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Even though we spent most of the week off the homestead, we still had a few good moments.

I’m still following the meat rule I created for my New Year’s goals, which has worked well so far.  But I must say – I really missed bacon.  So I was over the moon when I discovered the wild boar bacon at the Farmers’ Market last weekend.  Yes.  Wild boar bacon.  It’s delicious.  And gives off lots of bacon fat/grease.

Does anyone know if you can make lard from leftover bacon grease?  I’m gonna look into it.

Wild boar baconI picked up these ice cube trays at Value Village a few weeks ago, thinking it would be good to rid ourselves of some plastic.  I’m always looking for ways to use less plastic.  But after doing some research, I realized they’re probably aluminum, and people stopped using them because they were afraid the aluminum was leaching into the water.  So . . . I don’t know.  I mean, I stopped using commercial anti-perspirant because of aluminum.  I certainly don’t want to be putting it in my water.  I don’t mind the mechanism of the ice tray itself, but I think I’ll look for a stainless steel version instead.

metal ice cube trayIn my quest to eat more real food, I tried a new recipe that I found on the Food Babe’s website (very cool site with lots of food info).  It’s a Chia Seed Fruit Salad.

Fruit SaladIt’s okay.  It didn’t get as gelatinous as I would’ve liked (there’s a sentence I never thought I would write), but it tasted yummy, and doesn’t have any added sweetener or sugar in it.

I bought fair-trade organic shredded coconut at Ten Thousand Villages ($4 – about the same price as I’d pay for crappy grocery store stuff).  Then later, at the grocery store, I spent about twenty minutes reading the ingredients on bags of raisins.  Yes, raisins.  You would think the ingredients should just be raisins.  But no.  Some had sulphites and hydrogenated oils added.  So I bought the brand that listed only California raisins under the ingredients.

The more I shop at grocery stores, the more unnatural it seems that I should be eating anything I buy there.