Category Archive: Sustainable Living

May 05

Perfect Potatoes

We love baked potatoes but don’t love the tedious process of poking, wrapping, baking, checking for doneness, and of course heating up the kitchen for an hour baking them. I wanted to prep potatoes for dinner, as well as enough for sending in with my husband for lunch. I prepared half a bag of russets …

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May 05

Seasoned Anasazi Beans

I finally caved to peer pressure and ordered an Instant Pot. Here is the model I got – we are a family of six, so I opted to go with the 8 quart model. You can expect a ton of new recipes as I explore my new gadget! Note: I am not familiar with other …

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Apr 05

Potato Soup For All Seasons

My husband and I have a running joke – after serving soup for dinner, he will eat his fill, compliment the food,  and then ask what’s for dinner. Soup is often relegated to the lowly position of side dish or appetizer  – Do you want soup or salad with your meal? – instead of main …

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Aug 14

Life and Fresh Salsa

This evening I made fresh salsa. I’ve made salsa before, and it is always a hit around here. I’m a firm believer in “fresh and homemade is always better.” It really isn’t that difficult – chop some tomatoes, peppers, onions, tweak it a little, and Boom! And yet, I can’t recall the last time before …

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Feb 24

Around the Homestead

It’s hard to believe we have been living in our new home four months already. While we still have so many projects to do around the property and the house, I am still amazed at all we have done so far. When we first moved in, it was ROUGH living for a few weeks. But …

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Jan 15

Natural Laundry Soap

It’s that time again – with a larger family it seems like I am always doing laundry. I always chuckle when I read about folks with “laundry days” where they can bang out their laundry in an hour or two a week. I find myself needing to do one or two loads a day to …

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Nov 08

Three Weeks In

We purchased a cottage on 1-acre in the woods of the Florida Panhandle three weeks ago. It’s a real fixer-upper, but each day we make a little more progress. The first week, running water was the biggest task. Some of the water pipes had cracked during the period the house sat uninhabited. The first few …

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Oct 19

Four Walls and a Roof

If you follow me on Instagram ( and I hope you do! – I share pictures and updates regularly there), you know my family has been camping for the past month. We have been bouncing around this idea of downsizing our home, getting some acreage, and living minimally for a couple of years now. We …

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