Driving through neighborhoods during fall time, it’s common to see big black trash bags stuffed with raked leaves sitting on the curb, waiting for garbage day.
When your yard (or a nearby neighbor’s yard) is filled with leafy, deciduous trees, although it’s a chore to rake up falling leaves, you’re actually bagging up brown gold that you – or someone else – could re-purpose. Continue reading Fall Leaves: nature’s free mulch, compost & animal bedding
If you own backyard egg laying hens, chances are you’ve paid good money to buy crushed oyster shells or some other kind of calcium supplement before. Continue reading Recycling eggshells as a chicken calcium supplement
As an Alaska urban hippie, there’s one thing I always have on me or in my vehicle (well, in addition to beer growlers). It’s reusable bags. Continue reading Reusable Bags: Not just better for the environment. Better, period.
The more I’m getting comfortable with using my pressure canner, the more I’m realizing what an incredible tool it is. Continue reading 4 big benefits of canning salmon instead of freezing it
I was a lucky lady this Christmas and got my very first pressure canner, the All-American 41-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner, model 941.
After processing a batch of canned moose, I let the pressure canner naturally come down in pressure and waited the instructed length of time before trying to open it.
But to my surprise, once I unscrewed the twist knobs and tried to rotate the lid to get it off, it wouldn’t budge. I tried with all of my strength to twist the lid off without luck. Continue reading How to get the lid off of a stuck aluminum pressure canner
After the first few snowfalls of the season, what was once a harmless blanket of white fluff quickly gets packed down on your staircase and outside entryways, making patches of high foot traffic areas slippery & dangerous. Continue reading Winter Hippie Hack: How to Make Slippery Steps Safe Without Ice Melt or Sand
I have a potted indoor Bearss lime tree, happily purchased last year from Mile 5.2 Greenhouse in Eagle River, Alaska. It’s just a few feet high, and it offers plenty of flowers, but hasn’t produced full-sized limes yet.
I’ve noticed the lime tree leaves smell great when you rub them or scratch them. They don’t give off much of an odor right away, but treat those lime leaves like a scratch ‘n’ sniff sticker, and they hold an incredible aroma that actually smells just like limes. Continue reading Making hot tea from Bearss Lime tree leaves
Have way too many crabapples and just don’t know what to do with them? Make crabapple infused vodka. It’s amazing. Continue reading Crabapple infused vodka: delicious & easy
My wonderful friend Anna has a huge crabapple tree in her yard in Anchorage, Alaska. She picked about 2 gallons worth of crabapples, then the jam party got started. Continue reading Cooking & Canning Homemade Crabapple Jam
It was time to harvest my beets, and I wanted to try canning at home.
I took a few classes on canning earlier this year from the UAF extension office in Anchorage, so I was familiar with the differences between the hot water bath canning method and a pressure canner, but I had never done it on my own. Continue reading First Time Canning With a Water Bath: Pickled Homegrown Beets