Category Archives: being conscious

a focus on our effort to live sustainably, frugally & aware of our impact on the earth, the future & the community

oops, i did it again

It’s year 2 of doubling-up on the CSA fun here at the Betz house. With our second CSA starting up, our cellar is filling with apples, storage squash & potatoes. I just wanted to take a second to point out … Continue reading

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that’s it

I’m done. It’s over. I got my first pie pumpkin of the year. This week, I’m turning it into kolokithopita, pumpkin garlic knots + pumpkin chili. And probably some other bread-based product, because let’s be real: All I want is some … Continue reading

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kicking up the composting

This new apartment… It’s looking up. Even though it means a month of our mattress on the floor until we road trip to IKEA. Even though there are still spider webs everywhere. Even though I tore out so much poison … Continue reading

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the move

This new apartment. Let me tell you. Our mattress is still on the floor; we still don’t have Internet; we still have lots to fix, buy, adjust, move, dust, mop… But man. We’ve rediscovered that time of day before 9 … Continue reading

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week 28

Not much to report this week–been busy with new work, lots of side projects & getting ready for our first camping trip. Plus planning lots of blog posts for all of you, including the recipe for the Mediterranean wrap I … Continue reading

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week 27

We’re back! I know I was gone longer than expected, but a week of vacation let me drowning in e-mails, work projects, apartment cleaning & gardening. But, that means I had two serious accomplishments: I scored another part-time job–doing marketing … Continue reading

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the bees

Volunteers get up close & personal with the Orchard‘s bees; photo courtesy of Ann Schertz. If I had to pick a favorite animal, it would be bees. All varieties, because each is endlessly fascinating. Something about these tiny guys is … Continue reading

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week 25

This is a late post that was scheduled for Friday. There won’t be posting this week. I’m crazy amounts of behind. I owe you a bee post, a post about a fun app that helps you avoid Monsanto & all … Continue reading

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july: cranking up the vegan

When I was in college, I read Skinny Bitch out of curiosity. It left me with mixed feelings. Do I think veganism is right for everyone? No. I don’t even think it leads to great agriculture. What I do think … Continue reading

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week 24

An odd week. I took one night to make most of our food–a huge dish of rice & sautéed vegetables, later reheated with fried eggs dropped on top for a bibimbap-style meal. It felt good to make roughly six of … Continue reading

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