Comments on: Independence Day Update: Back and Meditations on the Project http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/ Finding the keys to the future…and trying not to lose them in the mess. Fri, 09 Sep 2011 05:07:25 -0700 hourly 1 #?v=3.0.1 By: pub mailing http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/comment-page-1/#comment-46483 pub mailing Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:21:52 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/#comment-46483 Creo que tu blog es necesario una nueva plantilla de wordpress. Downalod de http://templates.wordpressguru.in, El sitio cuenta con agradable y único wordpress plantillas. Creo que tu blog es necesario una nueva plantilla de wordpress. Downalod de http://templates.wordpressguru.in, El sitio cuenta con agradable y único wordpress plantillas.

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By: robj98168 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/comment-page-1/#comment-6579 robj98168 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 16:30:58 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/#comment-6579 This challenge has taught me that my grandparents in North Dakota didn't have it so easy! It has also taught me that filling my dehydrator with herbs, fruits and such will make my house smell fantastick! Plant something: Transplanted zucchini, new cuke plants (to replace the ones I let fry), planted some borage seeds, planted radish seeds Planted carrots-rainbow blend, carrots- Parisian market; nasturtiums, sunflower mammoth grey stripe, planted a pot of chives- trying planting peas on northside of house(is cooler); I won’t boar you with the water plant I planted, but want to ask a question: does anyone know, I heard this years ago- if you can use watercress bought in a store for starts to grow water cress? Prep something: Nada – Harvest something: Nada- Manage something: Nothing Cook Something New:Made a sugar-free rhubarb/strawberry sauce for over sugar free ice cream 2 stalks of rhubarb, chopped 1 cup of strawberries, sliced about ¾ cup of sweetner (I used brown sugar twin, I would imagine you could use nutra sweet or sugar enough water to cover rhubarb and strawberries in a medium pot 1 tbsp of cornstarch (to thicken) put rhubarb and strawberries in pot, cover with enough water to just cover rhubarb and strawberries. Bring to boil. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cornstarch. Add a few drops of red food coloring if desired. Serve over no sugar ice cream or some pound cake or eat it like applesauce! Work on Local Food Systems: Talked to my mom about going in together in a csa, investigated csa for meat; Started a contest on my blog for folks to win my balls- my seedballz or rather the extra I have- rather than planting and wasting the hummingbird flowers and the basil, I decided to give them away! Compost something:same as last week- added some starbucks to my compost, turned compost this week Learn a skill: nada This challenge has taught me that my grandparents in North Dakota didn’t have it so easy! It has also taught me that filling my dehydrator with herbs, fruits and such will make my house smell fantastick!

Plant something: Transplanted zucchini, new cuke plants (to replace the ones I let fry), planted some borage seeds, planted radish seeds Planted carrots-rainbow blend, carrots- Parisian market; nasturtiums, sunflower mammoth grey stripe, planted a pot of chives- trying planting peas on northside of house(is cooler); I won’t boar you with the water plant I planted, but want to ask a question: does anyone know, I heard this years ago- if you can use watercress bought in a store for starts to grow water cress?
Prep something: Nada –
Harvest something: Nada-
Manage something: Nothing
Cook Something New:Made a sugar-free rhubarb/strawberry sauce for over sugar free ice cream
2 stalks of rhubarb, chopped
1 cup of strawberries, sliced
about ¾ cup of sweetner (I used brown sugar twin, I would imagine you could use nutra sweet or sugar
enough water to cover rhubarb and strawberries in a medium pot
1 tbsp of cornstarch (to thicken)
put rhubarb and strawberries in pot, cover with enough water to just cover rhubarb and strawberries. Bring to boil. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cornstarch. Add a few drops of red food coloring if desired. Serve over no sugar ice cream or some pound cake or eat it like applesauce!
Work on Local Food Systems: Talked to my mom about going in together in a csa, investigated csa for meat; Started a contest on my blog for folks to win my balls- my seedballz or rather the extra I have- rather than planting and wasting the hummingbird flowers and the basil, I decided to give them away!
Compost something:same as last week- added some starbucks to my compost, turned compost this week
Learn a skill: nada

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By: Independence Days Update « Coffee & Cornbread http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/comment-page-1/#comment-6578 Independence Days Update « Coffee & Cornbread Wed, 09 Jul 2008 15:52:32 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/#comment-6578 [...] 9, 2008 You can find Sharons update with more updates in the comment section here. I am running a very late update with the 4th weekend and [...] [...] 9, 2008 You can find Sharons update with more updates in the comment section here. I am running a very late update with the 4th weekend and [...]

