Closet Re-do

Anytime I want to feel better about my corner of the universe, I pick out a smaller corner of my corner and make it better somehow.

How to Boil an Egg

Can you boil an egg? It’s a cooking basic. But I didn’t really know what I was doing until I learned that making the perfect boiled egg has more to do with time and temperature, than with boiling. I just read an essay about a scientific phenomenon called IOED. That stands for Illusion of Explanatory…

Why Not Purple Potatoes?

When I ordered organic potatoes early this year from Seed Savers Exchange, I ordered weird ones: purple ones, called “All Blue Potato” and yellow fingerlings, called “French Fingerlings.” Why would I grow brown potatoes when I could grow fun colors and shapes? Turns out that digging purple potatoes out of the ground is a lot…

Garden to Table

I love it when dinner begins in the garden. I love to dig in the earth and find something to cook. This week I found some radishes that I had planted at the end of the season because whatever else I planted in that particular spot in the garden had refused to grow. Radishes are…

Pesto for Days

I love basil. I always keep a plant growing on the patio, just outside the kitchen. Then I can have fresh basil on eggs, salads, pasta, whatever. When the weather turns I bring a pot inside to the kitchen window sill. This year I also planted basil in the garden. I heard it would keep…

How To Keep Garden Vegetables Over Winter

We had to harvest our garden suddenly, when frost and snow threatened. We left some of the hardier vegetables such as chard, lettuce, onions, and brussels sprouts, hoping they would be okay for a few more weeks. Meanwhile, here’s how I’m keeping these vegetables over winter: Squash: I washed all these squash with natural soap…

Vichyssoise: French-American Soup

This soup sounds fancy (hear the pronunciation) and seems exotic, because it’s served cold. But the lore behind the dish suggests that French mothers added cream to cool the soup down for their children. That’s not fancy. Still, a French name makes any food seem more rich. But, like most French foods, Vichyssoise is made…

Dry Clothes More Naturally

I’ve used clotheslines. They work well, they’re just not that beautiful in the yard. Add to that the stiffness clothes take on when they’ve been dried outside; the convenience of the dryer right next to the washer; and seasons that don’t accommodate outdoor drying; and I can talk myself into drying things in the dryer…

Three Reasons to Use Cloth Napkins

Cloth napkins are fun. They’re an easy way to make your home more beautiful. Here are three great reasons to use cloth napkins instead of paper: Save money – Eliminate paper napkins from your grocery budget and you’ll save a couple bucks. The money you spend on cloth napkins will be recouped after a few…

An Easy Way to Organize a Big Bag

  I like big bags (and I cannot lie). I want room for anything and everything at the ready when I leave the house. My purse has to have all the essentials plus. I need room for my computer or tablet, books, files, and water bottles. I need sunglasses, reading glasses, and room for a…