My Mind’s In the Gutter

I guess that should come as no real surprise following last week’s post, but this time I actually have gutters on my mind, not deformed produce.   Ever since we built the coop, we’ve been planning to install gutters on it in order to harvest rainwater for the vegetable garden (which lies directly behind it), but withRead more

Cookbook Binge

One of my favourite things about our new community is the annual book sale, which benefits our tiny local library. It’s makes for a great morning, sifting through the gymnasium full of books, chatting with neighbours about your respective finds, and hauling home an armload of new treasures (for a mere 50 cents to $2Read more

Homemade Lip Balm

This morning, my daughter and I have been experimenting with making homemade lip balm. She had to come up with a chemistry-based project for an upcoming science fair, so she decided to study emulsifiers and how they stabilize liquids. Since I have some experience with whipping up my own concoctions, I was enlisted to oversee the project.   Read more

Cute Find of the Week

I was driving through the alley behind my mom’s house yesterday and spotted this adorable little side table sitting out waiting for garbage pick-up (gasp!). Of course, I screeched to an immediate halt and threw it in the trunk.      It could use a little sprucing up (who couldn’t?), but I think it hasRead more

Deal of the day.

Look what I found at our local thrift store today – a brand new (still in the package!) Yolife yogurt maker for only four dollars! I have always relied on the warmth of my oven light when making my own yogurt, but the temperature isn’t always consistent, and this way, I don’t have to worry aboutRead more

Book Review: Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

I was invited to participate in another virtual book tour being hosted by TLC earlier this summer, and having had so much fun with the previous one, I was eager to take part. This book is very different from the novel that I reviewed last summer, but the topic is one that I have pondered on my own manyRead more

Book Review: Keeping Bees

I’ve just had a look at a new book called “Keeping Bees”, by Pam Gregory and Claire Waring (the book is part of Flame Tree Publishing’s Green Guides series). Claire Waring was a contributing writer to The Beekeeper’s Bible, which I read and thoroughly enjoyed last summer. At first glance, the book appears to beRead more

Refurbished Freebies and Integration Questions

I was in the city last week delivering eggs to a friend, when I spotted some weathered but otherwise decent  wicker chairs sitting out by the dumpster. I’ve been looking for something like this to put on our bedroom deck, so I nabbed them. In need of a little TLC.   I bought a coupleRead more

Hot House Flower: Book Review and Giveaway

Okay, I’m having a really hard time accepting the fact that it’s September already, but the rainy, miserable weather is relentless in its efforts to convince me that summer is indeed over. I have no excuses for my latest absence, aside from an utter lack of desire to sit in front of my computer whenRead more

Keeping Bees

If you’ve watched the news at all in the past couple of years, you undoubtedly will have heard that bee populations have been dying out for reasons unknown. I was told by a local bee keeper this spring that our area actually suffered a 100% loss among domesticated hives this year, and it wasn’t aRead more