the goats are eating the grass

How much land do you really need to be self sufficient?

With a world food crisis, drought and civil unrest over escalating food prices, around the world, we all have concerns about food security and the ability to feed our own families.  An info-graphic is circulating the internet that tells us that we need a full 2 acres to be self sufficient in food on a omnivore diet, implying less land if one is vegan.  The problem with a graphic like this is that it discourages experimentation, and assumes a one-size-fits all family eating style.  It uses yield estimates taken from mono-cultural commercial agriculture and imposes them on the homestead.  This discourages people who want to attempt to be self sufficient and live a more sustainable life.  2 acres is a substantial investment in a highly productive agricultural belt or near an urban area. And this info-graphic assumes highly productive land — expensive land.

So is 2 acres a reasonable estimate?  That depends where you live and what you mean by “self-sufficiency”.  When Canada was being divided up in homesteading grids — it was assumed that on the Prairies an average family would need a section of land (over 1,000 acres) to be self-sufficient.  In those days, self-sufficient meant to survive to the next year, without grocery stores to fall back on.  In Ontario and B.C. the amount of land necessary to feed and cloth a family was considered a ¼ section — 160 acres.  That area provided water, food, energy, and a livelihood.  Along the St. Laurence and in the Maritimes the amount of land needed was less — due to the proximity of fishing and water.  The closer one is to fresh water, whether a stream or through rainfall, the less land that is necessary to sustain  a family.

Those in the North or at higher elevations need more land to be self-sufficient.  Its hard to grow food — other than livestock and hay — in a growing season that’s shortened by intermittent summer frost.  But it can be done.  Land in these areas is cheaper, too.  You will need 5 to 15 acres to be productive in a Northern area and you will have more land dedicated to raising livestock and hay and less land dedicated to vegetables and fruit.

How much land do you need?

So what’s a reasonable estimate for how much land you really need to sustain your family?

Skip the 2,000 square foot house.  Its unnecessary.  A smaller footprint that builds upward  is a better use of space, and is easier to heat and clean.  Solar panels?  Possibly if you are far enough south and have a good exposure.   Wind? Micro-hydro?  Methane?  Wood?  All are possibilities to explore for energy efficiency.  Each property has to be assessed individually.  There is no one-size-fits-all solution — except the grid.  Cut the house footprint in half.

Livestock?  Skip the pigs — they produce only meat and take up valuable space.  Skip the corn unless you live in the South, where your summer has the heat value to ripen corn easily.  The livestock doesn’t need it and its low on food value — 2 goats and 5 chickens can live on garden surplus, grass and weeds.  5 chickens will feed a family 2 dozen eggs a week in the peak laying season.  They don’t need their own dedicated space.  Put them in a movable chicken tractor and let them till the garden, eating bugs and weeds.  Move them every morning during the growing season and it will improve your soil quality, too.

Goats can be housed in a shed near the house, a lean to onto the house or even the back of the garage.  They only need a small bedding area and can be taken for walks in the hedgerows of your neighbourhood to feed on browse.  They can be given a loafing area or be tethered in different spots around the yard to help keep down weeds.  Protect them from stray dogs and predators and they will give you 8 to 10 years of the highest quality raw milk for drinking, cheese, yogourt and ice-cream.  They can be fed with garden waste.  Or share your field peas and produce with them, in exchange for their milk.  Their manure will increase the fertility of the garden space.  2 full size dairy goats will give your family a gallon of milk a day and 3 kids for 90 lbs. of meat every fall. Live in an urban area? Invest in Nigerian Dwarf goats and half the production rates, as well as the food inputs.

Instead of corn in cooler regions, grow potatoes.  They offer more calories and can be grown in more climates and take up less space.  You can follow a crop of potatoes with kale for a longer harvest season, even in a colder climate.

Don’t forget the orchard

Fruit and nut trees are a must. Nut trees take a while to mature but the increase in protein is beneficial to you, and your livestock — plant them if you have the space.  Dwarf fruit trees will grow on a 6 foot centre and can be trellised along a fence to increase yields per space. If space is at a premium, do consider trellising them — planting 6 feet apart in a one foot wide row.  One dwarf tree will yield 75 lbs. of fruit, once it is mature.  10 trees trellised along a fence with a Southern exposure, blossom sooner in spring and have an extended growing season, and will give you enough fruit for a family for jamming, canning and preserving.

Berries and small fruits take up little space and can offer high vitamins and antioxidants to your diet.  If wild roses and wild strawberries grow in your area than other berries will as well.

Sunflowers are an annual crop that provide an increase in protein for your diet, and can grow on the borders of the garden, taking up very little space.

Raised beds for vegetables

Vegetables, grown in raised beds or containers, give high yields and can be rotated for 3 season gardening — greens from spinach to lettuce to kale can rotate through the growing season to keep your plate full for daily salads and vegetables.  We grow all the greens we need in about 20 square feet this way.  Other vegetables, like cabbage, beans, carrots and beets, need a full growing season but can be inter-cropped with flowers and herbs to feed bees, and provide medicinal plants for the family first aid kit.  With raised bed gardening you could cut down the vegetable area square footage by ½ to 2/3rds   Add a greenhouse and train vines to grow up instead of out and you can increase the growing season and the yields in the available space.

Community is essential

This chart fails to take into account the sharing that inevitably happens between gardeners — zucchinis, squash, lettuces and other prolific growers provide a bountiful harvest that many families can share, at the peak of the growing season.

Rabbits?  Chickens? Ducks?

Put in some rabbit hutches – Each rabbit needs 2 feet by 3 ft. space.  You can give them a grass run and build rabbit condos that offer them a wonderful, natural lifestyle.   3 female french angora rabbits and 1 male will provide your family with a meal of rabbit meat once a week and enough angora to keep your family in mittens and hats for the winter.  They will eat your garden surplus, and grass hay.  In Europe, during WWII, families with back yard rabbits would make hay by harvesting the grass from vacant lots and roadsides all summer.  And they make affectionate pets, too.  Are we eating our pets? No, as a farmer you make pets out of the breeding animals and give the best possible life and respect to the young that end up on your plate.

