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food mill alternatives
When you are busy pureeing or mashing something and the recipe tells you to use a food mill or a ricer, what do you do if you don't have one? I have been stuck many a time with this problem. Creating the absolute smoothest mashed potatoes you have ever seen. Homemade tomato soups and sauces to die for. Even baby...
cast iron vs stainless steel dutch oven
Dutch overs are a tool I think everyone should have in their kitchen. First of all, you can cook great big stews for those long winters and either serve them up for a few days, or freeze them for those days you don't have time to cook. I do this all the time. However, because dutch ovens are also big, deep...
  Non-Toxic (non DEET) Mosquito Repellants At times, I choose a good enough brands that may not be 100% non-toxic but prevents my children from looking like they have hives and suffering the itching, oh the itching is terrible! With camping season in full swing I’m shopping and packing things up so were ready to roll at any given time. I’m...
I ordered a large box of organic natural treats for the kids, like I said I would, and they have arrived!! We are in the process of taste testing them and so far so good. As I went from package to package and was reading the labels, ingredients and doing some comparisons with food I had in the cupboard...
Earth Day 2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of this official celebratory day. Online you'll find a ton of promotions, Twitter parties and companies giving out coupons, hosting giveaways as well as offline festivals, green cleaning parties and local celebrations.  A month where companies are really trying to make a eco-friendly impact, honor Mother Earth and shine the spotlight on...
Create food in your kitchen, even in the middle of winter, by learning how to grow your own sprouts! Why Growing Sprouts Makes Sense Sprouting is a low-cost, healthy habit that can add homegrown greens to your meals with just a small time commitment every day. It's almost idiot-proof in its simplicity, and the materials you need can be picked up...
As a homeowner, you may find yourself wondering how you can be more eco-friendly around the house. Going green at home can not only help the environment, but can also help reduce energy use and expenses. This can be particularly beneficial if you have rental homes, which is more and more common with the property management industry growing by...
I love Rhubarb. I love that it is like a sour patch kid if you eat it right off the stem and I love that it is ready to harvest so early in the growing season. I also LOVE rhubarb sauce (and muffins) Grandma Inez had made all while I was growing up. I have a very big family...
Homemade Meatless Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
I am always on the search for new recipes, and recipes that I can share. My friend Michelle has been nice enough to lend me this great Spaghetti Sauce recipe. I am really excited about this recipe because you do not need your canner (except to measure) and there are no real processing stages. So- for those of you...
Homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
Pumpkin ice cream rules! Homemade pumpkin cheesecake ice cream is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. If you love pumpkin everything and you are waiting for the pumpkin spice coffee to rock your world this fall, trust me, this will tide you over. Homemade pumpkin cheesecake ice cream is a recipe you can make year around but it’s especially a great recipe for the late...
How to Use Essential Oils
Essential Oils rock my world. I’ve shared many articles about how I use essential oils in my home, for beauty products, and when I travel. I truly believe they work and for me, they certainly help change my mood and can impact how I’m feeling. If I have a bad day, I add some of my favorite essential oils...
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...
No Bake Cookies with Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a staple in our home. We use it for making homemade scrubs, for hair masks, to remove makeup and for making no bake cookies. Yes, for making no bake cookies. Coconut oil great to use for baking and cooking because of it’s nutritional benefits. Coconut Oil’s Nutritional Benefits Rich source of lauric acid Good source of healthy fats ...
Neoprene Safer Alternatives
I'm often on the go for work, which means I'm throwing my laptop into my work bag. I never thought out what my laptop bag was made of or worried about it being made of neoprene but maybe I should have done some research. What Is Neoprene Made Of? Neoprene is a black stretchy material which is petroleum based, versatile, synthetic rubber....
What you need to know about Stitch Fix BEFORE you subscribe.
Have you heard of Stitch Fix's 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 accessories...
Back to School Survival Tips from Around the Web
Back to school times means earlier bedtimes, bright and early mornings, packing lunches (again), buying school supplies, doing homework and surviving the school drop-off and pick-up line. (People, the right lane is for drop off and the left lane is more moving traffic!) To help you survive back to school season and look like a pro with cute little lunch...
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...