Tomato chutney for the pantry

Recipe: Tomato Chutney

My friend Claudette is a personal chef. She cooks professionally for people who can afford such things, and sometimes for people like me who scoff at the idea of hiring a personal chef while on vacation. When Claudette cooks, people pay attention. My kids love to have dinner at her house because it is guaranteed […] Read More

Gluten free pizza crackers for your snacking pleasure.

Homemade Gluten Free Pizza Crackers

After reading my true confession about Cheez-Its, Amanda from High Prairie Homestead took pity on me and sent a recipe for homemade cheese crackers. I guest posted about making a gluten free version of Cheez-Its for Little House in the Suburbs, but while I was at it I decided to experiment with a gluten free […] Read More

Home Canning Hack: Sterilize the Lids and the Rings

I used to sterilize my jar lids in boiling water as directed by the canning experts, but I always fumbled to get them out of the water with tongs. Nowadays, those experts recommend a magnet for easily lifting jar lids out of the water. Pah. One more expense, one more piece of equipment to store, […] Read More

Patchwork Living Blogging Bee #2

Welcome to the Patchwork Living Blogging Bee, 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. Hosted by myself and Frugal Kiwi, we hope that you'll join us by adding a virtual […] Read More


Organic Foods and Bulk Buying Options

  I do not claim to be fully self-sufficient. While I continually strive to improve that, there are just some things that I'll never be able to produce myself - and I'm not willing to do without. I still depend on growers in other climates to produce the wheat, the oats, and the corn that […] Read More

Patchwork Living Blogging Bee

If you're a part of the Attainable Sustainable Facebook group, you've seen me mention Frugal Kiwi more than once. I'm a bit of a fan, see, so I'm thrilled to announce a new feature in collaboration with Melanie McMinn, the mastermind behind the New Zealand based Frugal Kiwi. Together, we will be hosting a weekly […] Read More


Preserving Tomatoes as Salsa

Preserve your garden's bounty with this simple salsa recipe.

Sustainable Dog Care

While I grew up with dogs, sustainably housing, feeding, and caring for a dog is not in my current realm. (Cats, yes. Dog? No.) Happily, Roxanne Hawn, who blogs at Champion of my Heart, agreed to share her thoughts on raising a dog in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. Welcome, Roxanne! ### A […] Read More

Easy Water Catchment

One of the many reasons I'm working toward better sustainability is to be prepared in case of an emergency. Whether it's a simple case of a power outage or an all-out emergency like our friends in Japan faced with the March tsunami, being prepared is so important. [Let me interrupt this post to send you […] Read More

Liliko‘i -- or passion fruit -- is the epitome of tropical flavor and perfect for turning into jelly.

Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) Jelly

Otherwise known as passion fruit, liliko‘i is Mother Nature’s answer to a SweeTart. The first sour bite of a liliko‘i will jangle all the way back to your jawbone. Stick with it, though, and you’ll catch the tropical sweet undertones if this much-loved fruit. Filled with small black seeds wrapped in a juicy orange membrane, […] Read More