You don’t need meat every day, but you do need high quality protein every day and this kind of gardening will give you that.

Consider planting field peas for increased protein.  Field peas increase the fertility of the soil and the crop is ready to harvest in August when the ground can be cleared and a second crop can be planted of either peas or a winter vegetables.  The straw from peas is relished by goats and rabbits.


Consider the addition of an aquaponics greenhouse in the vegetable growing area.  This will yield fish fertilizer, vegetables, and fish for a well rounded diet for you and your garden — along with year round vegetables.  Add a methane digester and you can supply some of your own energy needs as well.  If you can grow meat and vegetables year round, you reduce your dependence on a freezer, which lowers your electrical needs.

My estimate is that in a highly productive area with adequate rainfall, the average family could raise all their food needs on 1 acre of land.  Many did just this during WWII with just a large city lot, by walking their goats and moving their chickens around the vegetable garden.  The key to making this work is to eat what you can grow in your climate — using heritage seeds that are adapted to your growing conditions. With more land — 5 acres — you can move from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture and begin to make some money from your productivity.

If you have more land, grow more food and expand your self sufficiency. But if you only have a balcony in a city apartment, grow where you are planted.  And start in a small way to be more sufficient now.  On the Joybilee Farm Facebook Page, I post periodic links to urban agricultural projects to inspire your urban efforts for self sufficiency.

One of my favorite resources for urban farm is the Urban Farm Guys. Their videos are practical step-by-step guidelines to help you harvest more food from a small amount of land. –

Happy Corvo Bianco Headcanons

Written by the lovely @bucketofbarnes

@panur asked: Please some happy corvo bianco headcanons, especially including Barnabas-Basil and Marlene!  

  • Geralt hangs the picture of young Ciri in the guest room. She gives Geralt hell for it but actually finds it a little bit sweet. Not that she’ll ever admit it.
  • B.B. walked in on Geralt and Yen before. They expected him to freak out. He wasn’t even fazed.
  • The kids in the vineyard love Roach and keep sneaking her treats. Geralt pretends not to notice.
  • The people in the vineyard quickly grow to respect Geralt. They spent some time working in a vineyard that was falling apart and losing business and then along comes this Witcher who makes the place beautiful and gives them a chance to bring money in again. He treats the workers with respect and is great with the kids that also live in the vineyard. The workers are glad to see that someone took the effort to breathe life into the vineyard again. Any negative thoughts they had about Witchers are quickly dismissed.
  • Marlene eventually finds out that Witchers eat a lot more than your average individual, and that Geralt sometimes eats less than he needs to in order to seem normal. She starts making his favourites and hinting that she put a lot of work into the food so that Geralt can’t bring himself to refuse.
  • Yennefer secretly buys her a bunch of flowers for her making her Witcher look so healthy.
  • Geralt lies in the grass next to Yennefer’s couch. She reads him the most ridiculous lines from her shitty romance novels. They occasionally stay outside until it’s dark to gaze at the stars together.
  • Eskel brings his goat with him to Corvo Bianco. She and Roach share the stables and cuddle up together at night. He’ll never admit that he finds it adorable.
  • Lambert visits and spends 2 whole days mocking Geralt for going soft since he lives in an actual house with a comfy bed now. He stops after Marlene smacks him on the knuckles with her wooden spoon. Hard. He now avoids the kitchen.
  • Corvo Bianco is one of the few places that Geralt has found that he actually feels safe sleeping in.
  • Dandelion comes to visit and a knight spots him. The knight almost takes him to the Empress, however, Geralt comes to the rescue by claiming that he’s not Dandelion because he can’t even sing. Dandelion is crying internally as he’s forced to sing terribly. He doesn’t talk to Geralt for the rest of the day.
  • Zoltan claims that he hates wine before he comes to the vineyard. After his first taste of Corvo Bianco wine he quickly shuts up. A whole case of it mysteriously goes missing during the night. 

dahliasdarkside  asked:

Wouldn't it be amazing if someone made a Buttons companion mod Fallout New Vegas? I think it would be, what is Button's favorite New Vegas passtime?

Ehh I never really got that much into NV myself. But I liked bighorners a lot and I think Buttons loves lil baby goats too. They’re like grass-eating, headbutting puppies! <3

I kinda wish they were in Fo4. I would make make a bighorner ranch for Meg. :D

Mythological Throwback Thursday: Trolls

Welcome to our latest Mythological Throwback Thursday! This week we’re taking a look at trolls. Fol-de-rol. Come and join us!

A troll is a creature from Scandinavian folklore, although there is a lot of conflict about where they come from. Even the etymology of the word is unclear. Originally they were perceived as familial, rock-dwelling, reclusive types. Some believe that this depiction has something to do with Neanderthals, whose bones were sometimes found by early Norse people.

As Norse culture developed, so the depiction of trolls generally settled down into that of an ugly, slow-witted being. When Scandinavia became Christianised, trolls did not, and were sometimes feared as evil pagans that would hurl rocks at churches with their inhuman strength. People even feared that their babies might be switched with troll-children.

In the little town of Kalundborg, Denmark, there exists a story of a famous troll called Fin. This story has close parallels with the tale of Rumpelstiltskin. A man called Esbern Snare was building a church in Kalundborg, but it was hard work. A passing troll offered his services to build the church, but with a catch: if Esbern couldn’t figure out the troll’s name by the time the church was finished, the troll would take his eyes and heart. Esbern couldn’t guess the troll’s name, and as the troll neared the completion of the church he wandered, eventually finding a troll-woman within a hill singing of her husband Fin and how her child would soon have Esbern’s eyes and heart to play with. When Esbern returned to Kalundborg the troll was fitting the final half of the last pillar. But Esbern called him by his name, Fin, and the troll became so angry he flung the pillar into the air. To this day, the church in Kalundborg only has three and a half pillars. At least this version makes slightly more sense than Rumpelstiltskin singing his own name capering round a campfire.

