More on Leaf and Tree Hoppers

Remember back when I posted about hand picking leaf hoppers? I've learned some things since then. 1. It seems that what I have are tree hoppers rather than leaf hoppers (who knew?). 2. And thanks to a Facebook community member (thank you, Brenda!), I've discovered that some little black critters - that look nothing like […] Read More

Mini bags for buying bulk spices

Mini Bags for Small Bulk Items

No more little plastic spice bottles in the trash! Learn to make sweet fabric bags for purchasing bulk items in small quantities.

Know what parts of your canning jars are reusable and which ones aren't!

Anatomy of a Canning Jar

If you've never preserved your garden abundance by canning, the system can be a little confusing. A friend of mine---one who's never canned before---was asking about home preservation and I was reminded that although I grew up understanding how a canning jar works, many people just don't. The jars most commonly used for home preservation […] Read More

Succession Planting

Finally! The weather seems to have cooperated all across the U.S. and gardens are in. But instead of simply cheering on the first of the radishes or ogling the tiny beans on your plants, think ahead. What happens when you pull out those mature radishes and add them to your table? Unless you've planted another […] Read More

DIY chicken stock

Homemade Chicken Stock

My mother would no sooner toss out a roasted chicken carcass than she would rob a bank. Consequently, neither would I. But I'm shocked at the number of roast chicken remains I've seen go in the trash over the years (mind you, I've rescued some, too). Is it because the cooks don't know how to […] Read More

Making bulk sausage at home is easy.

Homemade Spicy Italian Sausage

Making homemade sausage is really easy to do and the results are so much better than the stuff from the grocery store. It takes me about 15 minutes to make a batch of this sausage. All you need is ground pork, some spices, and red wine. I encourage you to try this, especially if you've […] Read More


Dirt! The Movie

I've always taught my kids that dirt made their meals. I've discussed with them that they need to be able to trace their food back to dirt within three or four steps (milk comes from cows, who eat the grass, that grows in the dirt) to be sure they're making good food choices. Now, Dirt! […] Read More

Make it a Clean Sweep

  If it's time to replace your broom, reconsider the modern day plastic option and choose a straw broom with a wooden handle. If you're looking for something really different (what a cool gift!), check out these hale (house) brooms made in Hawaii using traditional methods. Or if you're super handy, you might consider making […] Read More

greens, beets, garden, pickles, chips

Five Ways to use Beet Greens

Did you know that beet greens are edible? Sure, your chickens love 'em, but your family might, too!

Composting in Place

I've composted for years and had the rhythm down pat: Save scraps, hike outside to the compost, dump scraps, wait for the compost to break down, then haul the compost to where I needed it in the garden or yard. It worked, but in the past year or so, I've decided to compost smarter. My […] Read More