I worked hard all day yesterday building this horrible hutch. I tried making it first the right way with separate panels for each side and making sure all the wiring was on the inside to protect the wood. Although I had it all planned neatly in my head it didn’t come out that way once I had a saw in my hand. So I ripped it apart and ended up with this for now. I still have materials to build a second one, but I seriously need a rest after that!
I came across Remember the Milk and decided to try it for my to-do list. It seems to be designed for power users, so I’m still a little lost, but the features I’m learning about are cool. It has an iCal feed that you can add to your Google Calendar. It can also send text reminders to your phone. I like that you can set up to-dos as re-occuring…that’ll be perfect for including chores that aren’t weekly. We’ll see how it goes.
I’ve been very happy with this one. I don’t have enough space to grow grain now, so I’m just buying in bulk. Fresh milled flour is wonderfully moist and makes for a great bread. I have a hand mill so it builds good arm muscles too :)
3 Tablespoons of seeds filled the sprouting cup. I’ll be eating a lot of sprouts in the next week! Last night was a salad topped with sprouts. This was todays lunch, a pita with lifelite vegetarian deli slices and lots of sprouts :)
I used the directions given here to make some flour tortillas. I used half white flour and half hand ground whole wheat. The only problem I had was the tutorial says to use a high heat and I burned a couple that way. What actually worked was 30 seconds on each side at my normal frying temperature (4.5 on my electric range)
They made for some fabulous bean and cheese quesadillas :)
My sprouting cup got lost in the move :( It worked so fabulously that I decided to get another Easy Sprout before starting this goal. Meant to soak them over night, but forgot to empty this morning so they soaked 24 hours instead…hehe.
I’d like add a couple (has to be 2 due to city ordinances) of angoras to my little urban homestead for fiber, and also because I hear they are supposed to produce more than enough fertilizer for my growing space.
About a month I ago I started some fruits and vegetables indoors for fresh produce during the winter. I got mini dwarf orange, tangerine, 3-N-1 citrus trees, and strawberries going for fruits. I took some tomato cuttings and have them going in big pots. I also started bush beans, cucumber, spinach, cantaloupe from seed.
Yesterday I received some seeds I ordered for dwarf zucchini, small cucumber, and strawberries (to replace the end of season freebie starts that didn’t make it). I also started a pot of mixed leaf lettuce.
After more than a year and a half of working on being more frugal, I can definitely say this has become part of my lifestyle. It’s helped me to do some really important things, like using the money I saved to pay off my student loans early and buy my first home. It also put me in a better mindset for my bigger goals of living simply and urban homesteading.
This is one of those goals I’ve only been keeping up with on and off. I’m going to try working harder on it. Joined the gym at work last week and have been getting up at 4:30 every morning to work out at least an hour before work, and was even in on the weekends. My workout is more serious too. On the elliptical have been alternating 2 mins jogging speed and 2 minutes walking speed for a half hour. The other half hour is spent on the weights alternating with calestenics.
For freeweights I’m now doing 2×10 each of Bicep Curls, Shoulder Raises, Tricep Kickbacks, Overhead Extensions, and Upward Rows. On the machines I’m doing seated leg presses, seated leg curls, lat rows, lat pull downs, reverse flys, flys, and shoulder presses. On rest days I’ll be working on putting together more calisthenics and a core routine.
I was really pleased with my first garden. So much so that I’m going to start making attempts at moving towards urban homesteading and growing as much of my own food as I can.
I grew a little bit of everything to see how well they worked for me: corn, beets, kohlrabi, spinach, potatoes, carrots, mixed greens, cauliflower, broccoli, cantalope, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, and bush beans. I started a dwarf apple tree and raspberries. Also constructed coldframes at the end of the year.
I’ve forgotten to check into the site for a while. I seeded mothers day weekend (only tomatoes were from starts) and reseeded he couple missing spots memorial day weekend, and things are looking good. I’m excited to see the progress of things I’ve never grown before, like this corn. It’s up to about 8 inches tall now. It better get a move on if it’s going to be “Knee high by the Fourth of July”.
It was finally dry and warm enough for me to finish preparing my garden this weekend. I pulled sod off the 7×15 area, added fresh topsoil, compost, and fertilizer. Now all I have to do is give it a good turn when it dries out again and it’s ready for seeds! I even took off May 8th in hopes of good weather for planting weekend.
I think I’ve completed this goal to my satisfaction. I’ll be closing this and moving on to “cook with dehydrated food”, now that I’m busy dehydrating.
Another batch is out of the dehydrator. This time it’s lemons and limes. I washed the fruit, used a food slicer to get them cut evenly (about 1/4 inch), and dehydrated at 155 for about 24 hours until crisp.
I love having a lemon slice in my water or iced tea, but too often forget I have lemons in the fridge so they go to waste. This way they are always fresh and available :)
I’m so excited about how the Aldis spaghetti sauce same out! This is one jars worth of sauce. Half is shown as hard chips, the other half I vitamixed into 1/3 cup of powder :) It took almost 48 hours of dehydrating at 155 to get it dry enough to powder, but I’m really tickled with this “spaghetti sauce bullion” I got as a result.
Off to finish powdering the other 5 jars!
I made big batches of pb&j sandwiches and cookies then froze them for grab and go lunch options on busy mornings. (There’s no excuse for eating in the cafeteria now!)
I know I missed posting a lot of these here. The rest are on my blog.
The grocery store had big signs up saying banana prices are on the rise. So the next time I passed Aldis I stopped to get 4 bunches of bananas to dehydrate. That way I’ll have cheap banana chips to munch on when fresh banana prices are high.
I’m still busily working on building up a stash of dried fruits and veggies. Here are the new batches: frozen corn, broccoli, mushrooms, and onions.
I learned the hard was onions should be dehydrated outside. The house smelled for days and my eyes watered as they dried. Ugh!