Here are simple instructions for making an oil candle at home. Oil candles are inexpensive to make and require only a few household items. They can be used to create beautiful Hanukkah menorahs.
A survival bracelet is made by tying knots in a length of paracord. There are many feet of rope available in the bracelet to use in an emergency. Detailed instructions are provided in this article.
"Super Pancakes" are fun, delicious and healthy! This is an extremely versatile recipe that can be adapted to suit your dietary needs and reflect whatever ingredients you happen to have available.
Pour pancake batter into your rice cooker to create a gigantic pancake! These "novelty pancakes" are simple to make and come out as tall "cakes" infused with extra fun!
Our bodies require only a small amount of vitamin B12, but this vitamin is not found naturally in vegan diets.
Nutritional yeast is popular among many vegans for its characteristic cheesy, nutty flavor and as an excellent source of B12 and other B vitamins.
Mayim Bialik's cookbook is an excellent resource for families transitioning to a vegan diet! It is full of information and advice, in addition to fantastic recipes!
Purim is a Jewish holiday celebrated in late winter. Hamantaschen, fruit-filled triangular pastries, are the traditional food served on Purim. Here are vegan and gluten-free hamantaschen recipes.
Vegan Planet is the all-around best cookbook I own. In this book are a wide variety of recipes, so there is something to suit every taste and cooking style!
Diet for a New America intelligently and compassionately illustrates how a vegan lifestyle improves human health, the lives of animals, and the state of the earth's environment.
When food is served in bite-sized portions it often becomes more appealing! Slice wraps into small pieces and hold them together with a fun toothpick for a meal your kids will love!
Here is my story of how I came to write a book about celebrating the Jewish holidays. I hope to inspire others to celebrate in ways that are personally meaningful and fulfilling.
Making your own, nontoxic candles is easier to do than you might expect! These container candles are perfect to use yourself or to give as gifts.
It's easy to make rubber band bracelets without using a loom! This article shows how to make several different rubber band bracelet designs.
Here's my story of why and how I became vegan -- including the recipe that helped me through the transition!
Family hikes provide opportunities to spend quality family time together while enjoying nature and getting exercise. Here are some great ideas about how to make your hike with kids both safe and fun.
There are many natural, simple ways to improve the flavor of meals. Using wholesome ingredients is the perfect way to bring out the best taste of any dish.
Vegan fudgsicles (chocolate popsicles) are simple to prepare. They are made with tofu, so they have protein -- though I wouldn't categorize these frozen treats as being a health food!
Vegan pigs in a blanket, or "peekaboos," are a fun finger food for kids and adults alike! This recipe using tofu hot dogs can also be make gluten-free.
Family camping trips are a great way to instill a love of nature within children. This article features information and tips to help you plan your next tenting adventure with your kids!
Making chocolate candy to enjoy yourself or to present as a gift. Simply pour melted chocolate chips into a mold, combine it with dried fruit and/or nuts, or use it to cover pretzels.
Here are my tried and true tips and tricks for staying warm in a cold winter house! I don't want to spend a lot of money and waste energy by turning up the thermostat too high, so here's what I do...
This pizza dough is quick and easy to make, since it does not require kneading or time to rise. Here are step-by-step instructions for making the dough and the pizza.
Ahhhh, there's something simply wonderful about the smell of Indian stew wafting through the house. This is an easy recipe that uses a slow-cooker, though it could also be made on the stovetop.
My sons and I have enjoyed many games that cost less than $20. All of these make excellent gifts.
There are lots of inexpensive gifts for kids that are high-quality and encourage meaningful play.
The sandwich toaster offers lots of possibilities for quick and interesting meals. Sandwiches are toasted and sealed, creating a hot pocket sandwich or dessert.
Mini donuts are easy to prepare using a donut maker. You can adapt recipes to create donuts that vegan, gluten-free, less sugary, or whatever else you'd like. Plus they are extremely cute!
With so much focus placed on Halloween treats, it can be challenging to celebrate Halloween when you follow a special diet. But there are steps you can take to make the holiday much more enjoyable!
Here are links to my numerous articles about vegan living. I've divided them into several categories: Getting Started, Family and Community, and Recipes. I've also included links to other websites.
