Another edition of a few of my favorite things!

Well! It’s been a while since I’ve done a round of “these are the things i’m crushing on right now”! Let’s jump right in. These aren’t all strictly food related, but it’s a nice little mental snapshot of my life right now πŸ™‚

So first of all, I’m a little crazy about the book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver. If you’ve never read it, it’s a beautiful story about the Kingsolver family’s journey toward self reliance and closing the gap between the farm and the dinner table. On grander level, Barbara discusses some of the global food issues facing us all and what they mean for future generations. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I couldn’t put it down the first time I read it a few years ago and I’ve read it probably 5 times since then πŸ™‚

Another thing I’m obsessed with is this super eco friendly idea for a beautiful, chic and elegant wedding for under $100!! I bet you thought it couldn’t be done. In the era of $50,000 and $100,000 birthday parties for 6 year old girls, and million dollar mega weddings, I found this idea to be exceptional and personal. Not that I’m such an expert on these things, but I find so many weddings to be about, well, stuff. Not so much about the people actually getting married. It becomes about the dress and the shoes and the bridesmaids dresses (note to my friends: you will NOT have to buy a dress you’ll never wear again, k?) Just saying. This is sweet. And I looooove the idea of a simple breakfast beforehand so that the guests can get to know each other, because frankly I am tired of wandering around awkwardly looking for a pal to hang out with!

For your canning porn supplies, you might want to take a look at these spectacularly cool labels on Zazzle.com by user NostalgicJourney. I LOVE THESE. I am going to get a few sheets for my mom, who goes absolutely crazy canning homemade applesauce, tomatoes and pears every year. This year I hope to can my own produce in these jars, which as far as I am aware are only available in the US through Lehman’s Hardware. Before I knew that Lehman’s is a famous locale for these hard to find jars, it was just a fantastic stop in Kidron, OH on the way to my gramma’s house! Who knew that canning mavens everywhere would give their eyeteeth to visit the actual store πŸ™‚ Anyway, I know these just look like glass jars, but they are topped with a glass lid and sealed with a rubber seal. They are a more sustainable way to can your goodies, since you don’t have to buy new lids each year! Plus, they’re super cute and European looking.

Check out this article about GMO alfalfa from SlashFood! I am as against GMO’s as I could possibly be, considering that in the US we have absolutely no alternative if we want to buy our food at a grocery store. It is a frustrating issue to people like me who feel that we have walked down a path now without knowing the consequences first. Sigh. I will continue to contact my legislators about this, for all the good it will do me. Sometimes it feels like screaming into the face of a howling gale.

GMO Alfalfa has been officially approved by the USDA. Stupid Monsanto.

Finally, a new favorite gluten free blog, just for you! I am in love with The Baking Beauties and I can’t believe that I hadn’t found this site before now! You’ll love Jeanine’s easy to follow directions and delicious recipes. I also appreciate the fact that she is clearly a cook and not a food stylist. I am not terribly food style-y with my pictures and I appreciate another real live person who has delicious food and what looks like a real live kitchen πŸ˜‰ Go check her out!

 

I hope you guys enjoy the new goodies! Let me know what you think with some comments on the actual blog once in a while, I get lots of comments on facebook but not a ton here! let me know how i’m doing!

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