Homemade Dog and Cat Food

Over the last year or two, I have periodically made a few batches of homemade dog and cat food, but my husband and I have fallen back into our old habit of commercially prepared pet food. But since the year is coming to an end, I'm trying to decide what my New Year's resolution will be. Committing myself to preparing more homemade dog and cat food is one of the largest contenders.

I suppose

Make Your Own Brown Sugar

by Chiot's RunThere are lots of things you can make at home for much less than you can buy them at the store. Not only does it save money, but it saves time as well. No more quick trips to the store to get brown sugar when you start baking and realize you're out. I've been making my own brown sugar for quite a while, mostly because it can be difficult to find organic brown sugar when you live

Mirror Image Acorn Squash Supreme

Hi! Long time no post! A lot of changes have been going on in my life, not the least of which is that I now aspire to the label "nutritarian" rather than vegan. That transition has been happening for a long time, as anyone who's followed me in the past or spoken to me personally probably knows.

For example, I would no longer pack Oreos or potato chips in a lunch box just because they contain no animal products. Vegan does not automatically equal healthy. I would also not turn down something that contained a modest amount of an animal product if it were the healthiest choice available. I don't believe that animal products are unhealthy in the amounts that would have been present in humankind's natural diet before SAD came along. Rather I think of modern processed foods as the enemy: white flour, white sugar, oil, etc.

I wanted to go on record with this because I've kept pretty quiet about it out of fear, and I'm tired of living in fear of being who I am openly and honestly, 100%. I fully support and admire Voracious, the once-vegan blogger who shared in this now-infamous post about the health problems she experienced on a strict vegan diet. That took a lot of courage. I can relate, and I think that when being vegan becomes more important than listening to your body, or when it becomes a "vegangelical" fundamentalism that leads to actual death threats against those who don't agree with you, it has become something unhelpful, unkind, and unworthy of us.

That doesn't mean that I will be changing the fact that all the lunches I post here contain no animal products. I mean, I did write two vegan cookbooks and stand behind the idea that most of our meals should be entirely plant-based for optimal health.

And speaking of "coming out", let me also add that my divorce has been final for almost a year and I'm now with a beautiful woman that I love very much! For the first time, I'm in a relationship with someone who not only supports and encourages me, but also likes the same foods that I do and has transitioned to a mostly-nutritarian diet alongside me. It's amazing to be with someone who doesn't make fun of my food or hightail it to McDonald's when she sees what's on the table. Instead, she's loved all the dishes I've made so far and is even surprised that some of her long-standing health problems have gone away with this new way of eating.

We have a deal that she makes breakfast for us, usually a green smoothie or maybe oatmeal with fresh fruit, and I pack lunch. Today I packed us each some Acorn Squash Supreme from Eat To Live and big fresh salads with salsa for dressing and half an avocado each. I added a pear for a snack or dessert.

I even used a pear cozy!

Preparedness in the barnyard

by Throwback at Trapper CreekMost conversations about preparedness center around the household. All well and good. But in our modern homesteading world many times we stock our pantries very well, but the barn cupboard may be a little bare. It's pretty easy to run to the feedstore and pick up a bale or two, a bag of scratch or alfalfa pellets. We are an on-demand society of consumers, but to

My children and pocket money

By EilleenConsumption RebellionI hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I think one of the most important things I can teach my children is how to manage money. In our consumerist world where we are often told that our dreams can be bought and bought NOW... and the true price of this seems to be a very high personal debt level.Anyway, I know many people have many approaches to pocket money but

Simple Does It

By: Notes From The Frugal TrenchesEvery now and then I realize I'm making a mistake, I'm over complicating life. Sometimes I feel a need to have things a certain way, like I'm failing if my plate doesn't look, smell and taste all together epicurean. Sometimes I put so much pressure on myself to make things perfect that I seriously contemplate making something bought look homemade and fret (for a

One Year Anniversary + Holiday SALE

December 1st is our official 1 year anniversary. We are thrilled to be here and incredibly grateful for your excitement and kindness. We have a variety of sales this coming week to thank you! (still time to have fun in the dirt in the dark... Naomi in squirrel pose, planting bulbs with Carissa A.)SALE on Sat 11/27 & Sun 11/28 from 12 - 4pm, in honor of Small Business Saturday:* * * and TRIPLE

Teaching What Matters Most

By Belfrom Spiral GardenOne of my passions is helping other families connect with nature. I love writing about getting kids into the garden, and walking the talk by enjoying our garden, nature walks, photography, camping and other nature-inspired activities, with my children.There are some very good resources for children which cover topics such as permaculture, organic gardening, peak oil,

Thanksgiving Hours

We will be closed Thursday and Friday for yummy time with family and friends. Open Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 4pm with SALES and fun!

