Marinated homemade feta cheese

Dec 14, 2013

Extra Milk? Make Homemade Feta Cheese

Last week I made homemade feta cheese.  It arose out of a pre-Thanksgiving decision to buy extra milk.  With a couple kids home from college and Grandma visiting, I figured we’d go through a couple gallons more. Wrong.  We were even full up on milk jam (a caramel syrup made from milk and sugar), which is my kids’ first choice … Continue reading

wine-pears-in-bowl

Sep 22, 2013

An Inexpensive DIY Pear Picker

Many years ago we bought four young fruit trees.  The date of this event has completely slipped my mind since, after many years of patiently waiting, they decided never to produce fruit.  We planted two apple trees, which were girdled by rabbits and two pear trees, which at least kept growing. And growing.  “I thought these were supposed to be … Continue reading

Hot Vegetable DIp - Art of Natural Living

May 1, 2013

Kitchen Cupboard Spring Cleaning Challenge (and Vegetable Dip Recipe)

It’s spring.  At last!  Hooray! And what do we associate with spring?  Spring Cleaning! Now in the interest of full disclosure I have never spring-cleaned in my life, unless you count the garden, but it could happen.  This year, however,  I AM going to do some spring cleaning of a different sort–I am cleaning out my kitchen cupboards (and freezer, … Continue reading

peeps-done

Mar 29, 2013

(Partly) Organic Homemade Peeps (Really!)

I did it!  This girl who can’t make a cut-out cookie (unless ugly counts) made homemade peeps.  It was really quite easy (after I got past the first batch of burnt sugar).     Marshmallow has been a thorn in my side for years.  We try to eat as organic as possible and marshmallows contain gelatin and heaven knows what … Continue reading

Sonata Dashboard

Jan 21, 2013

Drive Green, Save Green: Eco-driving Tips

About a year ago, we purchased a hybrid car, and it feels like writing about green driving has been on my to do list forever.  You see, a hybrid car teaches you to drive greener, with its dashboard low mileage alerts on jack rabbit starts and pictures of trees that bloom when you coast down a hill.  Now everyone isn’t … Continue reading

bread-crumbs-italian-herbs

Jan 12, 2013

Easy Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs

Do you ever have days when a single missing ingredient means a special trip to the grocery store?   The last time I served eggplant parmesan, I needed breadcrumbs–and it was maddening.  So when my recent tea sandwiches left me with bread crusts, I decided to make homemade Italian breadcrumbs.  Kind of like getting free (really tasty) food–and it was soooo … Continue reading

Winter Pine Branch Arrangement

Dec 16, 2012

(Easy and Economical) Winter Pine Branch Arrangement

Do you have some last minute holiday decorating to do?  If the answer is “yes,” how about a homemade winter pine branch arrangement?  It’s can be an easy and inexpensive way to bring some “fresh” indoors for the season. I got the idea many years ago when my stepfather had a knee replacement right before Christmas.  One of his “get … Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Latter

Nov 19, 2012

All Natural Pumpkin Spice Latte (50% of Vitamin A!)

The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte has been getting a lot of buzz lately.  Nothing like a reported pumpkin syrup shortage to start a craze! As regular readers will testify I am already a bit pumpkin obsessed and have done (5-minute, diet!) pumpkin pie as well as soup in a pumpkin this blogging season, but mixing pumpkin with coffee (another obsession … Continue reading

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Oct 31, 2012

100% Whole Wheat (and Honey) Bread

Honey Whole Wheat Bread is the “go to” bread at our house.  With its nutty wheat flavor and hint of sweetness, I can count on half a loaf disappearing as soon as it leaves the oven! I have been baking this wholesome loaf for decades.   Back in my college days, I had a classmate who worked for Red Star Yeast … Continue reading

Hosta with seeds

Sep 30, 2012

Growing Hostas From Seed

Last fall, I found a surprise in my garden–my hosta plants had produced seeds!  Free seeds–who could argue with that! I didn’t know if this was an unusual occurrence, but it started me thinking.   Could I grow hostas from seed? All sources I consulted said to harvest the seeds when they are black and papery.  The seed pod may (and … Continue reading