Category Archives: Made from Scratch

Preserving Basil 101: Tips, Tricks and The Basics Preserving Basil 101: Tips, Tricks and The Basics


Fall is beginning to set in and cooler weather can be felt in most of the country.  We’re even below 100 degrees this week in Phoenix!  Finally!  Some relief! For those of us who garden, this immediately turns our minds to our gardens and what the change of weather means for our plants.  One plant…
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Avoiding Genetically Modified Foods: Some Tips and Tricks for the Grocery Store Avoiding Genetically Modified Foods: Some Tips and Tricks for the Grocery Store


We’ve all heard about genetically modified, or GM, foods.  And most of us, especially those who grow our own food and want to live a more sustainable life, know we should avoid or boycott them.  But the trick is, HOW do we avoid them? If you are like me (and most of the country), you…
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Small-Batch, Homemade Applesauce Small-Batch, Homemade Applesauce


We had an amazing Labor Day weekend.  One of the best weekends in recent memory. We headed three hours south to the little town of Willcox, Arizona and did some serious apple picking. It was so much fun and only a *tiny* bit hot and humid.  (Ok…. maybe it was a lot bit hot and…
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Natural Homemaking: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tablets Natural Homemaking: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tablets


This month I am doing a short, weekly series on natural homemaking.  You can check out the first post here and the second post here. This week I’m excited to bring you a clever little idea that I had. Are you familiar with those little dishwasher tablets that are sold in all the stores?  (…
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Fresh Homemade Ketchup Recipe Fresh Homemade Ketchup Recipe


Have I mentioned that I froze a bunch tomatoes last spring? Yeah, I know, I’ve mentioned it only a million times.  Well, you should know, they’re gone now.  I’ve used them all!  My freezer has never felt so empty! Originally I made pasta sauce, then I made pizza sauce and now I’ve made homemade ketchup!…
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Natural Homemaking – Grapefruit All-Purpose Cleaner Natural Homemaking – Grapefruit All-Purpose Cleaner


Today I am starting a short series on natural homemaking. Our garden is still in hibernation (though I did plant corn this past weekend) and I usually try to post something garden-related on Thursdays.  So, for the next month while the garden is inactive, I’m going to post something about how to approach homemaking in…
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Making Sense of Alternative Sweeteners Making Sense of Alternative Sweeteners


Confession:  Sometimes trying to eat healthy overwhelms me. There are so many choices out there.  You can go to a healthfood store but that doesn’t reduce the number of choices.  You can spend zillions of dollars at said healthfood store on “organic” and “natural” products only to come home and read an article 10 minutes…
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