There are some challenges to parenting vegan children. But a bit of thoughtful planning goes a long way. Here are my tried and true tips and tricks for vegan parenting.
This vegan pumpkin pie recipe always comes out great!
Sometimes being vegan can feel like a lonely experience. Find other vegans to be a part of a supportive and understanding community!
Sometimes going vegan can lead to stress and strain in the family. Here are some ways of managing when you don't get the support you'd like from family and friends when you tell them you're vegan.
When a family member becomes vegan, it can raise questions and confusion within the family. How can family bonds be maintained, and even strengthened, when a member adopts a vegan lifestyle?
The Hobbit is an exciting adventure and a classic story. The animated video and accompanying illustrated book make The Hobbit enjoyable for younger audiences.
The Lord of the Rings is an epic adventure. The animated film and accompanying storybook allow younger audiences to enjoy the tale.
Travel can present certain challenges to vegans or others with special dietary needs. Here are some tips, tricks, and strategies to help you enjoy your trip without worrying about your food.
It's important to share books with vegan children that support the vegan lifestyle. I've found a handful of books that have delighted my children at various reading levels.
Eliminating animal-derived products & ingredients, as well as other forms of animal exploitation, is the highest goal of the vegan lifestyle. But is this an achievable goal? Does it matter?
Can a person make a difference by being vegan? Does what we do matter?
Geocaching and Letterboxing are "treasure hunts" that encourage participants to get out and explore their surroundings. This article describes these activities and how to enjoy them.
This vegan coconut rice pudding is a sweet, comforting, and filling dessert or snack. It can be adjusted to use the ingredients you have on-hand and can easily be made gluten-free.
Don't think for a minute that just because you're vegan there's no cheesecake for you! This recipe is in my regular dessert rotation because it's easy to make and comes out super-delicious!
A curved shower curtain rod magically creates more room in the shower! It's a tremendous improvement for very little money.
The New Scoop features an innovative selection of recipes for making vegan ice cream at home. Along with basic flavors, there are a number of fantastic, unusual flavors.
Our diets have tremendous impact on the environment. Vegan diets, which do not include any animal products, has a much smaller carbon footprint than omnivorous diets.
The bento style lunchbox is the best design I've ever used! It works perfectly for students at school as well as adults at work. The separate sections allow for creative, healthy take-along meals.
The bounce box, or drift box, provides access to gear and supplies on your backpacking trip without actually having to carry it on your back the entire time.
The mental challenges of backpacking can be even greater than the physical challenges. Here are my suggestions for how to persevere and keep hiking when all you want to do is quit and go home.
How much homework is appropriate? What can you do if your child has too much homework?
There are lots of small electric kitchen gadgets available. But which small appliances actually help? How do you know which gadgets make sense to purchase?
These are my articles related to hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor activities. I am an experienced backpacker and thru-hiker, and now enjoy hiking and camping with my children.
Juggling has great health benefits and is also a lot of fun to do. Here are instructions to learn how to juggle.
This is the video documentary I made about my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT). It took me six months to hike approximately 2,150 miles from Georgia to Maine. Long-distance backpacking is an amazing experience....
It's important to bring what you need on a backpacking trip, but it's equally important not to carry too much. A lighter pack means a happier backpacker! Here's a list of gear and their weights.
Tips, tricks, and practical advice to help make your backpacking trip a success.
Learn how to make your own excellent ice cream -- regular, vegan, gluten-free, low-sugar, or whatever you need. Choose you own flavors and invent new ones!
Dining out at a restaurant can be a bit tricky as a vegan. Here are some ideas and tips to help you enjoy the experience of dining out.
Getting a CSA farm share enables you to get locally grown, usually organic fruits and vegetables for a fair price. There are different kinds of CSAs, all of which benefit both farmers and consumers.
Wool is not vegan because it comes from animals. These animal are often treated inhumanely by the international wool industry, as farms try to maximize their profits.
Honey is not vegan because it comes from bees. Bees are exploited to procure honey. There are excellent alternatives to honey and wax, so we do not have to take these products from bees.
Free-Range animal products are advertised as being a humane option. But the free-range label doesn't mean all that much, and in the end the animals still experience the horror of the slaughterhouse.
Factory farms that produce dairy and egg products contribute as much to the pain and suffering of animals as do their meat-producing counterparts.