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Mondays and Dreams of Moving

I am at a loss on what to post right now. There is only two hours until midnight, and I have yet to do a NaBloPoMo post. I’d better start writing I guess.

Mondays are not my favorite day of the week. If I had to decide what day people choose to be the most irritating, it is on a Monday. Or maybe, my brain just wants to be a little cranky. Either way, the calendar should skip Mondays and go directly to Tuesdays. Another solution to eliminating the first day of the week is to add the hours to Sunday and Tuesdays. Don’t worry, the hours wouldn’t be working hours unless people wanted to work.

The internet has also been distracting me. Last night I was looking at ranches and farms for sale in Washington. I really like that state. There’s such a mix of environments there. My mom and I had fun driving across Washington in September. I have never seen bigger dust devils in my life! It’s pretty dry and nearly desert-like in the central part. Throughout the state there are woods, mountains, plains, vineyards, orchards, wind farms, river regions, ranches, urban areas, small towns…it’s a pretty cool and diverse state.

I’d probably move there if I could. Last night I came across this interesting environmental development called Skokomish Farms. It’s sort of like a community farm thing on the Puget sound, close to Olympia. The land is divided into 40 acre homesteads. Individuals can buy a parcel, allot 5 acres to build their home and anything else they’d like, a stable for example. The rest of the parcel is farmed by the community. The buyer can plant and do the labor themselves if they want, and if they have a particular crop in mind they can ask to grow it. On the website it said they were trying to get organic status.

There are orchards, vineyards, fields, greenhouses, pastures, and livestock areas in the community. The developers brought in some unique cattle from Britain. White Parks I think. I liked the fact that it’s an attempt to partake in clean agriculture, and residents can be as involved as they want in the farming activities. It sounded like an interesting concept with other business opportunities coming from what the farm produces.

Unfortunately, it’s an expensive dream. You have to buy the land ($275,000) and build your own house. Here is a half hour video that shows some of the area and an interview with the developer.

Perhaps one day I will win the lottery!

Did I mention you can see Mt. Rainier? And it’s just a short drive and ferry ride away from the Seattle fish markets and all the organic food you could probably imagine. Wouldn’t that be awesome? I didn’t quite get to the Puget area when I was on vacation. Maybe next time.

I think ideally, if I were to move anywhere in the world of my choosing it would be in Europe somewhere. I like their attitudes towards limits and bans on GMOs and foods. Plus, the history of so many places there intrigues me. All of my ancestors came from there. I’d like to see where they lived.

If you could move anywhere, where would you move?

Azure Standard Organic and Natural Food Haul

Azure Standard Organic Food Haul June/July

I am an amateur foodie…or maybe I am more like a food snob. There truly is nothing like a great tasting dish that satisfies the palate and makes a person sigh in contentment, let out a belch, and loosen the belt a notch! Okay, some people aren’t too keen on the belching part, but regardless, I think you know what I am talking about!

Taste is a sense–a thrill of a different kind. It activates memories and takes us on other kinds of adventures. Food gives us energy and life; flavor gives the food character. So, since we rely heavily on food for life, it should be the good stuff!

This is where a service called Azure Standard comes in…and my food haul!

Azure Standard is a monthly delivery service that brings organic and natural foods to a drop point in your area once a month. You will need to contact them to check whether or not there is a drop point nearby, and get the drop point number before you place an order on their website. If there isn’t a drop point location close to you, you may be able to set one up if you are on one of their many routes! Once you have set up your account, start filling your online shopping cart with the goodies!

Let me say that if you don’t have close access to shops with non-GMO food, getting these items delivered is a lifesaver.

Food quality has become a growing concern to me over the last couple of years. I have always been pretty critical about flavor quality anyway, but flavor isn’t simply due to the basic element of the food organism itself. There are multiple factors that go into the organism that affect it. Factors like environment, pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, and processing all change the way our food tastes. A bigger concern is how these things can affect human (and animal) health.

I have a desire to eat healthier. While I am easing into it, I know I will likely never be perfect in converting solely to organic (unless of course the stores in my area get with the program and increase their organic offerings times a hundred or a Whole Foods opens up here). My goal would be to eat at least 90% organic. However, trust me when I say there is a lack of organic shopping resources in my rural community!

This food haul photo was from last month’s order, and unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of this month’s haul. I will get better at this the more I do it! This time, I will show you the stuff from last month and highlight a few of the amazing things I feel I just have to mention from this month!

 

Azure Standard Organic Food Haul June/July

Azure Standard Haul: June 2014

Organic Lemons – I use these for making lemon infused water and also for cooking.

Small Organic Avocados – It’s always nice to have a few avocados on hand, and these taste great!

BumbleBar JunoBar (Organic Peanut Butter Cookie) – Since I am not a huge fan of a big breakfast, I love yummy bars like these. This kind really did taste like a PB cookie.

Earth Circle Organics Coconut Oil (Organic, Cold Pressed) – Coconut oil is a staple everyone should have because of it’s long list of versatile benefits. I put it in my tea every morning, use it as a skin moisturizer, have used it as a hair treatment, as well as in cooking of course! Azure Standard offers a variety of jar sizes, as well as bulk amounts.

Knudsen Strawberry Spritzer – Ok, this spritzer was AMAZING! I had a habit of drinking one or two regular sodas a day. Awhile ago, I tried to wean myself from drinking so much soda, and began trying drinks like this one. I am now trying the Black Cherry flavor as well. These drinks do not disappoint!

Azure Farm Organic Buttermilk Pancake Mix – I don’t eat pancakes much, and I don’t like when they are made from mixes like Bisquick. I decided to see if this organic mix tasted any better, and it totally does! Personally, I would go as far to say this mix tastes homemade. I have made plain pancakes, as well as added berries. Maybe next time I will add chocolate chips.

Gardenbar Mexican Savory – A twist on granola, these savory Gardenbars are nearly a meal in themselves. I highly recommend them. I previously tried the Indian and Japanese varieties. The Mexican is tasty as well, but I think my favorite so far has been the Indian flavor.

Knudsen Organic Mango Nectar – Mango juice is one of my favorite fruit flavors, and this is organic.

Bueno Vegetarian Green Chili Zucchini Tamales – From the Buenatural line by Bueno, these tamales are pretty damn good! I do suggest eating with sour cream and salsa, guacamole, or an enchilada sauce as I feel like the tamales need a little extra something. Melting some pepperjack cheese on them also tasted good.

Azure Standard Haul: July 2014

Azure Husbandry Organic Rainier Cherries – I have never had better fruit in my life! I am not really a fruit lover, but these cherries are so juicy and sweet, they are like candy.

Organic Cantaloupe Melon – Again, not really a fruit person but I thought I’d try a cantaloupe. This is the best melon I have ever had.

Barbara’s Bakery Cheese Puffs (Original Flavor) – Throw the Cheetos away my friend! Barbara’s Bakery cranks out some rather addictive cheese puffs.

BumbleBar Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter –  I admit, it isn’t as good as the peanut butter cookie kind, but it is pretty satisfying. It has a bit of crunchiness, a slight flavor of honey, and a chewy consistency.

GreenShield Organic Laundry Detergent HE (Lavender) – I have used this detergent before. It seemed to last quite awhile and my clothes are clean–so, it does its job!

Knudsen Black Cherry Spritzer – As flavorful and delicious as the strawberry flavor, it is just too good!

I also want to say a special thanks to my friend Robin over at The Sweetest Pear (and my college BFF), for telling my mom and I about Azure Standard!

Do you have any online organic shopping websites or services you love as much as I love Azure Standard? Comment below and let us all help one another find sources for healthier food!