How to Minimize Your Spice Cabinet

How to Minimize Your Spice Cabinet

Did you notice that the title of this post didn't include the word "organize"?  There is a very good reason for this, and that is because I don't want to help you to organize an endless amount of herbs and spices in your cabinet!  Rather, I would like to share the ease and freedom that comes from paring your spice inventory down to what you really need and use !  Let's take a look at how to minimize your spice cabinet! I love to buy and use herbs and spices to use in all of my cooking!  However, the problem...

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homemade breakfast ideas

7 Easy and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Do you find yourself in a breakfast rut once in a while?  Yeah, me too.  Here's some fresh ideas for the first meal of the day with "7 Easy and Healthy Breakfast Ideas"! What I really love about these recipes is that they aren't really recipes...they're more of a formula.  This allows you to use what you have on hand, if at all possible.  Be creative and switch things up, there's no perfect way to do any of these.  How to Save Money on Groceries by Using Loss Leaders                          ...

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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas from the Kitchen

113 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas from the Kitchen

  It doesn't have to be the holiday season to think about gift giving.   It's the height of canning season, which is the perfect time to be thinking about home canned gifts!  With more people turning away from consumerism and buying local, home canned gifts are always appreciated and will bring compliments for months to come!  So, here's my "Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas from the Kitchen"! I rarely purchase gifts for those outside the immediate family anymore.  Store bought gifts often times seem impersonal and last minute.  Homemade gifts, especially home canned food, sends a lasting message of comfort and thoughtfulness to...

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54 WAys to BE More Sustainable

54 Ways to Be More Sustainable

In "54 Ways to Be More Sustainable", you'll discover big and small ways and ideas to promote sustainability in your home...no matter where you live! Creating more sustainability and self-reliance in your life brings more freedom from unfulfilling jobs, stress and debt.  By becoming more sustainable, we gain confidence and freedom that we can indeed provide quite a bit for ourselves!  Where to begin to become more sustainable in our lives?   54 Sustainable Living Tips and Ideas 1.  Take Inventory  What do I mean by "take inventory"?  What I mean is to take a look around at what you have access to where you live.  It doesn't...

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Sustainable Mom

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Sustainable Mom

Are you puzzled as to what the "crunchy", "homesteading" or "self-sustaining" mom in your life would like for Mother's Day?  As one of "those" moms, I've put together this "Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Sustainable Mom"! I am particularly grateful and humbled on Mother's Day, because at one point in my life, I was told that I probably wouldn't be able to have children.  That was 9 kids ago.  Some came by birth, others by adoption.  Still others I never met.   Moms are some of the hardest working and most dedicated people on the planet! Moms give so much of...

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The Best Clothesline Ideas for Outdoors

The BEST Clothesline Ideas for Outdoors

The outdoor clothesline is one of the world's best inventions, wouldn't you agree?  Want to solar-dry your clothes this year?  Let's look at "The BEST Clothesline Ideas for Outdoors"! So simple....a line and a pole. So dependable....the sun comes up everyday. So effective....I mean air always dries your clothes! No wonder it's been used for thousands of years by so many civilizations!  Until the 1950's, everyone used "solar dryers"(aka outdoors clothesline!) but even when electric dryers hit the market in the 1950's, the cost prohibitive at $200!  That equates out to $2,046.03 in today's dollars!   Many families stuck with the "tried and...

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