Doing the Right Thing OR Chicken Butchering 101

Although I'm not including any graphic images here, if you're one of my vegetarian readers, you will probably want to come back later in the week for a gentler post. ### Dinner last night was chicken. Chicken that I've been telling everyone I butchered myself. This is not entirely accurate. While the butchering occurred right […] Read More

How do you Bag It?

 I watched Bag It over the weekend. The movie begins as a "regular guy," Jeb Berrier, wonders about the plastic bag he uses to carry a yogurt home in. As he researches and learns more about the environmental impact of choosing a plastic bag, his questions lead to more questions. What about plastic bottles?  How […] Read More

Guest Post: Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup

When I posted about switching from boxed and canned goods to homemade alternatives, Heather Anderson, who blogs at A Mother's Calling, commented: ...The one thing I had a hard time replacing in casseroles and soups was cream of mushroom soup. But I found a great recipe that works great for me, so no more cream […] Read More

Celebrate Earth Day!

If you're here reading this post, you're likely aware of your impact on Mother Earth and are trying to lighten that impact. By depending more upon ourselves for our needs and less on big business, we are eliminating unnecessary fossil fuel use, pesticide use, and chemical use. We're not, any of us, perfect, but we're […] Read More

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A More Sustainable Easter Basket

If your kids are expecting a visit from the Easter Bunny, now's a good time to alert the rabbit to the fact that your household would appreciate a little less waste than usual. The "Basket" Sure, we call it a basket, but it's just as common nowadays to see a plastic bucket or toy stand […] Read More

Save Energy, Water, and Time by Using Towels More than Once

Less laundry = more time for other activities, plus it saves energy and water. Instead of getting a fresh bath towel every time you shower, hang your damp towel up to dry and use it several times before you toss it in the laundry pile. Bonus: your towels will last longer meaning you won't have […] Read More

Deep Watering in the Garden

I've mentioned before the fact that my soil has a hard time holding on to moisture. Between that and the fact that some of my veggies are planted on a slope to utilize as much of our space as possible, getting water to the roots of my plants - and keeping it there for a […] Read More

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Switching from Boxed and Canned to Homemade

Basing my assumptions on a trip through the grocery store, it looks like much of America begins the process of "cooking" with something that comes in a box or a can. Mother Nature does not produce food that comes contained in a box; this is purely a human invention to a) speed up the process […] Read More

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Save that Water!

Instead of pouring the water that you've used to cook hard boiled eggs, vegetables, or pasta down the drain, allow it to cool and then use it to water some of your outdoor plants. Alternatively, you can use the boiling water to kill weeds. Just pour the hot water onto driveway cracks or other weedy […] Read More

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Combat Poor Soil with Lasagna Beds

Over on my Facebook page, Catherine laments the fact that her clay soil isn't good for gardening and her budget just doesn't allow for hiring a big piece of equipment to turn and improve the soil. While I don't have clay soil, I've mentioned before that our soil is puny. When we first moved in, […] Read More