The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


True Love Always

Crunchy, it’s very important to keep my readers wondering about my sanity.  If I post pictures that have nothing to do with my post then I consider that a successful day.   These photos may or may not be of my two oldest kids’ first day of school.  They may or may not have been very happy to be away from their parents.  Clay and I were definitely thrilled to get them off to school. 

Jean!!!  TLA-true love always!!!  Were you ever in junior high?  In love in junior high?  Clay says he only knows what TLF means, but that’s because he was never truly in love in junior high, and I was always in love.  So, he doesn’t know anything about TLA…..except when it comes to Daisy our pig.  

Are you getting sick of hearing about HFCS yet? 
You all that guessed BREAD were correct.  It was low in the ingredient list, but there it was.  Dag gum!  Last week I made five loaves of bread and my family inhaled it the second they saw me pull it out of the oven.  Clay wants me to start making all of our bread and I told him, “Okay, but we need to pace ourselves a little better.”  Because, hello, this is not a BAKERY!
Now, let’s talk yogurt.  My family loves the organic Stoneyfield vanilla yogurt.  But, hark!  The stuff costs over three bucks and again my family sucks that stuff down like in one sitting.   So I started buying plain yogurt from Aldi and adding honey or brown sugar or our fruit preserves and my family loves it.  And that little trick saves me two bucks!  Chaching.

Corn Slurp

Daisy and Clay TLA

I went to the store today.  Checked every single dadgum label and came home with one product with high fructose corn syrup in it.  I didn’t have another alternative at the store.  I was in Aldi.

Can you guess what it was? 
Here’s some of what I bought,
Can of black beans
Only one of these items had HFCS.  

Corn Queen

I’m trying to write a post about corn.  A serious post.  One that will start an epidemic of massive proportions and everyone in the tri-state region will want to change the way they eat for now and forever amen.

But, then my sister posted this.  And how can you ever look me in the blog and take me seriously after watching that?  
Listen.  I need to tell you something.  I, I, I, I was a cheerleader.  And….and I still am.  I use my old cheers to motivate my family.  It’s kinda like yelling at them, but with clapping  and hopping incorporated.  It’s just a small piece of what’s leftover from my strange and bizarre childhood.  There will never be another cheerleader in my house.  My daughter would rather shave her head and squirt cheeze whiz up her nose than be a cheerleader and the boys, well…, they won’t be doing any cheering unless it’s from a couch or sitting on a bench court side.
Now, back to corn.  I’ve been trying to eliminate high fructose corn syrup from my diet ever since I watched King Corn.  This documentary is quite an eye popping, head whacking, heart wrenching, gut gurgling dose of education.  Please, find a way to watch it, please. 
Why high fructose corn syrup? Because, when I saw what it took to make it…..uh, wow.  Why do we eat this stuff?  Why?  It’s in everything and it’s not even a real food.  It’s a synthetic liquid that we pump into everything that goes into our mouth.  You know why?  Because it’s cheap.  CHEAP.  But, what is our health worth?  If we got rid of HFCS would we see a decline in type II diabetes?  Hmmm, just wonderin’.
So, who’s up for a challenge?  Huh?  Who’s been living without corn syrup?  Tell me about it.  Who wants to start?  You?  You?  Yes, you in the back.  Okay, let’s start with reading labels.  No HFCS.  Can we go a week?  Let’s try.  Ready, set, go.
Need some inspiration?   Go to and search king corn and watch all the videos.
Okay, now go one and get yourself some edgecatin’ about that there high fructose corny slurp.