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

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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

The Backside of a Leaf

It's been rainy so I haven't been out in the garden. Today, I made my way out there to have a look at my broccoli. I could see from my window that something's been nibbling on it in a big way. In addition to the aphids that are going crazy on the broccoli, I found […] Read More

Dilly Green Beans

I've been harvesting green beans from the garden for a month or so. On one of those days when my harvest didn't quite match up with my dinner plans, I found myself with more beans than I'd be able to use fresh, so I decided to preserve some. I've not had much luck in the […] Read More

Eliminating Pests in Compost

I have to admit, when I first started composting, I was horrified to find bugs in my pile. I didn't want earwigs and sow bugs in there! What I didn't realize is that those bugs were all a part of the decomposition process. Some bugs commonly found in compost actually feed on the decaying matter, […] Read More


Giving up on Growing Squash

Earlier this year, I planted several yellow crookneck squash. I'd been told that squash and tomatoes are hard to grow here and that crooknecks were a good option for this warm, humid climate. I figured that if squash was prolific in normal circumstances, maybe here, where they're harder to grow, the plants would produce a […] Read More

June Challenge – One Local Ingredient a Day

I've written about our goal of including at least one locally produced ingredient in each of our dinners. As farmers market season kicks off in the USA and gardens begin to offer up some produce, I invite you to commit to doing something similar. (If you're in another part of the world, this may be […] Read More