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Authentic Living

March 20, 2013

Natural Home Inspiration From Georgia O’Keefe

Natural Home Inspiration From Georgia O'Keefe

Some of the best home decorating inspiration comes from books on artists’ homes! Here’s a new one I’ve just come across that I thought you’d enjoy — Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu by Barbara Lynes and Agapita Lopez. Artists are trained to beauty so, naturally, we create beauty in our homes. […]

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Posted in: Authentic Living, Book Reviews, Natural Home, Urban Homesteading

December 21, 2012

Awesomest Wood for Crafting Tool Handles

Hickories provide food, shade, firewood and tool handles. (It’s our hottest-burning native hardwood!) I’ve sung the praises of Hickory trees before, but yesterday I stumbled on a gem of a video that shows how to split hickory for different wood crafts (tool handles, hay-rake tines, cordage, a hickory bark seat) and with lots of fun […]

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Posted in: Arts and Crafts Tutorials, Authentic Living, Forest, Urban Homesteading, Vegetable

November 1, 2012

The Most Handmade, Democratic Beverage

The Most Handmade, Democratic Beverage

What if, instead of paying soft drink companies to manufacture flavored and colored water that’s fortified with empty, petroleum-grown calories that we don’t need and that are bottled in petroleum-made containers that we’ll discard… what if we just picked some leaves and twigs and seeds off some plants and poured hot water over them? I […]

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Posted in: Authentic Living, My Life, Philosophical Ponderings, Recipes, Urban Homesteading, Vegetable

October 27, 2012

An Apple Tree That Hooples Invented

An Apple Tree That Hooples Invented

I heard about the Hooples Antique Gold apple from a friend of mine who is working at the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. She told me that they had an apple tree with my name on it in their heritage apple orchard, and I got super excited! You see, everything that has to do […]

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Posted in: Authentic Living, My Life, Urban Homesteading, Vegetable

October 6, 2012

First Frost, Last Garden Produce, First Window Herb

First Frost, Last Garden Produce, First Window Herb

Beginnings are endings are beginnings :D The first frost of the year just hit us! We’ve got bushels of jalapenos and celery in our fridge, a huge bouquet of zinnias on the table and I just bought this nice little Italian parsley plant for my kitchen window. I don’t usually make impulse buys, but when […]

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Posted in: Authentic Living, Recipes, Urban Homesteading, Vegetable

September 11, 2012

Easiest Way to Preserve Salsa Ingredients For Winter

Easiest Way to Preserve Salsa Ingredients For Winter

The easiest way to preserve tomatoes, tomatillos and jalapenos for winter is by just popping them into a bag and popping the bag right into the freezer! Who would’ve thought that these warm weather veges would stand up so well to being frozen for 8 months? :D The reason a lot of other veggies need […]

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Posted in: Authentic Living, Mexican Culture, My Life, Recipes, Urban Homesteading, Vegetable

August 25, 2012

What I Like About Grasshoppers Eating My Job’s Tear Plants

What I Like About Grasshoppers Eating My Job’s Tear Plants

I was out picking ripe Job’s Tears beads the other day and being startled by the occassional grasshopper jump. About three grasshoppers into the harvest, I started to think about why I like seeing them in there eating the plants I’ve worked so hard to nurture. There are two reasons, first is a general feeling […]

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Posted in: Animal, Authentic Living, My Natural Jewelry, Philosophical Ponderings, Urban Homesteading, Vegetable

August 18, 2012

Remembering Blueberries

Remembering Blueberries

We had big beautiful blueberry bushes out by the barn when I was growing up. Here’s a little poem in honor of a time when eating blueberry pancakes all year long and enjoying the crisp crunch of blueberries right off the bush were just the ways of life. Enjoy these last weekends of summer!

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Posted in: Authentic Living, Urban Homesteading

August 9, 2012

How to Recognize a Perfect Climbing Tree

How to Recognize a Perfect Climbing Tree

My idea of the perfect climbing tree isn’t one you can climb up high in, it’s one that’s easy to get up in with a comfy spot for sitting. Tree tops are really good places to sit and think! I found this beauty in the cemetery by my house, which is also the ideal location. […]

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Posted in: Authentic Living, Forest, Health and Wellness, Nature Photography, Philosophical Ponderings, Urban Homesteading, Vegetable

August 4, 2012

You’re Stuck Indoors, You are NOT Stuck Indoors!

You're Stuck Indoors, You are NOT Stuck Indoors!

It was a beautiful sunny day. I could see it through the window at the end of the hall. But here I was stuck inside working at the library. :( Or was I? I’d been reading in Martha Beck’s newest book about an exercise for inviting paradox into my life for the purpose of realizing […]

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Posted in: Authentic Living, Health and Wellness, Philosophical Ponderings, Small Business Tips, Urban Homesteading

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