Sunday, January 1, 2012

Frugal and Healthy 2012 Resolutions

Last year, 2011, my frugal resolutions were to make homemade laundry detergent and can tomatoes from the garden.  Did the laundry detergent, but not the tomatoes...
They didn't quite ripen as expected...

This year, I made a heftier list of resolutions.

  1. Freeze/Dehydrate/Can all produce from the garden that is not consumed
    • Last year I wasted quite a few green beans because I didn't want to deal with them.  Having only a handful to harvest each week never gave enough to make a meal with.
    • I now have a dehydrator to play with!
  2. Go to the farmers market weekly and center meals around seasonal/local produce
    • Farmington Hills now has a winter farmers market every Saturday.  I plan to figure out what we are eating for the week Saturday morning, go to the farmers market and get everything I can and then go to Whole Foods afterwards for the rest.
    • In the summer I hope to get a ton of local produce and make lots of canned and dehydrated goods.  Jams, stewed tomatoes, pickles, fruit leathers, etc.
  3. Fix my leg so Snoopers and I can run again
    • About a year ago I started to have issues with my leg.  My IT band is tight and "clicks" over my knee.  After about a mile of running with the click, I am in pain.  I have rested for months and it hasn't gone away.  I believe that this injury was caused from all running and no strength training.
    • Was just informed of a good physical therapist ( that may be able to help me out.
    • Not being able to run/exercise is depressing and Snoopers doesn't get exercise if I go to the gym and do yoga.
  4. New Eco-Friendly Kitchen created while observing eco-friendly practices
    • We are taking a wall out of the kitchen and completely re-doing everything!  I can't express how excited I am because my love of cooking and baking is being stunted by an oven that is on it's last leg.
    • Wall deconstruction begins this month?!
  5. Make our own: english muffins, yogurt toppings, cleaning products, ...
    • I've made the english muffins once with success.  Bf likes them for breakfast.
    • Bought a bunch of mini-containers so that we can buy our yogurt in bulk containers instead of the single serving ones.  Hoping to get the plain yogurt and use fruit as a topping.
    • As the cleaning products run out, will start replacing with homemade ones.  The next one up is furniture a bit skeptical about lemon juice and olive oil, but I will give it a go.
Today was a good healthy start to the new year.  We had a rainbow salad from OhSheGlows, Challah Bread from Baking Artisan Bread: 10 Expert Formulas for Baking Better Bread at Home and Chewy Cherry Charger Balls from Raw Energy: 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body

Happy New Year!!!

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