Category Archives: A Day In The Life Of… Me

365 Project 2014 – Extra Long Week In Review 18 – 27

365 Project 2014 – Extra Long Week In Review 18 – 27 It’s been a little over a week since my last 365 post. I’ve been taking pictures daily, keeping with the cadence of the 365 idea but to avoid inundating those with daily posts I’ve kept it brief. We’re still getting immersed in our surroundings and are still attempting to work out a schedule – there is so much to get started on our tiny homestead… each day is baby steps to our new life…

365 Project 2014 Day 18 – Good day Saturday. Good day Sunshine. Like most Saturdays, I hit the road extra early with my ol’ girl and we trek out a few good miles through our hills. Upon arrival back home the sun begins to peek it’s way over our mountain side and push through the trees. At this point in the year I’m feeling extra guilty for enjoying such a beautiful sunrise as it should be cloudy cold and raining. Not beaming with sun and mild weather.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

We typically don’t let weather stop us from doing much. So even if it was cold and windy out we would have made this trek. But alas, it was not cold and windy… it was perfect weather for a beach day. After a bunch of errands we did just that and hit the beach. It’s the best get away because it’s free and you get the best nature has to provide. Here is my kiddo attempting a sand angel since snow has only been in our dreams.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 19 – Day of Rest My beautiful niece and her new best friend. She’s giving comfort to my ol’ girl who is resting on this warm winter Sunday.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

One of the reasons we got to see our niece was for the family to pick up a few jars of my last batch of canned homemade applesauce for the season. It tastes like apple pie and the kids love it.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 20 – Sharing is Caring. Our kind neighbor allowed us to invade their Meyer lemon tree. The possibilities are endless with Meyer lemons. Imagine if every neighbor had a fruit tree and shared.
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One of the many Meyer lemon results – candied Meyer lemon slices.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 20 – Beach Day, again… We had taken a break from the beach because the past couple of months had been filled with preparations to immerse ourselves in a new environment, then we had the holidays to get past… we’re finally settling back into a routine and one major part of our routine is enjoying plenty of activity outside. We’re fortunate to be close to such beauty and minus some gas for the tank, adventure like this costs nothing but your time… this is time well spent.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 21 – Sweet Start One of the results of the Meyer lemon cook off… Meyer Lemon Coffeecake. Yes, breakfast was delightful. Local organic ingredients and homemade. There is nothing better.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 22 – Hey What’s That in the Sky? I almost forgot what clouds looked like. We’ve had clear cloudless skies for a couple weeks now. It’s the middle of winter and we’ve not a drop of water, not a cloud in the sky, not a cool day in sight. It’s scary to think about what is going to happen in the face of this drought. I’m doing my research and making every effort to conserve, educate, and hope for rain. Rain dance anyone?
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 23 – Good Night Sun. Despite a short week it’s seemed quite long and tiring to say the least. Letting go of the day’s stress to a peaceful sunset… good night sun, thank you for the beautiful view.
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 24 – Growing Up Fast I’m trying to figure out where the time went. I’m sitting here working when I look over and see my soon to be 4 year old attempting to write the word SHOES. Moments ago I had listed off to him the various errands that we had to run last that day and he then asked me how to spell SHOES. I spelled it for him and as I did, he wrote. I’m so proud but at the same time… wishing time would slow down just a bit… I’m not ready for this 🙂
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365 Project 2014 Day 25 – Exploring with Daddy It’s something special when you can hike off into the woods and explore… right in your own backyard.
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It gives me a warm feeling to watch my boys wander off in the sunset…
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 26 – Seed Count In the face of a drought, planning is key. Now that we’re settling into our new surroundings it’s time to get the garden in order. Our dependence on mainstream agriculture is causing a depletion of resources. If those who could, would grow their own produce, using water saving techniques… imagine the resources we could save and repair. The plan is to start the garden earlier this year to avoid the major heat of the summer and need for extra water. Time to take stock of those seeds…
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Day 27 – Avatar Tree The hubs calls this our Avatar tree. It’s the biggest tree in our view. It’s so majestic and mysterious. When Eucalyptus moves in the strong winds it makes a squeaking howling sound if you will. This morning’s fog was so thick and the wind blowing good that it sounded like rain falling. A girl can dream right…
365 Project 2014 Extra Long Week In Review 18 - 27

