Bread Making 101: Tips from King Arthur Flour

Over the years, I have tried my hand at bread making many times. Note, that I do not state that I have made GOOD bread! Most of the time it comes out crumbly or collapsed in the middle or it takes 3 hours to rise and I get tired of waiting and toss the whole thing in the trash! In expressing my frustrations with the King Arthur Flour staff, they offered to help and for this I am extremely grateful! I decided to share their Bread Making 101 interview with me readers!With a few of their products and a recipe from their cookbook I made a … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Taking Baby Steps toward Going Green by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Think About This ThursdayToday's installment of Think About This Thursday is a request from Cheryl C. Malandrinos for your assistance in going green! Everyone has to start somewhere on their journey to an eco friendly existence...where did YOU start? What baby steps did you take to go green in your life? Please leave comments and think about what type of actions, products, or lifestyle changes you would recommend! I asked Diane if I could be her guest blogger today because I need your help. Here’s the situation: we’re a busy family of four with … [Read more...]

Think about this Thursday: What are the benefits of essential oils?

Today's Think about this Thursday post has been written by Jo from Jo's Health Corner. I would love it if you could check out her blog and say hello! She offers some great suggestions for obtaining optimal health without going broke! Here is some helpful information that she has put together about the benefits of essential oils!Benefits of essential oilsEssential oils are a wonderful addition to a natural medicine cabinet at home. They are very versatile, and I love that I can use the same bottle for multiple things. I use the same essential … [Read more...]

How many legs did that thing have? (Think about this Thursday)

You are innocently washing your dishes or cleaning your kitchen floor, your neighbor has his yard service fertilizing his lawn, when you realize that you need a fresh pineapple from the grocery store for that new recipe you want to try. You hop in the car and drive to the store and pick up your conventionally grown pineapple from half way around the world and then head back home. Sound familiar? Every aspect of our lives create pollution of one sort or another and that pollution ends up in our water, our air, and in every living creature on … [Read more...]

Recipes from the Root Cellar

Recipes from the Root Cellar has more than 250 easy-to-follow recipes. Make root cellar recipes like Celery Root Bisque, White Lasagna with Winter Squash, and Thai Cabbage Salad.  This recipe collection will inspire you to explore the deliciously versatile world of root cellar vegetables.  Recipes from the Root Cellar Sweet winter squashes, hardy greens, jewel-toned root vegetables, and potatoes of every kind make local eating easy and delicious in the colder months of autumn and winter. Whether these vegetables are gathered … [Read more...]

Asian Fusion Cooking Made Easy

Have a love for Asian fusion cooking? You're not the only one! This culinary trend is becoming quite popular and this Asian cookbook will walk you through how to get started with some delicious Asian fusion recipes!  Asian Fusion Cooking Made Easy Title: Asian Fusion Subtitle: A culinary Odyssey of Vegan Recipes Author: Chat Mingkwan ISBN:  978-1570672316 Publisher: Book Publishing Company (TN) (September 20, 2010) Pages: 192 pages (paperback) About This Asian Fusion Cookbook Today's Asian cuisines are a result of … [Read more...]

Beekeeping For Dummies: Everything You Need to Know About Beekeeping

Beekeeping is a great way to support our pollinators.  Of course, raising honeybees isn't easy!  How do you build a beehive?  Where do you buy honeybees? If you want answers to these questions, Beekeeping for Dummies can help!Interested in raising honey bees? Beekeeping for Dummies is a friendly, practical guide to starting your own beehive. It includes expert tips for maintaining a healthy honeybee colony. You get the latest on honey bee medication and treatments, harvesting and marketing your honey, and the impact the … [Read more...]

A Home Preserving Guide for Food Preservation

Looking for a home preserving guide for food preservation?  You have come to the right place!  Put 'em Up! is a comprehensive home preserving guide for the creative cook. That includes everything from drying and freezing to canning and pickling. Want to preserve food at home? Do it safely with this book!    A Home Preserving Guide for Food PreservationTitle: Put 'em Up! Subtitle: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook, from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling Author: Sherri … [Read more...]

Support Eco Conscious Crop Biodiversity for a Stable Food Supply

According to The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, only about a quarter of crop diversity is left.  One dozen species now gives 90% of the animal protein eaten globally. In addition to that, just 4 crop species supply half of plant based calories in the human diet. Eco conscious crop biodiversity needs to become a major concern for a stable food supply. Eco Conscious Crop Biodiversity “In other environmental issues we tell people to stop something, reduce their impact, reduce their damage,” states US Ecologist … [Read more...]