What To Do With A Whopper!

by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin

Look what I discovered lurking under my zucchini bush!  Note the bewildered look on my face.  What the heck am I going to do with this massive zucchini.  It weighted in at 2.772 kg, and it is the biggest I have ever seen.  It wouldn't even fit in the fridge!

But then the ah ha moment!

I shall make a chutney with some of it, and dinner with the remainder.

Family napkins

by FrancescaFuoriBorgoIn my family we use cloth napkins at meals. I grew up using cloth napkins, and having my parents remind me and my siblings, to fold and put away our napkins at the end of each meal, each inside its own little "napkin case" - which were envelopes crocheted by my grandmother. My parents still use those crocheted cases, and neatly fold and stow away their napkins after at

Simple, Green & Frugal in the BIG SMOKE!

By: Notes From The Frugal TrenchesWhen I first began writing for the co-op, I was in a small city surrounded by countryside and I was waiting for the day when homesteading was in my future. While I've not let go of that dream and do expect one day to be surrounded by fields of donkeys, pigs, hens and rabbits (oh my!) right now I'm embarking on a new adventure, big city living. For a variety of

A Thanksgiving Timetable

by Sadge, at Firesign FarmI'm the oldest of five children, so learned early how to cook for a crowd (in fact, I had to learn to cook all over again, for one, when I moved out on my own). Although there are just the two of us now, Thanksgiving Dinner at my house is usually for at least six, and sometimes even more. Over time, I've developed a timetable schedule that lets me get everything ready

Slugs: the Nemesis of My Garden

Warning, pictures of slugs coming up! Since they're so ugly, I just thought I would share a flower photo to butter you up.  

Hello everyone, I'm a new writer here and so I thought I would give you a short introduction about myself.

I was originally a city (Portland, OR) and career girl. Since I've had a child, become a stay-at-home mom and the economic recession, I've moved outside the city

Trying my Hand at Winter Gardening

by Chiot's RunI'm lucky that we have a year round farmer's market that opened up last year. I can now find local produce all winter long, which is wonderful in our cold climate. Last winter I happily purchased all kinds of wonderful vegetables from various local farmers to get us through the winter. I'm always trying to expand my gardening so I can produce more and more of our food. Since we

A community with UNlike-minded people

By EilleenConsumption RebellionHello everyone!Readers of my personal blog will know that its been a very busy few months here for me. I'm at the final stages of closing a major chapter in my life and starting a new one. I'll be moving soon!And as with any endings and beginnings, I can't help but reflect over the good and the bad of the last 15+ years.One of the things I'm going to miss is my


The potentially devastating news that chestnut blight has been found in north eastern Victoria puts all chestnut growers on edge. In USA it wiped out the entire industry in 3 years!

Chestnut blight is a fungus that enters through wounds in the bark. Which is a real worry for us as our trees are regularly smashed by the neighbour’s unmanaged Stringybark's.It grows underneath it causing a canker which will girdles and kills the branch above the infection point. The disease can kill the tree if the trunk is girdled by a large canker or several cankers growing together.

The first signs of infection is often seen as wilting, yellowing and death of leaves and shoots.Yellow –brown to orange cankers on young smooth  barked trees or branches may also be early signs of infection.

The fungus is spread by animals (especially humans in this global village) that come into contact with the cankers and through the air after rain. If you suspect anything  or need more information contact www.planthealthaustralia.com.au

Chestnut blight occurs in Japan, China, Korea, USA, Canada, Italy and throughout Europe. It infects chestnuts, oak, red maple, shagbark hickory  and eucalyptus.

Biosecurity team checking our orchard for chestnut blight.

checking chestnuts

A Stringybark falls from neighbouring property and damages  another chestnut. In the last few years 5 productive  trees have been damaged by falling trees.smashed chestnut tree

The Taste of Summer

Posted by BelFrom Spiral GardenSummer is fast approaching here in Australia. For us, how we eat really marks the seasons. Here are some warm-weather favourites!Avocado Dressing1 medium avocado3/4 cup water1/2 tblspn olive oiljuice of half a lemon3 tsp fresh herbs (1/3 tsp dried herbs)sprinkle of salt to tasteIn blender or with stick blender process avocado & water. Add oil, herbs, salt, lemon

Land Efficiency

by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin

You have probably heard of energy efficiency, but what about land efficiency.  Are you really using what you have in the most efficient way.  Or do you ever dream of selling up and moving to the country to settle down on a few acres?  Do you really need a house cow or goat to live a sustainable lifestyle?  

