Summertime may bring many wonderful things but the extreme heat is not one of them. For many using air conditioning is not affordable nor available. Here are some tips for keeping your house cool in the summer heat, with or without AC. We use these techniques in steamy South Carolina to reduce our air conditioning bill.
These easy to use home remedies for sunburn will help bring relief from sunburn pain and speed healing from your face to your toes. Remember, sunburns are burns – so always be gentle to sunburned skin. If blisters appear, keep them clean and watch for any signs of infection. (See note at bottom of post for when to see a doctor for sunburn.) Most of the time home sunburn treatment will take care of your symptoms, but be careful out there. [Read more…]
The Prairie Pin Pouch is a modern rendition of a classic clothespin bag. I found these handmade laundry helpers in a somewhat unusual fashion. Some friends were visiting from out of town one afternoon when the phone rang. On the line was Julie Pruett, creator of the Prairie Pin Pouch.
As it turns out, Julie read a review I wrote several years ago on Amazon.com about a clothespin bag that didn't stand up well to our high winds. The flimsy thing kept blowing off the clothesline, which dumped my pins 12 feet below. (Our clothesline is on our raised deck.) It was very frustrating.
Julie saved that review, contacted me about her handmade clothespin bags, and sent me a sample. [Read more…]
Welcome to the Weekly Weeder series. This week's weed is Red clover, Trifolium pratense. (Trifolium means “three leaves”.) Native to Europe, red clover was introduced to North America as a fodder crop. It has now naturalized throughout the Americas, Australia and many other parts of the world. Red clover is a legume, and adds nitrogen to the soil, enriching it for other crops. [Read more…]
Vegetable dehydrating is an easy way to store vegetables for long term use. During harvest season, my dehydrators live on my kitchen counter. Herbs, greens, fruits, veggies – everything get dried and neatly tucked away for use year round. This post covers basic instructions for vegetable dehydrating to help you dry vegetables safely at home. [Read more…]
This time of year the bird food section of stores includes packets of pre-mixed bright red nectar and hummingbird nectar powder mix for hummingbirds. If you like to feed hummingbirds, save yourself some money and skip the red food dye, and mix up this easy homemade hummingbird food recipe. It couldn't be simpler. Also, I'd like to recommend what I think is the best hummingbird feeder, and some tips for keeping your hummers healthy. [Read more…]
My friend, Julie, was visiting this past weekend and brought some gigantic lemons with her, so we decided to experiment with some lemon recipes, including honey-sweetened lemonade, and some honey-lemon ice cubes that are great for iced tea or lemonade. (It's a funny thing. Julie likes to watch cooking shows, but she only does more “experimental” cooking when she visits me. Maybe it's because I have teenage boys to help eat the results in case it doesn't go well?) [Read more…]
Edible flowers such as roses can be used fresh or dried. Whether you're nibbling edible petals or cooking up buds, flowers you can eat add fun to any table. They are eye catching, nutritious and delicious. Some restaurants use edible flowers in place of parsley as garnish and they are sold in the produce isle. We also use flowers for essential oils, medicines, dyes, art, decoration, beneficial insects and skincare.
In this post we'll talk about which parts of flowers are edible (such as edible petals), nutrition value, how they taste and how to use them. The top ten list of edible flowers includes those that are most commonly used and easily identified. For the adventurous eaters, we've also added over 60 more flowers you can eat. Just ask if you'd like one featured in a future post! [Read more…]
If you suspect you have been exposed to a significant amount of radiation, please contact a healthcare professional. This post focuses on potential low dose nuclear radiation exposure. Many people have concerns about the Fukushima reactors and the nuclear emergency in Washington state. There are also threats of dirty bombs or other terrorist activities. We address the risks of radiation in homes, food and homesteads. We'll discuss the most common radiation concerns, and steps you can take to deal with them. [Read more…]