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By: NM http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/comment-page-1/#comment-6577 NM Mon, 07 Jul 2008 21:05:23 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/#comment-6577 Planted tomatoes, basil, dual purpose bush beans for eating fresh and drying; tomatillo, lemon cucumbers, carrots, melons and peppers. Thinned baby broccoli. Harvested, raspberries and strawberries (not many, but enough for a few days of breakfast fruit salads). Cook something new: Made spanokopita for the first time, including the filo dough. Didn't get it quite right, but it was still good, and more practice should improve the dough. Made minestrone with dried tomatoes (excellent), and spaghetti sauce with frozen roasted tomatoes -- also worked very well. Manage resources; working on using up the last of last year's frozen vegetables and fruits. Doing better at this than ever have before and, except for quarts and quarts of enchilada sauce, have nearly emptied the freezer, but there are still quite a few berries in there. Worked on local food: Shopped at the farmers markets (4 pounds of apricots are waiting to be turned into jam); gave away tomatillo and pepper starts to a friend; caught up on a few chores for Slow Food group. Wrote newspaper column on vitamin C content in locally-available fruits and vegetables. Reduce waste: Mmmm, no. Made some ... Planted tomatoes, basil, dual purpose bush beans for eating fresh and drying; tomatillo, lemon cucumbers, carrots, melons and peppers. Thinned baby broccoli.
Harvested, raspberries and strawberries (not many, but enough for a few days of breakfast fruit salads).
Cook something new: Made spanokopita for the first time, including the filo dough. Didn’t get it quite right, but it was still good, and more practice should improve the dough. Made minestrone with dried tomatoes (excellent), and spaghetti sauce with frozen roasted tomatoes — also worked very well.
Manage resources; working on using up the last of last year’s frozen vegetables and fruits. Doing better at this than ever have before and, except for quarts and quarts of enchilada sauce, have nearly emptied the freezer, but there are still quite a few berries in there.
Worked on local food: Shopped at the farmers markets (4 pounds of apricots are waiting to be turned into jam); gave away tomatillo and pepper starts to a friend; caught up on a few chores for Slow Food group. Wrote newspaper column on vitamin C content in locally-available fruits and vegetables.
Reduce waste: Mmmm, no. Made some …

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By: Lisa Z http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/comment-page-1/#comment-6576 Lisa Z Mon, 07 Jul 2008 15:22:10 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/#comment-6576 This challenge has inspired and motivated me to no end. I was just thinking yesterday on how much more free time we seem to have. That is, because we're not off driving to places but are staying home so much more. The gardens are staying weeded, and it's not like a big chore but something to do for a few minutes during a lull in the day. We've continued planting even though "planting time" is typically over by now. Just this weekend we put in three more blueberry bushes to make our total five (all planted this year). As long as we are careful to water them when it's really hot, they'll be fine. I'm harvesting and drying herbs little by little each day. Using the car which sits in the street most of the time these days as a "solar dehydrator" is working well for this. I just pick a few herb stems or the day's batch of blooming flowers of chamomile or whatever, stick them in a wicker basket and let it all sit in the car for a couple of days. They're drying perfectly with nothing but solar energy used. Yesterday I started lacto-fermenting a yarrow ale with the yarrow flower tops. I got the recipe from Jessica Prentice's book, _Full Moon Feast_. We'll see how it turns out, but this is learning and cooking something new. I'm also making a yarrow oil which will become a salve with beeswax when its done steeping. Yarrow salve is a wonderful herbal remedy. Today I am going to start a lemon balm ale, from the same book. I'll share how they turn out on my blog in a few days! The peas are just starting to flower here in MN b/c we planted late. The cabbage is just starting to form its little balls. Potatoes are starting to flower, tomatoes and peppers are budding, and the beets are looking very healthy. I had my first taste of ripe currant berry yesterday, from our new currant bush. I'm looking forward to soon preserving the gooseberries somehow; the elderberries are just beginning to form; and the clusters of grapes are getting bigger and looking promising. We are feeling abundant here! So grateful for the challenge... Lisa in MN This challenge has inspired and motivated me to no end. I was just thinking yesterday on how much more free time we seem to have. That is, because we’re not off driving to places but are staying home so much more.

