So much to my surprise, we had seedlings sprout already.  So Mr. J and I got the growing space set up today.  Before I show the pictures of the growing space, I must point out that the main part of our house was built in 1916 and our basement is more properly a cellar.  It … [Read more…]

Signs of spring

So we’ve had enough warm days for this to happen.. That’s right.  Mr J is plowing the garden!  This means that barring any serious snow in the next 10 days, my peas will get in on time for the first time in years.  It also means I need to order my buckwheat seeds soon so … [Read more…]

Starting some seeds

Today we planted seeds for two kinds of kale, two kinds of kohlrabi, swiss chard and broccoli.  We planted 72 cells of each type of seed because the seeds are leftover from a bulk pack purchased for the 2015 growing season.  I’m hoping for 20 to 30 decent looking seedlings of each type since that’s … [Read more…]

Weather and the garden

So here in Ohio we’ve had mostly unseasonably warm weather this winter and it’s really throwing off my garden planning.  I keep debating with myself if it’s worth trying a spring crop of cold weather vegetables if we are already having days in the sixties and it’s just the beginning of February.  It’s usually much … [Read more…]

Menu Planning: Setting up your Menu.

So this is how my menu planning system works. First I decided how many different proteins we wanted to eat in a week. I went with some non-traditional ones as well as traditional and came up with: chicken, cheese, beef, beans, pork, eggs, and fish; seven different proteins, although cheese is a bit of a … [Read more…]

It’s time to start …

thinking about next year’s vegetable garden.  I know it’s not even Christmas yet, but we start most of our vegetables from seed and the early crops need to be started by the end of January.  That makes this the perfect time to start laying things out and figuring out how many of each plant I … [Read more…]

Why I Menu Plan

I know, I know you’re thinking to yourself that you don’t have time to plan out your menu every week and it’s so hard to figure out where to start anyway so why bother. I’ve been there and for years we just winged it based on what we felt like eating and what we had … [Read more…]

About Me

I’m the mother of four children, the oldest is five. We are striving to live a simpler life and I plan on chronicling our journey here.  Check back this coming Friday for my first post about our menu planning system and how it’s been working for us.