Independence Days Update

independancedays20091It’s been quite a while since my last update on the Independence Days Challenge, so this post will include everything I can remember from fall and early winter, since my last post about the challenge was in July.


  • Back in the fall, I planted succession lettuce and peas. Nothing recently, though. 


  • lettuce, scallions, dill, parsley, chives, sage, thyme, snap peas, green beans, tomatoes, carrots, leeks, basil


  • applesauce, cranberry applesauce, fall fruit chutney, apple pie filling
  • pork, beef, turkey in the freezer

Reduce Waste:

  • continue to carry water bottle, reusable bags, reusable containers, cloth napkins, etc.
  • compost
  • use salvaged building materials for our projects

Preparation and Storage:

  • buying canned and dry goods when on sale
  • processing and freezing the pigs and turkeys (our freezer is FULL!!!)
  • making a list of preservation goals for next year

Build Community Food Systems:

  • visited our town’s Potato and Corn Festival and visited local agricultural fairs in the fall
  • gave some lesson plans and labs to a member of my town’s agricultural commission, since he’s trying to promote agriculture in the classroom
  • handed out snap pea seeds as favors at my baby shower, since they can be planted right around when our baby should arrive

Eat the Food:

  • um, check! I can’t link to specific recipes, but take a visit to my Cookbook if you want to see what I’ve been making

I do have to say that I’m getting tired again in the third trimester, and I’ve been slacking off on the from scratch cooking.  I’ve stopped making bagels, tortillas, and bread, and have been buying them instead.  I don’t feel guilty, though, I’m too tired!  Plus I still cook most nights, but have been taking some help on items like these that most people buy instead of make.



Filed under Food, Gardening, Home, Living from Scratch, Local Agriculture, Sustainable Living

2 responses to “Independence Days Update

  1. Quite an impressive update, Abbie!

    Especially LOVE your idea of the snap peas as a baby shower party favor; so original and SO Abbie!

    Don’t be at all concerned if you take some “shortcuts” during this “tired” time of late pregnancy . . . and after the baby is born. You have priorities, after all, and I am quite sure that Ed is still quite well fed. Whenever you two are interested in stepping down to “less than gourmet-style,” you’re always welcome to stop by our place. . . and do take advantage of gifts of food after the baby is born!

    Love, Mom

  2. I like these ideas, thank you for sharing!
    Abbie, I have an award for you…it’s called Kreativ Blogger Award, and you can come on over to ‘pick it up.’
    Have a great day…

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