• Uncategorized

    No Poo Convert

    I realize you can’t quite see his hair here, but we’re at French Quarter Fest, so his hair was looking good. Looking good! Just a short note for those of you who are considering No Poo. Lots of people are interested in the fact that I don’t pay for high priced shampoo. Very few people are ready to make the change and convert to No Poo. My husband finally gave in to No Poo. He kept using regular soap on his hair, which anyone knows will dry it out. It was terrible! He was looking like Albert Einstein. Finally his mama said something, cut his hair short and he said he…

  • DIY,  Thrift

    Lemon, Lime and Onion Scrubbies

    I saw this somewhere on the internet and thought it was a great idea. As far as I know I can’t recycle those mesh bags that lemons, limes and onions come in. So I have been saving them to make dish scrubbies. I use about 4-6 bags to make one scrubby. First I cut off the paper part that holds one end together and then untie or remove the clip from the other end. Now I have a mesh tube. I line all the flattened tubes up so the ends match up (or as close as they can) and then tie the ends together in a knot. I save out…

  • DIY

    Soap Nuts!

    I purchased some organic Soap Nuts (1lb, bulk) from Mountain Rose Herbs. I love the idea of not being exposed to whatever it is they put in soap. I also tend to be allergic to some fragrances, so this would also remove that threat. While my husband is not on board (carpenter’s get real dirty sometimes) and is still using some kind of semi-natural detergent, I thought I would give this a go.  I’d work out several days this week and curl on the weekends (lots of sweaty clothes) but I don’t generally have any major stains going into the laundry, so I have high hopes for the soap nuts. …

  • Sustainable Community

    Stevia Leaf Powder

    So I had been recently been toying around with the idea of buying several things in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs. Based in Eugene, Oregon this company encourages sustainability and ethical stewardship. Of course I did and I am so pleased with everything I ordered. The spring & summer catalogue came with my order and it was filled with all kinds of ideas and recipes for sustainable DIY home cleaning, health and beauty products. Now I am planning a SECOND order when what I need to be doing is planning my Sustainable Seed Company and Bountiful Gardens orders. It’s hard to plan for spring when it keeps snowing. Mountain Rose Herbs…

  • Recipes

    Blue Shortbread

    3 1/2 ounces crumbled blue cheese (about 1/2 cup) 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 cup all buckwheat flour 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/3 cup almond flour Combine it all at room temperature (for the sake of your food processor) to make a crumbly dough. It could be sticky depending on the cheese. Wrap the dough and put in the fridge for an hour.  Roll to 1/4-1/8″ thickness on parchment and score or cut shapes and place on parchment covered baking sheets. You might also be able to freeze and slice to make thin crackers, but I didn’t try.  Bake until crisp at 350, this…

  • DIY

    Furlough the Busy Bee

    So I have been busy as a bee for months between planning/having a wedding and coaching colorguard. I was MIA from all social media for weeks. Suddenly on October 1, I was furloughed and I had all the time in the world. I’d like to say I made this transition gracefully, but I am always WAY more productive when I have to much to do… First, I got my priorities straight and made my Halloween costume. I picked up some How-To books from the library…so I can plan my future life as an organic farmer should the government never get it’s act together. I cleaned a LOT and made tons…

  • DIY,  Gardening,  Recipes

    Easy Tomatillo Salsa

    In my yard tomatillos literally grow themselves. So instead of leaving zucchinis in people’s cars, I leave tomatillos in their offices with a recipe for salsa verde. There are lots of tomatillo salsa verde recipes, but they are almost all simple and easy to prepare. Salsa Verde (basic ingredients)2 lbs tomatillos (~5.5 cups chopped)jalapenosgarliconionvinegar and/or lime juiceoptional spices: salt, cilantro, cumin, cayenne, pepper, etc. Start with a pound or two of tomatillos, peel the papery husk and rinse. The jalapenos can be cored or used whole. Coarsely chop onion. Garlic cloves should be peeled but can be left whole. I like to saute it all together in a deep pan with some olive oil,…

  • Thrift

    “Canning” on the Go

    I have discovered the perfect To-Go container.  I can cook up some hot breakfast, dump it in a canning jar, screw the lid on tight and by the time I leave for work it is temporarily sealed by the vacuum created as it cools off. No more spills in my bicycle bag! I am also thinking this will work great for hot supper leftovers I want to take to work the next day for lunch.  Yay for the little things that make life easier!

  • DIY,  Gardening,  Thrift

    Free Range Potatoes

    The potato scraps we planted a couple months ago starting wilting and dying down, so it was time to check out what was hanging out below the surface. We were not surprised to find, potatoes! Steve holding up a successful potato harvest! See how the potatoes grow further up the plant as it is buried? Using a pitchfork for harvest might work better, but all we had was a shovel. We also raised some in bags, which are easy to harvest. Just dump them out. We decided to eat the ones we had accidentally cut into with the shovel this morning for breakfast, paired with some local farm fresh eggs. Cutting…

  • DIY,  Gardening,  Thrift

    Seasonal Smoothies

    We live in New England where air conditioning is becoming more common, but we don’t have any. Luckily we do have a blender and plenty of ice cube trays. Combine that with fresh fruit, organic yogurt, honey and ice tea and relief is a button away from giving you a brain freeze. We stopped to pick up our cheese CSA this morning (best money I have EVER spent) and while we were at the farm we picked a couple pints of blueberries. We had smoothies on the brain, and nothing is quite as good as fresh berries in a smoothie. Easy Pleasey Berry Smoothie1 pint blueberries1 cup organic yogurt1 tray…