Saving money in the kitchen

By Aurora @ Island Dreaming

The spectre of food price inflation has reared its head once again in the last few months, which can be a daunting prospect for those managing already tight budgets. Most of us do not stand completely defenceless however. The kitchen is a place where an awful lot of fat can be trimmed, so to speak. In the process of writing this post I have begun to twig the

5 signs that its time to declutter

by EilleenConsumption RebellionHello everyone,I hope the weekend is treating you well. Readers of my personal blog would know that I moved house last month. Someone once told me that moving house is right up there on the list of major stresses in life. And having done it recently, I think one of the causes of this stress is that its one of the few times in life when our stuff-overload blindness

Storing Fresh Greens

by Sadge, at Firesign FarmI've read that families, on average, throw out one-third of the food they buy. That's like going grocery shopping with $100, and just tossing $30 into the wind before you enter the store! Most of what is thrown out is because of poor planning or improper storage of produce and leftovers; things go bad before we can eat them. Besides being a waste of your money, it's also

February - Chick, goods and events!

(blog post in progress... photos and more to come)Mason Bees are here! Dormant cocoons in cardboard tubes containing 12 to 18 bees. 3+ tubes will get you started. Come get them as early as you like and keep them cool and dormant, then put them out mid March. We'll have local author Sherian Wright's book soon, too, she may teach a class here and is teaching one for the Urban Growth Bounty

Houseplants for Clean Air

by Chiot's RunMany of us spend a lot of time indoors, particularly this time of year here in the northern climates. We can't open windows and the air inside can get a little stale. You've probably hear that the air in our homes can often be more polluted than the air outside, due to cleaning products, chemicals released into the air by furniture and building materials. Formaldehyde is found

Blending Old and New Traditions

by Throwback at Trapper CreekTimes change and people pass away, and many times celebrations and family traditions are lost to the progression of time. I grew up in a family with several birthdays and anniversaries that were around the Christmas and New Year holidays. I noticed as a child that special efforts were made by my mother to differentiate those special days from the hub-bub that

Eleven Ways To Reduce Waste In 2011

By: Notes From The Frugal Trenches This year I'm fine tuning a few of my routines, beginning new challenges and trying to be purposeful about reducing waste. Here are the top 11 ways I'm reducing waste in 2011! 1. I've begun vermicomposting in my urban apartment! I have a box full of red worms which eat all my kitchen scraps! I was a tad nervous in the beginning, but

Managing the Wardrobes of Growing Children

Posted by BelFrom Spiral GardenI recently tidied the boys’ wardrobes and found that Bryce had outgrown most of his clothes, some hardly worn! So onto eBay this week to buy some bulk lots of clothes for him… Each year, I have bought bundles of up to 20 items for under $50, a lot of them quality brand names, all clean, as-new and perfect for a growing child!I normally have a small notebook in

Pickled Eggs and Be Prepared Challenge

by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin.

What do you do when you have so many eggs, that you can't give them away.  Well you pickle them of course! The first batch I ever made is long gone now, but you can see them top right in this photo.
When I have a glut of eggs and they are a few weeks old, this is how I preserve them so they last a bit longer.  They taste absolutely divine with a bread and

SGF International Seed Catalog List

by FrancescaFuoriBorgoThank you very much for all your input and help in compiling an SGF International Seed Catalog List with links to the sites. Below is a list of catalogs by country, in no particular order, based on your recommendations. Some of these catalogs don't ship abroad because of customs restrictions on importing seeds, but the aim of this list is to become a useful reference tool

Starting a new garden, slowly

By Aurora @ Island Dreaming

I have started a few gardens in my time. My first was a borage patch in a plastic pot on my windowsill. Then I started a chili pepper garden in our old studio flat. When we finally upgraded to a house with a patio, I expanded to a few tomato plants, some salad leaves, herbs and a potato plant. As you can tell, I am quite the expert gardener. Quite.

Delusions of

BlackBerry Torch 2 Leaked With 1.2Ghz Processor – Q3 AT&T Release

The second generation of so called the “best generation of BlackBerry”, the Torch 2 has managed to find its way to the internet. It will have the exact same physical form. However, there’s external changes which will effect overall performance of the device. The folks from BGR has managed to obtain the Torch 2 full specs. We now have the rumored specs for a device that looks almost exactly like

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S2 Ready for MWC 2011 with 4.3-inch Super AMOLED

Although you might have just flooded with tons of new Android smartphones last week at CES 2011, the Mobile World Congress in February will be the next interesting venue with new announcements. According to Korea’s etnews, Samsung is preparing to launch the Samsung Galaxy S successor, possibly named Galaxy S2 that comes with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touch screen.The new Samsung Galaxy S2 could

The Confetti Bean Jar

by Sadge, at Firesign FarmMy favorite market has a bulk foods section. Buying my dry beans and grains there saves me money, especially when compared to buying beans by the can, couscous by the little cardboard box, or oatmeal in individual packets (less packaging waste too!). Once home, I store most things in a variety of glass jars. It's easy to find and use things, plus I can see when I'm

Seed ordering advice

This post is written by Amy of My Suburban Homestead, where she writes about animals, growing food and homesteading. Recently I started taking the Master Gardener course through Oregon State and am blogging about the notes that I am taking in relation to growing food. You can check that out here.

