Oct 2, 2015
Recently I was invited to do a book review of The Toxin-Free Home: A Guide to Maintaining a Clean, Eco-Friendly, and Healthy Home by author Alison Haynes. In accepting this, I had high hopes that it would fill a niche in my life. You see, out of fear of using toxic products, I clean less than I would like to. When I really should be taking the more practical approach of greening up my cleaning routines.
The results of avoidance are never pretty.
The Toxin-Free Home
So I was excited when my copy of the Toxin-Free Home arrived–and I found everything I had hoped for. Tips for greening my laundry along with recipes for homemade stain remover. A bathroom cleaning guide plus advice like “a paste of borax and lemon juice left for half an hour removes stubborn stains.” (That is so happening soon.) The recommendations continued throughout the house, from living room to bedroom and out into the garden! Continue Reading →
Sep 27, 2015
My oldest daughter is seriously pumpkin obsessed–every fall she goes wild with pumpkin foods and decorations. Since she is also the queen of tea, I was not at all surprised when she announced she was going to learn to make Pumpkin Chai Latte.
Pumpkin Chai Latte
Chai is defined by Wikipedia as “a blend of black tea and herbs and spices, originating in India”. It has a warm, rich and subtly exotic flavor that is delicious in any season. I couldn’t wait to try a fall version! Continue Reading →
Sep 24, 2015
Yes, it was nearly as bad as it sounds. Okay… no lions and tigers. But I may have preferred them. Certainly from a yeuuck perspective. You see last fall our lawn was looking absolutely terrible. And I am a not-at-all-picky organic gardener. Now I would be in the business of treating lawn grubs—naturally, without chemicals.
The first inkling of a problem appeared a few years earlier with patches of dry lawn. Now in Wisconsin it isn’t uncommon for lawns to go brown and dormant in late summer, but these patches seemed a bit different. And even watering didn’t perk them up so it didn’t look like regular dormancy. But I’m a not-at-all-picky organic gardener so I just let it slide.
Then it got worse.
Grub infested lawn
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Sep 20, 2015
Every year, fall rushes in–a brilliant wash of light and color. The change from summer’s verdant greens to a kaleidoscope of hues appears not only in the trees but also the bountiful harvest. Greens from peppers, yellow from corn, red from tomatoes, orange from squash… And today’s “Three Sisters” stew has it all!
Three Sisters Stew
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