“Let’s Set a Huge Fitness Goal, Right Now.”

I’ve never been very good at making lists of goals and then following through with them. This is especially true with fitness goals. Even when I decide to pick up a new fitness activity (i.e. running) it has little to do with a specific goal.

I’m hoping to change that.

In his book No Meat Athlete Matt Frazier stresses the importance of taking action to make our goals (or decisions) a reality. Here are the things I plan on doing in the next year and in the future.


Step 1: Get Some Dreams on Paper

  • Run a Half Marathon & Marathon
  • Run a 50 miler, preferably in a canyon.
  • Bike 100 miles.
  • Eat raw for a month.
  • Learn to swim
  • Run the Warrior Dash

Step 2: Create a Timeline for Each Goal

In progress!

Step 3: Circle Your Top Three One-Year Goals

  • Learn to Swim
  • Run a Half Marathon
  • Eat Raw for a Month

Step 4: Get Specific About Your Three One-Year Fitness Goals

  • I don’t know how to swim. By halloween of next year I will be able to feel safe jumping off of my friend’s boat. Additionally I will be able to swim laps at the local pool.
  • By June ’14 I will run a half marathon, preferably with my brother. . .barring injuries! My training has already started.
  • I have long thought about eating a raw diet. I will eat raw for a month in the spring or summer of 2014. To do so I will follow the dietary suggestions in Brendan Brazier’s books.

Step 5: Make Plans and Take An Action

In progress!


My Front Yard

My Front Yard

Great Mullein is one of my favorite plants.

A Solidarity Statement

The following is a statement expressing solidarity with the current targets of FBI repression:

On Wednesday July 25th, the FBI conducted a series of coordinated raids against activists in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. They subpoenaed several people to a special federal grand jury, and seized computers, black clothing and anarchist literature. This comes after similar raids in Seattle in July and earlier raids of squats in Portland.

Though the FBI has said that the raids are part of a violent crime investigation, the truth is that the federal authorities are conducting a political witch-hunt against anarchists and others working toward a more just, free, and equal society. The warrants served specifically listed anarchist literature as evidence to be seized pointing to the fact that the FBI and police are targeting this group of people because of their political ideas. Pure and simple, these raids and the grand jury hearings are being used to intimidate people whose politics oppose the state’s agenda. During a time of growing economic and ecological crises that are broadly affecting people across the world, it is an attempt to push back any movement towards creating a world that is humane, one that meets every person’s needs rather than serving only the interests of the rich.

This attack does not occur in a vacuum. Around the country and around the world, people have been rising up and resisting an economic system that puts the endless pursuit of profit ahead of the basic needs of humanity and the Earth. From the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement to now Anaheim, people are taking to the streets. In each of these cases, the state has responded with brutal political repression. This is not a coincidence. It is a long-term strategy by state agencies to stop legitimate political challenges to a status quo that exploits most of the world’s people.

Pickles Not Pipe Bombs condemn this and all other political repression. While we may have differences in ideology or chose to use different tactics, we understand that we are in a shared struggle to create a just, free, and liberated world, and that we can only do this if we stand together. We will not let scare tactics or smear campaigns divide us, intimidate us, or stop us from organizing and working for a better world.

No more witch-hunts! An injury to one is an injury to all.

Beer Pickled Okra

Today was hot. There is no way around it. Fortunately I was able to make it to the Farmers’ Market before the heat really picked up. When I got there I realized that okra season is in full swing. This is great considering that my plants still need another week or so. I picked up a few pounds of okra from two different farmers. Here’s what I made:

Ad Astra Okra Pickles
Okra (Lawrence, KS)
1 pt Ad Astra Ale (Free State Brewery)
1 pt Filtered Water
1 pt White Vinegar
1 tsp Black Peppercorn
1 tsp Brown Mustard Seed
Onion Powder to taste
Habanero Pepper to taste
3 cloves of garlic
1 bay leaf

312Okra Pickles
1 pt 312 Urban Wheat Ale (Goose Island)
1 pt Filtered Water
1 pt White Vinegar
1 tsp Black Peppercorn
1 tsp Brown Mustard Seed
Onion Powder to taste
Habanero Pepper to taste
3 cloves of garlic
1 bay leaf

Each recipe makes approximately one quart.

We Need Your Kale Recipes!

ImageMy friends and I recently traded some garden fresh kale for kale chips. We shortly started talking about the many recipes that include kale and how cool it would be to compile them into one zine. With that I am asking for your kale recipes.

This cookZine will be crowdsourced and anti-copyright. The cookZine’s contents will be freely downloadable. Our only requirements are that 1) kale is the star of the dish and 2) the recipe is vegan. Recipes can be posted in the comment section of this post or emailed to kristapslentil (at) gmail (dot) com. Questions/comments can be submitted the same way.

Kale Chips FTW

Two weeks ago my parents visited the Pickles Not Pipe Bombs factory. They, like me, enjoy vegetables and experimenting in food preparation. While at the farmer’s market we picked up A LOT of kale. All different varieties. It was great. However, we realized that we had to do something with it. I went into the ceegar box of recipes and came up with gundru and kale chips.

Consensus said that we’d make Kale chips. That was fine with me as it gave me a chance to use a recipe from Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health. This book is chock full of vegetable based recipes. Some are super simple and others are gourmet. On top of that, Brendan Brazier also dedicates a portion of the book to making the connection between diet and the environment.

Try this recipe and then buy the book.

Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Water for blending
1/2 tsp sea salt, to taste
1 bunch curly kale (I’ve used many times of kale. All have worked.)

  • Combine the sunflower seeds, both vinegars, and sea salt in a blender or food processor. Blend for several minutes until a chunky paste has formed, adding a tablespoon of water into the blender as needed to assist with blending. (The more water that is added, the longer the chips will take in the oven.)
  • Strip off the kale leaves into a bowl and discard the stems. Tear up any large pieces roughly, and pour the creamed mixture on top of the kale. Using clean hands, massage the mixture into the kale for one more minute to evenly coat the leaves.

Oven Method

  • Heat the oven to 200°F. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of a baking sheet, then spread out the kale chips evenly over the surfaceto ensure even cooking time
  • Bake for about 2 hours (time varies according to relative humidity), or until kale has dried out and is crispy. Keep a close eye on the kale at the end of its cooking process to make sure it does not burn.
  • Enjoy immediately or keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Dehydrator Method

  • Warm the dehydrator to 115°F. Spread out the kale onto 4 mesh dehydrator sheets, and dehydrate for 10-12 hours, or until crispy (time may very depending on relative humidity).
  • Enjoy immediately or keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Sandor Katz Interview

‘Fermentation’: When Food Goes Bad But Stays Good

Posted above is a link to an interview with Sandor Katz. He is viewed by many as the leading voice when it comes to fermentation. In the interview he speaks about his new book, The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World.

Listen to the interview, buy his books, and then start fermenting!

Disclaimer: These links are affiliate links. I’ll make some pocket change if you use them to buy the book. That money helps me give away free pickles and zines.