This Week... sweet sustainable life


This Week... and From the Garden-- We harvested our red beets (beetroot)! These are an Italian variety called Chioggia. As this was an experiment in one of our raised beds, we got only about twelve. But sooo exciting... sooo BEAUTIFUL... and sooo delicious! Cooked rather plainly and tossed with a little good butter and salt & pepper--you could make a whole meal with just these! Next year we'd like to try growing more beets.


In the Roman Catholic Church-- Celebration of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, and Feast Days for Saint Maximillian Kolbe, Saint Stephen of Hungary, Saint Helena, and Saint John Eudes.


At Home...and Out & About-- This week I was out doing a little shopping, and brought home two new glass food storage containers. We are in the process of going plastic-less and paper-less here at our house. Also coming home with me--a set of natural cork coasters and a natural bristle washing up brush. The stainless steel thermos will be for a new culinary adventure--making our own yogurt! :) Also some new towels & cleaning cloths. Old cloths will still be used, but for different purposes--some cut up into smaller cloths to replace paper towels. And a set of new cotton cloths, I will sew up into bags for storing vegetables.



On the Menu-- Firecracker Salmon and Shrimp Summer Rolls... a great Fish Friday dinner and tasty way to kick off the weekend!


Thankful-- For paperless scanning and storage options like Genius Scan! I borrowed several back issues of a gardening magazine from the library, and was able to scan two articles I wanted to revisit using Genius Scan. Now I can access them from my iPad, and I have a file linked to my email. As one who has long enjoyed paper in many ways, I'm thinking more about the environment than my own delight and preferences. I will still always enjoy pen & paper journalling best, though. But it's about positive choices, changes and balance, not perfection. 


Reading-- Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson, who writes at Zero Waste Home. The ULTIMATE guide to sustainable living--this book is HUGELY inspiring!!


Listening... and Watching-- Elvis Week! VERY much enjoying music and video this week celebrating 40 years since the passing of the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley...  


Creating-- This probably looks a LOT like last week's share. It is, and yet, it isn't...haha! Sooo...I was hooking along and realized the scarf was not looking like I was envisioning it. :(  And so I ripped (frogged) it all back and started over, and went up 3 hook sizes. It will be a bit yet before it looks like much...


Inspiration-- 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life. A starter guide by Beth Terry of My Plastic-Free Life for living with less plastic. Along with less paper, we are embracing life with less plastic. Her book, Plastic-Free, is my next read! 


LUNA-- This pic was taken in the evening, so not the best... And she was doing her diva routine... so not easy to capture. ;) 


Weekend-- As I write the weekend is a bit open for us. The weather may help us decide. And so we could be out & about, or in the garden...

How was your week? Wishing you all a LOVE-ly weekend now! :)))

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  1. Beautiful beetroot and so healthy! I like it pickled. Using the local food hub has made us closer to the growing seasons. I had so many childhood memories to share about broad beans. I was sad when they ended. We are eating more vegetables since we signed up. I made a rhubarb, blackberry and apple crumble just from nature's bounty. If you have a corner in your garden do try a rhubarb.

    Plastic is so insidious in modern life. Our ancestors managed to survive surely we can too without plastic. In the UK there has been a big push to use less single use carrier bags. Most people now have a "bag for life" or fabric bags. With calico so cheap and able to be printed on, stitched into, and made pretty, I am a fan.

    Good luck with the shawl.

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    1. The UK is so much more ahead of us in terms of food and sustainability I think. What would really be great is access to food in bulk-- pasta,grains, rice, bicarb, tea, coffee, etc. --we use our cloth bags to go get them, and pay for what we need. So much of food at regular supermarkets here are wrapped or sat in plastic of some kind. :( I go round with my reuseable bag, and try to catch the folk behind the counters whipping out a plastic bag... LOL! We have to pay for bags here too. Oh, I so hope we can save ourselves from the plastic mess before it's too late!

