Monday, August 8, 2011

An exciting new recipe!!!

I know, so it has been far too long since I blogged. It's been a very very busy summer. But, during a quick quiet moment, I wanted to share this fabulous new healthier and cheaper salad dressing recipe that is incredibly good!

Here is the RECIPE . You can adjust the serving sizes on the website. I served it at a church potluck this weekend and it was a hit with all who tried it!

Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.

I will try and write again soon and let you know about all the cool canning we have been up to! (Including; tomato sauce, tomato paste, pickled garlic, dilled carrots, blueberry jam, blueberry lime jam, plum jam, plum sauce, apple butter, blueberry butter, blueberry syrup, and more!)


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

So summer is here in almost full force! My ankles and feet are swollen and I feel like all I do is complain about being pregnant and hoping that the baby comes early. I need to stop. So if I have called or talked to you in the last month or so, I need to apologize for my complaining attitude. I am remembering that I asked for this baby, no let me rephrase that... I begged God for this pregnancy and I need to come back to that spot in my life when I didn't know whether it would be even possible to have another baby. So here is my confession of my horrible attitude. Please forgive me.

Now on to a more positive note... in 8 months of being pregnant I had gained 11 pounds and then turned around and lost 6 pounds this past month. I must say that it feels really good! I think I can contribute the loss to two specific things - Thetis Island BC and eating locally. A few weekends ago we spent a few days with our church family at a retreat center that was built on the side of a hill. I was definitely sore when I came home! But I believe the major reason is because of my food choices. As of today I still have local beef in the freezer and we were also able to add 4 local organic chickens to our freezer collection. I just need to plan my meals ahead before I can tell you how delicious the chickens tasted. Besides getting our local food box I have been running over to the Root Cellar to supplement our fruits and veggies. I also have been picking up eggs at a local farm for $6.75 for two and a half dozen. As an aside, that's the same price as our local Costco (where do they get their eggs from? I have no idea!).

Ok, so to keep this a bit shorter I will get to the amazing recipe I made tonight... thanks Nadine for calling and rubbing it in how good your supper was! I'm not sure where she found the recipe but this is my version of what she excitedly told me over the phone about an hour ago:

Bunch of Kale - stems removed and chopped
1/2 tsp cumin and paprika
2 cloves of garlic
splash of lemon juice
olive oil

Add olive oil and garlic to pan
Saute Kale with the spices
When wilted add a splash of lemon juice and serve.

I ate this with my improvised whats-in-the-fridge stirfry. Wow it was amazing!

So the moral of this post is don't forget to make the small changes in your food purchases to become a healthier you! I started by doing my best to buy only Canadian produce and meats, if you have mastered that then perhaps try to eat more food from your province and the last thing is trying to eat from your specific region. It does become easier over time once you can find the resources in your area!

Good luck and happy eating!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wonderful new recipe!

So, many of you have been asking where we have been. Well, I haven't been in the kitchen for awhile. But this week I made bread for the first time since moving here in February. Can't believe it took me this long. It must have been a cooler day because the dough took FOREVER to rise. I finally was able to put the bread in the oven around 8:30pm, after the kids were in bed. We decided it would be a great time to watch a movie and call it a night...well lets just say the movie went on and the bread stayed in the oven a little longer than expected. But don't worry, nothing was lost.. just a little bit browner than usual. That was on Monday and we only have one loaf left out of four.

Anyways, on to the amazing recipe we had for supper tonight. I have been trying to figure out how to include more beans/legumes in my diet. I usually have chronic low milk supply when my kids are nursing so I'm starting early trying to find some good recipes. My friend in Ontario, you know who you are supermom! gave me a few suggestions - refried beans in the slow cooker (which I tried and loved, I'll post about that later) and this recipe for a vegan alternative to Sloppy Joes. I tweaked the recipe slightly by adding some homemade BBQ sauce, recipe to follow, I also used 3 Tbsp of chili powder and a yellow pepper instead of green because thats what I had on hand. I served them on homemade no-knead hamburger buns. Wow, was I ever impressed!! Even the hubby enjoyed them, which says a lot because first off there was no meat and secondly it was made out of lentils, which is not high on his preference list. I will definitely add this recipe to my collection for future meatless Thursdays, or whatever day of the week I feel like making them! Below is a copy of the BBQ sauce we had made earlier in the week, as well as the hamburger bun recipe.