The gardens are staying weeded, and it’s not like a big chore but something to do for a few minutes during a lull in the day.

We’ve continued planting even though “planting time” is typically over by now. Just this weekend we put in three more blueberry bushes to make our total five (all planted this year). As long as we are careful to water them when it’s really hot, they’ll be fine.

I’m harvesting and drying herbs little by little each day. Using the car which sits in the street most of the time these days as a “solar dehydrator” is working well for this. I just pick a few herb stems or the day’s batch of blooming flowers of chamomile or whatever, stick them in a wicker basket and let it all sit in the car for a couple of days. They’re drying perfectly with nothing but solar energy used.

Yesterday I started lacto-fermenting a yarrow ale with the yarrow flower tops. I got the recipe from Jessica Prentice’s book, _Full Moon Feast_. We’ll see how it turns out, but this is learning and cooking something new. I’m also making a yarrow oil which will become a salve with beeswax when its done steeping. Yarrow salve is a wonderful herbal remedy. Today I am going to start a lemon balm ale, from the same book. I’ll share how they turn out on my blog in a few days!

The peas are just starting to flower here in MN b/c we planted late. The cabbage is just starting to form its little balls. Potatoes are starting to flower, tomatoes and peppers are budding, and the beets are looking very healthy. I had my first taste of ripe currant berry yesterday, from our new currant bush. I’m looking forward to soon preserving the gooseberries somehow; the elderberries are just beginning to form; and the clusters of grapes are getting bigger and looking promising.

We are feeling abundant here! So grateful for the challenge…

Lisa in MN

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By: Heather Gray http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/comment-page-1/#comment-6575 Heather Gray Mon, 07 Jul 2008 15:21:43 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/#comment-6575 I've enjoyed the Independence Days thing, but am mostly dropping out of the posting part. Good to be mindful and all, but the weather's wearing me out so I'm saving my energy for must-do things, several of which I'm falling behind on. For that matter, I've finally given in and we'll be putting the air conditioner in after all. I can't get the creative brain matter together for doing my artwork (plus I don't want to sweat on the ink and paper) because we haven't ha d a break from the humidity in weeks, and the asthma is not happy. We haven't even been able to finish the first haying because that needs two straight days of dry weather... Did manage to pick some raspberries, but they're only just starting to come ripe here. Gave up on canning strawberries, too hot. Bought a jar of locally made preserves to try out and see if I can eat it -- has cane juice but not organic, so don't know if I'm allergic or not. If I can eat it, we'll buy some jam and at least it will be locally made. Farmers market is going along pretty well. Getting to meet more local folks and sharing interests. Planning on bringing spinning wheels to next Saturday's market and get more spinning done, plus maybe find out who's interested in that kind of thing. Got some herbs from a friend in PA, delivered via some folks who were going to the same place she was going to be at last weekend. Think there's enough of the comfrey that I can split it between three gardens here. I’ve enjoyed the Independence Days thing, but am mostly dropping out of the posting part. Good to be mindful and all, but the weather’s wearing me out so I’m saving my energy for must-do things, several of which I’m falling behind on.

For that matter, I’ve finally given in and we’ll be putting the air conditioner in after all. I can’t get the creative brain matter together for doing my artwork (plus I don’t want to sweat on the ink and paper) because we haven’t ha d a break from the humidity in weeks, and the asthma is not happy.

We haven’t even been able to finish the first haying because that needs two straight days of dry weather…

Did manage to pick some raspberries, but they’re only just starting to come ripe here. Gave up on canning strawberries, too hot. Bought a jar of locally made preserves to try out and see if I can eat it — has cane juice but not organic, so don’t know if I’m allergic or not. If I can eat it, we’ll buy some jam and at least it will be locally made.

Farmers market is going along pretty well. Getting to meet more local folks and sharing interests. Planning on bringing spinning wheels to next Saturday’s market and get more spinning done, plus maybe find out who’s interested in that kind of thing.

