Me going green … and dragging my family with me, kicking and screaming!

Baby steps toward self sufficience and greenocity

What kids value June 21, 2009

Filed under: frugal living,gardening,green living — razberiswrl @ 10:47 pm
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This is something I meant to share weeks ago.  When the kids and I went strawberry picking, I sent them ahead of me to pick, so I could come behind them to get everything they missed.  When their containers got full, they could come back to me, dump in the larger tray, and go back to pick more.  It worked out nicely.

So, here’s what I found when processing the fruits when we got home:

And a slew of others with deformities perhaps not as grotesque, LOL!  When I asked them why they picked THESE berries instead of the normal shaped ones, they responded whole heartedly that they were COOL.  Well, I guess they are kind of cool.  LOL!

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There will be 2 more entries about strawberries … May 24, 2009

Filed under: frugal living,gardening,green living — razberiswrl @ 3:06 pm
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You know … as a warning … it’s what’s going on RIGHT NOW, so it’s what I’m talking about.

I took the kids to the farm yesterday, as promised.  I was frazzled, and forgot my containers, how very ungreen … I had to buy more.  Oh well.  Providing I make a habit of remembering them in the future, I have plenty to last quite some time.  I also forgot my camera.  *insert angry face*  I blame my mother-in-law.  She was distracting me.

So, I took a moment to show them what a good berry looks like, and what to avoid.  I showed them what overripe and underripe looks like, and I taught them how to pinch the stem so as not to yank the vines apart.  Then I set them to it!  I sent them ahead of me to pick, and I went over the vines after them, knowing that there was NO WAY they were even getting half the berries available.  I was totally right.  Anyway, it was hot, and I wasn’t fully awake yet,  and they were driving me crazy by running back to me and asking if every single berry was a good one, LOL, so we only picked about 7 more pounds (I was hoping to get another 10 or so).

Here they are with our bounty (cell phones … they save the day.  Mine, in particular, produces very fuzzy pictures) :

 

Strawberry bounty!! May 22, 2009

Filed under: cooking,frugal living,gardening,green living — razberiswrl @ 1:18 pm
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I went to a local farm to pick strawberries this morning after I dropped the fam off at work/school.  This is the first week of the season here in New Jersey.  It will run for about 3 weeks.

Crappy cell phone pic of Sporacio Farms:

I picked just shy of 10 pounds.  They cost me just over 13 bucks!  I think I’ll take the kids back tomorrow morning.  We’ll have to get up EARLY though.  I also stopped at Walmart for a case of pint canning jars and some accessories.  I will attempt canning for the first time tonight.  I can’t wait.  I’m going to make standard and sugar free strawberry jam.

This is actually a really important event for me, as canning is a family tradition I have wanted to carry on for a long time.  I’ve just never worked up the nerve to give it a shot on my own.  I used to can all sorts of things with my grandmother, and I can’t WAIT to call her this evening to tell her I did it myself!  She will be pleased.  There aren’t too many people that carry on family traditions these days, whether they be the art of canning one’s own food, knitting or crocheting or making traditional recipes for the holiday, and in my family, I am the only one who has any interest in all of the above.  Le sigh … hopefully I can instill the love of tradition I have in my own children.  I wonder what went wrong with my cousins that makes them not give a damn?  Oh well.  There’s no accounting for the actions of others …