Honey Lemon Tea Base for Colds and Flus

Honey Lemon Tea Base for Colds and Flus

Winter is here, and it seems the colds, flus, and stomach bugs are especially bad this year. Kids love sharing (especially germs!), the flu vaccine seems to be hit or miss, and our busy lives leave us little time to take care of ourselves. That’s where this tea base comes in: Honey Honey is antibacterial and antiviral, but the effects on humans after ingesting honey is still up for debate. In a lab, honey has been shown to be effective against E. coli, salmonella, and staphylococcus, but there haven’t been enough studies to show if it does the same in […]

How to Use Up All That Pumpkin! Recipes and Preservation Techniques

How to Use Up All That Pumpkin! Recipes and Preservation Techniques

Whether you’ve grown a crop of pumpkins this year, or simply bought some for decoration (like me!) there are tons of great ways to get a second, or even third life out of those pumpkins. You may be sick of pumpkin-spiced coffee creamer – I mean, I can never get enough – but Fall is all about embracing the seasonal squashes, colors and flavors that usher in the cold weather and hoodies. Sign up for our newsletter

Freezer-Friendly Pizza Dough

Freezer-Friendly Pizza Dough

All of us are busy. These days it seems we all are busier than ever, but accomplish less. I find myself coming home after a long day of work, fighting with the commute, not having planned dinner at all. To avoid the last minute phone call to Papa John’s, I keep a deep freezer full of homemade, pre-made meals. My favorite being the freezer-friendly pizza dough I found on Money Saving Mom. Sign up for our newsletter

Over-Winter Cover Crops For Better Spring Soil

Over-Winter Cover Crops For Better Spring Soil

As winter’s knocking on our doors, we’re decorating for Fall and Christmas, putting up the last of our canned goods, and putting our gardens to bed. However, Winter doesn’t have to be a time of complete rest for your garden. If you find yourself needing to improve the quality of your soil, or prevent water run-off and erosion, planting a winter cover-crop can give you a head start without having to babysit it in the cold. Sign up for our newsletter

Wild Edible: Lion’s Mane

Wild Edible: Lion’s Mane

Lion’s mane is a rock-star in the mushroom foraging realm. It’s easy to spot, easy to cook, there are no poisonous look-a-likes to worry about, and has incredible nutritious and medicinal qualities! What more could you ask for? Sign up for our newsletter

Homemade Pizza Sauce For Canning

Homemade Pizza Sauce For Canning

Last year the Mr. and I were snowed in, in a late winter snow storm. While we were deciding what to have for lunch, we noticed we had one pizza crust left, a little bit of mozzarella, a little bit of cheddar and some pepperonis. Almost everything for a pizza EXCEPT the sauce! The Mr. challenged me to make pizza sauce from scratch — something I had never tried before! I jumped at the challenge and was AMAZED at the results. I found this recipe at Cook Like Your Grandmother and I’m absolutely hooked on this adorable, home-cookin’, down-to-earth food blog. Sign up for our newsletter

17 Things To Do To Add Quality To Your Life Without Costing a Penny

17 Things To Do To Add Quality To Your Life Without Costing a Penny

Oftentimes we get caught up in the rush and hustle-bustle of our worlds and our lives. Keeping up with the Jones’s, fear of missing out, goals, dreams, to-do lists, schedules, climbing the corporate ladder. It can be exhausting! Over my years of repeat stress-induced burn outs, I’ve come up with a list of fun things to do to add quality of life that won’t cost you a penny! Because let’s face it, there are dozens of things to do that cost money, but at the end of the day financial worries just add one more layer of guilt. Sign up for […]

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent

  Have you ever had an idea, lurking in the back of your mind, that all of a sudden becomes something completely unavoidable? Then over a series of days, you keep finding input from different places about this very same idea? I came across an interesting article from Organic Authority the other day that backed up an opinion I already had about laundry detergent. My ex-husband had very sensitive skin. We tried detergent after detergent, even the ones designed for sensitive skin. No matter what, he would break out across his chest and back in a painful and annoying rash. Sign […]

Homemade Freezer Biscuits

Homemade Freezer Biscuits

A couple times a month I’ll pre-make a bunch of food for freezing for days when I simply don’t have the time or inspiration to create something great from scratch. I always have these handy. Pull them out when you get home from work, or a little before dinner, so they thaw before cooking. Sign up for our newsletter

Wild Edibles: Coral Mushrooms

Wild Edibles: Coral Mushrooms

Identification  One of the most beautiful and easily-recognizable mushrooms that are just starting to appear in the woods nearby are Coral Mushrooms. Aptly named, coral mushrooms resemble common corals you would see off the coast. It is characterized by it’s soft tan pr white color, crown-like tips, and the many, thin, branches, bunched together, between two and five inches high. The tips of each branch will be topped with a small crown. Sign up for our newsletter