Kris Bordessa

On the Bookshelf

I've been reading books to inspire my lifestyle lately and these really impressed me. Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter The idea of creating a productive urban farm in the less desirable parts of Oakland, California is mind boggling to me. But while the location freaks me out a little […] Read More

Patchwork Living Blogging Bee #19

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

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Ditching Plastic Storage

A couple of weeks ago the Attainable Sustainable Facebook community was discussing this article about plastic. In a nutshell, the article states that BPA-free plastic may not be any safer than the BPA-laden stuff we've been using. The plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in America. Can I trust these folks to be […] Read More

It's citrus season! How's this for a kicky way to preserve some of the abundance? Tangerine Triple Sec.

Citrus Season: Tangerine Triple Sec

I've mentioned already that we've got an abundance (and then some) of tangerines at our disposal. I've made Tangerine-Ginger Jam. I've made Tangerine Syrup. Now I'm even getting boozy on you. When I spotted this recipe for homemade triple sec made from Cara Cara oranges, I had to try my hand at a slightly different version […] Read More

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Use It Or Lose It

I've been preserving my garden produce for years - I'd say at least 25 years or so. Only within the last few years, though, have I found a solution to using my canned goods in an organized manner, making sure that we had enough to last us until the next season or avoiding an excess […] Read More

Fresh tomatoes are a source of food for an extended period in the garden.

Upside-Down Tomatoes

While much of our steep lot is shady, we have plenty of sunshine on our driveway. My husband, however, is steadfast in his refusal to rip up the concrete to put in a garden. Not to be dissuaded, I came up with an alternative plan to utilize the space: upside down tomatoes. You've seen those […] Read More

What’s YOUR Definition of an Urban Farmer?

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Parents Need to Eat Too

One thing I hear - a lot - when I talk about living a more conscious lifestyle is that, yes, that's all fine and good. Until you have kids. Babies have a way of interrupting things, don't they? Less time for yourself, less time for tackling things like recycling or gardening or even cooking. Well, […] Read More

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Recipe: Radish Leaf Pesto

Radishes are one of the fastest ripening crops a gardener can plant. If you're aching to have something - anything - that you grew yourself on the dinner table, radishes are a good bet. They're one of the earliest crops you can plant, and are ready in just 3-4 weeks from planting date. But don't […] Read More

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