Cream of Anything Soup Recipe

cream soup by sifu renka

I have to admit that I do not like this time of year.  Of course, there are glorious fall days, full of sunshine and beauty.   There are days my hair is blown straight up by blustering winds.   There are times when it rains for days at a time.    I bolster my spirits against upcoming winter […]

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How to be a Conspicuous Consumer

goodwill store

The election ads are over.  Hallelujah!  I hope your candidate(s) won. This year (lack of) finances has put me in the lair of the Conspicuous Consumer.  I have taken a seasonal job as a Sales Associate at a major department store.  I have never worked anywhere except in offices, so this is a major learning […]

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Chilly weather tips

armwarmers

Dawanna Young of Peacesofindigo shared this great timely eco-tips and I am adding some great items by fellow Eco Etsy members. The first frost is expected here any night now so thank you, Dawanna. News flash~ people are still unemployed, money is tight and we are all looking for ways to save money.  With the […]

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Have an Eco-Friendly Halloween

yarnhairhat

Now that fall has officially arrived, thoughts turn to Halloween.  It is said to be one of the 3 biggest holidays of the year for retailers.   A lot of flimsy decorations, individually wrapped candies and costumes destined to be worn only once, are proliferating in stores across America.  Dare to be different. This hat made […]

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Preserve without Canning

Since humans were hunter/gatherers, autumn has been harvest time.    In keeping with Ecoetsians’ choices to reduce our impact on Mother Earth, I’m sure many of you are frantically canning, drying, freezing and preserving before nature dies down for the winter. Some people find canning too scary, overwhelming, and/or time consuming.    Here are a couple of recipes to get […]

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Eco-friendly Granola Bars Recipe

ecosnackbag

One of the things that bothers me most about portable food is individually packaged serving sizes.  Reusable bags and lunch kits are great.  But there are some foods that you can only get individually packaged.  Granola bars, for example.  But, you can make your own. There are oodles of different granola bars out there, some […]

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Pack Your Lunch

lunchkit

Now that people are going back to school, it is time to think about portable food.     For centuries, people used non-disposable items to carry lunches.  Pouches, saddlebags and fabric wraps were commonly used.   A familiar icon of post industrial America is the hinged metal lunch box with domed top for a thermos.   In my school days, in the ’60s […]

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How to make homemade potpourri

Orris Root from MisticalAcScents

Humans have used natural scents for 6,000 years.   People used flowers and spices in their homes, and carried them around.  In the middle ages, people carried around bouquets so that they could sniff them when they smelled the odors from the gutter where people emptied their chamberpots.  Herbs and flowers were also used underfoot in dirt floored […]

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Herb Harvest Time

Basil

As I walk out onto my deck, I see that it is harvest time for Basil. To me, that means pesto. I’m sure most of you have made traditional Basil, Pine nut, Garlic, Parmesan Pesto. This recipe has been used for centuries throughout Europe. And for all I know, all over the world. But, what […]

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