Recipe: Freezer Macaroons (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

One of my favourite treats growing up was chocolate coconut macaroons. In fact, I liked them so much that I would make small microwave batches on the sly. One of the key ingredients in those macaroons, milk, helped to bind the macaroons together and give them the perfect texture once cooled and hardened. When I […]


Recipes – Plain Chicken Jerky

I never liked beef jerky as bought from the corner stores. It was just to much *everything* to be any good to me. When I was a teenager, my dad made deer jerky with strips of marinated venison, and that was the first time I understood that jerky could be something other than that store-bought […]


Recipes – Vanilla Cashew Smoothie

This is a very simple recipe that I adapted from the ingredients list on something I enjoyed and a recipe for cashew milk. It does take a little bit of lead time (overnight) to soak the cashews, but once I had taken the time to do that, this recipe was far simpler and faster than […]


How to Make Your Own Soap – My Hot Process Soap Procedure

Once you’ve chosen your ingredients and recipe, it’s time to make soap. There are two main ways to make soap: Hot process and cold process. In hot process soap making, the saponification reaction is completed before the soap is moulded. In cold process, the saponification reaction is initiated and then left to complete while the […]


How to Make Your Own Soap – Designing Your Own Soap Recipes

While it’s easy to buy at least one version of a plain olive oil soap in most places, soap is expensive. A single bar can set you back $3 to $6, or more. Not only that, but what if olive oil soap isn’t the best option for your skin? Finding other fragrance-free bars can be […]


Kombucha! (Antibiotics Suck)

Over the summer, I had a bladder infection and had to take antibiotics. Not only did that severely mess with my monthly cycle, but it also left my stomach upset for over a month. Being unable to consume dairy products (and thus take advantage of all those fabulous probiotic cultures, I started looking to other […]


Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution

It was with disgust one day that we found our cat had been peeing on a specific area of carpet. Carpets are hard to clean, and even harder if the urine gets into the padding underneath. Luckily, I had made a pet stain remover already, but we felt it was time to clean the whole […]


Living With Bugs, Part 3 – Choosing Not to Live with Bugs

← Previous Post: Living with Bugs, Part 2 Bees Bees are helpful. They pollinate plants, allowing us to have the wide variety of fruits and vegetables we enjoy, some even make honey, and their populations are in decline. If there are bees settled in an inappropriate place, often the colony can be moved. Contact a beekeeper […]


Living With Bugs, Part 2 – Choosing Not to Live with Bugs

I spoke on Friday about living with insect pests around my home, and which ones were helpful, indifferent, and harmful. While a slight change of attitude towards insects can help you live more comfortably with some of the denizens who inhabit the walls and floors of your home, today I talk about pesticide-free ways to […]


Living With Bugs

Every year when we go camping, we develop an uneasy relationship with bugs. Insects are everywhere in our world; there are far more of them than of us. Living in houses most of the time, we find ourselves further and further separated from the outdoor world of nature and bugs. Camping brings us right back […]