We've withstood a lot of storms this year, for what seems like more so than in years past. Of course, living in our tiny home camper/trailer for the past 5 months has certainly intensified our experience of the weather, but, truly, this season has been different.
I cannot tell you how many projects we are chomping at the bit to get going on out there, but continue to be held up by the weather. It's frustrating, to say the least, because there is SO much to do, and it's already mid-March!
Having already cleaned and reorganized the cupboards, the pantry, the canning jars, the seed collection, and anything else I could think of over the past several days of rain, today I decided that I would bust out our food dehydrator to dehydrate the eggshells I had been saving for feeding back to our hens (this helps them to regain some of the tremendous amount of calcium it takes to produce eggs), as well as a batch of the surprise morel mushrooms coming up in our garden.
After I had loaded the mushrooms and the eggshells into the dehydrator, over half of it was still vacant. Being the frugal homesteadress that I am, I wanted to fill the rest of the trays with something else before starting it up. I wondered what we might have around that could be dehydrated...
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Hmm, maybe kale chips?
NO! my struck-with-sudden-inspiration brain announced: NETTLE CHIPS!!! Nettle chips!? Whoever heard of such a thing?? A quick search online revealed that others had been likewise struck with such inspiration, and had indeed made delicious, nutritious nettle chips in their own food dehydrators.
With a child's excitement, I threw on my rain coat and boots, grabbed a basket, scissors and my nettle-gathering gloves, and ran out to the garage in the rain blowing sideways to announce to Nathan that I was going to the woods to pick nettles.
I looked at the trees bent in the wind, the power lines being tossed, and the broken boughs of cedar and fir flying across the sky. He was right. A branch could fall on me. An entire tree could fall on me, for that matter. Damn. The weather was even interfering with my brilliant nettle chip idea.
One thing is for certain: unless we have another raging storm tomorrow, I'll be gathering nettles for nettle chips. And I'll let you know how we like 'em. Maybe I'll even get a chance to move dirt between rain showers! One can only hope.
May you weather all storms.