Another common folktale featuring trolls, of course, is the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. In it, three goats desire to cross a bridge to a hillside brimming with luscious grass. The smallest billy goat crosses the bridge but is accosted by the wicked troll living underneath, who wants to eat him. The billy goat manages to convince him to save his appetite for the second billy goat, who is larger. But the second billy goat, when he comes, convinces the troll to wait for the biggest billy goat. The greedy troll lies in wait, and attacks the biggest billy goat gruff. However, the goat puts out his eyes and crushes his body, before the three goats go and enjoy the grass. I suppose the moral of the story is don’t have eyes bigger than your stomach. Or you just won’t have eyes any more.

In modern times, trolls have been adapted into many European-style fantasy settings. Tolkien, D&D, Warhammer– the legend of the misshapen, misanthropic monster persists. Join us next week for another Mythological Throwback Thursday!


Weekend in the countryside by Boris Krstić

daydream: warm sunsets in the swiss countryside. reading Heidi on a small sunny hill. eating freshly baked bread with sweet butter, homemade jam and warm milk. watching the sunlight fall like powered gold on the grassy hillside, green mountains, and vast plains where white and brown goats eat the grass in the setting sun. tumbling down the hills with the goats and feeling the sun warm my skin.

Serbian idioms and phrases, their literal translations and meanings

1. Бог је високо, а Русија далеко. (Bog je visoko, a Rusija daleko.)

Translation: God is high above and Russia is far away. (meaning that help is far and very unlikely)

2.Вук длаку мења, али ћуд никад. (Vuk dlaku menja, ali ćud nikad.)

Translation: A wolf changes his hair, but never his character.

English equivalent: A leopard can’t change its spots.

3. Дала баба динар да се ухвати у коло, а два да се пусти. (Dala baba dinar da se uhvati u kolo, a dva da se pusti.)

Translation: Grandma gave a dinar to dance, and two to stop.

English equivalent: Be careful what you wish for

4. Кад на врби роди грожђе (Kad na vrbi rodi grožđe)

Translation: When willows bear grapes.

English equivalent: When pigs fly.

5. Не може и јаре и паре. (Ne može i jare i pare.)

Translation: You can’t have both your baby goat (kid) and your money.

English equivalent: You can’t have your cake and eat it (too).

6. Лупа као Максим по дивизији. (Lupa kao Maksim po diviziji.)

Translation: Banging like Maxim on division. (when someone says lots of things that make absolutely no sense)

7. Два лоша убише Милоша. (Dva loša ubiše Miloša.)


1. Two bad (guys) killed Miloš.

2. Two bad - Miloš dead. (two bad guys joined forces to beat a good guy)

8. Не липчи магаре до зелене траве (Ne lipči magare do zelene trave.)

Translation:Don’t die till the grass is green, donkey (waiting for better things to happen)

9. Правити од комарца магарца. (Praviti od komarca magarca.)

Translation: To make a donkey out of a mosquito.

English equivalent: To make a mountain out of a molehill. 

10. Само слога Србина спаcава. (Samo sloga Srbina spasava.) 

Translation: Only unity saves the Serbs. 

*bonus fact: The phrase is an interpretation of what is taken to be four Cyrillic letters for “S” (written С) on the Serbian cross.

matt-the-blind-cinnamon-roll  asked:

You have goats? Can you tell us about your goats? What are their names? How old are they? Sorry, I just really love goats.

I do! 

From let to right they are Twig (3 years old), Pepper (6) and Harvey (5). We got them about 2 years ago and they came with those names. They are lovable goofs and have the run of the whole back yard, which as you can see I let grow wild for them.

Photo Description: Three Nigerian dwarf goats eating grazing in a meadow of grass and wild flowers.

(BMC) Mythical Creatures AU, pt 1: Boyf riends


This AU will be split into multiple parts.
First will be a bit of intro on the boyfs and their lives (that’s this), next will be the squip and maybe some RichJake, then it’ll all be random and ship based.
So…. Yeah!

I think I’ve seen one of these around before, but I don’t remember whose it was or what it was on— So if it seems like I’ve copied anything, please tell me! It definitely wasn’t intentional!!

Also, my ‘please give me stuff to do headcanons/parodies on’ plea is still a thing,,,,


Jeremy: Dryad
Michael: Satyr
Squip: Demon
Christine: Sphynx
Rich: Half-dragon
Jake: Incubus
Chloe: Succubus
Brooke: Cloud nymph
Jenna: Harpy


