The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
The arrival of fall means time to sow our garlic crop on our urban homestead.
Winter is our time to kick back and rest up from a busy growing season.
An old-fashioned date nut bread recipe.
Butternuts are plentiful in our neighborhood. This year we stole a few from the squirrels for ourselves!
A kind gift prompted a reconfigured limoncello cake recipe.
100-year-old Scarlet Runner Bean seeds from Grandpa will be part of our garden this year. It's almost seed-starting time for gardeners!
Pick up a copy of Walden (from the library, of course!) for a bit of frugal inspiration this week.
Some easy advice on starting seeds for beginners or any gardener!
Three years ago we went from two cars to one. Being a one-car family has challenges but it's worth it.
There's nothing wrong with a little pampering now and again, so why not use your own garden harvest to make yourself look and feel better?
What better destination than farm and wine country!
A chance buy at a church rummage sale has turned into our gardening bible.
Making soap is fun and rewarding. A great rainy-day project!
Spring is planting season. As everything around us greens up, so does our garden as we slowly get our plants in.
Spring is the most precarious time of year for gardeners; we put our small seedlings out into the elements and hope for the best
What says summer’s here more than a slice of mouth-wateringly good sweet/tart rhubarb pie? Try this easy recipe, you’ll be glad you did!
Canning jam is an easy way to get your feet wet if you are a beginning canner. They are practically foolproof and don't take long or require any experience. Best of all, they taste delicious!
Summer is the time for outdoor celebrations and family gatherings. The simplest ones can be the most fun!
We try to use the least harmful solution to get ride of garden pests and weeds. This easy-to-make weed killer really works!
Hummus is a tasty and healthy treat. At this time of year it's great in a sandwich with garden-fresh tomatoes!
An easy way to make beautiful and tasty pumpkin pickles.
Roasted peppers taste great all winter and are easy to make.
Grandma and Grandpa had a spring piped into the house, with the help of a neighbor we have resorted to other means.
We plant winter rye as fall comes to an end to help add "green manure" to our garden.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
Simple instructions for two versions of a sewn towel topper - an easy afternoon sewing project.
Baking bread is not difficult, just time consuming, and very rewarding!
Our experiment at the local community garden was a great success last year - we just renewed our plot for 2014.
It's time to remember that 'frugal' is not a dirty word. Doing things for ourselves feels good and makes us less dependent on big companies to have a full life.
Baking rolls is easy and fun. And they taste better than anything you will find in the store!
We got our peas in over the weekend. Peas are easy and rewarding to grow - plant yours today!
Rhubarb pie, rhubarb jam and rhubarb muffins are all on the menu in our kitchen at this time of year. What better way to eat locally and get Vitamin C then by picking and eating your own rhubarb!
Growing a delicious salad on your own front or back porch is easy. Once you've tried your own homegrown salad you'll never want any other!
Homemade pickles and relish are staples around our house, but growing cucumbers can be a real challenge.
Basil is easy to grow even in small spaces. You can use your harvest to make this easy, delicious pesto!
Making granola in the slow cooker is easy and it tastes great.