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  2. Tracy, I love LOVE the last photo of you glorying in your beautiful beetroot! I adore beetroot in any way. Raw, pickled, roasted, steamed . . . and I adore the greens also. So lovely steamed and served with a bit of butter, salt, pepper and some vinegar! I love your ideas on cutting back on plastic and paper, and I can't wait to see your yogurt! My sister does a LOT of fermenting. I keep telling her she needs to blog about her experiences, but she says she doesn't have the time. She makes her own sauerkraut, Kambocha, Kimchee, Kefir, etc. She is a wealth of knowledge and experience! We have bags for life here, and it has become second nature for everyone to bring their own bags to the shops. Plastic has caused such a problem in our oceans and microbeads are the words. That stuff just does not deteriorate. What it is doing to our environment is criminal! Like you, I am hoping we can reverse it all before it's too late, but I fear it already might be too late. Sad. Love all that you share. You are a real treasure! Love and hugs and Happy Weekend wishes! xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Marie! Oh, but that pic of me is awful, but couldn't resist sharing a bit of the extra happy from this week in harvesting our beets! We LOVE beets here. Roasted and pickled are our fave ways with them. Fermenting is something I have yet to dip into and think about it often. Do keep pestering your sister to start a fermenting blog--we need her knowledge!! You don't see many here yet going round with cloth bags, though you do seem some using the poly-reusable, and we have a set of those ourselves, as well as a set of cloth bags I made. The poly-bags fold up nice and are good to have in the car. I would like to see plastic bags banned. I listened to an eco-podcast recently and Australia seems to be next in the world that may ban plastic bags. I hope Norway will be on the list soon! ;) LOVE you all there too! oxox

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  3. Tracy I also admire the expression on your face as you hold the beets you grew in your garden. I also admire how determined you are about having a plastic and paper free life. Genius scan seems useful. I always liked Elvis and thought it was a pity he had such a troubled late life. All the fame and talent and love didn't bring him peace. I am a crocheter myself so I can't wait to see how your project will evolve! It was a blessed week because of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and I had the opportunity to
    Get to know what Virgin Mary stands for and how we can get better by following her example. She was so humble. ..

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    1. So glad to see you here, 2016lillies... and thank you! We can learn so much from The Blessed Virgin, and this week if her Assumption is nice to spend extra time with her in prayer. :)

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  4. Hope you're enjoying those beet greens, too! They are phenomenal sautéed with olive oil and garlic. I prefer them to kale any day ;-) Your chiogas look beautifully healthy. Glad you're enjoying them.

    Ah, that Luna. Cats seem to know when the lighting's at its worse to show off their zaniest antics. Must be some kind of conspiracy.

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    1. Beet tops are sooo good aren't they, Anne?! Just simple preparation too, yes... and more interesting than kale! The beet tops when are are especially good. Oh, yes, and I'm with you on the cat conspiracy... ;)

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  5. thank you for the reminder about buying food I have used cloth bags for years. The marine HATES those plastic grocery bags especially. if we take any kind of driving trip he is always saying "there's another one." they're stuck in trees and on fence lines and in the ditches. he's used cloth for years too. probably the one who got me started.
    it's an epidemic here. but in California and I think Oregon they're very 'green' and conscious of the problem. hopefully it will spread. I don't think the marjority of people really care. sad.
    and like you say... EVERYTHING you buy is sealed in a bunch of plastic!
    it's frightening for our beloved mother earth. AND the oceans.
    I used to follow Zero Waste blog a long time ago. she's also a minimalist you know!
    I wonder how her sons are now that they're older. I thought to myself that they would have a hard time finding wives since they've been raised in such a strict environment that most people take for granted and never even think about!
    and p.s.
    the pictures of you and sweet little luna... well. they just make me so happy!
    beautiful!

