Radical Homemaking of Late

We’ve been so enjoying Chad having Fridays off during the summer – the three day weekend is where it’s at!  Weekends are more spacious, we feel like we have room to do errands AND relax, and all around it just feels so much more balanced.

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dudes, snoozin’

One way we’ve been taking advantage of the extra time is by ramping up our radical homemaking projects.  By radical homemaking I mean those activities that are both productive and soul-gratifying; they are a move away from the status quo of consumerism and embrace domestic tasks with a joyful, adventurous heart.  There is also quite a bit of reveling in the fruits of one’s labor.

Here’s a little photo tour of the past weekend’s activities.

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The weekend started out with homemade sourdough waffles with yogurt, CSA peaches and u-pick blueberries. I personally think this was the key to the success of the entire weekend. ;)

 

We made use of the sunshine and clothesline. Mmmm…the smell of line-dried clothes cannot be beat!

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Then we made a trip to a park to pick blackberries (free!)

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That evening, we made some sidewalk chalk paint

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Oooh, pretty colors. :)

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Meanwhile, in the dining room, sauerkraut was being prepped

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Saturday: blackberry cobbler!

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And blackberry freezer jam!

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We also picked the ripe plums from the tree in our backyard

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The plum haul.  Have I mentioned that I *love* free food?!

I also grabbed some red clover to dry for tea.

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Some plums were destined for fermented plum leather

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Some plums became really delicious chutney!

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The cobbler was SO good! Especially with vanilla ice cream.

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And on Sunday, we made our first batch of (hula) hoops!  You can, too!

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The fun thing about making your own hoops is that you can experiment with the size! And of course, decorate them how you want.

We started lactofermenting two quarts of dilly pickled carrots

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Sunday evening, Silas and Chad busted out the build-your-own Simon Says game they got at the Maker Faire earlier this year and BUILT it. With a soldering iron.

All in all, it was a very productive, very *FUN* weekend!