Encroachment method of landscaping over a yard

If you have more time and patience than money to spend on your "yard," here's two ways of recapturing some garden bed space that was formerly grass using low impact, low cost, low effort methods. 1) First is the assertive plant method. Plants such as ornamental strawberry, gooseneck loosestrife, day lilies, irises, and heather are great ...

When are Your Roasted Almonds Done?

Cashew browning indicator

I like smoothies. I like roasted nuts. I like smoothies with roasted nuts.

I like to DIY whenever I can over convenience to save $ and to know there's nothing added, such as added oils to nuts when roasting? What's up with that? I guess it makes it happen faster, but....

Anyway, when I am pan-roasting cashews ...

Get at ALL the lotion in your tube…

How to cut a lotion tube to access the last bits of product

If you're thrifty like me, you become frustrated when you can't access the last bits of product that comes in a tube or bottle. With a pair of scissors and a plastic baggie, you'll be singing "nevermore!"

When you're down to the last bits in a lotion or hair product tube, grab some sturdy scissors and ...

Litter box is not just for kitty anymore…

Blue Bucket with Lid - Purrrrrfect for your camp toilet!

OK, I just acquired this interesting tip from one of my dad's caregivers, Shari. We were talking about going camping and sleeping in the back of a pickup truck with a canopy, something we both have in common (by the way, a memory foam mattress topper makes the BEST camp pad -- a little spendy ...

Make Your Own Acne Lotion

Ingredient ratios for making your own acne lotion.

OK, this one is great! You'll save SO much money. A few years ago, I was listening to a podcast (An mp3 is available here: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders (may automatically start playing), 4/19/06) of Katie Rodan, a co-founder of the popular skin care company, Proactiv Solutions. She was talking to students at Stanford University. She ...

Finding Things Around the House

photo showing using a flashlight to find misplaced items

OK, who among us HASN'T ever misplaced anything? Using 'regular' places to store things usually works pretty well -- such as a hook for my keys, or table for my glasses -- as long as I remember or have enough time to get such items back to their 'regular' spot! When I do misplace something, ...

Easy Way to Clarify Butter

Clarified Butter -- The Easy Way!

I was making cookies this past holiday season and needed to 'soften' some butter. Being basically lazy, and it being December in Oregon where 'softening' isn't going to happen naturally, I stuck two cubes in a warmed oven and let them be. An hour or so later, I returned to find perfectly clarified butter! While ...