Friday, March 27, 2015

Meal planning

I've decided that we'll give yet another attempt at meal planning. This only makes the third or fourth time we've tried this.

What's a little different this time is that I'm beginning by making a kitchen inventory. It doesn't seem like such a daunting task until you get to the dry goods. Because, in the fridge and freezer categories, you can kind of fudge things by just using generalized descriptions. But, for dry goods you kind of have to be more specific.

It's annoying.

However, if I want to meal plan effectively, it's something I have to do.

But, I really don't want to. There's dry goods all over the kitchen, hidden behind this or that. I want to pull my hair a little.

Anyway, I made a super simple kitchen inventory sheet using a spreadsheet program. If you want cute or fancy, there's tons of printables on pinterest. Mine is very utilitarian. As far as planning out the meals, I have a usable planner with large blocks for each day. I don't feel the need for a separate meal printable.

This should make it easier to save some money on groceries. It should also help us figure out what recipes and foods we use repeatedly. Helpful when trying to build up a rotating food store.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Here's spawn's cabbage so far. It's looking much better than when he'd brought it home.

Friday, March 20, 2015

more homeschool pondering

So I'm still working on building our own curriculum for 4th grade homeschool. I picked up a discounted sectarian math program, plan on doing diy history/language arts combo, and use a secular science program from Pandia Press. I'm not too worried about the religious bits in the math program because they seem to be very much wedged into the few lessons in which they appear, which leads me to believe we can skip them if necessary. It's possible we could use them as jumping off points for cultural studies. This sounds like a really relaxed first year that will still satisfy the results-oriented spouse.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

More trees

My nose is going bonkers from just the sheer volume of pollen in the air.

But I ventured out into the yard this afternoon to see just what all was blooming. It appears we have at least one dogwood. And not a traditional white one.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pretty tree

It's always fun to see what happens in a new home during the seasons.


I hate spring here. Well, not really. I just get frustrated. We go from nights that are around freezing and the following week daytime highs are near 80. I totally missed my window for cool weather planting. I should be good for next year though. (I feel like I've written this before.)

Anyway, today was supposed to be rainy and warm and it's turned into cloudy and mild. Guess I'll take the opportunity to finally get my planters started. I've got 4 (5?) different kinds of tomatoes to get started along with an eggplant and the herbs. Hopefully that uses up the bag of potting soil. I doubt it, but I still hope. I may have to stop in the middle to make more planters. Thankfully I still have bottles to use up.

Also, there's a wired shop of considerable size on the property. The problem is that it's starting to rot. I think maybe we'll start cleaning it out so that we can tear it down, salvaging what we can and burning the rest. Hoping to get enough usable material to make a small chicken coop. Then we'll just build another shop in the same spot, except correctly and with proper weather proofing. It's tempting to just bring in a pre fabricated building, but the location doesn't really allow that. Trees are too close, and the delivery person would probably want to drive over the septic instead of around the back of the house. So we'll just rebuild. It's not a hard thing to do. And, like I said, the location is already wired.

There's just so much shit to clean up first. Ugh. Not looking forward to that.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


So, there's no good way to take a picture of clear plastic bottles. Sorry this is so bad.

But! What I do is clean them, strip the label, cut them in half, invert the top into the bottom, and stuff a cotton round into the neck to retain soil but still allow drainage. I'll be continuing to make these today then filing them with potting soil, and planting them with seeds that need to be started now. Tomatoes, eggplants, herbs, and such.

I'm excited to be planting things.