you’re such a cracker
When I was in High School, I wanted to move back to Houston.
When I was in College, I wanted to move to Nova Scotia.
When I was finishing college, I wanted to move to Colorado for Graduate school.
When I moved back to Houston after college, I wanted to move to Alaska.
When I moved back to Portland for Graduate school, I wanted to move to Seattle.
When I moved to Seattle, I wanted to move back to Bellingham.
My husband has put a one year moratorium on talking about moving. 2009 will be the year we (and I quote) “shut the fuck up about moving already.”
Which, honestly, right?
So when I tell you I’m a passionate, spontaneous person you are not at ALL shocked, In fact, you’re not shocked that I did a race (The Ski to Sea wherein I was the cross country ski portion of the race) without having ever, once, skied. You’re not shocked when I tell you I jumped out of an airplane. You’re not stunned that I say I wanted to move to Buhtan because I read a book, or that I wanted to live in the woods like Thoreau after reading Walden. (Which lasted until I read “Into the Wild” and promptly gave that idea up.)
Which means I’m always looking for new things. I’m happy in my marriage, I really do actually like living in Seattle (even if my gypsy won’t shutthefuckupalready) and I love my family and friends. I’ve never loved a job as much as I love this job and I feel like it’s a great fit since I can always learn new languages and improve my skillsets.
So, what does a passionate person do when they, shockingly, settle down? When they are content? When they are.. bored?
Why, the find a new hobby of course!
So it is that I’ve decided to go all up and Hippie on my food. That’s right. I’m going FULL ON HIPPIE. I’m seeking out ways to go Organic within a budget, ways to eat MACROBIOTICS (my god I’m a nerd) and whole foods. Raw foods. Real foods. Natural foods. Cooked-and-served-foods. (As opposed to boxed, frozen, and served foods.)
And I have no idea what or how to do it.
Wanna play along? I’ll let you know what I find out. Links are appreciated. Ideas are appreciated. Any sort of help is appreciated.
Let’s get our hippie on, people. My inner gypsy needs it.
you’re such a cracker
you know i’m in. apparently i’ll need to work on those peanut butter breakfast cookies
I was a vegetarian for 10+ years until I got pregnant with twins. Then the only thing I could keep down was meat. Now we’re back to 90% vegetarian.
Love this website: http://www.101cookbooks.com She has two cookbooks but I’d recommend trying out her recipes first, dig through the archives as there is a lot of good, whole, natural stuff there.
Organic on a budget:
* Trader Joe’s as much as possible
* Seek out local CSAs or farmer’s markets
* Grow your own
I haven’t eaten meat (except fish so I can’t call myself a veggie) since last July. Don’t miss it at all, although my husband does
I love this post because you know what I’m doing right now? Looking for a place to jump out of an airplane because I am in my 2-year bored phase where I gotta’ shake things up.
You crack me up! You… bored? Needing a new hobby? I don’t believe it!
I totally went on a healthy eating kick a few months ago and fell in love with the “clean eating” concept. I bought “The Eat Clean Diet” book http://www.eatcleandiet.com/ and read Tosca Reno’s blog http://eatcleandiet.blogspot.com/ She’.s a kick-ass almost 50 year old who totally changed her life by eating clean. I even subscribe to the Clean Eating magazine now… and I read it while drinking my Jack & Coke, eating a bowl of ice cream. Ha! It’s been hard to change everything all at once, but little by little I’m trying.
You can totally borrow the books and magazines if you want. Great stuff!!
OH wow! Thanks! Great info, Paige. I’ll def borrow the books if you don’t mind. Just to get a feel for it and try it out and see if I’ll go buy my own.
And Life-is-I-know-it HAHAHA! IT was so totally amazing. I felt pretty badass after that for a while. Then I had babies and that was enough of that sort of adventure.
LauraC, thank you, too, for the links. I’m definately going to check it out. We do TJ’s as often as we can and I love LOVE local markets. I’m hoping to grow my own but we have a porch the size of a bathroom in and a condo without a backyard. But I was thinking herbs and some other small easy plant-based ideas.
Dawn, yea, gimme your recipe.
V, still thinking organic wines are good. And maybe even a vodka and tonic with lime. You know, for scurvy. heh.
I love a new hobby!
OK, I suggest you figure out you 100 mile diet: http://100milediet.org/ then, check out your local farmer’s markets and look for some “Slow Food” recipes.
Also - this book is awesome! Real bread but for real life: http://www.amazon.ca/Artisan-Bread-Five-Minutes-Revolutionizes/dp/0312362919
I’ve got more too…
I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver & it made a big difference to me in how I think about food. You can check out her website here (http://www.animalvegetablemiracle.com/) for more info, including seasonal foods and recipes. Haven’t tried making our own cheese and bread yet, but it’s on The List for someday.
I also really like the recipes here (http://www.survival-cooking.com/) and hope to do more dehydrating this year—maybe even try my hand at canning—depending on what comes out of our garden.
I got nuthin. But you are too funny, I love ya.
“Real Food” by Nina Planck. Practical, easy read.
Find you some raw milk. That’d be fun. And, oh, have mercy, the ice cream that stuff makes… http://www.rawmilk.org
This lady has down to earth, real people it this, sort of recipes that are healthy and fairly easy: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/recipes.htm
i have no advice. the jalapeno cheddar bagels at panera are my sustenance right now. those are hippy right? i eat them raw…not toasted. with cream cheese. raw.
No, no no no no, I protest. I am a gypsy and always will be. No. Just say no to leaving the gypsi behind, Flinger, NO!
I was going to suggest “Real Food”, but it looks like Lora Lynn beat me to it! I actually saw her speak recently at the Palace Ballroom about her new book, “Real Food for Mother & Baby”. She is super intelligent & has great ideas.
I think that the cookbook “How It All Vegan” is great, and you can sub real cheese etc. to make the recipes vegetarian instead of vegan if you want to.
BTW, I haven’t been here in a bit & LOVE the new look.
Yeah, what Laura said. My sister swears by the little farmer’s markets or whatever she’s got over in Fremont/Ballard there.
Crud, I didn’t get to finish my thought in the same comment. Sorry.
So yes, TJ’s. But only go in with a list. PCC is most definitely not budget friendly, at least from what I saw. Fred Meyer might be a possibility as well. Google “vegan lunch box” and you’ll find the gal’s blog - I honestly like the blog better than her book. I like photos. But of course I can’t do soy, and put back real cheese and meat and milk into whatever’s in the recipes.
The next thing would be if you’re up for gardening, find yourself one of those famous little community gardens scattered throughout town there. Heck, even the town by the lake near me has one - their yards down there are much, much tinier than my small/medium one. If you get bit by the gardening bug, well, you’ll have a hobby for years and years, possibly half a century or more like my grandma. Plus I think it’s cool when my 5.5yo can identify ferned out asparagus, the difference between tomato and pepper plants (before the fruit develops!), garlic/onions, etc. He can give folks the grand tour of our backyard almost as well as I can. :D
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