Video Update on The No-Refrigerator Challenge + The News

by Tammy Strobel on February 11, 2011

Every Friday, I post a Simple Living News Update that includes links to some of my favorite articles of the week; along with an inspiring quote from each piece.

In addition to the news update, I answer a reader question every week. This week I talked a little bit about The No-Refrigerator Challenge.

For those of you who can watch the video, read the following posts and check out my photos.

Now onto the news . . .

Bright Lights. Big Shadows.

“It used to be that our communities were small. We all knew each other, and a person’s reputation would be a sum of the experiences that we had with that person, and the stories we heard from other community members.

What happens when your community is global? What happens when social media slips us by the standard filters of a traditional community.? How do we relate to people we really don’t know?”

Do what matters, and don’t sell your soul.

“The last few weeks I’ve felt incredible highs and the worst lows. I have met brilliant people, amazingly talented individuals, and a few with no regard for the feelings of anyone but themselves. Meeting these people matters, because it changes who each of us are just a tiny bit; but it’s not changing the world.”

On Blogging Without the Internet

“Blogging is done 98% offline anyway: First and foremost, I’m a writer. The internet just happens to be where I post my finished product. Writing is done most efficiently (for me at least) offline.”

40 Ways to Give More Life

“Of all the gifts that we could ever give to another person, none holds more potential than giving life itself. And I love the idea that every interaction I have with another human being offers me that grand opportunity.”

Cool Stuff

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1 Greg W February 11, 2011

Hi Tammy: I have a long history of sailing and cooking on the B.C. coast in small boats, usually without refrigeration. Additionally, I had a hankering to sail off shore and some of my cook books reflect that interest. I have also taken cooking classes with a sailing chef who was willing to tailor the menu around vegetarian, two burner cook top, low or no refrigeration meals. I think you will find over time your no refrigeration challenge is very doable. I just browsed my book shelves and a couple of books came ot mind that might be of assistance.

The Meatless Galley Cookbook by Anne Carlson along with The Care and Feeding of Sailing Crew by Lin and Larry Pardey. (my personal heroes and decades ahead of the current minimalist movement) Obviously not all of it applies to your situation but you might glean a tip or two that will make your transition simpler.

Cheers Greg

2 Tammy February 11, 2011

Thanks for the book recommendations Greg! I’ll be sure to check them out. :)

3 Layla February 11, 2011

20 minutes a day challenge is a great idea – I’m definitely going to do that! I hardly know any spanish, but starting tomorrow I’m going to finally start to teach myself spanish.

4 Holli February 11, 2011

I really enjoy your blog since discovering it a month ago – my husband shared with me. Your writing is inspiring and encouraging at the same time. And, I love, love, love your news bits on Fridays. It’s such a neat little digest where I can get a peek at something and decide if I want to read on…
The 20 Min A Day Challenge has my name on it!

Thanks again, Holli

5 Debby Shockley February 11, 2011

The challenge sounds really great Tammy. For me personally, a bit labor intensive (i.e. Logan taking the “melts” to work and back), but that’s just a personal thing. I’m truly excited for the tiny house build. I may have missed it along the way…but have you found a spot where the house will “park”? I’m loving the personal challenges you are giving us to consider. I’m still pondering “What rocked my world” last year. There were so many things. Thanks again for keeping my brain cells envigorated.

6 Sandra Pawula February 13, 2011

Tammy,
Congratulations on managing well with your no-refrigerator challenge. Thanks so much for the link to the 20-minute challenge. I’m in love with this idea! Be well!

7 Dara February 15, 2011

Tammy,
Thanks for posting an update on the challenge. Glad to ear it is going well. My husband and I have discussed this concept a lot. Thanks for the inspiration!

I also thought I’d mention (though I think others have) that you could eliminate keeping butter in the fridge by using a butter bell. We have one that we used to use when we ate butter (we are slowly eliminating dairy from our diets so we don’t any longer) and loved it. You can keep it in a cool spot in your kitchen and change the water regularly (the water creates a seal to keep the butter fresh). You can purchase them in specialty kitchen shops and if you keep your eyes peeled you can probably find one in a thrift store. They are fabulous!

The link to the 20 min a day challenge was also great.

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