Summertime = Preserving

Summertime = Preserving

Ok, back to this whole self sufficiency thing. Yesterday was all about pickles. Brandon called it “extreme pickling” because we were outside using our brew pot and propane tank to process 5 quarts of pickles. This is more produce than I have ever processed at once. I work mostly in small batches, picking up a … Continue reading

Letting go of fear

My last blog entry was a week ago. I was so scared it was hard to see anything in perspective. Not to say that I am not afraid now – you have no idea. Fear is a terrible thing. It overtakes you, blurs the lines of sensible and real. This is not the effect that … Continue reading

My brain(mind)(life)

As we all now know, I have epilepsy. This is my journey, and it will be forever.This weekend, my life changed in an instant. In an airport. In Minnesota. I couldn’t have chosen a better place for my life to come crumbling down; there were paramedics on hand, we were minutes away from the hospital … Continue reading

Spring has sprung

Ahh, back to normal here (in so many more ways than one). It’s Sunday. I’m home alone. I just went out and worked in the yard for a while – that felt so good. My yard is finally looking like something that resembles a garden. I just love Spring. Everything is in bloom, the bees … Continue reading

Rescuing my mind

First off, I want to thank everyone who reached out for your loving words and support. I am blessed to have so many beautiful people in my life, you are all truly loving and compassionate people and I am there for you too. It’s comforting to know that there is such a support for me, … Continue reading

How I try to find the words

So what does being “self sufficient” really mean? It means, to me, that I can be independent – financially, with work, with my food systems, with my emotions, and finally with my body chemistry. This last one has been a challenge. So this is my blog, so this is my life. I’m just going to … Continue reading

Recipes

So…. I don’t like using recipes. Or for whatever reason I usually look at a few and say “screw that, I’m going to do it my own way.” Is it my form of rebellion? Possibly. Or maybe just culinary laziness. But I tend to look at a bunch of recipes, more for inspiration than anything, … Continue reading

All Grain Brewing

So as of 10 minutes ago, I have made 4 all grain batches: “Weekday Wheat” “The brown ale that I put in a keg” “Chamomile Saison” and “2-Row Cascade SMaSH”. Pretty much all of these I have spearheaded and loved every minute of. I just finished the SMaSH, which is a Single Malt and Single … Continue reading

Beer grains

(sporadic topic blog post, nothing really solid…) It’s a beautiful day here in Santa Cruz. I really should be out in my garden. But I feel hesitant to plant anything for fear that bad puppy might go dig it up. Our yard is now a barricade. There are ugly wire fences all over the place … Continue reading