Whether you want to store your own garden-grown produce or whether you want to take advantage of a bulk discount for fresh vegetables from a local farm stand or farmer’s market, one of the most important things to know is how to properly store those vegetables for the winter.
Storing produce for the winter is something we don’t always think about today since we have the option of running out to the grocery store anytime we want, but our ancestors had to plan carefully for winter storage to make sure they would have a well-preserved food supply to last through the winter without spoiling. Continue Reading
When you think of the idea of creating more joy in your life, what’s the first thing you think of?
Chances are, you probably didn’t think of words like “tidying” or “organizing” or “de-cluttering,” right?
Yeah, those are probably the last words that would have come to my mind, too! That’s why I was so surprised when I first heard about the concept that taking care of clutter could actually lead to creating more joy. Continue Reading
When I first heard about using soap nuts as a laundry detergent alternative, I liked the idea of using something that was natural and simple . . . but I was also pretty skeptical that they would actually work.
When I tried them, though, I was pleasantly surprised by how well they cleaned my clothes. They worked just as well as any homemade or store bought natural laundry detergents I had tried, only they’re even easier to use and much cheaper too. Continue Reading
Cooking with a cast iron skillet is about as old-fashioned as it gets. Back in the days before Teflon existed, cast iron was the original non-stick cookware because a well-seasoned cast iron skillet does a surprisingly good job of cooking food without having it stick. It’s also really convenient to be able to switch right from the stove top to the oven without having to transfer the food to another pan.
If you’ve only ever used modern non-stick pans, though, switching to cast iron cookware can seem a little bit intimidating at first, or at least it was for me. And the big question is, how to clean a cast iron skillet properly? You hear about all of the things you’re not supposed to do that might strip off the pan’s seasoning, and you end up being afraid to even use the pan because you’re so worried about ruining it. Continue Reading
I’ve always loved the scents of the holiday season, and I used to use all manner of scented candles, room freshener sprays, etc. to surround myself with those wonderful aromas.
Now that I don’t use synthetic fragrances anymore, though, I was starting to miss all of the citrusy, spicy scents that I associate with good memories from this time of year, so I decided to try some natural alternatives instead.
These natural DIY air freshener ideas are a way to still be able to enjoy all of the aromas of the holiday season without having to expose yourself to the toxic chemicals in many store bought products. Continue Reading
In my last post, I talked about all of the great benefits that come from going outside and taking a walk in the fresh air. Taking an outdoor walk every day is a great thing to do, but… it’s usually only a half hour or maybe an hour of the day, and the rest of the time you’re breathing stale, indoor air.
So, the question is, how do you improve the quality of the air inside your home (without paying for any sort of expensive filters or air purifying systems)? The good news is that there are a couple of cheap or even free old-fashioned ways to purify indoor air and improve the quality of the air you breathe. Continue Reading