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February 05, 2012

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!  I can't believe it's already February.  We have barely 6 inches of snow on the ground, the temp.'s are in the upper 30's/low 40's and my computer is working.  For the moment.  Things are good.

It's been a productive weekend, for the most part.  I made oatmeal bread for this week as well as some loaves for the freezer, artisan bread for the freezer, pizza dough for today as well as the freezer, and cooked up a few things to have on hand, also in the freezer.  At this moment I can smell the sweet-tart aroma of a homemade Strawberry-Rhubarb pie baking in the oven.  I was holding on to the last of the frozen strawberries and rhubarb from our garden last summer just for such an occasion.  I can't wait to savor a small piece later.

I finished reading Diet For A Hot Planet by Anna Lappe this morning.  It was a good read.  Anna is the daughter of Frances Lappe, author of Diet For A Small Planet, the first book I read that exposed me to the idea that what I choose to eat has a global impact.  Diet For A Hot Planet focuses on the food system (growing, raising, producing, shipping, eating, etc.) and it's impact on climate change.  The entire book was inspiring and eye-opening, but I particularly enjoyed chapter 6 which focused on Mark Shephard's New Forest Farm in Wisconsin.  Shephard's farm is not neat little rows of produce but rather all the vegetables and fruits intermingled with one another in a natural sort of balance.  Shepard based his farm on two books:  Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture, by J. Russel Smith and The One-Straw Revolution, by Masanobu Fukuoka.  Both authors believe that farming should fit the land and have a natural pattern.  A concept I intend to continue exploring.

My magic circle vision board has been started, although I've been distracted by the mess in my craft room.  I'll be tidying that up this week so I can continue my project.

That's my weekend in a nutshell.  Hoping you all had a nice weekend too!

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