BBQ Sauce:
1 Cup Ketchup
1/2 Cup white Vinegar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Dry Mustard
garlic powder to taste
Worcestershire Sauce to taste
A few shakes of Liquid Smoke

Combine all ingredients.

Hamburger Bun Dough:
6 1/2 Cups flour
2 Tbsp INSTANT Yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp Salt
1 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Cup Milk
1 1/2 Cup hot water

Measure out flour into large red tupperware bowl (my all-time favorite bowl for mixing bread doughs! - I like the old red colour the best but tupperware didn't agree with me). Add yeast and salt to flour. In a separate bowl combine sugar, milk and hot water. Pour into flour mixture. Stir mixture together until the dough forms a lumpy, sticky mass. Cover and let rise for 2 hours, or however long you have. Use right away or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Forming the Buns:
Flour your hands generously, because the dough will be sticky. Cut/rip/pull off chunks of dough in the size of your preferred bun. The size all depends on the purpose of the bun I suppose. Form the lump into any bun shape you want, try not to play with it too much or it will turn out on the chewy side. Place buns on a prepared baking sheet, I use bacon grease that I have stored in my fridge in a wonderful mason jar.. but you can use parchment paper etc. Cover with tea towels and let rest for around 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 400F. Bake for around 15-17 minutes.

The yield for this dough recipe varies based on how big you want your buns...haha...that statement made me laugh...Tonight for instance I only made 6 buns for supper, but I have at least 1/2 to 3/4 of the dough left in the fridge. The recipe came from a great book that I rely on frequently for my no knead dough recipes. You can find it here. Or you can borrow it from my kitchen, with the knowledge that if you lose it you will replace it because I LOVE this book!

Let me know what you think of the recipe if you try it, and hey do you have any tried and true bean/legume recipes you would recommend to a nursing mom?

yours in the kitchen,


ps. I just wanted to add that I didn't add the full recipe of BBQ sauce to the Snobby Joes, maybe 1/2 cup or so.

Friday, May 13, 2011

I like Pesto!!!

So, we got our boxes again this week, and they are AWESOME! I forgot to get a picture of everything in the box but I have something better for you.

This week we got:
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch red kale
1 pound strawberries (YUM)
1 bunch of swiss chard
1 bunch of daikon radishes
1 bunch of mustard greens
1 bunch of mizuna
1 head of green leaf lettuce
1 bunch of red beets

So, I am not a huge beet fan, but to be a good host I roasted them all for lunch. They were good, but not something I would jump about eating. I probably wouldn't even help myself to them unless I was really hungry.

This week, I didn't want any of my greens to go soggy, so I looked up proper storing and cutting techniques and started planning early what to do with everything. I got hung up on the daikon radishes though. Do you use radish tops? I had no idea... usual, when I don't know what to do, I got on the internet! I found a recipe for radish leaf pesto and decided to give it a try. Alicia came over and we made a batch together. I have had pesto before and again, am not a big fan, but thought i would give it a try rather than waste all those tops.

It was DELICIOUS! I would eat it again for sure! I would like to try making some pesto pasta, or a pizza with this pesto on it. It was more "green" tasting than herb.

Give it a try, let me know what you think, tell me what you put it in...
Happy eating :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Bread anyone?!

Okay, so I tried out a brand new spelt bread recipe this am! It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be and it worked out fabulously! The recipe was to make 1 loaf, but using slightly smaller loaf pans, i made 2 loaves of bread and also added some oatmeal topping just to spice them up.

This recipe came from a random google search which led me here. I was really happy with the spelt bread (it was especially good right out of the oven with some butter and honey on it!).

Because I was already making bread I figured I'd do a few loaves of whole wheat and a few sub style buns as well. Take a look. This is my regular recipe (courtesy of Alicia) and it usually makes 4 loaves, but I used a few of my pans for the spelt bread so decided to try these buns instead. The boys haven't broken into those yet, so I will let you know when the reviews come back.

And here they are....

Happy Eating,

Where does the time go!

I have to apologize! I can't believe it has been over a week since I last wrote. That just goes to show you how absorbed into my garden I have been. Anyone who has tried to call me will verify that because I don't answer the phone when I am working outside.

