to town with a black sharpie, then coloring those in with some…

Upping our Eco Cleaning Game, bit by bit

After the last couple of years, I laughed at the fact that I went to sleep last night thinking about eco-friendly ways my husband and I are upping our game, rather than all the other S that’s hit the F. Kind of a nice change of pace for my mind that loves to race just before falling off into my…

Week in Pictures

Two of our four girls thinking I can’t see them as they nap behind the lavender and pineapple sage. I suppose it’s a good thing they don’t like to be snuggled as I’d be taking them with me everywhere if they were the cuddly kind. This year’s canning, much more disciplined than in years past but enough that it required…

Hallelujah Tomatoes!

As we finish off this kick ass tomato season in the garden (I’ve decided to attribute it to the poopy duck water from their tub that we used as occasional fertilizer), I decided I wanted to celebrate the remarkably strong season we had, enabling us (after inhaling multiple bowls of caprese, of course) with our 14 plants to preserve 10…

Week in Pictures

Greatest hits from our Long Beach escapades…from the gorgeous fog on the bridge to Astoria to the only good sunset shot (from behind the dunes to avoid the cars on the beach) to Dan’s first time in an American arcade (and – clearly – licorice ice cream!) to some snuggle time with Ruby…ultimately he and I? Stronger than ever. Our…

Week in Pictures

From the 99% zone, we got a kick out of the eclipse. Nothing like folks an hour or so south of us where hundreds of thousands gathered, but we did see the sky go into sudden dusk mode, street and store lights turn on, shadows go from clear to fuzzy (I didn’t notice any ‘snake shadows’ but I didn’t know…