How to Make Pickled Green Tomatoes

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Spring is over and Fall is here in full swing for most of us, and that means the frosts have arrived. What will you do with all those green tomatoes dangling from wilted, frost-bitten vines?? Pickle them! What you will need – mason jars, lids, and rings (I use quart and pint size, whatever I [...]

How-To – Upcycled Kitchen Counters

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A few weeks ago I shared that I have been giving my kitchen a facelift on a very tight budget.  After giving my floors a facelift, painting the walls and adding two chalkboard doors, I was ready to tackle my kitchen counters.  I found out that replacing them was way out of my budget, even [...]

Green Trick-or-Treating

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Trick-or-treating is a fun tradition, but let’s face it: It’s toxic to your kids and to Mother Earth. Millions of individual wrappers going into the landfills, and god knows what ingredients (dyes, sugars, chemicals) going into your babies’ tummies. Yuck! How can you be an eco-friendly and/or health-conscious participant? 1. Stock up on “responsible” candy. [...]

{Eco Inspirations} Backyard Secrets: Ground Source Heat

This is not my house, but that's what our loop field looks like under the surface.

I am blessed to live in the country and with such a view in my backyard. The leaves have been glorious this year! Here my children play games in the grass and enjoy their little log cabin playhouse (see it?) and I hang out my laundry whenever I can. But this scene also holds a [...]

{Eco-Inspirations} Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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About 2 years ago I purchased a house for my girls and I, a little red gingerbread house that is over 90 years old.  I love old houses, but with an old house comes several challenges.  I’m hesitant to do any kind of work that will change the original structure and feel of the house, [...]