Recently, we moved across the country, from the majestic mountains of Oregon to the green valleys of Tennessee. While many families cringe at the idea of a road trip, desperately relying on television and every distraction possible in order to maintain the silence and mood on the road, we actually enjoy the solitude, somewhat frequent change of scenery, obvious differing practices of growing food and keeping animals, and generally relish our time and adventure together. However, this road trip was a bit different, being that it was our third cross country move in less than two years. Our lives, ordinarily very calm and consistent, were being uprooted.
Archives for September 2013
In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, I’m taking listener questions on: making pomegranate soda with a ginger bug, whether to soak or sprout, how did the Nearings of the book “The Good Life” maintain such good health and longevity without eating animals foods (plus I went on a bit of a tangent here), can you use 4-week old separated raw milk, and the best choice for filtering water. Plus, the Tip of the Week regarding how to get crispy sourdough pancakes.
The result of using commercial shampoo and condition is chemically coated hair that’s actually overproducing oil to compensate for being stripped by harsh chemicals. Learn how to make a slow, gentle transition to no poo — the natural way to keep your hair clean and healthy. [by Jenny Cutler]
Many of our family traditions are based on food. While some were thoughtfully instituted, others spilled out of every day life. Many of our traditions follow the seasons through the year, as foods come and go with the changes in season. In our neck of the woods, September is the height of apple season, so, for our family, September means apples. We visit our local farm and pick pounds and pounds of apples!
Learning to read an ingredients list is important. You can’t always trust the marketing claims on the packaging! Although there is not usually an obvious discrepancy between the claims and the ingredients, remember that just because something is “all natural” doesn’t mean it’s something you should eat often!
If anyone would have told me when I was a child that one day I would eat, enjoy, and purposefully grow stinging nettle — I would have thought they were crazy. Stinging nettle was my nemesis. It surrounded the chicken coop turned play house, it buried the old red truck in the grove that turned into a submarine at the push of a button (really, it did!), and it was something to dodge as we ran out to play in the woods. I hated it. I’m so glad learning doesn’t stop when we’re young! Otherwise, I would have never come to appreciate all of stinging nettle’s benefits. [by Paula Miller]
What would you do if you wanted to serve dinner to your family at around 6 p.m., but you also wanted to avoid using household energy (electricity or natural gas) for cooking during the three hours immediately prior to your evening meal? To cut energy costs, we’ve had to come up with some creative solutions for make adjustments to meal-preparation routines.
Having been born and raised in what is known as “tornado alley” I should have been much more attentive to the weather that evening, but I was focused on just one thing: getting dinner on the table on time. My husband, on the other hand, was very concerned and had walked out to the back yard to take a look at a heavy black cloud stretching across the sky. … This event gave us a needed push to get better prepared for emergencies and natural disasters.
In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, I’m taking listener questions on: foam on sauerkraut, whether to pour off liquid in sourdough starter, how to make your own sourdough starter, how to take a break from your sourdough starter, raw milk herd share in Southern Oregon (need your help with this!), and whether or not to soak hemp seeds. Plus, the Tip of the Week regarding keeping on top of fruit flies and a heads up about the Ultimate Survival Bundle coming soon!