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Let There Be Plarn

I've become hooked on Plarn. What is Plarn? Plastic yarn. Now, I haven't brought home a plastic grocery sack in about three years, but plenty of my friends and family do. I decided it was time to take some of those extra bags and turn them into something sturdy, cute, and reusable. I gathered bags from everyone I could think of, and began cutting them into one-inch strips that I could crochet with, like yarn. It's time consuming, but the end result is worth it. Here's a quick tutorial on how…

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Added by Patti Wigington on August 17, 2010 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

My Daily Bread

OK, admittedly I don't bake it daily, but it sure is a regular occurrence around here. For the past year and a half I've been baking my own bread, because I have a gluten sensitivity. There are commercially produced gluten-free breads available, made from tapioca flour, brown rice, and some other stuff, but frankly, they just aren't that good. For $5 a loaf, I expect my bread to taste like more than packing foam.

There are a lot of great GF bread recipes - I especially love…

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Added by Patti Wigington on June 15, 2010 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Pollo Patron

One of the things I love about Mexican food is that it lends itself well to garden-stuff. Pretty much anything I find in my yard, I can convert into a Mexican dish. I had some cilantro that came up unexpectedly, and some rogue green onions that wintered over, as well as some lettuce, so I thought tonight would be a perfect evening for some light south-of-the-border fare.

There's a nice Mexican restaurant around the corner from us called Senor Patron, and it's run by the…

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Added by Patti Wigington on June 11, 2010 at 7:54pm — No Comments

Suburban Homesteading: The Rain Barrel

I mentioned to a friend the other day that I have a rain barrel in my garden, and she replied that she was going to buy one over the Big Home Improvement Store for around $75, because it was on sale. I told her that I had made mine for about $20 last summer. It sits beneath the downspout at the rear of the house, and one good rainstorm will fill up all fifty gallons. I have a hose coming out of the bottom so I can use it to water plants -- because it's sitting up on four concrete blocks,…

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Added by Patti Wigington on June 10, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

First Harvest

Went outside to weed and discovered that it was time to start pickin' the pickables. Brought in this basket full of chives, sage, mint, young kale, fresh mustard greens, organo, and a few strawberries. The strawberries never made it inside.

Added by Patti Wigington on June 9, 2010 at 9:27pm — 1 Comment

Suburban Homesteading: The Garden

In my dreams, I live in a rustic cabin far from the madding crowd. I have several acres of forested land, as well as a few acres which have been tilled for my numerous gardens. There's a greenhouse and a pond, a pole barn with a couple of sweet little Nubian goats, a coop of chickens who happily lay me eggs each day, an orchard full of fruit trees, and a pond where my children can fish. In my dreams, I make everything from scratch, I live off the grid, and life is good.

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Added by Patti Wigington on June 9, 2010 at 3:32pm — 2 Comments

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