Slow Living Jan 2013

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i’m afraid i dont have any pictures to go with this post!.

i’m linking up with the slow living essentials blog, where we stop and thing about what and how we do things in a more meaningful way.

NOURISH: Make and bake as much as possible from scratch. Ditch over packaged, over processed convenience foods and opt for ‘real’ food instead. Share favourite links/recipes/tips from the month here.

Since i got back from NZ, i’ve been very slow into getting back into making my own food and freezing portions. With all the horse meat being found in some cheaper pre prepared packaged food it’s really helped get my focus back into making my own. I don’t buy cheaper food products as a rule, so i’m fairly happy i haven’t consumed horse meat, but the whole scandal has reminded me that i need and should know what goes into my food, and where possible, grow/raise it myself.

PREPARE: Stockpile and preserve. Freeze extra meals or excess garden/market produce. Bottle/can, dehydrate or pickle foods to enjoy when they are not in season. Aim to reduce dependency on store bought items especially those known to contain BPA and other suspect additives. Stocking up on dry goods when prices are low counts too.

Mostly as above!!. However, while i was in NZ i read the ‘’Sweet Poison’’ book and am looking to majorly reduce or cut out completely sugar!. This means that i need to make more soups and sauces that i might have got out of a tin. Hopefully there will more news on this front next month!.
REDUCE: Cut down on household waste by re-using, re-purposing and repairing. A ladder into a strawberry planter? A sheet into a dress? Share ideas and project links here, allowing others to be inspired

Not alot going on here at present!. Well…i suppose i did reuse a plastic spray bottle for the homemade cleaner i made!.

GREEN: up our lives. Start (or continue!) using homemade cleaners, body products and basic herbal remedies. The options are endless, the savings huge and the health benefits enormous.
yess!!! – i made up what i’m going to call ‘Colombian Cleaner’  after the recipe was given to me by an ex student of mine who hails from Colombia. Its a lemon juice/vinegar/baking soda mix, probably much the same as other recipes floating round the net. I’ve only tried it twice so far, but am very happy with the results.

GROW: plant/harvest. What’s growing this month? What’s being eaten from the garden? Herbs in a pot, sprouts on a windowsill or and entire fruit/vegetable garden -opt for what fits space and time constraints. Don’t have a backyard? Ask a friendly neighbour or relative for a small patch of theirs in return for some home grown produce, they may surprise you!
i can only dream……i should be drooling over seed catalogues now!. I still have my blueberry, which has put on good growth since it was pruned before i went away. I will need to make sure that once the weather warms up, i sit it in an open window to attract some bees so they can do their bit!.

CREATE: to fill a need or feed the soul. Create for ourselves or for others. Create something as simple as a handmade gift tag or something as extravagant as a fine knit shawl. Share project details and any new skills learnt here.

At the moment i am into making mini albums, and have been thinking i need to get cracking on the quilt that’s been ‘in the works’ for a few years now!. I’ve been pouring over pinterest trying to find a pattern that is easy for a beginner, and that i like!. I’m getting there!.

DISCOVER: Feed the mind by reading texts relevant to current interests. Trawl libraries, second hand shops or local book shops to find titles that fill the need. Share titles/authors of what is being read this month

This month i discovered the Quilters series of books by Jennifer Chiaverini, which i am enjoying. Other than that, not a lot of reading beyond inspiration on blogs.

ENHANCE: community: Possibilities include supporting local growers & producers, help out at a local school/kindergarten, barter or foodswap, joining a playgroup or forming a walking or craft group. Car pooling where possible and biking/walking instead of driving. Even start up a blog if you haven’t already – online communities count too! Or maybe just help out someone trying to cross the street! The rewards for your time are often returned tenfold

Beyond walking as much as possible, i don’t have alot to share here – but i’m hoping that will change as i am changing jobs to one where i get to share my wealth of knowledge and experience.

ENJOY: Life! Embrace moments with friends and family. Marking the seasons, celebrations and new arrivals are all cause for enjoyment. Share a moment to be remembered from the month here.

I’m enjoying the last few weeks in a job that has been interesting and draining in equal measures!. These last few weeks with colleagues have been great fun full of lots of laughter!.

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8 responses »

  1. I fully understand these sentiments Rachel, they follow all the principles that we try to follow, not always sucessfully, but we try. I look forward to future posts and have signed up to follow them via email too
    MWG

  2. Cutting back on sugar is also in my Slow Living round-up this month. I’ve just ordered Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar book (her blog also has loads of info – sarahwilson.com.au) and Sweet Poison is next on my reading list!

    • i enjoyed reading sweet poison, although it was a little hard going in places, where he talks about how the body processes everything, but in the end i got the gist of what he was saying – now i just need to decide if its no sugar completely, or reduce to home made items only!. guess i’m still an addict!!!.

  3. You are right I think Rach – sugar is killing us all – albeit slowly! I will have a look out for that book. I have just finished “Waistland” by Deirdree Barrett and I suspect they came to similar conclusions… Looking forward to your next post! – Kara xx

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