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October 2012 Blog Posts (15)

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

I'm reading Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. 

If you know anything about the history of Native…

Added by MisAnthrope on October 29, 2012 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments


Does anyone know what this is?

Added by Simon Wilde on October 29, 2012 at 9:17pm — 4 Comments

Trash Chili

Originally posted at A Life Beyond Money.


One of my favorite practically free meals is Trash Chili. Don't let the name gross you out; it's actually a tasty meal.

I have a half gallon container in the freezer. Whenever I have a bit of food that would go well in chili, I toss it in. If I have a bit of leftover pasta, in it goes. I save  bits of tomatoes (fresh, stewed, diced, however), onions, beans, and…


Added by Cynthia Skelton on October 28, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Adventures in Foraging

Last week I got a copy of Going to Seed: Finding, Identifying, and Preparing Edible Plants of the Southwest by Kahanah Farnsworth in the mail.  I thought it would be valuable not only because it's specific to my region (the high desert in New Mexico), but because it also includes recipes for preparation of the plants. …


Added by MisAnthrope on October 28, 2012 at 1:02pm — 3 Comments

The Best of Vermont

Vermont is a New England oasis, offering beautiful scenic views of its Green Mountains and expansive forest lands. Visitors can come to ski, hike, learn about the state's Native American history, shop for antiques, or more. A Vermont vacation offers a serene getaway that helps you get back to nature and feel restored.

However, you shouldn't leave without sampling some of the local goods for which Vermont is known. Here are three things…


Added by Hannah Lovell on October 27, 2012 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Use It Up: Stale Bread

Many things are tossed into the garbage can when they still have lots of good life left in them. Use It Up is a section on how to use this "trash" to make new, useful items for your home or to re-purpose items to avoid a purchase.…


Added by Cynthia Skelton on October 26, 2012 at 4:34pm — 2 Comments

Apple Processing Day

My mum has a couple apple trees on her property. At harvest each year, she gathers the clan together for apple processing day. We spend the day talking, listening to music, and usually order out a pizza from our favorite local pizza…

Added by Cynthia Skelton on October 25, 2012 at 6:50pm — 2 Comments

Eat to Beat Cancer! (part 2)

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

I planned to get started on this post several days ago but I was sidetracked by the recent Meningitis Outbreak due to contaminated steroid injections.  So, on to Breast Cancer Awareness!…


Added by Marianne Smith on October 20, 2012 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Winters coming and I'm getting the garden going.

Well I have started my winter garden. I've got tomatoes, cucumbers, greenbeans, and wax beans. I also have some carrots and lettuce that needs to get started. And I just got my key lime tree in the mail yesterday. Can't wait for that to start producing.

I've also been thinking about trying my hand and growing a grape vine in the house too. That should be fun.

But I still have a ton to do. I got some fencing and I'm working on makin a trellace for the plants to climb instead of…


Added by Gordy on October 18, 2012 at 9:06am — No Comments

Coffee Soap helps remove odors

This evening I made a batch of Coffee Soap. For the liquid in the lye solution I used a strong brew of coffee. The coffee helps in removing odors from your hands.

Coffee Soap just after its been poured in the mold.

Coffee Soap

It works great in the kitchen when handling onions or garlic. I've also added coffee grounds for an exfoliant so this soap works well in the garden for removing dirt and…


Added by John Mikrut on October 18, 2012 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Eat to Beat Cancer! (part 1)

Originally posted at Back to the Basics!

As you may know, October is Breast Cancer awareness month. 

What you may not know is there are many foods that fight cancer.…


Added by Marianne Smith on October 11, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Small Measure & Cold Antler: Favorite Homesteading Blogs

Is anyone else out there a fan of Ashley English of Small Measure or Jenna Woginrich of Cold Antler?

Ashley English is a…


Added by Aliza Ess on October 9, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

The Problem is the Solution

I’ve been considering two principles of permaculture this week: Distribute the Surplus and the Problem is the Solution. The first is easy—the second, not so much so.


Distribute the Surplus happens, formally, twice a year. In the spring, we send off the extra tomato starts into the world. I’ll start eight to twelve seeds for each variety, which means, in a good year, we have about 80 extra plants. They leave home in April. People now wait for the announcement. In fact,…


Added by Charlyn on October 7, 2012 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

catching up...

I added muscadine grapes to this Fall's project, and my fancy new camera is on the way (so excited).  Studying has been taking up most of my time lately.  I'm taking 18 hours this semester (five classes, two with labs).  Last week I attended a Bill McKibben lecture at UT, and I think that while the prospects for the planet look bleak, the permaculture movement is a major front in battling climate change, even if still below radar to most of the people in attendance at the lecture.  If anyone…


Added by Laurie Power on October 7, 2012 at 2:19pm — 1 Comment

Canning Salsa Fresca with Green Tomatoes

Please check our my latest blog entry on canning Salsa Fresca with Green Tomatoes. Great fresh too! 


Happy canning!


Added by meaghan carpenter on October 1, 2012 at 12:17pm — No Comments

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