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Dec 5, 2012

Dark Days Challenge Starting! RAIN!!!

     Do you like the background with the snow falling?

Dark Days Challenge Starting!-
Well, I meant well! Between a knee problem, my birthday and the various sundries in life, I didn't get started on time. BUT- that's how life works! Please let me know how YOU do, and/or if you want to join the list?

Here's a quick review of what the Dark Days Challenge is-

Dates:The challenge runs from December 1st, 2012 – April 15, 2013

What’s the Challenge?
Try to cook four meals each month (1 per week) focused on sustainable, organic, and local ingredients (SOL). Whatever you can find is fine! Write about it on your blog, or here in the comments section. Feel free to link back to me on your blog if you have one!

What does local mean?
Traditionally local food challenges call for a 100 mile radius, but winter is more difficult in many climates. If you’re new to eating locally try 150 miles. Typical exceptions are oils, coffee, chocolate and spices. If you’re making fewer, or more exceptions, please note that on your first post or comment.

What if I can’t find every ingredient locally?
If you can’t find every ingredient, or even most ingredients, please still write about your attempts. This is just as much about what we learn, the obstacles we find and the decisions we make as it is about cooking with SOL ingredients. Do what you can, where you can.

What if I don’t have a good photos?
Take photos of what you’ve got, just do your best. No worries, keep it simple, or just tell the story and we’ll use our imaginations.

What if I don’t have a blog?

You are still welcome to participate! Just you come by each week and add your meal/experiences as a comment.

Dark Days Challenge Folks:

Candy from Lazy J Bar C- S.E. Arizona

Kathleen from Rose Prairie Quilts- Oklahoma

Susan of e-i-e-i-omg- upstate New York

Kristina of Pioneer Woman at Heart- Oklahoma?

Fabby of Fabbysliving- Ecuador

If you post here that you're participating I'll add you to the list on the sidebar! This is not a competition, just a way to support each other and share ideas.

   I got a photo!

We finally got hit with the BIG pacific storm and had a heavy downpour this last weekend. What a relief! The chickens are thrilled with lots of worms coming up :)  Yummy.


Candy C. said...

I LOVE your picture through the rainy window!! :)
I'm still in. I'm going to try to work up a post, and a meal, for this week. We did have biscuits & gravy and scrambled eggs for supper last night using our eggs, our goat milk, homemade buttermilk biscuits and locally grown pork sausage. Did I think about taking pictures for the Dark Days Challenge...NOOOO!!

Tiny Gardener said...

I will do the Dark Days challenge! I have never done it before, and knowing when the challenge actually starts/ends is helpful. Sweet! Are there any other guidelines I should know?

Susan said...

Here goes: Sunday dinner for three neighbors - pork roast/organic Tamworth pigs raised by my girlfriend about 15 miles away; applesauce (no sugar) made with neighbor's apples; roasted vegetables/organic - my potatoes, local farm carrots, fennel, parsnips, my onions, my garlic, local sweet potatoes; olive oil NOT local; my herbs (rosemary). This is a great challenge!

nancy said...

You guys are making me hungry! CAndy and Susan have this licked (no surprise)! This is a bit tougher for us city dwellers, but I have my homemade pickled, frozen stuff, eggs, etc.

Tiny- nope, just read the basics and see what you come up with!

Leigh said...

Belated Happy Birthday! And congratulations on your rain. I know what you mean about it being a relief.

The dark days challenge sounds like an excellent way to encourage folks to begin to be more conscientious about what they eat and where it comes from. Excellent idea.

I have to add that I love your coop through the rain photo.

nancy said...

Thanks Leigh, I'll be curious how it all comes out!

Kristina said...

I posted another make-shift meal today (at the very bottom of my post today). I am in Ohio. This challenge has encouraged me to stock up more next summer.

nancy said...

Thanks Kristina, I fixed your location :) I knew it was something with a O!

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