Peanut Butter Cookies

Keep your love of PB cookies, cut the extra sugar, gluten, hell, cut the extra everything. Let’s do this. How does four ingredients sound for minimalist? Hard to believe, I know- guess you guys will have to trust me on this one. Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes Cook Time: 10-15 Minutes Yield: 12 Ingredients: 1 1/3…

Spaghetti Squash Pasta

For all you gluten-wise eaters out there, you can thank me later- spaghetti squash is the best thing since almond flour biscuits. Light in texture and absorbent with┬ásauces, this vegetable replacement for pasta hasn’t failed me in a recipe yet. My favorite use is vegetarian Pad Thai; the squash soaks up the sauce and pairs…

The Intentional

The breath that swept the lake fell on the shore with grace and I had watched with defiance in the fall, the branch that let go in August. I am not myself, and they have shouted that before, a hundred times because you look away, you slip away and the next thing you know you’ve…

What About Hunting?

Call it lack of ambition, but meat hasn’t been a huge part of my diet this summer. Not only is it a pain to find without plastic wrapping, but the truth of the matter is that I just don’t eat that much meat. I’ve had moral problems with it for years, but the kind of…

Homemade Almond Milk/Meal

You read that right folks, two beautiful, nutty staples in one go. Ingredients/tools: Water Almonds Cheese cloth Blender and/or food processor Instructions: Soak almonds in water for a minimum of 12 hrs and a maximum of 24 (yeah, yeah, so I soaked them too long once or twice, life is busy). Blender for almond meal,…

Buying New

Dated June 27th, 2016. I looked everywhere. Everywhere. I couldn’t find a used kayak that was small enough for me to carry, but big enough to be a stable multi-purpose watercraft (I want to be able to at least do overnight trips, aka bungee straps on the front/back and a watertight compartment). So I just…

BBQ Black Burgers

First off, I’d like to say they’re really good. Secondly, no, they do not taste like beef burgers. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I can cut to the good stuff. I am newly vegetarian/vegan because A.) Finding meat in a small town without the packaging is possible, it just means I…

Dirt vs. Dirt

Okay, so I’ve talked on and on about food. While I’m aware that I have a slight obsession with food at this point, I have noticed another wasteful trend. It would seem to me our culture has a little bit of a germ phobia. Look under your sink. One time use wipes, kleenex in all…

Update: Personal Change Matters

About two weeks ago, thanks to the wonder that is Facebook, I found myself face to face with a widely circulated article that genuinely shook my otherwise solid grounding in zero waste. Forget Shorter Showers is an essay by Derrick Jensen. The thesis goes as follows: Personal change does not equal social change. I know…

Groceries: Sore Shoulders & Simple Living

Okay, so maybe grabbing the 36oz glass jar of Adam’s All Natural Peanut Butter wasn’t such a good idea after walking to the grocery and gathering bulk goods to make granola bars. But at the expense of my shoulders, the entire escapade left me with a week’s supply of fruit and no waste to show…

The Horse Before the Cart

After traveling with such a small bag and even smaller wardrobe, my outlook on material excess has shrunk- literally. Cleaning out my closet was one of the first things I did when I returned, and I didn’t just stop at clothing, donating several additional boxes of items and objects that were just collecting dust on…

How To: Scrap Paper Keepsake

Save your ticket stubs, your receipts, your stickers and your stamps! You can’t always control where and when you pick up a bit of un-recyclable trash, but you can choose how to use it. Rather than scrolling through hundreds of photos from my three month journey in southeast Asia, I’ve managed to fit all the…