Australia, I am thinking of you. I have seen the videos of flash floods throughout the country and

HTC 7 Pro arriving on O2 Germany ‘next week,’ priced at €569

Last we heard of the HTC 7 Pro, it was taking a casual stroll through O2 Germany’s website, throwing around boasts that it’ll be on sale come January 2011.Well, guess what? That promise has just been reiterated by O2′s German Twitter stream, which says that the 7 Pro will be on sale next week for an unsubsidized price of €569 ($735). That’s available via O2′s usual MyHandy payment plan, where you

My Winter Garden

by Chiot's RunAfter reading Eliot Coleman's books Four-Season Harvest and The Winter Harvest Handbook I was enthralled with the idea of being able to harvest things form my garden throughout the winter in my cold northern climate. It is difficult to find fresh local vegetables between November and May here in my area of the country.I started my first foray into winter gardening 3 years ago and

Strawberry Salad

Last night I invited my friends over for a "Happy Healthy New Year Party", to kick off all our healthy eating resolutions with fresh fruits and veggies!

Here are a few of the yummy dishes I made, starting at the top: Mediterranean Eggplant (from Eat To Live, made without the garbanzo beans) with endive leaves for scooping; blanched green beans with lemon mayonnaise (mix lemon juice, zest, and white pepper with Vegenaise...this one isn't nutritarian but I enjoyed the plain green beans); celery, jicama, and sugar snap peas; and homemade white bean dip with cucumber slices and whole wheat pita bread. Not pictured are a big bowl of roasted carrots and another bowl filled with fresh strawberries and mango slices.

The party was a lot of fun, with everyone contributing other healthy dishes (one friend brought vegan Hoppin' John with black-eyed peas and mustard greens, perfect for the New Year!), and we all looked silly and got sweaty playing Just Dance on the Wii. Proof that people can still have fun and be social while eating healthfully!

This morning I made a beautiful lunch with leftovers, although there hardly were any! One friend brought this amazing roasted red pepper hummus, which I packed with cucumber slices for dipping. I sliced strawberries, apple, endive, romaine, and baby spinach for today's salad and topped with pecans and pomegranate balsamic vinegar.

Gluten Freedom - Not Quite

by Throwback at Trapper CreekWith winter full-on in our location, comfort food and warm fires come to mind. However, a few years ago my husband's life long digestive problems required a more in-depth look. He was diagnosed with many food allergies, and foods he liked started dropping off the menu like flies. The items that gave him the worst fits were potatoes and corn or dishes with those

One Hundred Ways To Save Money in 2011 Part II

By: Notes From The Frugal TrenchesPart one of this series can be found here! Hopefully people found some helpful suggestions in the previous post, today I'll be looking at another 50 suggestions!51. Keep 15% to 20% of your weekly grocery budget for stocking up on items when they are on sale.52. See what you can produce/make {hats, scarves, gloves, soap, jams etc} and organize a swap with someone

AT&T’s HTC Inspire 4G leaks with Verizon HTC Thunderbolt

AT&T’s first 4G-branded smartphone has leaked, though the carrier is believed to be following in T-Mobile USA’s footsteps and labelling its HSPA+ network as 4G. The HTC Inspire 4G was spotted in an advert in Rolling Stone magazine by Android Central, alongside the also unannounced HTC Thunderbolt LTE smartphone for Verizon.Specifications for the AT&T HTC Inspire 4G are unknown, though judging

Android 2.4 leaks on an XPERIA Arc prototype, is still Gingerbread

Sony Ericsson just announced that the XPERIA Arc will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but a prototype was caught in the wild that claims to have Android 2.4 on board. It appears that Google have another update in store for us before the tablet-ready Honeycomb comes.Much like Android 2.0 and 2.1, which both carried the Eclair moniker, 2.3 and 2.4 will share the Gingerbread name. As you could


Well, my friends at Sprint came through in a big way for me today. The just announced Sprint HTC EVO Shift showed up on my doorstep. I have had the phone, which is scheduled to be released commercially on Sprint’s network on January 9, for only a few hours, but it is already quickly becoming my favorite Android based phone. When I reviewed the HTC EVO, I had two main complaints.The phone was

