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/
Square foot gardening is a logical way to get the most vegetables from a small raised garden bed. It's perfect for small spaces and can even work if all you have for a yard is a concrete patio. Mel Bartholomew is the mastermind that developed this ing...
Whether you live in a frat house or just love to drink beer, chances are you’re hauling lots of beer bottles out to the recycling bin. Why not take it a step further and find something useful to do with your empties? Here we take a look at 50 ways to reuse your beer bottles.
Ever get coriander confused with cumin? Or wonder if saffron is really essential to the flavor of a dish? As much for our benefit as for yours, we've put together this quick reference guide to all the most common (and some uncommon) herbs and spices!
If we see someone litter, there’s a chance we might curse at them in a fit of rage. We secretly judge the lady in front of us at the shop who’s choosing to use a plastic bag. And we judge ourselves when we look at the pile of apple products charging over there in the kitchen. So, to continue our constant criticism of the ne’er-do-well’s (ourselves included) who sometimes aren’t as green as they should be, let’s add some extra-special green resolutions to our list.
My graduate school supervisor taught me all I know about professional email etiquette. Vague language? Poor form. Typos? Nothing worse. Run-on paragraphs? A big no-no. Spelling your recipient’s name wrong?
Do you save the winter time to organize your clutter? If the answer is is not exactly "yes", then we are in the same club. I tell myself in the warmer months that I'll have plenty of indoor time during the winter months to straighten out my piles of STUFF. I convince myself to save the big clean out projects for a nice snowy day.
The one video everyone on this planet needs to see.
"Humans, over thousands of years, had never been able to deal with Nature's complexity. But we biologists and ecologists had never tackled anything as complex as this.
So rather than reinvent the wheel, I began studying other professions to find out if anybody had. And I found that there were planning techniques that I could take and adapt to our biological need and from those I developed what we call holistic management and planned grazing, a planning process. And that does address all of Nature's complexity *and* our social, environmental, economic complexity..."
Living in a socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhood can take a toll on mental health. However, feeling a close connection to neighbors may offset some of those negative effects, a new study finds.
From the October 1932 issue of The Royal Neighbor, on Milady’s Own Page, a reminder that “oysters are not the only food which comes into its own with the ‘R’ months,” cream soups made with milk, butter, and often a cooked and stewed vegetable are welcome when wintry arrives.
Along with recipes for six different cream soups (Cream of Cauliflower Soup, Duchess Soup, Cream of Spinach Soup, Chicken Cream Soup with Noodles, Cream of Crab Soup, and Bean Consomme; click the image to get a large legible scan with all the recipes), the vintage magazine has additional tips on cream soups.
"Essential oils aren’t cheap. On the other hand orange peels often end up in the garbage, so it’s nice to find a use for them and save the cost of buying essential oil. The only real cost here is the vodka and a cheap one will do the trick."
At the recent International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative Summit, Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva discuss their decades of work devoted to protecting nature and saving future generations from the dangers of climate change.