Green and Crunchy Goals for 2011
I realize this is about 10 days late, but that’s okay. I still have 355 more days to achieve these. Besides, I think I need to adopt as a personal motto the saying “Better late than never.”
Goal Number 1: Stop using crazy chemicals on my hair.
In case you hadn’t noticed, I have naturally curly
crazy hair. I have a love/hate relationship with my hair and it is the last bastion of chemical laced products that I use in my hygiene routine. By the end of the year, I’d like to only be using natural products on my curly hair to try to control it. The products also need to be affordable and I’d really like it if I could make them myself. We’ll see….
Goal Number 2: Stop using condensed soups.
Stop using condensed soups. I love casseroles and a lot of my recipes call for either condensed cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup. However, there is MSG in the condensed soups, which is one of the ingredients I try to stay away from. Katie over at Kitchen Stewardship did a blog post about how to make your own condensed soups that I am going to try. By the end of the year, I would like to be able to stop buying condensed soup and only use a homemade (and MSG free!) soup.
Goal Number 3: Plant some herbs.
Plant some herbs. I love cooking with fresh herbs and they are expensive to buy. (If I can even get them here.) I’d like to grow rosemary, basil, a massive amount of cilantro, dill, and parsley. Not only is it frugal, I can grow them without chemicals and I just think it would be fun to go snip some herbs off my plants right before I throw them in whatever I am making for supper.
Goal Number 4: Plant a little garden.
This one is contingent on whether we move this year or not. Obviously if we plan on moving this summer, it wouldn’t do much good for me to plant a garden. If we don’t move, though, I’d like to start out small and just plant a few things–some tomatoes, some swiss chard, perhaps some broccoli, some peppers. It’ll save money and hopefully I can get the kids involved too and teach them about where their food comes from. I’d also like to use heirloom seeds instead of seeds that have been genetically modified. (I need to mention that Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog is one of the most gorgeous catalogs I have ever seen. It makes me want to eat massive amounts of vegetables and then frame some of the pictures from the catalog. It’s that pretty.)
So, there they are for all the world to see. I’ll keep you updated as to how I am progressing.
Do any of you have any green and/or crunchy changes you’d like to institute this year?