Got some herbs from a friend in PA, delivered via some folks who were going to the same place she was going to be at last weekend. Think there’s enough of the comfrey that I can split it between three gardens here.

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By: Gina http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/comment-page-1/#comment-6574 Gina Mon, 07 Jul 2008 14:28:25 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2008/07/06/independence-day-update-back-and-meditations-on-the-project/#comment-6574 Also agree about the challenge gifting me with focus. It has also lessoned my tendency toward apathy (and a bit of laziness). Since participating in IDC, I ask myself less if I am on the right path (mostly I think I am, but there are times, especially during my "failures" where I question if I can actually break away from whatt I was taught by my folks who shunned the self-sufficient lifestyle {both came from rural, hard childhoods} and raised us to think that all our needs could be found down the street at the grocery store. I also have a tendency to get negative and think that we are doomed anyway, so why make it hard on myself. Truth is though, that through this way of life, I have found hope and by centering my focus on the steps I have taken has made this hope grow...). I believe that not dealing with our future and just "shopping till you drop" (i.e. over consumption) is the common way of thinking in this part of the US (Indiana seems "slow" when it comes to current events, IMHO) and I am really walking a path that is a bit "left of center" (although rural roots are still attached here as well). I am finding more local people that finally do seem to "be getting it" though and this has been a huge change from the nineties when I first started researching homesteading issues and such. The IDC has also provided me with a rich resource to glean ideas from and I have already used many in my own quest for Independence! So, week ten... Planted Something: pumpkin, basil & cilantro, preparing garden for fall planting sometime this coming week. Harvested something: Sweet and tart cherries, wild raspberries, gooseberries, radishes, onions, garlic, chickweed, lamb's quarter, red clover, Elder blossoms, lettuce, mulberries, eggs, rosemary, oregano, basil, and thyme Preserve Something: Mulberry and tart cherry jam; Brandied sweet cherries; froze pie cherries for winter pies; dried red clover for tea and elder blossoms for medicinal reasons, blanched & froze lamb's quarter; dried cherries; froze left-over soup (see "Cooked Something New") Stored Something: Vodka for tinctures, navy beans, water Prepped: Found a down comforter, lambs wool sweater and stove-top corn popper at thrifts (and it was 50% off day!). Decided to add new category to my IDC up-date: "To Do Something". Mainly,this is not only a way to "prep" myself for next week so I don't feel so scattered, but also a way to "manage" my time. Managed: As mentioned, making new list to help manage my time and remember what needs doing in the upcoming week; My money resources-learned what it would be like if I decided to SAH for at least one week because work did not give me a paycheck in error (updated: paid Monday morning, but it was still an eye-opener to which debts need to go first); used up frozen sausage from two years ago (first pig we raised) by making eggs, lamb's quarter and sausage for dinner. I only used a small amount for that meal (stretching our meat); however, I browned the entire package and made a yummy soup with the rest (more below); used up old mixed white beans in soup; used two jars of canned tomatoes from '05; added third deep super and queen excluder to bee hive (they're doing great and everything looks as it should. The honey is golden and they are capping it. I was worried about some ants I found under the top, but resources say it is common and not to worry about them). Cooked Something New: I actually did this week! A few weeks ago, two of my co-workers took me to lunch and I ordered what I thought was just plain old navy bean soup. Turned out, this soup was some white bean and tomato soup and it was great! I decided to make it myself at home and used some old mixed navy and large lima beans (I had dumped older beans together as I was consolidating bean stores), some of my older canned tomatoes (yes, I know three years is pretty old :-), herbs from the herb garden, carrots, lamb's quarter, and sausage. It turned out better than the restaurant version (I was guessing on ingredients) and everyone in the house loved it! I made a huge pot so we ate about half and the rest is now tucked away in the freezer for convenience meals. Reduce waste: Just the usual--reduce, reuse, recycle. Oh, and feed the pigs & chickens! Local Food System: Not much in this area. Still in contact with Bull Guy and Hay Farmer. Learned Something New: How to make Brandied Cherries How to use the smoker on the bees Learned that ants commonly make nests between top board and roof of bee hive (to stay out of bees way) and not to worry about them. I also learned they bite like the devil when they get inside your gloves! To Do Something: Pick blueberries & raspberries, call bull and hay farmers,trellis tomatoes, weed garden, plant fall crops, section off pasture to separate sheep from leased bull. Also agree about the challenge gifting me with focus. It has also lessoned my tendency toward apathy (and a bit of laziness). Since participating in IDC, I ask myself less if I am on the right path (mostly I think I am, but there are times, especially during my “failures” where I question if I can actually break away from whatt I was taught by my folks who shunned the self-sufficient lifestyle {both came from rural, hard childhoods} and raised us to think that all our needs could be found down the street at the grocery store. I also have a tendency to get negative and think that we are doomed anyway, so why make it hard on myself. Truth is though, that through this way of life, I have found hope and by centering my focus on the steps I have taken has made this hope grow…). I believe that not dealing with our future and just “shopping till you drop” (i.e. over consumption) is the common way of thinking in this part of the US (Indiana seems “slow” when it comes to current events, IMHO) and I am really walking a path that is a bit “left of center” (although rural roots are still attached here as well). I am finding more local people that finally do seem to “be getting it” though and this has been a huge change from the nineties when I first started researching homesteading issues and such.