Use It Up

By Belfrom Spiral GardenI menu plan every week, without fail. When writing my plan I always consider what's in the garden, the fridge, the freezer, the pantry and try to use what we have at hand first. But some weeks we just seem to have accumulated a lot of excess food. For those weeks, I plan what I call a Use It Up week. More than ever I plan the meals around the leftovers, the produce

Samsung Infuse 4G packs a 4.5" Super AMOLED Plus display

The CES dawn saw another hot-looking smartphone announced, courtesy of Samsung and AT&T. The Samsung i997 Infuse 4G comes to succeed the Samsung i897 Captivate and represents a significant upgrade with its larger display and faster CPU.Not only does the Samsung i997 Infuse 4G take the display size to the 4.5 inches, but it also introduces a new Super AMOLED

New year, new seeds: help!

by FrancescaFuoriBorgoNew Year, new seeds: that's is my motto for 2011. As I look forward to a brand new season in my garden, waiting for that magic moment to start working out there, I've started to plan what I want to grow this season. I've decided to have a go at growing some new crops, including a few that are a little unusual.However, I'm in a bit of a bind, because I can't find these

Apple Iphone 4 White - Exciting New Features

The Apple iphone 4 white is only 9.3mm thick and it is the newest Iphone to be released from Apple. The lists of the new Iphone 4 features are endless especially with the retina display, the new IOS 4 operating system, the 4G supporting widget and many others, one cannot but wonder where Iphone is heading for.The new Iphone 4 features -Generally speaking, the apple iphone 4 white comprises more

A few features of new iPhone 5

You may be thinking? iPhone 5? But didn't the iPhone 4 just come out?This is Apple. They will release a new version of their product every year if they think it will sell. So what kind of features can we expect in a theoretical iPhone 5?Here are a few things that I would like to see:Thinner! With shiny glass back piece – 9.3 mm thick.Face Recognition SecurityFace Time (Video Chat) access on 3G


We're back open, thanks for keeping us so busy this chilly morning! Balmy 40's coming.....Just found out we're in the Oregonian's Favorite 100 in FOODDay, 'A melange of favorites' and feeling honored like a chef.Some neat books just came back in and some new, including: Keeping Chickens, Canning & Preserving, Chick Days, The New Food Garden, Raising Dairy Goats and Sugar Snaps & Strawberries -

Home Made Spaghetti

by Gavin from The Greening of Gavin

I am a difficult person to buy a Christmas gift, that I will admit.  For those who keep tabs on me on my personal blog, you will know I am not into consumerism, and only buy practical, long lasting items that will help us on our sustainable journey.  It must be either organic, fair trade, ethical, second hand or renewable or just damn useful.  So it makes

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Nokia Ovi Suite 3.0 released

Nokia just released the new Ovi Suite version 3.0. Here is what you will get with this new version.* Get started in almost no time: have the installation take place more quickly and simply * Create the connection between your phone and computer and sync your content with added reliability * Get quick access to both your own content and recommendations of new music, apps, games, and more from

Keepin' it real fake: iPhone 5 provides foresight to a falsified future (video)

Of course you knew this was coming, you probably just didn't expect it so soon. If Apple keeps up with its usual schedule, we don't expect an iPhone 4 successor to rear its head until summer 2011, but already some KIRF scientists are making forward-looking projections and produced what it thinks might be the KIRF iPhone to go tête-à-tête with the presumed iPhone 5.Resolution's apparently low, but

Skype for iPhone updated to version 3.0 – Adds video-calling!

Skype couldn’t keep this waiting till CES, so they went and released video-calling via their iPhone client. The update is a free update, and should be available via iTunes now. It requires iOS 3.0 and above. It works on every iOS 3.0 device, so you’ll get video-calling on the iPad (one-way), iPod touch and iPhone.What’s New in Version 3।0Improvements:* Make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and

Japanese Woman Sells iPhone Gingerbreads for $33 Each

Kumiko Kudo, a 44 year old owner of the Green Gables bakery in Japan sells iPhone gingerbreads/cookies for a hefty price of 2,730 yen which is roughly $33. The cookie is 12 cm long, and 6 cm wide.She can only make 20 iPhone cookies a day, since the button icing and chocolate is applied manually and takes some time to finish. 20 cookies a day for $33 each. Make those 5 days a week for a whole

The return of the sun

By Aurora, Island Dreaming

Whilst all seasons have their charms and downsides, I think that most people have times of year that they prefer. My perennially pale complexion marks summer as my natural enemy and my feeble circulatory system sees winter as its foe, hence I thrive in spring and autumn. Winter here this year  has been dreary - one day of pristine, crunchy snow followed by weeks of