Laundry Day!

An update from Sunday: The bread turned out terrific! Two nice loaves of Mom’s Italian! I am going to try and bake more bread now that I  can make two kinds, Challah and Italian. It is really very simple but you need to make time to do it.

Challah Bread

I did find some good things at the farmer’s market. But was not impressed with the yogurt. I like  greek-style thicker yogurt and this was too watery for me. My next home experiment will be to try and make my own yogurt.

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Sunday

Today I am going to the Schenectady Greenmarket.  If you live in the area this is a great place to go for local food. All vendors are within 100 miles of Schenectady.There are a large variety of farms and also some craft people. They even have a website that gives information on what items will be there to help you plan a little bit.  Today I am looking for milk, eggs, chicken, honey, lettuce and veggies.  If there is fruit I might get some too but not much is in season now.

I honor of Mother’s day, I am also going to make Mom’s Italian bread.  I did buy the “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day Book” by Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg, but it actually may be more trouble than it is worth for me. You don’t knead the bread which is my favorite part and you have to cook everything on an oven stone. I guess I could figure out how to bake it without that but I think the whole point with their bread is that you cook it fast with a lot of heat to build up the gluten and crustiness.

I will hopefully have an update later today about how everything goes.

My Summer Action Plan

1. Banish fast food, minimize processed food, and support local food.

2. Lose weight, gain muscle.

3. Find some charities I would like to donate to on a regular basis.

4. Keep up on current events, economics, and politics.

5. Gardening and food storage.  Six months worth of food and water.

6. Learn to sew and finish one sewing project by fall

7. Be kind to others. Spend time with family.

8. Banish tv as a regular activity.

9. Learn a new skill besides sewing.

10. Make an emergency preparedness kit and action plan. (Laugh now but remember the flooding in Tennessee, the oil spill and the almost bombing of Times Square. These things just happened in the last 2 weeks!)

Links to get us started

Important links to help you live a quality life.

Here are a few links to get us started-

Let me know of any other great sites that are not here.

www.sharonastyk.com– Local author in NY state, food storage and preparation, community living, she has several good books with a wealth of information.

www.slickdeals.org-freebies, contests, coupon codes

www.craigslist.com-free items, bartering, reselling of used goods!

www.stretcher.com– budgeting, frugality, home based business

www.motherearthnews.com– gardening, sustainability, homesteading, organics a wealth of information.

www.backwoodshome.com – warning some articles are political. Please don’t focus on these if you don’t agree with them.  This still has a lot of information about homesteading and living an independent life.

www.countrysidemag.com– similar to motherearth and backwoods- more country living etc.

www.etsy.com– support your local crafts, arts etc

www.survivalpodcast.com– tips on “living a better life when times get tough or even if they don’t”

www.survivalblog.com– WARNING- not for the faint of heart, but some really interesting information about survival techniques. CAN ALSO BE POLITICAL

www.getrichslowly.org– frugality, budgeting etc

www.volunteermatch.org -finding volunteer activities in your area

www.sparkpeople.com-losing weight, gaining strength, healthy living

www. localharvest.org– farms, local foods, farmer’s markets

Revival

I have decided to revive my blog.  I have a lot of things to say and even if no one reads this at least I can post my thoughts to the world.  I will do my best to be nonpolitical. I am a proud American, a loving wife, daughter and sister, I have faith in G-d, and I am a moral personal. These things I cannot change and will not be PC about.

Readers please understand that this blog is not about politics. Whether you are Republican, Conservative, Liberal,Democrat, Libertarian or whatever you are you cannot ignore what is going on in the world, the US and in your community.  The American Dream has been distorted and changed into a monster that is out of control.

I agree, as I think anyone does, that everyone deserves to live their life to the fullest. They should have access to food, shelter, health and safety.  I do not agree that we should  be spending more than we have. We are creating a stressed out workforce forcing mothers and fathers to be away from their families,  and solving problems with quick fixes in order to sustain this way of life.

Throwing money and empty promises at our problems is not going to fix them. It will only and has only made things worse. We are standing at a crossroads. We can either continue to ignore our problems and economic issues or we can start preparing for them.  I am not just talking about our government I am talk about us, you and I.  We need to batten down the hatches people, prepare ourselves, our home and our families mentally, physically and economically for the future.

It does not matter whether you think the future will be wine and roses or the TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it) there are many things that we can do on a personal level to survive, and actually LIVE!  When I say live I mean really LIVE life, be free to enjoy it, be prepared so that we are not beholden to fast food, television, convenience foods, pharmaceuticals, or politicians. Have pride in family, community and country.

I don’t mean cutting yourself off from the rest of the world. I mean participating, being a part of a family, community, country and a world. I mean support for yourself, your fellow-man, your earth. You can be a conservationist whether or not you believe in climate change. You can be frugal whether you make $25,000 or $250,000 a year. You can volunteer and help the community, the less fortunate, the addicted whether or not you believe in welfare.   The basic fundamentals of humanity know no bounds of party, religion, politics, or economics.  Not everyone can donate a million dollars to a cause, but everyone can do something to support their community. Even if it just means you give to your church, buy an apple at a local orchard or return your bottles. You certainly do not have to do everything that I mention in this blog. You may discover other ideas that I don’t even talk about. You may disagree with some things I find important. I don’t care if you agree with everything or not. I just want you to wake up and actually see what is going on around you.  Participate in your life, instead of having your life, your country, your society and world RUN you.