365 Project 2014 Week in Review 13 – 17

365 Project 2014 Week in Review 13 – 17

365 Project 2014 Day 13 – Homemade Bread After a full weekend of sick boys I had to spend Monday catching up on some of our basic staples. One of which is homemade bread. We have not purchased store bought bread (minus the occasional local baked sour dough) in years. I make our daily bread, buns for burgers, I’ve attempted hot dog buns or pretzel buns if you will but those need some perfecting. Considering 2 loaves of well made bread from the store costs roughly $3-4 each, I estimate I’m saving $20 bucks a month on bread alone in my grocery bill. That’s a rough estimate but either way I’m saving money and I know exactly what ingredients are being put into my bread.
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365 Project 2014 Day 13 – Tea Time I’ve never been a big tea drinker. I can remember spending nights at my grandmother’s house and her evening routine always involved a hot cup of chamomile tea. Anytime she was sick she always had a cup of tea. It was a warming healing comfort to her. Well I needed that very much Monday evening. With boy the big boy and the little boy very sick I could feel it creeping up on me. Thankfully my cousin had gifted us some tea recently so I pulled out my cups and enjoyed a warm cup of calming chamomile tea. It worked. At least in my mind it did. It soothed my throat and relaxed me for the evening. Thankfully for the remainder of the week I fared way better than the boys. Could it have been the tea?
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365 Project 2014 Day 14 – Learning to Snap No he’s not flipping me off although it looked like when I took the picture. He’s learning to snap and doing a mighty fine job at it too. He was so proud when his little fingers made the sound.
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365 Project 2014 Day 14 – Bird Watching More like deer watching.
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365 Project 2014 Day 15 – Happy Hump Day We’re mid week…watching the sunset on our ridge line gives me a sense of calm.
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365 Project 2014 Day 16 – I’m an Artist! You sure are kiddo… you sure are!
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365 Project 2014 Day 17 – Homemade Granola Bars TGIFF! It’s Friday and it couldn’t come too soon. I’m not a fan of rushing my days by but this week has been tiring with sick men and being cooped up with them. Once again, catching up on our weekly staples since I was preoccupied with my guys. Granola bars is another staple like bread that I choose to make myself. Consider you buy a box of granola bars at the store containing 6 bars at roughly $5 a box. I would have to go through a cost breakdown but on the surface the ingredients I used today didn’t equate to $5, it was less than and I came out with 24 bars. My kiddo eats at least one to two of these a day. Filled with organic oats, nuts, dried fruits, honey, and peanut butter… these have been the best homemade treat I’ve made to date.
365 Project 2014 Week in Review 13 - 17

365 Project 2014 – Days 9, 10, 11, & 12

365 Project 2014 Day 9 – Pinch me, I’m dreaming. The hubs and I both agree it’s still not sunk in that we live amongst such beauty. We were in the thinking realm of something’s got to happen… you can’t live waiting for something bad to happen. You can be prepared as best as you can but for the most part you must enjoy the moments as they are here; one day they will not be. Enjoy every moment you can.
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365 Project 2014 Day 10 – Dusty poo. This is what my son calls horse manure. He greeted our neighbor to tell them we were here to get some dusty poo. Yes, I’m shoveling shit for our garden. Some people would think gross, ewe, stinky, yuck and well, yes after all I’m shoveling shit. Surprisingly though I am fine. I don’t mind being outside working hard towards something that will overall benefit my family, our health, and our environment. Let’s also address the elephant in the room – the obvious 20 pounds extra on my frame. I’m not making excuses. Plain and simple, I didn’t put in the effort when times got rough over the past few months. From October till recently my mind has been preoccupied but today I am back on track. It’s ok to detour, whether good or bad, you’ve learned something from the unplanned path. Now back to where I was headed… 365 Project 2014 Day 9, 10, 11, & 12