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    1. Not surprised you're a fellow cloth-bag'er too, Tammy! ;) Must confess sometimes I wish we were on the west coast, as the level of greener living there is just phenomenal! Like you, many years ago I read Zero Waste Home blog, but then somehow, I lost track of it for a while. Was very glad a while ago to find it again, and was happy to discover she'd written a guide book too... just now getting to the book. Better late than never, right? ;)

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  6. Loved to read all your posts about food making. The photo’s are all so beautiful.
    We have containers to collect our plastic, but I learned the other day that they pick out all the non transparent bags used to put the plastic in, because they can’t see through to see what’s in it and they dump those bags on the regular household waste :-(
    We have to pay for plastic bags in all the stores, so we carry resuable fabric bags with us, but most people don’t care to spend € 0,15 for a bag, so they really should ban all the plastic bags from shops. Most vegetables are packed in plastic. Such a waste. Mosts shops use paper bags now, but it’s equally bad for the environment, because of all the trees needed to make those bags. We all need to protect our globe!

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    1. Thanks, dutchcomfort! :) You know, I've read about things like that happening some places, what you were saying about recyclables ending up in regular trash. :( It is really sad how some of all this works, or not works, as the case may be. So much waste, all the time... I think all counties beed to ban plastic bags.That would be a great global effort!

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  7. I do love beets so my mouth is watering for some. I haven't heard of this variety. Next year we are hoping to have a good garden and beets will be one of the items we plant for sure.
    Tracy, I really enjoy reading about the Roman Catholic Church Celebrations. I enjoyed reading more about the Virgin Mary. I thought that the story of Saint Maximillian Kolbe was fascinating. As I looked at all the downtroddened that he helped and was for Pro-life; I see how he earned the Martyr of Charity. All of the histories were a great read.
    Perhaps, I will read up on becoming plastic-less and paper-less. We all need to work harder at preserving our envirnment. You are an inspiration in this area. I always learn something new each time I read your posts.
    Your menu was so scrumptious. I love Salmon and Shrimp. Thanks for the recipe for the Salmon; we will try this one for sure.
    I have gone to scanning a lot unless it's an article that I want to spend more time on pondering and studying.
    Aw w, a love for Elvis; I do love his music and movies. Maybe we we will watch a movie of his soon.
    I will look forward to your finished yarn project. I really like the colors.
    I loved the photo of Luna and of you with the beets. Way fun!
    Blessings to you all and hugs too! Yes, we can be sisters in Christ! Have a lovely week dear friend!
    Thanks for your email comment. I planned to write back and my week got a way from me. I finally have some moment to read posts and yours was my first one. Love that we have connected.

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    1. Thanks sooo much for your long note, LeAnn ((HUGS))

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  8. Bravo for you on your sustainable lifestyle. I'm not sure I could pull it off but I find myself inspired by replacing your plastic with glass (I've done a little of that.) Going paperless, though, that's a challenge for this paper girl!

    That dinner looked to die for. Yumbo ramo! And I'm in the scanning zone, too. Mostly photos now, but I still haven't been able to toss any. I think I'll end up sorting them and mailing off to the people in them -- and let them toss!

    Happy week, my friend!

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    1. The more sustainable living is a work in progress, and likely always will be given the products available, finding and getting alternatives, etc. We don't have bulk stores here, which would make a great difference and helps us get away from all the food in supermarkets that are packaged in plastic--which is probably 80% of everything. We have GREAT recycling here. But recycling really isn't the answer when you start digging into all this. We have consume less, we have to stop the single-use plastic use especially (straws, single-serve food in plastic containers, etc. lots of stuff)... Well, I could go on long about this! :) Oh, but you would like this Firecracker Salmon, Jeanie. I used the sauce portion of the recipe and poured it over the fish and baked--YUM!

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  9. Thank you for sharing the authors who have written on eco-home lifestyles. I'm going to look into their books. I look forward to hearing/seeing more of your sustainable living adventures. I'd love to give this a try. I just finished reading Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" and now I'm on Thoreau, so the environment is definitely on my mind. Wishing you a lovely late August!

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    1. Fun that we're on a similar eco-wavelength, Juana! :) Good reading companions you have there too. Sustainable living is a work in progress, like much of life and living is. Each day offers new challenges as we embrace new habits. I will try to share morw as we go along!

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