Tag Archives: DIY

Simple Sauerkraut

Have you heard how awesome fermented foods are? (if not, check out this story or this one on NPR or this longer article in the New York Times)  If you are trying to fit more fermented foods into your diet, and … Continue reading

Posted in Home Gardens, Personal Sustainability: How-To, Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Homemade Holidays

Holidays can be full of angst, over-eating, and consumerism.  Without much additional effort, however, they can be rich: full of delicious food, meaningful family traditions, community appreciation, playfulness outside in the snow, and thoughtful gift giving.  With vacation from work … Continue reading

Posted in Home Gardens, Personal Sustainability: How-To | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Winter Decorations: Paper Chains

Decorating the house for the holidays is a cozy way to spend time with the family.  When decorating, our personalities really come out.  My dad plays with patterns and geometry. My mom gets to clean deep into the corners and … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Nature, Musings | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Felted Acorns

The branches of the mighty oak still held onto their golden leaves – some of the only color left in the forest on the cold grey November afternoon.  Our mittened hands brushed away leaves coating the forest floor.  And then … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Nature, Personal Sustainability: How-To | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Maple Sugaring from Scratch: Sumac Spiles

Last year I had a lot of fun experimenting with maple sap in the kitchen.  We made sap tea, sap beer, sap poached sweet potatoes, sap soda, and maple baked beans… mmm!  I had borrowed buckets and spiles from neighbors … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Nature, Personal Sustainability: How-To, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Marmalade Season

It’s getting to be the end of citrus season, so I made a point of fitting a marmalade canning session into my February vacation schedule.  My dad’s family has been making marmalade since the 50s, as proven by the old … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Sustainability: How-To, Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Making Soothing Salves

Vermont’s cold dry wintery air has never been a friend to my hands.  Every winter I rely on salve to keep my finger tips from cracking and my knuckles from getting chapped.  This year, I discovered how easy it is … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Sustainability: How-To, Recipes | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments