It’s January in Maine: Time to plan your garden

My husband and I will be embarking on our fifth organic garden journey this spring, and this year, we’re planning ahead. Every year, we learn a little more about growing our own food, and while my husband specializes in the soil preparation in early spring, I specialize in dreaming about what we will plant and […]

Save money and the planet in 2017: How to become a maker

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I’ve always been the kind of person who is hesitant about making New Year’s resolutions, but I made a couple last year that I mostly stuck to. This has me thinking I might try this again. Last year, I resolved to simplify my life and to eat more plants. Although I still have progress to […]

A chicken year in review: The best chicken stories from 2016

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It seems 2016 was a big year for chickens. From chicken shaming to chicken sweaters, chickens have been in our hearts and on our minds in 2016. People all over the country are getting chickens for their farms, their backyards, and their homes. Chickens are the pets that poop breakfast, and we love them. We learned […]

Want good luck in 2017? Eat your black eyed peas.

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I think many can agree that 2016 was a doozy. It was a tough one for our family in many ways, and we’re not the only ones. I’ve even seen songs written about how crappy 2016 was. But we made it and are looking forward to a happy and healthy 2017! I’m not one for […]

Family holiday traditions: A simple cinnamon roll recipe full of comfort, joy, and sweetness

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While I really do try to eat healthy most of the time, I’m one of those people willing to just dig into the comfort food during the holidays. Throughout centuries and cultures, we use food to bind us together, to feel connected, and to show people we love them. I feel that food traditions during […]

Backyard chickens: Healthy treats for the winter months

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Winter is upon us, and I don’t know about your chickens, but most of our chickens are hesitant to leave the coop. “Snow. I’m not touching that stuff,” they seem to say. But we have a few brave souls who will venture out, and, if our girls are anything like they were last year, eventually, […]

Something you want and something you need: Making the holidays special on a budget

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I always feel a sort of push and pull at Christmas time. For years, I’ve been trying to learn to live more frugally, but, in the last year, as we’ve worked to simplify and work less, sometimes, I do feel like things are a little too austere around here. I should provide context. Austere for […]

Tips to help you prepare for winter power outages in rural Maine

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So, apparently, we’re getting all of our winter in one week, and while I know we need the snow, I may have turned into a bit of a winter wimp of late, which means I’m dreading the storm and the inevitable that is to follow–the loss of power. When our family moved to rural Maine […]

Why I’m choosing Small Business Saturday for my holiday shopping

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I’m not a fan of Black Friday. As both an introvert and a person working diligently on my goal to buy less, it’s easy to see why that shopping day is just not for me. But I also take issue with the way Black Friday has been sneaking into Thanksgiving time, taking workers away from […]

A recipe for adding a little history to your Thanksgiving tradition

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I love Thanksgiving. It’s a lot of work and we have no family here in Maine to celebrate with, but our little family has developed some Thanksgiving traditions that are fun and important to us. While I’m a big believer in telling children the truth about our history, I’ve found myself hesitant to deliver to […]