I’m Kris Bordessa and I write all about growing, cooking, and preserving food here at Attainable Sustainable.
I’ve been writing here on the site since 2011, encouraging people to plant a garden, make food at home, and embrace some of the traditional skills grandma knew. And now I have a book coming out!
If you’re looking for help getting dinner on the table, delving into home food preservation, or adding a small animal (or ten!) to your little homestead, you’ve come to the right place.
My goal is to help you
Gardening (and preserving that bounty), cooking, and raising animals have always been a part of my life, but those skills are not commonplace these days. While I do have a “country” background—4-H sheep, gardening from a young age, working on the family apple farm—the idea of growing organically or making ecologically sound choices is something that I came to gradually – after I had kids. I had a lot of unlearning to do after growing up in a conventional farm family! My move toward a more self-reliant lifestyle was a natural progression, but not an easy one. We’re up against a lot of hard habits to break, us humans, aren’t we?
If you’re just beginning your journey to whole food living, whether that’s cooking or raising your own food, I want to make it easier for you!
Cooking at home
Skip the pre-made cans and boxes at the store with these easy homemade recipes. Here’s how to make some of your favorites at home. You’ll save cash, too!
Swap these easy cooking recipes for your favorite supermarket shortcuts. You don’t have to resort to box cooking. Make your family’s favorite foods at home!
Crafting a homemade life (and a little urban homestead)
No matter where you live, you can embrace some vintage skills. Grow some food. Raise some animals. Dig in and DIY!
Self reliance: Relying on yourself for many of your needs, rather than depending on corporations. Looking for simple living ideas to embrace? Try these!
Be prepared for when times are tough. Understand your survival needs, learn some basic life skills, and know that it’s not IF we have a recession, but when.
Available March 2020
Packed with delicious recipes, natural cleaners, gardening tips, crafts, and more, this indispensable lifestyle reference makes earth-friendly living fun, real, and easy.
What you need to know about Attainable Sustainable
- I write primarily about growing and cooking food. I grow my garden without the use of synthetic chemicals and suggest you do, too. The recipes I share are made from real food ingredients, but I don’t stick to a specific “diet.” There’s a little bit of everything.
- My readers find it helpful to see suggested products or ingredients, but after years of doing so, I no longer link to Amazon. I’ve decided that I’d rather support small businesses when I can. You’ll see me linking to sites like Etsy, Lehman’s, and Penzey’s. I do earn a small commission when you shop through some of those links.
- There are more than 400 posts here on the site — that’s a lot of information! Use the category buttons at the top of the page to look at various topics or use the search function to find something specific.