Summer Eating

Food tastes so fresh when it gets plucked right from the garden and gets eaten immediately. In January, I can’t wait for summer and the ripe tasting fruits and vegetables. In the summer, I can’t wait to eat what’s growing in the garden or what’s freshly picked ....more

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

What I love about baking desserts is sharing them. OK, I wouldn’t mind eating them all myself but the older I get, the less I can eat – if I want my jeans to fit. These are a complete knock-off of the Pepperridge Farm cookie that you see at the store ....more

Happy Mother’s Day and Journal Giveaway

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you are enjoying this special day yourself or celebrating it with your mother. Remember when I wrote about my Great-Grandmother’s recipes that were written down in a little notebook on old Christmas cards? ...more

Happy Earth Day

Every day should be Earth day. That’s what our planet needs: every single day devoted to treating the world we live in with more thought. Reduce, reuse, recycle is good but refusing needs to be the first “R” in the list ....more

Lip Chap DIY

When my lips are chapped, it’s practically a federal emergency. I always have something on me for dry lips. Let’s face it: I have no idea what’s in half the stuff I’m slathering on my lips (I’ve tried looking for the ingredients on Chapstick and haven’t seen anything) ....more

How to Organize a Laundry Room for Sustainability

Today’s post is sponsored by IKEA. Thank you for supporting the occasional sponsored post that helps support this site and all of the gingham-ness you see here. There’s a saying that my brother taught me in German, and in English it goes like this: order must be ....more

Spring Chickens and Laying Eggs

Last spring, we got a new flock of baby chicks. Well, three chicks. That’s all we’re allowed in the city ....more

Eating Clean with Amie

I’m so excited for my friend, Amie Valpone, who is launching her cookbook this week! Cooking whole foods at home is the only way to get and stay healthy and Amie has spent 10-years doing just that – and solving her chronic illness. In her book, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation and Reset Your Body, she shares her secrets ....more

Katie Couric and I are Fed Up

Have you ever watched a documentary that made such an impact, you can’t stop thinking about it? I recently watched the film “Fed Up” and I can’t stop thinking about it. (Get it from the library – they have it.) It’s sad because you’ll meet kids who probably won’t live to see their 50th birthdays ....more

Getting a Vegetable Garden Ready to Grow

Every President’s day weekend, I swear up and down that I’m going to get my vegetable garden started. Early spring/late winter is the best time to plant green peas and spinach (in our zone) but it seems my best intentions don’t quite make it happen. It’s too rainy or too cold – for my taste anyway – and I get around to it about mid-May ....more