365 Project 2014 Day 11 – Good day. 5 miles of hills under our belt and now a cup of coffee in hand while we watch the sun rise. Always a great way to start the day.
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365 Project 2014 Day 11 – Got Pie? There is nothing better than a warm gooey slice of homemade apple pie. This pie is for some friends who so generously donated practically brand new items to us for our new abode. They were moving and donating as they went. Since we’re unable to monetarily compensate I bake instead. This is my way of thanking those who provide such generosity. I wish I could do more…
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365 Project 2014 Day 12 – More dusty poo. Today I built out a temporary compost bin. Our neighbor was so kind enough to provide some temporary supplies till I get my plans in order. Given I am a little behind in the garden preparation area they thought it only fitting to help us get started with a few bits here. The surrounding material is a thick black flexible plastic with holes for air. I’ve got T-posts in various places to keep the sides from falling in. I then began layering. I was fortunate to have access to a tumbler composter so I had a good batch of moist already composting bits to add to the dusty poo. For now I will use the tumbler in conjunction with the open container. Each day I have a bucket of compost I’ll add to the tumbler and by end of week I’ll get a load of dusty poo and add the contents of the tumbler in layers. I’ll turn everything once I get to 3 or 4 feet of mix (reminder since I’m just starting). Soon I’d like to have at least 2 large rotating bins in conjunction with the tumbler and of course… a worm bin or two 🙂
365 Project 2014 Day 9, 10, 11, & 12

365 Project 2014 – Day 7 & 8

365 Project 2014 – Day 7 & 8

SLACKER! Yes, I’ve already fallen off the wagon in terms of keeping up with my posts. It has been a while since I’ve been in the blogging cadence so bear with me folks as I get my organizational act together!

365 Project 2014 – Day 7: Tuesday. Zombie Status. It was a rough morning. I woke at 1230am and never went back to sleep. A whole whopping 3 hours of sleep. I didn’t let that hold me back though… the ol’ girl and I hit the hills for our daily early AM trek. Needless to say I believe we were both pooped and cold when we returned. She’s always raring to go when we head out. Dog nails tip tapping on the hardwood floor, getting overly excited while I gather her leash and other items. Now she’s snuggled in her favorite blanket, out for the count as soon as we returned.
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365 Project 2014 – Day 8: Rhubarb. The hubs came home with a donated rhubarb transplant for the garden. This weekend we’ve got to get the deer fencing up so I can start laying out the container system we will use for this year’s garden.
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365 Project 2014 – Day 6

365 Project 2014 – Day 6

A Moment of Peace…
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He’s Got the Eye of the Tiger (< —YouTube link) In our house we often break out into random song. It could be an original or a cover but song will occur. Don’t worry, we’re not attempting American Idol anytime soon but this moment I just had to capture. The kiddo was playing with some fun activity stickers he received as a gift and felt the need to belt out this tune. You can thank the hubs for this one; he’s a fan 🙂
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365 Project 2014 – Day 5

365 Project 2014 – Day 5

Sun & Dirt Therapy Now that we’re finally unpacked (for the most part) and settled in to our new homestead the planning, cleaning, and preparation of all sustainable tasks begins. I realize now, even though I’m damn good at what I do professionally (what I went to school for), I was meant to be and work outside. I’m working hard today to balance the two worlds and so far it’s paying off but it’s not been an easy task. Being surrounded by all of this… is my payoff for the hard work.
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365 Project 2014 – Day 4

365 Project 2014 – Day 4

Time for Fun! As the chaos of life grows and family gets larger and more spread out, the “holidays” last well into the new year. Today the kiddo got the opportunity to spend time with his cousins, share with his immediate family the joy of his new home, and best of all enjoy the extension of more Christmas. This picture sums up the entire day of family gathering in our new home… spinning but oh so much fun!
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Time for Cuddles! As with any packed house of a happy active family comes a quiet evening of cuddles and snuggles. My two kiddos enjoying their peace after a full day of family fun. This is what it’s all about!
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365 Project 2014 – Day 3

