Easy Last Minute Halloween Costumes No Sewing

5 Easy Last Minute No Sew Halloween Costumes

Halloween is here!  It’s not on its way, it’s not coming soon, it’s here today!  And here you are, like I was, desperately searching for a last minute costume that doesn’t require a trip to the store because…  well, because there’s just no time for that!  No worries!  With a little outside the box thinking, […]

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Cleaning a Wild Mushroom: A How To

Mushrooms are a great food to forage for while out on a walk in the woods.  Once you get your bounty of mushrooms, you’ll need to clean them.  Regardless of the kind of ‘shroom you collect, cleaning is an important, but easy, process.  Wild mushrooms can collect bacteria, dirt and even poo (yes, some mushrooms […]

Smooth Sumac: An Edible Plant

Smooth Sumac: Forage and Make Your Own Lemonade Drink

As usual, we’ve been foraging up a storm whenever we have the extra time, and even sometimes when we don’t!  The opportunity to add extra food items to our table for no or low cost is nearly impossible to pass up.  While I was reading through a few of my favorite foraging books, I found […]

Bunchberries - A Fun Trail Nibble!

Bunchberries: A Fun Trail Nibble!

When I have the energy and stamina, one of my favorite things to do is go foraging with my husband and kids.  It’s a fun activity that we can all do together, and since we generally end up with free food in the process it’s pretty rewarding.  One of our regular finds lately are bunchberries.  […]

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Rip Your Britches, Mend With Zig Zag Stitches

It happens to the best of us.  We don’t mean to, but it happens.  Our pants get a rip or a tear, and sometimes in the most delicate places!  But no worries; your favorite pants aren’t ruined.  If you’ve got a sewing machine equipped with a zig-zag stitch and just a few minutes, that rip […]

Mend ripped pants easily

How to Mend Ripped Jeans

In our house, there’s no shortage of clothing that needs mended.  Between busy little boys and a hard working Hubby, it seems that holes in pants are one of my most common mending projects.  Hubby’s pants are bigger, making it a lot easier for me to just turn pants inside out and patch, but my […]

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Line Drying Clothes Indoors and Space Saving Drying Tips

While it is completely possible to successfully hang laundry outdoors to dry in the winter, even in freezing temperatures, I usually prefer to hang mine inside by the wood burner.  It not only makes me feel like I’m getting more out of the wood we use for heat, but it keeps me from battling frostbitten […]

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