Sunday, May 20, 2012

Plastic Bags...

So I watched a documentary yesterday called Bag It. I so highly recommend you watching it. It reminded me of things I know, and it explained things I didn't know. Like I had no idea when you "recycle" plastic bags they get shipped to Asia because it's a very messy process to recycle them. Not to mention the whales, otters and fish we are loosing because they are eating plastic from the water, instead of food. They don't know the difference. This film showed the stomachs of these creatures. Very gross. But very eye opening.

I have been only buying safe plastic for the boys to keep snacks in at school. Other then that we don't use plastic here. I am in the process of ditching the microwave. We have been ditching cans, because of the bpa. One reason I love my canning. Soon I will be many other things to get rid of plastics. We will be making our own soaps and shampoos and such. Lots going on to take us chemical free around here.

So at the beginning of the year, I wanted to go bag less. Something I had been working towards, but you know what I'm getting off my butt that is it. I will not bring home another plastic bag! I use a lot of store reusable bags. But the produce bags seem to get me. So I got off my butt today and I cut up one of my dollar sheets and made 6 bags. These will be my produce bags or farmer market bags or what have you. One sheet made 6 bags. I will try and do another sheet tomorrow. I want to make a good supply of them.

Cute right?

Folds small enough to put into your pocket.

Ethan made his own. He is on board.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chive Vinegar

Well when life gives you chive flowers....

Then it's a sign to make Chive Vinegar....

Pretty isn't it? Although I may have overloaded it with flowers? BUT I like flavor so in a few short weeks this should be busting with flavor.

My chives have turned from one plant into 6 and flowered like crazy before I could get to it and take care of it. So I waited until the flowers were in full bloom and this afternoon I had the boys pick the flowers and we went for it.

We are also learning how herbs make seeds. We are attempting sage seeds now and may attempt chive here soon. Very cool learning in the garden this year. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It's Purple

Well Hubby did it, he said he would do it, I didn't believe him. But today he did it.

Doesn't it look Awesome? You wouldn't believe this was a 15 year old mower would ya? I think I have the hippest mower on the block? Well considering there are 5 of us on the block?

Now I need to get out my vinyl and deck it out...Stay tuned.

OH by the way this was my mothers day gift. Yeah, he spent a whopping 3 dollars on me.