Working from Home: Week 9

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. ~ Tony Robbins

Another week has passed. I’m amazed at how long the days feel. Sure, it helps the days are light longer now here in the PNW as we move to the summer equinox. We are still in shelter in place until May 4. Currently, the trails and parks will open on May 5. The British Hubby and I are excited to hike more this summer if it’s safe to do so. We continue to use masks, gloves and quarantine items for shopping and deliveries.

This week we’ve been focusing on our home garden. Last week, I had sprouted seeds in water and had just planted seeds in pots. We had Sunny and Cher sunflowers and Ruby and Barb rhubarb. The British Hubby surprised me with a grow light and starter kit. We’re starting our plants indoors in hopes they’ll be more established before the bunnies and squirrels get to them.

Look at how well they’ve done in a week. We’re going to need to separate the Cher pot seedlings this week. The British Hubby insists he knows what to do. Wish us luck! Each pot had 3 seeds which I now realize I probably should have started in smaller containers, but I’ll know for next time. Yes, I may have more seeds on the way.

I’ve been doing some research on how to sprout your kitchen scraps. Turns out you can do quite a bit with your kitchen scraps. I’m not saying we’re going to run out of food, but I think the world as we know is going to change quite a bit over the next 18 – 24 months. And I certainly have the time to experiment right now. I’m going to make an effort to see what I can reuse or regrow from our kitchen for as long as this lasts. Check out our celery, leeks and green onions started from a recipe last week.

I branched out with a recipe from a keto cookbook that has just been sitting on my shelf, Peace + Love + Low Carb. I’ll admit, I prefer cookbooks with pictures. We eat with our eyes. And while my recipes never look like the professional photos, it’s still helpful. The chicken bacon chowder was fantastic! The British Hubby was sad when we cleaned the dregs out of the crock pot. It’s not often a new recipe is such a hit. This will go into immediate rotation. I added a bit more broth, and I used chicken thighs instead of breasts. I think thighs are just more flavorful and often cheaper than chicken breasts.

Ernie’s turn to try sheltering in place.

What do you think I’ll try sprouting next? I have a few more ideas. Are you growing anything new?

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