How to Harvest and Crack Black Walnuts

How to crack black walnuts, plus links to recipes and more!

Are you a fan of black walnuts? The taste is decidedly different from English walnuts. Most people either love them or hate them. I think they’re an acquired taste.

This fall has been a great one for foraging. It seems that everything is in abundance, including the black walnuts which we forage along a public trail.Continue Reading

Book Review: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, takes foraging seriously and has been doing so all her life. But this book is not about all the hundreds of plants she knows and loves. This book is about 13 of them. All of them weeds. And her premise is that humans could survive on these 13 weeds for food, medicine, and even some fiber.

Who would expect that a book on foraging would open up a whole new way of thinking? I mean, foraging is foraging, right? Just go out and discover what is edible and give it a try.

Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weedstakes foraging seriously and has been doing so all her life. But this book is not about all the hundreds of plants she knows and loves. This book is about 13 of them. All of them weeds. And her premise is that humans could survive on these 13 weeds for food, medicine, and even some fiber.Continue Reading

The Easiest Way to Pick Up Fall Leaves

Are you killing yourself raking those leaves? Here's the easiest way to pick up fall leaves!

Picking Up Fall Leaves Can Be Quite a Chore

Fall is really beautiful, but do you ever find yourself groaning when it comes time to pick up those leaves? Raking has to be one of the worst tasks around, and for some reason, it’s a killer on my back.

There are some tools out there designed to make your job easier, but I’m not sure they’re necessary. We’ve never had a leaf blower, but when I watch people using them to pick up fall leaves, they really don’t look all that easy. The leaves still end up blowing all round the yard and they are still whole, making them a less valuable commodity, at least in my eyes.Continue Reading

Have Yourself a Homemade Christmas

Dozens of ideas for gifts, decorations, and desserts!

Great Ideas for DIY Gifts, Decorations and Dessert

There’s just something about homemade that makes Christmas extra special, don’t you think? But “homemade” doesn’t have to mean complicated. Simple is best.

If you’re like me, coming up with ideas is half the battle. And that’s why I’ve put together this little guide to help you so that you can have a homemade Christmas without the stress. Simple ideas for gifts, decorations and desserts.Continue Reading