For the Birds!  Pinecone Feeders.

For the Birds! Pinecone Feeders.

Cross post from Soulicious Foods “It’s not only about the granola”. We have a birds’ nest right outside our porch. Each Spring Penelope and Carlos, endearingly named by my children, return to this warm weather home of theirs and gift us not only with their presence, but also by allowing us to bear witness to […]

Winter I fear you not.  Bring on the Elderberry Syrup.

Winter I fear you not. Bring on the Elderberry Syrup.

While it’s not technically winter just yet the sub 30 degree mornings make it feel as if it is.  It’s no secret that I find little joy in saying good-bye to the warm, mild days and I’m still working on embracing and making my peace with November to March.  It’s time to bundle up and […]

And there goes the dishwasher gel...

And there goes the dishwasher gel…

What does it say about the person I’ve become that I get so incredibly excited, I’m talking OVER THE MOON giddy, about another environmentally and economically friendly DIY product that not only actually works but produces better results than the big brand product I’ve been using?  Others may call me crazy however I LOVE throwing […]

Clean ingredients and reusable containers.

Ridiculously easy DIY laundry detergent

I truly never thought I’d go this far.  Never imagined I’d be using baking soda to clean a bathtub or vinegar to make my stainless appliances shine.  However gradually it happened.  One by one the name brand bottles are being used for my homemade brews.  And I have my eye on the ones that remain.  […]

Simple pleasures such as making these can make my day so bright!

Home making it…

I dislike chemicals. Actually that’s being kind. I loath chemicals. I’m talking the unnecessary ones. The ones that have no place disrupting our hormones, poisoning our foods and erroneously making their way into our precious bodies. So when I pull out the homemade tick repellant I embrace the eye roll of my teenage daughter. I’m […]

The hidden gifts of natural dyed eggs...

The hidden gifts of natural dyed eggs…

When I set out to color Easter eggs this morning with my four year old son, I was unaware of the lessons that the process may be teaching him. At first it was simply about creating memories and instilling a yearly tradition. You may recall that last year was our first attempt at making our […]

It’s almost that time of year! Local CSA options…

Last year I posted part of this article under All CSAs are not created equal part II however I thought it worth posting again and including all our local options.  You can visit each farm’s website for a complete crop listing.  Please note that the prices and pick up days and times may have changed.  […]

Not cool Chobani…

Before feeding my family anything commercially produced I do my homework.  I carve out the time.  I make the phone calls.  I send the emails.  I don’t do this for fun.  I do this to safeguard our health and well-being.  So when I willingly jump through all these hoops and scale all these hurdles I […]

All CSAs are not created equal part II

How I love this time of year.  For me it is a time of much anticipation.  So close to once again being able to feed my family fresh, locally grown produce.  Time to get out of the grocery stores and back to the farms!  It is also the time when many of us consider joining […]