Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Garden in July

After years of fighting the Willamette clay soil I've finally upgraded to raised beds. What a difference it has made! I got seed in late but everything has done spectacular!

Baby pumpkins are scattered all over the trellis that arches over the gate. These are from seeds I saved from a couple volunteer plants last year. Last year's pumpkins were beautiful miniatures with a bright orange flesh, the arch looked wonderful around October with tiny pumpkins hanging down like little lanterns. I had no idea what variety they were (most likely the original pumpkin was part of mix of decorative gourds) but this year's crop seems to be quite larger.

The arch is eight feet wide and the pumpkins take up the first four feet. The remaining four feet have much smaller watermelon plants. This is my first year attempting watermelons and I'm not quite sure what to expect. We've had several weeks of extreme heat which helped them grow but we're due for a few weeks of normal/cooler summer temps. There are tiny grape sized melons all over the vines, my fingers are crossed that they'll reach maturity before fall.

The tomatoes are growing up two cattle panels in the back of the garden. They were meant to provide western shade for the bunny hutches but, alas, I miscalculated the distance by two feet and the tomatoes spend most of the day in the dappled shade from the fir trees. The plants are growing well but slow to set fruit.

I may have gotten a late start on the summer sowing but I'm right on time for fall. Might be the first time that's ever happened! Here a couple broccoli seedlings are shooting up. My hope is to have something to nibble on all year long.

Not pictured in the INSANE potato bin, the bug-ridden turnips, or the forest of kale and beets. It is really amazing what these raised beds are doing. I chalk it up to the bunnies. I filled the beds with the best planting soil my local landscaping supply store had to offer but I think the real kicker has been the bunny poop I've been working into the boxes. The nutrient rich manure has done wonders, even to the older flower beds I haven't worked much.

Speaking of bunnies, here's Ruby with her latest litter:

The ducks we hatched out earlier this year have grown huge! They are spoiled and follow us around like puppies. I can't wait till next spring when they start laying. Meet Miss Pip (white) and Miss Ollie (barred blue). Not pictured is the drake, The Black Tulip (aka Too-Too).

Elsewhere in the garden the butterflies and bees are enjoying the flowers.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Exploring: Applegate

The last few weeks I've been obsessed with a new-to-me blog: And Here We Are. It is run by Ariana and details her, and her family's, lives as expats. They've lived in Germany, back in the US (almost in my backyard, maybe we passed each other at some point!), England, and just recently moved to Spain. They have a darling daughter a few years older than Munchkin, forage for edibles, homebrew like crazy, and love to be outdoors. My type of people!

Plus, she has this GIGANTIC smile-every time a picture of her smiling came up I had to grin as well. I mean, look at it!

Photo Copyright Ariana Mullins: And Here We Are
AND she learned how to break down an entire beef hind quarter (click the picture to be taken the post), something I would love to learn.

What I really like about her blog is how much she explores the area she is in. As a fellow introvert I really struggle to get out of the house and go somewhere strange and new. It is very intimidating and I constantly worry about every little thing possible, from the kids acting up (or being bored out of their minds) to getting lost to car accidents and axe murderers. Yes, axe murderers, I have a very active imagination.

After reading And Here We Are  I've been inspired to do something different. Erik (Hubby) has been applying for work outside of Oregon and the thought of moving fills me with dread and excitement. All the cities he's applied to are far from relatives and friends, we'd be starting over completely. Since no matter where we ended up it would be a major re-spawn event anyway I got to thinking of outside the US. So I brought up the idea of looking abroad. And, of course, this brought up Sweden.

Erik's family is mostly Scandinavian, he even has some distant cousins that still live in Sweden. It is the first place he'd like to go. Myself, I could go to Sweden, Ireland, England, Germany...anywhere that has a nice rural area with forests and farms sounds good to me. Since I've asked him about it the idea keeps popping up. We keep asking ourselves: would we be happy in a different country? Would the kids? How do you even go about it? Finding a job? Finding a place to live? What do we do with all the animals? And? And? And oh so many details!!

In the meantime I've started to push myself to get out and see our local area more. Its really silly that we've lived here for almost 7 years (always with the idea we'd be moving soon) and have hardly explored. So last weekend we packed up the kids and went to a local wildlife area to see what there was to see.

Why haven't we done this before?

