One of my favorite things about fall and winter is the availability of fresh citrus. The lower temperatures also mean cold and flu season, not to mention another season that is my favorite – the holiday season! I use citrus to do many things – quench my thirst, treat my colds and inspire my gifts. I let no part of the citrus fruit go to waste. In this post, I'll share some affordable and easy to make homemade citrus gifts that are sure to please. (You can also check out a delicious citrus cider blend in the spiced apple cider recipe roundup.) These gifts are simple enough to make that the kids can lend a hand, making them great for family project times. [Read more…]
Would you like to add some cheerful fall decorations without breaking the budget? I have nine pumpkin decorating ideas that you're going to love. We'll create nine different ideas, all for under $10! You can combine fresh pumpkins, flowers and herbs from your garden with common pantry and craft items to brighten any room. [Read more…]
Some of my fondest childhood memories revolve around an old cider mill that we would go to every year when the air got crisp and the leaves were turning. Not many flavors remind me of the season like fresh apples and cider. Cider served warm or cold is good for any day of the year, but especially for fall through the holidays. Enjoy the flavors of the season with these 5 Amazing Spiced Apple Cider Drink Recipes + One for Adults Only. [Read more…]
I tried to grow lavender as one of the first herbs I planted in my garden – and promptly killed it. Since then I learned to pay attention to what the plants need instead of where they'd look nice in the yard. In this post I'll share easy tips for helping your lavender plants to thrive, and some of my favorite lavender uses. It's a great garden plant for bees, and has a rich history of use as food and medicine. [Read more…]
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.