No Excuses.

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What did you do on Mother’s Day? Hopefully if you are a mom, you did something more relaxing than me. We built a shed!

It was an incredible feat, I think, to accomplish in one weekend – prepping the ground included – while managing our almost-two-year old and not ordering pizza or grabbing burgers from Wendy’s. Yep, despite our incredibly packed weekend we managed to not buy one take-out meal.

In the spirit of full disclosure, the shed was all pre-cut and came with instructions, but it still took a couple of hammers and a whole bunch of nails to get it all together. In hindsight we should have rented a nail gun. Oh well, next time!

Here is a quick play-by-play, to illustrate the insanity of our weekend…


7:00, Up
7:30, Breakfast. Eggs, leftover steak and smoothie.
8:00, Prepare a level surface for the shed base
9:00,  Break – Ken goes to drop our car off at a friend’s for an oil change, borrows his truck and picks up stone from a local nursery. I take the wee one to the local farm for some meat and eggs, we stopped at a produce stand on the way and picked up fresh strawberries.
10:00,   Back to work, build shed base
Noon, Break for lunch – burgers, hot dogs and sauteed asparagus, mushrooms and onions
12:30 – 7:30, work on the shed with several breaks to tend to our son. Munched on leftovers for dinner.
8:00, shower, cook and play in the kitchen
10:30, in bed

Prep for the base.

The yard was a hot mess.

Break for lunch, progress!

I forgot to take a picture at the end of the day, oops.

After cleaning up, I took some time in the kitchen to decompress…

Chicken bone broth. I started a crockpot Friday night and cooked it on low for 24 hours. I froze the broth in the bowl (put it plastic bags first) and stuck the jar in the fridge for sauces later. (recipe to follow)

1 beef liver/ground bison meatloaf to freeze for a quick dinner later.
1 beef liver/ground beef meatloaf for the week. (recipes to follow)


7:00 – 9:00,  Repeat from Saturday with one change, it was Mother’s Day and I didn’t cook or wash the dishes from breakfast. Oh the little things! Bacon, coconut waffles, eggs and tea.
9:00, Work starts! Our neighbors stopped by to pick up our son to play with their son so we could work uninterrupted. A very pleasant surprise!
Noon, Break for lunch. Steak salad and sweet potatoes. My son and I run some errands and pick up more groceries for the week. Ken keeps building.
2:30, napping toddler, I can help my husband for a few hours and get some more cooking time in
7:00,  work stops. Leftovers for dinner, clean up and go to bed by 10:00.

More pictures of the play-by-play

One wall is standing, yippee!!

All walls up before lunch!

A little break in the day while I stayed inside with our son allowed me to mix up some treats for all our hard work.

Almond bread for the week (Trader Joe’s recipe – I use honey instead of agave nectar)

Brownies with fresh strawberries.

Here is the almost final product.

I took this picture Tuesday morning but it looked just like this on Sunday night. The rain put a stop to the finishing touches – paint, doors, and very top shingles (hence the tarp). We’ll wrap it up completely this coming weekend.

What is the point of this post?  Oh, I remember.

No excuses.

If 2 people can (almost completely) build a shed in one weekend without buying crap food to feed ourselves, anyone can do it without a shed build in their schedule.  ANYONE!

Perhaps this is a poor analogy and I just wanted to brag about putting a shed together? Hm…

Ask yourself a question – is my health important to me? If you answered yes read more about why you don’t want to follow the dietary guidelines here and here.

For us there are no excuses not to eat the best quality food possible, despite our hectic schedule at times. Period. There are no excuses for us not to keep learning more and changing where and how we source our food. We think about our family, our son, our moral obligation to do what is right for the earth and our farmers (who care for and grow the foods we eat) are all more important than fitting in to societal norms (WHOA! I heard my fingers crunching as I typed that).

There is no excuse for us not to take the initiative to find a local farm, go there, check it out, actually talk to the farmer and ask them how they raise, treat and process their animals. How do they grow their vegetables and fruit?

There is no excuse for us not to pack our son’s lunch so we know he is eating quality food.

Furthermore, there is no excuse for us to make excuses about not being able to figure out the questions we have to ask and how we are going to afford organic food and pastured high quality meats.  You follow me?

There is no excuse not to question the quality of your food – the food your feed your children – and how it will affect their health and yours in the long run.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be in diapers and a wheelchair, as Chris Kresser puts it, at any point in my life.

So what is your excuse for not sourcing, buying, cooking and eating whole, real food?  Eh, never mind, I’m not interested in excuses.