After turning on the oven, it’s always nice to use it for several things. And so that’s just what I did today, for most of the day, actually. What a glorious week it will be with fresh loaves of bread, Parmesan cheese crackers, and the best granola bars I’ve ever made!
(I also made a vegetable dish in the oven, but that recipe will soon be disclosed in an upcoming e-book that I’m helping to write!) Continue reading
Posted in Kitchen Fun, Simplicity
- Tagged America's Test Kitchen, Bread, cheese crackers, Cooking, Food, Granola, home, homemade, Maple syrup, Oat, recipe, reskilling, Rolled oats, simple living
Although the 31st of December is somewhat of an arbitrary date in a calendar that was implemented in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, it is the calendar we have used throughout our lives, and therefore today serves as a useful day for reflection before the beginning of a new calendar year. Continue reading
Posted in Celebrations, Herbal Basics
- Tagged connecting with nature, Environment, Food, Health, herbal infusion, herbalism, Holidays, home, homemade, light footsteps, local food, nature, New American Dream, New Year, permaculture, photography, Religion and Spirituality, simple living, sustainable living, wheel of the year
The week following the Solstice has been filled with the promise of returning light through the gathering of family, the giving of special gifts, and time spent reflecting in nature.
Out the window the morning of the 25th.
Posted in Celebrations, Herbal Basics, Steps Back to Nature
- Tagged Artemisia vulgaris, Bedroom, DIY, dream pillow, earth-based spirituality, Herb, herbalism, home, Home and Garden, homemade, lucid dreams, mugwort, nature, Pillow, relaxation, simple living, sweet dreams, wheel of the year, wildcrafting, wise woman ways
It seems like it has been awhile since I posted about my passion for eating local foods. Perhaps you were thinking it’s because it’s December?
Nope! Continue reading
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- Tagged Casserole, cloves garlic, community farmers, Cooking, eating with the seasons, farmer's market, Food, Health, home, homemade, local food, Onion, recipe, simple living, sustainable living, Sweet potato, vegetarian
Throughout my life, I’ve heard people complain countless times about the region of the world that I live in — it’s too cold, the economy is not good enough, there’s not enough city life, it snows too much, it’s too humid in the summer, it’s too on and on and on… Continue reading
Posted in Celebrations, Musings on Captivity, Steps Back to Nature, Walking Ahead
- Tagged bioregionalism, connecting with nature, cuyahoga valley national park, Earth, earth-based spirituality, Environment, fall, hike, home, light footsteps, nature, New American Dream, permaculture, photography, right thing to do, sense of place, simple living, spirit of the land, sustainable living, wheel of the year
Humans have been creating homes out of the Earth for as long as we’ve existed. It’s only recently that we’ve been building structures out of synthetic materials that may emit hazardous chemicals into our living spaces, and have consistently increased the size of the homes that we live in so that we must import materials from other regions and use massive amounts of fossil fuels in their construction. Continue reading
Posted in Permaculture, Steps Back to Nature, Walking Ahead
- Tagged cob, Environment, Health, home, natural building, New American Dream, permaculture, straw bale, sustainable living