The IDC has also provided me with a rich resource to glean ideas from and I have already used many in my own quest for Independence!

So, week ten…

Planted Something: pumpkin, basil & cilantro, preparing garden for fall planting sometime this coming week.

Harvested something: Sweet and tart cherries, wild raspberries, gooseberries, radishes, onions, garlic, chickweed, lamb’s quarter, red clover, Elder blossoms, lettuce, mulberries, eggs, rosemary, oregano, basil, and thyme

Preserve Something: Mulberry and tart cherry jam; Brandied sweet cherries; froze pie cherries for winter pies; dried red clover for tea and elder blossoms for medicinal reasons, blanched & froze lamb’s quarter; dried cherries; froze left-over soup (see “Cooked Something New”)

Stored Something: Vodka for tinctures, navy beans, water

Prepped: Found a down comforter, lambs wool sweater and stove-top corn popper at thrifts (and it was 50% off day!). Decided to add new category to my IDC up-date: “To Do Something”. Mainly,this is not only a way to “prep” myself for next week so I don’t feel so scattered, but also a way to “manage” my time.

Managed: As mentioned, making new list to help manage my time and remember what needs doing in the upcoming week; My money resources-learned what it would be like if I decided to SAH for at least one week because work did not give me a paycheck in error (updated: paid Monday morning, but it was still an eye-opener to which debts need to go first); used up frozen sausage from two years ago (first pig we raised) by making eggs, lamb’s quarter and sausage for dinner. I only used a small amount for that meal (stretching our meat); however, I browned the entire package and made a yummy soup with the rest (more below); used up old mixed white beans in soup; used two jars of canned tomatoes from ’05; added third deep super and queen excluder to bee hive (they’re doing great and everything looks as it should. The honey is golden and they are capping it. I was worried about some ants I found under the top, but resources say it is common and not to worry about them).

Cooked Something New: I actually did this week! A few weeks ago, two of my co-workers took me to lunch and I ordered what I thought was just plain old navy bean soup. Turned out, this soup was some white bean and tomato soup and it was great! I decided to make it myself at home and used some old mixed navy and large lima beans (I had dumped older beans together as I was consolidating bean stores), some of my older canned tomatoes (yes, I know three years is pretty old :-) , herbs from the herb garden, carrots, lamb’s quarter, and sausage. It turned out better than the restaurant version (I was guessing on ingredients) and everyone in the house loved it! I made a huge pot so we ate about half and the rest is now tucked away in the freezer for convenience meals.

Reduce waste: Just the usual–reduce, reuse, recycle. Oh, and feed the pigs & chickens!

Local Food System: Not much in this area. Still in contact with Bull Guy and Hay Farmer.

Learned Something New: How to make Brandied Cherries
How to use the smoker on the bees
Learned that ants commonly make nests between top board and roof of bee hive (to stay out of bees way) and not to worry about them. I also learned they bite like the devil when they get inside your gloves!

To Do Something: Pick blueberries & raspberries, call bull and hay farmers,trellis tomatoes, weed garden, plant fall crops, section off pasture to separate sheep from leased bull.

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