If slicing a pumpkin or hard winter squash is difficult for you, try one of these easy methods for cooking a hard-shelled pumpkin or winter squash without cutting
A 30 minute, low-fat, fabulously succulent, one-dish meal--This hearty lentils and heirloom tomatoes dish happened almost by accident. Here's the story.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency shines in hot, bright color, humanity and for this American, beguilingly new scenery and customs. Recommended for anyone yearning for something new on the TV scene.
An eco-friendly tub and tile spray in a reusable pump bottle saves household dollars while pouring fewer harsh chemicals down the drain and into our waterways
Save time and food! If you cook with fresh vegetables and fruits, use a stainless steel chopper-dough scraper to grab every last bit of your chopped, diced and minced goodies, including their juices.
Help a child discover the magic of growing seeds with this step-by-step tutorial in pictures
Halloween eco-friendly trick or treat bags--Fun way to raise your child's awareness about plastic pollution
What better way than eco-friendly trick or treat bags to help our children understand that a few simple changes now can help us preserve a comfortable lifestyle for their future?
Love them we did. The Beatles rocked our world, changed the way we dressed, raised our consciousness, and taught us new ways to look at the world, but their early songs just made us happy.
Whole wheat flour in the cookies and yogurt in the icing make these animal cookies almost as healthy as they are good to eat and fun to make with the little ones in your life
Easily switch from grams to ounces and back again with this digital scale. No more converting international recipes! Weigh the ingredients instead!
I've made yogurt in a thermos--well, four of them now--for over ten years. This Stanley wide-mouth 24-ounce stainless steel bottle is my favorite.
Despite initial misgivings, I am amazed at the simplicity of the baking soda/apple cider vinegar hair care method. My hair has never looked better. Perhaps this method will work for you too.
Making black beans--or any dried beans--from scratch is both economical and easy. A batch of cooked black beans in the fridge is my go-to fast food at home. Here's how to make them without soaking.
Impromptu picnics can be yours in 15, 20 or 30 minutes if you stock your refrigerator and pantry with foods you love. Check out these ideas, take a look at the shopping list, and add your own faves.
Fido and LeParfait jars are the best solution I've found for keeping my bulk foods, baked goods and even some of my produce fresh longer, saving our grocery bill!
Toasting the coconut gives these crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside coconut snickerdoodles that extra scrumptious boost that makes everyone go, "Wow! These are amazing!"
Coconut oil is the eco-girl's socially responsible, dream beauty treatment, and at a fraction of the cost of cosmetic-counter creams and lotions
Within ten minutes after you walk in the door tonight, you can have a fresh, gorgeous salad on your table for a light summer meal.
How did it take me this long to think of adding chocolate chips to my favorite whole wheat banana bread recipe? Total yum.
Whole wheat makes them healthier, cheese makes them extra tasty, and I've finally learned how to make whole wheat biscuits lighter and fluffier
If you have ever been fascinated by animal legends and lore, or felt an affinity for a particular creature or species, or believed that somewhere in your past lives you danced with wolves, frolicked with the dolphins,...
Welcome home! How I brightened a dull entry in under 30 minutes with less than $40, a beautiful piece of handmade paper, and a few simple changes so that every time we open the door, we feel welcome.
A sleek, stylish gift for the college-bound grad Are you looking for a handy gift for the college bound graduate or first-time apartment dweller? Consider the versatility of this counter-top toaster/broiler/convection...
It's nearly impossible to buy just one Monster High doll. After all, there's a whole school of them! Until a few weeks ago, I hadn't even heard of these dolls, but my eight-year-old granddaughter wanted one for her...
Whether it's the music, which soars, the sad/funny story, hunky Denzel Washington taking prat falls, the rocking feel-good finale, or all of the above, The Preacher's Wife is my favorite Christmas movie by far
Chunk your yams, peeled or unpeeled, and pop them in the slow cooker in the morning, mash them a few hours later for supper or your holiday table. Done!
