The Low Impact Period

I’ve talked here quite a bit about the things we’ve done as a family to reduce our impact on the environment, but one thing that I haven’t touched on yet is the one thing I’ve been doing the longest, and the one thing that I think is as important for frugal reasons as environmental ones.Read more

Things I Love – Freecycle

I know, I know – I may have mentioned how much I love Freecycle a time or two since starting this blog, but I’ve never actually dedicated an entire post to it. Just in case there are some of you out there who haven’t yet taken part in your local chapter of this wonderful onlineRead more

A Day in the Life

I’ve seen several people taking part in a fun blog project (started over at Owlhaven, I believe), posting photos of the various things that occur over the course of one day in their life. Here’s my day as it happened on Wednesday, February 28th. The first thing I saw when I woke up was aRead more

I Love Craigslist!

As you probably know, we’re trying to renovate our house on the cheap, reusing materials and doing it as “green” as possible – Craigslist has been an integral part of that. So far we’ve found the perfect set of cabinets for our kitchen, our lovely new (to us) wood stove, a low flush toilet, aRead more

Biscuits in the Oven, Gonna Watch ‘Em Rise

I can’t make biscuits without singing a song by our favorite children’s singer (Raffi) called Biscuits in the Oven. It’s a catchy tune that makes biscuit making a lot more fun. I’ve got lots of recipes for scones and fancy biscuits, but sometimes simpler is better. This recipe is for plain old baking powder biscuits,Read more

Local Lovelies – The Naam

I’m a real creature of habit. Once I find something that I like, it takes a lot to get me to try something new (why risk being disappointed?). My absolute favorite local vegetarian restaurant (perhaps even my favorite Vancouver restaurant, period) is the Naam. It’s furnished with well worn, mismatched furniture, there’s a wood stoveRead more

Adventures in line drying, continued.

Since our dryer quit a few weeks ago, we’ve been getting along just fine without it, though my darling husband would never willingly admit that. He just shook his head at the sight of the laundry hanging out in the snow when he came home the other day. He can’t understand how I can honestlyRead more

Demolition Sales

I went to my first demolition sale yesterday. Our family gave us Christmas money to use for our ongoing renovation projects, so we were on the hunt for some deals.We originally went because they were selling an entire basement suite (kitchen cabinets, newish fridge and stove, bathroom vanity and fixtures, etc.) for $675. We wereRead more

Hung Out to Dry

So, it would seem that one of the things that, according to my darling husband, makes me an oddity (attempting to hang laundry to dry during monsoon season) is about to become a permanent way of life for us. Our lovely little washer/dryer combo (one machine that does both) bit the dust yesterday. We knewRead more

Holiday Cheer

Buying fancy drinks to accompany holiday festivities can put a real dent in your wallet, but there are many that you can make yourself for a fraction of the cost, and they make wonderful gifts as well!The added bonus to making your own liqueurs is that they can be made with local and organic ingredients.Read more