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Are you worried about the economy?  Most of the folks I talk to are wondering what the damaging weather in the midwest will mean to their food dollars this year.  They’re thinking that things could get worse, a lot worse.  And frankly, they’re discouraged and they feel vulnerable to the powers that are beyond their […]

Fiber Friday – DiY Market Bags from upcycled T-shirts

Naturally dyed market bags

Upcycle a dingy white t-shirt into a cloth grocery bag that will turn heads – no sewing skills required I keep forgetting to take reusable grocery bags to the store. The store cloth bags are a poly material that collects dust and lint, and doesn’t wash easily. The cloth bags that I’ve bought are heavy […]

DIY Herbal Antibacterial Wipes

DIY Antibacterial handwipes

I don’t like the antibacterial waterless soap.  It stinks.  It dries out my hands.  And I’m not sure that the antibiotic and alcohol that is the basis for the antibacterial claims is all that effective.  But we need something in the car to wipe our hands, after we use an outhouse on the road, or […]

Everyone will be eager to wake up to this breakfast:

Strawberry waffles

Strawberries and Cream on Whole Wheat Waffles It’s strawberry season and there is no better way to eat home grown strawberries than spooning liberally over fresh, warm homemade waffles, and topping with homemade whipped cream. Start by grinding organic wheat berries I started by grinding 3 cups of organic whole wheat berries in my, using […]

Ruby Red Relief for the pain in your neck

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St. Johns Wort A bright yellow flower brightens the highway shoulder in Western North America every July.  It seems the hotter it gets the brighter the flowers look.  St. Johns Wort is a European import to North America that has naturalized wherever the roads are laid down, on dry ground, open pasture, road allowances, and […]

Furoshiki – How to use fat quarters for beautiful, reusable gift wrap

Furoshiki - the ancient art of cloth gift wrap

I am on a quest this summer to find alternatives to using disposables and plastic.  Last week I met my cyber friend Survival Betty, Kirsten.  She gave me a beautifully wrapped gift with cotton fabrics in the same colours as my blog theme.  Local Oregon honey and honey sticks!  What a treasure.  Especially with the […]

10 Tips for Farm-Fresh Digital Photos

10 tips for Farm Fresh Photos

  Taking attractive outdoor photos on the farm is not for the faint of heart.  Harsh sunlight, animals that steal the shot, grungy backgrounds, the weather, and focal distractions can make a photo shoot fail.  It’s no fun when you can’t find a single worthy shot from 30 minutes of camera time, and 100 digital […]

Marking milestones with a photo shoot at the farm

Marking Milestones

  Why we hired a photographer! Sarah finished the first draft of her first (completed) novel this week. She also turned 21. And she has only 7 credits left in her Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership — so far Magnum Cum Laude.  (Proud momma moment) As homeschoolers from K through university, we haven’t had […]