Can you keep a China-free home? The challenges of buying American: Part 2

Can you keep a China-free home? The challenges of buying American: Part 2
Last week I was talking about the alarming rise of Chinese imports in the U.S., including food items, and just how difficult it is to keep your home free of these foreign goods. While it may not always be an easy path to follow, I don’t like supporting another country over my own if given... Read more »

Can you keep a China-free home? The challenges of buying American: Part 1

Can you keep a China-free home? The challenges of buying American: Part 1
About a month ago my husband and I were discussing something or other when we stumbled across a major revelation: “I hate bed skirts,” he said. To me, someone who has had bed skirts and used them to hide storage bins under the bed for pretty much her entire life, this came as quite a... Read more »

How to Spot the Fake At Your Local Farmer's Market

How to Spot the Fake At Your Local Farmer's Market
Who doesn’t love throwing some cash in your pocket and some cloth bags on your shoulder, grabbing a cup of coffee, and hitting up an afternoon or weekend farmer’s market? I know I sure do….I look forward all winter long to the time in late spring/early summer when the markets will start to open again.... Read more »
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Shrivled Blackberries, Runaway Squash, and Other Garden Failures

Shrivled Blackberries, Runaway Squash, and Other Garden Failures
I’m going to confess to y’all some of my garden failures already this year: For whatever reason, my first round of blackberries from the new bush have shriveled before they could fully fruit (we’ll see how the second round goes). My squash is TAKING OVER. Literally, headed for the hills (a.k.a. the wheat field)…if they... Read more »

How a wanna-be expat in her 20's became a homegrown patriot in her 30's

How a wanna-be expat in her 20's became a homegrown patriot in her 30's
  “You don’t have to agree with your politicians to be a patriot.”  – Corbin O’Brien I write to you today from my humble Wisconsin home, snuggled into a ridge overlooking the shores of Green Bay from the Door Peninsula, surrounded by a patchwork of farm fields and forest. The sight is one of beauty... Read more »

Great Tools (and Gift Ideas!) For Making the Kitchen Zero-Waste and the Home Non-Toxic

Great Tools (and Gift Ideas!) For Making the Kitchen Zero-Waste and the Home Non-Toxic
During the chilly winter season I find myself spending lots of time staying cozy at home. With the holidays just around the corner, even more of that time is spent in my kitchen participating in two of my favorite activites – cooking and baking. But I find the modern world I cook and bake in a... Read more »
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The Effect of an Election on Your Life

The Effect of an Election on Your Life
The election results are in and, starting in January of 2017, Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. Half of the population is elated that things are about to change. And change they will, which is the one outcome I think everyone can agree on. The big argument takes place on... Read more »

Choosing Self-Sufficiency in A Consumer Society

Choosing Self-Sufficiency in A Consumer Society
Adjusting to my new job has been an interesting process. Even though it was only a couple of months I’d had a completely free and open schedule, in that short period of time I seemed to have forgotten the basics of time management. Until recently I’d found myself scrambling over the past few months to... Read more »

Making the Decision to Switch to Raw Milk

Making the Decision to Switch to Raw Milk
I have long been an avid dairy drinker. Right up until a couple of months I was consuming over a gallon a week of milk, sometimes close to two. This was a pretty big problem. Of course, I didn’t originally see it as a problem. I loved milk, and since I wasn’t lactose intolerant, what... Read more »
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The Best Winter Gear of 2015 for the Cold Midwest

The Best Winter Gear of 2015 for the Cold Midwest
It’s January in the midwest, and that typically means one thing: COLD. I love all four of our seasons here in the midwest, even winter. Some people think I’m crazy, but I thoroughly enjoy the stark beauty of a snow-covered landscape, the crisp air turning your cheeks rosy, and coming inside to snuggle up with... Read more »