Homesteading is a way of self sufficiency to produce what you will consume. Other aspects are making your own cleaners, recycling, composting, the zero waste concept, farm to table at home (no animals or meat in my case). You can dip a toe in the pond or go completely off the grid as they say. Gardening is a major component of homesteading. I am a fan of reducing my carbon footprint and gardening is one way to that.
Homesteading is a way of self sufficiency to produce what you will consume. Other aspects are making your own cleaners, recycling, composting, the zero waste concept, farm to table at home (no animals or meat in my case). You can dip a toe in the pond or go completely off the grid as they say. Gardening is a major component of homesteading. I am a fan of reducing my carbon footprint and gardening is one way to that. Also, I know exactly what kind of organic soil and fertilizer I’m using to keep our food pure. I’m going to be growing our food this year in containers instead of the ground. I think that will be easier for me especially at our condo.
Producing your own food is very rewarding. I started an herb garden in a container last spring and loved making pesto with my harvest of basil. I would make zucchini ribbon pasta or noodles with this fresh pesto and wished I could grow my own zucchini. Last year I would buy my zucchini at the farmers market, but this year I want to grow all of the vegetables that I like to make our keto vegan meals and snacks. I will try to reduce the amount I buy from the regular grocery store and eat fresh home grown whole foods as much as possible. I have even started grinding my own organic peanut butter at Whole Foods.
We have a condo in the city and a house at the lake about an hour away. I will try some veggies and herbs at each location. I bought 2 different self watering type systems so I can get away with only watering once a week since we split out time at each house. Once I know which works better I can branch out and do more veggies later! I’m experimenting with how many plants of each to do. The idea is to have enough to eat and freeze for the winter eventually. We’ll see what needs to be added or taken away next year when I see how this year goes.
Getting Started with container gardening
I bought these Burpee Organic starter kits to try some from seeds along with organic seeds and soil! I’ve planted green beans, zucchini squash, tomato, basil and spinach in one and a bunch of others including cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, italian red of Florence onion, okra, sweet peppers, white beets, kale, box choy and some flowers. I’m hoping I’ll grow enough flowers to keep a vase of the cuttings each week.
Start in the sunny location you plan to leave the starter kit. I put a small table in front of a sunny window in the breakfast nook.
Flip all of the dirt pellet/pods so they are flat before adding water.
Use a watering can with warm water to fill the starter kit and pour over pellets.
Keep a gardening journal for what seeds worked best, what veggies you need more or less of next year, etc.
I also bought some organic baby plants, seedlings, from a garden expo and farmers market. I’ve been told not to plant until April 15 so there is no real chance of frost which would likely kill them. I will plant these in raised beds. I’ve already planted most of them in containers. I got the Keter Urban Raised Bed for the deck at the lake house. I will try the City Picker’s smaller self watering container on our balcony at the penthouse and some at the lake house too. I like that they are on wheels in case I need to move them for any reason. Since I started the first seeds on April 5th I won’t plant until May 5th since they are supposed to start inside for 4 weeks.
So we hosted a poker night at our house last night and I was faced with putting out appetizers that were Daniel Fast friendly for the group (especially my husband and I). I got some peppadew peppers and cucumbers to serve with hummus. A lot of the hummus available in the grocery store have preservatives of some type which we don’t eat on the Daniel Fast. So, I decided to try a recipe for homemade hummus in my Vitamin cookbook and the results were great! I added a bit more garlic and some chili oil for a bit more kick! I got compliments from the group and found it sort of addicting!
Let me know in the comments if you try this and what you add to spice it up or make it with your own twist!
Adapted from Vitamix Traditional Hummus Recipe
2 cans chickpeas (1 drained & one with liquid) I saved the liquid to use in place of egg whites in another recipe.
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh)
1/4 cup water
1-3 garlic cloves peeled (I used 3)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
I also added some chili oil and mixed in in after I transferred to a serving bowl.
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Every January many people decide to fast, or try some type of diet. The Daniel Fast is one of them. Most people do lose weight during this 21 day fast. Although you do alter your food and drink intake on the Daniel Fast (no sugar, alcohol, coffee, dairy, meat, etc.) it does not require starvation by any means! Please comment on your experience with this time tested fast!
It is a biblical fast that has a spiritual component in addition to the mental and physical challenges of restricting your food and drink. I’ve found my anxiety and stress levels decrease dramatically during my Daniel Fast experience. I’ve done it several times now. Sometimes in January and other times when it just seems like I need a tune up. Check out this video on some hacks/tips to make the Daniel Fast easier by substituting Daniel Fast friendly foods in place of the usual ingredients! https://youtu.be/ico5GazL4Uc
Hacks & Tips for using this plan and keeping it low carb:
Radish medallions, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower and hummus or edamame are good snacks to keep it low carb. Nuts are another great choice.
Use coconut milk or cream in place of dairy. Jackfruit is an excellent low carb substitute for shredded meat in lunches and dinners.
Since you can’t have tea or wine I usually like to make a dessert sweetened with dates or strawberries for evening time. You can also have any fruit for dessert if you are not trying to keep it low carb like us.
You can add extra veggies or Salad to dinners to make them a bit more hearty. Soups are easy to prep ahead (keep the ingredients in a gallon zip lock) and just toss in the Vitamix for 6 minutes on the soup setting. I prep them ahead and repeat them on days I know I’ll be rushed or too busy to prep for dinner. A bonus is I usually have leftovers for our lunches the next day.
These are a great low carb snack or side dish! It is so easy to make too!! You just wash the zucchini and dip in a whisked egg and then an almond flour and parmesan “breading”! Bake it and enjoy with a sugar free marinara or garlic dressing for dip! Yum!
This is so fast and easy! I put the dressing on and shake it up in a container instead of the traditional “toss”. This really distributes the dressing evenly! And you just pop the lid back on to store any left over!