This morning was a teenage hormonal experience. (No offense to our teen readers.) After speaking to Alicia and finding out that her radishes had sprouted, I was very excited to see if anything had come up in my garden.

I was like a child at Christmas time, scanning everything for the best thing, then getting close and really checking everything out. My front box was full of sweet surprises! I have 2 full squares of arugula that have sprouted, 1 box with several spinach shoots, 2 red onions coming up, and musclen salad green coming through. I was so giddy it was almost embarrasing.

Then I looked up to check my back box only to find that the cat had been digging AGAIN! My sudden rush of excitement turned to a quick desire to strangle my cat. (Not really, i love her to bits, but stop messing with my garden cat!)

There have been several great things in the yard; my rhubarb is getting pretty big, the peas are sure growing and the strawberries have blossoms on them!!!

I mowed the front lawn and weed whacked this morning, and thanks to my extreme inaccuracy, I now have a beautiful vase of garden fresh flowers on my sill. (Isaac helped me rescue them after I mowed them down.)

Ah, so good to say spring in finally here! And just because gardening wasn't enough today, we also baked whole wheat bread, tried out a new spelt bread recipe, and made 3 sub style buns. Check it out! And try it out.... recipe to come (the family is waiting for dinner right now.)


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Full swing

Well, it finally happened! I honestly never thought that we would get our back corner cleaned up. Not only is it cleaned up, but it has two beautiful beds in it and one that is almost fully planted.

It took me a while to figure out my planting configuration and I'm only just starting to look into crop rotation once my first set of veggies are harvested.

In the front box I have:
48 green onions
27 red onions
22 spanish onions
9 bush bean plants
2 red leaf lettuces
27 spinach plants
32 mesclun blend salad greens
32 arugula plants
1 green zuchinni vining plant

and room for 2 tomato bushes and 27 more bean bushes.

And I still have the back bed to fill plus a smaller but deeper side bed that the boys are putting together.

It was a lot of work, but we had a lot of help and the kids did a great job shoveling and moving over a yard of the soil mixture.

Clean cleaning.....what?

I got started on this organic eco-friendly kick slowly over a few years, but I started first off by experimenting with eco-friendly organic house cleaners. We have tried multiple products, styles, scents, etc. in our house to keep it clean and not upset our sensitive skin and lungs.

Here's the good news, what works best is quick, easy and cheap!

My floor cleaner:
3 litres of water, 3 litres of vinegar and 3-5 drops of Sunlight dish detergent.

This is a mix of many different recipes for homemade cleaners that I have come across after realizing that all the eco-friendly cleaners I was buying were still very expensive and not realistic for living under our means and living environmentally responsibly.

Over the past few months I have been working on getting a good system for keeping our kitchen, dining and living room floors clean. In our house we have a loop between these three rooms and it is definitely the most highly traveled pathway in our house! Sometimes it's clean feet, but often it is dirty little toes or just as dirty kitty paws. To add to it, our patio has french doors that open onto this area as well so in the summer we tend to toss our shoes up on the patio and enter the house. So there is no filter for keeping all the dust and dirt off of this area. Then of course there is all the food stuff from the kitchen and the bits and pieces dropped from the kitchen table.

I came to the realization that it doesn't matter what I do, I have to sweep this floor every day and wash it every 2-3 days. My problem with washing the floor that often is that my mop broke several months ago and I have been too cheap to buy another thing that might just break, so i have been hand washing the floor! It looks beautiful, but takes a very long time to do; something, many moms don't have. I do have a couple of mops that you can clip disposable cloths onto, but that seemed to be a very unsatisfactory option because it is expensive and wasteful. (Sorry to all those who love their swiffers :) )

So, after surfing the internet for ideas and solutions, I had to finally open my Christmas present and learn how to crochet. I found a pattern for a rectangular mop cover and I gave it a try. After about 10 attempts I got the stitches down and got the project done. I was so excited to try it on my mop. The only downfall with it was that it was only half the length it needed to be! So I doubled the pattern and it worked.

I tried it out this week and it works great! And the crochet stitches are thick enough to get good scrubbing action. It was pretty dirty after doing the kitchen floor so I flipped it over and finished up the living room and dining room. Time to whip up a few more of them and then I'll be set for all my cleaning needs.

