arrival in Wyoming: beginnings of our new makeshift homestead

Almost immediately after the March Against Monsanto last week, Tony and I set off for the hills in our packed Tercel for the summer. There were almost 3000 of us marching through downtown San Diego. Tony will be giving an update on our experience there soon. A little over 24 hours later we had keys to our cabin in Grand Teton National Park. We have put in our first week of work, and are gradually building our “homestead”. My little egg carton starts traveled on the dashboard with us all the way to Wyoming:

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leaving the city

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why we march against monsanto

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We passed our EMT class yesterday, but still need to pass another skills exam on friday before we are finished. Then it’s off to Wyoming on Saturday! But before then, we will be participating in a peaceful protest — the March Against Monsanto on saturday afternoon. This is going to be big, and should be covered widely in mainstream media, although I wouldn’t be suprised if it isn’t.  Continue reading

Best Vanilla Icing Ever!

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Cinnamon rolls from scratch.

The other day I decided to make a batch of totally from scratch homemade cinnamon rolls. I quickly realized that this is not an everyday kind of thing, it is a bit on the intense side of baking. Fun, no doubt, but intense. The bun  recipe is actually quite amazing and can be found here.

As often happens to me I got so excited that I forgot to make sure I had all the ingredients before I started. I had the buns rolled and cinnamon-ed before realizing that I had no powdered sugar, nor anymore butter for the icing. Living on the top of a mountain  I can’t just stroll down to the corner store and get some. I pored over the internet looking for an alternative and found bupkiss. At this point, with the aromas already coming from the oven I said to myself “The hell with it” and just started winging it.

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hugelkultur and strawbale kitchens

This last weekend was International Permaculture Day (May 5th) so Tony and I decided to celebrate by offering our hands at two events. It was inspiring and informative. Our first stop was Sky Mountain Institute, where we helped a new family in the neighborhood start a garden using permaculture practices. We built a hugelkultur bed and a eucaylptus trellis. Hugelkultur is a popular permaculture method of building a mound of logs, organic matter and soil to create a self-watering, self-reliant garden bed that decomposes to slowly release nutrients and hold water like a sponge to support your plants. It is easy to build and very low maintenance. Check out Paul Wheaton’s article on hugelkultur here, and his short video here for some fabulous information.

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stuff and storage units

Greetings from Palomar Mountain! We are enjoying a sunny day and beginning to anticipate our move in about three weeks. Our wild luffas are drying nicely on the porch and my egg-crate seedlings are sprouting! Probably not too impressive but it really is magical to plant seeds and watch them pop out of the soil overnight: “ta-dah!” they say. My radishes are doing well too. I may get to eat them before we leave. I’ve got a little polyculture in an egg carton!

egg carton polyculture

egg carton polyculture

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