Category: Sustainable Living

Rules of the Road: The Ultimate Guide to Bike Safety

My daughter has been driving a bus for the college she attends for a few years now. I can’t even begin to tell you about the stories she shares about bike riders on campus who don’t know the rules of […] Read more…

Tweet #shopcartons to Plant a Tree This Month!

During the month of July, you can help donate a tree just by tweeting!             My friends at the Choose Cartons blog are partnering with Trees for the Future to donate a tree each time the hashtag #shopcartons […] Read more…

Tips for Storing Fresh Produce (INFOGRAPHIC)

Storing Fresh Produce

We try to eat seasonally and invest in foods that are at their peak during all times of the year. I can as much as possible for storage, but one of my pet peeves, is picking a bounty of fresh fruits and […] Read more…

Chocolate Strawberry Sauce – For Canning, Gifting or Just Eating!

Chocolate Strawberry Sauce Recipe

During the couple of weeks that I had a super abundance of fresh strawberries, I ran across a recipe for raspberry sauce (a Ball recipe) that grabbed me. I made the switch from raspberries to strawberries, and am living happily […] Read more…

15 Things I Don’t Pay For Anymore

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I wish I owned a couple of colleges with highly-competitive football teams (read “teams that bring in a gazillion dollars to my college”) and the college bookstores to match. I would be one wealthy so-and-so.  Until recently, I had no […] Read more…

A Whole New Level of Frugal

A Whole New Level of Frugal

  I recall in clear detail, the recycled paper milk carton that my 3rd grade teacher opened at the top and sat in the corner of our classroom. It didn’t take long for all of us to learn that any […] Read more…

Homemade Ketchup

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My relationship with America’s favorite condiment is long and complicated—and, for that matter, so is ketchup’s culinary history. As summer approaches and sales of the country’s best-selling condiment head for their cookout-fueled annual peak, it seems as good a time […] Read more…

Canning Basics- Awesome Infographic!

Using a Water Bath for Canning

I’m so excited! Our local berry farm opened for everyone to start picking strawberries this week. We love to go out to the farm and pick whatever’s growing in the field. Right now it’s strawberries.  In a few weeks it […] Read more…

One Ingredient Homemade Peanut Butter

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We have recently discovered the joys of homemade peanut butter. All these years I’ve spent so much money on jars of peanut butter at the grocery store, having had no idea how easy and yummy peanut butter is when you […] Read more…

Back to Gardening Basics: Easy Composting

Easy Composting

My DH is always complaining about how much garbage he takes out each week.  On a heavy cooking/cleaning weekend, he’ll take out a bag full each day.  There has to be a way to reduce what we toss, right?  Cue […] Read more…

Ultimate Apple Picking Guide

Apple picking is a popular activity across the US, and a great way to get the family out for an outdoor activity that’s full of fun, and nutritiously sound. The science behind apple harvesting, and apple growing is more complex […] Read more…

Foods That Can Be Grown From Scraps

Food That Can Be Grown From Scraps

One day while on the phone with my sister, we somehow got on the subject of green onions.  I don’t know how…it just happened.  She told me that she always has green onions growing in jars, ready to snip any […] Read more…

Eat Seasonally

Here’s a great general guide to what fruits and vegetables are in season at what time of year- give or take a few weeks depending on where you live.  Save money, be healthy and support your local economy – eat […] Read more…

Basic Couponing Etiquette

couponing etiquette

  Some Basic Rules of Coupons and Couponing Etiquette: Coupons may only be used once. You may not buy ten boxes of cereal and scan the coupon for $1 off cereal ten times. The store will only be reimbursed for […] Read more…

7 Ways to Prep Your Yard for Fall

Prep Your Yard for Fall

thank you to Scarlet Paolicchi at familyfocusblog.com and Kalli Georgiakakis for allowing me to reblog these great tips on what to do in your yard for the Fall!    As with most things in life, fall is what you make of it and […] Read more…

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