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

What Would Happen If…?

I am one of those people who finds it hard to follow exact instructions. I'm more than willing to experiment, whether it be in the kitchen, the garden, or at the craft table. I'm always surprised when an editor wants me to add three more steps to a 17-step how-to article. Some of those steps […] Read More

Don't just compost the rinds! Save them to make watermelon rind relish, a super easy knock-off of Del Monte's hamburger relish.

Watermelon Rind Relish

Save your watermelon rinds to make a knock-off old fashioned hamburger relish!


Are You Clogging the Landfills with Styrofoam?

Now here's a challenge that will be either super easy for you or really hard - especially if you order takeout on a regular basis in certain states (ahem, Hawaii!). While some communities have banned polystyrene (Styrofoam is a brand name for polystyrene), others continue to allow restaurants and food service companies to serve meals […] Read More

Straw Bale Fail

(If you're reading this on the front page, click through for more images.) I've been gardening for years, but the idea of planting in straw bales is new to me. I ran across this post about straw bale gardening earlier this year and was intrigued enough to mention in on the Attainable Sustainable Facebook page. […] Read More

Beets fresh out of the garden are destined for this favorite "beet caviar" salad.

Beet Caviar: The Irresistible Purple Salad

Beets fresh out of the garden are destined for this favorite "beet caviar" salad.

Guest Post: Vampire Power

Matthew Epperson contacted me recently to find out if I'd be open to having him guest post here on Attainable Sustainable. I'm always open to hearing how other people are living a more sustainable life, so I accepted! Matthew is a recent University of Georgia graduate with a BS in Psychology, and is continuing as […] Read More

More Shower Curtain Smarts

Wow. Who knew that a short, two sentence post about switching from a plastic/vinyl shower curtain to cloth would generate so many questions? Melanie said: Boy, in theory I agree with you, but I always seem to go with plastic because they’re so much easier to keep mildew-free in my house. As someone who lives […] Read More


Shower Curtain Smarts

Next time you need a shower curtain, choose fabric rather than plastic. Fabric shower curtains are easier to wash and reuse, and don't emit toxic fumes like PVC curtains do. Photo: Flickr user kissyface under Creative Commons […] Read More

Making Tough Changes

With the encouragement of my son, I finally did something I've been meaning to do for a long time: I gave up my kitchen sponge. That may seem like no big deal, but breaking lifetime habits is hard. I've been listening to all the talk about just how scungy sponges are and how they harbor […] Read More