The more we talk about brewing, the more it seems that half of our friends have a carboy fermenting in their basement. Do you?
Make my own deodorant? The post sounded like the mysterious substance — made wholly from safe-for-the-kitchen, even edible, ingredients — was easy to create and might even work. To the kitchen!
Quite a while ago, I heard that Aveda would accept plastic caps for recycling, but now they are back with an official RECYCLE CAPS WITH AVEDA program.
Summertime, and the savin’ is easy — that’s right, it’s a cheesy-play-on-song-lyrics edition of the Friday wrap-up today. Without further ado, here’s what I’ve found for you this week.
Just about three and a half months ago, I published a lengthy post on the way I’ve been making bread, using a melding of techniques from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and no-knead recipes. Since that time, I’ve kept on baking, and I wondered if you have, too.
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to receive a review copy of the new book compilation by the writers of the Wise Bread blog. It’s called 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget.
When a drain stops draining like it’s supposed to, the un-natural among us haul out the Drano. But there IS a better, cheaper and more natural way to get the lead (or lead-like sludge) out of a drain.
This morning’s newspaper delivery brought an interesting little article about urban homesteading in The Denver Post, titled “Green (1/8th) Acres sprout in the city.” With its “urban Gothic” photo, it caught my eye, and even more so when I realized that the female member of the profiled couple is in my knitting/spinning group. (She noted that the reporter didn’t write about her knitting, spinning and sewing her own clothes, all just as worthy of the “homestead” title as growing your own food.)
This week has been a busy one, and I can’t believe it’s already Friday! We are looking ahead to a fun weekend. I’m headed out for dinner and drinks with some friends I haven’t seen in ages (one just moved back to town), and Mlle. Cheap will be singing her heart out in a choir concert on Saturday afternoon. Plus, despite my garden protestations, we’ll be visiting the garden center to put a few plants in the ground, weather permitting. Meanwhile, here are some links to take you into the weekend.
Chicken soup, chicken skin and schmaltz … making the most of free-range chicken thighs!
This week, I’ve been out walking my dog a few times in the morning and have seen several people commuting to work by bike. It looks so pleasant — especially in the early, pre-rush-hour hours, that it almost makes me wish I had a workplace away from home to bike to. If you’ve been considering the transition to a bicycle commute, Lighter Footstep has published a great list of Twelve Reasons to Start Using a Bicycle for Transportation.
After my post last week on ways to nourish a garden for free, reader Claire Walter wrote in with this question: Coffee grounds right onto the soil? What’s the benefit? We just put coffee grounds, unbleached paper filter and all, in w/ the compost.
After Colorado had a dry winter, then a very warm January and February, then a snowy March and April, I think we might be able to say it’s actually spring. This wrap-up comes to you after a day of 83-degree temperatures, squirrels marauding at the bird feeder and a cherry tree in bloom.
The Scavengers whom I wrote about yesterday appear to be gardening partly organically, but not completely. At our house, we stick with the organic stuff, which is cheap or free ….
Gardening season is getting underway around the United States — from those in the South getting summer plants rolling, to those in the North finally able to stick a shovel in the ground. But with President Obama promoting “victory gardens” where Americans grow some of their own food (to promote thrift, food safety and a do-it-yourself ethic), it’s all too easy to join many other “green” trends where “green” refers to environmentally friendly solutions, but also to laying out a lot of money for something people used to just do.
This week, the world is alight with rumors and fear about swine flu. It’s especially timely for me to write about it, because our household has recently increased our knowledge about germs. About swine flu
Last May, I took Crunchy Chicken’s Diva Cup Challenge and switched over to using the Diva Cup to manage my menstrual period. I blogged about my experience using the Diva Cup for the first couple of months. The post has been read more than 4,000 times and garnered dozens of comments, many with helpful advice of their own. Now, one year later, it seems like an excellent time to review my progress since then.
Today, April 22, is Earth Day in the United States. How will you celebrate today?
We’ve been looking for a coffee table for two years. $20 brought one home last week.
Last week, I finally broke down and Swiffered. Now, I’m looking for ways to make the Swiffer process a bit greener.