Buying Locally What You Can’t Grow

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While I do have a few plants growing in pots around the house, I don't have any kind of huge operation going on this year. Between personal schedules and other things, I just lack the time to grow as much of my own food as I'd like. However, having organic and locally produced food is really important to me, so I shop at farmer's markets and the like as much as possible, and you should too. Here's why: ... [ Read More ]

Old Fashioned Cooking Substitution Chart

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I think everyone's been there before. You're in the kitchen, in the middle of cooking the most amazing meal ever, when suddenly you realize you're out of one (or more) ingredients. Instead of running to the store or trekking all the way to a neighbor's house to borrow a cup of whatever it is you're missing, check out this substitution chart and make do the old-fashioned way! ... [ Read More ]

Celebrate Earth Day with the 8 Rs

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Earth Day is today, which means that the Internet is suddenly completely abuzz with tons of articles with tips on protecting the environment, reducing waste and saving money. While I absoultely support all of those things, I noticed that almost all of the articles suggest buying TONS of expensive new things in order to help save the environment. I was a little startled---I mean, if that's the ONLY way that people think they can make a difference, then it's no wonder that more people aren't ... [ Read More ]

Eggplant Pizza Recipe

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One of my best friends is unable to eat gluten, so I'm constantly on the lookout for healthy, gluten-free food that we can both eat and enjoy. This weekend we experimented with eggplant pizza for a pizza/movie night and I have to say I was startled at how good it was! We actually overcooked one batch a little bit (which made it mushy but not inedible), but overall the taste was excellent. I mean, just look at that picture! Doesn't it look yummy? Here's our recipe so you can try it yourself: ... [ Read More ]

Edible Flowers Dos and Don’ts

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Nothing brightens up a yard or table like a bunch of bright, fresh flowers. But what about your dinner table? While not every flower is edible, there are actually several that can be consumed, and many that are actually quite tasty! Of course, edible flowers are by far a new thing: the Victorians used flowers in their cooking extensively, and the trend made a firm resurgence in the 60s and 70s as well. Flowers can be scattered in salads, placed on top of cakes and desserts, used with ice ... [ Read More ]

In Defense of Dandelions

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I have always adored dandelions. No matter how bad my day is, seeing those little unexpected pops of sunshine always brightens my day. To my chagrin, most people still look at these adorable and helpful little plants as weeds and, instead of taking advantage of all of the dandelion's uses and symbolism, harmful chemicals are sprayed everywhere. Well, today, I am going to defend the humble dandelion by proving that it is far more useful than all that grass you're protecting. ... [ Read More ]

10 Uses for Baking Soda

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In the last few months, I've been working towards removing the use of harsh chemicals in my home in order to find more safe solutions. While it's a slow journey finding solutions that are affordable and effective, I do have one top-secret ingredient: Baking soda. Baking soda pretty much cleans and deodorizes everything. Here are some of the ways that I use it: Remove coffee stains - rub a water and baking soda paste on the inside of your white coffee cups to remove the brown ... [ Read More ]

Staying Hydrated with Infused Water

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When it comes to water, I am spoiled. I grew up out in the country, and my parents get their drinking water from one of the purest wells I've ever tasted. I never understood what people meant when they said they didn't like drinking water because of how it tasted. I mean, it's water--it's not supposed to taste like anything! And then I went to college and had to drink city water for four years, and I really realized how awful water can be. No matter how many filters I used or what brand of ... [ Read More ]

6 Tips for Easy Spring Cleaning

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While I'm not a huge fan of day-to-day cleaning, I absolutely LOVE spring cleaning. There's just something to refreshing about finally being able to get rid of all of those winter blues as you throw open the window and make everything clean and ready for the busy summer. But, of course, I don't just clean: I declutter at least one room during both my spring and fall cleaning sprees. Whether you're as enthusiastic as I am about cleaning this spring, or you're simply doing it because the place ... [ Read More ]