The trail led to a canoe access to the Long Tom River and, while a little muddy, was nice and flat. We went early enough there was still a touch of mist amongst the ferns. Spring flowers were showing here and there but most of the trees hadn't leafed out yet. We were the only ones on the trail though we could hear traffic in the distance. Once we got closer to the river the sounds of civilization died out and all we could hear was birdsong, breeze, and rushing water.

I was mesmerized by a stand of Oregon Grape the bees were working over. The scent was heavenly, like a musky honey, and the bees were busy, busy, busy!
I would have stood there for hours watching them but Munchkin was insistent about finding the end of the trail. 
All along the trail were ferns and low story plants. My favorites were the Pacific Trilliums. I'd read about them but I hadn't seen one in person till now. Aren't they beautiful?
As they age the flowers turn from white to a deep rosy purple. I must come back and see this!

We watched a pair of bald eagles leave their perch in a tall pine and fly down the river (I wasn't able to catch them on film, darn it), listened to a flock of mourning doves coo as they fluttered around a huge fallen log mid-stream, found a couple mushrooms, stumbled on several fruit trees in full bloom, examined a beaver-chewed stump, and just enjoyed being outside.
It was a wonderful way to relax.

The next three weekends are super busy but I can't wait to explore some more!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Garden or Farm?

Back in January I mentioned that something we'd been working on for a while finally came through. Meet Ruby and Checkers:
 We'd been talking about getting rabbits for a while. While I would really love to get a cow or a pig those critters are a touch big and would probably raise problems with the neighbors but bunnies? Bunnies are quiet, clean, easy to care for, cheap to feed, and reproduce, well, like rabbits. Plus their poo is a gardener's dream! The perfect blend of nutrients that needs no composting to be used-you can take it straight from under their furry tails and side-dress a tomato plant for glorious results.

Yeah, I got them for the poop.

Rabbit is also quite tasty. The meat is lean, high in B vitamins and protein and, with how fast they reproduce, it is possible to fill a freezer with organic meat that you have raised, ensuring a "happy life and one bad day"for the animals harvested. That is important to me. I grew up helping to raise and care for most of the meat I ate. We had pigs and cattle (and chickens but they were mostly kept for eggs). We made sure the animals had the best care, good food, lots of space, and allowed to be themselves. That was just everyday life. It was rather a shock after I left home to taste store-bought feedlot beef. It just wasn't as rich or flavorful, even though we fed our stock grain as well, and I missed our 'pasture-raised and grain finished', 'free-range' beef. Who knew back then our way of ranching would be a big deal? Kinda funny now.

There are several wonderful farms in our area (my favorite is Winter Green Farm where we get our CSA produce) that provide the quality of care and product that I am looking for but I still want to be in more control. Rabbits fit the bill.

Of course, one needs a boy to...assist...with things. After Ruby and Checkers got used to us we added Lance to the mix.
I love this picture. Doesn't he look like a tough guy? He's actually super sweet and cuddly.
All three are purebred New Zealand rabbits. The New Zealand breed is a larger breed that excels at producing good fur and fast-growing kits. They, along with Californians, are one of the most common meat breeds. They are also gentle and calm, which is great since the kids love to feed and care for them. In the fall, when Munchkin starts 4-H, they will be part of her 4-H project.
In February Munchkin asked if we were going to hatch eggs again. I pulled out the incubator, cleaned it off, then went online to find some local fertile eggs. A nice lady on Facebook offered a dozen Muscovy duck eggs and in they went. Munchkin has spent the last 30 days glued to the incubator, watching for any wiggle or crack.

A couple weeks after I started the eggs I was chatting with a friend about ducks and she mentioned she had two drakes that were harassing her chickens, would I want them? Sure! I did warn her that they might turn into dinner and she was perfectly fine with that (in fact, she was going to do it herself but after harvesting her meat chickens she didn't want to pluck another feather).

So we brought these two home and they went right to work clearing my garden and greenhouse of slugs and snails. I've yet to lose a seedling since turning them loose in the garden.
Hubby has been excited about a roast duck dinner but I haven't gotten up the nerve yet. I may end up with more ducks than I'd planned.

