butternut squash
Gardening, Vegetables

Growing Butternut Squash

In my last post, I was excited about how soon fall would be here. While I love the transition to autumn’s new sights, sounds, and smells, I particularly love the tastes. Summer and spring taste warm and bright to me, but fall flavors have a earthy quality that is as comforting as it is filling.… Continue reading Growing Butternut Squash

citizen science
Sustainability, Sustainable Lifestyle

Citizen Science Projects for Gardeners and Farmers

As a gardener or hobby farmer, you probably don’t think of yourself as a scientist beyond monitoring your soil and watching trends in your fruits and veggies. Let me beg to differ, because I bet that you're more of scientist than you might think. As you spend time outside in your garden beds, do you… Continue reading Citizen Science Projects for Gardeners and Farmers

cookies

Zucchini Fudge Cookies

Has anyone else noticed that summer is slowly starting to slip into fall? I have, but its in a way that I can't quite put my finger on. It's an intangible transition. School's only just started, the weather is warm, and the farmer's markets are still filled with summer produce. And yet... I find myself… Continue reading Zucchini Fudge Cookies

knit
DIY, Sustainability

Learn to Knit in a Weekend

There are plenty of fun and interesting skills to learn on the journey to become more self-sufficient and sustainable. Knitting is one of my personal favorites. I learned to knit many years ago at a conference. I remember looking through the program and noticing a knitting circle as part of the morning’s activities. While I… Continue reading Learn to Knit in a Weekend

landlord
Sustainability, Sustainable Lifestyle

How To Talk to Your Landlord About a Garden

I’ve lived in a lot of apartments. They were all tiny and a bit cramped, but I was determined to make them cozy. I filled them with books, coffee cups, and a house plant or two. They grew on me, and I came to love each one of them for being exactly what I needed… Continue reading How To Talk to Your Landlord About a Garden

DIY
DIY, Sustainability

Five Amazing Places to Learn DIY Skills

When I first started to look at creating a more sustainable life for myself, it was easy to be overwhelmed. I wanted to do everything myself! There is so much to learn and so many skills to perfect! If you're like me and many other new sustainable DIY-ers, you might have grown up alongside a… Continue reading Five Amazing Places to Learn DIY Skills

cheese crackers

Hearty Whole Wheat Cheese Crackers

Convenient Snacking I’m trying to reduce my carbon footprint, spend less, and control more of the ingredients in my food by making my breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks from scratch. I  like making my food from scratch, but I feel like I never have as much time to cook as I want! I’m sure many… Continue reading Hearty Whole Wheat Cheese Crackers

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Hearty Whole Wheat Cheese Crackers
cheese crackers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20-25 minutes
Servings
dozen crackers
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20-25 minutes
Servings
dozen crackers
Ingredients
cheese crackers
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add olive oil and water to dry ingredients and mix until the dough just comes together.
  4. Knead in shredded cheese until well mixed.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it’s about ⅛ of an inch thick.
  6. Cut dough into into squares or use a small cookie cutter.
  7. Poke each cracker with the tines of a fork to create indentations.
  8. Sprinkle with salt and cook 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
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mygardenanswers
Apps, Resources, Website

myGardenAnswers Review

myGardenAnswers App Review   I like plants, and since you’re reading this review, I bet you do too. While weeding, I can’t help but wonder at the story behind the weeds. Even though I’m pulling them up, they’re still plants that come with a history. For instance, I recently learned that Lambsquarter, a plant only… Continue reading myGardenAnswers Review

naranjilla
Container Gardening, Fruit, Gardening, Vegetables

Growing Naranjillas

Growing Naranjillas Have any of you ever heard of naranjillas? I confess that I hadn’t until The Llama and I were leafing through seed catalogs reading the descriptions to each other. Baker’s Seeds described them as having a “sweet and sour taste,” “nectar of the gods,” and “the most delicious [thing] that I have tasted… Continue reading Growing Naranjillas

mint tea

Mint Tea: Brewing From Dried Leaves

Tea is a wonderful drink. It’s so versatile; delicious steaming hot or chilled with ice. You can drink it black or add cream and honey or sugar. Tea is great for breakfast and is always there for waiting for you to walk into the door after a long day to brew a calming cup. Mint… Continue reading Mint Tea: Brewing From Dried Leaves

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Mint Tea: Brewing From Dried Leaves
How to brew a calming cup of mint tea using whole, dried leaves.
mint tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cup
Ingredients
mint tea
Instructions
  1. Boil water in a kettle or pot.
  2. While water heats, crush dried leaves or chop fresh leaves, and place the in teapot or tea ball.
  3. Pour freshly boiled water over the leaves.
  4. Allow tea to steep for 10 minutes.
  5. Sip and enjoy!
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