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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

StashBuster Potholders

Lorigami,  www.Lorigami.etsy .com has generously given Ecoetsy a tutorial from her blog.  I remember making pot holders in Girl Scouts that were similar to these.  So thanks again to Lorigami.  Here’s her tutorial. Y’all may recall the big Michigan House-clean-out project from last spring after my Uncle passed away? Well, one of the things I [...]

Eco tips from the city

I’m impressed by all you back to the land and off the grid people. But I was raised in a city and that is where I am happiest. I tried living on a farm. It made me very anxious. But I have found it pretty easy to use eco friendly practices here, as do many [...]