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Mar. 1st, 2010

spirit of Aradia


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I just finished up my spring planting, and have taken some pictures to share.  This year we have Bell peppers, jalapenos, broccoli, kale, okra, black beans, chick peas, snow peas, green runner beans, corn, radishes, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, garlic, chives, lavender, oregano, basil, tarragon, sage, thyme, peppercorns, cloves, as well as the pineapple plants my mom gave me when she moved, and I started an Avocado tree as well.

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For those wondering, The 2 ltr bottles are for my "compost tea" it's a homemade liquid fertilizer, and the bike wheel I found and gave it new life as a vine trellis (it works wonderfully for that).  The rug I crocheted myself using clothing too worn/holey to wear or pass on or donate.  took me months to make, i'm so proud of it.

Nov. 3rd, 2007

piss off usda


Goat Cheese!

I love goat cheese.  My favorite is a simple recipe that was posted on "Down To The Roots" and I've used it several times. 

The recipe can be adjusted to make a ricotta style or crumbly feta cheese. 

Oct. 9th, 2007

piss off usda



~*~*~ Cross posted to my homesteadblogger.com & personal LJ ~*~*~

It's amazing isn't it?

The USDA brags about how effective they are and states force livestock owners to comply with NAIS and yet, every week or so there's another recall/warning about e. coli in our industrial/commercially produced food.  YAY.

I'm sickened by the latest.  Good ol' Banquet pot pies are under the microscope this time. 

Pot pie makers close plant linked to salmonella

What really ticks me off is the ConAgra Foods Inc. response to the whole ordeal:

"ConAgra officials believe the company’s pies are safe if they’re cooked properly...."

Excuse me, but if you would keep the feces off of my food, I wouldn't have to cook it to death in order to eat it.  Listen, whether shit is raw or cooked, it's still SHIT.  STOP PUTTING IT IN MY FOOD! 

From the CDC about salmonellosis:
"they are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals, to other people or other animals."

So you see, if measures were taken to prevent over-crowding livestock and careless processing of the same, then there would be NO POOP ON THE PLATE. 

People should be able to enjoy their meals without wondering if they were eating broiled, baked or fried feces today.  STOP IT...STOP IT...STOP IT!!! 

Stop telling me I can't make cheese from raw goats milk, when they can provide feces free food then talk to me. 

Sep. 16th, 2007

perfect egg


If You Like To Incubate Eggs

Then forget about Ebay and Eggbid, they're yesterday's news.  Go to OVABID!!!

Eggbid is a horrid site and the owners are idiots.

Ebay who knows what you'll get so unless you know the sellers it's not worth the risk (I've been burned more than once!)...which by the way, the sellers worth a damn and I mean that lovingly, are on the Yahoo Group Hatch-a-Holics you can trust them!! 

So pack up your things and move on over to Ovabid!!;

Sep. 15th, 2007

100% Organic


I need to eat more Vegetables

For salads I like:  lettuce, radishes, red onion, spinach, mushrooms (not a veggie, but I'm listing it anyway), cucumber, tomatoes (yea, I know it's a fruit), shredded carrot, red/yellow/orange peppers and some non-veggie stuff.

Cooked vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, peas, green beans, carrots, potatoes, and grilled asparagus. 

Notice anything missing???

DARK LEAFY GREENS and SQUASHES!  I just cannot choke them down!  They taste bitter or just plain nasty and a lot of times the texture is too slimey or squishy and kicks in my gag reflex.  I want to eat better and I've gotten tons of advice on  how to prepare these items but nothing has yet even come close to making them palatable. 

The one vegetable that I will not, under any circumstance even consider having in my house is green peppers, both my husband and I have a violent aversion to them, they are teh evil!   If we could eradicate them from the planet we would!!!   I will eat & do enjoy red, yellow and orange peppers if they're raw. 

I'm sick to death of such a narrow palette to chose from and you would think that would be enough motivation to try, try and try again to cook up some kale or collards or butternut...but it don't...not one iota.  *sigh*  I don't know what to do.

Sep. 13th, 2007




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