Kris Bordessa


Homemade Taco Seasoning

Skip the additives and the disposable packets; homemade taco seasoning is cheaper and better for you AND the environment.


Tangerine Ginger Jam

My neighbor has a tree that is dripping with ripe tangerines. He came out and hollered at me the other day to pick some - lots of them - so I filled my market basket with about 15 pounds. It barely put a dent in his crop. It's tangerine central around here right now. Let […] Read More

Patchwork Living Blogging Bee #17

Hosted by myself and Frugal Kiwi, the Patchwork Living Blogging Bee is our Internet version of a quilting bee. Each of our lives is a patchwork of what was passed down to us, what we find around us, and what people share with us. We hope that you’ll join us by adding a virtual “patch.” […] Read More


Harvesting Bananas

Awhile back I promised my friend Jane that I'd take a video of our next banana harvest. She lives in Washington state with her family and none of them has ever seen a banana growing, let alone harvested. I figured it would be fun to share the video here, too. Now, mind you, our method […] Read More


Plan Now to Share the Harvest Later

It's that time of year when - for many of us - scouring seed catalogs for potential garden additions stands in for actually getting our hands dirty. While you've got time (and not dirt) on your hands, you might want to consider organizing a method to share your eventual harvest right in your own community. […] Read More

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Guest Post: Take Control of Your Kitchen

Who couldn't use a little more organization in their life? Today I have an expert on organization here to share some tips. Brette Sember is the author of The Organized Kitchen published by Adams Media. She writes the popular food blogs No Pot Cooking and Martha And Me. She is also the author of The […] Read More

Got Zippered Plastic Bags? They’re Good for Something!

On an earlier post, Kaye asked,"Does anyone have an idea of what to do with those plastic zippered bags that curtains and blankets come in? I recently ordered a lot of curtains on-line and now I have 10 of those bags. I would really like to repurpose them, but how?" I put the question out […] Read More


Cut Your Energy Usage, Save Money, Be Green

Ah, winter. It's all snow and cozy and hot tea, until you get the monthly energy bill. You spent HOW MUCH on electricity?? (This is where you off-grid folks can fold your arms across your chest and smile smugly...) For many, heating is a huge expense this time of year. For me, it's not heat---we don't […] Read More

How to: Drawstring Produce Bags

  You're not still using those flimsy plastic produce bags at the grocery store are you? You are? Well, let's just fix that right now, shall we? If you have a sewing machine and can sew a straight seam, you can make these. Of course, even if you don't have a sewing machine, technically you […] Read More

Patchwork Living Blogging Bee on Holiday

Whether you're baking, frying latkes, wrapping gifts, or just watching the weather outside your window, it's a busy time of year. Frugal Kiwi and I are busy too, and we're taking a break from posting the Blogging Bee until after the first of the year. If you're in need of inspiration or reading material, take […] Read More