Sustainable Options

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

We've been busy and sustainable

What have we been up to lately at Sustainable family???

Garden: Well we planted our winter garden and it is doing well so far. Our summer garden is still around and has given us some November (today) tomatoes, strawberries, basil and peppers! Today I needed a bell pepper to make chili and I didn't find any in the fridge. Then I thought oh ya the garden. It is so nice to walk out to our backyard market!

Cooking: I have committed to making our own bread and have bought very few loaves since buying my bread machine about 2 months ago. I prefer to make the dough in the machine and then make rolls or loaves and bake in the oven. Oh and the pizza dough makes amazing pizzas with lots of variety! Also this weekend we made our strawberry jam with berries from farmer's market! It is so good and reminds me of when I was a kid and my parents made jam every year. We have been eating lots of home made soup, stew and chili given the fall season.

Leo and Aurora had some friends over to make their own pizza's. They had fun shaping the dough and adding their own toppings.

Food Storage: I have been saving all of my jars (apple sauce, jam, peanut butter, etc.) and have started to use these for food storage. They are great because they are free and clean up better than plastic. Also I have been storing dry goods (crackers, flower, sugar, etc.) in large glass storage containers and mason jars. This saved them from a recent ant attack, looks good and helps remind me to shop in the bulk section at the co op.

I am looking for stainless steel divided plates, cups and bowls for the kids. Let me know if anyone knows where to get them.
What sustainable changes has your family made?


  1. The kids had so much fun making pizza! Can you share some good bread recipes? Thanks!

  2. So many good ideas you have. I started saving the glasses I get from sauces from the Alfredo I buy. I just could never throw them away because I thought they were pretty. Now I will use them to store food. Thanks!!

  3. Recipe is up Stacy!
    Missy I also have picked up some jars at Ikea for the bigger stuff (flour, sugar, even crackers). They are a good price, easy to use, wash and look cool too. Then for smaller stuff I reuse pasta/apple sauce jars or use canning jars (they are cheap).

  4. Loved your bread and the pizza you made when I was visiting. Laura and Will also have a bread maker and made some pizza when we were over using Trader Joe's creamy Caesar and Romanno dressing that was really good too. Now if we just had a Trader Joe's in Placerville and I could afford to eat all the calories I'd want, I'd get a bread maker too. :)