With all this livestock, have we reached farmhood yet? And there are still eggs to hatch!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Welcome to the Garden

Spring is in full swing here in the Pacific Northwest. My neighbor's huge daffodil beds are already past their prime and yesterday I noticed my lily bulbs are starting to pop out of the ground. Today the sun is shining, the temperature is nearing 70 degrees and I can hear lawn mowers purring in the distance. It is insanely early for this type of weather. The practical side of me worries about a hot and dry summer but I can't help but love the early sunshine.

The flower beds are full of early spring bulbs: daffodils, primroses, tulips, hyacinths, and bluebells. The fruit trees have buds swelling and the lilacs are seconds away from exploding into flower. There are flowers everywhere! I've been buzzed by huge bumblebees (I think there may be a nest somewhere nearby, there have been so many!), the honeybees and wasps are fighting over the dandelions in the yards, and everywhere a filmy green is covering bare branches.

The greenhouse is full of seedlings, with more flats just waiting for seed. Every time I step inside I have to take several long breathes and really get the scent of warm, damp earth and growing things deep in my lungs. If there is a smell that signals spring that would be it.

The sugar and snap peas are doing extremely well.

Out in the garden...well, that's another story. For the past 6 years I've hauled in compost and manure trying to turn the native clay into a rich oasis. Last year I was lazy and didn't get any outside additions. I cleaned my compost heap down to the ground and spread it everywhere (resulting in a bazillion volunteer tomatoes and pumpkins-obviously I didn't get the heap hot enough). While we had an great growing season the garden didn't do nearly as well as it should have. This year I've put off getting anything, just to see what the ground would do.

Its basically cement.

While the flower beds have weeds coming up anywhere there's an open space the only thing growing in the garden are a few leftover onions, quite a bit of purple dead nettle (an edible weed) and a bit of grass. Its pretty sad. I'm tired of fighting a losing battle so this year we are going to put in raised beds. I'm rather excited at the idea and already have plans for hoop cloches and other season extenders. With the summer looking to be long and hot I'm betting I get an epic tomato harvest.
My entire spring crop. At least its an edible weed.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Whole30-Week 3 Recap

Week 3 is finally done. Thank goodness! This has been the hardest week so far. I'm bored with food, I'm tired of reading labels, and I'm flat exhausted by even the thought of cooking another meal. Sadly, the kidlets do not agree so, back into the kitchen I go. I've been trying different things but, honestly, I'd really like to just order a pizza and be done with it.

On the flip side, my skin is clearer, I'm sleeping better, I have more energy, I seem to be healing faster, and I generally feel happier. I enjoy food more, and its tastier, even if I'm sick of being in the kitchen. I did call a mutiny earlier in the week and let the rest of the family order pizza while I hid in the bedroom with an apple.

Sadly, nothing camera-worthy was made this week.

Some ideas for the last week:

Kale Chicken Soup by Fresh Tart
Its January. It's cold. Soup for the win!

Coconut Oil-Poached Tilapia by The Paleo Mom
Fish recipes are always good to have. So far Hubby is the only one who actually likes fish so I'm constantly looking for new recipes to try and tempt my and the kids' palates. Something tropical like this? Might have a winner!

Garlic Butter Shrimp by Damn Delicious
Replace the butter with ghee and OMGeeee!! Doesn't this look good? Add a green salad and that looks like dinner to me.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Whole30-Day 14/15/16/17

A couple things we've been working toward for the homestead have suddenly fallen into place and I've been busy building, researching, and preparing. Won't say anything more right now but I am so excited!!

Chugging along on the Whole30. I've passed the halfway point, only two more weeks to go! I have more energy every day and Hubby says I look slimmer. I can't say my clothes are just falling off but I'm noticing small improvements that are consistently growing. It makes passing on my SIL's beautiful peanut butter and chocolate pie last night worthwhile.

My menu is beginning to get a little stale though. Plus, I need to go grocery shopping and make another double-batch of chicken stock. Not having easy edibles makes this experiment ten times harder than it needs to be. Its definitely the "endurance" part of the month: the cravings are mostly gone, I look and feel better, but dang! I am so tired of checking labels and worrying over food three times a day. I want to get back to the open-fridge/cupboard-eat style of food prep.

