Our little grill is just fine

April 29, 2014

I hope all my northern hemisphere readers are having a great spring!  Summer is trying its best to get here, and that makes us think about grilling.  So I have to tell you about our grill: Here she is on the inside: You can see how big she is in relation to the little propane […]

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Garden + Dry Beans + Solar Oven = Bliss

September 18, 2012

Our garden is producing all sorts of lovely stuff right now.  Like carrots.  We have a lot of carrots.  Yesterday I made a big batch of hummus using chick peas that I cooked in our solar oven.  I paired them with carrots from our garden, and it was a wonderful, simple lunch. I did cut […]

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Garden Update

August 27, 2012

One of my Facebook friends asked recently if I’d do a garden update post soon, and it was a good reminder (thanks Megen!).  I went out and took some pictures this morning, but I was strategic in what I photographed.  That means you’re going to see only the good parts of the garden.  Not the […]

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Progress On Our Projects And Some Good Links

May 14, 2012

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Our was spent working on the rough wiring in our basement, with a lot of help from my parents.  I have a circuit map that I’ve been drawing onto a blank floor plan, adding x’s and o’s for all the outlets and lights.  The whole basement map […]

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A New Look And Some Great Links

March 9, 2012

My little blog got a facelift today, thanks to my awesome husband.  It was time for a change, and I love the clean new look.  Both the boys are in bed and my husband is down in his basement office working late tonight, so I’ve had some time to just browse around online.  Well, and […]

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The Harvesting Continues

October 7, 2011

This morning has been all about preserving garden goodies.  I started out with tomatoes.  I’ve been roasting and freezing them lately so that I can make roasted tomato soup this winter.  I harvested a huge tub of beautiful tomatoes. Then I washed them, sliced them in half lengthwise, and laid them in glass baking dishes.  […]

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Pumpkin Spice Cubes

September 28, 2011

For the last several weeks, I’ve been spending some time every few days preserving our garden harvest.  I’ve canned a few batches of tomato sauce, and this afternoon I’ll be roasting tomatoes to store in the freezer so that I can make this amazing soup during the winter when fresh tomatoes are scarce.  I’ve also […]

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Fitting Children Into A Life We Love

September 7, 2011

I got the following email from Connie in response to my post asking you what you wanted me to write about: It feels like many of the decisions you have made came about as a result of both your values and preparing yourselves and your home for children. How might your decisions have changed if […]

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Garden Progress

May 20, 2011

We’ve spent all of our free time over the last week working in our garden, and we’ve got nearly everything planted.  We had a dumptruck full of compost delivered, so we spent last weekend with our shovels and wheelbarrow, mixing compost into all of our beds.  We did the same thing last year, and I […]

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I’m Still Here!

March 20, 2011

My apologies for the dust on the blog lately.  Our baby is due in just over two weeks (and our son came ten days early…) and we’re in a mad dash to try to get all of the loose ends tied up on the various projects we have going on.  We’ve been spending every weekend […]

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Container Gardening

February 22, 2011

It’s nearly the end of February, which means we’re starting to think about gardens around here.  I’m sure we still have quite a bit of cold and snow ahead of us, but it’s been warm and sunny lately, which has me thinking of spring.  With a new baby due to arrive in early April, we’re […]

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End Of Our First Garden Season

November 9, 2010

Yesterday, we harvested the last of our garden.  We’ve had a beautiful, warm fall so far, and were able to put off the final harvest quite a bit later than we’ll usually be able to.  We got our homemade cold frames situated over the beds of greens last week, and they’ll keep producing throughout most […]

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Harvesting In Full Swing

September 22, 2010

For years, roasted veggies has been a favorite fall and winter food for us.  But we’ve never had the experience of roasting vegetables we grew ourselves, until now.  I found this recipe for a great roasted veggie marinade and wanted to try it with the day’s harvest.  Our son helped me in the garden, and […]

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A Picture From Our Back Patio

September 3, 2010

For months now, readers have been asking for a picture of our garden.  Sorry it has taken me so long, but better late than never.  Across the front, the beds are filled with greens, beets, beans, peas, peppers, watermelons (we ate the first one yesterday – it was awesome!), and herbs.  The back row of […]

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Canning Tomatoes

September 2, 2010

Last weekend, my husband picked enough corn from our garden to fill our wheelbarrow.  He and our son sat on the back porch husking the ears while I blanched the cobs and then froze the kernels on trays.  We now have about 20 quarts of corn in our freezer. That part was easy.  I wasn’t […]

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More Ways To Use Zucchini

August 25, 2010

We have a lot of zucchini right now.  I think that’s the case for most people who grow it, and like most, I’m always looking for ways to use it in interesting and tasty recipes.  I’ve made several dozen zucchini muffins over the last week or so, and frozen them.  This is the recipe I […]

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Saturday’s Harvest

August 1, 2010

Everyday lately we’ve been harvesting a good chunk of our food from our backyard.  I’ve noticed that our grocery bill is less than half of our usual total, and the cart looks pretty empty when we get to the checkout stand.  Here are a couple of pictures that show most of what we harvested yesterday: […]

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Shredded Zucchini Salad

July 27, 2010

Did I mention we have nine zucchini plants?  And that they are all thriving?   We’re trying to stay on top of them and pick them when they’re small, but every once in a while we miss one and find it when it’s the size of a small dog (I think they go from small […]

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The Luxury Of Frugal Thinking

July 8, 2010

I don’t know the exact demographics of our town, but it’s definitely a lower-income area than the city where we used to live.  There is only one grocery store in town, and it’s not stocked with organic produce and ten dollar jars of coconut butter.  Houses here are lot less expensive than they were in […]

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Smart Thrifting And A Good Harvest

June 12, 2010

I just got back from running a bunch of errands in town, and I’m feeling very good about my thrift store shopping excursion.  I had a whole carload of stuff to drop off, which I’ve been doing quite a lot lately.  This was the first time I had gone inside the store in about six […]

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Creating A Life That Needs No Escape

June 2, 2010

Now that the summer vacation season is underway, I’ve been pondering the idea of vacations.  My husband and I have been self employed for years now, so technically we can go on vacation whenever we want.  We do have to continue to work while we’re away, but our job can be done from anywhere with […]

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Nearly Ready To Put Plants In Our Garden

April 29, 2010

We are nearly ready to plan out seedlings outside.  Well, we’re ready, but mother nature has other plans, so we’re patiently waiting.  We should be able to plant them out next week, if the 10 day forecast is looking good.  If not, we’ll have to wait until the week after.  Ever since we unleashed the […]

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Seedlings Seedlings Everywhere

April 19, 2010

We have seedlings coming out our ears right now.  Here’s a picture of our hydroponic area in the basement: There are so many seedlings that they don’t even come close to fitting into the actual hydroponic trays.  A lot of them are just sitting around the edges, getting the benefit of the grow light (plus […]

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Our Homemade Strawberry Hanger

April 7, 2010

After I wrote about the hanger my husband made to hold our upside-down strawberry planters, I got a request for a picture.  Here it is: The angle of the picture makes it look like the planter on the left is resting on the ground, but it isn’t.  They’re both about eight inches off the ground.  […]

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Spring Fever

April 5, 2010

Spring is in the air!  We spent most of the weekend working in the yard, and we made a ton of progress.  We’ve planted several early crops (the ones that can be planted before the last frost) including potatoes, spinach, peas, and onions.  We also transplanted nine zucchini plants (that had been growing in the […]

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