It’s Finally Turning into Fall!

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This past weekend was Labor Day Weekend. During the course of which I spent with my parents. Saturday we had gone out to Sauvie Island, and had gone to Kruger Farm, since my mom wanted to can pickled beets.

We had picked up 20 pounds of beets as well as a few other things while we are there. I am always amazing and how much less produce costs at farm stores and farmers markets than it does in the normal grocery stores.

This weekend we had also done some cooking and baking. I had made two pumpkin pies, one was the regular kind with evaporated milk and the other I made dairy free with coconut milk.

This is my dairy free pie before I baked it:

Yesterday, being Labor Day, my mom and I canned the beets. We got 9 quarts and 2 pints of pickled beets.

Today I spent some time out in the garden, picking raspberries, tomatoes and starting to trim back the raspberry bushes for the winter. I got just over a pint of raspberries and I got three pints of tomatoes. Our tomatoes have really been taking off.

I also saw this perfect spider web while I was out picking raspberries.

I am not a huge fan of spiders but I thought the web was amazing. I don’t see complete ones like this very often.

Most of the past week or so has been cooler, though we are having a little bit of a heat wave over the course of yesterday, and today. The next couple days is supposed to be hot for us. I am ready for fall to be here in full force. We are in the transition of late summer / early autumn when it still can get hot, but the days are generally cooling off, the nights are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter. Sunset is now before 7:45 pm! Late August is when we usually start seeing a dramatic drop off and difference of the days getting shorter.

Choosing to Live Simply 

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Over the course of the past year especially, though it has really grown out of having lived in a small town after having grown up in the city, that I want to live a simpler life, that is more about being outdoors and adventures than having the latest and greatest items or having a huge house or driving fancy cars. 

I do want a home of my own, but a smaller farmhouse on several acres is my dream house. I want to be able to have a garden, some chickens (both laying chickens and chickens to raise for food). I have been wanting to live a more self sustainable lifestyle for a while now. I don’t really want to go completely off grid, at least not yet. I definitely want to be less reliant on the grocery store for all my food needs. I know I would still have to go for dairy alternatives, and go to Bob’s Red Mill for my gluten free products, but for everything else, if I can’t grow it, or it would not be as cost effective to grow it, going to local farm stores that sell the produce they grew or like a food cooperative that buys from multiple different local smaller farms. 

I also want to do more canning, preserving, and putting away food for the winter months. I began learning how to can when I was little, and now, I do know how to can. 

Wanting to be able to can, and preserve my own food, and have a garden and raise chickens and such is more than just because it is traditionally what women have done, but more so being able to take care of myself without relying so heavily on grocery stores and such. I like knowing where my food comes from. I know canning and all that kind of stuff is hard work, as I have done it before. 

For me, it’s not so much about society telling me I need to want a home of my own, and to do all this stuff, like having a garden or can my own food, or knit. Growing up in the city, in the era that I have, I have heard nothing but “you can do anything you want, you need to have a career, and fight for equal rights in the workplace, and make your mark as 21st century woman”, and all I am interested in, is living on some acreage, growing/raising a lot of my own food, and live a more unconventional lifestyle. 

This past year, I have really realized that I would rather live in smaller house, with some land, and make my home cozy, and that there are more important things in life than having all the material things and a big teched out house. I would rather spend my money on books and adventures. A couple summers ago, I was seriously going to the beach about every other weekend, and it had to have been my favorite summer so far. For someone like me, going to the beach never gets old, especially if I can spend the night, and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean, and have a campfire. I have seen many a sunset over the ocean, but it never gets old for me. I prefer experiencing the simple things, and prefer experiences over material possessions. 

During this year, I am working on finding a way to support myself doing what I love, and filling out what I need for a place of my own, and have as many amazing experiences as possible. 

Blog Changes

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I have come to realize that this is the blog I spend the least amount of time on and seem to have the least amount of content for, but don’t worry I am not shutting it down. Rather I am expanding on it, in addition to Gluten Free & Dairy Free living I will also be blogging about homemaking stuff, natural cleaning products I will be trying and like, as well as homesteading stuff when I am able to get my own place and have a garden (and can have some chickens and other animals for food). 

I definitely don’t consider myself to be a hippie or a hipster, or really a part of the whole crunchy granola, amity types. A lot of why I want to be able to live a lifestyle that includes homesteading, has more to do with the fact that I have food intolerances and our modern food that is genetically modified and has been changed so much in the past 65 years. I want to know where my food comes from and I have more control over what I put in my body. Here in the city, I am so much more reliant (by force) on grocery stores and who knows where some of the food comes from. 

It also ties in with my love of history and learning from how they lived, but with the modern conveniences of electricity, indoor plumbing, refrigeration and gas stoves. Though I would love a wood burning stove for winter (for heating, and to make soup).