Speaking of food, here are a couple of my favorite dishes from the past couple days:

Elk loin steaks sauteed in ghee with roasted green beans and sweet potato

Grass-fed hamburgers with lettuce, tomato, and jalapenos on mushroom buns
And a quick rundown of eats:

Day 14
Breakfast: 2 tiny pork chops
Lunch: Big bowl of chicken soup
Dinner: Roasted green beans with crock pot chicken thighs (chicken, cranberries, onions, garlic, salt/pepper, and 1/4 c apple juice)
Snacks: 1 pear, 5 mandarin oranges

Day 15
Breakfast: Sausages, scrambled eggs, sauerkraut
Lunch: Skipped
Dinner: Hamburger (mushroom "buns", lettuce, ground beef, jalapenos, tomato, salt, and pepper)

Day 16
Breakfast: Cold pork chop (not in the mood to cook)
Lunch: tuna salad (canned tuna, mustard, homemade mayo, celery, cranberries, pickles) with carrots and an apple
Dinner: last of the tuna salad and an apple
Snacks: An apple

Day 17
Breakfast: Apple and pork chop
Lunch: skipped
Dinner: Elk loin, roasted green beans, roasted sweet potato

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Whole30-Day 13

Day 13 and all I want is to eat is junk.

It's not that I'm hungry. It's not even that I'm really craving anything specific. I just want comfort food. I want a big bowl of cheap-o ramen, or a burrito stuffed with cheese and beans. A mountain of taters mashed with butter and milk and plenty of salt and pepper with pools of melted butter trickling down it. Cinnamon rolls with extra icing. Chocolate chips cookies fresh from the oven, still warm and soft. Coffee cake with that crunchy-melty sugar topping. Banana bread made with extra bananas.


I can't even remember the last time I've eaten banana bread, or coffee cake, or even cinnamon rolls, yet that warm, chewy, sweet, bread-like substance is what I'm really thinking about. I don't know if that's because its cold and these items usually have lots of warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg; or maybe its the combination of sugar and wheat that is driving me to pace the kitchen.

I'm grumpy. And sad (without any reason to be sad). And just generally down. The energy I've been bouncing around with the last couple days has ebbed away and I just want to curl up (with a plate of cookies preferably) and get lost in a book. I'm trying to focus on what I'm making for dinner and I've set a pot of orange peels and cinnamon sticks to simmer on the stove (occasionally smelling cinnamon has been enough to curb my food cravings) but mostly I'm trying to ignore that part of my brain and keep busy with other tasks. Not sure if its working but...the day is passing and so far no falls from grace.

Only 17 days more to go.

Brunch: Two big bowls of chicken soup (homemade chicken stock, carrots, chicken, celery, kale, and seasonings)
Dinner: Two cinnamon pork chops* (my chops were tiny! note to self, get the nice bone-in ones next time) and steamed broccoli
Snack: 3 mandarin oranges, 1/2 pear

No food pics today. Sorry!

*I found this Cinnamon Pork Chops recipe on Pinterest but I made a bunch of changes so it would be Whole30 compliant and I'm not sure if I quite like how it turned out. I think its an idea that has merit but needs a little tweaking first. If I get it to where my taste buds sing I'll share, promise.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Eating out Whole30 Style

Eating out while on the Whole30 is, quite frankly, a pain in the patootie. If you are like me and hate to grill the server on every aspect of the meal the best thing to do is to research online first. Which is why I spent a good hour checking out menus Sunday night (rather than surfing Pinterest). If any eatery is reading this-could you please create a search feature in your allergen menus? I mean, it would be so much easier to, say, type in No Soy, No Gluten, and then get a list of acceptable plates. I'm sure there are algorithms available!

Having a list of possibilities took away a lot of the eating out stress. Once we were seated instead of having to ask a bazillion questions I only had to ask a couple, mostly related around sugar since I couldn't find that info online. We ended up at Chili's, not exactly the mecca of foodiedom but it had big screens and Hubby had to watch the National Championship Game. I ended up with the Caribbean Salad (greens, pineapple, grilled chicken, cranberries, mandarin oranges, diced bell peppers, sesame seeds, green onions, and cilantro) sans dressing. Quite tasty, I especially liked the odd  flavor of pineapple and cilantro in the same bite-I have to experiment more with that combination.

Farmhouse Culture Kraut Smoked Jalapeno with scrambled eggs. Best way to get some culture in your life.

