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Canning and Freezing Potatoes
Canning season is here.. For me it isn’t just gardening- if I find good produce on a good deal (with or without the help of coupons) I buy it and freeze, dehydrate or can it! Carrots, Potatoes, Apples, Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries are just to name a few of the things I keep my eye out for. I happen...
Canning Dilly Beans -How To and Recipe
I’m sure you can imagine that this time of the year becomes very busy for me. I am always planning, gathering, processing, and reorganizing (notice weeding didn’t make the list) all in an effort to have as many canned and frozen items for winter as we need… maybe a few cans too many. My latest and greatest task was...
How to Can and Make Your Own Salsa Recipe
Making your own salsa from fresh homegrown vegetables or farmers market ingredients, isn't as hard as you might think. You can make yourself one small batch for some avocado tacos or several batches and can them for months of tasty goodness. I'm more of one jar at a time kinda girl but my friend Lindsey has a huge garden...
  Energy efficiency is great for a couple reasons. The first is that it saves you a lot of money in energy bills every month, and who doesn't want that? The second is that the less energy you consume, the better off the environment is. Whether you're renovating your current home or building a brand new one, there are some...
What you need to know about Stitch Fix BEFORE you subscribe.
Stitch Fix, have you heard of this subscription box program where each month you get a “Fix” sent to you full of fashion finds. Fashion finds that are sent to you based on your personal preferences and size. Each subscriber is assigned a personal stylist that decides what to send you, based on colors you like, whether you want...
7 Items that Make Excellent Fire Starters
One of the biggest challenges you face when camping is getting the camp fire started. Getting a strong fire going is not only a great way to get your food cooked, but can provide evening light and ambiance as well as repel pests. If you seem to struggle when starting your own campfire, the perfect fire starter can make...
Dawn Dish Soap DIY Grease Remover for Hands and Tools
Everyone knows I like to make my own laundry soap, hand soap, etc. I love mixing and making different concoctions but sometimes, I have to leave it up to the professionals. The ones that actually have labs, formula, and test their product for safety and effectiveness – my kitchen lab doesn’t always cut it. My husband is a mechanic and...
Slow Cooker Recipes Sweet and Sour Chicken
My slow cooker is my saving grace during a busy work week. I use it on a regular basis throughout the year. From soups to stews, I’m always coming up with new recipes and ways to have dinner ready when I get home. Otherwise, it’s too easy to order take-out or just call dinner a bowl of cereal. To...
Reasons to Cut Sugar from Your Diet
Have you been considering cutting back on your sugar intake? Maybe it’s an article you read online, something you heard in the media or perhaps your doctor’s suggestion that’s spurred this interested in cutting back on sugar. Whatever the reason is, good for you. If you are on the fence, maybe this article will help you make the final...
Healthy Avocado Veggie Dip Recipe
It seems like I do a lot of entertaining in the summer. This means I’m always grilling, cooking or baking something to serve – which isn’t ideal for the waist, if you know what I mean. I do try to make healthy salads and dips to offset the chips, burgers and treats that seem to come with the company....
Easy to Make DIY Bug Repellent Lotion Bars
Bug bites are simply the worst. You are outside enjoying the evening and B-A-M, an annoying mosquito takes a bite out of you. Immediately, a red bump appears and starts to itch. If you’re like me or my children, your skin is sensitive and the bite swells and lasts for days, often turning into an itchy sore. Yuck. To avoid...
You're finally ready to get married, and even though planning your wedding can be stressful, planning your honeymoon can be a lot of fun. While about one in three weddings take place in religious institutions, honeymoons usually take place somewhere a bit more tropical. When booking flights, finding hotels, and searching for local attractions, it's easy to forget about your eco-conscious...
Avo-Taco Recipe
Taco Tuesday is my friend. First, because I love me some tacos. Second, it is an easy dinner. I always have the staples for Taco Tuesday on hand. I buy organic ground beef in bulk, cook it and store it. It’s as easy and thawing some meat, adding some spices and making sure my hubby stops for some fresh...
How to Make a Homemade Walnut Cake Recipe
There is something about cake and a hot cup of coffee. My grandmother used to have a cookie or cake in the evening with black coffee. Black coffee that had sat in her Bunn coffee pot all day and had the consistency of tar. She would warm it up in the microwave and enjoy her nightly snack. I lived with...
I love the sunshine. Growing up, we never wore sunscreen. Now that I am 40, I can see the damage the sun has done to my skin. I have small age spots or “liver spots” on my skin in various sizes. I have them on my hands, arms, shoulders, and face. These spots are common and usually appear on...
Simple Hacks for Sticking to a Healthy Habit
Creating new habits isn’t easy. Here are six simple hacks that will make it a little easier. Use them until you’ve internalized the new habit and don’t need them anymore. #1  Schedule It And Put It On The To-Do List Sometimes we forget to do that new thing we were trying. Maybe we forget that we’re supposed to be having...
itamin E for Nail Cuticles and Dry Lips
Vitamin E is like liquid gold. Growing up, my great grandmother Gertrude would break open a vitamin E capsule for dry patches, hangnails, scars and so much more. The little gold capsules were her go-to miracle cure. Vitamin E is a known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. A little goes a long ways with this thick golden oil. It’s often found in...
Easy to Make Smoothie Bowls
One of my favorite things to make the kiddos and myself for breakfast is a smoothie. Lately I have been into making smoothie bowls. They are easy to make, taste great and their prettier. Smoothie bowls take a little more time but on the weekend, it is a special treat. Here is one of my favorite combos. Enjoy! (Printable...
9 Coffee Filter Hacks
Many of us have either updated our coffee maker or received a newer coffer maker over the years. In some cases, we are left with unused paper coffee filters that we either have to throw out or find other uses for them. Here are 9 Coffee Filter Hacks that you may find useful. Either use your unused coffee filters...
6 Ways to Cook with Avocado Oil
Avocado cooking oil is a favorite. I love cooking with different oils. I use them for sauteing, making salad dressing, muffins, cakes, breads, dips and so much more. Growing up I only remember my grandmother using vegetable oil. Now I use a wide variety of oils and love the flavor differences, some more subtle than others. One of my...