Truly local lager in Colorado – from the water to the bottles
If you are one of the dozens of people who have signed on as a Cheap Like Me subscriber, I wanted to let you know why that option and the sign-in form are gone, at least for now. I’ve had recurring problems with having this blog hacked. I thought I had cleared it up, but then it was back, with a fake user (most likely a bot — I don’t think the attacks were personal) signing in as an administrator. I spent several hours yesterday cleaning up the code, resetting security features, eliminating bogus (spam comment) users, and generally trying to add a few virtual deadbolts to the blog.
The post on Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day has generated a lot of comments — and quite a few questions. I’ll answer some of them here.
Last year, we joined a community-supported agriculture program that supplied our veggies from mid-June to mid-December. We’ve just signed up again, and I hope you’ll think about doing the same.
I arrived home at 5:30 this evening with my box of CSA goodies. I also needed to make dinner, pay the bills, pack for a weekend trip, clean up the kitchen, finish up some work, and plan for tomorrow morning, which includes a trip to the bank and walking dogs before leaving around 9:30 a.m.
Clearly, I had no time to deal with the food that isn’t going to last forever. Here’s what I did to process and preserve some of our CSA stash and make good use of the rest, all in a big hurry.
Today’s weekly wrap-up tackles issues sure to raise hackles around family dinner tables, even those that are assiduously avoiding political conversation during the election year: Oil prices, green gifting and whether organic food is worth it.
This week, as I’ve been out walking the dog, I couldn’t help but notice a neighbor down the street with a tree full of cherries growing riper … and riper. I remembered my vow last year to ask for fruit that appeared to be going to waste, so I knocked on the door on Tuesday. Nobody was home, so I left a note; and the next day on my walk, I saw the door was open, so I went and rang the bell. The home is a rental, and the tenant said I could take all the cherries I wanted. Hooray!
Organic Needle reminded me to do an update on our performance during the Riot for Austerity, which I started 10 months ago. This is the 90 percent challenge that I’ve mentioned on this blog — with the goal of cutting consumption by 90 percent from U.S. average consumption. Here’s the update on what I did and how it turned out:
So you’re growing your own food. Great! Then the birds come in and eat your plants. Not great.
Spring is here and things are growing! We have a bunch of crops started. In fact, the first batch of spinach is just about done — ready to pick, cook and freeze.
It’s April 16, so I’m more than halfway through my Buy Nothing Challenge with Crunchy Chicken. Last week
When is the last time you got your feet dirty? If it was ages ago, chances are you haven’t been to a farm lately. Do you have a farm near you?
Yesterday, I posted about our upcoming order of a quarter beef. This purchase is part of our ongoing work to consume only meat that has been “treated kindly,” as Little Cheap puts it. At age 6 (and 5/6ths), she is a dedicated carnivore, but even her meaty preferences have wavered in the face of word of factory farming. This month, I’ve had some casual discussion with a farmer who is looking to sell her farm. I can’t buy the farm (I’m too young! I have too much to live for! Ha ha, love that joke), but we’ve had “what if we swapped homes? who knows what will happen?” conversations. This has brought up a whole host of hopes and dreams about her business, which partly involves raising animals for meat.