In order for me to continue on this journey I know I have to bring discipline into my life. It hasn't been easy, because living in chaos has been such a lifestyle for me from an early age (long story), keeping things in order and having a routine is the biggest challenge of all. Reminds me of how we create boundaries for our children to create a feeling of safety. The more I do, the more I want to do and, even though it feels like too much at times, I know I'm creating a more peaceful, simple life for my family. Ultimately having more connection and less run around.
I'm creating out of "The Green Kitchen" cook book to the point where I'm memorizing recipies, which is super cool for me. Bread, yogurt, vinaigrette. I tried making tortillas, but failed only because I did it my way.
Found more jars in my moms attic, They need a good soapy soak!
Because I make sustainable kitchen goods for a living and textiles are kinda my thing, Mary and I have been playing with different ideas of using cloth instead of plastic or paper. I have been obsessed with Furoshiki for years. Even though its just a large square cloth, it has many uses. I love them for bringing food to parties or picnics and using them for bulk and produce.
Furoshiki is Japanese, starting in the 1300's for keeping your clothes dry in bath houses. Now used for gift wrapping and carrying things by tying knots in a variety of styles.
The cool thing about furoshiki is you can create and carry in so many ways. I have even tied my furoshiki bag to my bike handle bars. Just tonight wanting to bring more beauty to my bedroom, I just ripped up a flat sheet to furoshiki two Euro sized pillows to cover ugly old shams. It looks really good!! Here is a link to get you started learning to use furoshiki...
I made this one up and loving it. Returning glass milk bottles to market. The knots become insulation to keep glass from breaking and if you are biking to the store like I did this day, It is supa cool.
Two beers or juice for a sweet picnic.
As far as my grocery shopping this week, I have gotten all of my produce, goods, etc. through my CSA (Full Belly Farm) and Whole Foods. Caved with the chips, butter and eggs (packaging) and I bought some paper towels (post consumer). I can't stand the thought of cutting trees down when we can use the paper we put in the recycling. So when buying the eggs, I looked for organic and local and I was excited to find out the Judy's uses 100% recycled paper for her egg cartons. I want to support that. What is the point of recycling if we don't buy products that use recycled paper. Not buying is great, but I think supporting company's that make that a priority is important for a green economy. I would love to hear what you think. I will save the strawberry baskets, hopefully Full Belly will want them back, can't see why not. I wish I could say the beautiful bundle of lettuce didn't come in plastic, but they did, whaaaaa! Mary has solutions for that!
So we have 5 chickens that have been in our tiny bathroom for weeks. My beautiful husband and son are building this amazing chicken coop together. That's the best!
Annabel making a musical instrument out of found materials for music class.
I will set up my bike for carrying groceries for a weekly ride to Whole Foods and picking up my CSA veggies.
I will continue to clean up after myself.
I will keep my grocery bags ready for shopping or take-out on a hook at the door.
I will keep a list of things I need for the kitchen to always have what I need to cook simple, beautiful, and healthy food.
I will involve my kids more in taking care of the house, cooking and caring for the animals.
I hope you keep checking in, and I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences!!