Yukon gold or red potatoes (pommes de terre), yams, krinkly kale, and one not-so-secret ingredient set your taste buds singing in this sure-to-please healthier holiday side dish or weeknight main
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is as fun to read to my grandchildren as it was to their moms. We can feel the cold ground when we make snow angels with Peter, taste snow flakes on our tongues.
On a chill day, nothing warms the body and the heart like a warm bowl of creamy potato soup. Rutabegas and cheese add color and extra vitamins during cold winter months when we need them most.
Dawn and the scent of sizzling bacon in the open air The other day someone mentioned the old Coleman propane cook stove we used to take camping, and a flood of memories, sounds and scents poured over and through me. ...
If you have a food processor, you can pop these buttery whole wheat scones with currants into the oven in just ten minutes
Durability = #1 Factor in choosing a Boos Block While its lasting beauty is an important factor, the number one reason I invested in a Boos hard-rock maple cutting board when my old cutting board broke in two was...
Living on a busy street with windows wide open, I had to find an easier way to clean my white mini blinds. I found not one but three, and each has its uses. Check them out.
Even the busiest families can enjoy fresh-baked, healthy, whole grain bread with just 5-minutes prep time a day
A little night music to salve the spirit Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music lifts my mood and transforms my spirits. Whatever I am experiencing, Mozart makes it better. When my friend died several years ago, I sat...
Had I known how much time an immersion blender would save, I would not have waited until I was in my sixties to get one.
My sweetheart and I are perpetual tourists in our city. We figure if we live here the rest of our lives, we will never discover all the secrets the city holds. That doesn't stop us from trying. One of our favorite...
The single most important writing guide I own Lie or lay? Farther or further? Which or that? Affect or effect? Did I use the word correctly? A quick thumb through Strunk and White, and I'm back on track. Of all the...
Wearable blankets keep Baby warm comfortably If you or the expectant parents are concerned about Baby becoming entangled in blankets and suffocating, consider buying a wearable blanket like this Halo 100 percent...
Our Graco Pack 'N Play Playard is the perfect granny nanny solution, with its changing table, musical mobile and safety features
Who knew a set of knives was all it would take to make me love the kitchen and cooking? I'm the woman who for forty years blanched at the phrase "pot-luck." My idea of a pot-luck dish? A big bucket of...
This lilting story of a warrior princess and the ghost army she battles just may capture your mind and heart and never let it go It did mine. To show just how big a hot, summer--or rainy day--companion Silk Roads and...
Goldie Blox are so hot, in fact, that they were featured in a $4 million 30-second Superbowl ad last winter. Amazon.com image Will the little girl in your life be the first to own this set? Are you like me? Every time...
Ten small things you can do to make a BIG difference in your heating bill this year.
This Halloween it's easier than ever to give organic, GMO-free and Fair Trade treats to the little ghosts and goblins in your neighborhood
After World War II, and before 9/11, many of us growing up in rural areas of the United States enjoyed a time of peace and comfort, if not prosperity, that shaped our values and lives forever
Homemade Greek yogurt is amazingly easy and takes only a few minutes of your time. Learn how here.
Save money with these 12 tips that help you turn leftovers into brand new dishes so good everyone forgets they started with food you rescued from the fridge
If you buy organic foods, coffees and chocolates, you've probably seen the Fair Trade logo. Buying Fair Trade Certified products makes all our lives better. Here's how.
Make cut-out cookies in a fraction of the time with cookie mold pans. No cutting, no careful lifting. Just fill and press for perfect, beautiful, crispy-on-the-outside cookies.
Who knew whole wheat could taste so good? These are my family's all-time favorite sugar cookies, and they are especially fun and easy for the little ones to make when we use our cookie mold pans.
The Party is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted
A Republican insider's insider, author Mike Lofgren says the GOP is grand no longer and the Party of the People isn't doing so much for us either
Lavendula and the Purple Shoes is a Halloween bedtime story sure to leave smiles on the faces of all the little ghosts and goblins in your neighborhood, along with a little witchy info for the curious
What a time-saver! Twenty-one ways the Mint Robotic Floor Cleaner works for me, including that it's cleaning my floors as I type this.
