Life Begins in the Garden: Backyard Chickens

Spring is just around the corner, but with the threat of cold weather and heavy frosts still lurking I must keep myself from planting anything in the garden too early. So, I daydream about new garden beds and brouse seed catalogs while sipping a glass of wine at the kitchen table. And I think of other ways to be more self reliant, environmentally conscious, and … Continue reading Life Begins in the Garden: Backyard Chickens

Life Begins in the Garden: Natural Remedy for Cold and Flu Season

The cold and flu season is in full swing, as expected. I have been fortunate enough not to have come down with either this year, but I would like to share a natural remedy with you that has been passed down to me. I remember as a child, on a windy and cold winter night, my dad bent over a steaming pot of water on … Continue reading Life Begins in the Garden: Natural Remedy for Cold and Flu Season

Life Begins in the Garden: Kombucha

By Sarah Leitzel Kombucha….it’s all the craze. And for good reason, too. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink, lightly sweetened and fuzzy. It is traditionally made from black tea but variations with green and herbal teas are just as delicious and beneficial. I’ve made hibiscus flower pomegranate green tea Kombucha and not only was it tasty, hibiscus aids in lowering blood pressure.┬áKombucha is produced by … Continue reading Life Begins in the Garden: Kombucha

Life Begins in a Garden: Homemade Extracts

By Sarah Laitzel I love finding unique, useful gifts that I can make and give to my family and friends each year. Sometimes it’s homemade bread and cookies, maybe a scarf or some canned goods from the summers bounty. I not only do it to save money but to add a heartfelt personal touch. This year, I decided to try my hand at homemade extracts … Continue reading Life Begins in a Garden: Homemade Extracts

Life Begins in the Garden: Hold the Sleigh Bells and Pass the Pumpkin Pie

By Sarah Leitzel Hold the sleigh bells and the “Fa la la’s”, restart your low carb diets tomorrow and pass the pumpkin pie! It’s Thanksgiving, a time for many of us to enjoy family and friends and to happily indulge just a little too much. The smells of savory roasted turkey, buttery potatoes, corn, sugar and spice and everything nice is permeating the air and … Continue reading Life Begins in the Garden: Hold the Sleigh Bells and Pass the Pumpkin Pie