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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 […]

Tomato Cage Christmas Tree

Tomato Cage Christmas Tree

So when you think of a Christmas Tree the first thing that comes to mind is a tomato cage, right?  I have some large pots that are standing empty for the winter and I thought I might go get a small fake tree to two […]

Starting Flowers the Lazy Way

Starting Flowers the Lazy Way

Every time I walked by that patio planter with the dead marigolds in it I thought, “I should collect those seeds and start my own marigolds.” I never got that done as it was more important to do the garden tasks related to food than […]

Some Things are Worth 10 Cents

Some Things are Worth 10 Cents

I do consider myself a frugal person.  I also like to try new things, hence the straw bale garden and other experiments too numerous to mention.  When it comes time to start seedlings indoors I’ve tried a lot of different methods.  I’ve tried flats (much […]

Mini Blinds to Garden Markers Repurpose

Mini Blinds to Garden Markers Repurpose

  As you gain experience in the garden it becomes important to know which plant varieties did well in your garden and which varieties you liked best.  If you plant more than one type of tomato or lettuce, etc you’ll want to label your plants […]

Can I Use Those 3 Year Old Seeds?

Can I Use Those 3 Year Old Seeds?

If you are like me you have a few old seed packets lurking in a box along with the newer packets of things you couldn’t resist or wanted to try.  First thing for spring (although our high temperature for yesterday, March 2nd was a record […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic?  Maybe You! (part 6-strategies)

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Maybe You! (part 6-strategies)

Part 1, Part 2, Part 2.5, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 Perhaps I have convinced you that there are some bargains to be found in organic food but you are thinking that I am crazy to shop at so many different stores.  I will concede […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic?  Maybe You (Part 5-More Prices)

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Maybe You (Part 5-More Prices)

I’ve been surprised to find that organic choices can sometimes be LESS expensive than non-organic.  So far in this series we’ve talked about your food budget, defining healthy food, grass fed beef, and milk prices.  Now, I want to give you a few more practical […]

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic?  Maybe You! (Part 4-Got Organic Milk?)

Who Can Afford to Eat Organic? Maybe You! (Part 4-Got Organic Milk?)

  If you have followed the previous posts on this topic you are probably waiting for more detailed information about how we changed to eating mostly organic or “healthy” food while keeping our food budget at the USDA “thrifty “ level.  I hope you aren’t […]