The New Year is Off to a BANG!

I feel like everyone keeps saying that 2014 is going to be the best year yet, and I believe it! It is already off to quite a bang just 7 days in. We typically don’t do New Year’s resolutions around our house, we just challenge ourselves to be better people and treat the Earth with more respect. This year, our way of doing this is going local, completely local. We always try to do this as much as possible, but often times we fall short. We are good at sticking to organic, but local can be a bit tougher. We made an “exception list” of a few things such as coconut oil, coffee, and rice that we knew we used regularly, but wouldn’t be able to source locally. So far, it has been great! We really enjoy supporting our farmer’s market in our off season, so this past Saturday we did just that. We came home with a bounty of acorn squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, new potatoes, cabbage, kale, and goat yogurt. We have been eating like kings! Our first all local meal of the year of course was on New Year’s day. We had a delicious meal of sausage stuffed acorn squash, cabbage and kale salad, and black eye peas we have saved from our 2013 garden. It was tasty!

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I have also gotten back in to baking bread. This used to be something we did weekly, but we got lazy and started buying it from a local baker. Baking bread is a great thing to do on these cold winter days because not only are you helping feed your family, the house gets nice and toasty in the process and it smells SO good!

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Aside from all the cooking and baking we have been doing, we have also been working really hard on getting our garden area ready for the spring. We have been ordering lots of seeds, and laying out what our garden will look like. This past weekend we knew a cold front was coming and it was going to be our last day to dig holes for at least a week, so we worked diligently on our garden fence. We had a blast and it is looking so good!

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The cold front moved in with a fury. It was in the single digits all day yesterday; something my southern blood is not accustomed to. After morning chores, we stayed in all day and worked on the garden plans. We ordered seeds, our broadfork, and drew out our garden plan. It was such a rewarding day!

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Hope y’all stay warm out there!!

Peace,

Nick and Nicole

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