Mulch with Autumn Leaves, Bring a Beautiful Spring!

Last Saturday, I gathered leaves from the edges of my street and the public sidewalk and arranged them in my yard--about 80 pounds of free mulch!  You can read all about this technique in my earlier article. Today, here in Pittsburgh, we have snow on the ground that fell on November 12.  It's compacting my … Continue reading Mulch with Autumn Leaves, Bring a Beautiful Spring!

Zero-Waste Name Tags

Earlier this year, I joined a local campaign against single-use plastic, and it's been great working with like-minded, enthusiastic people and feeling so much hope about making the world a better place before it's too late!  But there was one blind spot in the organizing of our first several meetings that just stunned me: On … Continue reading Zero-Waste Name Tags

Tomatillo Salsa and 3 Flavors of Roasted Tomatoes

It's been a great summer for tomatoes here in western Pennsylvania!  Our CSA farm share brought us 27 tomatoes and 18 tomatillos last week, and 38 tomatoes two weeks ago.  We expect to get more tomatoes today! We learned several years ago that roasting in seasoned oil makes tomatoes taste great, take up less space, … Continue reading Tomatillo Salsa and 3 Flavors of Roasted Tomatoes

Go Green in 2018: Can You Afford to Buy Greener Products?

Twenty years ago, I saw a catalog filled with practical household products that were better for the environment than the stuff we'd been using: laundry and dish and cleaning products made from plants and natural minerals, paper products made from recycled paper, tampons and cloth towels made from organic cotton.  I was excited!  But I'd … Continue reading Go Green in 2018: Can You Afford to Buy Greener Products?

Hummus and Vegetable Flatbread Sandwich: You deserve this lunch!

Whoever you are, reading this, you deserve a tasty, healthy, homemade lunch!  This one is easy, inexpensive, and low in environmental impact, so there's no need to feel guilty about it.  Perhaps you're not struggling with that and would like me to get on with telling you the recipe.  Well, first I'm going to show … Continue reading Hummus and Vegetable Flatbread Sandwich: You deserve this lunch!

Would decluttering save you from buying a new appliance?

Life here on Earth presents an astonishing array of abundance.  There's so much stuff that we can gather to fulfill not only our basic needs but also our more frivolous desires and, perhaps, our need to feel prepared for meeting future needs. Many years during Lent, I've given up some category of material things in … Continue reading Would decluttering save you from buying a new appliance?

Why we had Banana Bread and Black Bean Soup for Easter dinner

We've never established a traditional Easter dinner for our family.  Partly it's because we don't eat lamb or ham, but the biggest reason is that for the past 15 years I've been heavily involved in the Easter celebrations at church.  The Easter Vigil service is late Saturday night, followed by a festive reception, and then … Continue reading Why we had Banana Bread and Black Bean Soup for Easter dinner