My thoughts

So much plastic!!

I live in what I consider a food desert. We have grocery stores and convenient stores on nearly every corner. Fast food everywhere you look. Some may think that having these near are an advantage, but it’s not. I try to buy non plastic packaged fruits and veggies, but everywhere I go they are packaged in plastic, wrapped in elastics, or twist ties. Everything is super over priced because it’s brought in on trucks.

I live on an island, a man made island that has all four seasons. I don’t think this is a valid reason to severely jack up the prices of food. Cape Cod is a great vacation spot but it’s losing its young people because its failure to have jobs, and be affordable. Not only is the price of food way too high, housing and taxes are ridiculous. However right now I’m speaking about the food desert.

I just wish we had more options for healthy food being served sustainably, and fruits and veggies being packaged more eco friendly. Unfortunately Cape cod just isn’t there. It’s the reason I’m starting to really get into growing my own food. I highly doubt this place is going to change that dramatically in the next few years. As I’ve said to my Significant other, we need to learn and teach the girls how to grow and maintain a garden. They need to be able to care for themselves when this place goes far south, and becomes a full on food desert. Especially since both my girls are vegan and cannot have what a typical child can have.

When I go into the grocery store for the weeks shop I get stares as I’m leaving. I do not use bags, and I don’t bring mine into the store. It is much easier and I’m not rushed when I bag it up at the truck. I do not accept a bag unless I ABSOLUTELY have too and it has to be paper.

This was a rant more than a blog post, but it’s something I’m very passionate about. I do not like living in a food desert, and I try to do my best to not buy a ton of plastic.

Things I do to be as sustainable as I can.

1. I reuse glass jars to drink from.

2. Anything reusable is either glass, stainless steel, metal, or silicone.

3. I try not to throw anything away, but instead give it away or bring it to a donation area.

4. We cook with stainless steel, and own one eco friendly nonstick pan.

5. I make my own laundry soap, it works well if not better that store bought.

6. I make my own house cleaner, and yes it works.

7. We use a sink water filter instead of buying bottled water.

8. We use a regular coffee pot instead of a Keurig.

9. I wash the girls and my laundry together.

10. The girls have very minimal plastic toys and I don’t buy them plastic toys. They have what they wanted to keep when we did the clean out.

Recipies

Holy moley vegan granola


No but seriously..

Okay y’all you have to try this granola. I think I’m legit in love. Just one more thing I’m no longer buying, one more thing I no longer will have waste for, and one more thing I finally have taken the risk to make. I am so glad I tried making my own granola.

I absolutely love granola, I love everything about granola.. I LOVE GRANOLA!! I hate buying granola, I hate the packaging I know I will have to throw away eventually. So I would just leave a little in the bag, and keep it in the cabinet until I can no longer put it off. Thus throwing it away. So I stopped buying granola. Having to walk buy all the yummy flavors was plain hard, but I wasn’t buying packaging. Then it dawned on me.. JUST MAKE IT YOURSELF!! Uhhh duh, what took me so long to think of it?? Yes I still have to buy ingredient, but most in bulk. So less packaging, much less packaging..

So here we go..

Ingredients you will need:

  • 4 cups rolled oats – not quick cook
  • 1 1/2 cups melted nut butter – I used almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup – buy in glass
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped – buy in bulk
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds – buy in bulk
  • 1/2 dried cranberries – buy in bulk
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries – buy in bulk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract – buy in glass
  • pinch of salt
  • **see less waste**

This is rather simple to make.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with recycled (brown) parchment paper

Put the oats and other dry ingredients into a bowl. Next add the nut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix until everything is coated.

Spread evenly on the cookie sheet and put into the oven. Cook for 15 minutes and turn the granola. Put back into the oven for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Move to an air tight (glass) container.

You can put it on yogurt, ice cream, or just eat by the handfuls. I just eat by the handfuls..

Enjoy.