Here’s a delicious fall-time spin on classic blueberry muffins. If you’re a solo adult who likes good food, this recipe is for you. Or if you’ve got extra kitchen “helpers” around (read: kids who need entertainment), turn baking these Halloween muffins into a fun toddler snacktivity.Continue reading Pumpkin BOO-berry Muffins (Fun Halloween Toddler Snacktivity!)
Comparing Mint Plants: Spearmint, Apple & Chocolate
Mint is a reasonably cold-hardy perennial, meaning it grows back every year under the right conditions. Just like there are many different kinds of tomatoes (cherry, beefsteak, roma, etc.), there are plenty different varieties of mint, too.
Here’s an overview comparison of three different kinds of mints that grow well for me in Anchorage, Alaska: spearmint, apple mint & chocolate mint.Continue reading Comparing Mint Plants: Spearmint, Apple & Chocolate
Chickens Laying Eggs in the Winter
Do chickens still lay eggs in the winter? That’s a common question many curious poultry lovers ask me.
The answer? It depends.Continue reading Chickens Laying Eggs in the Winter
Extracting Honey From Beehive Frames
2019 was our third season keeping honeybees, but only our first year actually getting to harvest honey. Continue reading Extracting Honey From Beehive Frames
Transforming Our Yard With Edible Perennials
In late July, we stumbled upon a seasonal clearance sale for edible perennial plants (meaning plants that come back every year).
We walked into the hardware store needing a part for a miscellaneous house project, and we walked out purchasing 2 apple trees, 1 sour cherry tree, 4 blueberry bushes, 8 strawberry plants & 5 haskap berry bushes.Continue reading Transforming Our Yard With Edible Perennials
Easy Rhubarb Strawberry Raspberry Jam Pie Recipe
Baking a homemade pie in your own kitchen doesn’t have to be complicated. This fun recipe for rhubarb strawberry raspberry jam pie turns out great with minimal effort.Continue reading Easy Rhubarb Strawberry Raspberry Jam Pie Recipe
Hemp Chicken Coop Bedding Review
After running out of dried birch leaves this winter, I decided to try a new kind of chicken coop bedding: ground hemp.Continue reading Hemp Chicken Coop Bedding Review
Spring Rhubarb: an early edible perennial in Alaska
Winters in Alaska are long, cold & dark. At the end of December, most Alaskans only see 5-6 hours of sun each day. By March, the daylight hours have made significant enough gains for Alaskans to start looking forward to summer months in the land of the midnight sun.
In Alaska, one of the surest signs that spring has officially sprung is the sight of rhubarb’s annual crowning from the barely-thawed earth.Continue reading Spring Rhubarb: an early edible perennial in Alaska
Giving a 5-Week Old Puppy Liquid Antibiotics
I recently started fostering a litter of 5-week old, husky mix puppies. When I picked them up from the cargo plane, there was a note taped to the kennel, along with a small box of liquid antibiotics.
The note said the ‘blonde boy’ needs .5ml of antibiotics, twice a day. Once I got the puppies home, it was antibiotics time.Continue reading Giving a 5-Week Old Puppy Liquid Antibiotics
The Urban Hippie Holiday Gift Guide
Urban hippies come in all forms. Some of us keep chickens or honey bees. Others have a green thumb and a passion for gardening. And most of us are incredible recyclers and try to reduce the waste in our communities through more thoughtful living.
These are all products I have in my own home or yard, and I love them enough to share. If you’re short on gift ideas this holiday season, here’s the ultimate holiday shopping guide for the urban hippie in your life. Continue reading The Urban Hippie Holiday Gift Guide