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/
(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.
Handmade is huge right now as more and more people share projects they have created. Craft blogs and web sites, such as Martha Stewart Living and Better Homes and Gardens, have brought new attention to handmade gifts and decor. For me, it is not a new fad....
Back to basics: How old ways of farming are revolutionary Los Altos Town Crier Biodynamic farming is an ancient philosophy that encourages a holistic approach to vineyard management that takes into account things such as lunar cycles.
When I worked in a day treatmentAt Holiday Heights Elementary School near Fort Worth, Texas, what was once a patch of Bermuda grass has become a hub for active learning. Students regularly head to the school garden to learn about p
"The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure."
"About 10,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers, aided by rudimentary agriculture, moved to semi-permanent villages and never looked back. With further developments came food surpluses, leading to commerce, specialization and, many years later with the Industrial Revolution, the modern city. Vance Kite plots our urban past and how we can expect future cities to adapt to our growing populations."
Over the past decade, bee populations have been dropping, partly as a result of a disease called colony collapse disorder. This is very bad news for humans, because bees are a crucial part of the reproductive cycle of many of our favorite foods, including apples, onions, avocados, and more. This incredible data visualization shows what you'd lose if the world lost bees.
Fannie Farmer was the author of The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook, the first cookbook to use strict standardized measurements. Called “the mother of level measurements”, Fannie was also a teacher and lecturer who helped to popularize a more scientific approach to cooking and housekeeping, and inspired doctors and nurses with her innovative teachings on convalescent diet …
You may consider green beans to be that boring side dish next to your mashed potatoes and roasted chicken leg. Your thoughts of green beans may even wander to green bean casseroles that you shovel in your mouth on Thanksgiving.
The Daily Mail has a fascinating feature on David Latimer and his soon to be 54-year-old bottle garden that he started on… (This Garden In A Bottle Has Been Thriving Since 1960: Sealed in its own ecosystem and watered just once in 53 years