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Scattered Sundays – Sustainable Cooks

Every little thing is so inexperienced proper now. Besides the flowering bushes, that are vibrant shades of pink, white, and purple.

This time of yr fills my coronary heart with a lot magnificence. It’s virtually onerous to face it.

white flowering fruit trees.

Troy and I’ve an ongoing debate about unhealthy climate vs. good climate. I’m somebody who will get outdoors and stroll in ANY climate…besides lighting. To me, there is no such thing as a unhealthy climate, simply unhealthy clothes/gear.

Troy completely hates to be chilly or moist. He can’t stand pants, although if I had his calves, pants would doubtless really feel like leg jails to me too. He can’t stand darkish or rain.

My argument for the final 19 years has been, “if we don’t have unhealthy climate, you received’t admire the nice climate”. The primary time we had precise rain after months of dwelling in Los Angeles, I ran outdoors and danced on the street in a manner that gave our new neighbors one thing to speak about.

It’s no secret that the PNW does get darkish from November till March when sunlight hours are restricted. It’s nothing like what Katie and Emmeline cope with in Stockholm, however I’ll absolutely admit that solely 8 hours of daylight could be grim.

On the flip facet, these darkish months really make me admire the 16 hours of daylight we get in spring and summer time. If that had been our regular, then I might take it as a right.

As a substitute, I greet the 4:45 am dawn and virtually 10 pm sundown as a factor of surprise. I do know it received’t be there endlessly. I additionally know that I really love the comfortable feeling of a woodstove-heated home when it’s gross outdoors.

I don’t have some extent right here. There isn’t a lesson in any of this. Simply my Ted (Lasso) Discuss on working to seek out the sweetness within the on a regular basis. It’s on the market, I promise.

pink flowering trees.

In “issues which can be making an attempt to get me down” information, we had one heck of every week of mechanical breakdowns. On the final Friday in April, I took the ultimate load of basement demo stuff to the dump. On the best way residence, a “service engine quickly” gentle got here on in Troy’s historical truck.

Since we purchased our used EV final July, the truck will get pushed possibly 10-30 miles a month, max. It additionally appeared prefer it was previous the time for an oil change, so fingers crossed it was one thing easy. Narrator: it was not one thing easy.

At 18 years previous and with 220k miles on it, that truck was drained and pissy. A “mere” 2 hours and $800 later, Troy left the restore store with an estimate of $6k value of issues that wanted fixing on it. The truck is value possibly $3-4k max. Ouch!

Our 2023 plan concerned an EV truck for Troy, and that has been ordered and we’ve patiently been ready for it. With this information, it has switched to impatiently ready. Ha!

We’re not sinking $6k right into a truck that’s value half of that. As a substitute, we fastened the most important difficulty with it and can proceed to not drive it until completely crucial.

When the brand new truck arrives, we’ll promote his, hopefully to somebody who is aware of how to make things better and may see a truck with nice bones. It’s been a beautiful car for us, and shortly it shall be an excellent deal for its subsequent proprietor.

clothes on the line.

With some beautiful climate this week, I cleaned off the ol’ clotheslines and hung a whopping 5 a great deal of laundry in in the future. How I really like that free sunshine and the great odor of line-dried garments.

In good and unhealthy information, that burst of laundry washing was a foreshadowing of some laundry struggles we might encounter on Thursday. That afternoon, our washer, the singular reason for our basement flood, determined to cease working.

It merely stopped draining throughout a load of laundry and very like a cussed toddler, it simply refused to do something. The error code mentioned one factor, however Troy took it aside and located the difficulty gave the impression to be the motor.

I had been at soccer with Jack and got here residence to seek out this scene.

a laundry room in disarray with a fan.

A damaged washer could be very a lot a first-world downside. However seeing followers going on this area once more undoubtedly despatched some stress triggers to my mind. This dumb washer kicked off 5 months of occasions that attempted every day to interrupt my spirit.

Troy discovered an element with next-day transport and free returns. Paying $110 for an element was undoubtedly extra interesting than $600+ for a brand new washer. It’s an older washer and clearly, I’ve some blended emotions about it.

We’ll finally want one thing new, however fingers crossed it may be a mannequin that I analysis and discover the very best deal on, as a substitute of working into Lowes yelling “what do you’ve in inventory in the present day”.

My good friend, Amanda, speaks extremely of Pace Queen and I really like the concept of them. They’re made within the US and are virtually industrial workhorses.

However the washer capability appears too small to deal with the king-size bedding of a household the place somebody coughtroycough is very allergic to mud mites and thus we’ve to clean our comforter and quilt always.

All that being mentioned, life is humorous and one thing is all the time on the horizon to journey us up. From the unimaginable ebook, Below the Whispering door, “it’s straightforward to let your self spiral and fall. But it surely’s what you do to drag your self out of it that issues most”.

And for me, which means getting outdoors and seeing extra of this. Please and thanks.

pink flowering trees.


Lots of you’ve really useful Bone Valley over the previous couple of months, and I lastly listened to it in February. And FYI, the identify doesn’t imply what you suppose it means. It comes from the phosphorous that’s prolific within the space from dinosaur bones.

The podcast was fascinating however a bit sluggish. I deliver it up this week as a result of the main focus of the podcast was denied parole (once more) on Wednesday, Could third. It’s an absolute disgrace that this individual continues to be in jail. And because it’s so well timed, you would possibly need to hearken to the collection.


Lengthy-time reader, Kimberly, left this five-star evaluation on our Prompt Pot Mexican Rice {Pin this recipe}:

Thanks, thanks, thanks – I’ll now not must endure my husbands clumpy, tasteless makes an attempt to make Mexican rice! The entire household loves this Mexican rice and I really like how fast and simple it’s to make. An ideal accompaniment to our fajita and burrito nights. Plus, I now know what typically causes a burn discover with my Prompt Pot, tomato primarily based elements, who knew. Aspect notice, I pureed a can of diced tomatoes as I didn’t have any tomato juice, which labored nicely.

A black bowl filled with Mexican rice and topped with cilantro and limes on a board with avocado and other garnishes


I’m slowing down my posting schedule for Could and June in order that I can spend time setting myself up for a better summer time. And by simpler, I imply much less images and in-depth writing whereas the youngsters are residence from college.

Whereas I work all summer time, I’ve discovered over time that I’m a nicer mother if I’m not making an attempt to do all of the labor-intensive issues whereas the youngsters are up in my rattling face for 3 months.

Pesto OrzoThis Pesto Orzo is an easy and simple dinner you can throw collectively in quarter-hour or much less. You’ll need to make this scrumptious selfmade consolation meals a part of your everlasting meal plan. {Pin this recipe}

orzo salad in a blue bowl.

Freeze AsparagusStudying the way to freeze asparagus is an effective way to protect this quick season vegetable. A freezer stash of frozen asparagus opens the door to wonderful and speedy meals. {Pin this tutorial}

A baking tray with frozen asparagus


Monday:: TBD

Tuesday:: Testing out a brand new recipe that I *suppose* the youngsters will get pleasure from. Veggies on the facet.

Wednesday:: TBD

Thursday:: Troy is making dinner and we look ahead to consuming it!

Friday:: Takeout to help an area small enterprise and my sanity.

Saturday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and film evening.

Sunday:: Mom’s day. Going to pizza with my inlaws at our favourite native place.



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