I never have.  Sure I may have dreamed about it for

Batch baking

by FrancescaFuoriBorgoOn baking day, my small kitchen looks like a mess, but there's a method behind the apparent madness. Cool baking sheets sit on chairs, awaiting their turn to go into the oven, while piping hot ones are cooling on the table or the stove-top. The countertop, where all the kneading and mixing takes place, is dusted in flour and cluttered with baking ingredients and implements.

Best Arm Hair Removal Methods For Women

Best Arm Hair Removal Methods For Women

Arm hair for some people is a big problem and they would rather not have it there to begin with in the first place. Models, athletes and many other individuals do not like having hair on their bodies at all. Many of these people have already taken hair removal treatments to make their careers and personal lives easier.

You can have smooth beautiful arms. Read these ways to remove your arm hair.

    * Shave your arms using a quality razor and sweet smelling shave cream. This option seems like an obvious quick fix, but like all hair removal techniques; it does have it negatives. Some people report that hair grows in thicker after shaving, while others do not. It can be messy and there is the possibility of nicks and cuts. Some people prefer to trim hairy arms instead. However, this could make your arms look even worse.
    * Try a depilatory hair removal creme. The same cremes you use for your legs, might work for your arms as well. One downside to this method is that many people report skin irritation caused by the chemicals.
    * Use a hair bleach to make darker arm hair appear less noticeable. While you won’t remove the hair, this is yet another alternative to shaving with a razor.
    * Try one of those new hair removal mitts or buffers. While this method is often less effective, it does exfoliate the skin. This method may work for those with thinner hair that can be easily rubbed away.
    * Laser hair removal is now a very popular form of hair removal. This can be very effective for many people, but also can be very painful and expensive.
    * Waxing or sugaring can be an affordable choice for hair removal. It can be done at the salon or at home. As with many hair removal options, it can painful. Some people report ingrown hair challenges with this method, but overall it can be a very effective method. Some people have even used duct tape to rip out unwanted arm hair, but this can be very dangerous and painful.
    * Purchase an electronic shaver. The electronic shaver you use for your legs could work well for your arms. Although this is a temporary hair removal method, it may be a better option for those who do not want the risks associated with using a traditional sharp razor.
    * Buy an electric or battery operated epilator. An epilator rips hair out and is one of the most effective ways to remove arm hair. It is also one of the most painful methods, but the results may be worth it. Hair will take time to grow back in, and may grow in thinner over time, as with waxing.
    * Ponder the idea of combining methods to achieve smooth hairless arms. Consider purchasing an electronic shaver that can also be used as an epilator. Or, try waxing once a month at the salon and touching up at home with a hair removing buffer. Use the links on this page below to research more hair removal options for your arms.


Always test a hair removal technique first as a precaution.

Native American Indian Art and Symbols

Native Americans traditions remained strong over the centuries. Traditional dances are performed by men and women. Every costume is unique and is made by a dancer itself. Dance represents a story. Men usually tell a story about hunt, step by step. Women dancing mirrors the role of woman in the society. Most famous is so called grass dance. By watching you have to get an illusion that the dancer is floating in the air and is not hitting the ground.

Hair Removal For Women At Home: Getting Rid of Body Hair

Hair Removal For Women At Home: Getting Rid of Body Hair

Unwanted body hair can be bothersome (not to mention downright embarrassing), while removing it can help you feel fresh and attractive. Shaving, waxing, threading, and laser hair removal all have their pluses and minuses.

Female body does not look good with hair on body and face. However, they grow remarkably in some females. Know all the available hair removal treatment. Homemade remedies for facial hair and hair on other parts of the body are given. Try these facial and body hair removal tips that can be done at home using simple ingredients.

Women get concerned if they have unwanted excessive dark or dense hair growth (known as hirsutism) on their face or any other part of the body including facial hair and pubic and bikini hair. Both the men and women have the same number of hairs, but the men’s hair are denser and darker due to the presence of male hormone testosterone in their body.

In women this may be caused by hormonal changes at puberty, pregnancy, irregular periods, menopause, stress, or it may be hereditary or a result of a drug. Sometimes it could be a side effect of a steroid cream or hormone pills taken to treat other conditions.

Facial & Body Hair Removal

The following can be used to remove your hair on face and body including underarms, legs, pubic, bikini area.

   1. Apply a mask of a paste made of sugar, lemon and water in the direction of hair growth. Rinse after 10-15 minutes. Apply twice a week.
   2. Apply a mask of a mixture of 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice and 4 teaspoons honey in the direction of hair growth. Rinse after 10-15 minutes. Apply twice a week.
   3. To turn hair golden brown, apply before bedtime a paste of 2 teaspoon fresh lime juice and ½ teaspoon sugar, 3-4 times a week for 2 months.
   4. Mix turmeric powder with milk and apply on the face. Scrub it off slowly moving your fingers in circular motion, and then wash with cold water.
   5. Blend one egg white with 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 tablespoon of corn flour until it becomes a sticky paste. Apply the mixture to your face. When it dries gently peel it off. Repeat this 3-4 times a week.
   6. For Legs hair removal:Mix well ground white pepper with camphor and a few drops of kerosene. Apply on the legs and leave for a 10-15 minutes. The hair will fall off.