Homegrown Food Right From Your Own Yard

Want to learn how have a bounty of homegrown food all year round? In the book Homegrown by Marta Teegen you learn how to swap your annuals for edibles. She will also teach you how to create attractive beds and containers that both beautify the yard and provide a bounty of fresh produce.  Buy the Book!  Title: Homegrown Subtitle: A growing guide for created a cooks garden in raised beds, containers, and small spaces Author: Marta Teegen ISBN: 978-1605295176 Publisher: Rodale Publishing Genre: Gardening Pages: … [Read more...]

Eating Locally: How and Why You Should Support a Local Farmer

I am always looking for educational opportunities to share with my children. A trip to the grocery store is a geography lesson all by itself. Apples from New Zealand, oranges from South Africa, and grapes from Chili. The list of countries goes on and on. Eating locally is challenging when you shop at a large chain grocery store but it is vital for a sustainable food supply! There are many benefits of eating locally grown food for both you AND the planet. Eating Locally: Does it Matter? We hear every day about how we live in a … [Read more...]

The River Cottage Bread Handbook

Want to start making homemade bread?  The River Cottage Bread Handbook should be added to your bread making cookbooks and supplies!  I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the art of bread making, whether you are a novice or a pro!The River Cottage Bread Handbook Buy This Bread Making Handbook!Title: The River Cottage Bread Handbook   Author: Daniel Stevens ISBN: 978-1580081863 Publisher: Ten Speed Press Genre: cooking Pages: 224 (Hardcover) From the back cover: The River Cottage farm, … [Read more...]

Green Toys for a Safer Play Time!

Green Toys are rising in popularity over the last few years. With so many recalls every day regarding hazardous children's toys, we really need to start demanding a higher quality product for our kids. We should not have to worry about lead, phthalates, or other cancer-causing agents being incorporated into their toys. Green Toys takes pride in their products and makes toys that are free of harmful chemicals and made from recycled plastics.   Why Choose Green Toys? All the toys made by Green Toys contain no BPA, no … [Read more...]

Asphalt or Concrete Roads: Which Is More Eco Friendly?

My husband is really getting into the whole eco friendly lifestyle. I have even heard him telling friends and family how little trash we throw away each week. I 'm glad he doesn't think I'm a complete nutcase! So, recently he asked me "Which is better for the environment: Asphalt or Concrete roads?" To be honest, I had never given it much thought so I did a little research and thought I would share!Which is better? Asphalt or Concrete Roads? Are Asphalt Roads Greener? Asphalt or concrete roads? Which is the better choice for the … [Read more...]

Natural Pest and Disease Control

Over the last few years, I have been trying my hand at organic gardening. I am learning, quite quickly, that it is NOT easy! Luckily, books like The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control are around. It's a great help to poor souls like me who just don't have much of a green thumb! The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease ControlTitle: The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Pest and Disease Control Subtitle: A Complete Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Garden and Yard the Earth Friendly … [Read more...]

Will You Boycott Blueberries Over Child Labor Concerns?

If you are against child labor, you may have to boycott blueberries after you read this post. Did any of you see the MSN article about the crackdown on farmers who hire underage children?Did you know that current laws allow children as young as 12 to be employed in the fields? When we go to the grocery store and see all those lovely little baskets of blueberries, they look so inviting. Ever stop to think how much work went into getting them to the store in those nice little packages?Child Labor in the Farming Industry In no other … [Read more...]

Considering Desert Gardening? Read Tough Plants in a Fragile Land

Tough Plants in a Fragile land is an amazing look at the challenges and joy of desert gardening. From the fragrant Desert Lavender to the hearty Creosote Bush, Fritzie Von Jessen introduces beginning and avid gardeners to the beauty of desert gardening. And by using native plants and learning to garden in a chemical free and holistic manner, you can grow beautiful desert plants while still being gentle to our planet. Tough Plants in a Fragile LandLove Desert Gardening? Buy this book on Amazon!Title: Tough Plants in a Fragile … [Read more...]

The Dirty Six: Worst Practices in Agribusiness

If you are worried about the worst practices in agribusiness, there are a few that are worse than others. In the food industry, those are called the dirty six. The absolutely worst 6 agricultural practices according to people who care about such things. I am one of them. If you are equally concerned about the state of our food production system, this post may help.Food, Inc. is Eye Opening I have been reading the companion guide to the movie Food, Inc. I have not seen the movie yet since I wanted to read this first and it has been quite … [Read more...]

Sproutman’s Kitchen Garden Cookbook

Sproutman's Kitchen Garden Cookbook contains 250 flourless, dairyless, low temperature, low fat, low salt, living food vegetarian recipes. This cookbook would be great for someone dedicated to removing dairy, wheat, and meat from their diets.Title: Sproutman's Kitchen Garden Cookbook ISBN: 978-1878736864 Author: Steve Meyerowitz Publisher: Book Publishing Company Genre: cookbook Pages: 322 pages (paperback) Buy this book on Amazon About Sproutman's Kitchen Garden Cookbook The information in this book includes: Dairy - the Pros and … [Read more...]