Kris Bordessa

Is that Banana Irradiated? Here’s How to Tell.

You know how you start out innocently on the internet and see something of interest so you click? And pretty soon you've disappeared down a rabbit hole and your dishes still need to be washed and laundry needs to be hung and you never planted those seeds? That's how this started. I don't recall how […] Read More


What’s in Your Vinegar?

Truly, is nothing sacred? If you've been grabbing the same vinegar off the shelf for years, not giving it a second thought, it's time to do a little label reading. Apple cider vinegar? Depending on your brand, it may now be 'apple cider flavored' vinegar. Ditto for what you thought was white wine vinegar. Heinz […] Read More

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In Praise of Napkin Rings

Napkin rings? What, am I Martha? Actually, no. Martha would be quite horrified at the table I set each night. And yet, I do use napkin rings. Once upon a time, it occurred to me that the cloth napkins we use daily probably don't need to be washed daily. I mean, after ribs or pizza […] Read More

New Chickens, Orange Blossoms, and Peas

I added three new hens - six months old and already laying - to the flock last week. We've had Danish Brown Leghorns in the past and really liked them for their hardiness, so I was happy to find these. My friend Kate asked for pics of the new chickens, so I figured I'd take […] Read More

Easy steps to reduce your household trash

Reduce your Household Waste

Let's face it: we throw away too much stuff. I don't think I'll get any argument there. Disposable products, packaging, electronics that seem to define planned obsolescence, it all ends up in the landfill. The first and most obvious way to stop throwing away so much trash is to stop bringing it into your house […] Read More

I’m a Bloggies Finalist!

What a great way to start off February - I'm adding three more hens to my flock today and I just found out that I'm a finalist for the Bloggies in the Best New Weblog category. (Iwillnotsquee!Iwillnotsquee!Iwillnotsquee!) Such restraint I have, yes? I'd love it if you'd take a moment to vote. And really, it's […] Read More

worm bin

Make a Worm Composter for Less than Five Bucks

Apartment dwellers and urbanites often lament the lack of options for composting in homes with limited yard space. If you're not the kind to get all squirmy over worms in your house, I highly recommend vermicomposting as a method for composting your kitchen waste. You can buy ready-made worm bins, but if you're even a […] Read More

Patchwork Living Blogging Bee #18

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

Winner: The Organized Kitchen

Drumroll, please.....The winner of The Organized Kitchen by Brette Sember is ---- Judy Stock! I'll be in touch to get your mailing address so Brette can get this book out to you. Congratulations! Now, go get organized.       […] Read More


Homemade Taco Seasoning

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