Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Freezing Food in Glass

Knowing how to freeze food in glass comes handy in every season - berries, vegetables in the summer, herbs in spring, chicken, meat and fish stocks in winter. Commercial meat is often wrapped in plastic and can be transferred into glass at home to reduce contamination. Other garden grown or purchased foods, such as grated garden zucchini, grated apples, raspberries, blanched greens, peas, corn, tomato paste, pesto and many others can be placed in glass containers for storage. When orchard stone fruit comes in, it is a good time to freeze some pie cherries or mulberries for midwinter muffins!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Radical Home-making: Sewing and Knitting for Children

Pattern here.
A photo gallery of clothing-making inspiration - for parents, grandparents and unattached adults - reclaiming another lost skill of working with fiber arts, making clothing with love and meaning - sized and tailored and envisioned and imbued with love just for that special person - to keep them warm, to dress them up, to cheer and to make feel special. Above is a girl's dress made for my God Daughter - woolen dresses are so good to keep the little bottoms warm while looking feminine and lovely. Knitted dresses are also great for long time - as the child grows, the dress becomes more of a long top, still functional and much loved!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Sustainable Wood Lot in Dry Climate

What does it take to meet a household needs in wood - at least when it comes to keeping the house warm during the cold months of the year? A wonderful question to ponder when engaging in permaculture design of a homestead, neighborhood or community.