Hair Removal on a Child

   1. Apply a besan (gram flour, chana flour) haldi – turmeric powder paste. Take 75% besan and 25% haldi. i.e. for 3 tsp of besan mix 1 tsp of haldi. Both the ingredients are available from Indian grocery stores.
          * It is not possible to give an exact time for hair to vanish. In some parts of India, this is done for about 1.5 months to new born babies on whole body and they are almost hairless.
   2. Massage the baby with almond oil or any other oil.
          * (Note: You can use besan haldi paste and oil or wheat flour and ghee paste massage for even a new born child for 2-3 months, every alternate day. If the baby has too much hair, they will vanish over a period of time.)

Other Solutions for Facial and Body Hair Treatment


Waxing is the easiest and most convenient way for removing hair and can be done at home with ease. Waxing pulls the hair out from below the top layer of skin and leaves your skin smooth. In waxing, a thin layer of melted wax is applied to the skin in the direction of the hair growth. The wax is then pulled off quickly in the opposite direction of the hair growth, taking the hair with it.

In the sugar form of waxing, sugar is used instead of wax to get rid of the hair from face and body. Sugaring is easier to apply and easier to cleanup the mess.


Tweezing and threading are considered to be the safest method of removal of unwanted hair but these are extremely time-consuming.. Tweeze eyebrows using a sharp, clean pair of tweezers. Place a warm damp cloth over the brows for 5-10 minutes before plucking to soften the area or tweeze immediately after shower.


Bleaching is a good option if the hair is dark but not dense like those on the upper lip or other parts of the face, neck and arms. There are many options for facial bleach products at the drugstore or on the Internet.

Bleaching is a good option if the hair is dark but not dense like those on the upper lip or other parts of the face, neck and arms. There are many options for facial bleach products at the drugstore or on the Internet.
Mix six per cent hydrogen peroxide with household ammonia or ammonia water. For each 10 drops of ammonia mix 15 gram of peroxide apply immediately after mixing. Leave it for 20-30 minutes. If the result of first application is not satisfactory, repeat it the next day.


Shaving is mostly used for legs and bikini line, but the hair grows back too fast after shaving. Also the skin becomes red after shaving or even red bumps can develop. You can use a shaving gel for sensitive skin and apply a solution containing 1 or 2 aspirins in 1/4 cup water with cotton. The anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin cures the redness or red bumps even when applied to the surface of skin.

You should never shave on dry hair. Wet hair is soft and easier to cut. It is myth that shaving increases the rate of growth of hair. Note that shaving does not change the texture, color, rate of hair growth and hair density which depend on hormones.


Depilatories use calcium hydroxide and sodium or calcium thioglycolate which dissolve hair. But it involves severe irritation and/or burns to the skin and eyes for some people. There fore, depilatories should never be used for eyebrows and on broken skin. First test the depilatory on your arm to check for allergic reactions. Hair comes back in a few days after application because depilatories remove the hair on the surface.


Electrolysis use electric current to remove hair. Electrolysis is considered a permanent hair removal method because this technique destroys the hair follicle. The technique, however, needs repeats and thus costly.

There are two types of electrolysis devices are in use: the needle epilator and the tweezers epilator. The major risks of using electrolysis include electrical shock, infection from a non-sterile needle and scarring caused by improper technique.

Home electrolysis kits are also available. But because these use very low voltage, they are not very effective.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is superior to other forms of hair removal but is not permanent and it can include skin discoloration (either darkening or lightening of skin), swelling, inflammation and infected hair follicles

Amazing Jump Moments Captured At Right Time

Here are some of the amazing jump moments captured and taken at right time from the various photographers. Perfect timing is required to take this photos. Amazing camera work can be seen here. The photographers perfect in their profession can do such wonderful jobs in taking these photos. Check out this collection after the jump …

Entertainment Meera Outfit

Entertainment Meera Outfit

World's Fastest Everything

World's Fastest Everything

Word's fastest everything; gun shooter, clapper,etc

Dia Mirza & Hritik At Diwali 2010

Dia Mirza & Hritik At Diwali 2010

Shilpa Shetty and Chitrangada Singh walk the ramp on WIFW closing night

Shilpa Shetty and Chitrangada Singh walk the ramp on WIFW closing night