-Being a dryad is basically hell for Jeremy
-His lifeline is connected to some stupid pine tree that’s still only half grown and is found, more often than not, in various stages of wilting
-He can’t go more than a mile away from it either
-Well, he can, as long as he’s holding a twig from his tree
-Michael found out this loophole years ago, and Jeremy’s been using it ever since
-(He never asked Michael why he’d been carrying around a twig from his tree to begin with)
-Michael, as a satyr, eats a lot
-And he’s not picky as to what ‘a lot’ includes
-He can eat anything, from wood to grass to cloth
-Once he ate some plastic hanging from Jeremy’s tree and had to be admitted to a hospital
-Jeremy was furious
-And guilty
-Michael also likes to eat soft drink cans
-He has a whole collection at home
-He lets Jeremy drink the inside, and then eats the can
-Jeremy’s a vegetarian
-Michael will only eat meat if there’s nothing else around
-Eating it makes him feel uncomfortable, being part goat and all
-Jeremy loves rain
-It feeds his tree and makes Michael smell like old wool
-Sometimes the two of them go for long walks in the rain because why not
-When they come back, Michael’s soaked and Jeremy looks like he’s never been better
-Jeremy also loves music
-Well, he loves Michael’s music
-Michael, as a satyr, can play some mean pipes— not to mention his guitar skills
-His music also is somewhat charmed
-When Jeremy’s tree was under attack by insects, Michael strummed a few notes and they all fled
-Speaking of fleeing
-Jeremy is 100% a runner
-He’ll wake up at 6:30 sometimes just for a run around the block
-He likes feeling the wind in his hair and his sandals (he hates closed-off shoes) slapping against the ground
-As a dryad, he’s also pretty damn fast
-Michael hates running
-His goat legs make it impossible
-He’s great at climbing though
-He loves to scuttle up places (usually with one of Jeremy’s belongings) then laugh when Jeremy can’t reach
-They’re both scared of fire
-Jeremy because if it gets anywhere near his tree, it could literally kill him
-Michael because if it gets anywhere near Jeremy’s tree, it could litetally kill Jeremy
-This makes it very easy for Rich, who’s literally half dragon, to taunt them
- 'Yo, Heere! Do you smoke? 'Cause I could light a cigarette for you with a breath!’
'U-uh, I’m fine, t-thanks’
'Oh riiiight, you’re part tree, aren’t you? Maybe sometime I’ll stop by your house and check your other half out. Spark things up a little!’
-Jeremy has a bit of a crush on Christine
-She’s a sphynx, and tends to speak in a really long riddley way
-Jeremy thinks it’s adorable
-He also tries not to stare at the way her tail swishes when she’s nervous or how her eyes gleam like gold or how she—
-Shit he’s in love
-But like…. He also likes Michael?
-But Michael’s a dude and probably uninterested??
-Life is complicated
-Welp, guess you could say he’s… Pine-ing
-Jeremy makes a lot of tree puns
-Michael rolls his eyes but secretely thinks they’re hilarious
-It’s not much of a secret
-He laughs every time Jeremy says one
-Jeremy once startles Michael into bleating
-Michael gets revenge the next day by decking Jeremy’s tree full out in Christmas lights
-And cramming the star on Jeremy’s head
-Jeremy doesn’t take it off for the rest of the day
-It’s June

The Broke Girl’s Guide To Healthy Eating

Yes, it’s true that health food can be staggeringly expensive — especially if it’s something trendy, like raw almonds or cold-pressed green juice. But, eating well and staying on a budget don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The secret is to plan ahead and choose staples you can cook with all week long. These foods — like canned beans, for example — aren’t necessarily flashy, but are still packed with nutrients. Click through for 14 affordable and healthy items you should always have on your grocery list. They’ll run you about $60 total, and you’ll use them to whip up countless good-for-you meals and snacks.


What they cost: About $3-$7 per dozen, depending on whether you choose organic, cage-free, etc.

Why they’re healthy: Ounce for ounce, an egg is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. It contains all nine essential amino acids and is rich in iron, phosphorous, selenium, and vitamins A, B12, B2, and B5. One egg contains 113 mg of choline, a nutrient that’s critical for healthy brain function. Eggs also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that can help protect your vision. Almost all of these nutrients are found in the yolk, so eat the whole egg!

How to cook with them: ”Eggs are incredibly versatile,” says Amelia Winslow, nutritionist, chef, and founder of Eating Made Easy. They’re not just for breakfast, either. “You can put an egg on just about anything, from sautéed veggies to rice and beans, and turn your dish into a complete, balanced meal.”

Build a quick meal from this shopping list: Make a Southwestern omelet with salsa and diced avocado.

Canned Fish, Such As Tuna & Salmon

What it costs:About $2-$5 for a can of tuna and about $4-$5 for a can of salmon. All the experts we spoke to suggest you look for BPA-free cans and choose wild-caught salmon if you can afford it.

Why it’s healthy: Canned tuna and salmon are excellent sources of vitamins B6 and B12, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. (So are other varieties of canned fish, like sardines and anchovies — but they can be more of an acquired taste.) And, salmon is one of the best food sources of vitamin D, a nutrient that’s crucial for our immune function, bone health,and mental health. “Buying canned fish is a great way to get quality fish without having to spend a fortune,” say Hayley Mason and Bill Staley, founders of Primal Palate and authors ofMake It Paleo 2. Additionally, Winslow says, “canned salmon is among the ‘freshest’ fish you can buy, because it’s canned immediately after being caught, as opposed to being frozen and thawed before reaching your table.”

How to cook with it:Don’t worry about removing the bones if there are any — unlike the bones in fresh fish, which can pose a choking hazard, these bones are softer as a result of the canning process. And, canned fish bones are a terrific source of dietary calcium. Make tuna or salmon burgers in a food processor: Combine the fish with a little olive oil or mayonnaise, breadcrumbs, and the seasonings of your choice, then pan-sear the patties until golden brown on both sides. For a quick, easy lunch, simply add the fish (right out of the can) to a salad with a little olive oil and lemon juice, suggests Mason.

Build a quick meal from this shopping list:Make a kale and apple salad, top with canned fish, and dress with olive oil and lemon juice.


What they cost: About $.88-$2 each. Unless you live in Southern California, avocados can be a bit of a splurge. But, this is one food you don’t have to buy organic — which can save you some money, say Mason and Staley. “Avocados top the ‘Clean Fifteen’ list of foods with the least amount of pesticide residues,” explains Mason.

Why they’re healthy: Avos contain healthy fat and protein, and they’re packed with lots of vitamins and minerals. In fact, they have more potassium than a banana, and high doses of vitamins C, E, K, B6, and folate.

How to cook with them: You can add avocado to just about anything, like sandwiches, eggs, dips, and even frosting or brownies. For an on-the-go snack, just grab an avocado and a pinch of sea salt, suggest Mason and Staley — it’s essentially a mini meal all on its own.

Build a quick meal from this shopping list: Stir together canned tuna or salmon with garbanzo beans, a little olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and top with avocado for a different take on white bean salad.


