Food & Drink

brown bananas

Trick: Brown Bananas

  If you've got overripe bananas but no time to whip up a batch of banana bread, stick them directly in the freezer. No need to peel them and put them in a plastic bag. When you're ready to bake, put the frozen bananas - which will have turned an ugly dark brown - on […] Read More

Freshly harvested stevia

Stevia: How Sweet it is

One of the plants that's thriving in my oh-so-wet-and-rainy garden this year is stevia. It's the first time I've grown it, so I'm pleased to see it do so well, but how to use it? For starters, just chewing on a fresh leaf gives a burst of sweetness that's welcome when you're trying to cut […] Read More


Harvest Abundance: Kale

While much of the nation is dealing with an abundance of zucchini and tomatoes, my most prolific crop at the moment is kale. As someone who doesn't love cooked greens, this is a bit of a dilemma. My chickens get the leaves that succumb to bugs, but that still leaves me with a windfall of […] Read More

Radish Leaf Salad Dressing

Creamy Radish Leaf Salad Dressing

Sure, chickens love radish leaves, but it's a shame to let the chickens have all the fun. I harvested a bunch of radishes from the garden earlier today and saved some of the greens to try this. Consensus? Pretty tasty! Creamy Radish Leaf Salad Dressing Greens from one bunch of radishes (about 1 cup) 1 […] Read More

Muffin Tin Snacks on the Go

My friend, Brette Sember, has a new cookbook out! In The Muffin Tin Cookbook, she shares recipes for appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and dessert -- all made in muffin tins. Today, though, she's here to talk snacks. Here's Brette. ### My kids are in their teens now, but I swear I still have crumbs at the bottom […] Read More

Homemade Gluten Free Cheese Crackers

  Fact: Cheez-Its are crap food. Fact: Cheez-Its aren't even a food really. More like a food product. Fact: In spite of the fact that I haven't eaten Cheez-Its in years, if I were stranded on a deserted island with only one kind of food, Cheez-Its would be right up there at the top of […] Read More

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


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

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