• Organic Gardening

    Lemon Balm Uses: How to Use Lemon Balm

    Lemon balm, a perennial herb from the mint family, has a pleasant lemon scent and so many uses. Its leaves are rich in essential oils. This herb has been used for centuries as a mild sedative because of its calming properties. Whether you’re interested in the natural health benefits of herbs or looking for new culinary ventures, lemon balm is a versatile plant that can contribute favorably to your daily life. The medicinal benefits of lemon balm range from alleviating stress and anxiety to providing relief for digestive problems and sleep disorders. Beyond its health applications, the herb finds its…

  • Sourdough

    How You Know You Have a Mature Sourdough Starter

    There are all sorts of new terms to learn when you start to work with a sourdough starter and start baking. You may come across terms like levain, autolyse, bulk rise, and stretch and fold. You’ll also come across mature sourdough starter. But what exactly is a mature sourdough starter? Let’s take a look at what this means and why it’s important for baking sourdough. This post is all about mature sourdough starter. What is a Mature Sourdough Starter? A mature sourdough starter is a vigorous, fermented mixture of flour and water that contains a complex colony of bacteria and…

  • Organic Gardening

    Low Maintenance Garden Ideas You Won’t Want to Miss

    We can all be limited on time, including myself. So I often look for solutions that don’t take up a ton of time. Even the amount of time I spent in my garden is minimal. At most I spend 3 hours per week! I like to prep everything in advance in the garden and do a little bit at a time so it’s not overwhelming.  If you’re looking for low maintenance garden ideas, then this is the blog post for you! Creating a beautiful garden doesn’t have to be a high-commitment endeavor. Low maintenance garden ideas are perfect for those…

  • Off-Grid Living

    Off-Grid Living Essentials: What You Need to Consider

    Living off the grid involves embracing a lifestyle that is self-sufficient, eco-friendly, and independent of the mainstream utility infrastructure. By choosing off-grid living, you’re making a profound commitment to reduce your carbon footprint, rely on natural resources, and engage in a more sustainable way of life. Whether it’s through generating your own power or managing your water supply, off-grid living requires careful planning and a willingness to adopt new skills. The transition to an off-grid home is a process that entails many considerations, from selecting a suitable location to understanding the logistics of water, energy, and food sources. Navigating the…

  • Beginner Gardening

    Common Herbs You Need in Your Garden

    Herbs are inherent to cuisines around the world, providing distinctive flavors, aromas, and colors to a variety of dishes. The use of herbs spans from the burst of freshness that cilantro brings to a taco to the deep, earthy essence of rosemary in roasted meats. These plants hold historic significance with many used for medicinal purposes long before they made their way into the kitchen. Understanding the different types of herbs, their uses, and how they can enhance your cooking can transform ordinary meals into extraordinary experiences. Herb gardening is another aspect that has gained popularity, as it allows you…

  • Organic Gardening

    All You Need to Know about Yellow Tomato Varieties

    Yellow tomatoes offer a burst of color and have a sweet, less acidic taste to them in comparison to red tomatoes. Their colors range from pale lemon to a deep gold. Like their widely known red counterparts, they come in a variety of sizes – from the small, sweet cherry types like ‘Gold Nugget’ to larger, beefsteak varieties such as ‘Yellow Brandywine’. Sometimes I even think I prefer yellow tomatoes over red tomatoes! Key Takeaways History and Origin of Yellow Tomato Varieties Tomatoes weren’t the hot item they are today. In fact, at one point in history they were deemed…