Today is payday in our house. Today is the day I pull out the binder, pay the bills, check the budget and dole out all the money hubs worked so hard to earn. Today is also grocery day. Today is The Day some major changes come to this house of ours.
I thought I'd share my goals and guidelines with you so I have some accountability and because I imagine this space will reflect a lot of them in the weeks, months and years to come. I know many of you have been living this way for a long time (I envy your knowledge and experience). I am in no way claiming to know it all or be better than anyone else. I am simply sharing where our family is headed and our journey along the way.
|So yummy! Homemade cookie with local ice cream.|
(The goal is to move away from buying at the grocery store, away from buying food that has traveled farther than the farmer who grew it, and reducing the purchase of plastic packaging. To move toward buying local, in season, real food from the person who grew/raised/made it.)
-Continue to grow and raise as much of our food as we possibly can. And to be good stewards of the land and animals in our care.
-No more processed food. This includes crackers, goldfish, ketchup, mayo, sour cream, yogurt, ice cream, salad dressing, all of it. I will buy it from a local farm or producer, make it, or go without.
- Go homemade! Bread, mayo, yogurt, maybe cheese (prob not soon), crackers, cookies, granola
|This book makes all of this seem possible. So many amazing recipes. Yogurt and granola bars are on the list for this week.|
|small harvest of beets, beans and carrots. not enough to put up, but a yummy dinner.|
- No more commercially made beauty care products. Now, I am NOT throwing away my make up, deodorant and shampoo, but as they run out I will replace them with a homemade or natural alternative.
- No more commercially made cleaning products. Laundry soap, hand soap, surface cleaner, glass cleaner. You get the drift right?
- I will buy used first! That means clothes, shoes, housewares, furniture, tools, everything that we can.
- Recycling should be our last choice. Reduce first, reuse second (re-purposing counts too)
We are in a season of growth, bounty and excess. I hope to perserve some of that to sustain our family through the seasons of cold, barren and sparse. I recently read that most cities and towns only have enough food within their borders to sustain the residents for 3 days. Three days!! I am not interested in being effected by such truth.