Ketchup (finally!)

One of the last battlefields in my quest to be self-sufficient has been condiments. Yes, I can bake my own bread, clean and dress a chicken, or make a kickass batch of Russian tea cakes (OMG – I need to make those again soon!), but when it comes to those little things – the mayonnaise*,…

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Dry Farming

This all came from one plant that we didn’t irrigate I’m going to learn how to do it. I’m considering dedicating one of our large 75′ beds to dry farming. I think that our soil might be cut out for it. I honestly don’t know much about it, but I’m going to start researching it….

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Goals and Accomplishments

Inspired by Novella’s rundown of her accomplishments I felt the need to put what we’ve done and what we want to get done next year. 2010, you’ve been a busy year. 2009 was mainly taken up by wedding planning activities. In 2010 we decided to get busy. It started with the blog. In March I…

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Movies You Need to See

Tom and I have an addiction to documentaries. The theme of most of the ones we see revolve around the food industry and the environment. Here are some of our favorites that we think everyone should see: Food, Inc. The quintessential movie about the food industry. A must see in my opinion. No Impact Man…

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Flickr of Inspiration – Handmade Gifts

Lime Marmalade by Jessa Venegas We focus on giving handmade gifts to people. My most popular gifts are limoncello and preserves. It’s truly a labor of love. Citrus is in season now, so why not give people homemade marmalades? You can find Jessa’s marmalade recipe here. Peruse our recipe tab for more wonderful homemade gifts.

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Cream of Watercress Soup

Someday, I would like to leave the city. Move out to a little house on some great land, settle down, and get a farm going. I’d like to end up somewhere with some life to it; some history and some wilderness and some magic. Such a place is Preston Ranch. Rick and I were invited…

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Thursday in the City- Wrap it up

I am having buyer’s remorse.  I had planned all year to make all of my own wrapping paper and then in a compulsive, frantic and stressed rush, I bought cheap gift wrap rolls from Target.  I haven’t even been in a Target in two years.  We had a Christmas light emergency and ended up there….

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Taking it Slowly

Our garden 3 1/2 years ago We’ve been slowly building up our urban farming operation over the last 4 years. We started with gardening and slowly grew our farm – moving to chickens and then acquiring goats and then rabbits. Soon we’ll have our own bee hives and we’re looking into doing pigs, chickens and…

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