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This past month I really dove head first into making a bunch of ish. Something about actually having a house instead of a teeny apartment has made we want to make ALL the things.

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I’ve talked before about how I grew up on a farm and I occasionally share photos of my visits home. Growing up with so much land allowed us to have a whole variety of animals over the years. At one point we had about 100 goats, we still have one or two now, as well as horses, ducks, turkeys, chickens, geese, and cows. We never all of that variety at once and I don’t feel like I missed out because the cows were before my time.

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It’s time to start a new series on the ole blog! Reading other blogs and news stories about people producing little to no waste has gotten me feeling pretty bad with how much we throw away. Especially when it comes to food. Did you know roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted? Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes).

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Since Vegan Fest was incredibly motivating and quite a reminder of the prevalence of animal abuse, I decided to explore the idea of being vegetarian. I’ll be honest, I love meat. Chicken cooked nearly any way is going to be delicious to me. BUT, I can’t argue with the facts concerning their mistreatment. And since where you spend your money matters, I’ve decided to cut back on meat. After reading about 75% vegans and realizing that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing,

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Vegan Fest

In Wisconsin, Carl and I attended Vegan Fest with his dad, and I must admit I was a little nervous. I chowed down hardcore on some chicken less than an hour before walking through the event doors. Were they going to smell the chicken on my breath? Will someone ask if my makeup is cruelty free? Clearly I was overreacting and a probably a bit judgmental. Not only was it very friendly,

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