Easy Homemade Jelly in the Middle of Winter

Easy Homemade Jelly in the Middle of Winter

One of my sons is a P,B & J hound so I’ve got to keep jam and jelly in the house. The trouble is, almost every single brand of jelly that my grocery store carries is made with high fructose…

Put a Lid on It

Put a Lid on It

When you’re cooking on the stove top you can cut your cooking time and your energy usage by up to 75 percent just by using a tight fitting lid says Richard Ehrlich, author of The Green Kitchen. Boiling water? Warming…

Make the Switch to Green Grass

If you’re still maintaining your lawn using chemicals, stop! (Now, wasn’t that easy? Think how much time I just saved you!) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that U.S. households use nearly 90 million pounds of herbicides and pesticides on…

Tomato Math – How Many Plants is Enough?

Tomato Math – How Many Plants is Enough?

One of the primary reasons I garden is to fill my pantry with canned fruits and vegetables that are free of bpa and pesticides. Of all the different things I preserve, tomatoes are far and away the most-used ingredients in my…

Oprah Goes Vegan

The Internet is abuzz with news of Oprah and 378 Harpo staffers who went vegan for a week. Reading the reactions of people who took the challenge was interesting. It sounds as though many of the participants found the change…

Welcome!

Welcome!

As more people become aware of the human impact on this earth (and ironically, on our own health) the idea of living a more sustainable, self-sufficient life is gaining ground. But. It’s one thing to think, “Hey, I’d love to…

An Unexpected Source for Canning Jars

An Unexpected Source for Canning Jars

If you’re planning to try your hand at preserving your garden bounty this summer, but still shopping the grocery store aisles until then, consider choosing products that come in glass canning jars. These jars have threads that will accommodate canning…

Switch from Plastic to Paper…Swabs

Switch from Plastic to Paper…Swabs

If you use cotton swabs, make sure that you’re using those that are made of paperboard rather than plastic. They’ll break down easier in the landfill and can even be added to your compost.

Just What IS Sustainable?

sus·tain·a·ble maintaining ecological balance: exploiting natural resources without destroying the ecological balance of an area Well, that sounds like a nice idea, now, doesn’t it? Here in America (and in many other parts of the world, to be sure) we…