Monthly Archives: June 2012

CSA bag 5

This weeks bag brought green cabbage, green onions, chard, kale, lettuce and garlic scrapes. So for so good on the CSA bag.

Quick mama brag

End of the 4th grade brought some achievement certificates including all A’s honor roll. (there is a an A/B honor roll at her school). We have been adjusting to summer which I love, fewer deadlines, more fun, go with the flow. We are very proud of her hard work.

CSA bag 4

This week more broccoli, chard, spring greens, lettuce, Chinese cabbage and green onions. I am loving the bag and really helps freshen up mid week dinners. I don’t know what we are gonna do with my new schedule.

Let me reintroduce myself

We started this blog over a year ago, and I know we have an about us page, I just wanted to reintroduce us. Better living by choice is a blog started by me Jodie — mom, wife, fulltime employee, wanter of better things for my family. I started the blog to keep track of the changes in our life.

We had to make certain changes, cut out gluten due to my husband’s allergy. We had to cut out processed food for the most part, due to my daughters inability to process yellow dye (which I blame on my constant supply of Mountain Dew while pregnant. This is also why she had a peanut intolerance, but she seems to have grown out of that.) Soduim had to be cut down because of this weird inner ear thing I have called Meniere’s. This blog is about making changes as a choice, not our of necessity, like gluten, sodium and yellow dye.

We aren’t 100% on anything but we try. We started small, with milk and dairy. I would say in the summer we are at 85-90% local. We buy meat that is fed non gmo feed, raised by farmers we know, who actually like the animals they are raising and treat them humanely.

I would rather stop at 4 different places to get locally produced food than one stop shopping at walmart. In fact, we haven’t shopped at walmart in about 4 years, we are doing just fine with out them. We trust our local growing community, we believe in CSAs and want better than what the grocery stores have to offer.

Nice to meet you, we are better living by choice!

Episode 34: Why Extreme Couponing Isn’t For Us


Extreme couponing is saving lots of people money and making entertaining tv shows. In this episode, we explain why it just isn’t for us. We discuss a few things that are more important than saving money. Jodie also shares the most non-specific salad dressing recipe ever. Have a pen ready to jot it down!

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Our Meat CSA

It was not a hard decision to sign up for our meat CSA this year. We love Brent and Anna out at Bramble Hollow Farms, so getting a bundle from them once a month was a no brainer.

After visiting and catching up with Anna and making a fuss over the new addition to their family, I picked up my cooler and headed home. On the way out of the farmers market I saw Brent and Jack, got a hug (that never happens at Kroger) and headed home to see what great things were in the cooler.

In no particular order we received a dozen eggs, a heritage breed chicken, breakfast sausage, Italian sausage, chorizo, ribs, uncured bacon and a new flavor of sausage which I think has ginger and corriander in it, but I am certain will be great.

This will be the second year of getting food from Bramble Hollow and as I have said before it really is like getting food from family. It is a wonderful way to support a family I like, a business I believe in and a product I love. You can’t get better than that! If you are near Virginia and need a good farm family to buy from you can’t go wrong with Bramble Hollow!

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