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How to Render Lard

How to Render Lard

Once vilified as the epitome of bad fats, lard is making a comeback!  Lard and other animal fats are showing up on natural food store shelves and coolers at premium prices. These are $9.99 for 11 ounces! There is still controversy surrounding the health risks/benefits of […]

Repurpose Concrete Splash Guards

Repurpose Concrete Splash Guards

It seems that no matter where you end a path or a step the lawn or area just beyond it become a trampled soggy mess during rainy periods.  It also seems that over time we have replace all of our old concrete down spout diverters […]

Organic Food-Cheap, Just Ask!

Organic Food-Cheap, Just Ask!

I got 4 dozen of these extra large, organic, brown eggs for .25 a dozen this week!  One of our local grocery stores is very proactive about discounting eggs and dairy that are about to expire.  Expiration dates are really more like suggestions than hard and fast […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic?- update

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic?- update

It’s that time of year when people are thinking about getting healthy and saving money and asking if those two desires are mutually exclusive.  Two years ago I wrote a series of posts about the affordability of organic food.  Do you feel like food prices have increased […]

Bone Broth-How to Make Beef Broth

Bone Broth-How to Make Beef Broth

If you haven’t heard about bone broth yet, you probably will soon.  It is one of those very old nutritional ideas that is enjoying fresh attention. The terms broth and stock are often used interchangeably and you can find different definitions depending on where you […]

Grow Vertical With This DIY A-Frame

Grow Vertical With This DIY A-Frame

I’m adding things I want to grow faster than space to grow them.  Every year I run out of room in the garden and try to find more efficient ways to grow things.  Growing vertical is one of the ways to make great use of […]

Seed Starting: What Worked (or Didn’t) This Year

Seed Starting: What Worked (or Didn’t) This Year

I know, it’s May and in this part of the country, almost anything you want to put in your garden can be directly sowed outdoors.  However…this also means that seed starting supplies will soon be marked down and cleared out of the garden centers. Here’s […]

Low or No Cost Plant Light Stand DIY

Low or No Cost Plant Light Stand DIY

It’s almost time to start those seedlings indoors!  I’ve been starting my own plants for a several years now and like everything else garden related I seem to need more and more space.  I have this workbench in the unfinished part of our basement that […]

Homemade Hand Warmers

Homemade Hand Warmers

I’ve been walking outside this winter for the first time, well, ever.  Along the way I’ve been experimenting with clothing combinations and ways to keep warm.  Last year I made everyone a homemade rice wrap (anti-stress microwaveable neck pillow) for Christmas. These are simple and […]

Become a Winter Walker-New Strategies

Become a Winter Walker-New Strategies

Walking is a great form of exercise.  It’s easy and pretty much free. But when winter rolls around in the Midwest my walking goes from an enjoyable outdoor activity to a dreaded, “barely get the minimum number of minutes on the treadmill”,  indoor activity.  I […]