Happy cleaning,

Thursday, April 28, 2011

In the garden...

Well, I was hoping to have my crops all planted in my new square foot gardens by last weekend. It didn't happen though. Mother Nature didn't seem to get my memo about needing some sunshine!

However, the back corner of our yard that we have had to "renovate" for my project is almost done! We had to pull out an old water feature and pond liner, remove all the rocks (fist sized and larger) and then level the ground for the beds to go on. We got all that done, but the leveling hasn't been the most successful because the ground is very muddy due to all the rain we have been getting. (Doesn't Mother Nature know we need the rain AFTER we do our planting!!!)

But I guess it all worked out okay because my soil, which was delivered yesterday, wasn't mixed to the right formula. We had a slight miscommunication and I ended up with 3 times the amount of peat moss in the mixture. The company has been awesome and they are taking it all back and fixing it up for me, and that gives me a few more days to get my garden leveled and the boxes finished. I am looking for some before pictures, but the after pictures are definitely on their way!!!

Thanks to all the rain that we have been having, I have had a few crops of rhubarb from my garden!

It was delicious stewed with a bit of water and sugar! Although Alicia found it too bitter for her liking :)

The box program has been going well. I am learning to use many vegetables that I didn't know how to use or even what they were!

This was my home made version of a chef's salad. It was on a base of green leaf lettuce, with mizuna and red kale. Then some sliced red pepper, red onion, and celery. Topped with sliced ham and turkey, a hard boiled egg and a sprinkling of grated parmesan cheese. It was really good.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!!!

Happy Easter everyone!

My family has had a wonderful day. The kids and I used the resurrection eggs we made at our mom's group to make an Easter tree center piece for our table. It was a wonderful way to teach the youngest about Easter and a great visual and tactile way to review it for my older one.

We then celebrated the rising of our Lord with an Easter egg hunt throughout the house. I was hoping to go outside, but the weather wasn't cooperative today.

Blessings for the day,

Friday, April 22, 2011

Making Homemade first attempt

Ok, so this morning I was trying to plan what to have for supper with our new prime rib steaks we recently purchased. It is such a beautiful day that I wanted to make it into a picnic and what goes better with a picnic than potato salad right? Plenty of potatoes, lots of eggs and onions, and wait for it - no mayo! Shoot now what, I'm thinking that it is Good Friday and nothing is open so this would be the perfect time to experiment and make my own mayo. I remembered seeing this video and it seemed pretty straight forward. Ha, was I ever wrong. I did exactly what Gordon mentioned in the video but mine turned out to be this yellow liquid egg yolk mess (sorry I forgot to get a picture, but trust me it did not look fantastic!).

Annoyed with the results, I scoured the internet for another method. I came across this one. It seemed to be quite reasonable as well. After letting the ingredients sit out for awhile I decided to make a second attempt at homemade mayo. I measured out all the ingredients, found a squeeze bottle and got started.

It honestly did feel like it was going to take forever to add in the oil drop by drop and trust me when I tell you you are very tempted to just squeeze that bottle harder! I should have timed the whole thing, but that slipped my mind. I used my kitchenaid with the whisk attachment because I don't have a hand mixer. Low and behold, after what seemed like an hour or so, the yolk and oil concoction turned into pure, thick yummy looking homemade mayo! Take a look:

Yes indeed, no more liquid egg yolk grossness...BUT my story isn't over yet. As per the instructions, I added 1Tbsp of lemon juice, mixed it in and did a little taste test. The moment the mayo touched my mouth I could feel my whole body reacting to the absolutely disgusting flavour in my mouth! I ran to the kitchen and washed my mouth out with water more than a dozen times! I never thought to check the oil that we recently purchased at the local big box store in Victoria but as it happens the olive oil I used was rancid. Wow, never knew that it could taste SO BAD! After recovering from the shock to my taste buds, I instinctively called Nadine and cried on the phone over the whole thing. Five of my lovely organic eggs wasted, over 3 cups of oil down the drain, for what? I guess through it all I have gained the knowledge and skills to make a thick, creamy homemade mayo for our next picnic potato salad!

Do you have any stories about kitchen experiments gone horribly wrong? I would love to hear that I'm not the only one out there with kitchen nightmares!

Enjoy your long weekend, and don't forget the tremendous sacrifice that Christ has done for us.

