It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
I did take the rest of the pot out and offer it to everyone downstairs because I couldn't bring myself to waste it. The first person to try some got this look on his face like he'd seen God and took the whole thing to his room. It really is that good.
FARGO - Connie DeKrey rolls something special into her pies. They start out typical, with an oil-based crust, and she uses the freshest fruits. She cuts her signature ventilation lines in each pie – four long lines and small ones in between – and they bake until they’re golden brown. The secret...
It’s easy to get carried away during holiday season. Each and every holiday seems to demand its own fancy set of decorations. However, with a little planning, you can easily change your dining room table...
For those who like simple and minimalist design -- with an emphasis on what holidays really mean -- Scrabble letters and trays offer great ways to spread the holiday spirit.Materials Needed: * Scrabble...
Seed and pesticide makers like BASF, DuPont, Bayer and Monsanto are investing heavily to develop new products incorporating organisms like bacteria and tiny fungi, which executives say can help corn, soybean and other plants fend off pests and grow faster.
Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) have developed a cost-effective way to save a wide range of threatened species, including rare old ones that may be costly to protect. Their new technique to help maximise both the species and genetic diversity we save helps resolve the dilemma facing conservation managers worldwide: whether to rescue a larger number of recent and more common species or fewer, unique and older species that may be more costly to preserve.
The technology will help nations such as Australia and New Zealand to protect as much diversity of both species and their genes as possible, says lead researcher Dr Joseph Bennett of CEED and The University of Queensland (UQ). "The global extinction crisis is getting worse, and conservation funds are seldom enough to stop biodiversity from declining," says Dr Bennett. "This is like a library on fire – and we have to save as much of the precious information as we can.
"If we have to choose, do we carry out a few rare, old tomes, or do we carry a larger number of smaller books that may contain less information than the ancient tomes?" Dr Bennett explains that highly distinct species have few close relatives, and their lineage has been isolated on the tree of life for many millions of years. The platypus is one example of Australia's 'rare old tomes' – its ancestors diverged from other mammals somewhere between 160 and 200 million years ago.
As the distinct species are isolated from others, they also contain unique genes, which may in the future prove very important to the health of ecosystems, or even the development of medicine. For example, Ginkgo biloba is an old and genetically distinct species that was once close to extinction, but is now used traditional medicine, he says.
"So losing the more distinct species – akin to losing the rare old tome – could mean the loss of this genetic information, along with millions of years of evolution," he says. "But when these species are expensive to protect, it may mean spending money to save one or two species instead of five or ten other species."
Both our daughters are not at our home this Christmas, but living in their new homes this year. One daughter is in town, in her latest apartment; the other is out of state, stuck in her dorm and unable...
Cooking without electricity in a power outage doesn't just mean finding an alternative way to cook food. In our modern world, most of our kitchen appliances are electric as well. If we were ever without electricity, we would need an alternative way to complete the tasks that are now accomplished using appliances.
Hand soap has been center stage recently after evidence suggested it has been a large contributor to the current problem with antibacterial-resistant pathogens. Now scientists have put hand soap back in the hot seat, only for a different reason.
In anticipation of this month’s (Nov 16-22) Geography Awareness Week’s focus on 'the Future of Food," I thought I would start of by sharing 10 of my personal favorite resources to use to understand our changing global food systems.
(It's More That "Just A Tradition!") At holiday time, we all bring out the fancy china and silverware -- the old china and silverware if we are lucky enough to have it. Age, material, and condition issues...
Deanna Dahlsad's insight:
Along with the protection of your pieces, there are environmental reasons as well as health and other benefits for you & your family.