What they cost: $2.69-$4.29 for a canister or bag (usually between 18-22 oz)

Why they’re healthy: One of oats’ standout qualities is that they contain beta glucans, compounds that slow the rate at which carbohydrates are absorbed by the body. This helps keep your blood sugar levels steady and could be the reason why oats seem to keep people fuller longer than most other cereals. Just one half cup of oats contains a generous dose of folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc as well more than 100% of the recommended daily dose of manganese — a mineral necessary for strong bones and healthy skin.

How to cook with them:You don’t have to eat oats Oliver Twist-style. You can blend them into smoothies, soak them overnight with berries, or combine them with your Greek yogurt. As far as rolled versus steel-cut verses quick, nutritionally they’re all about equal; the only difference is texture and cook time, so pick your preference.

Build a quick meal from this shopping list: Combine oats, Greek yogurt, and frozen berries in a blender for a high-protein, high-fiber, low-sugar smoothie that will keep you going all morning.

Greek Yogurt

What it costs:About $1.25-$2 per small tub

Why it’s healthy: Greek yogurt packs up to three times the protein of regular yogurt, and many brands also contain beneficial bacteria that aid digestion. Go ahead and buy the full-fat kind instead of fat-free — full-fat dairy has been linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and a lower incidence of weight gain, and it also helps your body absorb nutrients better.

How to cook with it: Winslow recommends buying plain, so you can control the amount of sugar that’s added to it. This also means you can use the yogurt in savory dishes — it’s great in marinades, dressings, and dips, and you can also use it instead of heavy cream, mayonnaise, or sour cream. And, of course, it’s delicious for breakfast — including smoothies.

Build a quick meal from this shopping list: Make a protein-packed hummus by blending garbanzo beans with Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Use as a sandwich spread or dip (try it paired with homemade kale chips).

Frozen Mixed Berries

What they cost:About $3-$4 per bag (typically 8-12 oz). Winslow recommends splurging for organic if you can, since berries are often on the “Dirty Dozen" list of produce with high amounts of pesticide residues.

Why they’re healthy: Berries are low in sugar, high in fiber, and one of the best food sources of antioxidants. But, if you can’t get to a farmer’s market, frozen fruits might be your next best bet, as research has shown that frozen produce often contains more nutrients than what’s found in the refrigerator case. This is because frozen produce is processed shortly after it’s picked, while fresh sometimes travels hundreds of miles before it ends up on a supermarket shelf — and during that time, its vitamins and antioxidants start to degrade.

How to cook with them: Mason and Staley use frozen berries in smoothies, while Winslow says you can blend them with olive oil and vinegar to make your own fruity salad dressing.

Build a quick meal from this shopping list:Thaw the berries and mix with Greek yogurt; use as a topping on oatmeal, pancakes, or granola.

Sweet Potatoes

What they cost:About $1.29 per lb

Why they’re healthy: Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin C, B6, and potassium, plus nearly 400% our RDV of vitamin A. Carotenoids, the compounds that give the potatoes their orange color, are powerful antioxidants that can help strengthen our eyesight and boost our immunity in addition to protecting against aging.

How to cook with them: Mason and Staley like to dice up sweet potatoes for breakfast home fries. They’re also delicious roasted (try them topped with toasted nuts or pomegranate seeds). Or, you can simply bake them (a shortcut: Pierce the skin a few times and microwave on high for 5-8 minutes) and eat with your favorite toppings.

Build a quick meal from this shopping list: Cut sweet potatoes into small cubes and sauté with ground beef and kale. If you have them on hand, add spices like cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, and cumin to turn it into a curry. (Curry powder works great, too.)

Ground Beef

What it costs: About $6-$7 per 1lb package

Why it’s healthy: Beef — and red meat in general — has significantly more B12, iron, and zinc than white meat. And, it can often be the best choice for those on a budget, say Mason and Staley. This is because meat from ruminant animals (cows, sheep, goats, buffalo, etc.) is made up of about equal parts saturated and monounsaturated fat, and only a small amount of polyunsaturated fat (which can be inflammatory). Unlike pork and poultry, the ratio of these fats stays relatively constant no matter what the animal eats. So, red meat can be a better choice for people who can’t afford pasture-raised or grass-fed meats.

How to cook with it: Ground beef can be more susceptible to bacterial contamination (the germs get mixed into the meat as it’s chopped up), so use a meat thermometer when cooking and make sure the temperature hits 160 degrees. One pound can make up to four meals, says Mason, who uses ground beef to make meatloaf, chili, stuffed peppers, and stir-frys.

Build a quick meal from this shopping list: Brown the beef in a frying pan, then add lentils and frozen veggies and season with a sprinkling of dried sage, turmeric, sea salt, black pepper, and fresh thyme.

Related: Pinch Those Pennies: 8 Superfoods Under $1 Per Serving


What it costs: About $3.49 per bunch of organic kale. Winslow recommends you always buy organic, since conventional kale tends to be heavily sprayed with harsh pesticides.

Why it’s healthy: Ah, the vegetable everyone loves. Or loves to hate. Whichever side of the fence you’re on, the fact is, kale didn’t get all that hype for no reason. One cup, chopped, has 206% our RDV of vitamin A, 134% vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of our vitamin K. Kale also contains glucosinolates, sulfur-containing compounds that may protect against cancer and help our bodies detoxify. And, this stuff will last! Kale is much tougher than other leafy greens, so it won’t go bad as quickly, say Staley and Mason.

How to cook with it:Kale stands up to dressings without getting soggy — in fact, many culinary pros actually recommend dressing your kale ahead of time for better flavor. So, you can make kale salad on a Sunday and still be eating good on Tuesday. Homemade kale chips are also super-easy to make (roast pieces in a single layer in the oven) and will satisfy a potato chip craving — just check your teeth when you’re done.

Build a quick meal from this shopping list: Sauté kale and garbanzo beans with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then top with Greek yogurt. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and season with a little more salt and pepper.

