Monthly Archives: December 2011

Where have I been you ask?

Knee deep in planning my daughter’s 10th birthday party. Her birthday is the 27th…I know most people think “how sad” but I do my best to make it the best ever. Every year we have traditions and some years, like this one, we have a party. But this year is like no other, this is a legit party, a real kids party. I mean sure, we had a Chuck E Cheese party one year, when there was 80 inches on snow on the ground. We went to Chuck’s cause it was on level ground and the play group could all be there.

Now that she is 10, has her own friends, not just kids who are the children of my friends, we are having a party. The planning starts mid July, and goes in waves of complete obsession, to we merely mention it once a day every day. It’s a Super Mario Brother’s party, and if you think that is a great theme for a girl who is going to be 10, you would be correct. She has helped with all the planning. And I have turned her ideas (the one’s we borrowed from folks on the internet) into reality.

Please don’t get a Martha Stewart vibe off all of this, I really am just trying to make my December birthday girl
happy. BTW–she only takes the hat off when she goes to school or into the bathroom. I promise I will post more about food and local stuff after the 27th, once I am the mother to a 10 year old!

Best Buy commercials

I don’t know when it became acceptable to be a jerk to santa, but apparently it was in the summer of 2011 when some ad guy wrote a series of spots where women make the jolly old elf look like a chump. It bugs me, and I am thankful I am not in the market for electronics this year.

Bad Locavore

There’s this ham, the ham my mom has made, the ham I have made, the ham that inspired two of my tattoos…this ham is not local. But for me it wouldn’t be a proper Christmas without this ham. So I have decided after great debate that this year, I will continue the tradition and get a non local ham, that I am sure was not raised humanely. I am not proud of this, but until I come up with a local solution, I need my ham.

Sure I could get a local pork roast and dress it up like the ham I have eaten and loved twice a year my whole life, but it’s not the same. I need to find out how one goes from having a cut of meat, like the shank and it turn into a ham. I know there is salt involved but beyond that I am at the mercy of Smithfield.

So maybe one of the goals for next year will be to try and find an honest to goodness local ham. But for now, I will forgive myself for how much I will enjoy that ham.

Episode 11: Gift Ideas for Locavores

In this episode we discuss a handful of suggestions for holiday gift ideas for the locavores on your list.

Books mentioned in this episode: (affiliate links)
Michael Pollan – Food Rules
Joel Salatin – Folks This Ain’t Normal
Cooking From The Farmers’ Market
Eating Local

Also mentioned:
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Safe Seed List

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The end of the CSA for this year

Sweet potatoes, onions, garlic and carrots–the last of the growing season for 2011. I will miss the CSA bags on tuesday. It has been a great experience. We will be signing up for next year.

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It has been a week of issues. One involed the doctor another involves the principal, so noy much time to blog. But as I sit and wait to get my girl from her gifted program I can post from my phone.

We are in full party planning mode. The birthday will be great fun. Madigan and I have been having a ball getting everything together.