That last post kind of got away from me, so let me clarify.
All I really wanted to say was that I love self-sustenance. I love cooking for myself, making smart financial decisions to avoid debt, growing my own food whenever possible, supporting local suppliers for things I can't produce myself, building my own furniture, repairing my own home, and basically making myself as independently capable as I possibly can.
My siblings and I have this dream where someday we buy a big plot of land where we can all build homes and live together. We'd have livestock, crops, honeybees, vineyard, etc.., and we would essentially be an entirely self-sustaining family compound. I know it sounds cult-ish, but it's not. Think of it more as a farm.
Anyway, the reason I was so excited about my dinner is that it was all either self-generated or locally-grown (except the fish).
It's a small step, but ultimately even small successes are inspiring toward my larger goal.