A Summer Natural Reading Collection

May 20, 2016

A Summer Natural Reading Collection & a Giveaway

I love the concept of a hope chest.  It’s old-fashioned but also anticipatory and optimistic.  Store up some well-loved, handmade goods and wait until the time is right to set off on a new (married) life. I have my own married-lady version of a hope chest–a natural reading collection that I use to inspire fun and useful projects!   My eyes … Continue reading

Grub infested lawn

Sep 24, 2015

Lions Tigers & Grubs, Oh My: Treating Lawn Grubs Naturally

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 … Continue reading

Apr 22, 2015

How to Propagate Fuchsias (and Overwinter Them)

Recently I had one of those “could have had a V8 moments.” I realized I could keep my fuchsia plants alive over the winter, and propagate fuchsias from cuttings to grow more in the spring.  Although winter may cause the plants to go a bit dormant and lose the beautiful profusion of flowers, they’ll come back in the spring! It … Continue reading

Vanilla Plum Muffin, served

Apr 12, 2015

Vanilla Plum Muffins

Can I blame Martha Stewart for my diet failures? After all it was her PBS show that got me thinking about plum muffins. In the end I converted her recipe to something a bit healthier–less sugar, less fat, all whole wheat (pastry) flour—and still tasty enough to make twice in a row. So I guess I can’t complain after all. … Continue reading

goggles with lemon eyes

Mar 30, 2015

Ten Tips for Starting a New Exercise Program

When live gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or lemon bars. Every good foodie knows that. And when your orthopedist tells you your ballet classes are wearing out your hip, take swimming lessons.  Right?  While good food may be my favorite part of healthy living, exercise is also key to good health.   With full lives, however, it is especially easy to … Continue reading

Draining buttermilk from homemade butter

Oct 26, 2014

Making Homemade Butter

I have been making homemade butter for over a decade.  It’s always interesting to see the variety of internet information on the subject, but let me tell you a secret. Instructions like, “Pour cream into a jar and shake until it turns into butter” are not a serious take on butter making–unless you are talking a fifth grade history lesson. … Continue reading

Jun 18, 2014

How to Divide Hostas (for the Weekend Gardener)

If you have a shade garden, it probably contains a hosta or two.  These cooperative perennials grow quickly, thrive in a wide range of climate zones and require little attention–other than taming an occasional slug invasion (cheap beer) or watering during a severe dry spell.  Then after a number of years of neglect, you can divide hostas, to reshape an … Continue reading


Apr 28, 2014

How to Grow Bamboo

Today I am publishing an article from freelance writer Rachel Matthews.  I love the opportunity to host an occasional guest author because I always learn something new.  Prior to this, I had no idea you could even grow bamboo in Wisconsin!  I also learned that you have to grow bamboo carefully since it can be invasive (ask me about my … Continue reading

grape hyacinth bulbs in pot

Oct 26, 2013

Start a Winter Bulb Garden Now (in Just a Few Minutes!)

In my “perfect world,” I have a house full of have fresh flowers–all year round!  In reality, lack of time or money often gets in the way.  But if you’d like an idea for winter flowers that is time-management friendly and easy on the wallet, now is the time to get started! Last year, I potted up a bunch of … Continue reading