Frozen Vegetable Medley

What it costs: About $3 -$3.50 per package (typically 10-12 oz)

Why it’s healthy: Like frozen berries, frozen veggies often contain more nutrients than produce that has been shipped long distances or left to refrigerate for an extended period of time. And, you don’t have to worry about them going bad, which is a waste of money, say Mason and Staley. Like all veggies, the frozen kind will bump up the amount of fiber and vitamins in a meal.

How to cook with it: You can add frozen veggies to just about any dish that could use more produce. Because they have a soft texture, frozen veggies are best in cooked dishes like stir frys, pastas, casseroles, and soups.

Build a quick meal from this shopping list: Make a stir fry with the veggies and ground beef and top with a fried egg.

Green Apples

What they cost:About $5 for a 4-pack of organic, which is recommended, since conventional apples are heavily sprayed with pesticides. Those chemicals tend to collect on the apples’ skin — which is also where most of the nutrients are concentrated.

Why they’re healthy: Low in sugar and high in soluble fiber, green apples help fill you up and stabilize blood sugar levels. As an added bonus, they can also save you from bad breath. That’s because the tartness in the apple stimulates saliva, which helps to break down bacteria in your mouth.

How to cook with them:The flavor of a green apple can be used from breakfast to dinner. Green apples are great in juices and smoothies, and they’re also delicious sliced into salads. Or, try sautéing or roasting them and serving with chicken.

Build a quick meal from this shopping list:Chop up an apple and mix it with kale and lentils. Toss with a dressing made from vinegar (preferably apple cider), olive oil, Dijon mustard, and honey.

Garbanzo Beans

What they cost:About $2-$2.50 per 15oz can. Look for a brand that’s BPA-free, like Eden Organic.

Why they’re healthy: One cup contains 15g of protein and a whopping 12g of fiber, not to mention iron, magnesium, potassium, and more than 70% of our RDV of folate.

How to cook with them:“Toss them into salads, blend them with olive oil and lemon juice to make a hummus-like dip, or add them to soups,” suggests Winslow. “You can even turn them into a crunchy, salty snack: Just coat them with a little olive oil and salt and roast at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes.”

Build a quick meal from this shopping list:Make chickpea fritters by blitzing together one can of garbanzo beans (drained), one egg, ½ cup flour, an onion, and garlic in a food processor. Shape into patties and fry in a skillet. Top with Greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

By Grace McCalmon

mystic-delecation  asked:

Hi there! I'm very much looking forward for this page to becoming a successful Mysmes Imagine Blog! My request is having the RFA invited for a short vacation to MC's large family home, located in the outskirts of the city or countryside. MC's parents and relatives would be very welcoming and outgoing towards the RFA. Bonus, if you can add in MC's parents/relatives putting MC in an embarrassing position like pulling out the baby pictures or asking them about grandkids. Haha~!

OMG that is so cute!!! I’ve never even read an imagine like this and wowww. I’m excited. This is so adorable. I hope you don’t mind  that I modeled it a bit after my family vacation place.

And I’m very flattered that you think that my blog will become successful, thank you! ^^

I hope you enjoy it~!


  • he’s so excited to meet your family
  • he’s never nervous when visiting them because he knows that he is perfect
  • the plan was to stay there for a week on a little vacation
  • once you get there it’s almost a celebration 
  • zen helps move all of your things to the guest room
  • your mom loves him 
  • honestly they would be best friends
  • your dad was a little wary of him until they talked it out over some beers
  • now they are like bros
  • they make jokes and talk about his acting all day
  • will sing for everyone
  • if you have younger siblings you can bet that zen can and will sing them to sleep
  • which earns him extra points with your mom
  • he’s honestly terrified of the chickens that you have to feed
  • the nights get really cold where you guys are 
  • zen goes out to get firewood because you have an actual fireplace
  • the whole family sits by the fire and tells stories
  • him and your mom will sit in the kitchen and talk about things that you do 
  • “You know that thing she does when she’s angry?” and they would gasp and laugh
  • “Or that one noise she makes when she laughs!”
  • MC can HEAR YOU
  • he probably teams up with your parents to try and persuade you into having kids


  • my gOD he is so nervous
  • overthinking everything
  • “What if they don’t like me and they tell you that you can’t see me anymore?!” 
  • baby is almost cryin
  • you assure him that they will like him and even if they don’t, you will not leave him
  • once he figures out that you will be sharing a bed in the guest room he is convinced that your dad is going to hate him for sure
  • your mom thinks he’s adorable 
  • she applauds you for finding a man who isn’t a emotionally-stupid
  • he helps cook dinner
  • also does the dishes 
  • mom loves him
  • your dad will tease him with fake angry glares
  • poor boy shakes whenever your dad does anything like that
  • calls him ‘sir’
  • you tell him that he doesn’t have to do that
  • he does it anyway
  • will go outside into the orchard and pick pomegranates for everyone to share
  • learns that your family loves when he tells them stories about you
  • one time he tells them about how loud you sing in the shower
  • your family assures him that you have always done that 
  • after dinner he apologizes for telling them that even if you aren’t mad
  • other times he will tell them about how you met 
  • will talk about how much he loves you in the middle of dinner
  • your siblings gag
  • “Do you think I did good today? Did I do good?” questions every night before bed
  • tells your parents that he would love to have kids, but wants to wait until you are ready. (he’s surprisingly calm in this situation)


  • not very nervous
  • her job requires her to talk to people with a high authority 
  • she’s kinda used to it
  • never really one for the countryside or somewhere in the outskirts but she will go because you want to
  • she’ll help clean the house 
  • will make your parents coffee in the morning 
  • your dad really likes her after that coffee
  • everyone think she’s super responsible
  • cuz she is
  • likes to sit on the porch and look at the sky
  • it’s never this clear in the city
  • whole family agrees that she is wife material 