Respectfully yours in the kitchen,

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I got my CSA box!

Hooray for Wednesdays! Besides being the day we go to our mom's group, it is now also the day I get my box of delicious, nutritious organic locally grown veggies. Check it out!

This box had:
1 bunch of red beats
1 bunch of red kale
1 bunch of sorrel
1 bunch of mizuna
1 bundle of chives
2 large shallots
1/2 lb. of crimini mushrooms
2 heads of green leaf lettuce
1 long english cucumber

So, we thought we would try out a "seasonal" recipe last night. It was a bit challenging just to find something we all agreed on that was wheat free and vegetarian (we had company for dinner) and also dairy free (though i did end up fudging on that a bit. We ended up making a delicious fresh chunky pasta sauce with rice spirals and a Greek salad.

The kids weren't big on the pasta sauce (I'm sure they'll get used to fresher sauces with time) but the adults all liked it and would eat it again! Why don't you try some yourself. Check out the recipe here . Let me know what you think, or any changes that you made to it yourself!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Mistake number one...

Okay, so I made an awesome carrot cake today for a special lady's birthday and all throughout the day i kept reminding myself to take a picture. I even phoned Alicia and bugged her about taking pictures of her doings today. And what did I do? I forgot to take a picture! And there aren't even any leftovers to capture...

The cake was delicious though! I got the recipe from a blog i recently found called Mennonite Girls Can Cook. Not only was it moist, delicious, and had pineapple in it, but it was GLUTEN FREE! Definitely worth making again. And really, who doesn't love cream cheese icin

Click here for the recipe .

Monday, April 18, 2011

We got our meat!

So, here is what 155 pounds of beef looks like:

We got:
18 lbs. of ground beef
13 lbs. of bones
7 lbs. top round roasts
7 lbs. of prime rib
6 lbs. of chuck steak
6 lbs. bottom round roasts
5 1/2 pounds of short ribs
5 1/2 pounds of t bone steaks
5 lbs. of stewing beef
4 lb. cross rib roast
4 1/2 lb. sirloin tip roast
3 pounds of top sirloin steaks
1 1/4 lbs. of tenderloin

Now if you're a math person, you know that doesn't add up to 155 pounds, it's actually around 86 pounds. We called the farmer to verify (as it is our first time buying this way and we weren't sure). The half of the cow we claimed as our own weighed 155 pound hanging. After being butchered you end up with 65-75% of that weight in cuts. We are also entitled to the innards (ie. the tongue, the liver), but we passed.

Our meat is a mix of Angus, Limousin and Hereford. They are raised without hormones, not fed any animal by products, they are grass raised locally on over 100 acres of hay fields. They have free range weather permitting. This farm is basically organic, except for the treated wood in the fence :) Gotta love politics and paperwork!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Program in a Box

It's Alicia writing here...

I have been thinking a lot lately about eating locally and supporting our local farmers and the economy. But in all honesty, I hadn't put that to practical use until 3 weeks ago. I was reading the local paper when I came across an article about Local Farms Delivery. The thought behind this program was to support local farmers while eating farm fresh produce that was either in season or produce that could be stored over winter months. I called the same day and ordered my first 4 boxes.

I waited expectantly on the first Monday for the delivery. My patience began to wear thin when the box hadn't been dropped off by 9am...but that's just because I was super excited and I was hoping to wake up at 7:30, open my door and find a box full of wonderful goodies! It finally arrived around 2:00pm, just as I was leaving to pick up my oldest from school. I quickly glanced in the box and to my shock there was a bunch of unrecognizable leafy greens..oh no! But no worries my nearby friend had a produce guide which quickly identified the greens as Rapini or Broccoli Raab

The box also contained carrots, apples, potatoes, leeks, red onion, a few cooking onions, parsnips, 1 dozen brown eggs, and 1 loaf of organic homemade bread. Just by looking at it I wasn't sure if it was worth the $40 I paid for it. So... I went to the local Thrifty's to do a price comparison. To my surprise there was a $16.00 difference - my box being the better price.

So now I'm on to my third box. It has been a journey trying to figure out what to do with the vegetables. I discovered that Rapini is ok in pasta, however we do not like the stems. My husband ate the stir-fry containing a bunch of Kale that we received the second week.

