Earth Day Reevaluation

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, and April welcomes an unofficial holiday that really makes me want to take stock and start fresh — Earth Day. During this time, I take stock of sustainable lifestyle choices that I’m proud of and also look for ways to improve.

Herbin' It Up

Dried herbs from the graden can provide a winter's worth of seasonings.

Homemade Croutons Save Bread Waste

We can never quite finish our loaves of homemade and artisan breads, so toasting those leftovers into croutons turns any salad into a gourmet treat.

Winter Skin Care

While winter weather can beat up our skin, so can the synthetic ingredients in many skin care products. But I've found effective and economical alternatives right in my own kitchen.

DIY Drink Gifts

Homemade foodie gifts have always been a hit with my family over the holidays. This year, I tried something a little different - homemade hot drink mixes.

Pizza Time

Rock your homemade pizza with sauce made from fresh garden tomatoes.

Swinging Into Labor Day Weekend

A rusty patio swing that was left in our yard by a family friend initially caused reactions of horror. But a second look, some paint, and new lawn chair webbing gave the swing an astounding facelift.

Mosquitoes Be Gone

There's no shortage of synthetic mosquito repellents on the market intended to keep those vampire-like pests away. But I've been successful making my own from natural ingredients.

How to Host a DIY Wedding

With the wedding season upon us, I'm sharing a few DIY tips my husband and I used for our nuptial to put a unique spin on our wedding while staying debt-free.

Garden Up

Maximizing garden space in a small city yard is a constant challenge, but I've found that window boxes aren't just for windows.

Happy Earth Day

There are many common sense ways to be kind to the planet (and the wallet), but here are a few other simple ideas.

Seedlings Everywhere

It's that time of year again - empty milk jugs, egg cartons and plastic containers pile up to serve as temporary greenhouses for young seedlings.

Best in Home Ec

I was fortunate to be among the last of the generations that benefited from the skills taught in home economics classes in public school. Will it make a comeback?

Winter Produce

Winter farmers' and gardeners' markets have sprouted (pun intended!) up in my area, giving customers more access to locally grown produce throughout our long, cold winter.

Grab Some Granola

We have endless varieties of cereal to choose from, some good and some not so good, but for years, I've just made my own healthy, economical granola.

Seed Catalog Frenzy

Few things break up the winter doldrums like the arrival of the seed catalogs. Yet it's easy to get carried away ...

The Holiday Menus Are Settled

My mother's battered copy of "The Settlement Cook Book" provided a wealth of unique and traditional recipes, as well as a fun crash-course in food history.

Magic Mushrooms

Seeing the many stages of food you grow from soil to table really is magical, especially White Button and Crimini mushrooms.

Pumpkins Rock!

The pre-Halloween ritual of finding the perfect pumpkins for carving, pies, and seed roasting is as much as part of autumn as jumping in a pile of freshly-raked leaves.

Laundry Day, Grandma's Way

Wisconsin's freakishly mild autumn seasons in recent years has extended the laundry-hanging season, and I've added some of my Grandma's techniques for fresh-scented laundry.

Taking the Plunge into Water Bath Canning

An abnormal fear of accidentally poisoning people from home canning mistakes has kept me from trying to preserve my garden and farmers' market goodies. This season, I've decided to overcome my fears and test the waters.