How to use Bar Soap

The humble bar of soap. Sometimes it seems like everyone has forgotten how to use bar soap. Since most people I know use liquid soap in tidy pump dispensers now. Yet bar soap is gentler, more economical, and does a better job of cleaning. Bar soap is truly a multi-purpose cleaner. In order to make […]... Read More
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Easy Potato Soup

Cooking from scratch is easy! Throw this Easy Potato Soup in the crock pot in the morning and it’s ready for dinner when you get home from work. Or whatever. When we filmed The Potato Soup Movie for YouTube, it seemed to only make sense to put it here in writing, as well. I am […]... Read More
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Urban Oasis?

  Rain is greening up Southern California. It’s wonderful. Green. Before the next round of drought and water restrictions starts, I want to say my piece. Brown is not the new green. We need green spots in the city, especially with all the brown lawns. We need spots where children can play, and people can […]... Read More
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How to use Cloth Produce Bags

Cloth produce bags are an old idea whose time has returned. They are simple and sanitary. You can keep a dozen on hand and they take up barely any space. Produce stays fresher and mold-free for longer. They can be used damp or dry, depending on what you are storing. They go in the fridge, […]... Read More
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Homemade Vitamin C

Homemade Vitamin C was today’s project. The urban homestead has a lemon tree and a grapefruit tree, so we have lots of raw material. We have never used any pesticides on the trees, so this stuff will be all organic! I have always felt wasteful throwing all those peels away. To find out I could […]... Read More
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Is Brown the New Green?

So is brown the new green? I think not! Cities in Southern California are covering their greenscapes with brown mulch chips and putting out cute little signs proclaiming “brown is the new green”, encouraging people to change their landscaping over to brown mulch chips, dirt and rocks. Well, it’s not pretty in Phoenix or Palm […]... Read More
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Juicing in the Real World

Most of us don’t have time for fruit and veggie prep, juicing and cleanup every day, several times a day. The gurus tell us to drink freshly juiced vegetables right away to get all the health benefits. True, this is the ideal. You mothers who breastfeed and pump your milk at work understand how this […]... Read More

Secrets to Sneaking More Veggies into your Family’s Diet

If your family is like mine, you’re lucky if you can get them to eat salad with dinner on a regular basis. French fries are counted as a veggie, and pizza is a full meal (meat, diary, bread, tomato sauce). Indeed, one of my sons honestly admits that the only way I’ll get him to […]... Read More
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Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a healthy, easy-to-make snack. They’re a great way to make optimal use of the whole pumpkin or other winter squash.  They’re packed with zinc, which will help you ward off those winter colds. Stuffed squash and pumpkin seeds are both easy to make in the rv oven. I do my pumpkin seeds on the stove […]... Read More
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Off Grid Basic Maintenance

Today I have some maintenance chores to attend to, to keep the trailer off grid ready. Some of these basic maintenance items would apply to a stick built house as well.   Batteries –  I currently don’t have solar panels or a generator for the trailer. That means that my batteries need to be plugged […]... Read More