Thursday, October 23, 2008
I, for one, am not so easily convinced. In fact, the ads make me a bit angry at this supposed elitism being portrayed on people who don't stuff themselves with corporate ag junk food.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Unfortunately, this little guy won't make it very much longer, with hard frosts right around the corner. But I'm charmed nonetheless.
Monday, October 20, 2008
PS - It's a good idea to light the candles in some sort of order so you don't have the middle ones left last. Burnt fingertips are never a good thing. Lesson learned.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Just breathe in....and out. Take it one apple at a time. Be one with the apple. Just let it flow.
Speaking of letting it flow, I think our pup will have good digestion after helping clean up the peelings.
I feel better already.
A big thanks to Gary and Kathy for sharing their Honeycrisp bounty with us.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Yes, my belief system is structured around organic dairy. I've heard crazier things.
However, I feel a confession coming on, as there's a darker side to my grocery shopping habits. In the end, when it comes to groceries, I'm a lot like this lady: a coupon clipper and a sale shopper. I glean enormous pleasure from seeing "You saved 22%!" at the bottom of my receipt. I. Love. A. Deal.
As we delve into this topic, consider that the average American family spends $700 a month on groceries. $700, are you kidding me?? And, as we all know, the average American family eats like crap. So how do we crawl out of this black hole, start saving some cash, and eating a little bit better? Allow me to provide some suggestions, straight from our house to yours.
1. Eat what you buy. Americans throw out 25% of their food, and that number climbs higher when you start factoring in restaurant, school, and grocery store waste. It's a national disgrace. So for our average family, that's $175 every month thrown in the trash. You can't clip enough coupons to make up for that.
2. Plan before you shop. Write a list of what you need, then go online and look at the grocery store ads to see what's on sale. If you're really feeling ambitious, print off a few coupons at the product company's site. You can get coupons at kashi.com, seventhgeneration.com, even kyjelly.com. Not that I would know or anything.
3. Use your freezer. We're lucky to have a stockpile of garden vegetables and wild game in our freezer, but you can go to your local butcher or farmers' market, buy a bundle for a song, and freeze it. Everyone wins.
4. Buy local. It may not always seem cheaper, but I can almost guarantee that you are getting a superior product than you'll find at the grocery store, and you are keeping your dollars close to home, which benefits your community in the long run. And doesn't that just feel better?
In the end, there is more to life than just saving a buck, and if I want $8 cheese, I'm going to buy $8 cheese. However, I don't want to be working until I'm 85 just because I don't know where my money is going. I think of every dollar as a vote, and when I buy food, I try to vote for quality, community, and health.
And when I need a Lucky Charms fix, I'll have a coupon for it.
Friday, October 17, 2008
With all this talk about average Joes and plumbers and such, I've been digging around trying to find the answer to one question: who is The Average American?
Well, someone actually wrote a book on the topic. So take a look at some findings. How average are you?
According to the book, The Average American:
• Eats peanut butter at least once a week
• Prefers smooth peanut butter over chunky
• Can name all Three Stooges
• Lives within a 20-minute drive of a Wal-Mart
• Eats at McDonald's at least once a year
• Takes a shower for approximately 10.4 minutes a day
• Never sings in the shower
• Lives in a house, not an apartment or condominium
• Has a home valued between $100,000 and $300,000
• Has fired a gun
• Is between 5 feet and 6 feet tall
• Weighs 135 to 205 pounds
• Is between the ages of 18 and 53
• Believes gambling is an acceptable entertainment option
• Grew up within 50 miles of current home
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Looking through this book with my friend Jenny at the library, we started discussing how interesting it would be to track food intake for a week ourselves, put all that food on a table, and take a picture. Surprising even myself, I actually did this and I'm showing you the results here. However, before I post the picture, a few lessons learned:
1. It's tough writing down everything you eat. I made a sincere effort to include everything that both K and I consumed, right down to those numerous handfuls of peanut M&Ms, but I'm sure I missed some items.
2. We ate three chicken curry wraps at Mr. Delicious this week. Instead of going back and purchasing three more wraps for the pic, I tried to account for them in other ways (note tortillas, roasted chicken, and rice). Also, there was no way to include all the wonderful Indian food I ate at the Gandhi Peace dinner last night, but again, I tried to include other representations of those foods.
3. Missing from the picture are condiments, spices, and Cash's dog food, even though he is most certainly part of the family.
Drum roll, please....
My thoughts? We're pretty heavy on white flour products and sweets, and we could definitely eat more vegetables, but frankly, I think it looks pretty good. In case you are wondering the meaty stuff up front is venison sausage and grouse, the rest should be fairly easy to identify. Thankfully, we eat a little differently than the pizza-chips-soda family portrayed as the typical Americans. Not that we never eat those things; it just happened that we didn't have that last week.
If nothing else, it was an interesting little experiment. For more pictures and details on Hungry Planet, check out NPR's article here.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
However, now I must post it because tonight, reading Cakewreck posts while munching on warm chocolate chip cookies, I found myself spewing cookie crumbs all over my laptop in laughter. Yes, I'm sitting in my kitchen, by myself, belly laughing at some of these posts. The Curious George cake nearly brought tears to my eyes. Oh, and you have to check out this whacked-out wedding cake. Frankly, the whole blog is brilliant.
If you are in need of a good chuckle (Amber, I'm talking to you), stop by Cakewrecks. It's a riot.