Guest Post: How to Decorate Cheap and Green

Over the last fifteen years of marriage, we’ve been slow to build our collection of furniture. I can think of just a handful of items that we’ve purchased new: our bed (now 12 years old), our dining room table (unfinished that we stained ourselves), my beautiful red sofa (purchased on clearance), my hope chest, the […]

Washing Produce

To enjoy the Earth and God’s provision is to enjoy fresh produce. Think about all the great flavors God has created: strawberries, grapes, peaches – they’re all coming in season. Yum! Unfortunately, many of the commercially grown food that we consume is tainted with chemicals. Not so good. And we can’t all grow our own, […]

Guest Post: Worm Composting

Years ago the FishFam lived on 2 acres on the Central Coast of California. Since then we’ve moved to Kansas City and back again. The size of our yard has changed over time – it keeps getting smaller! But, that doesn’t stop us from trying to enjoy the outdoors and gardening. Last fall we studied […]

Guest Post: Do It Yourself Recycling

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “reduce, reuse, recycle” as it relates to being eco-friendly. Reduce waste, reuse something if you can, recycle it into something new. In our “disposable” society, it is a great one to remember before we toss something in the trash. (Truth be told, I learned it from Bob the Builder.) The […]

Going, Going, GREEN!

When I was in college, “environmentalism” was a hot topic. My college had an environmental studies major, and there were recycling bins, and there were rallies — and you got plenty hassled if you didn’t do things that were “good for the environment.” Quite honestly, it was a little annoying. It seemed that many people […]

50 Ways to Streamline Your Life, Part Three

Ever feel like you’re riding a really slow horse in a long line of really slow horses? Life can be like that. You have places to go, people to see, and your mode of transportation is not performing as well as it should be. Or there are road blocks. Or you get lost along the […]

My Baking Drawer

Years ago I spent several weeks reading books on household organization. One of the tips I found (though I can’t remember where) was the idea of consolidating all your baking utensils in one place. Here’s my baking drawer. This is where I keep all my measuring spoons and measuring cups as well as the blades […]

Baking Day – Storage Systems

Having wonderful baked goods is a beautiful thing. Stashing them in the freezer so that they are at the ready is even better. But, how you store them is pretty important. They won’t go bad, per se. Freezer burn won’t make you sick. It just tastes bad. And then, what’s the point? For most cakes […]