Self portrait in an infinity scarf I made for my Etsy Store Ornute

A Few Things About Me:

  • I love coffee, teea, and chocolate
  • I am a total foodie
  • I love vintage and kitschy stuff
  • I spoil my cat way too much
  • I like to crochet and knit, garden and create recipes
  • I teach sewing 
  • I design fashion accessories
  • All time favorite TV shows: Lost, Sex and the City, 24, and Breaking Bad
  • My favorite curse words are: Oh Fiddlesticks, Holy Hamburgers, Son of a Biscuit, Son of a Nutcracker, Dagnammit, and Gadzooks.
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Why I Started This Blog 

 I started this blog as a way of tracking all that I have learned about gardening, nutrition, healthy living, and all the projects and recipes I have created.  I have learned that an essential part of learning is recording what you have done and reflection.  I hope that this blog will also serve to offer encouragement to those striving to live a simpler, healthier life.  Come follow along in our adventures. 

Our Goal is to:
  •  Grow as much of our own food as possible.  We have a very small yard, 1/8 acre city lot (with 1/2 of our lot in almost complete shade).  So we are learning how to grow a lot in a little space using square foot gardening methods.  For the last 6 years, our garden has been about 64 ft, we increased it in 2011 to over 150 ft by tearing out our lawn, we also added a raised concrete garden bed in 2012.
  • Cook really good organic whole food (no more processed foods).  How can we have a diet so nutritious it heals us?  That's right no more middle aisles in the grocery store, just fresh produce, meat, dairy, and grains.  The benefits of making your own "processed" foods is no hidden sugar and salt, and you can add cool extra nutritional ingredients.  Impossible right?  Who has the time?  Well I'm learning ways I share on this blog to make that possible.  Mostly through making large quantities once, and then canning and freezing it.  
  • Exercise Every Day This is something I struggle with.  I'm not the get up and go to the gym kind of person.  If your not either hopefully what works for me will inspire you.  
  • Have less toxins in our environment  Ok, so I know this is a scary Pandora's box for most people.  But I think if you just go with natural whenever possible, you be less likely to have toxins stored in your body.  (Your liver takes care of the toxins in your body, but if it's overloaded it will store the toxins in your fat, which releases slowly into your body).  We're working on getting chemicals out of our house and to make my own cleaning, bath and beauty products, etc.
  • Buy less stuff and make more stuff.    Less stuff ending up in landfills, more money to invest in assets, and an excuse to work on my hobbies, it's a win win.  I'm a super creative so you never know what I'll end up making!  Check out my other blog to see all my crafty ideals and inspiration.  Or my fashion accessories store  Ornute to check out my handmade goodies.

I hope Minneapolis Homestead helps you to live a healthier life.  

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