During the summer, I took the Cultivating Cooks 101 class. We learned important basics to cooking such as knife skills and ways to make food taste better. One way to make food better is add spices. The blackberry crisps we made in class are one of my all-time favorites.
At home, I’ve suggested small ideas that add some flavor (or pizazz) to the food. One dish I helped work on was gnocchi and vegan sausage. I also helped my mom make roasted root vegetables. I made a huge batch of kale chips for my cousins.
As a family, we decided to go on a road trip next Summer. The deal was we needed to eat at home more to save money. My mom picked Yellowstone as the destination. The idea of saving money to do cool things really motivated me to think about what we are eating. We plan meals together and shop together. Before, we were eating out at fast-food restaurants frequently.
We are currently eating a lot of organic and (sometimes) vegan foods. Eating more healthy foods feels better because of the extra energy every day, and the clean and active feeling.
My favorite items from the 21 Acres market are the different cheeses and the local-made honey.
-Jack Unruh (age 14)
Photo caption: Jack, third from left, in his cooking class at 21 Acres.
(Note from 21 Acres: Thanks Jack, for taking the time to write this post for us and share your experience. We can’t wait to hear more about your food adventures in the coming year and, of course, news about your road trip next summer!)
Happy New Year! Many of us at 21 Acres are tackling organization as part of our New Years resolutions for 2014. If you too are feeling ambitious here’s an idea that my sister-in-law followed and she said it was very helpful to not feeling overwhelmed: Take 20 days to get organized, focusing on one area each day (see below). She tried this a few months ago and recommended it to me. I tried it and it really helped me feel like I had a workable plan. Another idea you might want to consider is limiting unwanted solicitations, including emails and junk mail as well as telemarketing calls: Visit this website:
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0262-stopping-unsolicited-mail-phone-calls-and-email to get off solicitors’ lists.
Here at 21 Acres we’re also offering three very affordable classes with professional organizer Laura Liest: 1) Right Sizing: Less Stuff=Less Stress; 2) Organizing Digital and Print Memories; and 3) Eliminate Paper and Information Chaos. Read Laura’s bio below — she’s amazing — then register and join us for one or all of these classes.
TAKE 20 DAYS TO ORGANIZE
Day 1 Computer desk
Day 2 Plastic container storage
Day 3 Linen closet
Day 4 Under kitchen sink
Day 5 Dresser drawers
Day 6 Kitchen pantry
Day 7 Coat closet
Day 8 Toy organization
Day 9 Laundry room
Day 10 Fridge and Freezer
Day 11 Spice cabinet
Day 12 Medicine and Vitamins
Day 13 Under bathroom sink
Day 14 Mail station
Day 15 Keepsakes
Day 16 Master closet
Day 17 Craft supplies
Day 18 Photos and kids artwork
Day 19 Garden/tool shed
Day 20 Then, consider tackling the car!
Bio: Laura Leist Laura is an award-winning entreprenur and self-described overachiever who has grown her company, Eliminate Chaos, from a one-woman show into a thriving business. She has written eight books, including her newest, Eliminate the Chaos at Work: 25 Techniques to Increase Productivity and best-selling Eliminate Chaos: The 10-Step Process to Organize Your Home & Life. Leist’s clients include CEOs of multi-billion dollar corporations, paper- and system-fatigued law offices, high-profile authors, speakers, athletes, media personalities, solopreneurs, and divas of domesticity. Though her clients come from all walks of life and all fields, they share a universal need for help to escape the clutter, disorganization, and lack of productivity that steal valuable time from their lives and puts a crimp on their earning potential.
Many of the 21 Acres staff and volunteers were inspired this summer to each take a book from Food Tank’s list of “13 Books on the Food System That Could Save the Environment” and read it and share their thoughts on our blog. Our brilliant and talented summer intern, Johanna Marsh Rayl, is the first to write a blog post and share it here. If you too are so inspired follow this link: http://foodtank.org/news/2013/06/thirteen-books-on-the-food-system-that-could-save-the-environment
In Foodopoly: The Battle over the Future of Food and Farming in America, Wenonah Hauter takes on the task of a researching, analyzing, and addressing the complex and deeply political American food industry. I have long been aware of some of the corporate giants and notorious names; the monsters of the industry like Monsanto, Walmart, Pepsi, and Tyson. What has come to strike me in the first hundred pages of Foodopoloy is that no longer are we dealing with many, strong corporate giants. We are, in fact, looking at one super-monster of an industry where food company directors sit on other food company boards, financial institution boards, nonprofit boards, and in positions of political power, and where the vast majority of the food industry falls into the hands of a few giants with similar goals and political tactics. (more…)