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

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


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

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

Things I Love – Grocery Delivery

I have a confession to make – I do my weekly grocery shopping at 11:00 in the evening, and I do it while wearing my pajamas.Don’t worry, I’m not the eccentric woman that haunts your local store in her bathrobe and curlers, I do my grocery shopping online (probably 80% of it), and have itRead more

Things I Love – My Clothesline

I don’t think there are many things that can beat the smell of laundry fresh off the line. When we were looking at buying this house, one of the things that sold me on it was its incredibly sturdy laundry line (I think it would likely withstand a hurricane). My husband just discovered that ourRead more

Tomato Daze

I’m still dealing with tomatoes as they continue to ripen in dribs and drabs in our cool autumn weather. It’s supposed to be sunny and warm for the next week or so, and I’m hoping that the lack of rain will allow the rest of them to finish up. This morning I started drying what’sRead more

Market Share

Today was the second to last market day of the year, so I’ve started hoarding for winter. It’s becoming painfully obvious that the days of fresh, readily available local produce are coming to a close, and I found it hard to resist taking more than I probably needed.   Saturday market trips are always fun,Read more