Friday, February 27, 2009
If there is cheese, there is leftover whey.
If there is leftover whey and a few overripe pears, Jill can make oatmeal pear muffins.
If there is still more whey, Jill can make Imbolc bread.
If there is leftover flour and yeast and still more whey, Jill can make indiviual crusts to freeze for a future pizza party.
If Jill has pesto frozen in her freezer she can make a yummy cracker spread with goat cheese, to take to a party.
If Jill has some dried lavender from her garden she can roll goat cheese rounds in it.
If there is more lavender than goat cheese, she can make lavender sugar for use in lavender poundcake with lavender whipped cream.
If there is more lavender sugar leftover from poundcake and still more whey, Jill can mix up a batch of fairy pancakes.
If you give Jill some goat cheese, she will make a mess of the kitchen.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I have just discovered Ted.com. Pretty fascinating stuff. I have been uploading audio on some of these talks to my iPhone to listen as I go for walks. Some of the stuff is best with the visual, but this talk by Elizabeth Gilbert is a keeper. I don't have time to look through all the stuff on Ted, but I will come here occasionally. If any of you find some interesting spots, let us know in the comments section.
It also makes me wonder--if I had to give an 18 minute talk for Ted, what would I say?
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I am really trying to cut down on my consumption. Not just of food and meat. But paper. I canceled our phone book, the freebie paper that gets thrown on the end of our driveway once a week, and many of the catalogs we get. I've used the back of used paper to print out items such as directions and coupons. These are small steps, but they feel right.
I felt overwhelmed. But I also felt like all this stuff had to be connected. It was! I was able to write an intention that encapsulated all these things.
I intend to appreciate, conserve, care for, and share the physical bounty I possess.
This may seem broad and a little corny. But think of the application. If I put this into practice all of the aforementioned issues would disappear. It's worth planting the seed.
I am investigating nutrition in ways I never have before. I am about ready to eliminate white breads and flours from my diet. I just need to plan out meals I love to get me through the transition. And I have been walking an hour a day on most days (weather permitting). When I do yoga, I have been taking it to a new level. All in all, it has been small slow changes. Nothing so radical as a diet, but as I enter a new decade, I want to do so with care and an eye forward on how I can optimize my future decades.
Anyway, to answer the call put forward by Ashton and Demi and their "I pledge" campaign, I have pledged to start composting this year. So far, I have been doing research, but I hope to put this into effect starting next month. It has always seemed a little intimidating to me--having to get the mixture just right to created the proper chemical reactions, but I am going to start.
And to answer Starbuck's call for 5 hours of volunteer work, I am going to do some workshops with the local domestic violence shelter. I have done this before, but in light of my present commitments to my volunteer work with the Lancaster Literary Guild, I had not planned to do any workshops in the near future. Still it feels good to be putting an extra effort out there. Times are tough, and I want to help get this country on its feet again--even if my efforts are small ones.