to making stuff.

Crabapples – Not a Useless Fruit

Most people think of being frugal as learning where to save, how to find the right sales, judicious use of coupons. However, for me a huge part of being frugal is being resourceful. Being able to find resources that will otherwise go unused, but that can provide significant value to your home, is a great […]

Chili with Beans

With last week’s post about beans [Beans the Magical Legume] I feel I have to share my favorite chili formula. I’m not one for recipes, and when I do use a recipe it is mainly for inspiration than step-by-step instruction. There are a few things I won’t do on the fly, but chili is one […]

Quick Breads: Oatmeal Walnut Raisin

When I need something to do, I often can’t help but start baking a tasty quick bread. This variety of bread gets its name because it doesn’t call for yeast, or any kneading, or rising. Generally you mix the dry ingredients, mix the wet ingredients, then combine. You may have had some variety of quick […]

Old Fashioned Ways: Fermenting Food

I love yogurt. And chocolate. And pickles. I considered starting this piece with “I recently got into fermenting foods..” but if I had come across that sentence a few weeks back I probably would have glossed it over and moved on. I somehow decided the whole “fermenting” thing wasn’t for me whenever I encountered it. […]