  • really makes an impression when you show up in his limousine 
  • has bought everyone in your family a gift because he wants to impress them with his money
  • parents are worried that you are just with him for his money and pull you to the side to ask if you are financially okay
  • after you assure them that you are fine and that you love him, they are 100% supportive 
  • brought really expensive fancy wine for all of them to enjoy
  • your parents think his seriousness is a little funny
  • they make a lot of dumb jokes around him
  • it’s almost a challenge to get him to laugh
  • you’re the master at it
  • jumin loves the cherry orchard
  • he will try to teach younger siblings about the economy 


  • everyone in your family probably loves him
  • family thinks he’s hilarious 
  • hangs out more with the kids than the adults
  • he’s basically their leader now
  • they worship him
  • will catch as many frogs as he can 
  • probably has pushed you into the frog pond once
  • comes back from being outside all day and his face is streaked in mud
  • you have to get a washcloth and clean him up while he smiles at you like an idiot
  • showers your parents in compliments
  • is that one person that points out similarities between you and your parents
  • absolutely loves your mom’s cooking
  • will stand up at dinner and salute his meal 
  • is also the one who asks for the family picture-book 
  • the one with the embarrassing pictures with you
  • you know
  • that one
  • you don’t even have time to protest before the whole family is squeezed together on the couch laughing at baby pictures of you
  • he laughs so loud
  • “MC! You are so cute~!”
  • and omg
  • he has embarrassing pictures of you on his phone
  • he has pictures of you from the cameras in your own home wHAT
  • you threaten to show everyone pictures of him in a dress
  • 100% just starts screaming whenever anyone of your parents mention grandkids


  • is there anyone that V can’t get along with
  • except yoosung 
  • takes pretty pictures of you and your family
  • loves taking pictures of just nature
  • everything is so open and free, it’s perfect
  • laughs at photo albums of you in the past and thinks it’s adorable when you get embarrassed 
  • adds his photographs to the album 
  • likes to lay down in the plush grass, close his eyes, and just feel the breeze and the sunshine 
  • you will join him
  • family thinks you two are so cute
  • when the idea of grandkids comes up, he is all for it
  • it’s a little embarrassing
  • tells your parents about how happy he would be to start a family 


  • probably tries to stay by your side the whole time
  • even though your family is happy to have him here, he feels like he is intruding 
  • wants to stay inside
  • you drag him out
  • the goat tried to eat his sweater sleeve and now he swears revenge
  • he likes the dog
  • if you aren’t with him, he’s now with the dog
  • thinks it’s kinda funny to open a photo album and watch you freak out 
  • likes it when you drag him out to the orchard and walk through the trees holding hands
  • would never admit it tho
  • one day your parents bring up the topic of grandkids over dinner
  • this boy turns bright red, stands up, and just leaves the fucking room
  • youcantdothatsaeranplz

Cotton Candy Kisses: Jonah Marais

Word Count: 1058

A/n: This is my first Why Don’t We imagine ever! I hope you enjoy:)


You woke up with a smile on your face. Your boyfriend, Jonah Marais, was back in his hometown as of two days ago. You had to see each other yet, And today you were heading out to the state fair with him and his family. At first when he asked you, you almost said no, not wanted to intrude on his family time. But he insisted.

You looked at the time on your phone and had a mini heart attack. He was gonna be there to pick you up in half an hour. You looked in the mirror and sighed
“Ok, let’s see if I can look at least presentable”
You mumbled to yourself, standing up and stretching. You ran a brush through your hair and pulled it into two French braids. Slicking back any baby hairs, you quickly pulled on the outfit you had set out the night before, which consisted of a pair of jean shorts, a black crop top and adidas hat. You slipped on your white converse and brushed your teeth quickly. Washing your face and putting on a layer of mascara, you walked to your kitchen.
“Mom! I’m leaving soon!”
You yelled out, grabbing a banana and eating it quickly while you scrolled through Instagram.

You were looking through your tagged photos, which were mostly edits of you and Jonah, you liked as many as you could before you heard a knock on the door. You felt your heart leap into your throat as you raced to open it. As you whipped it open, Jonah’s smiling face appeared behind it. You squealed and kept into his arms, hugging him as tightly as you possibly could. He laughed in response, hugging back just as eagerly.
You pulled away and looked at his face, committing every small detail to memory.

“I missed so much, oh my gosh”

You whispered, pressing your forehead against his. He smiled widely.

“I missed you too Y/n”

He then kissed you slowly as he put you down. You smiled as you pulled away. You grabbed his hand and shut your door, yelling out a goodbye to your mother as you did so.

“Come on, today’s gonna be lit”

He gave a fake laugh and cringed.

“Ok, still the same lame old Y/n”

You fake gasped in shock.

“Me! Lame? I don’t think so”

You couldn’t stop smiling for long though, you were so happy it was almost impossible not to. You reached the car and he opened the door for you, almost immediately Svea jumped into your arms.


She squealed. Your heart melted as you hugged her back.

“I missed you!”

She let go and pulled you into the backseat. You smiled at her.

“I missed you too. But I’m sure I didn’t miss you as much as Jonah did”

She giggled as she buckled her seatbelt. Jonah shot you a goofy grin as you pulled away from your house. The car ride was full of laughter and jokes, when you arrived at the fair, your good mood had gotten ever better. You pulled Jonah to the farm animals immediately.

“Oh my gosh they’re so cute”

You pointed to a bunch of goats you spotted in a pen.

“Hi babies, awww”

You fed them handfuls of grass with Svea until Jonah finally convinced you both to move on to something new. You sighed and allowed yourself to be pulled towards the mini donut stand. Jonah pulled out his phone and started videotaping it, you just rolled your eyes with a smile.

When you got them, he decided to take a boomerang of you eating one.
“Ew, please don’t post that. I look gross today”

You said, looking over his shoulder. He grinned at you

“You could never look gross Y/n, you’re too cute for that”

You blushed and shoved another mini donut in your mouth so you wouldn’t have to reply. He laughed and grabbed your hand, lacing his fingers with yours.

“Please don’t kiss, cause that’s gross”

Esther said from behind you guys, wrinkling her nose. Svea giggled as your blush darkened and Jonah laughed even harder. He just kissed your forehead as you kept walking.

