(Now we bake it.)
We didn't garden.
(Now we grow all sorts of things.)
We owned and drove two cars.
(Now we share one and bicycle and walk more.)
I couldn't sew a straight line.
(Now sewing is one of my favorite pastimes and has saved our household loads of money.)
We ate highly processed canned soups and packaged grain side dishes.
(Now we cook from scratch.)
We used plastic bags when shopping.
(Now we always have our reusable bags handy.)
We didn't can or freeze or dry produce for storage.
(Now we do so more and more each year.)
We didn't know about organic agricultural practices or genetically modified organisms, or, well, where food comes from in general.
(Now we're more informed and connected to it and produce quite a bit ourselves.)
We rented house.
(Now we've been homeowners for more than two years already!)
We bought canned beans at Wal-mart.
(Now we cook dry beans and almost never shop at Wal-Mart.)
We didn't shop with attention to local producers.
(Now we're proud to use Montana wheat, lentils, flax, etc., so the money supports our local economy.)
We maintained our hair with chemically-laden shampoos and conditioners.
(Now we use an entirely plant-based shampoo and use apple cider vinegar as conditioner.)
We didn't buy anything in bulk.
(Now we avoid SO much trash and save SO much money by refilling our bulk jars.)
(Now we mostly use vinegar and baking soda.)
(Now between the recycling and compost there is little to throw away.)
|Making lefse - May 25, 2014|
|Grilled homegrown summer squash with "egg" rolls stuffed with homegrown cabbage and carrot - August 15, 2014|
|Picking sour cherries - July 22, 2014|
|One of my favorite tie-dyes - July 28, 2014|