Part of living simply, living frugally is to look for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle normal, everyday things, reduce energy consumption, use earth’s resources minimally, reuse what we already have, restore what was old to become new again. There are many frugal things to do and be mindful of when thinking of our resources… Read More Frugal Friday-Find and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Ah….the joy of Canning Jars.. They are country pretty, shabby chic, trendy, old and so darn useful…How many gabillions of ways are there to use canning jars? Around The Parsonage we use them for canning, storing, decorating, drinking, holding things like buttons, silverware or straws, gift giving, serving, painting, mixing, and on and on and… Read More Canning Jars:Which One Should I Use?
This is so yummy, so simple and plain old full of good stuff. One container of strawberries, three large handfuls of fresh, raw spinach, slivered almonds and Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing is all you need for this salad. Mix as much of any of the ingredients in a bowl as you want, toss it with Raspberry… Read More Spinach Strawberry Salad
It’s snowy, cold and otherwise super conducive to making homemade bird feeders. The girls used to help me with these types of things when they were little (spreading peanut butter around on a pine cone and rolling it in bird seed was atleast an hour’s worth of activity), but now I tend to do it… Read More Homemade Bird Feeders
We’re Simplifying Life in 2016. We’re eliminating things that serve no purpose, take up space and don’t speak to our souls. We’re eliminating material things in order to make room for beautiful, purposeful living. Sometimes that will look like spending less. Other times it will look like getting rid of material things. Still yet, it… Read More Simplifying Life in 2016
With this Sunday being Reign of Christ the King Sunday (the last Sunday before we start a new cycle with Advent) I’ve been reflecting on songs that celebrate the return of Christ with anticipation of His eternal kingdom. There are some great songs out there, though I wish there were more to help believers imagine our… Read More Song Review – Reveal the Kingdom by Downhere
I discovered herbs a few years ago, really because I thought it would sound cool if I said I had a fresh herb garden. Then I discovered I actually did like herbs and they are super easy to grow and use. And the smell……oh man, makes you feel refreshed with just one sniff. I highly… Read More Preserving and Storing Fresh Herbs-3 Easy Ways
Fresh tomatoes straight from the garden…there is just no comparison to store bought tomatoes during the rest of the year. We grow quite a few tomato plants and though the crop hasn’t been too good this year (the whole, “hey let’s go away for two weeks during August and not ask anyone to water our… Read More Tomato Mozzarella Salad-Recipe
I visited a local Fruit and Vegetable Stand, and on my way home stopped at Tony’s Meat Market, yesterday afternoon. I came home with some killer deals from both places. Which means…..today was food preservation day. Freezing and canning, canning and freezing. It also meant that my brain decided to wake up at 5:30 this… Read More Pear-A-Palooza and Other Food Storage How-To Activities Because What Else Is There To Do At 6:00 a.m.?
Each year my Gram’s Blackberry patch grows greater and grander than the year before. The patch is located in the upper right field of her little farmhouse in Maine. For years it has produced and provided fruit for jams, cakes, and neighbors. The berry patch is a maze of intertwined brambles with thorns, that with dogged… Read More Gram’s Blackberry Pudding Cake-Recipe