Quick Catchup Of Eats
Day 9
Breakfast-The last of the pork and cabbage soup, 1/2 a banana
Lunch: an apple
Dinner: pot roast, roast veggies (onions, carrots, mushrooms), green salad
Snacks:1 1/2 banana

Day 10
Breakfast: skip
Lunch: bowl of chicken soup
Dinner: 2 bowls of chicken soup, a banana, dessert of blackberries and coconut flakes

Day 11
Breakfast: 3 sausage patties, 1 fried egg
Lunch: skip
Dinner: Chili's Caribbean Salad (no dressing)
Snacks: 1/2 unripe pear, 2 slices of pot roast

Day 12
Breakfast: scrambled eggs and sauerkraut
Lunch: pot roast, carrots, salad
Dinner: taco salad (greens, seasoned ground beef, jalapenos, salsa)
Snacks: 12 satsumas

Friday, January 9, 2015

Whole30-Day 8

I had a dream about food last night. Cookies, cheesecake, really nasty greasy-spoon style scrambled eggs. burnt bacon, and toast all played a roll. Now, the cookies and cheesecake I understand but burnt bacon?? Come on brain, get with the program!

Also, even though I'm sleeping better than I have in ages, I want MORE sleep. More, I tell you! And I feel all flabby today, and whiny, and just...just...

Day Eightish....Whole30 Timeline.


Breakfast: Pork and cabbage soup
Lunch: Leftover chicken salad on greens
Dinner: Paleo Chicken Cacciatore with green salad and a couple home canned pickles
Snack: An apple

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Whole30-Week 1 Recap

Yeehaw! Week 1 is almost done! My sleep quality has improved in leaps and bounds, my energy is slowly increasing, and I feel like I've lost weight. I've only had a couple strong cravings, mostly wanting something sweet after a meal. Something like cheesecake or cookies; the berries and coconut chips just haven't quite been enough. My most difficult challenges having been working around dairy products, specifically butter, sour cream, and yogurt. Butter has been the hardest, I really need to make several batches of ghee to have on hand. I never realized how much I used butter and I keep running out of the ghee I have made.

So far this Whole30 has been a thousand times easier than last time. Only three more weeks to go!

Some of my favorite meals from the week:

Venison steaks marinated in apple juice, coconut aminos, and spices, then pan friend in goose fast with scrambled eggs and black tea. Best breakfast ever! The apple juice and coconut aminos removed all the gamy flavor and left an autumn sweetness behind. I can't wait to experiment more with this marinade.

Chicken salad made with homemade mayo (olive oil, egg yolks, seasonings, vinegar), dried cranberries, chopped celery, and spices over a bed of salad greens. I think I've finally found a mayo recipe that I like. Say goodbye to Best Foods!

No idea what to call this-pork and cabbage soup? After nibbling off all the tidbits of meat from a bone-in ham I made stock from the bones, then added carrots, celeriac, cabbage, salt, pepper, chopped onion, and tiny sausage meatballs. I'm betting kale or potatoes would be great addictions as well. Even the kids loved this soup (they did eat around the cabbage, or as Munchkin calls it "not lettuce").

And, just to catch up:

Day 5 Eats
Breakfast: Venison steak and eggs
Lunch: Skipped
Dinner: Meatloaf (ground beef, onions, seasonings), steamed broccoli
Snacks: 1 1/2 apple, slice of ham (small, thin) and a handful of carrots

Day 6 Eats
Breakfast: Slice of ham
Lunch: Chicken salad on a bed of greens
Dinner: Paleo stuffed cabbage rolls, green salad; berries and coconut flakes for dessert
Snack: 1/2 an apple

Day 7 Eats
Breakfast: 2 sausage patties, 3 scrambled eggs
Lunch: Bowl of pork and cabbage soup
Dinner: Roasted chicken leg and thigh, green beans, green salad; berries and coconut flakes for dessert
Snacks: orange, 1/2 cup chicken salad, handful of olives

Monday, January 5, 2015

Whole30-Day 4 (With Day 3 Blurb)

Day 4 of Whole30 and...ya know, I thought I was tired yesterday but that was NOTHING compared to today. I fell asleep during a conversation with my husband. And then while helping the kids color (which mostly consists of me guarding the crayons. After that one incidence they are only allowed two colors out at a time. I'm still finding marks on the walls.) And I totally missed breakfast, mostly because I didn't have the energy to actually cook and when Hubby asked what he could make me all I could do was stare at him and try to remember the names for different food items. Honestly, I didn't have the energy to be hungry...does that make ANY sense?