If you've ever nursed a baby, you know how difficult it can be to nurse discreetly. Today's nursing moms have a clever alternative to slippery blankets: The nursing cover. Amazon product image: Simple by Bebe au...
Are you concerned about child slave labor and inhumane working conditions where the gifts you buy are made? This collection of Fair Trade and organic gifts offers some mindful alternatives.
Take this pictorial tour of Cabrillo Point Lighthouse on the fabulous Mendocino Coast, charming and beautifully restored, just like its lovely caretaker's cottage
Our kids know they don't have any time to lose when it comes to fighting climate change. Many are taking the planet and their future into their own hands. For them, every day is Earth Day.
Few things bring as much pleasure as re-reading a favorite book surrounded by the scents, sounds and colors of a favorite garden. Alice Walker's book, In Search of Our Mother's Gardens,
Finding GMO-free, organic and heirloom seeds isn't always easy. Here, a list of the best organic and heirloom seed purveyors, along with some of my favorite garden varieties.
On a cold blustery day, this pot of winter vegetables with kale, cabbage and potatoes warms the kitchen, spreads delicious aromas throughout the house and nourishes the body deliciously
Save money, save time and make your own nutrient-rich vegetable soup stock from scratch the easy way
If you've been thinking of ways to make your kitchen more eco-friendly and sustainable, you've come to the right place. On this page you will find ten essential tools that make it a whole lot easier to go green in the...
In our house, nothin' says lovin' like ice cream, and if that's true for you and your sweetheart, you may find these quick, easy recipes as tasty as we do.
Forget the deli. You can make wholesome, homemade potato salad for two and be on your way to your picnic in less than 20 minutes.
Looking for ways to make your summer outings more eco-friendly this year? You've come to the right place.
Want to live more sustainably? Co-housing, ecovillages, and transitional towns are modern-day examples of communities built by people with the common goal of developing an eco-friendly lifestyle.
A thermos is the perfect yogurt incubator. Learn how to make your own. It's easier than you think, and so good!
Go green the easy way with these twelve simple ways to live a little more sustainably.
Welcome! By the time you reach the end of this page, you will have a four-step plan to kick your paper towel habit for good.
With baby toys and clothing, it's easy being green today. The number of eco-friendly toys and pesticide-free, organic cotton clothing choices grows larger each year. Here are 15 baby-tested favorites.
Grasscycling means recycling your grass clippings right into your lawn. It is an increasingly popular method of lawn care that will keep your lawn looking its best at a fraction of the cost and time you usually spend...
Omnivore's Dilemma reads like a novel, and like any good novel raised the hairs on the back of my neck, warmed the cockles of my heart and kept me thinking and talking about it for months.
Renowned agriculturist and economist Lester R. Brown says "Plan A, business as usual, isn't working," so he gives us Plan B--a road map, complete with a workable budget, to save civilization.
Calm your body, calm your mind in just ten minutes with this easy meditation
Renowned economist Lester R. Brown is a man with a plan and a doable budget to solve many of the world's major problems: Hunger, shelter, preventable disease, global warming, medical care for all
If you're looking for a gift for the foodies in your life, you can't go wrong with a beautiful porcelain quiche pan. I know I'd be thrilled to receive any of these I don't already own.
Dwindling oil reserves. Massive droughts. Water wars. Unseasonably dry, warm winters in one part of the country. In others, massive storms piggybacking on each other. The Eastern seaboard flooding. In the midwest,...
"You can fix all the world's problems with a garden," says Geoff Lawton, who founded the concept of permaculture back in the 1970s with two other men, and I'm pretty sure he's right.
Living in a cohousing community is a little like living in a small town, the kind of town where everyone knows everyone else and is ready to drop everything and lend a helping hand whenever it is needed. Whether it is...
Shifting to organic cotton is one of the easiest ways to go green and the payoff in our personal lives, the environment, and especially the farmers who grow cotton is enormous
Bamboo is the eco-wonder of the world. It pumps oxygen into the air faster than trees, feeds the hungry, clothes the body, soothes the ear, carries water, digs potatoes, shelters the homeless as well as the privileged,...