posts tagged "eco"

Eco-Friendly Christmas Gifts

Posted on November 27, 2011

Stainless steel snack containers, mulling spices, cookie mix in a jar and a Wally mug; simple, yet useful gifts for the holidays.

Finding the perfect Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones can be a challenge. Especially if you’ve put off your holiday shopping until now.

Because we celebrate Chanukah it seems like we have far less pressure during the holiday season –though that could simply be the mindset I undertake during the holidays when I try to block out everything I ... read more →

How to Make Chicken Stock

Posted on September 15, 2009

It’s wonderful to be back at home with my family and kitchen.  I’ve made myriad soup stocks these last few days in order to help my husband and myself recuperate from the sniffles we each seem to have picked up last week.  We’re recovering quite quickly.

To create a bit of variety, I decided to make a roasted chicken stock last night and of course consulted one of my favorite books, Joy of Cooking.  The recipe below is based upon the ... read more →

Meet the Chickens

Posted on August 12, 2009

One of my projects this year has been getting “Operation Hen House” up and running. With the completion of our house for the hens in the side yard and the screened in chicken run attached to it, we became the proud “parents” of 5 teenage chickens. They have not yet begun to lay.

All credit for Operation Hen House, goes to the amazing Patrick, who built the house and its accompanying screened in yard and helped me with a bunch of ... read more →

Clean Green: Kitchen Spray

Posted on May 30, 2008

I must confess, for more than a year, my friend Elizabeth has been asking me to do a post on homemade household cleaners. As a result of her prodding, I am proud to present part 1 of a series on non-toxic cleaners for your home. We’ll start off with a cleaning spray for my favorite room of the house –the kitchen!

So, first questions first. Why make your own cleaning products? Why go through the bother? To ... read more →

Top Ten Tips for Healthy Shopping

Posted on February 25, 2008

-photo from vgm8383 on Flickr

Here are some things I keep in mind when I go grocery shopping:

Fresh is better than frozen, frozen is better than canned
Fresh produce is full of nutrition and far tastier; for veggies, we eat what’s in season, I keep frozen organic fruits on hand to make the boys smoothies in the winter or to use in muffins (blueberry for example); I avoid canned food whenever possible
Ocean raised fish is better than farmed
Farmed fish is often ... read more →

Why Glass?

Posted on January 8, 2008

Eight days into the New Year and it seems as though the post-holiday blues have hit.

We’ve had more than our usual share of cold dark weather here in Colorado, and all I want to do is go into hibernation, sleeping day and night. Of course, that’s not what’s taking place in my reality.

This time of year I find myself spending a good deal of time cleaning and sorting. I cleaned out the pantry and fridge the day we returned from ... read more →

Product Review: Tube Wringer

Posted on May 7, 2007

I am addicted to my tube wringer. It drives my husband crazy. Even though we have our own toothpastes, I get out the tube wringer and squeeze every last drop out of his tube before I let him throw it away. I use it as well for ointments and other products that come in a tube. I don’t like to waste!

I found out about this from my friend Mary whose husband is a painter. He had one of these metal ... read more →

Homemade Lip Balm

Posted on January 20, 2007

This homemade and natural lip balm is so good that you might want to eat it – my children tell me it tastes delicious.

Homemade Lip Balm

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1 tablespoon cocoa butter
1 tablespoon beeswax shavings or pearls
1 tablespoon almond oil
¼ teaspoon essential oil of vanilla

Melt beeswax and cocoa butter in a beaker placed in a small pot of simmering water
When beeswax and cocoa butter are melted, remove beaker from heat and stir in almond oil and vanilla
Pour liquid into stainless steel lip ... read more →

How to Make a Rolling Pin

Posted on December 3, 2006

My sons and I decided to make gingerbread cookies this afternoon.

Thus we found ourselves at the store in search of the perfect rolling pin.

We ended up with a 1¼ inch dowel that was 48 inches long, then had it cut into 3 pieces. We took our dowel pieces home, sanded them and ended up with 3 perfect rolling pins. Our total cost: $6.38 (for dowel and sandpaper).

Each rolling pin took 10 minutes to make (hand sanding) and added up ... read more →