Hubs let me crash on the couch for an hour which helped. Unfortunately today was his only day off this week so we had a chore list a mile long. I finally forced myself off the couch to order several yards of mulch-aha! Now I HAVE to do something.

That would be three yards of walk on bark, also called hog fuel. Great for mud control, which is good since our yard and gardens are basically mud pits right now.

Three yards of mulch is a lot of mulch. Lots and lots and lots of wheelbarrow loads. Somewhere around the half-way mark I begged Hubby to come out and help and finally we got it all spread out. Take that sticky, Pacific Northwest mostly-clay mud!! By then it was getting late so all our other chores had to wait.

Of course it had to be approved by the Poultry Department.
Day 3 Recap:
Breakfast: Leftover chicken soup. Sadly the last, I need to make more now.
Lunch: Leftover roast chicken breast with green salad
Dinner: Three slices pork roast with sauteed cabbage and the veggies from the roast (onions, carrots, and apples)
Snacks: Handful of baby carrots, a green apple

Day 4:
Breakfast: a carrot stick and two oranges (spread out over 3 hours...I was REALLY out of it)
Lunch: Leftover chicken breast sliced and dipped in mustard
Dinner: Tuna salad (canned tuna, jalapenos, apple juice sweetened dried cranberries, mustard, and...*sigh* two tablespoons of Best Foods mayo. I was on auto-pilot and had it mixed before I remembered Best Foods is a no-no) dumped over a bed of green salad.
Snack: a green apple

First thing tomorrow I'm making a batch of homemade mayo.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Whole30-Day 2

Let the sugar coma begin! I'm not really sure I woke up today. I stumbled out of bed and drug myself from daybreak till now but I don't think I'm really awake. A couple evil gnomes pounded on my temples till nearly noon, then magically vanished. If I'd had my way I would have crawled back in bed and hid from the day but the two kidlets decided they wanted to do kidlet things...like eat and run around. I compromised with My Little Ponies.

I did manage to keep my eats clean:

Breakfast. Inspired by Melissa Joulwan's hot plates recipes in Well Fed I sauteed a hunk of purple cabbage in goose fat and tossed in leftover taco meat. Munchkin asked if purple "salad" would turn her eyes purple, then proceeded to scarf up all of her cabbage. Tadpole was more interested in the beef, though she did try a bite of cabbage. This dish was about all I had the energy to throw together. It was fairly boring but it filled the belly. (We shared an apple as well.)

(Note blurry pic-this was the best I could do.)

Lunch was even easier-leftover chicken soup. I should have had a second bowl though, I was starving by 5pm. Half an apple, a handful of carrot sticks, and a couple bites of ham did little to silence the hunger pains. And of course, dinner took much longer to come together than planned. At least it was tasty:

Roast chicken (only half a breast-these were fairly big), green beans and bacon, and a big pile of green salad with carrots, dressed with some of the pan drippings. The bacon might not have been Whole30 approved though, it came from the local butcher so didn't have an ingredients for me to check. Something I'll have to remember going forward.

Later I had a small bowl of blackberries and coconut chips for a sweet:

Day 2 complete...can I somehow skip forward to Day 6 when the coma lifts?

Friday, January 2, 2015

Whole30-Day 1

Are you feeling a bit sluggish? I sure am, I pretty much splurged from Halloween on and all those chocolate chips and snickerdoodles are finally calling in their cards. And there are so many cards to call. Time to cut that nonsense out!

For January I am doing a Whole30-thirty days of super clean eating, eliminating all those items that can cause issues: sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, and alcohol. Yes, its restrictive but its only for 30 days. I last did a Whole30 in 2012 and it greatly helped me get a hold of the sugar demons.

I started out the day with a breakfast salad: a big bowl of salad greens sprinkled with crumbled breakfast sausage and topped with two fried eggs.

Lunch was a bowl of chicken vegetable soup with homemade bone broth and the last of the CSA veggies I've been hoarding. I can't wait till the Winter Farmer's Market opens next month.

By afternoon I was starting to drag, I just wanted to curl up on the couch and sleep the rest of the day. For supper I went with easy: spaghetti with a meat sauce. Having jarred red sauce on hand makes this one of the easiest dishes ever. I used spaghetti squash for the noodles and rounded it out with a green salad.

I also had an orange and a satsuma for snacks. Day 1 is complete-hey, that was pretty easy.