Surprisingly, even though there were so many people there, some fans of the band managed to find Jonah. You were more than willing to take pictures. And almost choked when a girl asked to take one with you.


You smiled shyly as she pulled you into a hug and you smiled towards the camera.

“Thank you so much!”

She squealed, heading off with her friends. Jonah had a huge grin on his face and he wrapped an arm around your side.

“I’m so happy the fans like you”

He said into your ear, causing you to grin as well.

“Me too”

You dragged him onto as many rides you could, as cheesy as it was. But you loved the cheesy stuff. You loved the feeling of being with him, it had been so long since you had seen him in person you almost forgot what it was like. Of course you Facetimed all the time and you texted even more but it just wasn’t the same thing.

You had separated from his family for a little bit, just walking around a horse barn. You softly petted their noses, smiling as they bent down towards you.

“I really did you miss Jonah, I can’t even tell you how much”

You said softly, turning to face him as he moved closer to you. His face fell for a little while as he pulled you into his arms.

“I know you did baby, I know. I missed you too. Every night all I could think about was how much I wanted to hear you laugh again. Or to hold you like this.”

You both pulled each other closer, wanting to get as much out of the time you spent together as possible. He was leaning in to kiss you when a horse nipped at your hair and you squealed. You both laughed loudly and moved away slightly.

“I love you Y/n, so much”

You smiled widely, kissing his nose.

“I love you too Jonah”

You kissed on the lips this time, and I don’t think anything could make either of you stop smiling for the rest of the day.

MYOJO 06/2017: OKAMOTO KEITO as the sheep boyfriend

Credit to owner for clear scan! 💚

Q1. What is your percentage of"sheep type boyfriend scale" at?
The sheep itself. It’s 100% fit. I can fit in anything and can be anything. There’s demand for sheep and that’s good. The fur can be used and the meet can be eaten isn’t? It’s wonderful existence become beneficial for people….

Q2. What kind of boyfriend do you think you are based on your character?
I have been thinking about it a lot but it’s seems impossible for me to be a sheep. If to say animals of the same lineage, I think I would be a goat. Goat can live if there are grass isn’t? So economical. I want to be a goat…

Q3. Most carnivorous member is…
I think it’s me! I’m pretty sure I am carnivorous. Because I can’t eat fish, so only meat left I can eat.

Q4. Most herbivorous member is…
I guess is Yuya? He likes vegetables and have been eating salad only. I think a person who likes salad probably has calm personality.

Q5. If you were to devote yourself to your girlfriend, how far would you go?
I’ll do anything for her! I won’t trouble others around me, everything is fine even if I have to do it by myself. It’s ok if she’s coming late, it’s ok if she’s late replying mail, i just had to put up with her. I would dedicate all my life to her (laugh)! Isn’t cool to live for other people?

Q6. What are the things your girlfriend do that will make you in a good mood…
All she has to do is to stay with me. If i had a talk with her, I can be in a good mood again. If she reads this interview it makes me happy!

Q7. What are the things your girlfriend do that will make you bad mood…
If she did something painful with violence, I’ll be not in good mood and tears might come out. Another thing is speaking bad about others. If she said something about me, I also want to know it! I also don’t like if she keeps complaining about something. I can’t look at such girls.

Q8. On the first date with the girl you care about, you just realised it’s her birthday. What would you do to celebrate her birthday?
I will invite her to a movie, but before that I will go and watch it once in advance. So on that day “Because this movie is popular we can’t buy tickets to sit beside each orher” and I purposely buying separate seats. When the movie start, I will secretly go out and buy the present! When we go out from the cinema, I will take her to a cafe and we will have a talk about the movie. After that I will ask her “Let’s eat” and we will go to a restaurant that I reserved in advanced. Actually, when I was out from the movie, I contacted her friends and call them together, to make a surprise for her with cakes and presents!

Q9. For some reasons you didn’t know, your girlfriend feeling sad. What would you do to cheer her up?
Surely she doesn’t want to talk about it to me right? So, I will show that I am more depress beyond her. I will win if she ask “What happened?” to me (laugh). I will say “Because you’re sad, so i try to be more sad”. Then, I think for a moment she will start to smile!

Chimera Discourse

So Chimeras are pretty cool. Fun fact I’ve learned about the Chimera is no matter how you pronounce it’s name, you’re flat-out always pronouncing it wrong. Whether this is one of it’s magical abilities is up to interpretation.

While 90% of mythological creatures are mashed-up combos of already existing creatures, (Expecting more creativity out of you, Greece) the chimera, is, well, *the* creature mashup. Every mashup that isn’t already something else can technically be considered a chimera. This is why some subjects like genetics uses chimera as a term to define an abnormal combination of things. Being the sibling of the hydra and Cerberus, it’s clear Greece likes multi-headed creatures.

However, the chimera is a little bit different than those two, since they comprise of multiple heads of the same species. So what would a realistic chimera even entail? That’s what we’re going to learn today, so buckle up.

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Gamzee is definitely a furry and his fursona is a very high goat that smokes GRASS and its got colors similar to gam cuz gam based the fursona off of him and that fuckin goats name is goatzee and he has a special pie tray that fits right between his horns and he just sets it up there and eats fuckin grass filled sopor pie- and not even like  finely chopped grass like he went outside and just tore that shit out root and all and stuffed it in there and baked it what a stupid motherfucker 

teacher: so tell us about urself

me on the inside: i really love goats i lov how they have this lil string of beard and they always look like they dont give a fuc as long as they have grass to eat and baby goats are literally the cutest, their horns reminds me of batman-

me really: i….. like…..reading?

Shepherds in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia. The animals are not fed grain, so every day someone has to lead them to areas where the snow is not as deep so they can find grass to eat. The backpacks the herders wear are for putting newborn lambs or kids in to keep them warm. Photo by Tariq Sawyer.