Friday, January 1, 2010

One Small Change

Today is the beginning of the New Year: 2010. Wow. There were so many great and wonderful things that occurred in 2009, but we are ready to meet 2010 with open arms and hearts ready to be filled.
I decided for the family that we would participate in the One Small Change challenge, brought by the smart people at Hip Mountain Mama. What it entails is making one tiny (or huge) "green" change a month leading up to Earth Day in April; and blog about it.

The January change I chose for us was making more meatless meals. For one thing, meat is expensive. Granted, Tyler is a hunter, and has gotten a deer the last two years, so we do have a good amount of organic grass fed yummy meat in the freezer. Another thing about meat is that it is expensive to raise. I don't know the exact numbers, maybe I will get around to getting that in a blog here soon, but raising an animal to maturity (cow, pig, sheep) costs an insane amount of money per pound of actual edible meat. And the cost isn't just calculated in a monetary form either. There is a big tax on the environment as well. With huge operations (which is where most of us get our meat from) the waste created by these animals is exponentially greater than what it is really worth.(not a new deer, just a reminder!)
I like eating meat, and I don't intend to become a vegetarian (again), but I figured if we could commit to 2-3 meatless meals a week, we could benefit in many ways. By switching the menu around, we will be open to different recipes (Yummy!); our deer meat supply might last us till next hunting season; and we will save money. All while creating our One Small Change.
Join me (or us) and think about what you could change.


Hip Mountain Mama said...

I love this change! We typically eat more meatless meals than not and when we do eat meat it is only chicken or turkey. I look forward to hearing how it goes.
Thanks for joining us!

Danielle said...

Great idea! That may just be my February Small Change.
PS: Thanks for commenting on my bird picture the other day :)

Jill said...

I LOVE the new title photo!!!!!

KiwiLog said...

Hi! We loved your post over at KiwiLog and decided to feature it as part of our parent blog round-up. Thanks!

Heather said...

I love hte new header, looks wonderful. I agree that this change can have a huge imapct, and I am looking forward to seeing how this change effects you and your family.
Have a great start to your week

smilinggreenmom said...

Hi! New here :) I am Lynn from and wanted to check out your one small change!! Great job - that is a good goal...we could benefit from that too :)

Heather said...

I love the idea of one small change. Very inspiring and sounds like a very do-able thing. I'm going to check out the link you posted. Thanks.

Stephanie said...

I love this. For myself I try to do either vegetarian or leftovers for lunch as a way to cut back. Can't get my husband to take leftovers to work for lunch often enough to keep them away from me!

But I do want to try to do more vegetarian meals at some point. That's going to be a tough one to get my husband's cooperation on though.