365 Project 2014 – Day 3

What is it?
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Imagination
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Where the garden grows. A ground riddled with gophers but I will overcome! I’ve got plans for containers, raised beds, trellises, and much more. The seeds are ordered. Only heirloom organic for this homestead. The planning begins. Now if only Mother Nature would grant us with some rain, that would be wonderful.
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Hey piggy piggy! Can you see the little black noses looking back at us. My ol’ girl is still trying to figure out what these round snorting creatures are.
365 Project 2014 - Day 3

A home for Rabbits Taking stock of the soon to be home for the rabbits. There is some work to be done…
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The moth Whisperer They follow me wherever I go… well, they follow the light but let’s just call me… the moth whisperer!
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365 Project 2014 – Day 2

365 Project 2014 – Day 2

Cooking Outdoors One of the things we vowed to do once we got back to nature was cooking outdoors. In our previous environment we were unable to do so because there was no enjoyment outside. Whether it be our not so nice neighbors or the surrounding environment, spending time outside was not fun. After 18 years of hand-me-downs and rummaging on Craig’s List we invested in our own little new grill to reengage and enjoy our new found space. Never before has an evening outside been so quiet and peaceful as we grill our kindly raised dinner. One of the many goals in our new location was to spend more time outside and less time inside… I believe we’re on our way.
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A Case of the Gimmies A few evenings ago, right before Christmas, I read a story to my son; one of the books his uncle handed down. It was a Berenstain Bears book ‘Get the Gimmies’. It was appropriate given Christmas was coming and seems that the talk of presents this year was more prevalent than previous years. He’s almost four so his comprehension is much more grand that last year. I was getting frustrated by all of the talk of presents and low and behold come Christmas it was gimmie gimmie gimmie. I had enough! We cleaned out a ton of old toys and donated one of each to replace what he received new. I had him help in the donation process picking out what he wanted to give away. It was hard at first because he thought he’d be getting the toys back. He was sharing, loaning them out if you will. Oh no my dear. Anything new that comes in must require one old thing to go out. And so we proceeded to clean out as much as we could. Well this afternoon a late package arrived from one of my brothers and it was filled with Christmas presents for his nephew. “Is there more?!” UGH. This is going to take some time and work to change that attitude. How do you work with your children to avoid a case of the gimmies?
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365 Project 2014 – Day 1

365 Project 2014 – Day 1

A couple of years ago I attempted a 365 project to document my daily accounts of The Sustainable Sweet & Savory Gourmet. It turned into much more than a photo diary. It became an outlet for my writing and sharing of ALL activities, not just sustainable living related activities. Unfortunately I did not complete the project because of outside interference. With a New Year comes new opportunities, new challenges, and a new start. 2013 ended with a bang for our family, changing environments, starting new projects, and taking a whole new direction with our family… it only made sense to kick off a new 365 project.

There may only be one photo or several photos since I’m a photog junkie and love to take pictures. It will be a mix of everything applicable to The Sustainable Sweet & Savory Gourmet, from sustainable living to just life in general. I’m a work at home mom with a tiny family and a tiny homestead in the making and the 365 project will be a great way for me to share daily when a full in depth blog post isn’t feasible.

Thank you all for your support and allowing me into your lives. Welcome to The Sustainable Sweet & Savory Gourmet’s 365 Project 2014!

Getting Ready to Dig for Dinosaurs – My paleontologist son is getting ready to dig into one of his Christmas presents, a sample dinosaur dig. These are perfect learning presents that help get the whole family involved.
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Taking Time to Explore – my ol’ girl giving her senses a kick. So much new land to explore on her new homestead. She’s loving life. We only wish our ol’ boy could have made it long enough to explore like she is. We miss you Bubbas but know this ol’ girl is getting it in for the both of you!
365 Project 2014 - Day 1