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.
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.