This morning I diced up 8 cups of fresh Rhubarb and prepared it for the freezer (I know, I should probably eat it fresh but I honestly don't have time this week to deal with it!). Nadine and I have been looking into other box programs because there have been a few downsides to this one. First off, I know that apples aren't in season but if I do find them in my box I would hope they weren't as beat up as some of the ones I've seen this past month. I am also more than capable of making my own bread every week. So, we will keep you in the loop as far as the food box programs go. In general though I do think that the food box idea is terrific. It gets you eating locally and in season which I am very grateful for, not to mention that we are actually eating more leafy greens!

Just out of mere curiosity, do you try to eat seasonally? What determines what you buy in the store? Price? A menu plan for the week?


Where's the beef?

For those of you who don't remember, there was an old ad for Wendy's with a funny little old lady complaining about the size of her beef patty and the well known slogan "where's the beef" was born. Check out the ad here.

What is the point of this? Well, us two hens have been discussing meat for quite some time now. When looking at our food budgets, meat is a huge expense. And, thanks to Jamie Oliver, we are now starting to question what is in our meat and where does it come from? If you haven't ever seen his show, I'm not that far ahead of you! I watched my first episode last night and was absolutely disgusted by what I learned! (For those of you in Canada, check out to watch it online free.)

So again, what is the point of this? Well, I've never put too much thought into my options when it comes to meat. What we have locally is basically whatever we have at the 3 closest grocery stores right?! WRONG! There are a lot of options! So, we started shopping around. We have a local farmers market that sells a lot of produce and a lot of locally raised grain fed meat! While that is awesome, that type of meat can come with a hefty price from $4 a pound for ground beef to $10 a pound (on sale) for t-bone steaks! Is this type of meat worth the price? I'm sure it is...but on our budget for my family, it is just more than we can afford. So, we found an alternative! Through a friend we heard about a local farm that raises their cows in open pastures and are fed on the grass of the fields. They are locally slaughtered and then sold in large quantities for a good price.

My first reaction was, "yeah right, a 'good' price". So, we did some more searching around and called the farm today. They sell their beef for $3.50 a pound! And you can get ground beef, roasts, stewing beef, steaks (and if you are lucky, bones for making soup). So what did we do?

We bought half a cow!!!!!

We get to pick up our meat today so we'll show you then what we got then. I am so excited though because when i went through and worked it out this is a really cheap, healthy way to get local meat! They do their next round of sales in October, so our 75 pounds of beef (each) needs to last us six months. That means we have about 3 pounds of beef a week to eat and it only cost us $12.50 a week. And there is no pink sludge in any of the meat! (Watch Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution).

I still have to look into the FDA approvals for Canada regarding the pink sludge, but I did ask the ever so uncomfortable question to the farmer who raised our cows. "What goes into your ground beef?" He wasn't really sure what I was asking. But I know that it is all the left over scraps of meat from the butchers cutting and the butcher grinds it on site so I'm not worried about it being sent out to be centrifuged, washed in ammonia and then added as filler to my ground beef.

So, stayed tuned for pictures of our beef and many delicious recipes as we learn to cook with cuts of meat that we wouldn't usually buy (due to their high cost). And for interest sake, let us know where you get your meat; do you go to your grocery store or buy from somewhere local?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A New Beginning

Well, where to start something is always the hardest choice. Especially when there is a wide open slate and each choice you make could determine the direction you head.

In the past I have been a chronic unblogger; you know, one of those people who will start a blog, spend hours making it beautiful, write two or three great entries, get everyone sucked into their lives and musings and then forget in a week that the blog even exists.

So, I now have a partner in crime! Perhaps with the two of us we can keep on top of it and remind each other that all of you are actually interested in the crazy antics that we get up to in our kitchens!

So, welcome! We are two hens in the kitchen! Our goal is to share with you the journey we have started with our families to becoming healthy and self sufficient in as many ways as possible. What on earth would inspire us to do such a thing? We both love cooking, we want to feed our families good food that is good for us and the earth and we want to do it cheaply! And the more we looked into possibilities, the more we have learned about all the different areas of life where we can have more control over what we use and where it comes from.

As with all journeys, ours is bound to be filled with bumps and bruises, but we will share it all! The good times, the bad times, the funny stories so you can live, learn and laugh with us too :)