A few fabulous finds.

I popped into a new thrift shop that’s gone in where a great furniture consignment store used to be, and was thrilled to find a couple of things that I’ve been wanting for awhile. I’ve always adored these little copper butter warmers but have never sprung for one because they’re ridiculously expensive. I’ve been usingRead more

Candle Making

I bought about 10 pounds of beeswax earlier this fall, but haven’t had time to make anything with it until now. Last night, the kids and I made some votive candles for the teachers of their various activities, and I decided to melt some extra and make myself a pillar candle while we were atRead more

My light bulb moment (and holiday wishes)

As committed as I am to reducing my impact on the environment, I’ve always had a hard time with the whole compact fluorescent light bulb thing. I know that they use a fraction of the power and last 10 times longer than regular bulbs, but every one that I’ve ever bought has given off anRead more

Making Butter

If you’re trying to reduce the amount of pesticides that may be present in your diet, butter is one of the biggest things to watch out for. Since pesticide residues tend to collect in body fat, any pesticides or chemicals that a cow has been exposed to will collect in the fatty tissues and beRead more

Local Lovelies – A trip to the dairy

We’re very lucky to live relatively close to a great organic dairy. While I often get our milk delivered as part of our grocery order, every so often we go directly to the dairy and stock up on a few essentials. The real benefit of going directly to them is, the more milk you buyRead more

My work here is done.

I’ve been posting so much about preserving lately that this is starting to look more like a food blog than anything else. Well, I’m happy to report that I think I’m more or less finished in the preserving department, so I might actually talk about something else for awhile. As we leave this topic (forRead more

Pumpkin Puree

The kids carved these very scary jack-o-lanterns yesterday morning, and after a full evening of scaring the neighborhood kids it was on to bigger and better things for this pair. The one on the left seems to know what I’ve got in mind for him. Since they were so lovingly grown in my mother’s gardenRead more


I mentioned in a post recently that I love the thrill of the hunt when it comes to saving money; I get a real charge out of finding something we need for a great price. I’m like a kid in a candy store whenever I pass through the doors of a second-hand store. My husbandRead more

Apples, Tomatoes and Pears – Oh My!

The mother-in-law of one of the moms in my homeschool group grows organic apples in the Okanagan, and last week she apparently had a bunch that were not in good enough shape to send to market and asked my friend if she knew anyone who would want them. I was the lucky benefactor of theseRead more

Stocking Up

I think the planets must have been in alignment today. On our way home from the kids’ gymnastics class, we popped into a store to pick up a few things, and wouldn’t you know it, almost everything I needed was on sale! A few of today’s finds. I love it when I find a greatRead more