Zero waste dish cleaning

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This week’s reductions

Little differences I’m tried to make this week:

  1. Bought bulk bin black eyed peas, used my reusable produce bin bag which I 💚 (link below)
  2. couldn’t find bulk adzuki beans for the dal makhani, but found a can of them so it would be more recycle-able
  3. got a brioche from the bakery @ Whole Foods instead of a loaf of sliced bread and put it in my produce bag (nom, made French toast for B today with it.)
  4. Reducing amount of dairy I’m using, NutPods makes me giggle but tastes pretty good in my coffee
  5. I found that my pasture raised (not just free range) egg place also does pasture raised moo cows for butter, switching to that next
  6. Started a compost container (reusing a pokebowl container) for the freezer for when I organize a compost bin this week for the porch (gonna try to compost what I can of the foods and food containers I get. Also the dirt will be great for my tomato plants!)
  7. Used up the 2 aging tomatoes from the food at home in the dal makhani I made last night (also going for reducing meat consumption around here a bit.)
  8. Switched to a shampoo bar for my hair full time (I’ll use up my last bits of liquid shampoo and conditioner eventually, but I didn’t just throw them out.) and got a bottle of apple cider vinegar for the rinse. I did buy a plastic bottle for the shower because I don’t fancy my clumsy hands dropping glass and breaking it. (I’ll refill it from glass or bulk if I can find someplace…) I already travel with a shampoo bar and I like it just fine.

Phew. Looks like I did a lot, just gotta make it repeatable.

On the list for future changes:

  1. More reusable produce bags, there’s also a mini produce stand bag (which is what I have now) but I’m getting this next:
    ChicoBag Produce Stand Complete Starter Kit – rePETe Mesh & Hemp-Cotton Reusable Produce Bags with Pouch (Set of 3)
  2. Safety razor, but I need to make sure I can maintain it well. My bathroom is awfully steamy since I am still working on replacing the vent fan that broke and requires cutting into the damn wall to extract. Pesky cheap builders from the 70’s. Grrrr.
  3. A dish scrubby, sans plastic, with replaceable heads.

What do you find maintainable that is good for the environment? (Aside from nagging giant corporations who cause 90% of the pollution regardless…)

Lol Ronan Farrow

Decluttering

No, I didn’t watch Marie Kondo (never have, I think her style doesn’t work for me) but I’m getting rid of things from the person I used to be since they don’t work for the person I have become.

I haven’t really blogged since Tex died. Well, some, but not like I used to. Talking about myself and the things I do are so not interesting lately. Anything relevant I do is on my travel blog now anyway.

I still am unemployed since I got laid off on the Valentine’s Day after Tex died (several potential jobs appeared and I was passed over for them, kinda made me more depressed that I am having such a hard time getting to a place where I am happy to work again.), so I’m still at home – cleaning (badly, LOL I hate housework), knitting, snorgling kittehs and decluttering with a new perspective.

It’s been 6 years since he died and I’m trying to figure out who the hell I will be with B, what I want to do and let go of a bunch of stuff that just exhausted me to look at much less sort.

I started January 1 and donated 1 thing. I’ll continue to do one thing a day for the year (I have a notebook that keeps me honest about what I’m getting rid of…) and I’m ahead of that game so far, but I need to pace myself.

Additionally, I’m doing a “one thing in, one thing out” as well. Also written in same notebook to keep myself honest. I’m trying to donate or recycle things, but there’s a couple of things that just were trash. Bugs my zero waste self immensely but not certain what I can do about that.

On the food front, I’m working to reduce the meat I consume for many reasons. I’ll be going to Whole Foods occasionally to reload my bulk foods I keep in my pantry in mason jars (using my ChicoBag Produce Stand. Lentils, rice, barley, oatmeal etc and trying to eat more veggies.

On a positive front, we found B’s birth mother through Ancestry.com DNA and I’m delighted to say she’s pretty awesome. Her younger sister and I are jumping up and down squeeing a lot and she and B are slowly, cautiously, building a friendship.

I knitted her a hat :)

So here’s my wishlist for the universe for this year:

  1. Remove the traitors from our government and move back to taking care of our country and its denizens
  2. Travel (a job with some travel would be just peachy)
  3. Clear out the unnecessary from my home
  4. Health and happiness

🧡

Tortilla Soup

Made tortilla soup (the 7 can or whatever recipe you find on Pinterest – but edited.)

I put in:

  • Green enchilada sauce
  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Cream of Mushroom (changed from cream of chicken because B isn’t much on too much chicken)
  • Vegetable broth (again, less chicken for B )
  • 1 package of taco seasoning (I just ordered bulk Fiesta brand – so happy to have a gigantor bottle of seasoning without having to go to Texas)

They also say add a can of chicken, which I did; but I want to test drive jack fruit in this when I do another bowl of this. I also used low sodium canned stuff where I can, but taco seasoning has sodium, though not as much as you’d think.

Fried up some strips of corn tortilla and topped the bowl with cheese, sour cream, onions, avocado and the crunchy tortillas.

(Vegans can make this with a little editing. Vegetarians just by not using chicken.)

I’m pleased with it. I’m also ridiculously amused by the tortilla strips.