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Welcome to Urban Homesteading

Sandusky and I have often waxed poetic about the idea of moving to the country so we could have a little piece of land to do a little homesteading of our own...but now you are making me think that we may not have to move out to the country after all! I can't wait to read more about your adventures! Especially the chickens. I am WAY excited about the chickens!

March 1, 2010 at 8:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Refrigerator Cooking Challenge

I have been ABSOLUTELY LOVING THIS. I didn't think we'd make it either, but we have and somehow we have managed to eat better these last two weeks than we NORMALLY do just because we've been forced to eat outside of the box, so to speak.

I get so used to cooking the same ten to twelve meals over and over again that I sort of forgot that I knew how to cook other things, so this is a great reminder of the meals you forgot you knew how to make. And, its forced me to learn some new tricks when I go to the internet armed with a list of ingredients I have on hand, looking for recipes that will fit my needs and my available ingredients.

And, oh my goodness, have we been saving some serious cash by not making all those extra little trips to the store and by not eating out!

So far, my favorite recipes have been a pesto pizza made from homemade dough and the basil from our garden and pasta salad made with our garden tomatoes, some roasted red peppers and a little bit of mayo and some fat free Italian dressing. So easy and so uncomplicated!

The only thing I would suggest is that if you have access to FREE food that its okay to supplement with that. For example, I took advantage of the Pendleton's pick 'em and keep half deal by going out in the fields on a good weather day, spending an hour picking some green beans, let them keep half and brought my other half home for free. All it cost me was my time and a little effort, which was well worth it to be outdoors enjoying the unseasonably cool summer! And those beans tasted far better than anything I would have gotten from the store anyway!

August 3, 2009 at 3:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Martha Stewart Can Bite Me.

I know this sounds simplistic, but my secret to keeping a relatively clean kitchen is to make a clutter spot elsewhere in the house, before you get to the kitchen. For example, I have a flip top desk in my dinning room (which is between the garage and the kitchen) where things like bills and random stuff I've carried in from my car collect before they ever reach the kitchen. And then I just keep the flip top closed when people are over.

My guilty kitchen sin is my collection of fancy serving bowls of all shapes, sizes, and colors. I heart them. A lot. Glenn would say, however, that my true kitchen sin is that I actually use all those bowls, creating twice the dishes for him to do as I would if I just served our dinner in the pans I cooked it in!

April 2, 2009 at 11:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Stroganoff for the Jayhawk Soul

I think I might just have to make some tonight! I love stroganoff but have never actually tried making it from scratch! And congrats on the boy!!!

March 30, 2009 at 12:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

It's March Madness time, so Hop, Skip, and Go Naked.

I shall try this yummy concoction this weekend! I HEART March Madness!

March 13, 2009 at 9:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Deal or No Deal

I have to admit, I was a little scared of Checkers at first, but after shopping there for awhile, I don't think there is anything cheaper in town! And speaking of cheap beer night at Free State---totally a Deal!

March 9, 2009 at 10:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cheater, Cheater. Enchilada Eater.

I am giving up on the enchiladas and from now on I will just crash your dinner when you make them, Megan!

March 5, 2009 at 8:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )