Go organic as much as possible

There are many articles written about organic foods and clothing.  They all stress the importance of choosing organic products and the risk involved if you don’t.  Pesticides, hormones and antibiotics rank the highest in nonorganic products.

Today I read an article on health.com, and I’d like to share it with you.  In summary, the article lists 11 items that should be organic.  Celery surprised me.  I knew strawberries, milk and beef are important but didn’t think celery would be high on the list.

Read here to see the full list.


Beef Stew for the crew

Here’s my first true cooking post.  I have a few foodie posts on the blog, but this one is a bit different.  I am adding the recipe and some step by step images.  I love beef stew and enjoy making and eating this fabulous, hearty dish on cold days.  Today is a perfect day for stew.  We are expected to get about 3 inches of snow on top of the snow that fell last week.  I think I made too much and plan on inviting my favorite in-laws over.  I do hope they come and save me from over eating.  Plus, I love their company!
The stuff you need from the store and your pantry!

  • 2 lbs of Beef Chuck
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cubes of beef broth
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 2.5 quarts of water
  • 1 bag of frozen veggies mix (peas, carrots and corn)
  • a handful of fresh green beans
  • a bag of egg noodles

An UPDATE: Today is Wed.  I started this post on Tuesday and thought I would finish it Tuesday Night!  I had really good intentions.  I planned on taking pictures of the finished stew atop a heaping bed of egg noodles.  But Ya know what?  I FORGOT!  I was soooo overwhelmed by the smell and was tooooo dang excited to eat it!  ooooooh, the things that excite me these days, Red Wigglers, the pH value, recycling cans, peanut butter, food and gin and tonics!

My favorite in-laws came for dinner, including Yvettskies visiting from La La Land.  It was a bunch of fun, and Max serenaded us with some Christmas music on the piano.  By the way, the stew was AWESOME!  and as you can see, I still need write a full foodie post!  Till next time…..

Last Worm Bin Delivery for the season!

This is it! The final delivery of the season! It was a cool one for sure, and one that I will remember for a while (well at least when I have the pictures as prompts…I need all the help I can get. The mind ain’t what it used to be) On Monday, I took a pound of worms, a bin, peat moss, shredded newspaper, and my hubby to a Llama and Alpaca Farm. Marty, the human leader of the animals, greeted us with a huge smile and a hand shake. She lead us to the future home of the red wigglers, a renovated chicken coop that was invaded by racoons…Yikes. The chicken coop was already set up with a heat lamp and hay…perfect for a red wiggler set up in November. Totally cool! These guys love their llamas and alpacas and will soon love their red wigglers. Just look at that set up!
Here’s a picture of hay which is above sheets of newspaper. This will keep the worms warm especially during the chilly Bend nights.
Doesn’t this look yummmmmmy!!! Marty was all set with food scraps for the red wigglers. I put the rotting lettuce, celery, cucumbers and squash on top of the bedding and covered the scraps with the sheets of newspaper (another good use for USA today). I use the newspaper to keep the red wigglers contained to the food area so they won’t travel up through the hay. In the summer this helps reduce fruit flies.

Marty’s goal is to reduce her food waste and to also compost her llama and alpaca waste. I don’t have experience with animal waste so she is my test case. We will be chatting a bunch to see how the red wigglers are doing. I am excited to see what happens!!